You’ve decided to offer gift cards at your company. First, you start gathering up the necessary information to get the process moving. Then, someone mentions you should have a gift card disclaimer, and you’re not sure what needs to be included. A disclaimer is an important addition, but there's no need for anxiety. Disclaimers don't need to be written by a lawyer. All they need to do is state the simple (and fairly standard) rules of use.
There are various types of disclaimers depending on how you are using gift cards. Rules you have in place, the message you want to provide your customers, and state guidelines can impact the disclaimer.
Gift Card Disclaimer Examples
- Treat this card as cash. It will not be replaced if lost or stolen. This card is redeemable for merchandise only. Redeemable at <your company> locations nationwide. Valid two years from the date of purchase.
- Redeemable at <your company> for goods and services not exceeding the remaining credit balance on this card. Treat this card as cash; if it is lost, it will not be replaced. Valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. For gift card balance, terms and expiration date, present this card at <your company>. This card is property of the issuer.
- Your use of this gift card constitutes acceptance of these terms:
This gift card may be applied toward any purchase made at any <your company> location. This gift card is not exchangeable for cash or replaced if lost or stolen. After 2 years of non-use, a $2.00 per month fee will be charged.
- This card is good at all <your company> locations displaying the <your gift card program> symbol. Treat this card as cash; if it is lost, it will not be replaced. This card is subject to the terms of the <your gift card program> agreement. This Gift Card may be applied to the cost of any item in our restaurants or stores. For a list of participating <your company> locations, please call <your phone number>, or visit our web site <your website address>.
While CARDSource can’t provide legal advice, we are very familiar with gift card guidelines such as expiration dates, unused gift card funds, certain state regulations and where to find details about these rules. Here is information from the State of Minnesota.
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