Prime members: $20 off first PrimeNow order of $50+ [more places in CA, TX, MN]

If you have a Prime membership, you are also eligible to shop using Amazon’s PrimeNow feature (free 2-hour local delivery). In recent days, this service became available to more highly-populated areas (Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Twin Cities, Northern California Tech Bubble Bay Area). If you haven’t used it before, coupon code GETITNOW gets you $20 off an order of $50+. You have to use the Prime Now app (available on iOS, Google Play, Amazon’s appstore) to make your purchases. You can’t use the regular Amazon website for PrimeNow orders. Sicne it is local delivery within 2 hours, you can only purchase items available at your local Amazon warehouse. Only items sold and shipped by Amazon actual are eligible. I haven’t used this service yet, but I will try to do so over the weekend, so I will have a mini-report for you early next week.

Amazon has so many different sub-programs, it can get very confusing. PrimeNow is a different program from the Prime Same Day Delivery feature (with orders of $35+). I am working on a post to help sort out all the Prime features, but they keep adding/changing things every time I sneeze 🙂

B&H PhotoPlus 2015 Specials (some require promo code)

B&H Photo has launched their PhotoPlus 2015 Specials. Some of the offers require promo code PPEBH15 to activate. More on these tomorrow as I go through them, but in the meantime, you can peruse them at your leisure.

(ENDED) 20% off Local Deals with Groupon coupon (includes various Photo Prints offers)

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(ENDED) 20% off sitewide at LivingSocial with coupon

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eBay Camera Gear Featured Sale (448 options)

eBay has launched another one of its semi-curated sales, this one is a featured Camera Gear Sale featuring 448 items. Due to time constraints I cannot go through them all right now, so it is YMMV.

YMMV: 4x eBay Bucks on $100+ individual items

eBay rotates these type of offers, so they typically only cover a percentage of the participants in the eBay Rewards program (aka eBay Bucks). This new promotion, which started at 11am ET today and ends at 3am ET on Wednesday 10/14/15, requires, as usual, manual opt-in – you click the “Activate Now” in the offer email or message.

This offer gets you 4X eBay Bucks (= 8% of the purchase price) on individual items priced at $100 or more. You can use it as many times as you like during this promotion but the maximum rewards are $100 Rewards per single item, and $500 maximum Rewards total per customer.

The usual restrictions apply: “Qualifying purchase excludes all items in the following categories: Classifieds, Business & Industrial, Real Estate, eBay Gift Cards (within the Gift Cards & Coupons category), Bullion (within the Coins & Paper category), and eBay Motors”

eBay Rewards become available to you only if you have a balance of $5 or more, so if you are an occasional shopper or only buy low priced items, you may never see a penny out of them. Which is perhaps why they do these 4X promotions on more expensive items, since a single $100 item will get you $8 in rewards.

A few good places to start looking for deals:
+ the eBay Daily Deals
+ the eBay Trending Deals
+ our previous eBay Deals posts

Amazon Student Deals: $5 bonus with $25 Gift Card, Discounts on Fire, Paperwhite, Sony SD cards, etc

With all the Canon deals, I forgot to post this earlier, but better late than never as they say…

If you have an Amazon Student membership or planning to Join Amazon Student (free six month trial) you can get special discounts at the Amazon Student promotions [if you are not sure what “Amazon Student” is check their Help Pages – you have to verify your .edu status]:

+ use coupon code STUDWEEK to get a $5 promotional credit when you purchase a $25 Amazon gift card (ends Sat 3am ET)
+ discount on Sony SD memory cards (32GB to 128GB; ends Fri 3am ET)
+ 6-inch Fire HD tablet for $70 (ends Sun 3am ET)
+ latest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader for $100
+ $10 off an order of $50+ at Amazon Warehouse Deals
+ they have 14 widget-pages of Amazon Student promotions including technology and office supplies
+ expiration date varies by a day or two depending on each offer

PLEASE NOTE: add items of interest to the shopping cart and check the discounted prices (when logged in with Amazon Student account). I do not have an Amazon Student membership, so I cannot test these.

