GoPRO Hero5 Black + $60 Giftcard $399

This Black Friday 2016 offer is back on again, you get the new condition GOPRO Hero5 Black action camera along with a $60 Amazon plastic gift card, together for $400 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself.

PS: in the very rare occasion where the item ships AFTER the gift card arrives at your door, you can use the gift card amount towards the purchase price of the item. The benefit of this is that you spend the gift card immediately, and pay $60 less “out of pocket” on the purchase.

Panasonic GH4 Body and $200 Gift Card for $1200

If you can resist the $2000 Panasonic GH5 siren song, the Panasonic GH4 body only is currently bundled with a $200 Adorama gift card, together going for $1200 with free shipping at Adorama. Or instead of the $200 gift card, they offer other other freebies. This is part of their WPPI specials.

Or if you are comfortable with imported grey-market, you can get it for $918 by Eagle Camera with the order fulfilled by Amazon (no gift card obviously).

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:

Panasonic LX100 + $100 Gift Card for $698

The Panasonic LX100 compact with RAW is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama in either the black LX100 kit or the silver LX100 kit… Optionally you can triple the original warranty by register the product with Panasonic – see details in PDF file. This promotion runs until 3/31/17 (unless extended). Once you register, you get three years. The deadline is a registration deadline, not an extended warranty expiration dateline…

14 Sony Cameras (RX and E-mount) with Free Gift Cards (amounts range from $50 to $500)

A total of 14 Sony cameras, a mix of E-mount iLCs and RX fixed-lens cameras are bundled with gift cards with amounts ranging from $50 to $500 at B&H Photo. The Sony a7S II body only is the one getting the $500 gift card. The a6300 and a couple of RX models are getting $200 gift cards, while the rest are getting either $50 or $100 free B&H gift cards.

GoPRO5 Hero Black + $60 Gift Card + 64GB Sandisk EXtReMe microSDXC for $400

The GoPRO HERO5 Black black-friday offer was $400 with a $60 gift card (gift card of each particular seller), but now Best Buy is adding an additional freebie. In addition to getting a $60 Best Buy gift card, you also get a 64GB Sandisk Extreme PLUS microSDXC for FREE. Free shipping or free store pickup.

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).

Sony RX10 III and $300 Gift Certificates for $1598

More Sony + Gift Card promotions, this time it is for the Sony RX10 III at Adorama, you pay the authorized dealer price of $1600 but you also receive $300 in Adorama gift cards: one $200 and one $100, which is handy if you are planning to give gift certificates as gifts 🙂

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, for the other Sony + Gift Card promotions, check the Sony category (posts) here.

Sony RX100 + $50 Gift Card + $20 Rewards for $398

The one that started it all, the new condition Sony RX100 (first generation) is currently bundled with a $50 B&H Photo e-gift card, along with 5% promotional rewards (around $20 to be used in future B&H purchases) for $398 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo… For more of their specials, check their Featured Sales page

PS: for a rolling summary of the latest specials, check the Holiday Deals 2016 Situation Room.

Canon G9 X and $50 B&H Gift Card for $429

The Canon G9 X (in either brown or black) is bundled with a $50 B&H Gift Card for $429 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is the same price as without the $50 gift card. Once upon a time Canon abandoned RAWsumers, but now they are back in full force as you can see by their various entries in the Fixed Lens Price Charts (early November 2016).

Sony a7S II Body with $500 Gift Card for $2998

Hype is building up for Monday as “Green Monday” (more on that later today), but for now, here’s a gift card loaded promotion, the Sony a7s II body only is bundled with $500 worth of B&H Photo gift cards (a $300 plastic gift card and a $200 e-gift card) going for $2998 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is one way for manufacturers to offer a discount while “defending” their price points… For more action, check the latest B&H Photo Featured Sales

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.

Sony a6300 Body with $100 Gift Card for $1000 [OR a6300 w/16-50 & $100 Gift Card & Rode VideoMic for $1150]

The Sony a6300 mirrorless body only camera is bundled with a $100 B&H e-gift card, together for $1000 with free shipping at B&H Photo… Or if you prefer the a6300 w/16-50 kit, in addition to the $100 gift card, you also receive a Rode VideoMIC Go on-camera mic, all together for $1150 with free shipping…

GoPRO Hero5 Session with $45 Gift Card for $300

The GoPRO Hero5 Session (the smaller one) is now going for $300 with free shipping or store pickup (where available) at Target online with a $45 gift card (does not specify, assuming it’s a $45 Target gift card), and at Amazon by Amazon itself with a $45 plastic Amazon Gift Card for the same price…

Speaking of GoPros, the internets are getting close to the GoPro Hero5 offer. Target will have it for $400 with a $60 gift card, but B&H Photo is getting close to that with a $50 gift card.

