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May 09, 2013, 05:48:39 PM
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I didn't see the update that allows self purchase either.
I have a Sony Android phone and the current Gyft app in the Play Store for me is 1.4
I ended up sending it to a guy in my office then told him to send me the e-mail. From there it's pretty self explanatory.
What was in the email? A gyft code or the actual giftcard code?

I am seeing on Reddit that people are using the "send to someone else" option, but selecting their own email from the contacts list. Hopefully they will update the app to make this easier.

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May 09, 2013, 06:10:26 PM
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A few of the places you can buy a giftcard from on the spot:

Walmart, Target, Amazon, CVS, KMart, Lowe's, Sears, Basspro

JCPenny, Old Navy, Gap, American Eagle, Footlocker, Nike

Chili's, Burger King, On The Border, Papa John's


This...is a big deal.

Edit: unfortunately, it doesn't look like you can buy from Walmart/Target. Only "add existing giftcards" to your e-wallet. However, plenty on the list that are still huge.

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May 09, 2013, 06:26:35 PM
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Earlier this morning, I sent an E-mail to Gyft Support that said
I just downloaded your Android app (1.4) to my Sony Xperia TL and can not seem to figure out how to purchase gift cards in the app.
What am I missing?

This was their reply a few minutes ago.
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Thank you for using Gyft!
You have to purchase cards like you normally would in the app. (Click the airplane to send a gift card- it will take you though all the steps of who you want to purchase it for- then on the payment page, you should see 'pay with bitcoin' If you want to send one to your self, you have to add yourself as a contact in your phone first.
I can walk you thorough over the phone if you want too. 415-827-5966
Hope this helps!

Sidenote: I'm guessing that they are getting a ton of Bitcoin related e-mail questions today because my initial question said nothing about Bitcoin.

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May 09, 2013, 06:26:52 PM
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A few of the places you can buy a giftcard from on the spot:

Walmart, Target, Amazon, CVS, KMart, Lowe's, Sears, Basspro

JCPenny, Old Navy, Gap, American Eagle, Footlocker, Nike

Chili's, Burger King, On The Border, Papa John's


This...is a big deal.

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Huge deal. You couldn't ask for a bigger lineup.
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May 09, 2013, 06:30:38 PM
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Article about the Gyft deal:  (I posted it in the press section too)


http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/09/your-bitcoins-are-finally-worth-something/

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May 09, 2013, 06:41:01 PM
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Beautiful. I see a lot of gift cards in my future.
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May 09, 2013, 08:59:57 PM
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Android only. Blahhhh! Does Apple hate Bitcoin? Wish you could use the gyft.com site.

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May 09, 2013, 09:37:08 PM
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This sounds like great news ... and the gift cards are transferrable? how many hops can they do?

Wonder they work ... are the gift cards encrypted bearer vouchers that get redeemed on Gyft's server's? What's the technology?

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May 09, 2013, 10:08:45 PM
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It's too bad the cards you can buy within the app are a small subset of the cards that the app supports -- no Best Buy, for example. It's still a neat new option, though.

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May 10, 2013, 06:29:13 AM
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Dammit .. I just did the whole download/install/sync/signup malarky only to realize I missed the crucial "Android only" bit.  No love for the iPhone here today.  Hopefully this isn't gaylord Apple cockblocking bitcoin again and it will be coming for us in a future update.  Otherwise this isn't very useful for me.

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May 10, 2013, 01:05:06 PM
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Nice ! - I just bought a $25.00 GC for .2222 BTC
At the current exchange rate, that cost me $25.02
This is MAGICAL!
I'm going to eat lunch everyday for the next month using only Bitcoin!
This is great news
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May 10, 2013, 01:09:03 PM
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Android only. Blahhhh! Does Apple hate Bitcoin? Wish you could use the gyft.com site.

Yes apple block some bitcoin apps
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May 10, 2013, 01:10:22 PM
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This is fantastic news! Hooray!

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May 10, 2013, 01:40:22 PM
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Android only. Blahhhh! Does Apple hate Bitcoin? Wish you could use the gyft.com site.

NO KIDDING !!!  I downloaded the app and installed on IOS .. no bitcoin option to pay for gift cards... 

You'd think they would at least have the purchase cards with bitcoins option on their website..  I can't even find a purchase cards option on the site, much less pay with BTC  Cry

Really bummed. 

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May 10, 2013, 03:02:58 PM
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Solution: Get an Android phone and embrace a more open platform! Wink
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May 10, 2013, 03:03:54 PM
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Great news though! I'm looking forward to seeing more terminals in shops that accept Bitcoins directly, but this is a good way to get the ball rolling!
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May 11, 2013, 12:43:04 AM
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Nice!

Used their service to send a last-minute mother's day gift. Bought the Gyft card with bitcoins.

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May 11, 2013, 02:01:11 AM
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Here's a recent graph for the Gyft android app downloads


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May 11, 2013, 03:10:14 AM
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Here's a recent graph for the Gyft android app downloads




Wow, there's some consumer muscle getting flexed.

Has any body got any details on the inner workings of the crypto of these gift card apps? Transaction privacy and security specifically ... just to be sure this is not some kind of trojan to trawl lots of user data for free for example ... proprietary code I assume?

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May 11, 2013, 04:11:18 AM
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Solution: Get an Android phone and embrace a more open platform! Wink
Still have an iOS device? This ^ And stop complaining !
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