I bought an Applebee's gift card while standing in line at Wal-mart. When the recipient tried to use it, there was a zero balance.
I called the store and because I misplaced my reciept I was told that "I was out of luck".
I called Applebee's and because I paid with a check card, my reciept could be retrieved. That card had been sold 4 times since March because it wasn't activated and then returned. I can't prove it, but I'm sure the clerks were pocketing the money.
Call the 800 number before leaving the store to verify that the card is loaded.
Product or Service Mentioned: Walmart Gift Card.