My daughter got a gift card from Stockpile for Christmas. We were really excited because it gave her a chance to choose a stock and watch it over time. She went on the site and entered the stockpile gift card but then couldn't decide what stock to buy. She didn't buy a stock but thought the gift card was saved to her account. Later I went into the account to check to see what stock they offered and noticed there was no amount under gift card. I got the gift card entered it again and then left the site. Well, my daughter, final decided what stock she wanted went into the account and again no gift card credit. Now in my daughter's group gift cards are popular she has gift cards from Starbucks, Target, Amazon, and iTunes and she has always put her card into her account to use later so this was not new, but never has she had a gift card that wasn't automatically saved to the account after it was accepted and entered.
I emailed Stockpile, and someone named Joel said he would help and after several emails back and forth told me they could do nothing about it. If you have kids, I would not buy this unless you knew what stock you wanted before you bought it. I would not recommend buying Stockpile. If you want them to learn about stocks just set up an account virtual or real and do it that way. Much simpler.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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