Taiwan shopping mall honors 17-year-old gift certificates
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese grandpa came across dozens of gift certificates
issued in 2000 when cleaning out his warehouse recently. His grandson made a call to the issuer, one of the country’s most popular department stores, and got an affirmative answer of “yes” to use the 17-year-old gift certificates.
A total of 50 gift certificates, each to the value of NT$100 (US$3.25), were found by the family and will be honored by the issuer Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, according to a post by a netizen surnamed Ho.
Ho said a stamp on the certificate shows that the date of issue is October 5, 2000 but does not contain an expiration date.
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi said the company started to issue gift certificates as early as 25 years ago, with two types of certificates being distributed: one is a gift certificate and the other is a gift voucher, on which the expiration date is printed.