I'm helping a client purchase a business and there are a lot of gift certificates circulating. We're not sure how to handle this as the seller doesn't even know how much 'value' is circulating in the public.

Great question, this is something that can be handled with a proper deal structure involving some vendor financing.

I recently did a video about this very topic for one of my YouTube followers. Check it out here:

You basically make the vendor's outstanding gift certificates a 'currency' which can be used by the buyer to repay the vendor loan. It's a net-sum game for the seller since he's already received the cash without having to provide the goods or services.

Hope this helps. Feel free to schedule a call anytime you have a question about business transactions.


Answered 6 years ago

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