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Remember: California Does Not Allow the Sale of Gift Certificates with Expiration Dates!

December 01, 2002

By David A. Stuckey and Eugene D. Weaver

Retailers’ desire to increase convenience to the consumer (and, at the same time, generate increased profits for their businesses) can lead to a “trap” for the unwary seller. In this season of giving, California merchants should remember that, except in certain limited circumstances, they are not allowed to sell gift certificates that contain an expiration date.