Also try local Facebook Selling groups, where instead of eBaying second-hand goods, people harness the social network's power to sell to others in the local community. To get started, search for your area or postcode on Facebook, alongside keywords such as 'selling', 'sale' or 'buy', or sell items by location via Facebook Marketplace on the Facebook app.
Gift cards differ from gift certificates, in that the latter are usually sold as a paper document with an authorized signature by a restaurant, store, or other individual establishment as a voucher for a future service; there is no electronic authorization. A gift certificate may or may not have an expiration date and generally has no administrative fees.
Check out these current high street bargains. If you do want to buy new items (which with a changing body shape can be nice – let's be honest), the Can I Breastfeed In It? group often features items on sale and cheap supermarket outfits. Current bargains include ribbed blouses from an eBay seller (£3.50 incl del), a ruffle dress from Boohoo (£13 plus £4 del) and a burgundy wrap top from Dorothy Perkins (£18 plus £4 del, limited stock). Also see the group's Hot Favourites List with anything that's perfect for nursing.
Neiman Marcus and Blockbuster were later followed by the Mobil gas card which initially offered prepaid phone value provided by MCI. Kmart was next with the introduction of the Kmart Cash Card which in the early generations provided prepaid phone time with AT&T. Later this feature was dropped as it was not profitable for both Kmart and Mobil. The Kmart Mags Pangilinan Cash Card was the first replacement for cash returns when a shopper did not have a receipt for a gift. This practice of giving a cash card in place of cash for non-receipted returns is common place today with most merchants. From these early introductions, other retailers began to adapt a giftcard program to replace their gift certificate programs.
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Parenting charity National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has a number of General resources for supporting dads, such as its free online booklet Dad’s View: Early days with your baby, which is written by dads for dads. The NCT website also has a range of useful info on all aspects of becoming a parent, from fathers and breastfeeding to birthing partner tips.
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Another issue regarding gift cards are the growing concerns from retailers and other businesses about what can be done to prevent gift cards from being exploited by fraudsters. Gift card information can either be stolen from their rightful owners by fraudsters or they can be purchased with stolen credit card information. In recent years, cybercriminals have increased their efforts to take advantage of fraudulent gift cards as they are simple to exploit with automated brute-force bot attacks. The most common form of gift card fraud is committed through the act of stealing card information for activated cards with an existing balance by attacking a retailer's systems which store gift card data. Once a gift card has been compromised, the fraudster will then check the balance through online customer portals before using the funds or reselling on the secondary gift card market.
Try the 'one up, one down' hack. This one is a lifesaver and perfect for cooler months. In breastfeeding parlance, 'one up, one down' is when you wear a strappy vest under a normal t-shirt, top or sweater. You can then pull up the top, and whip down the vest for easy access without exposing your tummy. No need for specialist nursing vests with clips – many people just buy cheap stretchy vests (I like Primark's) and pull the front down.
Baby companies give out a ton of free baby samples but only if they know you're out there and have a baby. If there's a company that makes a baby product you'd like to try, you should visit their website and register your information with them. This way when the baby companies decide to send out free baby samples, they'll automatically send one out to you.
If you haven’t already, you will need to register an account with us. Once you have registered you will need to go to “My Account” and choose the Gift Vouchers option on the left. Here you can enter your chosen amount and choose if you would like the voucher emailed to yourself or your recipient. You will receive a confirmation email to your own email address after payment is complete.
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In the past we've even seen other firms coming forward to accept gift cards when the retailer that's gone into administration won't honour them. When HMV entered administration in January 2013, for example, customers were given the option to exchange them for equivalent vouchers at Tesco, Asda or Boots instead. The Association of Business Recovery Professionals says gift cards may sometimes be accepted elsewhere to "preserve goodwill".
If you're buying pricey baby equipment which you plan to sell after you've used it, forumites recommend hanging on to the boxes if you've got space. Selling items in their original boxes may help to fetch a better price, though only sell when you're sure you won't need the items again. See the eBay Selling Tricks guide for tips to help you get the best price.