20% back on $30 iTunes or Google Play Gift Cards (also 16% back on Netflix)

We are hitting two ecosystems with one blog stone 🙂 Good until Saturday night 4/15/17, at Rite Aid brick and mortar stores [check their Weekly Ad to verify your local stores are participating], by using the Plenti Rewards program (managed by American Express and free and easy to join in-store or online), you can get 20% back in Plenti points on the purchase of $30 Google Play or $30 iTunes Gift Cards. You earn the $6 spending equivalent (600 Plenti Points) to use in the future (as early as next day after purchase) at participating Plenti retailers (Rite Aid, Exxon-Mobil, Macy’s, etc). If you shop at any of these retailers regularly, this is as good as cash. I’ve done these a few times, they work like clockwork. Limit two per customer for this particular offer.

Of camera and photo interest is the purchase of photography and camera guide e-books (tablets and PCs are better suited than e-book readers and phones when reading e-books with diagrams, tables, and of course color pictures), along with the purchase of camera and photography apps, and the occasional photography-related movie or TV show.

Speaking of which, another similar deal is running at Rite Aid B&M for the same time period. Buy a $50 Netflix Gift card, and get 800 Plenti points back. That’s a 16% off virtual discount, assuming you have no problem spending the 800 Plenti points at participating retailers. Limit two per customer on this offer. You can load this card to your own Netflix account (you don’t have to gift it to someone else). These work like clockwork too, and it only takes about 60 seconds to scratch the code, logon to the Netflix website, and type in the goofy jumble of letters and numbers that is the gift card code. Netflix can sometimes take a couple of minutes to “digest” the gift card, so don’t panic if your balance does not refresh instantaneously [this word is a pain to type correctly!]

Of camera and photo interest, well, there are very few photo-related movies and docs on Netflix, but you can put the savings towards the purchase of your next camera and photo item 🙂 A 16% virtual discount on a $10 monthly plan would make it a virtual $8.40 per month. Assuming you can use the Plenti points on your everyday purchases.

I have done the above offers multiple times, they work like clockwork, and they are frictionless. All you have to do is show your Plenti rewards card when making the purchase at Rite Aid, or type in your phone number correctly. You pay full price at the cash register. You get the promotion in bonus points. You get instant verification on the bonus points on the cash register receipt, it shows the amount earned. The bonus points can be spend the next morning (after your purchase). You cannot roll the points (you cannot use them on gift cards anyway), so you must pay with “new money” (credit card, cash, debit card, check, gold bullion bars, live chickens, and all the other acceptable payment methods).

Pay $90, Get $100 Barnes and Noble plastic gift card [limit 3]

Back to the Trending eBay Deals, if you like to shop at Barnes and Noble and you don’t need instant delivery, you can PAY $90 and receive $100 Barnes and Noble plastic gift card. Free shipping. Limit three per customer. The seller is SVM Gift Cards (99.4%, ships from Illinois).

Strategically this is good if you are planning to buy books and other items B&N offers that have the same prices everywhere or rarely get discounted. This is today’s deal theme apparently with this and the Rakuten Masterpass offer.

eMailable Gift Cards: Pay $85, Get $100 iTunes; Pay $150, Get $165 Best Buy

To the eBay Deals where the PayPal Digital Gifts store is offering a couple of promotions on gift cards delivered by email:

+ Pay $85, Get $100 iTunes eGift Card (limit 4)

+ Pay $150, Get $150 + $15 Best Buy eGift Cards
+ the $15 eGift Card only works between April 1-14 in 2017
+ limit five per customer

+ all the gift cards offered by “PayPal Digital Gifts” are emailable gift cards. PayPal Digital Gifts does not sell plastic gift cards.

Pay $5, Get $10 Target eGift Card (YMMV maybe)

Groupon has a new doorbuster type of an offer, Pay $5, Get a $10 electronic Target Gift Card. You can also buy it as a gift for other people.

The page there says only those invited by email can get it. I checked my Groupon emails and I wasn’t invited but I can add to cart and go to the “Place Order” page, so maybe they opened up the offer to everyone. I don’t need a Tarjay gift card at the moment, and being a poor blogger, I can’t buy it just so I can test the offer 🙁

So, to cut a long story short, this may be YMMV.

