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Posted by Linda (1 year ago)

Concerned

I bought a personalized gift card for my mother-ln-law for Mothers Day. We scrapped up the money to send her for a pedicure and some personals. Now I'm afraid that she won't get the card and I have been taken. I guess I trust too much. I didn't think to check it out before buying. I saw I could put a picture of us on the card and thought how unique. To some $50 is not a lot of money to me it is a lot and took me a month to save it. I looked for a tracking number but it just say NA. It should have showed up in 24 hours. Please send out this card. Don't scam me thank you.

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Posted by Ari (4 years ago)

DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY

I am astounded that this company has managed to stay in business for as long as it has. After placing an order for employee gift cards to be distributed at our annual dinner over a week ago and paying for expedited shipping, I got concerned when I did not receive the cards. After being put on hold for over 20 minutes, they asked me over 10 questions to "verify the charges". Once the questions were answered, they transferred me to their corporate cards division (probably a small room across the hall). The guy asks me the same questions and after wasting over another 30 minutes of my time, he finally says I cannot guarantee that you will have the cards on time!!! Their incompetence and lack of care is beyond anything I have seen

Bought: Gift cards for christmas

Order Date: 2015-12-08

Pros:
  • Virtually none
  • Cons:
  • Bad service
    Incompetence
    lack of care

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (844) 363-8928

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    2 out of 2 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Carolyn (4 years ago)

    Gift Card Lab

    Do not order a gift card from Gift Card Lab! I ordered one and never received it. I called them at least 3 times and asked for a refund and they kept telling me it takes a while to see the refund back on my card. Now 3 months later, I was just told that I will not be getting a refund because all sales are final. I NEVER RECEIVED THE GIFT CARD!!!! Not reliable and not helpful.

    Bought: Dunkin Donut Giftcard

    Order Date: 2015-08-26

    Cons:
  • Never received gift card and could not get refund.

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (844) 363-8928

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    2 out of 2 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Nena Mower (4 years ago)

    Scam

    I tried to buy a simple Safeway gift card for my college student. An email said I had to call in to authenticate my information due to an internal auditing system. After I answered a ton of questions and provided more information they said my order was cancelled and would be refunded. In the meantime the funds have already been held at my bank. Another scam in my opinion!

    Bought: Safeway gift card
    *******-0000-151028

    Order Date: 2015-10-29

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    Posted by Sabrenia (4 years ago)

    Never received card

    i ordered $25 bp gift card september9 on september 11 i got email stating card was shipped waited 2 weeks still no card. Contacted customer service they stated they mailed card on September 24 so i have waited 2 more weeks, still no card. I contacted customer service again they said they would refund money, but still nothing!!!!!! I am also contacting the BBB because this don't need to go on ripping people off

    Bought: $25 bp gift card

    Order Date: 2015-09-09

    Pros:
  • no pros
  • Cons:
  • bad business
  • definitely recommend
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    GiftCardLab.com reviewer photoPosted by GiftCardLab.com (4 years ago)

    In Response to Stephen

    Hi Stephen,

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficulty with your order. To protect the cards in transit, there is a 4 day delay between card creation and when the funds load on the card. If you call or email our customer service team with the ID number on the back of the card, we can tell you exactly when the funds will load.

    Thank you for reaching out.

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    GiftCardLab.com reviewer photoPosted by GiftCardLab.com (4 years ago)

    In Response to Lizz

    Hi Liz,

    I'm very sorry you had trouble with your order. I have forwarded your comments to the head of customer service so that we can improve the experience moving forward. We have had trouble with our eGift processing, but I agree this could have been handled better.

    Thank you for reaching out.

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    GiftCardLab.com reviewer photoPosted by GiftCardLab.com (4 years ago)

    In Response to christiansinger

    Hi christiansinger,

    The cards have a $4.95 monthly maitenence fee assessed after 12 months of no use. Please email [email protected] with the subject ATTN Leslie and our customer service manager will work with you to resolve your complaint.

    Thank you for reaching out.

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    Posted by Stephen (4 years ago)

    Nothing but a scam

    Never will I use this company again. After paying for expedited shipping it still took a almost a week for the card to arrive. Once it did then the funds are still not available. Despite many calls to their customer service the money is still not on the card. What should have been a pleasant fun experience has rapidly deteriorated into headache & hassle. Try someone else!

    Bought: Airplane Visa Gift Card
    GC-3AJ9PBBA9

    Order Date: 2015-07-30

    Date Received: 2015-08-04

    Pros:
  • none
  • Cons:
  • lack of support
  • unavailable funds

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (844) 363-8928

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    Hi Stephen,

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficulty with your order. To protect the cards in transit, there is a 4 day delay between card creation and when the funds load on the card. If you call or email our customer service team with the ID number on the back of the card, we can tell you exactly when the funds will load.

    Thank you for reaching out.

    1 person said 'YES'

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    Liz reviewer photoPosted by Liz (4 years ago)

    I think I've been scammed...

    I bought a $25 e-gift card for my dad for Father's day Invoice #: 1118625-0000-150614. He never received the email. I had to call several days later to request it be sent again. Then it didn't work. When I called, they said they were having problems with their e-cards and the matter would be solved in 24 hours. We tried again, it didn't work. I called again and they said 2nd level support was working on it. I wait, and it still doesn't work several days later. Then I call back and she said she was sending it to her manager, but I told her I wanted a refund instead. They tell me okay, they will process my refund. I didn't get it by several days later so I call again asking for status, and they say that they are having "issues" again, and that it should be a week! More than a week has passed, and today I called (July 20) and ask about it, and I was told that my refund was issued on July 1st (supposedly) but it can take up to 15 business days for it to come in. That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard - and if my calculations are correct, my money should have come in by today anyway. This company is a scam - beware! And I see how they play this page -- every time someone gives them a one-star, they "reply" and give themselves 5 stars.

