Random Law I'm torn on, poorly written OP :)

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  1. G.T.
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    This morning on a Generic Radio news cast, I heard that the Government signed a law that Gift Cards have to be valid for at least 5 years.

    A true story, I've actually had roughly 3 or 4 instances in my life where I argued with business managers to use my expired gift card, and I won each time. The argument? You were already paid for its use. That's basically it.

    But............

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    I see the point of Conservatives where the Government seems to be meddling more and more-so. So, ok.

    Are they little by little attempting to mandate a more serene society? I won't accept the "they just want control" theory, because many of these meddling Laws don't much give them power that they'll ever physically "realize."

    I just..........I dunno. This Law got me thinking about bigger picture sort of stuff because I'm personally torn on its existence. What a convoluted, wishy washy OP. SAWWWWWWyyy. Discuss.....:eek:
     
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    I've had two bad experiences with gift cards. Both times wrote to the company and said due to their policies I'd never shop there again. Both times got apologies and double my value gift cards.

    People need to take ownership of their own problems, they don't need government to do so. BTW, I would not have patronized either store again if they hadn't made good.
     
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    Gift cards are a horrrible value for the consumer.

    If they are allowed to expire with no value they should have an expiration date clearly written on them
     
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    Now, double value gift cards are out the window!

    THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!
     
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    That's ridiculous. If you spend $20 on a gift card, in 5 years is won't be worth $20. The government causes inflation and then requires companies to take the hit. That's not right.
     
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    Well,

    The reason I'm torn basically is because (I'm going to guess) that 99.9999% of consumers would agree with the premise of the Law, so all it does is serve to "make things easier" and all of our thousands of stories of expired gift cards go away at no expense to anyone.

    ....but...........The Government doesn't exist to "make life perfect," and even if it did, who defines "perfect," etc...etc............

    I don't know.
     
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    And soon we'll see that not honoring a gift card will be a felony.
    It is government regulating social and business behavior. We don't need more laws.
     
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    That's a good point, if the Dollar is of lesser value at that point which is probably so.

    ETA: The business may want to not sell Gift Cards; though, if that's the worry. I dunno........
     
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    Taken in whole or in part?

    And by the way, your OP is not "poorly written" just so's you know.
     
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    If enough consumers get burned on them they will stop buying them. If enough businesses get burned, they will stop issuing them.
    So far that isn't the case.
     

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