I don't want Amazon credit; I want the money
May 30, 2012 3:07 PM Subscribe
I got a $400 birthday gift in the form of an Amazon e-gift card. I don't want anything from Amazon, but I could really use the $400.
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese to Work & Money (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My parents bought me a generous Amazon gift card (electronic, not actual card). The problem is that I don't currently need or want books or cds or electronics or clothes--I just need to pay my rent and my bills. Amazon (obviously) won't change it into cash and then send it to me, and if I were to buy something and then return it, they could only credit my account, which gets me nowhere.
My parents can't take the money back and send me a check, and even if they could, I can't tell them that I'm currently in a bad financial situation (long story and please don't bother to answer regarding what I should or shouldn't tell my parents).
I've thought about buying something high-end from Amazon, and then re-selling it at a lower price to at least recoup most of the money, but from what I'm finding with casual searches of craigslist and ebay, even "brand new, still in box, never opened" stuff only sells for deep, deep discounts.
Does anyone have any ideas how I can change these Amazon-only dollars into cash in my hand?