An obvious portal price mistake: 40% cash back for Amex gift cards. Who’s in?

Update: Deal is dead


Right on the heels of Amex gift cards being withdrawn from other portals, the cash back portal hoopla doopla seems to be offering 40% cash back for Amex gift cards. If you go for this, make sure to take screen shots and keep careful records. I think the chance of this being honored is very close to zero, but the potential payout is huge.

UPDATE: I added my referral link to Hoopla Doopla here.  The person who refers you earns 20% of anything you earn.

Notes about buying Amex gift cards:
1. Do not use promo codes
2. Do not pay with a Citibank card (since they will treat the purchase as a cash advance)

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  1. Tempting but too much hassle for uncertain payout. First, you say the odds of this working are “very close to zero.” And then there’s the fee for the card, then the fees for shipping….. and THEN I’d have to figured out how to buy a VGC with it, and then make the pilgrimage to WMT to load the BB. Too much for me. Good luck to those who went for this.

  2. I did $1K just to see what happens, but I really don’t recommend this to most people! As I said in the post, the chance of this working are extremely small and I guarantee it will require submitting a support ticket to the portal.

  3. Does anyone remember the last time amex did this? Seems like it was last year but may have been 2 years ago. Seems like the offer went away for a month or two then it came back.

  4. They sent an email out (I ordered $500) that basically said that we’re getting nothing claiming that the terms and conditions (“Cash back is paid only on media buys”) gets them out of it. I think one could argue that this falls under the definition of media though, to be honest

    • Exactly. I don’t see how they can say that it means anything else on that page. It certainly can’t mean a CD/DVD or something similar since Amex doesn’t offer those things.

    • “We’re sorry about all this, but its at the fault of the message board poster who lead all the traffic to us that day. The information posted was not 100% accurate, and people were driven to our site on misled information not reading the terms and conditions before making the purchase. We understand your frustration, but it should be directed at the poster. Our terms and conditions were stated on our site that the 40% was for a specify order type, which the poster did not list on the message board in his post about the offer. We cannot pay out any commissions that we did not receive.”

      I can’t tell you how many logical and legal fallacies are contained in that one short paragraph. 😛

  5. They started with saying “This was all a huge mixup with that 40% offer, as most of the purchases we
    got that day came from a blog post with misled information.”
    In the end, they admit “We’re honestly not sure what a media buy is exactly, American Express just told us to list in in our terms.”
    But I have not had any further responses after that.

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