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Mary ツ Jan 25, 2018 @ 2:23pm
Do Steam Gift Cards activate right after purchasing?
Today I bought 4 steam gift cards from the grocery store. I entered one of the codes in at, but it said it was invalid. So I checked my receipt for the codes, and it said

"Card will be active within 24 hours- Do not redeem or attempt balance inquiry any time prior to, or card may become void."

This is weird, because I looked online and everyone said that steam cards activate right after, or at least 30 minutes after purchase (I did not wait 30 minutes when I entered in the code). So I was assuming that maybe it's just something that the individual grocery store prints up on any gift card receipt.

I would really not like to wait 24 hours, because I'm preordering a game that comes out tomorrow and I would like to get the preorder benefits. It's also the fact that I have never heard of a steam code taking 24 hours to activate.
Last edited by Mary ツ; Jan 25, 2018 @ 2:27pm
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StickyPawz Jan 25, 2018 @ 3:19pm 
So it's the grocery store saying you are to wait.

Maybe their method of activation is slow.
Ive had the same thing but my cards never got voided. My friend however had a problem and tried like 20 times it didn't work however his 2nd card did... Maybe he just put the code in wrong but 2 weeks later he tried again and it worked
Staplee Sep 18, 2018 @ 7:13am 
I tried to redeem it before looking at the receipt scared me when it said it may be void
Bel Dec 30, 2018 @ 7:58am 
I’m having the same problem. I can’t get it to work. It’s a $100 one too and I’m pissed.
cSg|mc-Hotsauce Dec 30, 2018 @ 8:03am 
Originally posted by Fixx:
I’m having the same problem. I can’t get it to work. It’s a $100 one too and I’m pissed.

Wait a while since the servers are having issues.

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Date Posted: Jan 25, 2018 @ 2:23pm
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