For the speed-readers, you must be signed up as an Amazon Student for these offers. It does not work for regular Amazon shoppers or regular Amazon Prime shoppers. Only Amazon Students! (“Amazon Students” is a membership program, you have to join in, it does not mean an Amazon shopper who happens to be a student somewhere). If you qualify, you can Join Amazon Student with a free six month trial.

Thursday: No Camera & Photo Lightning Deals Planned

Since I am posting almost daily Lightning Deals round-ups, on days I don’t post them, it raises the question: is the blog running behind or are there no deals? To help answer that question, I am trying a new experiment, this re-surfacing post that answers that question. (to prevent filling up the blog with no-op posts, I simply change the date of the same post and move it up/down as needed).

As of around 1:40am ET on Thursday there are no camera and photo related lightning deals scheduled in the Amazon Gold Box that are of Camera & Photo interest for Thursday 10/8/15 (except for selfie-sticks of course).

CAVEAT: please note however that “Deals of The Day” get revealed at 3am Eastern every night, and those are typically not “teased” ahead of time. Also keep in mind that some of the lightning deals just go live at the Amazon website without them appearing in the “teasers”. These obviously I can’t catch ahead of time.

Targeted/YMMV: Sell items on eBay, Get Up to $100 eBay coupon

This is a YMMV targeted promotion. I have no way of knowing what percentage of eBay users are getting this, thus the YMMV Targeted. Check your email or eBay Inbox to see if you qualify. You must manually opt-in to this offer by clicking a button. If you list and sell items on eBay by certain dates, eBay will send you an eBay coupon of up to $100 to use on future purchases.

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5% Rewards sitewide at Rakuten with coupon for October

If you are a fan of “The Rakuten” (an ancient race of anime creatures trying to take over the Amazon river), they have a new promotion good until the end of October 2015. Coupon code REWARDME gets you 5% back in Rakuten Rewards points sitewide when you shop at the Rakuten website (formerly Buy.com).

YMMV Targeted: Amazon Auto-Reload Rewards: $10 bonus + 1% bonus [Debit Cards only]

Please note this is a YMMV promotion. Amazon has been running multiple of these promotions the last few weeks, but each time, only a percentage of their customers are eligible. As fate would have it, I am finally eligible for one of these, so I can tell you what happens.

You find out if you are eligible if you are logged on to your Amazon account and visit the Auto Reload Rewards page. If you are eligible, you will see the promotion mentioned below.

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15% off Clearance Sale at BuyDig with coupon

Buydig is offering an extra 15% off their Clearance Sale items (670+ items) when you use coupon code CLOSEOUT15 over there. The camera and photo gear is divided in multiple sub-categories (use the left side “Guided Search” over there to look for items of potential interest).

20% off coupon at Cowboom (mostly used/refurb)

Cowboom (formerly DealTree, part of the Best Buy Empire) has a 20% OFF coupon promotion with coupon code BOOM20 good until the end of day on 10/1/15. The coupon can be used on almost everything but it excludes the Deal of the Day, Auctions, and items sold/shipped by Best Buy. A lot of their items are used/refurbished. A DIY adventure!

5% rewards sitewide with coupon at Rakuten

If you are a fan of “The Rakuten” (sounds like a creature!), coupon code REWARDME gets you 5% back in Rakuten Rewards points site-wide (including tech/camera purchases) at the Rakuten (formerly Buy.com) website. Offer ends at the end of day on 9/30/15.

Shipping: Monoprice opens Kentucky Distribution center

On the shipping front, there are good news for Monoprice fans in the East and Mid-West regions. They have opened a distribution center in Kentucky carrying 1400+ of their most popular products.

Speculation: one frustrating thing with shopping at Monoprice is that there is consistent way to predict whether you will pay shipping or not. Most other retailers have predictability (purchases over a certain amount or membership or free shipping for almost everything). Maybe the launch of an Eastern/Midwest distribution center can make it easier to give customers a non-moving target. Again, this is pure speculation.

(ENDED) One Year Of Amazon Prime for $67 (for New Members Only; Ends Sat 3am ET)

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5% rewards site-wide with coupon at Rakuten

If you are a fan of the Rakuten, coupon code REWARDME gets you 5% back in Rakuten Reward points when you shop at Rakuten (Buy.com) website. Offer ends 9/30/15.

