Please Mum, a well known Canadian children’s clothing retailer, announced last week that they are filing for bankruptcy. They’re reducing their locations to 21 total and no doubt the rest of the locations will close in time. While this may seem like a spectacular time to grab some last minute deals (surprise, they are still offering clothing for sale on the website), the company gets a big thumbs down from me because they are refusing to honor VIP program points and will not honor gift cards.
Yes, that’s right, if you got a gift card as a gift or returned merchandise to the store and got a credit in the form of a gift card, you are out that money due to the bankruptcy claim.
Thankfully, I don’t have any gift cards from them but I have friends and readers who do and I feel your frustration. If the cards were purchased using a credit card, it may offer you some protection (debates online continue) but it’s worth a try to see. Either way, the company has your money and you don’t have merchandise in exchange.
I’m a frugal mom and love a good deal but I refuse to shop at Please Mum for these last minute deals, giving them my money, when others have already given the company money in return for gift cards and are left empty handed.