Visa Gift Card

December 11th, 2015

Gift cards may not produce the same blood-curdling reaction as receiving a Nintendo 64 circa 1998 but more than 70 percent of Americans say they’ll purchase one for someone on their holiday shopping list this year. However, many credit card gift cards carry purchase charges that may surprise you at the register. Such were the circumstances surrounding one TINA.org staffer’s recent trip to a local pharmacy where she purchased this Visa gift card:

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A $30 Visa gift card ended up costing $35.95 due to a $5.95 purchase charge that the TINA.org staffer said she wasn’t expecting. After all, the card had stated “NO FEES” in big bold letters (smaller print underneath disclosed “After Purchase”).

But perhaps the card should have read, “FEES Before Purchase” in the same large print.

Find more of our coverage on gift cards here.

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