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Re: Xmas

On Mon, 22 Dec 2008 19:48:43 +0000, DougB wrote:

> To me, a gift card (or a gift of money, for that matter) says "I don't
> know you well enough to know what you'd like, but custom demands that I
> give you *something* ."


Or it says "I know in your given situation you could use cash [or a gift
card for some place] much more than you could any other gift, so I'm
giving you what you need the most."

There is absolutely nothing wrong with gift cards nor is it a generic
gift. A friend of ours is trying to start his own security business and
has some money issues due to more money going out for the business than
what it's bringing in. Since he drives a lot on his patrols, we're
giving him a gift card to a gas station. We know he can use that a lot
more than some silly trinket we buy somewhere.



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Re: Xmas

why not money then?


"Joseph Marton" <jmartonNO@SPAMhsemuni.com> wrote in message
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> On Mon, 22 Dec 2008 19:48:43 +0000, DougB wrote:
>
>> To me, a gift card (or a gift of money, for that matter) says "I don't
>> know you well enough to know what you'd like, but custom demands that I
>> give you *something* ."

>
> Or it says "I know in your given situation you could use cash [or a gift
> card for some place] much more than you could any other gift, so I'm
> giving you what you need the most."
>
> There is absolutely nothing wrong with gift cards nor is it a generic
> gift. A friend of ours is trying to start his own security business and
> has some money issues due to more money going out for the business than
> what it's bringing in. Since he drives a lot on his patrols, we're
> giving him a gift card to a gas station. We know he can use that a lot
> more than some silly trinket we buy somewhere.
>
>
>
> --
> Joe
> Does this washcloth smell like chloroform?



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Re: Xmas


> To me, a gift card (or a gift of money, for that matter) says "I don't
> know you well enough to know what you'd like, but custom demands that I
> give you *something* ."


or it says, "I don't know you well enough to pick something for you, but I
do know you should shop at this place" 🙂



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Re: Xmas

On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:15:29 +0000, Craig wrote:

> why not money then?


The gift card insures that the recipient uses it for something they need,
depending upon what gift card you give. You have absolutely no idea what
they'll do with the cash. All you can do is hope they use it for what
they need.




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Joseph Marton wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:15:29 +0000, Craig wrote:
>
>> why not money then?

>
> The gift card insures that the recipient uses it for something they need,
> depending upon what gift card you give. You have absolutely no idea what
> they'll do with the cash. All you can do is hope they use it for what
> they need.
>
>
>
>

But there is nothing to prevent them from selling the card at a discount
etc so if they are prone to wasting money there is little you can do
to prevent that except not to give it to them.
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On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:38:00 +0000, George wrote:

> But there is nothing to prevent them from selling the card at a discount
> etc so if they are prone to wasting money there is little you can do
> to prevent that except not to give it to them.


True. There's nothing you can do if the person wants to sell the gift
card. But since that usually involves some effort, all you can hope is
that the person isn't going to do that. Unless we're talking about a
crack addict who needs the money that badly to buy more crack, then
chances are the person isn't going to trouble with selling the gift card.



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zeffan wrote:
>> My answering machine is in Stephen Hawkins voices explaining particle
>> deceleration under nominal gravitational expansion in a theoretical
>> atmospheric state based on black hole assumptions. Nobody ever leaves
>> me any messages. 😛

>
> Cool! I've been meaning to listen to that! What's your phone number?
> <g>
>
>

555-554-5553
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On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:45:07 +0000, Matthew wrote:

> 555-554-5553


Are you sure it's not 555-2368?



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Joseph Marton,

>> why not money then?

>
> The gift card insures that the recipient uses it for something they need,
> depending upon what gift card you give. You have absolutely no idea what
> they'll do with the cash. All you can do is hope they use it for what
> they need.
>


What business is it of yours what they spend the money on? It's a gift!


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On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:49:03 +0000, DougB wrote:

> What business is it of yours what they spend the money on? It's a gift!


As the gifter I have a bit of a say as to what the giftee does with the
gift.



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Joseph Marton,
>
>> What business is it of yours what they spend the money on? It's a gift!

>
> As the gifter I have a bit of a say as to what the giftee does with the
> gift.
>


Miss Manners begs to differ. A gift with strings isn't a gift.

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On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:57:28 +0000, DougB wrote:

> Miss Manners begs to differ. A gift with strings isn't a gift.


It is when the recipient isn't very wise...

Would you give an 8 year old a cash gift and let him/her do as he/she
wishes?



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Joe
> Or it says "I know in your given situation you could use cash [or a gift
> card for some place] much more than you could any other gift, so I'm
> giving you what you need the most."


Exactly - we *so* need cash this year, and we're happy to accept it 🙂

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George
> But there is nothing to prevent them from selling the card at a discount


There's also nothing to prevent them selling *any* gift you might
purchase for them....

Michael
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can't take my trousers off."

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Re: Xmas

Joseph Marton wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:45:07 +0000, Matthew wrote:
>
>> 555-554-5553

>
> Are you sure it's not 555-2368?
>
>
>

Actually its 867-5309e-i-n.
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