YMMV Buy $50+ in Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 promo code

Amazon has another gift card promotion, but this is YMMV. Typically these type of offers are once for the lifetime of an Amazon account, and they may be further targeted to a subset of customers based on whatever criteria their computers use (eg inactive customers, or customers who rarely buy gift cards, etc – who knows). You can tell if you are eligible for this offer if you are logged on to your Amazon account and visit the Promotional page. IF you are not eligible, the page will inform you so like this:

Gift Emergencies and/or Simplicity: Online Emailable or Printable Gift Cards

It is almost too late to buy physical gifts, you either have to fight last minute stressed out crowds at shopping centers, or hope PrimeNOW doesn’t screw up with a last minute order (Amazon delivery drivers on average are not as seasoned as UPS and FedEx drivers). At this point in time, the safer and least stressful solution is online gift cards delivered by email or printable with your own printer.

At Amazon’s Gift Cards, you can send them by e-mail (they usually arrive within a couple of minutes), or you can print them with your own printer (they offer a variety of designs including uploading your own photo, which would make it a personal gift), and for the younger generation, they even have delivery via a text message (because email and reading from paper is hard!). You can enter any amount from $1 to $2000. If you want to test the delivery speed, you can send yourself an email gift card and see how fast it arrives. You can even send it to the same email address. You can also select the delivery date (but not the delivery time). Amazon sends you emails after it is sent and after the email with the gift card is opened (or something like that, I forgot what’s the exact trigger point), so you’ll know it was not lost in the cybersphere.

At B&H Photo, you can send them via e-mail with a few premade templates to chose from. Amounts range from $20 to $250. For larger amounts, send multiple cards. TIP: if sending multiple e-gift cards to the same person, maybe send different amounts so they don’t get confused and think it’s a duplicate 🙂

At Adorama, you have preset options ranging from $10 to $1000, delivered by e-mail.

Various options for Physical Gift Cards with Free 1-Day Shipping

If you like to gift gift-cards but prefer to gift physical tangible gift cards, there are still a number of options available at Amazon with free 1-day shipping for all (they do that often for gift cards since they are featherweight).

Prime members have more options on free 1-day shipping or next-day delivery. However, some of these gift cards also offer free 1-day for non-Prime members. Regardless, the best way to tell for sure is to add the items of interest to your shopping cart and see what shipping fees and options the shopping cart shows you. It is the ultimate decider after all 🙂

+ Snow Flake Tin ($25 to $2000)
+ Holiday Teddy Bear ($200 or $250)
+ Merry Christmas Tin ($50 to $1000; preset amounts only)
+ Smiling Santa Tin ($50 to $200; preset amounts only)
+ Plaid Box with either Nativity Scene or Snow Globe option ($50 to $1000)
+ classic-looking Brown & Blue Tin ($25 to $2000)
+ Minimalist hippie/hipster Mini Amazon Shipping Cardboard ($50 to $2000)
+ Santa Tin [CAUTION: it says “Ho!” on the gift card which may be misinterpreted by prickly recipients!]
+ over 120 options available, some are tins, some are greeting cards, some are alternative approaches/designs (eg book bookmarks
+ some gift cards have preset amounts or you can enter an amount in the “Other” box up to $2000, others only have preset amounts
+ these are the Christmas Delivery Cut-Off Dates but the Shopping Cart estimate is the most accurate for each particular order at each particular point in time

The above are Amazon’s own gift cards, but they now also offer gift cards for other retailers, some of which are eligible for free 1-day shipping. Check the full list here (includes Whole Foods, Netflix, Starbucks, various restaurants and clothing stores, Spotify, etc)

TIP: if you are not going to be around to physically receive the gift cards, you also have the option to send them to a local Amazon Locker facility (eg 711, Safeway, etc – availability varies by region and zipcode).

Holiday Teddy Bears with Gift Cards for $150 or $200 or $250 (Prime Only)

They are back again, the Teddy Bear Amazon Gift Cards are now available in $150 or $200 or $250 denominations Amazon by Amazon itself. You get a free gift of the same value plus the holiday teddy bear included for free. They come with free 1-day delivery, or you can select a slower shipping method (“digital credits” may or may not be available, I’m not sure exactly how their shopping cart decides this; it may vary by supply and location and delivery options and such). Limit one denomination per customer, but you can buy all three individual ones, one of each.