    Bought: IHOP $25 e-card, Product SKU: EINTHP025

    Order Date: 2015-06-16

    Pros:
  • I can't think of any at this point.
  • Cons:
  • Telling customers that they are having problems with their systems and that's why the e-card link doesn't work?

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (844) 363-8928

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    Hi Liz,

    I'm very sorry you had trouble with your order. I have forwarded your comments to the head of customer service so that we can improve the experience moving forward. We have had trouble with our eGift processing, but I agree this could have been handled better.

    Thank you for reaching out.

    3 out of 3 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by christiansinger (4 years ago)

    worst ever!!!

    Received cards as medical study participant. Before I could get it acitivated, they took $4.95 fee off it it. When it was only $10 to start with, that is outrageous. They don't need to give out cards that have lost value. Gift card lab customer service is not worth anything. SCAM!!

    Bought: Study Participation Visa Card

    Pros:
  • NONE
  • Cons:
  • Not worth value stated

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (501) 262-9964

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    Hi christiansinger,

    The cards have a $4.95 monthly maitenence fee assessed after 12 months of no use. Please email [email protected] with the subject ATTN Leslie and our customer service manager will work with you to resolve your complaint.

    Thank you for reaching out.

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    GiftCardLab.com reviewer photoPosted by GiftCardLab.com (4 years ago)

    In Response to Jerry

    All orders go through a review process including eGift cards. While we understand we need to work on shortening this process, most cards go out within 4 hours, but it can take up to 72 hours.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.

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    Posted by Jerry (4 years ago)

    Crappy product, worse support.

    I ordered an e-gift card for a friend on her birthday, assuming it would be immediately delivered (order #1115580). When she had not received it three days after her birthday, I called Gift Card Lab. They said the order was still "pending". They also said it could take up to a week to deliver an e-card -- WTF?!?

    I'll NEVER use these bums again!!! The whole point of doing an online e-card is so that you can send it immediately. I forgot my friend's birthday, and so this was a last-minute thing, and Gift Card Lab let me down, miserably!

    Bought: E-gift card

    Order Date: 2015-06-04

    Pros:
  • None
  • Cons:
  • Falsely advertised product (immediate delivery)!

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
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    All orders go through a review process including eGift cards. While we understand we need to work on shortening this process, most cards go out within 4 hours, but it can take up to 72 hours.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.

    3 out of 4 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by GiftCardLab.com (5 years ago)

    In Response to Joelle

    At CardLab, all orders go through a review process including eGift cards. While we understand we need to work on shortening this process, we have a two business day turnaround for processing. Unfortunately, due to high call volume and problem with our phone system during the holidays, many customers had difficultly getting through.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.

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    1 out of 2 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by GiftCardLab.com (5 years ago)

    In Response to L. Thornton

    At CardLab, new and repeat orders are subject to risk and compliance reviews. The policies and procedures we use to review an account are proprietary and cannot be disclosed. The policies are in place to comply with federal regulations, and to protect cardholders and our company from potential fraudulent activity. Even though a review may result in the cancellation of an order, this does not necessarily indicate that the customer or order are fraudulent. The anonymous nature of an online transaction requires us to be cautious when choosing which orders to accept.

    Unfortunately, after reviewing the order in question, we felt it was best to cancel it and refund the purchase price in full.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.

    Bought: gift card

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    2 out of 3 people said 'NO'

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    Posted by Carolyn (5 years ago)

    Frustrating and Customer service is awful

    I purchased 5 cards with $100 each on them. I did this on Dec. 22, then paid $25 for next day shipping and got them on the 24th. All was good until on Dec. 26, my son activated his card and saw he had ZERO balance. So I called the customer service number a few times. They don't make it easy to speak with a person. When I finally got to someone it was a man who had a very strong Filipino accent who was hard to understand. He told me that when you order cards, the funds are not available on a card until 4 business days have passed. I was really mad becausae I said why would you do that? The funds are already taken from Gift Card Lab from my credit card, so why do you need to wait four days. AND why would you have next day shipping when you can't even USE the card for at least four days? So he gave me another number to call and they could release the funds early. So I called the number and got to a wrong department. The guy gave me instructions to call the number and press 2. So then I got a woman who was really rude and spoke to me like I was a child. All in all, their 4 day policy is BURIED in fine print. AND, if they are going to offer next day shipping, they should make it clear you cannot use the card for four business days. Very sneaky, and horrible customer service.

    Bought: Gift Cards

    Order Date: 2014-12-22

    Date Received: 2014-12-24

    Cons:
  • You can't use the cards
  • even though they take your money immediately
  • for four business days after you receive the cards.

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    [email protected]

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    4 out of 5 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by PDEck (5 years ago)

    Save Yourself Some Grief: Give Cash Instead

    My order was placed on Dec. 19, 2014. The charge for gift card hit my credit card on Dec. 23, 2014. The card recipient activated the card on Dec. 25, and was concerned because it showed having a $0 balance. When they called customer support, they were greeted with the cheery information that they might be charged a $1 service fee for the customer service call. REALLY?? What kind of company charges for customer service??? On top of that, if the card is not used for a year, it starts charging a monthly $5 fee for non-use. The only thing about this purchase that met my expectations was the 2-day shipping, and I had to pay $24.95 for that. Overall, this was an abysmal experience as a purchaser. Next time I will just mail a $100 bill.

