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A few days ago, I wrote that the Home Improvement gift card was working as a debit card at stores which are NOT Home Improvement stores.
But, yesterday evening, I could not use the Home Improvement card as a debit card outside of Home Improvement stores. I wasn’t able to use it at Wal-Mart, grocery stores, or gas stations. But I was able to use it at Home Depot which is a home improvement store.
I’m not sure if this is temporary or not, but I would NOT buy any Home Improvement cards unless you want to use them at Home Improvement stores such as Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Sears etc.
This is a good example of why you shouldn’t buy large quantities of gift cards and why you should only use gift cards for legitimate purchases or bills.
In my original post, I wrote:
The Home Improvement card is supposed to be used only at Home Improvement stores. It is VERY possible that at some point you will NOT be able to use the Home Improvement card elsewhere.
What to Do?
Besides using the card at certain Home Improvement stores, you can use the Home Improvement card to buy gift cards to other stores (such as Amazon etc.) at Lowe’s. And you can also use the card at Sears.
I’m not upset that I can’t use my Home Improvement gift card anywhere else. This is a good reminder to do what you’re comfortable with and that not all deals end in your favor!