The latest limited-edition Starbucks gift card makes much more sense than the steel Starbucks gift cards that sold for $450 and came loaded with $400 to spend at the store. The coffee company is now selling wood gift cards.

The wood gift cards are sourced from a forest certified to meet Forest Stewardship Council sustainable management standards. The card can be registered with Starbucks Rewards, reloaded with more money when its original value is depleted, and can earn you free refills, free drinks and other rewards.

What’s great about these cards as opposed to the plastic cards is that once they’re thrown away, they won’t take as long to break down in a landfill. I don’t know if they’re compostable or not — it would depend on the kind of ink used and any sealers that are on the outside of the card.

These cards are also collectable. I didn’t realize this until I started looking for more information on them, but there are people out there who collect Starbucks gift cards. When a new design is released, they snatch it up. I don’t understand this. Why would someone make a collection out of used gift cards? Or even unused ones? On eBay, people are selling these “rare,” unactivated cards with a zero balance.

You can purchase these cards on the Starbucks website. Starbucks will load them with the amount of money paid for them and there is no charge to ship them, so buying them with a zero balance on eBay seems ridiculous, but people are doing it.

I don’t understand this, but then again, I didn’t understand why people were paying extra for the limited-edition steel cards. Then I learned that many of the buyers turned around and sold the Starbucks steel cards for a nice little profit. Still in the end, some people paid $1,000 for a $400 gift card. I’m still perplexed.

Do you understand why people pay extra for a gift card?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Starbucks introduces sustainable wood gift card
FSC certified wood is used in Starbucks new gift cards that people are paying extra money for.