This is promotion is currently limited to Prime members only.

$3 “Profit” with loading $30+ on 3-pack of Amazon Anytime Greeting Card Gift Cards

This promotion is a bit confusing. Here’s the TL;DR: you can make a $3 profit by loading $10+ each on three Amazon gift cards sold together as a 3-pack that includes three holiday greeting cards. You invest $33 and make a $3 profit. The profit is a promotional credit that must be spent by 3/31/17. So let’s start from the beginning…

… Amazon launched new awkwardly named Anytime Greeting Card Gift Cards, sold as a 3-pack with a current price of $3 per 3-pack. Despite the hints of the name, these are not reloadable gift cards. You can only load them once per the lifetime of the card. I have no clue why they call them “Anytime” which hints of reusability and reloadability. Just like regular Amazon gift cards, the “Anytime gift card” don’t expire and they don’t have inactivity or other fees.

Free shipping on the cards for Prime members or the usual $49+ (or $25+ in books). You could stack this offer with the Book Coupon offer to get free shipping with a smaller order total.

A promotion is running on these until 12/31/16 that gets you a $2 promotional credit when you load $10 or more on a single Anytime gift card. Since these are sold as a 3-pack, you have to load $10 on each of them, and you get $6 total in promotional credits. So you spend $30 (three $10 loads) plus $3 for the gift cards, and you receive a $6 promotional credit.

I should point out that these are not just physical gift cards, they also include printed holiday greeting cards. They have two designs, a blue general holiday theme and a red Christmas theme. So technically you make a $3 profit and you also get three free holiday greeting cards 🙂

PS: I haven’t done this offer yet, so I can’t tell you the Xs and Os, but there are currently 7 reviews and 6 answered questions about them on the gift card listing that may answer your potential questions.

2% Bonus if you reload $100+ Amazon Gift Card Balance with Checking Account

If you like to pay for Amazon purchases with a checking account instead of a credit card, Amazon is currently running another reload promotion, reload $100+ to your default Amazon Gift Card Balance with a checking account, and receive 2% of that amount as a bonus. The details are over there.

NOTE however that if you like to use credit cards as well, for the 4th quarter of 2016 (until 12/31/16), Discover offers 5% cashback (on up to $1500 per account for the quarter) on Amazon purchases. You have to first activate the offer in your Discover account. There are also some other Amazon promotions, for example, if you apply and get approved for a new AMEX Blue Cash Preferred (the one with the annual fee) they give you 10% back on the first $2,000 in Amazon purchases made within six months of opening.

Buy $50 Best Buy Gift Card, Get $8 equivalent back in Plenti points (16% effective discount)

If you are a fan of Best Buy, and you are participating in the Plenti rewards program, and you have a Rite Aid store near you, we have good news for you. Until the close of business on Saturday 11/19/16, when you buy a $50 Best Buy plastic gift card at the Rite Aid brick and mortar stores, and show them your Plenti rewards card (or use your phone number to tag the purchase at the register), you will receive 800 Plenti points ($8 buying power to use in future purchases). You can spend your 800 points the morning after your purchase, so you don’t have to wait like a rebate. The points are good for 2+ years in your account, they don’t expire quickly. You also get instant confirmation on the cash register receipt that your purchase qualified. This offer is limit two during this particular week (Sunday AM to Saturday PM). Assuming you’ll have no problem spending the future Plenti points on things you want/need, this is a virtual 16% off discount on the gift cards.


$5 Reward with $100+ Amazon Gift Card Balance Reload [Once lifetime Per Account]

While preparing Monday’s Lightning Deals schedule, the Amazon pages kept showing the gift card reload offer, so this is a good time to mention it again. NOTE however that this only works once for the lifetime of an Amazon account, so if you did this before, you can’t do it again. You can tell if you are eligible if you are logged on to your Amazon account and visit the Reload Promotional page. The offer is this: reload $100 or more to your Amazon Gift Card Balance, and get a $5 Amazon store bonus to use in future purchase. So it’s like a 5% discount (on a $100 reload).