    Bought: Order Number: 803377-0000-141220

    Order Date: 2014-12-19

    Date Received: 2014-12-24

    Pros:
  • Reasonably fast processing
  • Cons:
  • Exorbitant shipping/handling fees
  • not open and transparent about continuing card fees
  • possible charges for customer service calls
  • not open and transparent about card funds not being immediately accessible when card is paid for

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    [email protected]

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    1 out of 2 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by NANCYA (5 years ago)

    STAY AWAY FROM THIS SERVICE!

    Date: 12/15/2014

    Invoice #: 789068-0000-141215 I ordered 3 gift cards for family members I was going to see a few days before Christmas. I ordered my cards on 12/15/14 and paid $18 for 2 day Air shipping. I never got a confirmation that my cards had been shipped, so I finally called in myself to see where my cards were. They told me they would be there today, (12/22/14) So I activate the card and surprise my nephew with the card. I take him shopping since I won't see him again for a while. He picks out his toy and feels happy to give his card to the cashier---AND IT DOES NOT WORK. TURNS OUT THE BALANCE IS $0!!!! I feel embarrassed to have given him the card. The next day I call back and the idiot customer servise person tells me "well yes, I see that you never loaded funds into the card" I tell him, Really? So I purchased a card for $0? How does that make sense? So he has to get a manager, which informs me "oh yes, we don't load the money into the card until after we ship the card, so your money should be there on Friday 12/26/14" I tell him "then why did I pay for 2 day air shipping, why should I have to pay for that!" He tells me Oh sorry theres nothing I can do about that, I don't even have your shipping information available. So yep, they charged MY debit card RIGHT AWAY, but it is now 12/24/14 and the cards still have a $0 balance. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!!!!!

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    3 out of 4 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Joelle (5 years ago)

    HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE !! DO NOT USE !!

    I purchased a gift card on 12.20 with a scheduled delivery of 12.20.2014. The gift card never arrived but the fund were debited from my card right away. I have emailed Gift Card Lab as well as called several times. The phone system literally sends you in circles all the way until it just starts ringing fast busy. Then you call back and get an automated recording that the caller is not available.

    This has been a big waste of time and money. I had to then order my Godson another gift card through the actual Footlocker website so he is able to have his gift by Christmas.

    The kicker is I have received a confirmation email with an invoice number, however, when I go on the website there is no orders showing under my login.

    I am convinced this company is a total SCAM and will tell ANYONE AND EVERYONE to avoid them like the plague.

    Again, a TOTAL CRAP of a company. So disgusted, I could go on and on.

    Bought: Foot Locker gift card model number 802655-0000-141220

    Order Date: 2014-12-20

    Pros:
  • Not one pro at all
  • Cons:
  • SCAM

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (866) 293-4129
    [email protected]

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    At CardLab, all orders go through a review process including eGift cards. While we understand we need to work on shortening this process, we have a two business day turnaround for processing. Unfortunately, due to high call volume and problem with our phone system during the holidays, many customers had difficultly getting through.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.
    And for the record the only reason they got a 1 is because I didn't have the ability to gove them nothing. They should be ashamed

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    Posted by L. Thornton (5 years ago)

    I do not even feel comfortable giving them a one star.

    I ordered a gift card for my son-in-law on December 10, 2014. On the 10th received an email confirming my order (it stated not to reply to this email), on the 19th received an email stating my order was canceled. I called the company for an explanation, they stated I didn't reply to a confirmation email they sent. I never received this email the representative mentioned during the phone conversation. Now it is nearing the 25th and my gift card I purchased today at Target will probably get to him after the 25th. Thank you GiftCardLab. I will never make any purchases from you again and I will definitely let all my friends know. Customer service not helpful at all. My invoice Number: 778310-0000-141210. Pensacola, Florida

    Bought: Gift Card

    Order Date: 2014-12-10

    Cons:
  • Item wasn't sent
  • I was never contacted until the order was canceled.

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (866) 293-4129
    [email protected]

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    At CardLab, new and repeat orders are subject to risk and compliance reviews. The policies and procedures we use to review an account are proprietary and cannot be disclosed. The policies are in place to comply with federal regulations, and to protect cardholders and our company from potential fraudulent activity. Even though a review may result in the cancellation of an order, this does not necessarily indicate that the customer or order are fraudulent. The anonymous nature of an online transaction requires us to be cautious when choosing which orders to accept.

    Unfortunately, after reviewing the order in question, we felt it was best to cancel it and refund the purchase price in full.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.

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    Posted by Charity Chavez (5 years ago)

    So far so good.

    Customer service called to make correction in my gift card wording.

    I got confirmation of shipment. I also understand the production time. I used a personal image requiring time to print. Obviously.

    I am awaiting delivery. I will let my friend recipient to activate and make purchases as credit.

    What I find comical about most of these poor reviews, is the angered customer would have avoided all incurred issues by READING disclosures.

    I'm in awe how many people plunk money down without any idea what they're doing and paying for. Stupid.

    Read the normal size print!!

    Bought: Custom $50 visa

    Order Date: 2012-03-14

    Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • original
  • staff is patient and helpful
  • Cons:
  • Ordering as Guest prevents tracking order
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    2 out of 2 people said 'NO'

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    Rebecca Killam reviewer photoPosted by Rebecca Killam (5 years ago)

    In response to KevinD

    I understand you're upset by the fees we assessed on your sons' cards while they were inactive. I've spoken with our customer service manager Leslie and she'd like the opportunity to make sure you're satisfied with our product and service. We just need the 10 digit customer ID number on the back of the cards. Please provide this via email to [email protected] or calling 1-888-293-4129 rather than replying here.

    Thank you for reaching out to us.

    Rebecca Killam

    Sr. Marketing Specialist, eComm

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    Happy to report that the situation has been resolved after a compromise suitable to both was reached. Thank you Rebecca Killam for your assistance and thank you Gift Card Lab for being open minded and agreeing to work with this customer. I would be happy to consider purchasing from Gift Card Lab again.

