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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Cash Back, Gift Cards, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Plastic Jungle Is Closing

On Monday, I got an email that said Plastic Jungle is closing the website. Surprised by the news, I went to Plastic Jungle’s website, which now shows this:

The team at Plastic Jungle would like to thank you for your participation in our gift card programs over the past seven years. Since 2006, Plastic Jungle has been a leader in providing you with great deals on gift cards in a secure marketplace.

As our business has grown and evolved, we have seen that the greatest potential for Plastic Jungle’s long-term success is in working directly with our business partners. As a result, we will no longer be buying and selling gift cards at www.plasticjungle.com. This change is taking place effective May 13, 2013.

In short, Plastic Jungle is closing the website and directing customers to their partner, CardCash. I guess this news was to be expected after the recent bad news that Top Cash Back lowered the cash back rate for Plastic Jungle. I’m not sure if Plastic Jungle was bought out, if the website wasn’t generating enough business, or if it had anything to do with Cardpool’s lawsuit against them.

 

Plastic Jungle closing

Plastic Jungle closing

 

Discounted Gift Card Alternatives

Although Plastic Jungle is closing, you can still buy discounted gift cards at several other sites. As mentioned in my introduction to discounted gift cards, Cardpool is actually better in that it has a bigger selection. Their gift card discounts, however, were sometimes better and sometimes worse than Plastic Jungle’s discounts so it’s better to compare. Gift Card Rescue is another alternative. You can also check out up-and-comer Raise, but the gift card discount varies by gift card value since the seller, rather than Raise, sets the discount rate. Last but not least, Plastic Jungle’s partner, CardCash, is another discounted gift card source. The selection at these three (not to mention the websites) are not as good as Cardpool in my opinion, but it’s good to have more options to look for the best deal.

 

The Main Point

Previously, buying discounted gift cards from Plastic Jungle was great, because you could go through a cash back portal, such as Top Cash Back, and get cash back in addition to the discount you got from buying the gift card. Cardpool offers cash back via a portal as well, but the amount is capped at $40 (4% of $1,000 worth of gift cards) per lifetime while Plastic Jungle’s cash back was unlimited. Raise also offers 2% cash back via Top Cash Back, but Gift Card Rescue and CardCash does not. Having said that, CardCash does offer a bulk discount of 2% on orders over $1,000 and 3% on orders over $2,000. That could help if you are making a large purchase, such as furniture for your new apartment or house.

 

Disclaimer: I may receive referral credit for some of the links above, which I appreciate.

 

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