If you buy a PlayStation gift card anywhere else but online, you may be making a big mistake. I don’t know about you, but I like saving money. Going into a brick and mortar store to buy PlayStation gift cards is not going to save you any money.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a deal at a traditional store when buying a PlayStation gift card.
But online, I have found a lot of great deals. With PlayStation being the world’s leading console, it only makes sense to buy gift cards for it for friends and family.
What Can You Do With PlayStation Gift Cards?
PlayStation has a lot of unique ways for you to use your gift card. You’ll find that the company claims that their gift card is “All the Entertainment. All the Adventure. Always Open.” And with a claim like this, Sony is confident that anyone who receives a gift card will be happy with their purchase.
When you have a PS gift card, you’ll be able to use it to:
[list_item]Buy games. Yup, you can buy games from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be able to download the games right to your console, and you’ll also be able to buy add-ons directly online, too. This is a great choice for a picky gamer that may want one game this month but a completely different game next month.[/list_item]
[list_item]Movies. Don’t feel like gaming? That’s fine. PlayStation is an entertainment, media console, so you’ll be able to watch all the movies and television shows you want right on the console. You can buy full-length shows and movies with the click of a button.[/list_item]
[list_item]PlayStation Plus. If you want to enjoy PlayStation Plus, you’ll be able to buy a subscription with a gift card, too. PS Plus allows you to enter the world of online, multiplayer fun. You’ll also receive free games every month, and there are exclusive discounts from the PlayStation Store, too. PlayStation Plus is truly a must-have for gamers.[/list_item]
PlayStation Plus is just $5 a month, so your gift card will always cover the cost of a month or more of subscription and some great content, too.
What’s great about the PlayStation Store is that you have access to a vast library of games. You can pre-order items on the store, enjoy discounts and even see what new games are going to be released.
Game bundles are also available, so you’ll have access to the same great games that you would buy in stores right from the convenience of your console. You’ll also be able to search and filter results to find just the games that you may enjoy and don’t even know exist.
The great thing is that the store also has class games, ultimate editions, full games – everything. Weekly deals are offered, too.
Demos can also be played if you want to give a game a try before you plunk down money on it.
If you’re playing a great game and like the music, you may be able to find and buy a game soundtrack, too. It’s a lot of fun to play your favorite game’s music any time you want, but keep in mind that the number of soundtracks is limited.
There are also apps available on the store, although the selection is also very limited compared to an Android or iOS device.
When you buy a PlayStation gift card online, you’ll be able to quickly make use of it. You’ll also be able to add the funds into your PlayStation Store Wallet if you like. Once added to your wallet, which is provided for each account, you’ll be able to access your money at any time.
There’s no need to hang onto your gift card after adding the funds to your account.
Never worry about losing your gift card or having the funds run out when they’re in your wallet.
Sony makes it as simple and easy as possible to make use of your gift card.
Why PlayStation Gift Cards Make Great Gifts
Statistically, people prefer gift cards over physical presents. If you’re someone that likes to be thoughtful and find that perfect gift for that someone special, this may be upsetting. I always loved finding that gift that makes people smile, but I quickly realized that once a person is over the age of 12, they become very picky.
I would rather a person buy what they want then receive a game that they’ll never play – or any item for that matter.
When you buy a gift card, it’s a card that can be given to anyone:
I have also seen a lot of people handing out gift cards at gift exchanges. It’s an exciting opportunity because over 500 million systems have been sold. Sony has sold more PS4 consoles than there are people in the United States.
Chances are, when giving a PS gift card at a gift exchange, the person that receives it will love it or re-gift it if needed.
These cards are in such high demand because Sony has made it as simple and easy as possible to use their gift cards. There is no fuss or concern when choosing a PSN card as a gift.
But let’s say that the person is older or they’re one of those gamers that are die-hard Xbox fans. What now? The person has a gift card that they’ll never use and will just collect dust – right? Wrong.
The person will always have the option to sell the gift card if he or she doesn’t want it.
Remember, there are 500 million units sold, and while the PlayStation gift card is region locked, there are millions of people out there that would love to have a gift card that another person can’t use.
The recipient can re-gift the card, or they can go online and sell the card.
Sure, the person may sell a $50 card for $45 or $40, but the card will sell very quickly. It’s really simple and easy to resell the gift card if someone doesn’t want it. You also don’t have to feel bad if the person doesn’t want the card.
