Encoding Gift Cards / Loading Value on gift cards
How do you encode / load a value on gift cards?Gift cards and Key Tags can “hold value” in one of three ways:
How does it work?Either a barcode or a mag stripe when scanned or swiped has an encoded number or alphanumeric code on it, that's unique to this gift card. Now, think of that number/code as an account number, whenever your POS reads a cards account number, it then accesses that accounts info within your POS processing system's database, and in the POS database is where it's able to view and get the amount value this specific gift card holds.
Can I reload my Gift Cards after it's been used up?Either a barcode gift card or a mag stripe gift card can technically be reloadable. While it is more common with mag stripes, it is important to understand that this function has really nothing to do with the gift card itself, but with your POS system.
Your system has to have the function of reloading money to any gift cards account number. The card itself does not actually reload. The card always keeps its same original encoded number. The account in your POS database is what gets reloaded, and when the card is swiped or scanned, by reading the cards account number, the POS system then determines if they have added funds or used funds for that account.
What info do I need to order encoded Magnetic stripe cardsIf you are not sure, you will need to ask your POS provider the following 3 questions:
What info do I need to order Barcode cardsIf you are not sure, you will need to ask your POS provider the following 2 questions:
What format should I provide the encoding data in?