30 days to use Toys R Us gift cards

As you’ve likely heard, Toys R Us is going out of business and closing all of its remaining stores. USA Today has reported that stores will accept gift cards for the next 30 days: gift cards should work through April 13, 2018.

If you’re holding onto gift cards, it’s probably not wise to do so for long. Liquidation sales will likely draw in crowds who may well buy up most of the worthwhile merchandise before it hits a deep discount. Speculators may look to buy gift cards at a steep discount to buy discounted merchandise to flip, but that will certainly be risky business.

In anticipation of something like this coming my wife placed an order last night using up Toys R Us gift card money we received from our baby registry. While I’ll be shopping liquidation sales as much as anyone else, I wouldn’t want to get stuck with unusable cards.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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Krish
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Any idea on gift of college cards? Can we still buy them in store if available?

Jatan
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No — registers won’t allow any gift card purchases even if you find them laying around the store

Peter
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I can’t believe they had register programmers / IT support that would sprint to action upon the looming job loss!

There goes my plan to leave work early today and grab all GoC cards I can find on the shelf…

Jatan
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They don’t process 3rd party GCs themselves (similar to other retailers) — they partner up with another company and get to keep a small portion of the funds.

Back of GoC card shows Fastcard/InComm — InComm can’t take the risk of not getting paid by TRU during bankruptcy so they most likely stopped all GC activations coming from TRU

Liz
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With a baby arriving in less than two months I’m certainly happy I didn’t do a Babies’R’Us registry. And also really happy I can attack some liquidation sales. Interested to see what kind of deals can be found.

DaninMCI
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While your out shopping it might be time to start liquidating Sears cards as well. The end has to be near for them as well.

SteveO
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With Babies R Us closing, any other stores selling gift of college cards or other ways to buy them?

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[…] R Us. As we reported yesterday, you can still redeem Toys R Us gift cards through April 13th (See: 30 days to use Toys R Us Gift Cards), but you can no longer buy new cards of any type. Unfortunately, this includes Gift of College […]

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[…] last month’s announcement that Toys R Us was going out of business, we let you know that their gift cards could be used in store up to April 13, […]

Dave
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For the record, sign in store and Website both say April 21 is deadline to use gift cards. Website is no longer taking orders, but no problem using cards at the stores right now.