What’s the Point of Money Vouchers?



We’ve all been given them and we’ve all probably bought them at some point, but if you think about it vouchers are ridiculous. All they do is make giving someone cash seem a bit more like a present than actually just giving them cash.

In reality, they are much more useless than cash as you can only spend them in one place and sometimes only for a limited amount of time. Whereas cash is a voucher you can spend anywhere!

“Ah, but it’s nice to receive a voucher”, some people say. No, it is not, it is annoying and insulting.When someone gives you a voucher what they are really saying is one of two things:

(a) They could not be bothered to think or spend the time to get you an actual present.

And/or

(b) They didn’t want to give you cash as you can’t be trusted not to spend it on booze, gambling, whores or chocolate.


Vouchers are a great money-spinner for the companies that dish them out as they know only a percentage will get used.

So, please don’t go up to that counter to pay good money to give a friend or a love one bad money. That money, that gloriously universal cash you were about to use to pay for that voucher, why not give it directly to the person? Why do we need a middle man voucher?

When did society decide it was wrong or poor etiquette to give someone cold hard cash? This is absurd and I think must only have been started by the people who produced the first voucher.

If you are somehow still deluded or brainwashed into thinking vouchers are nice, try this very simple experiment. Next time you give someone a voucher, also hand them the cash equivalent and ask them to pick only one. You know full well which one they’ll pick.

We all know vouchers are shit, so please, can we all just stop buying them?

Jake McMillan

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