    Kevin D

    2 out of 3 people said 'NO'

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    Posted by KevinD (5 years ago)

    Garbage - Not a service for the everyday Gift Giver

    This company is Garbage! My 8 and 12 year old sons both received a $100 Visa gift card for Xmas a few years back. They promptly put the cards away for the purchase of a special gift in the future. Well the future now seems to have included $49.50 in service fees PER CARD. After speaking to a Customer Rep and his Supervisor, the company is hiding behind its fine printed policy on the card. NEWS FLASH Gift Card Lab, Children do not read fine print on the back of gift cards, nor do they understand the verbiage on the front sticker. From an adult perspective, the fine print on the back of the card is vaguely written and implies the service fee is assessed after 12 months of inactivity of an activated card! So tell us, how can there be activity on a card that hasn't been activated? I find this a deliberate attempt to mislead the consumer and beat young children out of their gift money. The gift card recipient is not the purchaser and is not as aware of your moronic policy as you think. How do you sleep at night juking kids out of their gifts and gift givers out of their generosity? Is your business model really based on profiting from unsuspecting children and consumers who take their time making purchases? You should be ashamed! Garbage! Rating = 0! Customer ID 1386 & 1374.

    Date Received: 2012-12-25

    Pros:
  • Business oriented service.
  • Cons:
  • Service fee policy.
    Not for average consumer

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    [email protected]

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    Hi Kevin,

    I understand you're angry about the fees assessed to your sons' cards. I've spoken with our customer service manager Leslie and she would like the opportunity to make sure you're satisfied with our product and service. We just need the full 10 digit customer ID numbers on the back of the cards. Please provide this via email to [email protected] or call 1-888-293-4129 and ask for Leslie.

    2 out of 2 people said 'YES'

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    CardLab, Inc. reviewer photoPosted by CardLab, Inc. (5 years ago)

    In Response to Emily

    Emily,

    Sorry about the confusion regarding your order. I'm working with internal departments to find out more information as to why your order was canceled. Thank you for providing the invoice number so that we can investigate. Because we may need to divulge private information, we will use the email you used to place the order for any further communication.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Rebecca Killam

    Senior Marketing Specialist

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    Posted by Emily (5 years ago)

    Cancelled my order/no explanation

    I ordered a $50 giftcard for a friend, to thank her. At first, I got an email from Gift Card Lab asking that I call to verify some info before they could process my order. I did, and when I asked about it, they said it's something they make first-time customers do. After that phone call, a few hours later, I got an email saying my order was cancelled with no explanation. I called and was told the "risks department" cancelled my order, and was told there was no other info and that I couldn't speak to anyone else. I'm baffled! How does this company make any money when they turn away customers?

    Bought: Invoice Number: 718465-0000-140909

    Order Date: 2014-09-09

    Pros:
  • none
  • Cons:
  • cancelled my order with no explanation

  • Customer Contacted Gift Card Lab Via:
    (866) 293-4129

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    Emily,

    Sorry about the confusion regarding your order. I'm working with internal departments to find out more information as to why your order was canceled. Thank you for providing the invoice number so that we can investigate. Because we may need to divulge private information, we will use the email you used to place the order for any further communication.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Rebecca Killam
    Senior Marketing Specialist

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    Rebecca Killam reviewer photoPosted by Rebecca Killam (6 years ago)

    In Response to Jo

    To confirm that we notify the customer of high value orders shipping to the billing address, I began an order for a $150 Visa Gift Card. Once the card was placed in the shopping cart, the ability to select an address from the drop down was grayed out. An order for a $100 card still allows the recipient to ship directly to the recipient.

    I spoke with our customer service department to ensure a $100 is the highest value allowed before the order ships to the billing address. If there is any further confusion regarding when a card can be shipped to the recipient instead of the billing address, you can contact us at 1-800-443-8223 or support [at] giftcard [dot] com.

    Rebecca Killam

    Marketing Manager

    CardLab, Inc.

    Bought: Visa Gift Card

    Order Date: 2014-03-13

    Pros:
  • Customization options
  • free shipping
  • free greeting card.
  • Cons:
  • The fastest shipping option can take up to 4 business days.
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    Posted by Jo (6 years ago)

    Misleading company

    The site doesn't let you know that any gift card order over $100 will not go to the shipping address you enter until after you put in your credit card information and put in your order and then it doesn't let you change the order. They are fraudulently allowing people to believe their order is going to the correct address and suddenly you'll see that it comes to the billing address instead.

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    Correction to my earlier statement:

    We send cards to the billing address if the load value is over $100. $100 cards should ship to the address selected. We'd like the opportunity to look into your case further. Please contact Leslie, our customer service manager at 1-800-443-8227 or e-mail support [at] giftcard [dot] com.

    Thank you again for your feedback and giving us a chance to correct this.

    Rebecca Killam
    Marketing Manager
    CardLab, Inc.
    Jo,

    I'm sorry your experience on our site didn't meet your expectations. Once you've placed a card in the shopping cart that is $100 or over, we do notify you in a yellow highlighted alert: "Due to the size or amount of your order your order will be shipped to the billing address." There is no way to select a different mailing address. We do this to protect your funds in transit.

    We will take your notes into consideration when continuing to improve the customer experience. Thank you for your feedback.

    Rebecca Killam
    Marketing Manager
    CardLab, Inc.