(ENDED) 10% off site-wide with coupon at Monoprice

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Heads Up: Friday: Prime membership for $67 for New Members

To celebrate its Emmy wins, on Friday 9/25/15 Amazon is having a 24-hour special promotion for new Prime member signups, you can signup for a One Year Prime membership for $67 instead of its usual price of $100. The offer will be good on Friday 9/25/15 in the pacific time zone. The offer is good for new members only, not renewals. The offer will be live Friday 3am ET until Saturday 3am ET.

10% off rentals at BL with coupon

BorrowLenses has another coupon offer for renting camera gear. Coupon SHOOTFALL10 gets you 10% off your rental orders. Coupon expires 9/28/15. Your rental period must start by Friday October 2nd. More details over there.

(ENDED) New WOOT-OFF includes Electronics sub-Woot (started Wedn 1am ET)

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(YMMV Amex Offer) Ends 9/30/15: Spend $20+ at Sam’s Club website, get $20 back as statement credit

This promotion ends 9/30/15, this is a reminder…

If you have an American Express credit card, you may be eligible for an AMEX Offer that gets you a $20 statement credit if you spend $20 or more at the Sam’s Club website (not their stores) and pay for it with the AMEX credit card that is offering this promotion. This is YMMV because they don’t offer every offer to every card member. You have to opt-in first by clicking the “Add to Card” button while logged on to your AMEX account. If you have multiple AMEX accounts, make sure you activate the offer with the credit card you are going to use to pay for your purchase.

A couple of minutes after you make an eligible purchase (they are that fast!), you get an email from AMEX telling you that pending validation, you have used the offer.

Sam’s Club is a membership club. If you are not a member, depending on your local state laws, you can either make a purchase with a 10% surcharge or get a free 1-day trial by creating an account there.

Strategery: This is their camera and photo page, but be sure to price-check any items you may not be familiar with. And factor in the $20 AMEX statement credit. Of particular interest are items that have the same prices at all authorized dealers. The statement credit is a virtual $20 off discount.

Prime members in Los Angeles & Orange County areas: $20 off a $50+ Prime Now order

Prime members in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas have a new Prime benefit going live, the Prime Now service. To celebrate the launch, Amazon offers coupon code LATRYNOW to get $20 off an order of $50+. This can be particularly good if you are buying items that have the same prices at all authorized dealers. The coupon is good for physical items sold and shipped by Amazon itself. I am not in a Prime Now area yet, so I can’t test it and tell you more about it. Details and terms and conditions at the Amazon Prime Now page.

PS: that page also mentions coupon code TRYITNOW that’s also $20 off a $50+ order. I don’t know if you can use them both, on separate orders, or stack them. I can’t test this, so this is DIY YMMV.

PS2: Prime Now is purchasing regular Amazon items. It should not be confused with AmazonFresh (fresh foods and groceries) or Prime Pantry (someone’s twisted idea of a virtual Costco).

eBay Bucks (YMMV): 5X on $50+ items until Thur PM

This is YMMV because I don’t know if eBay sends these type of offers to every person participating in their eBay Bucks rewards program or some of them. So if you received an email from eBay or saw this offer in your eBay Messages, then it means you are eligible. This is important because you have to opt-in for the offer, that’s how it activates.

So with this offer, you earn 5X eBay Bucks (which is 10% since 1X = 2%) on purchases of individual items that are priced $50 or more. You can use this offer on as many items as you like. The limits are $100 rewards on a single item, and $500 total per account during the promotion. Offer expires on Thursday 7/17/15 at 11:59pm pacific time.

A good place to start looking for ideas are the eBay Deals du jour.

One Year of NewEgg Premier for some Students (must be attending eligible school partnered with NewEgg Business)

If you are a student, you may be eligible to get a FREE one-year NewEgg Premier subscription (free shipping, typically costs $30/year). This is different from the Adobe academic discounts. Your eligibility depends on whether your school is a partner with NewEgg Business (their business B2B site). So you get a free Premier subscription at the regular NewEgg website, but your eligibility stems from your school’s partnership with NewEgg business.

