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November 19, 2016

Uber starts selling gift cards online

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Carroll - Uber Lyft Taxi Showdown Thom Carroll, File/PhillyVoice

An UberX driver keeps his Uber sticker in his car console when driving in Philly.

Uber is now selling gift cards online, the ride-sharing company announced earlier this week – just in time for the holiday season.

The company started selling the cards Tuesday and can be purchased here. The gift cards can be used for both Uber rides as well as UberEATS purchases, the company said in a news release.

Gift cards are also available in more than 35,000 stores across the country, including Target and Walmart. They can also be ordered in bulk, a feature likely to be used by businesses.

Ridesharing companies, including Uber and Lyft, were only recently made legal in Philadelphia. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill Nov. 4 that replaced a two-year experimental license that the companies used to operate in the state.

While vastly popular, the ridesharing company clashed with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, making legalization difficult.

"I want to thank the Legislature for working with me to finally pass a long-term solution that will allow ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement earlier this year. “This bill puts an end to any question about these companies operating in our Commonwealth, especially in Philadelphia."