One shopping app makes it easy to buy and sell gift cards on the go.

By Rachel Sylvester
April 09, 2019
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Right now, if you rifle through the current contents of your wallet, there’s a good chance you’ll discover at least one castaway gift card among the disarray of discarded dry cleaning receipts and long-forsaken business cards. Despite their convenience factor and reputation as the ultimate go-to gift for nearly everyone in your life—your picky BFF and impossible-to-please in-laws included—gift cards are easy to buy but nearly impossible to find when you need them most. Fortunately, a shopping app exists that aims to change the way to both buy and sell gift cards.

Enter Raise, a smartphone app that serves as the largest gift card marketplace serving millions (yes, millions) of consumers. Whether you’re hoping to shop, store or redeem your gift cards, Raise makes it easy thanks to their expansive e-commerce platform that includes a massive selection of gift cards from nearly 4,000 retailers.

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So, how exactly does the app save you cash? Shoppers searching for instant gratification have the ability to sell their unwanted gift cards for money across a variety of verticals—food, restaurants and clothing brands included. The app even enables shoppers to buy discounted gift cards through Raise’s marketplace that can instantly be applied toward everyday purchases at CVS, Best Buy, Macy’s,, Airbnb, Uber and more.

Raise app interface

When you purchase a gift card directly through the Raise marketplace, an instant discount is applied to the purchase price of the card, and you can maximize your shopping by combining each card with other offers on the site. Another purchasing perk: Raise allows you to store all of your gift cards conveniently on your phone, so you’ll receive a notification when you’re near a store you have a gift card offer for.

On average, shoppers save an average of 12% on their Raise purchase, and 94% of the cards available on-site are delivered electronically (meaning you can say goodbye to misplaced gift cards for good). To make the most of your new online purchase, download app for iOS or Android here, or visit for offers on your next shopping haul.