Here are two screenshots of what you’ll see:

If you are eligible


If you are NOT eligible


YMMV $5 Bonus on $100+ Amazon Gift Card Reload (once per customer)

This is a YMMV and from what I can tell, this only works once per Amazon account for the lifetime of that account. If you reload $100 or more on an Amazon Gift Card (including the virtual “default” gift card on your Amazon account), you will receive a $5 bonus. Details and terms and conditions of the promotion can be found at the promotional page. To figure out if you are eligible, visit the page while being logged on with your Amazon account. If you just want to read the terms and conditions, you don’t need to be logged in.

This offer may also be promoted on product pages, but just because you see it there, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are eligible. The “Learn More” link in the screenshot below is the page linked-to in the first paragraph above:


Pay $100, Get 1-Year Of NewEgg Premier and a $100 Promo Credit (NEW MEMBERS ONLY)

If you are a frequent NewEgg shopper, or don’t object to shopping there, Groupon Goods is offering a NewEgg Premier Membership and Gift Card Bundle with two options:

+ Pay $50, And Get a 6-month NewEgg Premier Membership AND a $50 NewEgg Promo Credit
+ Pay $100, And Get a 6-month NewEgg Premier Membership AND a $100 NewEgg Promo Credit
+ NewEgg Premier is their Prime-equivalent membership, but only for shipping related matters (no music/video/ebooks/etc)
+ NEW MEMBERS ONLY (does not work with existing Premier memberships)
+ the $50/$100 Promo Credit expires in 90 days
+ limit one for you and one to buy as a gift for another person

Buy $100 Best Buy Gift Card, Get $10 Promo Code (or $150/$15)

More eBay Deals action, if you are a fan of Best Buy, the PayPal digital e-gift cards store on eBay is offering this promotion: Buy $100 Best Buy Gift Card, Get $10 Promo Credit. Both are email delivery. The $10 bonus card MUST be redeemed by 10/12/16. The $100 gift card follows the gift card expiration laws in your State. Usage instructions at the bottom of the listing. Limit 5 sets per customer.

Assuming you will use the promo code before it expires, this is a virtual 9% or 10% discount (depending on how you do the math).

UPDATE: if you are a big Best Buy fan and need moar moar moar gift cards, the promotion is also available for the $150 Best Buy Gift Card, buy the $150 e-gift card and receive a $15 promo code that must be used by 10/12/16. This is a parallel offer from PayPal’s Digital Gifts.

$5 off purchases of $50+ in Gift Cards (800+ options including Best Buy, Sears, eBay, Staples, REI, Groupon, etc)

eBay Gone Wild! For a limited time, they have a promotion that gets you $5 off in the shopping cart (no coupon needed) if you place a gift card order of $50+. A total of 848 gift cards are eligible for this promotion, including eBay’s own gift cards (on page #2 of the results), Best Buy, Worst Buy, Google Play, Staples, the softer and harder side of Sears (K-Mart and Sears actual), Groupon, Overstock, REI, Office Max-Depot, Art.com, “Make a Photo Case”, and many more. An expiration date is not mentioned.

PS: I haven’t done this offer yet, so I don’t know if it works multiple times or once per account. I have to check my gift card inventory 🙂

Load Amazon Gift Card Balance with $100+, Get $5 Bonus [First Time Users Only]

This promotion is only good once per Amazon account, so if you previously took advantage of it, you will not be eligible. If you are eligible, you will see the offer at the promotional Amazon page. If you are not eligible, you will see a message like “Unfortunately, you are not eligible for this offer”. The offer is this: you load $100 or more in your own Amazon Gift Card Balance account, and you receive a $5 bonus for it. I did this in the past, so I can’t do it again, I saw the above message.

Pay $85, Get $100 iTunes Gift Card by email

Speaking of the eBay Deals, if you happen to need an iTunes gift card yesterday, the PaYPal Digital Gifts offer is back, Pay $85, Get $100 iTunes Gift Card by E-Mail. Limit four per customer. Think camera and photo apps, photography and camera guide ebooks (some are iBooks-exclusives or have special editions for iPads), photography documentaries, and so forth.

This is not the lowest percentage, but it’s available right now. If you don’t need it immediately, you can wait for better iTunes offers, online or at brick and mortar.

Speaking of eBay and Gift Cards, this is a pre-filled search query that shows the eBay Daily Deal Gift Cards.

