Did you get a lot of gift cards for Christmas? Would you rather have cash? Would you rather have a card for another store? Richard O. Johnson at the fascinating Beyond Barter has created a page highlighting smart gift card strategies: how to best acquire or dispose of them.

This page offers a wealth of sound, practical tips about gift cards, including information on:

  • Why you should beware of bank gift cards
  • Gift card traps
  • Best and worst deals
  • How to buy a gift card at below face value
  • How to dispose of a gift card you don’t want

The author lists four web sites where you can buy and sell gift cards: Craigslist, Cardavenue, Gift Card Buy Back, and Swapagift.com. This is a handy little page, one that I’ve had bookmarked for the past year.

[The Skill Pool: Gift card strategies: how to best acquire and dispose of them]