Even if they gave it back to you, there are just so many options to sell the card online that you’ll make most of your money back during a resale.
There’s also the option of exchanging the gift card. A lot of marketplaces work well for this, even Facebook. On Facebook, people are exchanging gift cards that they probably won’t use for cards that they know they’ll use.
Why You Should Buy PlayStation Gift Cards Online
When buying a PlayStation gift card online, you’re making a really smart choice. A lot of marketplaces and resellers are going to offer you great deals on your gift card. You see, what happens is that when a person doesn’t want their gift card, they’ll resell it.
But it doesn’t make sense to resell at market value because these cards can just be purchased from another source at market value.
So, instead, a person will sell these cards online for less.
As a buyer, this is an opportunity to save a lot of money. You may save $5 on a gift card, or maybe you’ll save $10 or $15 dollars – it depends on the seller and how much the card is worth.
You’ll want to be very cautious of scammers, and there are a lot of must read tips before buying a PSN card online that I really want you to read.
Scammers are in every market, and a general rule of thumb remains: If a deal is too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.
No one is going to sell off a $100 gift card for $20 – not when the PSN cards sell rapidly. These cards may be region locked, but people will buy them without an issue. Gamers are only growing in number, and with E3 and other major events, there’s no sign of the gaming world slowing down any time soon.
PlayStation is going to be around for a very, very long time.
If someone is offering a price that seems way too good to be true, it doesn’t make sense when they know even a $20 discount is enough for these cards to fly off the shelves.
A few great tips that will help you avoid scammers when making your purchase online are:
[list_item]Reviews. Make sure to read up on the reviews of the website or marketplace before making a purchase. If people have been scammed, they will be sure to leave reviews and complain. You also want to be very critical of these reviews, ensuring that they weren’t all posted in one batch – a clear sign of reviews being fake. Also look at the English and grammar in the reviews because you can often spot fakes.[/list_item]
[list_item]Complaints. Search for any negative comments about the marketplace on Google. You’ll want to include negative words in your search, including “scam,” “rip off” or other key words that may indicate that the marketplace has led to someone being defrauded.[/list_item]
[list_item]Seller. Sometimes, especially in the case of an auction-type site, you may be able to research the seller a bit. This means viewing the seller of the cards and the feedback which they’ve received. This may help ease your mind when trying to find out whether or not the seller will actually deliver on their promise when you’ve paid for your card.[/list_item]
If you do your due diligence, you’ll find a lot of great deals on gift cards online. It’s definitely the go-to option because as long as a gift card is valid, it will hold its value. If a gift card is $100, you’ll be able to benefit from the $100. You can’t say the same when buying anything else, like a used console, which may seem great at first until two or three hours into play when it starts freezing up on you.
Other Ways You Can Use PlayStation Gift Cards
If you don’t want the gift card for yourself or plan to buy it for an alternative means, a few other ways that you can use your gift cards are:
[list_item]Give to charity. That’s right. Donate your gift card, and you’ll make someone very happy. A lot of top-tier organizations accept gift cards, and they may give little Billy a PlayStation gift card to allow him to buy his favorite game. It’s a great way to give back, and it will put a smile on someone’s face.[/list_item]
[list_item]Raise money. A lot of organizations are using gift cards to raise money through raffles and other contests. You can hold a raffle or contest of your own online or at work (make sure you have permission), and all of the proceeds can go to a charity or whatever you please.[/list_item]
[list_item]Add to a gift basket. Gift baskets have evolved, and while fruit, wine and candy may have been a go-to addition to gift baskets in the past, these baskets are becoming more and more elaborate. Adding a gift card to the basket is a great idea.[/list_item]
[list_item]Exchange. If you want to use a marketplace to make an exchange, you can do a lot with any gift card. The idea is simple: exchange your card for another. So, maybe you exchange for a Visa gift card, and now you can choose to buy gifts, groceries or whatever you would like with a universal gift card like Visa.[/list_item]
Gift cards are a great option, and when buying a PlayStation gift card online, you’ll be able to save a lot of money and enjoy a variety of entertainment options, from games and movies to television shows and even PlayStation Plus.
And if the gift card is going to someone else, you can rest easy at night knowing that the recipient can sell the gift card off, trade it or do a number of other things with it if they want. With over 500 million consoles sold, you can be sure that someone the recipient knows will appreciate and use the gift card if they won’t.