More details at the promotional page. You can confirm there your school’s eligibility by entering your school’s email address.

PS1: all apologies, Noisy U does not qualify (yet) 😉

PS2: all apologies for the long blog-post title, I was trying to prevent it from being click-bait-y without the extra clarifactions

(ENDED) Mon: 20% off LivingSocial with coupon

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25% off rentals at BL with coupon

BorrowLenses.com is offering 25% off rentals with coupon code FLASH25 in a new promotion. The coupon must be used by the end of day on 9/9/15. The rental period must start by Saturday 9/26/15. The coupon is good for rentals only.

Rakuten: 7% Rewards for Tech purchases with coupon

Rakuten (ne’e Buy.com) has another rewards promotion. Use coupon code REWARDME to earn 7% back in Rakuten Rewards on technology purchases, and 10% back on non-tech purchases at the Rakuten website. Promotion ends at the end of day on 9/7/2015. This is not a discount on the purchase price, but rewards to be used in future purchases. The earned rewards are of a promotional nature, you have to use them within a specific time period, which makes them better suited for regular Rakuten shoppers (or very organized shoppers who can plan and organize purchases ahead of time in a Spock-like fashion).

$20 off rental at Borrow Lenses with coupon

Borrow Lenses has a new coupon offer, this time it is a fixed amount discount, $20 off a rental order with coupon code GEARSAVE20 entered during the rentaling (proposed new word candidate!) process. You must needs place an order by 9/7/15, and choose a 9/11/15 or earlier as the delivery date. Details, terms and conditions at the coupon page.

YMMV (eBay sellers): 80 free listings (fixed price or auction)

This is a YMMV promotion. Check your email (associated with your eBay account) or your eBay Messages to see if you qualify. From now until October 15 (2015), you can list to sell up to 80 items, either fixed price or auction style listings. If you find auction-style listings too cumbersome, this offer is good news because fixed price listings are also included. Free are the Insertion Fees. You still have to pay the Final Value Fees (for items that sell) and any other upgrade or optional add-ons to your listings. Check the email/message for the full terms/conditions.

(ENDED) 24 Hour Flash Sale at Sears for 8/31/15

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REI sale + 20% off one Outlet item with coupon

REI is having their labor day sale on their website, plus they have coupon code OUT20 that gets you 20% off on a single item from their Outlet store. Outlet items have prices that end in $x.73. Details and restrictions at their coupons page. The coupon ends 9/7/15.

Free One Year of Unlimited Amazon Cloud storage with Camera Gear purchase of $50+ (33,403 options available)

Amazon is very big on cloud (side-effects of living in Seattle?), and now they have yet another unlimited cloud storage promotion. This one is not limited to Prime members or Fire Phone users. During this promotion, you get One Year Unlimited Amazon Cloud storage if you purchase camera gear individually priced $50 or more. This is The List of Eligible Items, a total of 33,403 items are eligible.

They must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself (not by marketplace sellers). The offer is one per customer, so you cannot stack cloud-years. You can find the Terms And Conditions below the giant thumbnails over there. The expiration date is not mentioned.

After the one year ends (12 months), the subscription fee for this is $60/year. You can cancel it later if you don’t want to continue with it once the free year expires.

How to Check If Your Item Of Interest is Eligible?
If you don’t feel like traversing a list of 33,403 items to find whether you are interested in is eligible, there is an easier way. Go to the product page of the items of interest, and page down to the Special Offers section. If an item is eligible, you will see this offer mentioned there. Remember, Amazon herself must be the seller, not 3rd-party sellers! Squeezed annotated screenshot crop below…

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YMMV 2x eBay Bucks on $50+ items (must opt-in, ends Sat 3am ET)

eBay has yet another bonus eBay Bucks promotion, check your emails or eBay inboxes to see if you are eligible. As usual you have to manually opt-in. The standard eBay Bucks are 2%, so 2X = 4%. This promotion gives you 2X (= 4%) promotional rewards on every individual item that is priced at $50 or higher. This works on as many eligible items as you purchase during this promotion period, with a maximum of $100 rewards per transaction and $500 rewards per customer during this promotional period. Offer ends at 3am ET on Saturday 8/29/15… A good place to start looking for deals (after you manually opt-in for the offer) are the eBay Daily Deals