August 14-20: Buy $50 Best Buy Gift Card Get $8 Back in Plenti Rewards

If you are participating in the Plenti Rewards program, for the week of August 14-20 in 2016, at Rite Aid brick and mortar stores, if you purchase a $50 plastic Best Buy Gift Card, you will receive 800 Plenti Rewards points, which are the equivalent of $8. The points load up on your account the next morning. Limit two per customer during that week (Sunday AM until Saturday PM). Assuming you can easily spend the Plenti rewards (Rite Aid, Macy’s, Exxon-Mobil gas stations, etc), it’s like getting a 16% off discount on the Best Buy gift cards.

RiteAid: Buy $50 eBay Gift Card, get 800 Plenti Points

If you are an eBay shopper, good until the close of business on Saturday 6/25/16, at Rite Aid Brick and Mortar stores, if you buy a $50 eBay Gift Card, you will receive 800 Plenti Points, which is $8 spending power in future purchases. Assuming you can spend the Plenti points on something you need/want, that’s an effective 16% discount. Limit one per customer… In parallel, they have a buy $25 Google Play Gift Card (think camera/photo apps and e-books), get 500 Plenti Points. This is limit two per customer for the week…

Self-Stirring Lens-Shaped Coffee Mug for $13 w/free S&H

I suppose this falls squarely into the Dads and Grads gift season, it’s not just a Lens-Shaped Coffee Mug, BUT a Self-Stirring One! No, it does not use gravitational waves harvested from the soul of the universe, but two AAA batteries to power the self-stirring which is activated with a button on the side of this 11oz lens-shaped coffee mug going for $13 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer at Stacksocial. There is a short video demonstrating the stirring over there. Delivery estimate is two weeks from today.

PS: I have only used the non-powered ones, so I don’t know how well the stirring works on this one.

Instant Camera Shaped Post-It Dispenser for $6

For the week of June 19-25 in 2016, at Office Depot and Office Max, the Post-It Dispenser in the shape of an instant camera is going to be on sale for $6. This is mentioned in their Weekly Ad as you can see in the screenshot below:


I do not know if their website will also have the $6 sale starting on Sunday 6/19/16, but you can research it and see bigger pictures of it at the Office Depot website.

Pay $85, Get $100 Gift Card for Sears or iTunes

We forgot about Dre and also the eBay Trending Deals where they have two gift cards offers of the “Pay $85, Get $100 Gift Card” variety as follows:

+ Sears Plastic Gift Card (limit 3, from SVWGiftCards, free shipping by mail)
++ in addition to their own camera gear, Sears has an open marketplace where some of the well-known camera sellers participate (similar to Amazon, NewEgg, Best Buy, Rakuten, etc)

+ iTunes Electronic Gift Card (limit 4, from PayPal Digital Gifts, delivered by email)
++ think camera and photo apps, photography and camera ebooks ~ some of which are iTunes-exclusive)

B&H Photo branded 20oz Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Classic Water Bottle for $30.50 with free shipping

Olympus recently launched a fan gift shop but they are not the only one. If you are a fan of B&H Photo, they have two B&H logo branded versions of the 20oz Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Classic Water Bottle. The very outdoorsy looking Fresh Pine (Green) color scheme goes for $30.50 with free shipping, while the Shale Black goes for $31 + shipping (free shipping if your order total is $49+).

These are not isolated items, they are part of the recently launched B&H Outdoor Gear shop.

Pay $85, Get $100 plastic Sears Gift Card by mail

Back to the land of the eBay Deals, there is a physical gift card delivered by mail promotion, Pay $85, Get $100 Sears Gift Card. Free shipping of this plastic gift card, with a limit of three per customer. The seller is “svmgiftcards” (99.6%, ships from Illinois). Over 7300 got sold so far. Sears sells cameras but they also have an open marketplace like Amazon/eBay/Rakuten/etc, so a number of well-known third-party camera sellers sell on their website.

Pay $40, Get $50 iTunes Gift Card via email {limit 4}

The current headliner deal at the eBay Deals is an offer by PayPal Digital Gifts like this: Pay $40, Get $50 iTunes Gift card delivered by e-mail, with a limit of four per buyer. This is a 20% discount, not the lowest ever, but one you can get right now. This is good on anything at iTunes, including apps (many photo apps), e-books (various camera guides and photography books), videos, music, etc.

