COINCARDS GENERAL INFORMATION
We currently accept the following currencies:
Many gift cards listed on Coincards.com come at no additional fees.
If a gift card does have an additional fee, you will see this marked as a convenience fee on each product. Cards with a convenience fee are more difficult to obtain and usually are purchased by Coincards at face value. We continue to work with the merchants in all our supported regions to bring the best values possible.
Coincards does not add any fees to our exchange rates or hide any extra fees in our services.
We do not recommend sending funds directly from an exchange.
All payments must be made within 30 minutes of order creation. Many exchanges take hours, if not days, to send funds on withdrawal requests. This can cause funds to be frozen in our system.
Exchanges also typically “skim” fees from the amount being sent. This can often cause issues with underpayments. Underpaid orders will typically show as canceled in our system and will not be processed.
We recommend moving funds from an exchange to a mobile wallet, or hardware wallet before transacting with Coincards.com
Payment Pending – Your order has been placed, however payment has not been acknowledged. Our system instantly picks up most payments as soon as they are made. If you have paid for your order, and its “Payment Pending” please contact support.
Here are three common reasons for your order not being acknowledged properly:
- The network fee was too low – The network fee is a fee required to broadcast your transaction to the network. If too low, the network may ignore your transaction.
- Underpaid – If you have not sent enough funds, your invoice may be underpaid and your invoice will show as still requiring a payment.
- Exchange/Custodial Wallet Users – If you sent your payment from an exchange, they will likely not send the payment to use within the allotted time frame. Most exchanges also take a fee from the users payment, causing underpaid issues. Please do not use an exchange or custodial wallet to send funds to Coincards.ca
Awaiting Confirmations – Your order has been received and we are awaiting the needed confirmations to process the order. We require a minimum of 2 Confirmations on the blockchain before processing orders. Lightning Network Payments do not require confirmations and are confirmed instantly.
Confirmations Complete – Your order has now achieved the needed confirmation threshold. If your card is “Instant Delivery”, this status usually only lasts up to 60 seconds as your order is processing. If your card is manually fulfilled, this status can remain for upto several hours as our staff works to fulfill the items in your order. If your order remains in this status for over 8 hours, please open a support ticket as it might require manual intervention.
Paid Late – Your payment was sent after the 30-minute timer expired. This was likely because your payment came from an exchange or a third party custodial wallet. Your payment needs to be manually approved or canceled. If canceled, you will be contacted requesting a refund address at your cost. To avoid a “Paid Late” status, refrain from using exchanges or custodial wallets for purchases.
Processed – Your order has been completed and all vendors have confirmed that your gift cards are en route. If your order was shipped from Coincards.ca offices, this status indicates your order has now shipped. No further action is required.
Failed – Your payment has failed. Your invoice may have been underpaid. Please contact Coincards.ca for a refund.
Canceled – Your payment was not received or your payment was received underpaid and your order has been canceled.
There are several reasons why a payment might not register as completed:
- Your wallet has underpaid the original amount – In this case, our checkout screen should inform you of any additional amounts which need to be paid as long as the initial payment is picked up. Please send remaining funds to the original BTC address.
- Your payment has a low transaction fee – If your payment does not have a sufficient fee attached, your payment might take longer than allowed to complete on the network and might even be considered invalid. If you send a low fee, and your transaction is not confirmed within 6 hours it will be refunded.
- You are sending a payment from an exchange/coinbase – Exchanges often delay payments in order to batch them, This causes issues with invoices becoming invalid. If you send a transaction from an exchange, and your transaction is not confirmed within 6 hours it will be refunded.
Sometimes you realize you have made a mistake and purchased the wrong card, you no longer want the card purchased, or your transaction expired before getting a single confirmation. How do you get a refund?
*Important* – Refunds can only be issued if an order is either Awaiting Confirmations or is Confirmations completed. No refunds are issued on Processed Orders under ANY circumstances. This includes ALL orders processed fully or partially under our “Quick Delivery” fulfillment system.
- If you would like a refund, please reply to your order email stating your reason for a refund, eg: You have ordered an Apple.ca card instead of iTunes.
- Emailing us will open a ticket in our customer support backend. Our customer service agent will put your order on hold and possibly contact you asking for your refund wallet address.
- Your order will be refunded to your wallet address provided.
- At the time of Refund, Coincards will deduct any bitcoin transaction fees at the customer’s expense which Coincards incurs to refund the payment. Coincards will use the “Standard” fee unless otherwise specified by the client.
Ex: If your payment was for 0.01 BTC, and the fee to send you 0.01 BTC is 0.001 BTC, you will only receive 0.009 BTC to your wallet.
If you cannot login, please reset your password.
As of January 2018, Coincards.ca moved to a new platform and unfortunately accounts were not transferred.
We are currently looking at allowing access to the old system for historical purposes.
Please recreate your account with any details you wish to use, including your old details.
Coincards operates sites in various countries, you can find a complete listing at Coincards.com
Some vendors will allow gift cards to be used internationally, however, we cannot guarantee any results outside of the country your card was purchased for.
Please ensure you are purchasing in your desired country before completing the purchase.
We love hearing your feedback! We have multiple social media channels where you can let people know about us:
- Twitter – Make sure to follow us, but even better tweeting about us helps us get the word out so much better!
- Reddit – While we operate the /r/coincards subreddit, it helps us out a lot when reviews are posted on either /r/BitcoinCA or /r/Bitcoin
- Facebook – Like and share our page!
