In certain countries, Google Play gift cards are becoming common currency in a world where almost every aspect of our lives is driven by technology and, to a large extent, Google itself. The Google Play Store is currently the biggest application store in the world while music, movies and books can also be found in huge quantities here. Being given access to such a massive selection of digital content at somebody else's expense makes the Google Play gift card a highly sought after item. Which, as of a few weeks ago, finally made it's way to our shores.
Where Can You Buy Them?
Google's decision to expand its gift card services to Australian audiences came in the form of a partnership with Woolworths and their Big W stores division. Customers are able to purchase these gift cards from both Woolworths supermarkets as well as select petrol stations and 7-Eleven stores. At the moment indications are that you're only able to buy these in person at brick-and-mortar establishments like these, and not online via their respective websites. The gift cards are available in denominations of $10, $20 and $50.
Finding the Best Deals on Google Play Gift Cards
Having only recently launched, it's not possible yet to provide an outline of when and where the best times/places are to keep an eye out for discounts. In fact, as Woolworths currently hold the exclusive rights for distribution, we're probably not going to see much in the way of discounts, or at least meaningful ones, until much closer to Christmas time. This is when gift card sales in general tend to ramp up significantly. But as more deals begin appearing on the market, there's no doubt that any good offers will end up on Buckscoop's Deals page. So keep checking back with us regularly if you're interested in snapping up the top Google Play gift card deals as soon as they get released.
Current Gift Card Offers
Telstra had a temporary offer running (expired 2nd September) with their phone subscribers wherein every new subscriber would receive a $50 Google Play gift card along with an Android eligible handset out of a specific list of devices. The three-month long offer overlapped the actual release of the gift card in Australia so might be a precursor to future offers that we can expect to see. Otherwise, the only notable promotion of Google Play gift cards recently in the media, was off the back of the announcement last week that Google's next version of their mobile operating system will be named "Kit Kat". Kit Kat themselves are now running a competition where they are giving away 1,000 Nexus 7 tablet devices as well as 150,000 $5 Google Play gift cards.
Important Terms and Conditions
The first thing that you need to remember about these Google Play gift cards is that they all come with a 2-year expiry period. This 2-year period can begin from the date when the card was issued or from the last activity on the account in Google Play where the card will be redeemed, whichever comes later. The gift card cannot be used in non-Google Play stores and cannot be redeemed for cash. You can, however, combine multiple Google Play gift cards of various denominations when making purchases. What's likely to cause a stir though, are certain limitations on what you are able to spend your credit on. For instance, you won't be able to purchase books and subscriptions as well as devices like phones or tablets, or any other related devices either. It also sounds like that in order to redeem your Google gift card, you need to have a Google Wallet account. This has implications in that you need to be 13 years or older (so don't try and give one to your 8 year old son, for instance). However, what Google has done is allow 13 to 17 year olds to create a Google Wallet account solely for the purposes of being able to redeem their gift cards. Conveniently, this means that minors can receive and use Google gift cards without the need for a credit card or to having to borrow one from their parents - often a risky option if you're not somebody who monitors their credit card bills very closely each month.