    4 out of 6 people said 'NO'

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    Rebecca Killam reviewer photoPosted by Rebecca Killam (7 years ago)

    In reply to Maryellen

    Maryellen,

    We're sorry you're having difficulty activating the card. Please call 1-800-443-8227 and ask for Whitney. She will be happy to help you activate it and sort this out. Regarding the maintenance fee, we don't start withdrawing funds from the card until 12 months of inactivity, which means so long as the card is being used once a year, no funds will be withdrawn from the balance. This information is posted on our site in the cardholder terms and conditions, on the terms and conditions mailed with the gift card, and the sticker attached to the gift card. We try to be as forthcoming with the fee as possible and apologize that you were taken by surprise. Please call our customer service department so we can work to resolve the issues activating your son's card.

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  • easy to navigate
  • clear terms and conditions
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    Posted by Maryellen (7 years ago)

    HUGE RIPOFF!!!!!!

    Beware! This is a scam! I bought gift cards for my son which I could not activate. If you don't use the card right away they charge a service fee every month until the balance is zero. Don't get fooled by the cute graphics. FRAUD

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    We're sorry you're having difficulty activating the card. Please call 1-800-443-8227 and ask for Whitney. She will be happy to help you activate it and sort this out.

    Regarding the maintenance fee, we don't start withdrawing funds from the card until 12 months of inactivity, which means so long as the card is being used once a year, no funds will be withdrawn from the balance. This information is posted on our site in the cardholder terms and conditions, on the terms and conditions mailed with the gift card, and the sticker attached to the gift card. We try to be as forthcoming with the fee as possible and apologize that you were taken by surprise.

    Please call our customer service department so we can work to resolve the issues activating your son's card.
    We're sorry you had trouble activating the card. Please call 1-800-443-8227 for assistance and ask for Whitney. She will be more than happy to sort this out with you.

    We don't start collecting a monthly maintenance fee until 12 months of inactivity, so as long as the card is used once a year, no funds are pulled from the balance. This is explained on our site in the cardholder terms and conditions as well as on the paper mailed with the gift card. It's also printed on the sticker attached to the gift card. We try to be as forthcoming as possible with this information.

    Please call us so we can help with your son's card.

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    Rebecca Killam reviewer photoPosted by Rebecca Killam (8 years ago)

    Reply to S. McDermott.

    The cards you received are a part of our Incentive Card program. Under the CARDAct Law passed on 8/22/2010, cards ordered under the Incentive Card program are allowed to assess fees and our issuing bank (The Bancorp Bank) has a national charter which exempts cards from State Laws surrounding fees.

    The fee schedule is printed on the back of each card, on the sticker affixed to the front of each card, and in the issued copy of the current Cardholder Agreement. The 2008 Incentive Cardholder Agreement outlines that fees begin the 7th month following the purchase date of the card. The 2012 Incentive Cardholder Agreement outlines that fees begin 5 months prior to the card expiration.

    In reviewing the original card order, how the cards were mailed, call records and notes, CardLab has been more than forthcoming with our fees, policies and procedures.

    With all of that being said, we do not want our customers or recipients of our cards to be unhappy and we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. As a onetime courtesy, CardLab has credited the cards back to their full balances of $250.00. Our records indicate that both replacement cards have been received and were activated by you on 3/21/2012.

    Please note, the fee schedule for each card has been reset and will begin assessing the monthly maintenance fee 5 months prior to the card expiration. You will need to use the cards in full to prevent any additional fees from assessing to the cards prior to the set schedule, as we are unable to waive or prevent the fees from assessing.

    If you have any questions or require clarification of the fee schedule, please call 866.293.4129 and request to speak with John, our Client Relations Manager.

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    Found this website in my favorites toda and just wanted to comment again, this time to say THANK YOU for crediting me the full balance on the replacement cards. It was MUCH APPRECIATED and made up for all of the frustrating calls I had to make in the beginning of the year.

    2 out of 3 people said 'YES'

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    Rebecca Killam reviewer photoPosted by Rebecca Killam (8 years ago)

    Reply to J.

    To protect against theft during transit, our gift cards are sent out as “pre-active.” Funds load on the card 4 business days after the card has shipped. This information is on our website and disclosed during the checkout process. A replacement card must be activated for the funds to transfer from the original card to the replacement card, or it will show a zero balance. It seems you did not activate the replacement card. Now that you have another replacement card ordered and we are unable to determine if you have received it or not, please be sure to activate it so that the funds transfer.

    Additionally, CardLab’s production time is 2-4 business days prior to shipping. When an order arrives is dependent on the shipping method selected. USPS First Class Mail it can take 7-15 business days to arrive. Unfortunately, CardLab has no control over delivery by the USPS. We monitor returned mail and reach out to our customers if the USPS is unsuccessful in their delivery attempts. CardLab does not verify shipping addresses and we urge our customers to make sure that the address entered is correctly and contains as much information as possible to help aid in timely delivery. In the event the order does not arrive by the end of the day on the 15th business day, CardLab’s policy is to replace the card free of charge and mail via USPS First Class Mail to the billing address on file. The exception to this rule is if the card was originally sent to the billing address and does not arrive, then we mail the card to an alternate address. In the event the replacement card does not arrive, the order will be refunded in full. Please note that CardLab also offers additional quicker shipping methods with tracking ability at the time the order is placed. If your replacement card has not yet arrived, please call 866.293.4129 so that we may further investigate and look at alternate options.

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    Posted by Rebecca Killam (8 years ago)

    Reply to LT

    I sincerely apologize for the delivery issues with this order. As outlined on our website and during check-out, CardLab’s production time is 2-4 business days prior to the order getting shipped. If your order was placed on Monday with 2nd Day Air, the order should arrive no later than the following Monday. So that we may further investigate and determine if your order requires a refund due to a shipping delay, please call 866.293.4129 and request to speak with John, our Client Relations Manager.

