Free Overnight Shipping on 1200+ items at Adorama

Adorama is currently offering FREE Overnight Shipping on Adorama. This is a limited time offer. I do not know when it expires, but the last cut-off date for all 1-day shipping offers 4pm Eastern on Wednesday 12/23/15 (for delivery of in-stock items before Christmas Day).

B&H FREE 1-Day Shipping extended to Wednesday at 7am ET

Through the use of technology and logistics, B&H Photo has been able to extend the deadline for their FREE 1-DAY Shipping promotion. The new deadline for that is Wednesday 12/23/15 at 7am Eastern time. As usual, my dear fellow procrastinators, please don’t wait until 6:59am ET to place an order though 🙂

PS: if you don’t want to deal with last minute gift deadline stressful situations, B&H now offers emailable gift cards. You can easily find them using the light cyan-blue bar at the bottom of their web page, or just search for “gift card” using their search box.

Last Day for Free 2-Day Shipping for Prime Members (for Christmas 2015 delivery)

If you are planning a Christmas 2015 purchase, Tuesday is the last day for Prime members to get their items delivered for FREE with Prime’s Free 2-Day shipping. A small number of items are eligible for free 1-day Prime delivery (they have to be available at a nearby warehouse). See the Amazon Holiday Shipping Deadlines for more details.

If you live in an area with Prime NOW, you can have items delivered on Christmas Eve even. Keep in mind however that Prime NOW has much smaller subset of items than Amazon’s main website. This is because regional warehouses don’t have everything, and also because PrimeNOW is near-instant delivery, you can only order items that currently available and ready to be delivered from a nearby Amazon facility. If you are not familiar with that, we have a long post of what to expect. If you never placed a Prime Now order before, coupon 10PRIMENOW gets you $10 off your first order.

If all else fails, there’s Gift Cards. Many of the physical Amazon gift cards (plastic or greeting card style) are eligible for free 1-day shipping and may come with a gift card box. The emailable gift cards arrive within minutes (or even faster) most of the time.

PS: the free 1-day shipping promotion for all apparently just expired…

Free 1-Day Shipping arrives at Amazon

As we are getting even closer to Christmas 2015 (yet another year flew by fast!), the free 1-day shipping promotion returned to Amazon’s website. As of the time of writing, over 150 Camera and Photo items are eligible, along with 50+ software titles, and a variety of other Electronics, Toys, Gifts, and household items.

TIP: you have to manually select 1-Day shipping in the shopping cart. All items must be shipped to the same address. If you are buying multiple eligible items but want some of them to ship to other addresses, just place two or more separate orders. If you are a Prime member, the usual $3.99 1-Day shipping fee will be automatically discounted at the Checkout page. This is good for the Continental US states including the Republic of Texas.

Some items may also be eligible for free returns (it will mention this in the product listing). Here’s an annotated screenshot crop example from the Sony a6000 page:


As usual, only items sold and shipped by Amazon itself are eligible. Items “fulfilled by Amazon” are not eligible for free 1-Day shipping, but they are eligible for Prime/Super-Saver shipping benefits.

YMMV Bonus eBay Bucks (up to 8%)

Bonus eBay Bucks promotions are YMMV, because from what I can tell, they send them to different groups of eBay shoppers (members of their rewards program) at different times. So running right now, and good until 11:59pm pacific tonight (12/2/15), if you are invited by email or eBay message, and if you manually opt-in by clicking on the button over there, you can earn the following rewards:

+ 4% for individual items priced $50+
+ 6% for individual items priced $100+
+ 8% for individual items priced $150+
+ maximum reward is $100 per transaction, and $500 total during this promotional period
+ 1X eBay Bucks = 2% of the purchase price, so 4X = 8%

A couple of places to get started looking for deals are the eBay Daily Deals and the eBay Trending Deals.

Because of the way the program is structured (you only receive eBay Bucks if your earn $5 or more during a reward period), these eBay Bucks promotions are great in helping you reach the threshold. Combine these with the recurring 5% eBay Gift Card promotions and the savings add up little by little.

20% off purchases of Used Gear at BL with coupon

Murphy’s Law! Of all the days the internet would go down, of course it had to be Cyber Monday! But we march on thanks to the cellphone’s mobile hotspot! BorrowLenses has a used gear sale, coupon code BLCYBER20 gets you 20% off on the purchase of used camera gear. This is not a rental coupon, but a purchase of the used gear they rent out. Coupon ends by the end of day on 12/1/15.

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This Cyber Monday promotion expired… Included in the Cyber Monday festivities is a 15% off sale on used products sold through Amazon Warehouse Deals. No coupon code is needed, the sale prices are factored in.

