Kansas has enacted laws to regulate gift cards and certificates in order to protect consumers. Effective January 1, 2007 gift cards and gift certificates cannot be sold with an expiration date of less than 5 years. If no expiration date listed on the gift card or certificate then it is valid until redeemed or cashed in and no additional fees can be charged within 12 months from issuance.
Restrictions do not apply to cards issued without money or other exchange of value or if the gift card or certificate is sold below face value for fund raising purposes.
Kansas laws are on par with most other states. They are definitely on the right track as far as providing protection to their consumers.
The place Dorothy was from in The Wizard of Oz became a state on January 29, 1861. Kansas is cattle country as well as wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs and corn. Major industries include transportation equipment, food processing, printing, chemical products and more.
The Sunflower State is the home state of President Dwight D Eisenhower, Buster Keaton and Amelia Earhart. The first woman mayor, Susan Madora Salter, was in Argonia, Kansas, in 1887. The three largest herds of buffalo (bison) are in Kansas. How much wheat is in Kansas? In 1997 it produced enough wheat to make 35.9 billion loaves of bread. At our current world population of almost 9 billion, that would be 4 loaves each for everyone in the world.
- The US Census Bureau estimates there are 2,885,905 residents of Kansas, 25.1% of which are under 18 and 13.7% over 65, which is on par with the national average.
- 69% of Kansans own their own homes.
Kansas' Consumer Protection Laws
To learn more about Iowa consumer protection visit the website for the Office of the Attorney General.
Card for Dorothy?
It's a well-known fact* that some natives of Kansas have, at some point, been picked up by a tornado and blown into a magical realm named Oz. What kind of gift card should you get for such an adventurous traveler? Perhaps an Emerald City boutique card? A card that treats the bearer to a balloon ride from the Wizard? A shoe store specializing in footwear made from gemstones? Whatever else you get, make sure you give a gift card for a store that sells bottled water. You know why.
*Not so much "fact" as "total fiction".
Pick Any Card
Actually, when it comes to gift cards, don't. Ideally, you want to pick a card with a known brand, preferably purchase from the store where it will be used. Big stores will have displays with all manner of gift cards. When shopping for a gift card make sure the PIN is not readable or readily accessible or you might find your card value less than you expect. That is one card trick you do not want to volunteer for.