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    Posted by John Metarelis (8 years ago)

    Response to S. McDermott

    I am truly sorry for the inconvenience that you have experienced. Please feel free to give me a call at 1-866-293-4129 Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 CST, and ask for the Client Services Manager. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the situation with you, and see if I can help resolve the problem for you.

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    Posted by S. McDermott (8 years ago)

    Inconsistent and Unreliable!!

    I have been dealing with an ongoing issue with two cards of mine since January 2012. I received these two cards, each with a value of $250, so a total of $500, in December 2008 as a Christmas gift from a family friend. In January 2012, over my University’s winter break, I found these cards and noticed they had expired in 12/09. When I called to replace the cards, I was furious to hear that they only had $91.60 on them, $183.20 total, less than half of what the cards were purchased for!! Monthly maintenance fees had been taken out each month, although in the state of Massachusetts this is illegal and can be fined up to $300 for each violation, as evidenced in Massachusetts General Laws, Part IV, Title I, Chapter 266, Section 75d. Now the company is telling me that I need to read the “Terms of Use Agreement”, when clearly stated on the back of my card it reads, “A Monthly Maintenance Fee of $4.95 per month beginning on the 7th month from the day of purchase will be applied to any remaining balance, except where prohibited by law”. Well after presenting them with this information, the company decided to credit me $44.70 on one card and $0 on the other! I guess they would like me to say “Thank You” for it, but technically you still stole $158.40 off two cards for a total of $316.80!! That’s like a thief returning $44.70, when he or she really took $316.80! Do you really expect me to say thank you? I wish I were done complaining, but I’m not. When I called back in January 2012, to get the money issue rectified, I was never offered the option to “cancel” these cards, so guess what? My two cards received two more $4.95 charges, for another total deduction of $19.80, while waiting for them to resolve the account balance issue! I spoke to a representative yesterday on how the results of the claim were their inconsistent and unfair, and each card should be assess and credited the same amount. He spoke to his supervisor, who agreed and promised to have the issue resolved by the end of the day and to call me back by the end of the day. Well, the supervisor never called, so I had to call the company again today. Today, I expressed my concerns of inconsistency and reliability. They were inconsistent with their claims and unreliable in that a supervisor of the company did not call back. I was connected yet again to a supervisor, who tried to explain that I didn’t read the “Terms of the Use Agreement” and that this Maintenance Fee can be applied in all 50 states, so I again read her the statement from the back of the card (quoted above). She filed yet another claim for me, in which I would have to wait another 2 weeks to hear back about! My next concern was that another “Monthly Maintenance” fee would occur between now and then, and I would lose yet another $9.90. So I asked if she could stop assessing the fees, she told me we should just go ahead “cancel” the cards and have the company send me new ones. Well, why wasn’t I offered this option 2 months ago during my original claim!? You took $19.80 more from me because you couldn’t resolve my claim within a reasonable period, yet still assessed maintenance fees? She, yet again, filed another claim for this too! Then, she explained in order for me to receive “replacement” cards, I would be charged $15 per card, another $30! Now, I’m livid with this company. The two cards I received as a Christmas gift from a family friend in December 2008 were valued at $500, today I was “shipped” two replacement cards for $187.50 total, and I feel as though I was robbed of $312.50. I put “shipped” because, with this company’s track record from the comments below, I may not even receive these cards. I’m going to end on this note, this company is inconsistent and unreliable, they aren’t worth giving your money to, and please if you are considering purchasing gift cards for others there are much better companies other there!! S. McDermott of Massachusetts Card Numbers (x2): 479838010023****

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  • None- wish I could have given them a 0 for a rating.
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  • Inconsistent
  • Unreliable
  • Unhelpful
  • Time consuming
  • Avoidance
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    The cards you received are a part of our Incentive Card program. Under the CARDAct Law passed on 8/22/2010, cards ordered under the Incentive Card program are allowed to assess fees and our issuing bank (The Bancorp Bank) has a national charter which exempts cards from State Laws surrounding fees.

    The fee schedule is printed on the back of each card, on the sticker affixed to the front of each card, and in the issued copy of the current Cardholder Agreement. The 2008 Incentive Cardholder Agreement outlines that fees begin the 7th month following the purchase date of the card. The 2012 Incentive Cardholder Agreement outlines that fees begin 5 months prior to the card expiration.

    In reviewing the original card order, how the cards were mailed, call records and notes, CardLab has been more than forthcoming with our fees, policies and procedures.

    With all of that being said, we do not want our customers or recipients of our cards to be unhappy and we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. As a onetime courtesy, CardLab has credited the cards back to their full balances of $250.00. Our records indicate that both replacement cards have been received and were activated by you on 3/21/2012.

    Please note, the fee schedule for each card has been reset and will begin assessing the monthly maintenance fee 5 months prior to the card expiration. You will need to use the cards in full to prevent any additional fees from assessing to the cards prior to the set schedule, as we are unable to waive or prevent the fees from assessing.

    If you have any questions or require clarification of the fee schedule, please call 866.293.4129 and request to speak with John, our Client Relations Manager.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Killam
    Marketing Associate

    9 out of 12 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by J (8 years ago)

    DON'T USE!!!

    This company sucks. I ordered a gift card on 12/12/11. A month later, it didn't show up so I called for a replacement. The first card finally showed up on 2/2/12, but this card had a zero balance because i ordered a repalcement. Its now 2/11/12 and still no gift card.

    Pros:
  • Great concept
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  • Takes way too long. Not sure the $100 gift card will ever show up.
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    To protect against theft during transit, our gift cards are sent out as “pre-active.” Funds load on the card 4 business days after the card has shipped. This information is on our website and disclosed during the checkout process. A replacement card must be activated for the funds to transfer from the original card to the replacement card, or it will show a zero balance. It seems you did not activate the replacement card. Now that you have another replacement card ordered and we are unable to determine if you have received it or not, please be sure to activate it so that the funds transfer.