Next Free Entrance at National Parks is September 26

Ooops, I am definitely not Doctor Who – time confusion, August 25 was yesterday. But the next free day is about a month away, September 26 in 2015 (National Public Lands Day), plenty of time to plan ahead, since planning ahead for -1 days (August 25) is slightly difficult without the use of a Tardis…

If you live near one of the 127 national parks (out of 408 total) that charge admission/entrance, on specific days every year (MLK, Prez weekend, Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, Public Lands Day, Veterans Day), you can get FREE admission. Details, restrictions, list of parks, and days/dates that offer free admission for all can be found at the National Park Service website.

TIP: great way to build a large library of “busy day at national park” stock photos 🙂

BorrowLenses 20% off and extra day with select Labor Day rentals coupon

BorrowLenses has a rental double special for Labor Day. Coupon code GETGEAR20 gets you 20% off and if your rentals are scheduled to overlap with Labor Day, you will also get an extra day for free. The coupon is simple, the latter is a bit more complicated. It is explained in detail at the Borrow Lenses website. The coupon is for rentals of camera gear, not purchases.

(ENDED) Woot-OFF for Electronics and Computers and others

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15% off sitewide at Monoprice with coupon (ends Monday PM)

Good until Monday 8/24/15 night Sunday 8/23/15 night, coupon code HOT15 gets you 15% off sitewide at the Monoprice website. The usual restrictions apply (Tamron lenses not eligible). More details over there. Monoprice has a variety of bang for the buck camera and tech accessories in general.

UPDATE: the coupon has been extended for an additional day. Moving expiration dates, a webmaster’s bane 🙂

(ENDED) New WOOT-OFF (started on Tuesday at 1am ET)

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Thank You Points: 20% off on select Reward Redemptions (GoPro, a couple of Coolpix)

Good until 8/31/15, if you have enough Citibank Thank You Rewards points, they are having a 20% off redemption sale on select items available through their rewards program. The offer slideshow shows the Nikon Coolpix S7000 and S33 waterproof, the GoPro Hero + Handler, etc. I don’t know if the list of rewards differs depending on which credit cards you have linked to your Thank You account so there might be a bit of YMMV. No coupon needed, the points needed to redeem are adjusted automatically by them.

Strategically this may be a good deal if the discounted redemption price in points is lower than the actual price at major retailers, and if it is better compared to other redemptions (eg gift cards for various retailers).

YMMV (eBay Sellers): free 1000 auction-style items with free subtitles (Aug 20-26)

This is a targeted offer, so YMMV. Check your email or eBay messages. One offer that is circulating now that runs between August 20-26 in 2015 gets you 1000 free auction-style items (including relists) with free subtitles. Check the terms and conditions of the offer. Might be of interest if you sell prints or want to have a virtual garage sale of gear you no longer need.

$20 off a $50+ Amazon Prime Now order with coupon (first time PrimeNow orders only)

Amazon seems to be having a midlife crisis Big Bang of sorts because they are expanding in all kinds of different ways. If you live in an area that is eligible for Prime Now delivery (one hour delivery of your purchases; for Prime members only) and you haven’t placed a Prime Now order before, you can get $20 off your first order of $50 or more with coupon code TRYITNOW entered over there. An expiration date is not mentioned.

Items must be ordered with the PrimeNow app and be sold and shipped by Amazon and eligible for Prime Now. You can find more details and the full terms and conditions at the PrimeNow page. Strategically this may be handy if you are purchasing products that have the same price everywhere at reputable/authorized dealers.’

