Here is a review of gift card options at Sacramento grocery stores. The ability to buy a gift card online, email it to someone, and use your PayPal account is nonexistent. Grocery stores, frankly, have a lot of catching up to do to other industries. Since they are walk-in local stores, they probably do not feel the need to make additional money by offering convenient Internet options.
SMART STORES – EGIFT CARDS AVAILABLE TO USE IN STORES THAT CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE WITH PAYPAL
CVS – Yes to gift cards, yes to egift cards, and yes to PayPal. CVS is a wonderful breeze to use and get a quick gift card. Too bad its not a real grocery store.
Gluten Free Specialty – Yes to gift cards, yes to egift cards, and yes to PayPal.
ALMOST AS GOOD – MOBILE GIFT CARDS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED WITH PAYPAL
Target – Gift cards are available and PayPal is an online purchase option. egift cards can only be used online at target.com and not in stores. (Dumb) However, mobile gift cards sent to a phone can be used in stores. (go figure)
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Walmart – Gift cards are available and egift cards can be purchased online. There is a PayPal purchase option, tried it a couple times and it does not work. Had to be refunded.
Kmart – Gift cards are available, including egift cards and PayPal is an option. Except it mostly doesn’t work. Out of 3 orders only 1 went through. Customer service was non-responsive and eventually had to file payment disputes. Will someone please pull the bankruptcy plug on Sears / Kmart (again) and put these awful businesses out of their misery.
EGIFT CARDS AVAILABLE WITH A CREDIT CARD
Whole Foods – Gift cards and egift cards are available. There is no PayPal purchase option, only credit cards.
YOU CAN GET GIFT CARDS BY MAIL OR IN THE STORE WITH A CREDIT CARD
Raleys – Gift cards are available but can only purchased in the store. No online egift cards. No PayPal purchase option.
Winco – Gift cards can only be purchased in store.
Albertsons – Gift cards available, but not egift cards. No PayPal option.
7-11 – Gift cards can only be purchased in store.
CircleK – Gift cards are available but egift cards are not. There is no PayPal purchase option.
Safeway – No gift cards. The gift cards option on their website is for buying third party gift cards, like itunes, at Safeway.
Grocery Outlet – No gift cards.
Save Mart – No gift cards.
Koreana Plaza – No gift cards. Can’t even call their website a website. How embarrassing.
Food Maxx – No gift cards. Another completely horrible, waste of space website.
Nugget Market – Website won’t load, so who knows.
Smart & Final – No gift cards.
Trader Joes – No gift cards.
Tower Market – No gift cards.