Square has officially updated both of its apps, Square Register and Square Wallet, to version 2.5. They now feature iOS Passbook integration and add convenient gift card functionality for merchants and consumers. Hit the break for a rundown of the new features.
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You may have already heard that Sharper Image and the cheesy Lillian Vernon filed for bankruptcy because of a loss of sales, increased competition, and a bad credit market. We think that maybe it was because people just tired of overpriced air filtering systems or items that resemble fish. Because gift cards from Sharper Image are now worthless, Brookstone, in either a magnanimous gesture or looking to increase their own sales, have offered a 25% discount for anyone who brings one in. The offer does not include Bose, Panasonic, or Sony products.
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This appears to be the year of the Gift Card. If you received some that you don’t particularly want, you can always re-gift them or toss them in a drawer like an estimated 10 billion do. Or you can take them to Swapagift, an ingenious site where you can sell, trade, pay your bills, or donate them to your favorite charity. Registration is free and for $1.99 you can list each card with the monetary value or equal card you wish to receive. If you want to sell them outright to the site, you can receive up to 70% of their minimum balance to pay that overdue electric bill. Our kudos to a site that finally found a use for Vegans who ended up with a $100.00 credit for Outback Steakhouse.
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