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post Jan 4 2011, 02:43 AM
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OK, it’s a few days after New Year’s nearly a month past Hanukkah, and as far as gift-getting is concerned, there’s good news and bad news:

  • Good news: You racked up a whole deck of gift cards.
  • Bad news: You‘re historically incapable of keeping track of gift cards
  • Good news: We have a Smartphone app for that.
SWAGG, a new (free) Smartphone app, lets you input your gift cards (via bar code numbers) so you can use them virtually instead of carrying around a stack of plastic. Through SWAGG, gift cards can either be presented at checkout or used to make online purchases. SWAGG ensures that those cards are not lost, misplaced, forgotten at home or stolen.

In addition, if your gift cards are issued by any of SWAGG’s participating retailers – a growing number that includes JC Penney, Wet Seal, American Apparel, 1-800 Flowers and more -- you can use the app to easily exchange the WhatWasHeThinking card for one from your natural retail habitat. And – perhaps best of all – those cards show you the remaining balance as you redeem them, purchase by purchase.

Research from The National Retail Federation predicted that post-holiday shopping may be up after two years. It predicted that holiday spending, nationally, totaled about $447 billion, which is 2.3 percent more than last year.

Please check out SWAGG’s Home.


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