Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday Technology Tidbit...

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought my tidbit for today would revolve around Gift Cards...we all love them, but here are the top 100 retailers that should assist you in making your decision about where to buy your gift cards from. Try really hard not to buy something from a store that is going out of business unless it is for yourself. Sometimes even the manufactures will VOID the warranties if the company went out of business..Buyer Beware. This happened to me with a set of J.A. Henkles knives at Linens and Things. I almost purchased them until I called the # on the back of the box and ask if they would warranty the product and they surprisingly said NO.

The # listed behind the retailer is the ranking from 1-100.

7-Eleven Dallas 29
A&P Montvale, N.J. 55
Abercrombie & Fitch New Albany, Ohio 89
Advance Auto Parts Roanoke, Va. 69
Ahold USA Chantilly, Va. 17
Albertsons Boise, Idaho 59
Aldi Batavia, Ill. 91
Alimentation Couche Tarde Laval, Quebec 31
Amazon.com Seattle 25
Apple Stores/iTunes Cupertino, Calif. 52
Army Air Force Exchange Dallas 41
AT&T Wireless Atlanta 81
AutoZone Memphis, Tenn. 57
Barnes & Noble New York 66
Bass Pro Shops Springfield, Mo. 96
Bed Bath & Beyond Union, N.J. 48
Belk Charlotte, N.C. 87
Berkshire-Hathaway Retail Omaha, Neb. 94
Best Buy Minneapolis 12
Big Lots Columbus, Ohio 73
BJ’s Wholesale Club Natick, Mass. 38
Blockbuster Dallas 64
The Bon-Ton Stores York, Pa. 92
Borders Group Ann Arbor, Mich. 88
Brinker International Dallas 77
Burlington Coat Factory Burlington, N.J. 95
Casey’s General Stores Ankeny, Iowa 70
Circuit City Richmond, Va. 32
Costco Issaquah, Wash. 5
CVS Caremark Woonsocket, R.I. 3
Darden Restaurants Orlando 63
Delhaize America Salisbury, N.C. 21
Dell Retail Round Rock, Texas 56
Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh 85
Dillard’s Little Rock, Ark. 44
Dollar General Goodlettsville, Tenn. 35
Dollar Tree Stores Chesapeake, Va. 80
Family Dollar Matthews, N.C. 51
Foot Locker New York 65
GameStop Grapevine, Texas 47
Gap San Francisco 23
Giant Eagle Pittsburgh 42
H.E.B. San Antonio 27
Harris Teeter Charlotte, N.C. 98
Home Depot Atlanta 2
Hy-Vee West Des Moines, Iowa 62
IACI Retail St. Petersburg, Fla. 100
JCPenney Plano, Texas 18
Kohl’s Menomonee Falls, Wis. 22
Kroger Cincinnati 4
Limited Brands Columbus, Ohio 34
Longs Drug Stores Walnut Creek, Calif. 67
Love’s Oklahoma City, Okla. 49
Lowe’s Mooresville, N.C. 9
Luxottica Retail Cincinnati 71
Macy’s Cincinnati 13
McDonald’s Oak Brook, Ill. 16
Meijer Grand Rapids, Mich. 28
Menard Eau Claire, Wis. 45
Michaels Stores Irving, Texas 86
Neiman Marcus Group Dallas 76
Nordstrom Seattle 40
Office Depot Delray Beach, Fla. 24
OfficeMax Naperville, Ill. 37
The Pantry Sanford, N.C. 50
PetSmart Phoenix 72
PTC Knoxville, Tenn. 30
Publix Lakeland, Fla. 15
Quik Trip Tulsa, Okla. 75
QVC West Chester, Pa. 43
RaceTrac Petroleum Atlanta 68
RadioShack Fort Worth, Texas 79
Raley’s West Sacramento, Calif. 93
Rite Aid Camp Hill, Pa. 14
Ross Stores Pleasanton, Calif. 60
Roundy’s Milwaukee, Wis. 83
Safeway Pleasanton, Calif. 11
Saks New York 99
Save Mart Modesto, Calif. 74
Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates, Ill. 8
Sheetz Altoona, Pa. 84
Staples Framingham, Mass. 19
Starbucks Seattle 36
Stater Bros. San Bernardino, Calif. 90
SUPERVALU Eden Prairie, Minn. 10
Target Minneapolis 6
TJX Framingham, Mass. 20
Toys “R” Us Wayne, N.J. 26
Trader Joe’s Monrovia, Calif. 54
Travel Centers of America Westlake, Ohio 58
Valero San Antonio 39
Verizon Wireless Basking Ridge, N.J. 61
Walgreen Deerfield, Ill. 7
Wal-Mart Bentonville, Ark. 1
Wawa Wawa, Pa. 97
Wegman’s Rochester, N.Y. 78
Whole Foods Markets Austin, Texas 53
Williams-Sonoma San Francisco 82
Winn-Dixie Jacksonville, Fla. 46

Yum Brands Louisville, Ky. 33

Till Tomorrow....

6 CHEERS from the Crowd!:

Ashley Griffin said...

thanks for the tidbit. i always do gift cards for all the nieces and nephews, but this year i think i am getting them a visa card from the bank!(not a charge card, you know a gift card from the bank basically)

Liz said...

awesome information...thanks for the tidbit!

Elaine said...

Wow, great info..

He And Me + 3 said...

Good to know...I am buying about 10 GC this year

Anonymous said...

GREAT INFO! JUST A LITTLE MORE TO ADD- BECAREFUL OF THE VISA GIFT CARDS ALSO... WHEN YOU USE THEM AT A RESTAURANT AND LETS SAY IT IS FOR 50.00 AND YOUR DINNER WAS 45.00.... THE CARD WILL DECLINE BECAUSE THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY ADDS ON 20% FOR GRATUITY JUST IN CASE THE PERSON MIGHT LEAVE 20%. I KNOW IT IS CONFUSING BUT 20% OF 45.00 IS 9.00, MAKING THE AMOUNT 54.00 WHICH WOULD MAKE THE CARD DECLINE! IT IS REALLY NOT THOUGHT THRU VERY GOOD! JUST THOUGHT YOUR READERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW!

McCrakensx4 said...

Thanks for the info...