WHILE some consider gift cards impersonal and lazy, others would argue they are a great gift to get at Christmas.
So when it comes to purchasing a PlayStation gift card, where can you buy one and what are the dangers of buying them?
Where can you buy PlayStation gift cards?
The most reliable place to buy a PlayStation gift card is directly from the Playstation website.
They are also available to buy from Amazon, Very, Electronic First, G2A.
Just simply buy a PlayStation Store gift card from an online retailer and they will email you a code to redeem via the digital store on your PlayStation console or via any web browser.
Which shops sell PlayStation gift cards?
Alternatively, you can buy PlayStation gift cards in stores including (but not restricted to) GAME, WHSmith, Currys, and Argos.
Be sure to check with your local retailer as product sales differ from store to store.
If your local shop doesn’t sell them, you can also purchase on their online stores.
What are the dangers of gift cards?
Shopper have been warned by the consumer watchdog Which? to avoid giving friends and family gift cards as Christmas presents this year as gift cards can’t be used if a retailer collapses.
Research by Which? found nearly one in 10 people had received a gift card for a shop which has gone bust since the start of the pandemic.
A survey of 2,000 consumers found 7% received a gift card for a retailer which has collapsed since March 2020.
Almost two fifths of these shoppers were unable to spend the full balance of their voucher – with an average of £25 left unspent.
As well as this, gift cards are prime targets for scammers and fraudsters, and gift card fraud can leave merchants vulnerable to damaging chargebacks from the credit cards that were originally used to purchase them.
And because online shopping has increased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it seems card fraud is only getting worse.
Are there any PlayStation gift card scams to watch out for?
Gift card scams are common so it’s understandable to be concerned.
However the most common type of gift card scams involve an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from the gift card company – in this case, PlayStation.
They then ask for the gift card numbers to activate themselves.
Alternatively, you can be targeted with adverts offering you the chance to win a gift card, in exchange for your personal details.