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).

Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS and $100 Gift Card for $698

F2.8 zoom action on the Micro Four Thirds front now, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 PowerOIS is bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, all together going for $698 with free shipping at Adorama. OR if you prefer free accessories instead of the $100 gift card, they have a bundle with those too.

If you are a B&H fan, they offer it for the same price, but bundled with a $50 Gift Card.

DJ Phantom 3 Standard with $150 promo eGift Card for $500

NOTE: this is a deal only if you plan to use the $150 promo eGift Card. If you don’t care for promo egift cards, the DJ Phantom 3 Standard on its own goes for under $500, eg $445 by Amazon itself (limit 3) or less if you go refurbished.

This promotion is of interest to regular Dell shoppers or anyone willing to make future purchases at their website. Good until 4/10/17, or earlier if sold out, you can get a $150 Dell promotional eGift Card when you purchase the DJI Phantom 3 Standard quadcopter for $499 with free shipping from Dell. The $150 promo gift card will be sent to your email address in 10 to 20 days AFTER your purchase and it will expire 90 days after it is issued. No coupon is needed, the promotion is running on their website. You’ll see it like this (annotated screenshot below):

(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600

UPDATE 4/3/17 PM: as of this re-check, this sale ended, the price is back up to $750…

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(ENDED) Panasonic G85 with 12-60mm and $100 Gift Card for $998

This offer ended and cannot be ordered as of a 4/2/17 re-check…

The Panasonic G7 promotion expired, but Adorama is back with another gift certificate bundle promotion. They offer the Panasonic G85 with the 12-60mm lens, bundled with a $100 Adorama gift certificate, for $998with free shipping, which is the same price at other authorized dealers, but without the $100 Adorama gift certificate. This is temporarily back-ordered, but you can place an order if you like the price.

(ENDED) Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and $150 Gift Card for $600

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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.

CORRECTION: 6% to 10% eBay Bucks until Fri 3am ET (YMMV)

CORRECTION: The original post was incorrect. You get 10% eBay Bucks with individual items priced over $50, you get 8% for items between $25 and $50, an 6% for items under $25. While speed reading I missed the “up to” in the eBay email headline 🙁

This is back, and as before, it is YMMV and ends at 3am eastern on Friday (11:59pm pacific on Thursday). If you received an email/message from eBay about this offer, you can participate by activating it (click on the appropriate place in the email/message). You get up to 10% eBay Bucks on individual items. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount. You get 10% on all eligible items!

A good place to look for ideas are the eBay Deals along with the Trending Deals (shows only 100 trending deals, less overwhelming to look at than their main deals page). There’s also a dedicated search box there that searches only the Deals, not everything else on eBay.

Unrelated to this promotion, and NOT eligible to earn Extra Bucks, the PayPal Digital Gifts eBay store is offering $50 iTunes email gift cards for $42.50. This is a 15% off discount. Limit up to four per customer.

(ENDED) GoPro HERO5 Session with $45 Gift Card for $299

This promotion expired… Another Black Friday 2016 offer is back on again, it’s the GoPro HERO5 Session bundled with a $45 Amazon plastic gift card, together going for $299 with free shipping.

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).

(ENDED) Get $10 Amazon Credit if you buy $50 Amazon + $50 Starbucks Gift Cards together as a bundle

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Pay $85, Get $100 Overstock Gift Card via email

Overstock.com does not have a full inventory like a specialist camera dealer, but they have a lot of the popular/mainstream models, so if you are an Overstock fan, among the latest Trending eBay Deals, you can pay $85 and get a $100 Overstock gift card by email from PayPal’s Digital Gifts. Limit five gift cards per buyer.

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).

Pay $90, Get $100 Sears gift card by email (limit 2)

More action at the Trending eBay Deals, PayPal Digital Gifts is offering a $100 Sears gift card by mail for $90. Limit two per customer.

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

GoPro HERO5 Black and $60 Gift Card for $399

If you missed the “GoPRO HERO5 BLACK” Black Friday special, it is back at B&H Photo, it is the GoPro HERO5 Black along with a $60 B&H Photo gift card for $399 with free shipping.

UPDATE: this offer is also available at Amazon by Amazon itself with the gift card being a $60 plastic Amazon gift card instead.

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.

(ENDED) GoPRO HERO5 Black with $60 Gift Card for $400

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(ENDED) Pay $175, Get $200 Sears e-gift card by email (and other gift card offers)

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