Updated: 1/6/2016 In April of 2013 a change in the law resulted in many Visa and Mastercard gift cards becoming pin-enabled.
While these cards do not allow ATM withdrawals, they otherwise generally work as debit cards in most transactions.
Even those these cards are pin-enabled (see packaging for instructions on setting the pin), they cannot be used at ATM machines for cash withdrawals or for cash back transactions.
With that said, there are plenty of options for liquidating or spending down the cards.
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