PayPal update: Gift Cards not eligible for PayPal Seller Protection after June 25

Good old PayPal, sending emails of Policy Changes on Saturday night, like politicians trying to keep a scandal under the radar. The new terms will take effect on June 25 in 2016. Of note, gift cards will not longer be covered by PayPal Seller protection. This could potentially affect the availability and prices of gift cards if sellers don’t have as much protection. The future will tell how this will impact things.

Two 12oz Lens-Shaped Coffee Mugs for $11

And now to lenses that dosn’t need a DxoMark test score. From the gifts and decorations department, a 2-pack of 12oz lens-shaped coffee mugs is on sale for $11 at the Staples website. They can hold up to 12oz of liquid and come with a screw-on lid, and stainless steel construction ~ per the specs there.

Free ship to store. Rewards members get free shipping with an order of $15+. For ideas on how to get to $15+, check their Daily Deals.

Amazon Prime now available for $11 per month (month to month option)

If you are mostly a seasonal Amazon shopper (eg Holidays, Back to School, Wedding Season, etc), Amazon is offering the option to sign up for a month to month Prime membership. The monthly fee is $11 with auto-renewal until you cancel it. This has the same benefits as the $99 annual membership.

You are paying a 33% premium ($132 – $99 divided by $99) [MATH CORRECTED 2x!], so basically if you are going to be on the month to month plan for nine months ($11 x 9 = $99) or more, you are better off with the annual plan. They also have a video-only plan for $9 per month. Details at the Amazon Prime page. Click on the “See more plans” to see the options (annotated screenshot crop below):


PS: you will only see the above if you are not a Prime member. If you are a Prime member and logged on with your Prime account, that page will take you to your Prime membership page. I am not sure how you can switch from an Annual to a Month to Month subscription.

Olympus USA launches Branded Gift Shop (hats, tshirts, cups, etc)

If you are a fan of the Olympus brand, especially if you have enough Olympus Rewards points to get you a free item, you may be interested in the new Olympus Gift Shop, where you can buy Olympus-branded gift items, like hats, shirts, cups, totes, swiss army knives, and pocket journals. As of the time of writing they have 18 items available. The prices are typical “gift shop prices”, so you may want to wait for a coupon promotion or at least a free shipping promotion or to add them to a future purchase that would qualify for free shipping.

Lens-Shaped Coffee Mug for $10 [was $11]

And now to a lens of a different kind, a novelty gift with some semi-practical use, Groupon is offering this lens-shaped coffee mug for $10 (was $11) each, with a limit of five per customer. Free shipping with orders of $34.99 so you may want to add it to a future order if not planning to buy anything else now. Shipping is $4 for sub-$35 orders. The specs say this is 12oz but keep in mind, in general, most of the coffee cup listed measurements are usually fully full (which no one uses that way because you get spills all over).

Also of interest if you have any Groupon store credit or coupons or gift cards.

Pay $85, Get $100 Overstock Gift Card by e-mail

Overstock has some camera gear too, so if you are a fan of the Overstock, PayPal’s Digital Gifts is having an email Overstock gift card promotion: Pay $85, Get $100 Overstock.com Gift Card via email, with a limit of five per customer.

Speaking of gift cards, this one is a physical gift card delivered by mail by Gift Card Mall on eBay, Pay $90, Get $100 Lowe’s Gift Card with a limit of two per customer. Over 6000 cards got sold so far. Because the studio won’t fix itself 🙂

Heads Up (March 13-19): 16% Plenti Rewards on $50 eBay Gift Card

For the week of March 13-19 (2016), members of the Plenti Rewards program (Rite Aid and others, operated by American Express), can get 800 Plenti points ($8 future buying power) when you purchase a $50 eBay Gift Card at Rite Aid. Limit two per customer during this week. That’s 16% back in rewards. This offer will be available at Rite Aid B&M stores. I do not know if it will be available at the Rite Aid website as well.

