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Plastic Jungle

Gift Card Exchange Marketplace


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Published 10/08/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Plastic Jungle is a website dedicated to giving those in possession of a gift card they do not want a way to make use of that card. In the past, a gift card received that an individual will not use would go to waste. They could not be exchanged for money and most businesses will not give cash until less than $5 remains on the card. In these cases, the card usually sat in a drawer or wallet and went to waste. The Plastic Jungle helps users get something for their cards while others have the opportunity to purchase gift cards at less than their original value.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Bruce Bower first took up the reigns as president of the Plastic Jungle in April of 2008. His twenty years of experience in technology enterprises has helped him increase the popularity of the Plastic Jungle. Currently, Ashmit Bhattacharya is Chief Technology Officer, Steve Grove is Vice President of Product and User Experience, and Kristin Cunningham-Donelson is Vice President of Marketing. The site still gives users a better way to make use of their unwanted gift cards, with the help of the Plastic Jungle’s executive team.

What are the differences to other apps?

The Plastic Jungle allows users to make the most of their unwanted gift cards. An unused gift card is essentially money thrown in the trash. The Plastic Jungle presents users with a way to earn something for their unwanted cards while giving others the opportunity to buy them for less. Everyone benefits when using the Plastic Jungle.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Plastic Jungle website includes a lot of white and open space along the sides. This helps promote a very neat and clean look. Users can find information that entices them to use the Plastic Jungle, but without all the annoying clutter that can distract them from the main purpose of the site. A colorful banner explains a little more about what the site can do for the user while images of gift cards are highlighted at the bottom of the homepage, displaying current hot deals.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can sign up for a Plastic Jungle account by clicking the small “Sign Up” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The user is directed to the login page, which has an “I’m a New User” option at the bottom. After entering a username and password and clicking the new user radio button as well as terms of service agreement, the visitor can complete account creation. The new account is automatically logged in and the user is taken back to the homepage to begin shopping the Plastic Jungle.

What does it cost to use the application?

Users who create an account only have to spend time on the Plastic Jungle. Access to the site and all features are provided as soon as registration is complete. There is no premium paid membership option or subscription fees. The only cost associated with the Plastic Jungle depends on how much the user spends on gift cards. Users can purchase as many or as few gift cards as they like, there are no minimum limits.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Users that have been holding on to an unwanted gift card can really appreciate the Plastic Jungle. The site helps users offload unwanted gift cards while giving others the chance to buy those gift cards at a discount. Both parties make out, with the seller getting something for a gift card that otherwise would have gotten them nothing and the buyer spending less on the gift card of their choice.

  • Browse hot deals on the Plastic Jungle homepage
  • Sell unwanted gift cards for cash
  • Buy gift cards at less than their face value
  • Receive free shipping on their gift card purchases through the Plastic Jungle
  • Buy and sell with confidence on the Plastic Jungle


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