PS: I can’t test this because I am not in a PrimeNow delivery zone (yet), so I can’t tell you about the mechanics of the ordering. Prime Now is different from Prime Pantry which is different from AmazonFresh Prime which is different from Prime Student which is different from Prime Mom which is different from Prime Squared 😉

AMEX Offer (YMMV): Spend $75+, Get $15 statement credit at Exposures Online

If you have an American Express credit card, check your Offers section (below the account summary when you logon to your account – on the desktop browser page). Their computers decide who(m) to offer this, so there is a YMMV here. One of the recently added offers is this: pay $75+ and get $15 back as a statement credit to your AMEX account at ExposuresOnline.com (they sell photo albums, picture frames, etc). You have to manually opt-in to the offer (by clicking the “Add to Card” button) before you use it. Once you opt-in, the discount happens automatically on the back-end. They will send you an email once a qualifying transaction arrives at their system. This offer ends 10/14/15 and can be used once during this promotional period.

This applies to everyone: when you visit the Exposures Online site for the first time, a window pops that offers you a 15% off coupon discount if you are willing to enter your email to join their email list.

10% off sitewide at Monoprice with coupon (ends Thur PM)

Good until the end of day on Thursday 8/20/15, coupon code HOT gets you 10% off Monoprice.com on Monoprice branded items. The 3D printer and a few other items are excluded. The Tamron lenses are not eligible since they are not Monoprice-branded (yes, Monoprice sells Tamron lenses!). Monoprice has a variety of aggressively priced camera and photo products. Search for the items of interest, or peruse their Camera and Video pages.

(ENDED) Wedn: 10% off Groupon Goods, 20% off Local Deals with Coupon

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20% off at Borrow Lenses with coupon

Another coupon promotion from BorrowLenses.com. Use coupon code GETGEAR20 to get 20% off a rental order. You must place the order by 8/31/15 and the order must be received by 9/4/15. The coupon covers rentals of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, bundles or anything else they offer for rent. Aquatech products are excluded. This promotion can only be combined with a BL membership discount (a membership is $99 per year, with an automatic 10% off discount on rentals, free t-shirt and a couple of other benefits).

7% back on Tech at Rakuten with coupon

A lot of recent camera models are rarely discounted, so one way to get some kind of a discount is through rewards. Case in point, Rakuten (Buy.com) is offering 7% back in Rakuten rewards on technology (and 15% back on everything else) when you use coupon code REWARDME when you make a purchase at Rakuten.com. Offer ends by the end of day on 8/20/15.

This is not a discount, but reward points added to your Rakuten account. Reward points are promotional points, they have to be spend within a specified amount of time, which makes this perhaps a better offer for frequent shoppers there.

15% off Borrow Lenses coupon

BorrowLenses.com offers a 15% off discount by using coupon code BTS15 on any rental order that starts by Friday 8/21/15. The coupon expires 8/17/15.

YMMV Targeted Offers from eBay (sell) and PayPal (buy)

These are separate targeted offers, so there is a big YMMV depending on how their computers decide how to offer these, but both eBay and PayPal are running separate promotions until 8/31/15. PayPal’s offer says if you spend $150+ in August, you will earn a mystery reward for September that ranges between $10 and $100… Meanwhile eBay goes to the other end, you earn a $25 bonus coupon if you list and sell something before the deadline… Both offers require manual opt-in before you can take advantage of them… Again, this is a YMMV depending on one’s activity and/or inactivity with these services…

YMMV Targeted AMEX Offers: Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Google Play, Sam’s Club, etc

American Express has a number of new targeted offers. To see if you are eligible, you have to login to your account(s) and check the Offers section. Their computers decide on how and when to offer these, probably a combination of all the data they have hoarded on the accounts 🙂 You have to first add the offer to your account, and then make the purchase. AMEX is pretty good at this, you usually get an email confirmation shortly after an eligible transaction goes through. Needless to say, you have to pay with the AMEX credit card that the offer is on. If you have multiple cards on the same account, make sure you pay with the one that has the offer activated! Some of the floating offers:

+ Spend $5+ at Amazon, Get $5 statement credit
+ Spend $5+ at Google Play, Get $5 statement credit
+ Spend $20+ at Sam’s Club, Get $20 statement credit
+ Spend $79+ at Walmart, Get $15 statement credit
+ Spend $250+ at Best Buy, Get $25 statement credit
+ Spend $250+ at Unique Photo, Get $50 statement credit

Some may be good online only, others in-store only, some both. Check the details of each particular offer. Some may be one time use during the promotional period, others may have multiple uses.