Buy Best Buy Gift Cards, get 10% Bonus as an eBay Gift Card

To the eBay Deals where if you are a fan of both Best Buy and eBay shopping, there’s a gift card promotion you may find of interest:

+ Pay $100, Get $100 Best Buy Gift Card and $10 eBay Gift Card

+ this sold out: Pay $150, Get $150 Best Buy Gift Card and $15 eBay Gift Card

+ both are offered by “PayPal Digital Gifts” on eBay, with a limit of one of each per customer
+ these are electronic gift cards delivered by e-mail

YMMV Amazon Gift Card Reload Bonus: Get $5 Bonus on $100+ Load

This is a YMMV promotion since only some Amazon shoppers qualify. This may be a rotating promotion where it is offered to only a percentage of people at a time, or perhaps the offer is determined by their purchase history. I have no idea how they decide it. The current promotion is a $5 bonus if you load/reload $100 or more as an Amazon Gift Card Balance on your account. To find out if you are eligible, you have to be logged on to your Amazon account, and visit the Gift Card Balance reload page.

NOTE this sets up an on-going reload triggered by a specific account low balance. If you don’t want this to continue in the future, you have to turn it off manually (it is easy to do using your Amazon account page).

You can load this with credit and debit cards but also with prepaid gift cards. So if you have random leftovers of various gift cards you got from rebates, work, gifts, friends and family, you can just load them up to your Amazon account instead of trying to remember how much is left on each card.

Strategically a gift card balance is handy to use as a reserve for small purchases, eg mp3 songs, ebooks, TV episodes, apps, low priced items, movie rentals, etc ~ if you don’t want your credit card statement filled up with small amount transactions.

I am not eligible for this iteration of this promotion, so I get this message (annotated screenshot crop):


If you are not logged to an Amazon.com account when you visit that page, you will see this message (annotated screenshot crop):


(ENDED) Pay $95, Get $100 eBay Gift Card

As usual, this didn’t last long, but it returns every few days/weeks… For more action, check the eBay Deals

It is back again at the eBay Deals. It is not a glamorous deal but it’s a utilitarian 5% off! It is the return of Pay $95, Get $100 eBay Gift Card via email with a limit one of per customer. These don’t last long, but they return every few days/weeks.

Discounted Gift Cards for 12% off CVS and 5% off Target

To the eBay Deals we return, with a Post-Valentine’s Gift Card apocalypse. The following retailers sell camera and photo related gear (Target) or photo print services (CVS). Here they are:

+ Pay $88, Get $100 CVS Gift Card with free shipping (mail delivery; not email) from SVM Gift Cards [limit 3]

+ Pay $95, Get $100 Target Gift Card with free shipping (mail delivery; not email) from Gift Card Mall [limit 2]

Pay $55, Get 1-Year Costco Wholesale Membership and $20 Costco Cash Card

Costco has some camera gear, with inventory and offers varying between their stores and their website. They typically focus on items that match their bang for the buck and/or volume-buy philosophy. With that in mind, Living Social has a new promotion, Pay $55 and Get 1-Year Costco Wholesale Membership and $20 Costco Cash Card along with Costco coupons. Offer ends by 2/10/16.

If you are planning to make a big purchase, the savings on a single big ticket item can more than cover the 1-year membership fee, especially with the $20 cash card included.

Offer is good for NEW members only. Current members or members whose memberships expired on 10/1/15 or later are not eligible.

20% back in Plenti Rewards on $25 Google Play GiftCard

If you are part of the Google Play Android ecosystem and you want to stock up on Android camera and photo apps or in-app purchases, and if you are participating in the Plenti Rewards program, good until February 7 (2016) you earn 20% back in Plenti Rewards when you purchase a $25 Google Play Gift Card at Rite Aid brick and mortar stores. The offer is limit two during the week. You can use them on anything at Google Play, not just camera/photo. These rarely get discounted, so it’s a good opportunity… NOTE: you can’t use these to buy hardware or recurring subscriptions.

Jan 17-23: 20% off iTunes Gift Cards ($50 or $100 amounts)

If you want to get low-friction discounted iTunes Gift Cards, for the week of January 17-23 at Staples Brick and Mortar stores, you can get 20% off on the $50 and $100 iTunes Gift Cards. So you would be paying $40 and $80 respectively. There’s no coupon, no rebate, the gift cards will be discounted automatically by their system. This is not the lowest percentage (can find 25% or 30% if you can wait), but it’s fairly convenient if you happen to be nearby a Staples store.


Of photography interest are the vast variety of camera and photography apps, along with camera and photography e-books and camera guides.