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NewEgg ushers their Black Friday offers

NewEgg has ushered in their Black Friday offers. Some of the items require promo codes that work for subscribers to their email newsletter and expire 11/27/15 11:59pm pacific.

Adorama Black Friday Specials: X-Rite (5), Rokinon (15), Lexar (8), Sandisk (59), WD, Dell, etc

Adorama ushered in a number of Black Friday specials. To get things moving fast, we are rounding a lot of them here in a single post:

+ 15 Rokinon lenses including 3-Prime bundles and single lenses for various mounts

+ 59 Sandisk options including SD, microSD, CompactFlash, USB Flash Drives (too many to list individually)

+ 8 Lexar storage options including 32GB and 64GB CF and SD Pro cards. The 32GB (1000x) and 64GB (633x) SDs go for $18 and $25, while the CF goes for $40 (1066x) and $50 (800x). There’s also a Platinum II 300x SD for $10

+ 5 X-Rite products from $49 to $389

+ DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera, with Remote Controller for $500 with promo code MBT1236001
+ DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 4K UHD Video Camera, Remote Controller Included for $1060 with promo code MBT1236001

+ 23 Sony Action Cams and Camcorders

+ 1TB Western Digital External Hard Drive USB 3.0 for $47
+ 2TB Western Digital External Hard Drive USB 3.0 for $70 with coupon code MBT9056001

+ 27-inch Dell E2715H Widescreen LED Backlit IPS Monitor for $200
+ 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H Quad HD IPS LED Monitor with Stand, 2560×1440 Resolution for $380 after $50 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 34-inch LG Electronics 34UC87C-B Curved Ultra Wide Monitor, WQHD, 3440 x 1440, SRGB Over 99%, 4-Screen Split for $630 after $50 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 32-inch Class Samsung UN32J4000 HD 720p Slim LED TV, 60 Motion Rate for $150 (add to cart) or $140 after $10 mail-in rebate (PDF details)
+ 32-inch Class Samsung UN32J5003 Full HD 1080p LED TV, 60 Motion Rate for $200 (add to carT) or $190 after $10 mail-in rebate (PDF details)

Book $75+ Amazon Service, Get $30 Amazon Gift Card

Amazon is expanding in all directions. One of their areas of expansion are Home Services that include everything from technology (printer setup, smartphone related, backups, virus removals, etc) to home improvement to car services to electrical work to home theater to equipment assembly and more. During the holidays, good until December 4, if you book a $75+ service, you will receive a $30 Amazon Gift Card via email in about 3 weeks after the paid service is completed. More details over there.

Black Friday specials at B&H and Adorama

Another wave of specials is out, this is a big block at B&H Photo [corrected link; this is an ever-scrolling page, keep clicking the orange “Load More” button over there to see more offers] featuring different brands and here’s a block of specials at Adorama (6400+ items) including a featured Canon sale and a Rokinon sale… I will go through them and digest them (no pun intended) as soon as I can find an uninterrupted block of time…

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App-Exclusive Amazon Deals for Thanksgiving Night

According to this teaser, Amazon is planning to have some App-exclusive deals on Thanksgiving night between 6pm and 2am Eastern (3pm to 11pm pacific). I have no idea of what the deals might be.


If you haven’t installed the Amazon app before, please note that it hasn’t met an Android permission that it doesn’t like 🙂 Perhaps a good way to test the Android 6.0 permission blocking system if you are one of the 0.3% of Android users with a Marshmallow device.

Woot: pay $5 flat shipping once, everything else ships free until 12/14/15 is trying a new shipping fee experiment. Anything you buy between now and December 14 in 2015 has a one time $5 shipping fee. You only pay shipping once during this time period, no matter how many items and how many different times you shop there. It’s sort of like a mini-Prime membership experiment. Wine is excluded. This is standard shipping, not the faster shipping methods.


10% off Stacksocial with coupon (limited time)

Stacksocial has a limited time and limited redemptions coupon. Coupon FIRST10 gets you 10% off a number of items including the following. The coupon expires after the first 1000 successful redemptions. Eligible items are:

+ Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification for $25 before coupon
+ Code Black Drone with HD Camera for $80 before coupon
+ 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set for $20 before coupon
+ 16GB red Lytro for $70 before coupon
+ DJI Phantom 2 for $540 before coupon ($540 – $54 = $486)

Free shipping at Fry’s website for November

The Fry’s website offers free shipping without minimum for the month of November 2015. Typically they offer free shipping with an order of $34 or more (yes, $1 less than the Amazon limit – smart marketing trick!).

New BorrowLenses Gear Rental coupons

BorrowLenses has two new coupons in the run-up to Black Friday. Coupon BLBF20 gets you 20% off your rental or coupon code BF7FREE gets you seven more days on a rental lasting seven or more days. The rental period must start by Friday, December 4th. The coupons are good for renting gear, not purchasing gear.

