Is an expiry date required in all gift cards?

In some cases, businesses may need to set an expiry date of less than three years.

Read more about the proposed exemptions in the Gift Cards Consultation Fact Sheet and tell us what you think in the online discussion below.

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Dave Walsh

19 Jul 2018

I don't think there should be any exemptions except the first category, which are not gift cvards anyway ( ATM cards, charge cards, credit cards or debit cards).

If someone has invested their money in a gift card, the issuer is continuing to receive benefit for that money until the card is used. The cards should be valid longer than 3 years, and a shorter validity period is nonsensical - a pure rip-off.

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CBS Education and Engagement > Dave Walsh

19 Jul 2018

Thanks for contributing Dave.

Pheobe Tosolini

05 Jul 2018

I cannot understand why a recipient would need more than three years to use a gift card. A gift card is a GIFT, not an investment.

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CBS Education and Engagement > Pheobe Tosolini

05 Jul 2018

Thanks for your comment Pheobe.

Charlie Bell

05 Jul 2018

Only the last exemption makes any sense at all (i.e. tickets to an art exhibition, concert etc). None of the other exemptions are worthy of consideration and some are outright terrible - like reimbursing someone for faulty goods?! Please do not make the expiry date laws futile, feeble and counterproductive by exempting so many of the voucher types that are already being abused.

Carolyn Warman > Charlie Bell

05 Jul 2018

Thanks for your contribution to this discussion Charlie.

Brendan De Michele

04 Jul 2018

Unless the issuer charges less for the gift card than the card will cost you, which they don't, the there should be NO expiry EVER.
Who ever heard of taking someone's money and then not delivering the product/service because "Ah-ah-ah! You took too long."
Outrageous.

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CBS Education and Engagement > Brendan De Michele

04 Jul 2018

Thanks Brendan for sharing your thoughts on this issue.