If you buy all those gift cards (like the $200 ones from Staples) you are probably threading the streets to Walmart's Money Center.
Now Evolve Money adds another way to liquidate your cards. It's a free 'bill-pay' service that can send your money to many banks, utility companies and insurance firms, many of which do not usually accept credit card payments.
1) Sign-up for an account at Evolve Money (it's free)
2) Find your provider
3) Use your gift card as a debit card (MetaBank cards use the last 4 digits of their credit card number as the PIN)
While Evolve Money is limited to $1,000 per 24 hours (it resets at midnight PST) it's a good alternative to Walmart and works just from your browser, so no trips to suburbia required!