AMEX Offers (YMMV): Spend $60+ on Amazon, Get $15 Statement credit

This is a targeted offer, so there is a YMMV aspect to it. If you have an American Express credit card, check the AMEX Offers section. One of the offers making the rounds is a $15 statement credit if you make a purchase of $60+ at Amazon and pay for it with said credit card. You have to manually add the offer to your account, by pressing the “Add to Card” button.


IMPORTANT: while the offer is good until 12/31/15 after you add it to your AMEX card, the window to add it to your AMEX card is typically much smaller. AMEX Offers are available for a limited time and in limited quantities. To cut a long story short, if you see an AMEX offer you are interested or might be interested in the future, add it to your card as soon as you see it.

Three Free Months of NewEgg Premier if you download their mobile app

NewEgg is offering three free months of their NewEgg Premier membership if you download one of their mobile apps available on iOS, Android and Windows, with each having a phone and tablet edition… Premier is sort of their free shipping equivalent of Prime but with different terms…

Groupon Coupon: 20% off Local (eg Photo Prints related), 5% off Goods (eg Camera related)

Groupon has a new coupon code for their website, code TASTY3 gets you 20% off Local Deals or 5% Goods. “Local Deals” is where a lot of the photo-print related items are (custom photo books, canvas prints, metal prints, custom-print gifts, etc), while “Goods” is where their Camera Gear lives… You can also use the search bar over there to look for items of interest, eg “photo books” or “metal prints”… You can also use the category filters on their menu bar or left sidebar…

The coupon is good for one unit per transaction (eg one custom-photo-book), and you can use it on up to three different local offers and up to three Goods offers. Maximum discount is $50. Free shipping with orders of $34.99 or higher (they must ship from Groupon facilities, so not all purchases qualify towards free shipping – similar to what Amazon does).

Coupon expires at the end of day on Tuesday 11/17/15.

Black Friday Ads Breakdown has began on the Main Blog

Just like previous years, the Black Friday ads are rolling out, officially, in waves and waves. So, just like before, we have began a “digest” post where we go through the ads and point out potential items of interest along with potential pitfalls. These are kept in a single mega-post at the main blog, this is the permalink of the Black Friday Ads Breakdown. There is a “Latest Update” section so you can quickly see what has been added since the previous time you visited them over there.

Prime Benefit (YMMV): $5 Gift Card the First Time Ever you sign-in to Amazon Shopping mobile app

This offer is available to Prime members, and it is targeted to individual Prime members – check your emails to see if it’s anywhere in there. If you have never signed in to the Amazon Shopping or Underground mobile apps, you will receive a $5 Amazon electronic gift card 7 days after you sign-in to that app for the first time ever. This does not include the Kindle or Music or Video apps, but only the specific Amazon Shopping and Underground apps shown at the promotional page. Promotion ends 11/19/15.

PS: this is a low risk to check, but keep in mind, the Amazon apps have not met an Android system permission they didn’t like 🙂

Chicago only (first time Google Express shoppers): Pay $20, Get $40 to spend through Google Express

This offer is only good for the Chicago (Illinois) area (serviced by Google Express – check your zipcode over there). This is only good for first time Google Express shoppers. The offer is this, you pay $20 and get $40 to spend through Google Express. The promotion is available through Groupon. Google Express offers items from a number of local stores, including Costco, Fry’s, Staples, Walgreens, Kohls and many more… Separately you can sign up for a free 3-month trial of Google Express, so you can avoid paying a delivery fee… Check the aforelinked page for all the details… Limit one for you and one more as a gift…

Wedn: 11% off at NewEgg with VISA Checkout (max savings $11)

NewEgg is also jumping on the Singles Day bandwagon with a VISA Checkout promotion. Pay for your order with VISA Checkout, use promo code VCOSINGLE15 and get 11% off your order total, but with a maximum discount of $11. In other words, up to an order of $100. If your order total is over $100, the discount is a flat $11. Offer ends at 3am ET on Thursday or earlier if “promo funds are exhausted” (whatever that means).

BuyDig: $25 off $50+ order if you pay with VISA Checkout

BuyDig has a limited time and limited redemptions promotions. You can get $25 off an order of $50+ if you pay with VISA Checkout. Use coupon code VISAVET25 for that. The coupon is good for the first 10,000 redemptions. It expires 11/18/15 or earlier if the 10K redemptions are met. If you don’t have a VISA Checkout account, you can sign up for one (it is free). More details over there.

Strategically, these type of deals are good for gear that have the same prices at authorized dealers, so a general purpose discount is one way to get a discount on them.