    Additionally, CardLab’s production time is 2-4 business days prior to shipping. When an order arrives is dependent on the shipping method selected. USPS First Class Mail it can take 7-15 business days to arrive. Unfortunately, CardLab has no control over delivery by the USPS. We monitor returned mail and reach out to our customers if the USPS is unsuccessful in their delivery attempts. CardLab does not verify shipping addresses and we urge our customers to make sure that the address entered is correctly and contains as much information as possible to help aid in timely delivery. In the event the order does not arrive by the end of the day on the 15th business day, CardLab’s policy is to replace the card free of charge and mail via USPS First Class Mail to the billing address on file. The exception to this rule is if the card was originally sent to the billing address and does not arrive, then we mail the card to an alternate address. In the event the replacement card does not arrive, the order will be refunded in full. Please note that CardLab also offers additional quicker shipping methods with tracking ability at the time the order is placed. If your replacement card has not yet arrived, please call 866.293.4129 so that we may further investigate and look at alternate options.

    Reply to LT
    I sincerely apologize for the delivery issues with this order. As outlined on our website and during check-out, CardLab’s production time is 2-4 business days prior to the order getting shipped. If your order was placed on Monday with 2nd Day Air, the order should arrive no later than the following Monday. So that we may further investigate and determine if your order requires a refund due to a shipping delay, please call 866.293.4129 and request to speak with John, our Client Relations Manager.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Killam
    CardLab, Inc.
    Marketing Associate

    2 out of 4 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by LT (8 years ago)

    Horrible

    We ordered a gift card with TWO DAY SHIPPING. A week later, the order is still not here. Customer Service refused to simply refund the difference in regular shipping and two day. Kept telling us everything they COULD NOT do - and nothing that they COULD.

    HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE AND WILL NEVER EVER RETURN! BEWARE.

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    I sincerely apologize for the delivery issues with this order. As outlined on our website and during check-out, CardLab’s production time is 2-4 business days prior to the order getting shipped. If your order was placed on Monday with 2nd Day Air, the order should arrive no later than the following Monday. So that we may further investigate and determine if your order requires a refund due to a shipping delay, please call 866.293.4129 and request to speak with John, our Client Relations Manager.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Killam
    CardLab, Inc.
    Marketing Associate

    7 out of 8 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Ben (8 years ago)

    I used Giftcardlab for a total of three orders in the past six months and couldn't be happier. I previously used Giftcards.com and found that I could never get a hold of customer service and the quality of cards was just not up to snuff. The team at Giftcardlab is always available (even after hours) and I have not had one problem with my orders. I would recommend them to anyone looking for sales incentives.

    Ben

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    5 out of 8 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Peter Johnson (9 years ago)

    Giftcardlabs is a joy to work with. I read about them in Multi-Housing News and tried them out because I was looking for a way incentivize renters to renew leases. The cards have been great for this and the one time I had an issue with the cards, Giftcardlab took care of the problem quickly. I'm taking the time to post here because I think companies that give great service are few and far between and should be rewarded.

    Peter

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    Posted by Emily Fife (9 years ago)

    I've used Giftcardlab at least half a dozen times have never had a problem. Carrie and her team are always helpful and I would highly recommend them. We use the cards for employee recognition.

    Emily Fife

    Director of HR

    Methodist Hospital

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    5 out of 7 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Jeff (9 years ago)

    My experience with giftcardlabs has been great. I run a small dental practice and have been using their cards to promote my patients referrals. They have always been friendly, attentive and the cards have worked perfectly.

    I read these reviews prior to ordering and they reminded me of my own business, how there is always a few patients impossible to make happy and typically they are more vocal than my happy patients. That is why I felt compelled to add a review. Cheers, Jeff

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    6 out of 11 people said 'YES'

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    Posted by Denise Torrey (9 years ago)

    I have placed 7 orders with gift card lab for a total of 3500 cards in the last 9 months. I have not had any problems with order entry, delivery, activation, card usage by all different people all over the US, dollar amounts or any other aspect of the program. The only problem I have is clients that try and use the card for more than the dollar amount on the card and the calls to me as to why they don't work.

    In all of the 3500 cards ordered, I had 6 cards that would not work. When I called customer service about this they told me exactly what to do and the problem was rectified right away. I would highly recommend using them as I have actually spoke with every customer service person there.

    Last order number 1z55x780015701xxxx

    Denise M. Torrey

    President and CEO

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    Posted by David Jones (9 years ago)

    Response to S Carter.

    I understand why you are upset and do not blame you one bit for being upset. I wish that I could make this right for you but it does not appear that I can. We strive for perfect customer service but unfortunately, things happen and then I do my best to make sure people are taken care of as best as possible. The fact of the matter is that the person who handled your order did not do a good job; he is no longer with the company.

    We monitor these posts like any good company caring about what is said of them, that should not make us seem shady. We processed over 185,000 orders last year and the majority of those orders processed as planned and without error. Candidly, your comment calling us "very shady" hurts. I am an entrepreneur and family man trying to make a living and trying to grow a business and would never participate in anything shady. Just this past week, I purchased my entire team the book written by Zappos CEO about excelling at customer service and I strive 100% to make my customers happy. I understand you are upset and again, I would welcome the opportunity to make this right for you, even though you say there is nothing we can do.

