Hi, I am Jason Wolfe. I am the founder of GiftYa, former founder of GiftCards.com, and life long entrepreneur and philanthropist. I began my life growing up in the Milton Hershey School, in Hershey Pa. Milton Hershey School was started by the founder of Hershey Chocolate – Milton Hershey. He left his entire fortune when he passed away in 1945 to his orphanage he started in 1909. In this school I learned about philanthropy. Hershey gave away his entire fortune and invested much of his life into helping needy children. Today they serve over 2,000 students. Maybe there is a reason I am in the gifting business, to give back as I was given by Hershey, who knows.
But today, we are trying to provide a better alternative to gift cards in the form of GiftYa. Gift cards are broken for several reasons.
If you give a gift card, it can be lost or stolen and there is no way to get your money or gift back if that happens. It is totally lost. And who makes out? The criminal and the merchant, not you.
If you want to buy a gift card for your loved one to their favorite local diner, chances are you cannot. Gift cards are mostly only available for large national merchants. Our local favorite merchants are left without anything. So, you are stuck choosing from the same old same old merchants, right?
Have you heard on the news about gift cards and the under ground market of exchanges in gift cards? Well gift cards are used by criminals for prostitution, child trafficking, drugs and more. Do a simply search on google and you will see. Gift cards are not traceable and therefore are used by criminals. We think an alternative can be used to stop this activity, that’s good isn’t it?