PS: more posts coming in about two hours. Plus we have to start doing our Black Friday Ad Digests (those will go on the main blog since they won’t fly off the main page over there).

NewEgg: Spend $200+ with AMEX, Get $25 back [must opt-in]

NewEgg and American Express are having a new co-promotion for the Holiday shopping season. You must first opt-in for the offer. Then you spend $200+ at NewEgg paid with a qualifying American Express credit card, and you will receive $25 back as a statement credit on your AMEX card. Limit one per customer. Purchases must be made by 12/31/15. More details and terms/conditions at the NewEgg Promotional page.

Strategically these type of offers are a good match for products that have the same prices across all retailers.

Best Buy In-Store specials on November 7 from 1-5pm (YMMV)

For the early season shoppers, Best Buy is planning to have a brick and mortar sale-a-bration on Saturday November 7 (2015) between 1-5pm local time at their stores. Some of the offers are teased on their website and include a $30 Best Buy Gift Card with the purchase of a Sony a5100 or a5000 kit, and a $40 Best Buy Gift card with the purchase of a GoPro Hero4 Session or Hero+ LCD action camera. The first 100 customers per store will receive an unspecified “free tech gift”. You can find out which ones of your local stores are participating by using the blue location box over there.

What to expect on your first PrimeNow order (long post)

This is the post that was promised last weekend. PrimeNow is rapidly expanding to more cities, with Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Sacramento added most recently. If you haven’t ordered anything from them yet, coupon GETITNOW gets you $20 off an order of $50+. Details at the Prime Now promo page. PrimeNow is only available to Prime members.

PrimeNow is different from most of the other Amazon variations-on-a-theme (AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, Prime One Day, etc). You can only place PrimeNow orders using Amazon’s PrimeNow apps downloaded from Google Play, iTunes or Amazon’s own appstore. You cannot place PriceNow orders from their website through a browser. If you already have Amazon apps installed on your device, it will pick up the credentials from there, so you won’t have to enter your username/password again. Your payment methods are also linked, so you don’t have to re-enter them.

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Tuesday: 15% off at Monoprice site-wide with coupon

If you are a fan of Monoprice products (be it accessories or their ever-increasing “real products” including computer monitors and such), coupon code OCT15 gets you 15% off at the Monoprice website. This applies to Monoprice-branded products, which is the vast majority of what they carry.

Featured items are shown on that page, or you can use the search box or navigate to the various camera and photo related categories.

Coupon is good for Tuesday October 27 (2015) only, in the pacific time zone since Monoprice is Southern California based but they also have a new warehouse facility in Kentucky to help with faster deliveries to the East Coast. The usual coupon restrictions apply (not good on Tamron lenses, not good for their 3D printer, and not for manufacturers that prohibit retailers from coupon discounting, etc).

Their website is redesigned again, so some parts may look different since the last time you may have visited. Some zipcodes may qualify for $7 Next Business Day flat-rate delivery, but not all of them (I can’t try hundreds of zipcodes). Nevertheless, having a shipping fee moving target is kinda frustrating to a shopper. The internets have shown that they prefer a predictable shipping fee, preferably free for all (eg the eBay Daily Deals), but if not, a fixed threshold (eg Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Groupon, etc) so you can plan ahead and such.

Groupon Coupon: 5% off Goods (camera gear) and 20% off Local Deals (includes various Photo Prints offers)

You are not having a deja vu. This is a new promotion! Coupon code SCREAM3 gets you 20% off Local Deals and 5% off Groupon Goods offers at Groupon. The coupon code expires on 10/27/15 at the end of day.

The coupon is limited to one unit per transaction. During this promotional period, you can use the coupon on up to three Local Deals and up to three Goods offers. The maximum discount is $50 per transaction. Some exclusions apply (I haven’t memorized them …yet).

Camera and photo gear are under the Electronics section of Groupon Goods, so they are eligible for 5% off with the SCREAM3 coupon.

On the other hand, many of the photo print offers (canvas prints, custom photo books, wood and metal prints, custom photo gifts (mugs, phone cases, etc)) are under the Local Deals, so they would be eligible for 20% off with coupon SCREAM3. How they were coded in the system is what determines the discount, so it’s possible that the logical category does not match the physical category. Their shopping cart is the ultimate decider…

While finding Goods (camera gear) offers is fairly simple, finding the various photo-print offers under Local Deals is a bit more tricky. If you are not familiar, start at the Groupon Home page, then click on the “Local” option in the menu bar up top. The local links vary depending on each person’s city, so I can’t create general-use local links.

Many of the photo print offers are located under the “Personalized” sub-category of Local. Some are under “Shopping”. Photography-related classes are under “Online Learning”.


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.

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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

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 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.

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