When Sharper Image’s sales fell so low that it could not make its debt service, the retailer filed for Chapter 11. Part of its cost cutting was a decision to stop taking gift cards that unsuspecting customers had bought for their friends.
But, Sharper Image reversed itself and will allow the cards to be redeemed. There is a twist, a way to get some cash into the retailer’s bank account. According to the AP "In a statement, the company explained that a customer holding a $25 gift card could only use it to buy at least $50 worth of items." The gift card has not value for that $10 pocket knife. Customers will have to step up to the $150 line of kitchen knives if they want the $25 credit.
"While not a complete solution, it does provide immediate satisfaction to customers on a voluntary basis, Chief Executive Robert Conway said.
Douglas A. McIntyre