I love shopping for children as they are the easiest to buy for, but I always get a headache shopping for adults because most of the time they would have bought what they want already, and if they haven't, it's probably because it's not affordable to them (and me) yet!
Although I prefer to choose a present myself, because the thought counts right? But I sometimes will choose to buy gift vouchers or gift cards (I'll just call them gift vouchers in general in this post), so that the person I am buying for can go for a shopping spree, or they can add the amount towards something they wanted but couldn't afford.
I was recently introduced to Zeek, which is an online gift voucher marketplace where people trade gift vouchers for a discounted price. Sellers can get cash back from unwanted gift vouchers, and buyers can buy a gift card that has a higher value than what they paid for, so it's a win win situation.
I was thinking that perhaps I should use this opportunity to treat myself and go on a shopping spree in Next or Debenhams, but then we were in the middle of the kids' Easter holiday, and I do want to give my family a treat as well. So I decided to find something that will give us all a fun day out instead.
I like how clean and simple the website is. There is just Buy, Sell and your Wallet (where you can check your purchases) tabs.
I didn't experience the selling part, but I have taken note of it just in case in the future I need to use this feature. It seems quite straight forward though.
By clicking on the Buy tab, you can see a long list of brands, where gift vouchers (codes and/ or physical cards) are available for you to buy. You can sort it by Highest Discount first to see the best discounts you can get. You can also filter the selections you see on the right of the page, so if you are only after fashion brands, for example, you won't have to scroll through a long list of other categories as well.
Some brands only have 1 or 2 gift vouchers available for you to buy, but some like Boots has quite a good selection. You can easily see that some gift vouchers (£50 for example), even though they have 2 of the same value at the same discount percentage (4%), the actual price (the one you pay) might be different (in this case, £48 and £48.10). So it's worth to take a closer look (every penny helps!).
To buy a card, simply click on the Buy Now button on the right. If you want to buy more than 1 gift voucher from the same brand, you can add multiple vouchers together into one shopping. However, to buy from a different brand, you'll have to check out your current order first.
Do note that if you are using Zeek credits to shop, there has to be a minimum of £1 that has to be paid via Credit Card or PayPal, per transaction. If you don't use Zeek credits to shop then you can just shop as usual.
At the end I went for a Vue gift card and a Pizza Express gift voucher, planning for a perfect day out with the family! With the 1 year expiry, we could even use them during Summer holidays as well. But we all wanted to watch The Boss Baby (highly recommended!), so we did that on my birthday, but instead of Pizza Express, I had my birthday treat at a sushi place instead. So we'll be enjoying Pizza Express another day.
The gift voucher appeared straight away in my Zeek Wallet, and I just need to show the code and the terms to the waiter when I use it.
Zeek website said that gift cards will arrive within 7 working days, but ours arrived next day, which was a surprise!
Overall, shopping at Zeek was very straightforward, and if you are checking them at the right time, you might just bag yourself an amazing bargain! I think from now on, before I buy a gift voucher, I'll check out Zeek first and see if they have a good deal going on. I might just be able to afford a card that gives more credits to the giftee to spend! Wouldn't that be nice?