For more action, check the Black Friday Ads Digest as more online price-checks get added…

$100 Gift Card with Pentax K-1, $50 Gift Card with Ricoh Theta S 360

The Pentax K-1 came out at $1800 but it climbed to $1950 [see 35mm full frame price charts]. However, Adorama is sweetening the price increase a bit by including a $100 Adorama gift certificate with purchase at $1950… Meanwhile on the Ricoh front, the Ricoh Theta S 360 gets a $50 Adorama gift certificate going for its default price of $350 (along with $14~ promotional rewards and free overnight shipping).

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.

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Panasonic G7 w/14-42 and $50 GC for $500

It’s M43rds action now at Adorama where they are offering the new condition Panasonic G7 with the 14-42mm kit lens along with a $50 Adorama gift card, all together for $500 with free shipping in either the silver G7 option or the black G7 option.

Speaking of Adorama, their daily deal good until 12pm ET on Monday is the Lenovo Flex 3 15.6″ Full HD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Notebook Computer (Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 Home) for $500 with free shipping.

$5 Amazon Gift Card with select Alexa Voice purchases

Black Friday 2016 is just 3.5 weeks away (yes, that’s right!), and retailers are ramping up their offers. It’s a good time to stock up on store credits and bonuses with these type of offers. In addition to the previously mentioned Amazon Gift Card Reload promotion, Amazon also has a $5 bonus for Alexa Shoppers. If you make an Alexa Voice purchase from a list of participating items, you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for boldly going. The offer ends 11/18/16 or after 25,000 redemptions; whichever happens first. I don’t have an Alexa, so I can’t test this, so YMMV. Details at the aforelinked page.

$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

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If you are NOT eligible

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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:

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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.

Canon 7D Mark II Body with Pixma PRO 100 and Paper for $1250 after $350 MIR (AMEX GC)

Good until 8/31/16, B&H Photo has a quartet of Canon DSLR Pixma MIR promotions including the Canon 7D II Body Only bundled with the Pixma PRO 100 printer and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper is $1250 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card)… Offers end 8/31/16…

Canon 6D Body with Pixma PRO 100 and Paper for $1200 after $350 MIR (AMEX GC)

Good until 8/31/16, B&H Photo has a quartet of Canon DSLR Pixma MIR promotions… Two of them involve the Canon 6D. The Canon 6D Body Only with the Pixma PRO 100 printer and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper is $1200 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card)… Meanwhile the Canon 6D with 24-105 with the Pixma PRO 100 printer and 50pk 13×19″ photo paper is $1750 after a $350 mail-in rebate (prepaid American Express gift card)… Offers end 8/31/16…

Canon D-Rebel T6 with 18-55 and 75-300 and Pixma Pro 100 and Paper and Bag for $429 after $350 MIR (prepaid AMEX GC)

This is the last of the four Canon D-Rebel Pixma MIR weekend offers at Adorama (you are seeing it and I’m writing it first because of the way the blog-reverse-timeline works). It is a Canon D-Rebel T6 2-Lens Pixma 100 bundle. You pay $779 at checkout, you receive the offer, make sure all is well, submit the mail-in rebate, and if all is well, in a few weeks, you receive a $350 AMEX prepaid gift card by mail, making it a $429 after MIR promotion. For that, you get:

+ Canon D-Rebel T6 with 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS II and EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III Lenses
+ Pixma PRO 100 printer
+ the printer’s trusty sidekick, 50pk 13×19″ LU-101 photo paper
+ Canon DSLR shoulder bag
+ sale price ends Sunday afternoon
+ mail-in rebate details at PDF file

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…

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)

DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone w/4K Camera with 2 Extra Batteries and $150 eBay Gift Card for $1559

Back to the eBay Trending 100 we geaux where we find the “RC Superstore” (99.9%, ships from the Land of 1 Trillion Lakes) offering the new condition DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone w/4K Camera with two extra Battery Packs bundled also with a $150 eBay Gift Card, all together for $1559 with free shipping. Limit five bundles per customer. The eBay Gift Card will be emailed to you 4-6 weeks after delivery of the order. They are an authorized DJI dealer.

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.