Tuesday, April 24, 2012

On New Jersey Prepaid Card Consumers & Access

A few weeks ago American Express removed their prepaid cards from shelves throughout the entire state of New Jersey (the cards can only be purchased online). The reason? The state’s recently amended unclaimed property law. The new law proposes a new tracking system to record where the cards were purchased, and after two years of inactivity the state will gain access to the remaining balance.

What does this mean for prepaid cards in the state of New Jersey? 

These companies are protecting their consumers' privacy and also declaring that the state has no right to claim an available balance on an unexpired card.

How will people respond to the privacy issue? 

It will be interesting to see in the coming months, how the state is effected by the removal of their prepaid cards. 

Global Prepaid Exchange, a company based in the U.K., reported a social media campaign, ‘Gift Card Users Unite’ started on facebook. The goal of the campaign is to inform New Jersey citizens of the controversy and push for a more consumer and business friendly solution to the issue. 

What are your thoughts on the issue and the campaign?

* Updated to note the Gift Card Users Unite movement was launched by "a group of citizens and business owners concerned about New Jersey's new unclaimed property law and its impact on gift cards" as per their site and U.K.-based Global Prepaid Exchange reported the movement.

About the Author

Kate Devery is a Social Media List Researcher at IIR USA . She studied English and Psychology at Hunter College. She also writes for various pop culture blogs. She may be reached at KDevery@IIRUSA.com

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