The Visa Gift Card can only be recharged once, which is during the purchase.
It's only good if you recharge $80+ since anything below is a waste of the $5.95 fee. :x
Once you register the Gift Card and link it to Paypal, you can use all the money you recharged into that Gift Card. There is a $1 deduction fee but that disappears after 10 minutes or so.
If you do something wrong, like transferring the money into Paypal, you messed up.
I go to the Safeway near me. I find the Gift Card packet that says $20~200. I tell the cashier $100 and he'll enter that value and make the card usable.
I pay $100 + activation fee of $5.95.
You get home and register the card, which as $100. Once you register the card and link to Paypal, you can recharge the $100 value. Once that's done, the gift card is obsolete.
There are some certain gift cards that have a one time activation fee and lets you recharge as much as you want without paying the activation after. The problem is I'm unsure if that's true since we don't have that type of gift card here. :x
The expiration date of the card is probably 6 months or so.
Last edited by Esper; 04-27-2010 at 11:50 AM.