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The laws, regulations, guidelines, and industry practices that protect consumers who use gift cards


  • Philip Keitel


This paper discusses consumer protections available to gift-card users. Specifically, it examines the ways in which value loaded at the time of purchase is protected for future card use or returned to consumers when the card is not used or has expired. The consumer protection information included in this paper is derived from a number of sources, including several types of state statutes, Federal Trade Commission decisions, financial industry regulatory agency guidelines, and previous interviews with payments industry experts regarding practices concerning network-branded gift cards. This paper expands research begun by the Payment Cards Center in 2004 into prepaid cards generally and the protections available to consumers who use gift cards specifically.

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  • Philip Keitel, 2008. "The laws, regulations, guidelines, and industry practices that protect consumers who use gift cards," Payment Cards Center Discussion Paper 08-07, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpdp:08-07

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    1. Julia S. Cheney, 2005. "Prepaid card models: a study in diversity," Payment Cards Center Discussion Paper 05-03, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
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