#929 – Limited

It wasn’t too long ago that almost all gift cards self destructed. After 6 or 12 months they started subtracting a “maintenance” fee until the balance was reduced to zero. Thankfully this has largely gone out of style. Now the main issue is when you get a gift card to a store that you don’t normally shop at. It becomes a sort of solitaire game show where you need to select the exact items to use up the maximum amount on the gift card possible without going over.


38 thoughts on “#929 – Limited”

  1. Flashback81 says:

    I happened to check out this comic at 10pm PST, and actually thought that the timer on the card was counting down to New Years. But then I actually watched it. Imagine my disappointment.

  2. Mister says:

    Here I was watching it count down for a good minute till I realized it was just on a ten second loop

  3. corjoth says:

    happy new year’s all and is it just me or is that comic animated?

  4. Küchenhexe says:

    Corjoth, it’s just you. 😀

  5. PsychoDuck says:

    I find myself wondering how this will work for a book. I also find myself wondering why I just used the phrase “I find myself wondering”.

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  6. Random says:

    I am VERY impressed that you made the comic “move.” I give you props and have a happy new year.

  7. Mike says:

    My favorite things about gift cards is when you think you’ve used all of it up, but give it to the cashier anyways to see that you still have some money on it. Helped me get a few toys when I was a kid.

  8. Space Butler says:

    Same here, but the countdown still makes a super neato new year comic.

  9. Ziriath says:

    Wooow, special effects today!

  10. Micah says:

    I let it run down to zero to see if it was on a loop or not.

  11. Croc says:

    @Micah – Same. Took me a minute to figure out it was looped. Was this timed with New Year’s on purpose? xD

  12. Brassaw says:

    I actually found a gift card from my birthday two years ago in my wallet last month, and used it to buy a christmas gift. I was thrilled!

  13. DOlz says:

    I really dislike gift cards. It’s like I’m too lazy to pick out a gift for you, so go pick it out yourself … oh yes, and you have to get it at a store that you never go in.

  14. no name says:

    WHOA! A moving comic!! Can I get this one framed and signed? 😀

  15. DTanza says:


  16. Nokore says:

    @DTanza: Behold, the Frankenstein of comics! Witness its glory!

  17. Lorcan says:

    Nice job on the timer. Very clever!

  18. Dark Jaguar says:

    Gift cards are, in every conceivable way, a worse gift than simply giving someone money. I find no value in “suprise! You have more on the gift card than you thought” if the value in cash is the same.

    Get your friends and family the consumer anti-gift card. Just add money. Usable wherever cash is accepted, and it never expires.

  19. The Dukenator says:

    Worse thing than getting a gift card, is getting useless stuff that you don’t really need.
    Someone once gave me a gift card to Culver’s, never ate there.
    Another gave me clothes twice.

    I usually prefer cash unless gift card is from store that I actually go to. I had received one from a store that was no longer in town.

    Surprisingly, you could use the same gift card on their website. This works for any store, useful if the store doesn’t have it locally. Back then, this wasn’t possible, now it is.

  20. Santy22 says:

    big props of an animation with that much quality.

  21. -2! says:

    I really enjoy how your assuming that by the time The book of Biff 8 or 9 comes into existence there will be paper that you can animate!

    Something not to distant from this

    Also this comic updates at midnight server time… well it did last time I checked.

    Did you know that its illegal for gift cards to expire?

  22. sco3tt says:

    Has there been an animated Biff before? If not, why? And if so where!

  23. Linzleh says:

    Ahh just saying twenty-ten sounds so future! Happy New Year! Biff beware if you “accept the mission” won’t the card self-destruct?

  24. Church says:

    Tee Hee, Biff has a gif

  25. weerd2normal says:

    i am having a hang over right now, so is the timer actually going down?

  26. Brad says:

    Animated comics from now on? What a resolution!

  27. Zach says:

    @ Chris: So if you ever print, frame and sign this.. it could be a bit more expensive, but you could embed an ACTUAL digital timer/clock into the frame…

  28. GuyD says:

    Just a simple animated GIF, but that’s what I call a smart use of electronic publishing! You can’t do that in a real book…

  29. -2! says:

    @ sco3tt

    He publishes books (hence the tittle “The Book of Biff. Animating comics makes it hard to publish them in a book. That also explains the standard size of every comic.

  30. Anon says:

    My… My gracious! A moving comic! Wow… If you were to print this one, I would use a shiny hologram that moves. Either way, major props for this one!

  31. Kitsune Dzelda says:

    Now a giftcard that makes you expire when it does! 😀

  32. Rasheed says:

    The problem with giftcards now is the store might go bankrupt before you use it.

  33. Matt Lee says:

    Is this the first .gif comic you’ve done Chris? I don’t recall ever seeing one.

  34. August says:

    Zut alors! Ze comic, she moves!

  35. hwertz says:

    The problem I have had with gift cards was, I’d get ones for stores that don’t even exist here. Now if someone in my family decides “gift card” they give cash instead.

  36. Xantoz says:

    Maybe it’s a .gif-card?

  37. Elkian says:

    Xantoz: GROAN…..

    Yeah, I hate that whole ‘you paid for this but you’re not actually getting anything’ thing. Am I the only one who considers that STEALING?

  38. Elkian says:

    It would have been funny to have it self-destruct at the end…

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