How to make money potentially go up in smoke
Buy a store-issued gift card that has an expiry date on it.
So ... the recipient doesn't patronize that store much.
Or forgot to take the card when s/he went to buy something there.
Or lost the card.
But - if s/he tries to use it the day after its expiry date, the card has become useless (like expired lottery tickets).
Another reason, in addition to the (maybe even a large chain) store possibly going broke before the card gets used, that I don't like equal-value gift cards.
When I was a kid, we could get into a movie for 50 cents - or buy a dozen tickets for $5.00, which we sometimes did when several couples were going.
That gives the buyer a benefit, as well.
When I buy an equal-value gift card, the issuer gets all of the benefits: none for me.
I don't like them apples - seem rather wormy, to me.
Give money - it don't expire (but the value of each dollar shrinks every year: well, it has since about 1930). And, it's accepted in every store in town, not just one.
Our provincial government, concerned that stores are "burning" (clients') money this way - are proposing to make such activity illegal, they tell us.
An election coming, next year.
Have yourself a happy week - and help someone else have a happier one, as well: pass on a smile - it don't cost much (and don't go out of style, like equal-value cards).