Does Walmart Buy Gift Cards? [Process, How Much Value, & More]

Can you trade-in, sell or exchange your gift card at Walmart? Can you get cash for your Walmart gift card? Here's a simple guide with all the answers.

Do you feel like you can make better use of a gift card of yours for another store, or do you think you’ll never get to actually use a gift card you have received?

If so, Walmart offers a gift card trade-in program to solve a very common store problem: unused and unclaimed gift cards.

Currently, Walmart buys unwanted gift cards from various merchants like Amazon, Target, eBay, and Starbucks.

This program is only available online, and Walmart only buys back gift cards at around 70% to 95% of the card’s face value, which is important to know if you plan on returning unused gift cards to Walmart.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the gift card trade-in program of Walmart.

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What Is The Walmart Gift Card Exchange?

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The Walmart Gift Card Exchange is a program that allows customers to trade-in or sell gift cards to Walmart.

Through the program, customers can either trade in their gift cards in exchange for other gift cards, or sell them for cash. However, keep in mind that you won’t be getting the face value of the card.

Instead, when selling a gift card to Walmart, you will only receive 70% to 90% of the card’s value in cash.

However, this is still considerably more than if you were to never use the gift card at all.

Best of all?

You can also trade in your gift card for a Walmart gift card that’s worth more since it entices you to shop at a Walmart store.

This program is carried out through the CardCash website and is only available online. On the website, you can choose what type of gift card you want to trade for, or even sell it directly for cash.

Does Walmart Buy Gift Cards From Other Stores?

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You don’t need a Walmart gift card for the Gift Card Exchange Program.

Walmart can buy back gift cards from over 200 different merchants, including Starbucks, eBay, Google, Amazon, Burger King, and more.

When you trade in a gift card, you can exchange it for a wide variety of cards from other merchants.

The list of trade-in options changes regularly, but here are some of the more popular options for customers looking to trade their cards;

  • Chipotle
  • Michael’s
  • Applebee’s
  • PetSmart
  • Olive Garden
  • Target
  • Ulta beauty

As the list undergoes constant change, these aren’t the only options for shoppers looking to trade in their gift cards.

For a complete and updated list, you can check out all the different retailers on CardCash’s website.

How To Trade Gift Cards For Cash At Walmart

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Gift card exchanges at Walmart can be made through CardCash, which operates as a third-party website to Walmart.

When you head to the website, you get to view all the trading options for your gift card. On the CardCash website, you input the details of the gift card you want to trade.

From there, CardCash will gauge the value of your card and make offers.

You can either trade in a card for another gift voucher or choose an option for cash.

However, keep in mind that if you choose cash, you will only be receiving 70%-97% of the card’s face value.


Unused gift cards are a common problem for a lot of consumers. However, the Walmart gift card exchange program offers a way to get rid of unwanted and unused vouchers.

You can get cash for gift cards at Walmart or even trade in your cards for vouchers from other merchants. This service is done through the CardCash website and is only available online.

Cards that you traded for digitally will also be sent digitally via email. However, customers can always print out the cards to use at any physical store.

When trading gift cards for cash, customers won’t get the total face value of the gift cards, which still might be a better option than not using the gift card altogether.

Additionally, if you trade in another merchant’s voucher with a Walmart gift card, you may even receive more value as Walmart wants shoppers to buy from their store.

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Arthur Beringer

Arthur graduated in 2002 with a Master's in Business Administration from LSU Alexandria. After working in the retail industry for almost 20 years, he decided to quit and write full-time to help readers who are searching online for consumer-related answers.