Walmart is one of the largest retail chain stores in the world. They offer gifts as part of the many promotions offered to their numerous customers.
These gift cards can be for cheap trinkets or they can also be for goods costing more than $250. Walmart have a short yet clear gift card policy.
The company does not require electronic gift cards, gift cards that were part of a larger purchase of less than 25 cards and gift cards worth less than $250 to be activated.
The reason why you need to activate gift cards worth more than $250 and cards that were part of a bulk purchase of more than 25 is security. Without activating it, anyone would be able to use the card.
Activating the card is important because a Walmart gift card can be redeemed at many other online and physical stores.
When placing an order for a gift card, Walmart will send you an email with instructions as to how to activate your card. You should hence ensure the correct address is listed on your Walmart account.
You have several options as far as activating your Walmart gift card is concerned:
The process of activating your Walmart Gift card online is as follows:
1. Launch your web browser.
2. Open the URL sent to you in the email from Walmart. The URL should also be on the Walmart gift card you received. Be sure to type the correct URL as there are similar sites by hackers meant to steal these gift cards.
3. Enter the ID number, activation code and PIN if requested. They will be in the email you received from Walmart.
4. Once you input the activation code and access your card, it will be automatically activated. You can register your card if you want further protection against theft.
At the Store
You can also activate your Walmart Gift Card at whatever store you at which you want to redeem it. A gift card is the same as store credit you can spend on various items.
Once you buy the gift card, you can decide the amount that you want loaded onto the card. Walmart will give you the option of the exact amount you want to load onto the card.
If you do so, the gift card will be activated once you make a purchase with the amount you loaded onto the card. You should check with the cashier to ensure that the gift card is properly activated and you can make other purchases with the card. The cashier can offer you a receipt as confirmation of the activation.
Walmart has a toll free number which you can call to get your gift card activated. The number is usually included in the email from Walmart and on the gift card itself.
The ID number, activation code and PIN on the card will be very useful even when activating the gift card by phone. If there is no sticker on the card hiding the above details, then the card is probably already activated.
However, you should note that not all cards have PIN numbers so if you don't see one on your card don't worry about it.
You should have the card near you or preferably in your hands when you call the toll free number. It will allow you to easily access the necessary information.
You can either follow the automated voice prompts or speak to a live customer service representative to activate the Walmart gift card. If that does not work, you should try other Walmart customer service numbers which you can find here.
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