1. My generic thought: I’ve had $5 – $20 gift cards to places like Panera, DQ, etc given to me by Realtors, shop owners, random others and more than once I’ve had a card or two come up as invalid or $0 balance or etc. The killer for me is that the only suggestion to go further is to (like you said) go through the extra steps of making an account then going through their steps. All of which used up my own time for a net result being the same – an unusable gift card. So whenever I present a gift card, I make sure I have a back up form of payment at the ready if it’s something I really needed to get anyway.
    Dumb. But there’s the long of it!
    Good luck!

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