The virtual card program allows shoppers to spend them at any participating Davis Downtown merchant or restaurant, and offers the gift-giver the peace of mind that their money is supporting local businesses.
Brett Maresca, executive director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, said the organization frequently gets requests from the city, UC Davis, sporting leagues, schools, PTAs and others for this kind of card.
“By providing this opportunity, we can keep dollars local that often end up going to Amazon or other large chains outside our community,” Maresca said.
These cards are made available through Yiftee, a company that started in 2012 to “Keep Local Dollars Local,” as its motto states. It has more than 450 community cards across the nation, generating millions of dollars for small businesses. These eGift cards work like a credit card when a customer redeems them. There’s even a platform for companies, nonprofits, schools and other entities to buy them at a discount for quantities of $1,000 or more. Email [email protected] for bulk purchase inquiries.
Downtown Davis businesses wishing to participate in the program may email Stephanie Peel at [email protected] to sign up. They will receive simple instructions on how to set up an account. To participate, businesses must have a downtown Davis address registered on a valid city of Davis business license. Already, more than two dozen businesses are enrolled, with several dozen more in the works.
To purchase an eGift card and view the growing list of participating businesses, visit https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/davis-downtown. Choose a recipient, who can receive it by email or text. Cards have a delivery fee of $1 plus 5% of the card’s value. Cards lose value if left inactive for a year. After 12 months, it loses $3 per month of inactivity, but the 12-month cycle is reset each time it is used.
To use a card at a participating business, customers present it on a mobile device or printed on paper. It’s processed as a MasterCard with a 16-digit code, CVV, ZIP and expiration date. Charges may not exceed the card balance, so it’s important that customers know exactly how much is on the card. Customers or merchants may check the card balance online at https://c.yiftee.com/check-gift-balance. Purchases may be made above the card’s value, adding another payment method for the remaining amount. The gift cards may not be used for tips or on other third-party ordering or delivery apps.
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