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Gift Vouchers. What's The Point?  
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

I just don't get the point of vouchers! You get them at Christmas or on your birthday and it just bugs me whenever I receive them. I mean sure, it's really nice somebody just gave me £5, 10 or £20 out of the goodness of their heart, or through social requirement, but why oh why can't they just give me the cash instead?

The whole idea of giving a shop your money in exchange for what is basically an instore credit note baffles me! How many times have you been given a voucher in one of those poxy cards free you pick up at the till, sometimes there are even 6 to choose from, to find that you have just been awarded £10 or even worse, £5 to spend at Waterstones! (Other good bookshops are available)

Don't you find most of the time the person who gives you the voucher hasn't really thought about what you like but has merely decided to offload a bit of what they like on you in the vague hope you'd like it? I'd frankly recieve a crappy present that has at least had a bit of thought put into it!

At least with cash you can actually put the money to good use if you are low on funds yourself? How many times have you swapped your vouchers with friends or family for hard cash?

I don't care if you don't care but you know what I say? Down with god damn gift vouchers!

Put them in Room 101.

  

[Edited 2006-08-10 23:05:56]


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

Gift vouchers can be handy if you have no inspiration and can't even think of giving out cash....
If its a girl, give out some clothes vouchers, if its a guy, give out some music vouchers  Smile


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

I always exchange mine with my mum, for cash. Much better that way!


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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Thread starter):
Don't you find most of the time the person who gives you the voucher hasn't really thought about what you like but has merely decided to offload a bit of what they like on you in the vague hope you'd like it?

I always give gift vouchers to my daughters. That way I know they won't spend MY hard earned on booze.
Now stop worrying about trivial things and go write another excellent trip report


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 3):
That way I know they won't spend MY hard earned on booze.

No, they will sell the vouchers to their friends, then buy vodka and drugs :P

Kidding, I'm sure their fine...


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Thread starter):
I just don't get the point of vouchers! You get them at Christmas or on your birthday and it just bugs me

You ungrateful b*stard!  Wink You should be thankful. Vouchers allow you to buy what you want which is better than a gift you might not like. Think about all the people in the world that don't even know what a bloody gift voucher is!!!!!


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 3):
Now stop worrying about trivial things and go write another excellent trip report

Then go reply to my current ones!

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
Vouchers allow you to buy what you want

They don't though! They enable you to buy certain things at a certain shop, or shops that are owned by the same company! Money is universally accepted anywhere!



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6):
Money is universally accepted anywhere!

Tell that to some starving kid in Africa.


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
Think about all the people in the world that don't even know what a bloody gift voucher is!!!!!

Yeah but they maybe nowhere near Woolworths or Argos so it doesn't matter


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6):
Now stop worrying about trivial things and go write another excellent trip report

Then go reply to my current ones!

Read em all Alex. Great reports. I really do enjoy them


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Thread starter):
I just don't get the point of vouchers! You get them at Christmas or on your birthday and it just bugs me whenever I receive them. I mean sure, it's really nice somebody just gave me £5, 10 or £20 out of the goodness of their heart, or through social requirement, but why oh why can't they just give me the cash instead?

The whole idea of giving a shop your money in exchange for what is basically an instore credit note baffles me! How many times have you been given a voucher in one of those poxy cards free you pick up at the till, sometimes there are even 6 to choose from, to find that you have just been awarded £10 or even worse, £5 to spend at Waterstones! (Other good bookshops are available)

Don't you find most of the time the person who gives you the voucher hasn't really thought about what you like but has merely decided to offload a bit of what they like on you in the vague hope you'd like it? I'd frankly recieve a crappy present that has at least had a bit of thought put into it!

At least with cash you can actually put the money to good use if you are short low on funds yourself? How many times have you swapped your vouchers with friends or family for hard cash?

I don't care if you don't care but you know what I say? Down with god damn gift vouchers!

Put them in Room 101.

Alex Dear,

I'm sorry I bought you gift vouchers, I'm really sorry...  Wink It's true, I don't give a damn.... LOL!

In all seriousness, I have £77 of Curry's vouchers sitting in my drawer that I have no idea what I'm going to spend them on and £15 of Thresher's Vouchers that was a gift from one of my clients at work for giving her special attention.... Bollox if you ask me!

Cheers,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 7):
Tell that to some starving kid in Africa

Would they prefer store credit? Big grin



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 10):
I have £77 of Curry's vouchers sitting in my drawer that I have no idea what I'm going to spend them on and

Maybe a nice vindaloo and naan bread


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12284 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1568 times:
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User currently offlineSpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Gift vouchers are only of value to the companies from which they are issued. When you purchase one they give you a worthless piece of paper which you pay them money for and until the gift voucher is redeemed they can use the money that the voucher was purchased to generate more money.

I have just read about this in a magazine actually because New Zealand has just reduced the size of most of our coins to about a third of there old size. The new coins have less metal in them and increase the "seignorage" of our currency, which is the difference between the actual value (i.e the value of the metal in the coins) and the value guaranteed by the Reserve Bank. The government is apparently going to make money (over and above the costs for producing the new coins) by reducing the size of the coins as the old larger (higher metallic value) ones have been sold to a South Korean company that are going to melt them down.



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5123 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Well, I know what to get alex for christmas this year......

 Big grin Big grin



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 15):
Well, I know what to get alex for christmas this year......

Well I should point out at this time that it is better to receive a voucher rather than nothing at all!

Nice way to shoot yourself in the foot there Scotty boy! 

[Edited 2006-08-10 23:28:33]


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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 12):
Maybe a nice vindaloo and naan bread

I don't think they sell that, but I can ask!! Big grin

If anyone wants my vouchers, £50 to the nearest bidder!  Wink LOL!

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 10):
£15 of Thresher's Vouchers that was a gift from one of my clients at work for giving her special attention....

Oh really - you take payment for that sort of thing, do you?  Silly



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 18):
Oh really - you take payment for that sort of thing, do you?

Normally Mastercard, Amex, Visa or Delta.. Big grin

Cheers,
Justin  Wink


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