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    Posted by S Carter (9 years ago)

    In response to David Jones, CEO:

    Why am I upset that I didn’t receive the cards even though I canceled the orders? Well let’s think about it for a minute: If your company truly did send them when they said they did (many days before I canceled the order) then they should have still arrived, regardless of cancellation. Your own customer service reps instructed me to tell the recipients to destroy them upon receipt because they wouldn’t work due to my cancellation. The cards never made it there so even if I had kept my order they still wouldn’t have been received. THAT is why I’m upset. I would still be complaining because the order I had paid for would never had made it to the recipient. I’ve heard of several people paying for items and not receiving them. As for the 48 hour delay, that was not the issue. The issue is from the time it said shipped it was never delivered. It seems the site listed the status as shipped but nothing ever was; this is evident by the fact that nothing was ever received. If I canceled after the order was already shipped and “in the mail”, it should have still gotten there. The fact that you don’t even understand why I’m upset about that is extremely unsettling, especially coming from the CEO. Honestly, if you revamped your business practices you wouldn’t have to patrol this board to put out fires. It seems very shady business all around. There is nothing you can do to make this right. I have filed my complaints so I have now washed my hands of this. I want no dealings with you or your company. If you wish to communicate with me further for some odd reason, my contact information is on my complaint.

    Order 1Z55X780034254xxxx

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    Posted by David Jones (9 years ago)

    Response to Norbert -

    Norbert, I am sorry you feel this way about our product. I'm fairly certain that the order you are referring to was a corporate client who ordered thousands of $25 cards and had us mail the cards as a reward. We generally load cards 48 hours after shipping and in your instance, you received the card quicker than anticipated. If you were to check the balance again, I am sure you will see the $25 on the card. Please email me at [email protected] if this is not the case.

    We are going to change this process and load cards on activation starting in July, I agree that it is not the best practice and can make customers like you question us, which is why we are making the change.

    Thanks, David

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    Posted by David Jones (9 years ago)

    Response to S Carter -

    I'm sorry but I don't understand your post and would be happy to talk about your experience offline. Please email me at [email protected], I am the CEO and will make sure your concerns are taken care of.

    It is very hard for us to make delivery promises to people during the holidays because the US mail is hard to predict and I would prefer my staff overestimate and make someone happy, rather than underestimate and then have an angry client. It obviously didn't seem to work for you but I'd like to try and make this right for you. What I don't understand is why you are upset for not receiving the cards when you canceled the order?

    Also, to your points about delivery times. Our cards are custom printed and delivered so there is an amount of time that passes to check imagery, process payment, print the card and process for shipping, typically 48 hours for this process.

    Again, I am sorry that you had a bad experience and I assure you we take customer service very seriously. Please contact me so we can make this right.

    David Jones

    CEO

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    Posted by David Jones (9 years ago)

    Response to Kate Thompson's post.

    The card you are referring to is a gift card and does not have a PIN or cash access per the Patriot Act and anti-money laundering laws. When using the card, if a store asks "PIN or credit" - say "credit". We do charge fees on the cards if they are not use, otherwise we would have an accounting nightmare to deal with due to state escheatment laws. The revenue we generate from these fees also brings down the cost of providing the service on the front-end.

    Thanks, David

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    Posted by Norbert (9 years ago)

    Here we go again!

    I've had a horrible experience with Gift Card Lab / Incentive Card Lab in the past and found them to routinely practice deceitful backdoor ways of separating unsuspecting customers from their cash! Thoroughly search reviews and you'll get the idea. Totally agree with S Carter below this needs to be brought to BBB and other legal attention.

    Anyway, I received another card from here not by choice. It has a face value of $25 but upon activation it shows value of $Zero...why am I not surprised!!! To the CEO...when you know there are major problems and let it go on and on, that constitutes willful neglect/deceit and when it involves money, that's STEALING. This will be escalated.

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    Posted by Heather (9 years ago)

    I fully recommend Gift Card Lab am 100% satisfied with my experience purchasing gift cards through them. I have now purchased gift cards more than once because of how simple & secure it feels going through them. The cards come exactly as expected/promised and their customer service is extremely helpful, they pick up right away, and they always make me feel like an important customer and take care of all my needs. I will continue to order again & again through Gift Card Lab.

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    Posted by S Carter (9 years ago)

    Worst service ever!! I canceled my order after it was already shipped out for the holidays. Why did I do that? I came on here and read the horror stories. When I bought my cards, I read 15 days and magically that really meant 15 business days. Are you serious? I know how First Class mail works. There was more than enough time for it to make it to Texas because I asked the customer rep and she said they ship out of AZ. Even the Post Office was confused why shipping would take that long. I scrambled and mailed out a gift card from a local store just to get my family a gift in time for the holidays. Funny thing is, the original package (which should have already been in the mail for a while) never made it to my family. Shocker! No not really....I read about this exact problem on other places online too. Was it "lost" or just never mailed to begin with? I'm going with never mailed. After I called to speak to a manager after one customer rep said she couldn't refund my money, I found a rep who would. I got my money back on my card within 3 days.

    This company is extremely deceitful. From their rude and ill-informed customer reps to their shoddy products which may or may not work. I am in the process of filing a complaint with the BBB as well as notifying others as well. I am thoroughly disgusted with the service I was provided. This is ridiculous and something needs to be done. To the CEO who supposedly reads this forum: You really need to get your company in order. You had a great idea but bad service and/or publicity can ruin a good thing. Your company's name is being run through the mud all over the internet. I guess you haven't found all of the other places people have been complaining. Get it together!! If I could give this review no stars I would. I'm being generous with giving it one at all.

    One of the orders: 1Z55X780034254xxxx

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    Posted by Kate Thompson (9 years ago)

    My experience with Gift Card Labs suggests that their gift cards are total scams. Everytime I tried to use the cards it asked for a PIN number which I didn't have and could not obtain. Then they start to apply high monthly fees to the card. The cards expire quickly and then they charge you for a replacement card. SCAM!

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