If you’ve been gifted a gift card in the last ten years, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve received at least one Amazon gift card.
An Amazon gift card is a pre-loaded card (similar to a debit card) that allows shoppers to spend a fixed amount of money at Amazon, Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, or any other Amazon-owned business.
As reported previously, Amazon gift cards cannot be used at Walmart. They are not even sold at Walmart, since Amazon and Walmart are direct competitors.
Why Does Walmart Not Accept Amazon Gift Cards?
Walmart and Amazon are the top two retail competitors in the world. In fact, they’re continually competing as the two largest corporations in the world.
So, they’re not too keen on helping each other succeed.
Basically, Walmart doesn’t accept Amazon gift cards because they aren’t equipped to. Walmart and Amazon are two entirely different companies. But even if they could, Walmart wouldn’t have any motivation to cooperate with a company that’s challenging so much of their business.
How Does An Amazon Gift Card Work?
Like all gift cards, an Amazon gift card works just like a prepaid debit card.
The card is “loaded” with a fixed amount of money at the time of purchase. Then, that card remains valid and usable until the money has been spent or until the card has expired. Amazon gift cards automatically expire one year from the date of issuance, regardless of how much money is left on the card.
Where To Buy Amazon Gift Cards?
The best place to buy Amazon gift cards is on Amazon.com. However, you can also buy them at a wide range of grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers nationwide.
Here are some places you can typically find Amazon gift cards:
- AAA Club Alliance
- Best Buy
- CVS Pharmacy
- Dollar General
- EZ Mart
- Family Dollar
- Office Depot
- Rite Aid
- Village Market
- Whole Foods Market
- Winn Dixie
Amazon gift cards are most commonly available in $15, $25, $50, and $100 denominations. In select locations, you can purchase variable-amount cards which can be loaded with anywhere from $25 to $500.