Coincards launched its referral program in March 2019. We offer a very competitive referral program in the gift card space and allow for our customers to earn BTC while referring friends and family back to Coincards.
For more information, please visit: Coincards Referral Program
If you are an exchange, wallet software provider, or other institutional entity who is looking to purchase gift cards in bulk please contact us via our contact page:
Unfortunately our business is based on a minimal viable percentage. We are unable to operate at percentages lower than 5%.
We have a lot of reviews available here from various sources here:
If you are still unsure of our services, we invite you to try a smaller amount on your first order to test our services!
PS. If you asked a website if they were a scam, would they say yes? 😉
ELECTRONIC GIFT CARDS
Coincards has two types of Electronic Gift Cards available:
- Quick Delivery – These cards are delivered automatically to your inbox after 2 confirmations on the blockchain used for payment. Delivery is instant when using the lightning network for payment.
- Standard Delivery – These cards are manually processed by our staff according approximately every 2-4 hours between 8:00am – 10:00pm PST
Often our emails are marked as spam, please make sure to check your spam folder. Gmail users should also make sure to check your “Promotions” folder as well. Hotmail often uses very aggressive spam filters and often won’t deliver emails from us, for this reason please avoid a hotmail address.
In the event that you still do not have your gift code after checking your spam folders, please open a ticket using the same email address you used to order here: Contact Us
*Please note that we are unable to send codes via any method but email. Please do not connect with us on social media channels if your enquiry is code related*
PHYSICAL GIFT CARDS (Canada Only)
Coincards ships gift cards from two seperate locations: Vancouver and Montreal.
The gift cards that are shipped from each location depend on the vendor and our partnership with the vendor. Upon checkout, your order will show which cards are being shipped from which location.
Shipments from our Montreal location are shipped within 2-3 business days. Shipments from our Vancouver location are shipped within 5-10 business days.
We do not provide tracking, unless it was offered upon checkout.
In most cases, Canada Post standard letter mail will be used to deliver physical gift cards. We can not, nor does the merchant offer any sort of insurance against lost or stolen gift cards. Alternative delivery methods are not available at this time.
Coincards default shipping method, does not have tracking information and does not include any insurance.
When available, eligible orders will be presented with advanced shipping options at the customer’s cost. Shipments with Tracking numbers are always shipped with a signature required upon delivery for security reasons.
*Please note that due to the policies of the major couriers, insurance is not available for tracked shipments.*
If you have paid for shipping during the checkout, Canada Post will send you an email with your tracking number. Please contact us if you have not received this.
If you opted for, or were only presented the option for free shipping, there is no way for us to track your shipment.
Some vendors will also provide tracking. We try to provide these details whenever possible.
Yes, we can ship to PO Boxes through Canada Post.
Please note that “Flex Delivery” boxes are not the same as PO Boxes and we cannot guarantee letter mail deliveries to “Flex Delivery” addresses.
Coincards takes the stance that all altcoins which carry the term “Bitcoin” in their name do so in an attempt to defraud, confuse, misinform and persuade the public that there is a connection between the original bitcoin chain and the many forks which use the same name.
As such, Coincards will not list ANY altcoin that uses the “Bitcoin” branding. This includes Bitcoin Cash/Gold/SV.
We are looking to implement further coins, however, at this time we are limited to those coins which we currently accept.
Our current exchange rate takes into account an average price the current market, using multiple data sources at several exchanges and also considers current exchange rate volatility.
Currency exchange rates are updated every 60 seconds and can be found on the top bar of any page within the Coincards system.
Lightning payments are still experimental and can be risky at times. Our lightning node status can be found on our Lightning Node Status Page and contains the details needed to connect to our node.
Lightning node connection details can also be found on the Coincards invoice by clicking the “Node Info” button under the “Bitcoin Lightning” payment option, or by clicking the “Copy” tab and selecting the string format of the Coincards node.
Coincards also has a more comprehensive guide including sub-guides for some of the most popular lightning wallets available here:
We know that the Lightning Network can be new and sometimes confusing and even scary to use.
To help our users test the network with real funds, we have lowered our minimum purchase amount on Amazon gift cards to just $1. This ensures that you are able to test the network in a real transaction while still only risking the lowest possible amount of funds until you are confident!
Lightning works on a “Capacity” basis. In order to make a payment to us, you need to have enough capacity either in your own channel directly to Coincards, or along other channels that you have connected to.
Your payment cannot exceed the inbound capacity of these channels. If you are making a larger payment, or multiple payments its best if you open a channel directly with Coincards.
Coincards works with many providers to ensure a healthy inbound capacity to our node at all times.
Due to the nature of the Lightning Network, payments are instant and always for the exact amount requested. This ensures that Coincards is able to instantly verify your payment and in most cases we can instantly process your gift card as well!
All current Lightning Network enabled wallets should be compatible with Coincards.
Check our Guides & Tutorials section for more information on specific wallets!
Once you are presented with the Coincards invoice with Bitcoin as a payment option, click the “Bitcoin” button with the dropdown to select “Bitcoin Lightning”.
Once selected, you will have a Bolt11 Invoice which you can scan to pay with your Mobile lightning network wallet as well as a “Open in Wallet” button for supported wallets.
Alternatively, you can select the “Copy” tab to be presented with the Bolt11 invoice in a string format which you can copy/paste into your wallet.
Once payment is sent from your wallet, the invoice will change to a “Invoice Paid” notice and your order will be fulfilled!