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UPDATE 2: A new portal named iConsumer is currently offering 1.6% cash back at GiftCards.com. I tested and received email confirmation the next day.
UPDATE: The cash back rate for GiftCards.com at Simply Best Coupons has dropped to 1% regardless of whether you go through the “Visa Gift Cards” or “GiftCards.com” links.
I stumbled across something interesting the other day. GiftCards.com (which sells $500 Visa gift cards online) is available through Simply Best Coupons portal. If you search the portal for GiftCards.com, you’ll find a 1% cash back rate. That’s not bad. However, if you search for Visa Gift Cards, you’ll find a 1.5% cash back rate even though this link also goes to GiftCards.com!
Direct Link: Visa Gift Cards at Simply Best Coupons
Link to iConsumer (1.6% cash back): iConsumer
Disclosure: I will earn a referral bonus if you use the links above
Each $500 Visa gift card includes a $6.95 card fee, plus shipping charges. Visa gift cards from GiftCards.com do have PINs and each can be personalized with your name on them (that can be useful at some stores that insist you use a debit card with your name on it).
I tested two separate $500 Visa gift cards online purchases (at 1.5%):
First, I bought a single $500 Visa gift card and paid $1.99 for shipping & handling. The total came to $508.94. Within a few hours, Simply Best Coupons emailed my pending cash back information. Order amount: $506.95. Pending cash back: $7.60. So, my net total cost for this $500 gift card will be $508.94 – $7.60 = $501.34. That’s an excellent price for a $500 gift card!
Next, I bought four $500 Visa gift cards and paid a fixed $7.45 shipping fee for all four. The total came to $2035.25. Again, within a few hours, Simply Best Coupons emailed my pending cash back information. Order amount: $2,027.80. Pending cash back: $30.42. My net cost for four $500 give cards will be $2035.25 – $30.42 = $2004.83. The average cost per card will be: $501.21.
UPDATED rates at 1% cash back
With Simply Best Coupons now at 1% cash back, the price after rebate should be as follows:
One $500 Visa with $1.99 shipping: $508.94. Expected rebate: $5.07. Final price after rebate: $503.87.
Four $500 Visa cards with fixed $7.45 shipping: $2035.25. Expected rebate: $20.28. Final price after rebate: $2014.97. Final price per card after rebate: $503.74.
UPDATED rates at 1.6% cash back (via iConsumer)
I bought a single $500 Visa gift card and paid $1.99 for shipping & handling. The total came to $508.94. One day later, iConsumer emailed my pending cash back information. Order amount: $506.95. Pending cash back: $8.11. So, my net total cost for this $500 gift card will be $508.94 – $8.11 = $500.83. That’s an amazing price for a $500 Visa gift card!
Keep in mind that portal cash back can take months to go from pending to payable. Also, iConsumer requires earning $25 or more before they’ll send a check.
|Name / Link||Offer||Frequent Miler Notes|
|iConsumer||We'll each earn 100 shares of iConsumer stock if you use this link to sign up.||In my experience, this has proven to be a reliable portal. With this portal you earn both cash back and shares in the iConsumer business. Requires $25 payable before they'll pay out.|
|Simply Best Coupons||You will earn a $5 bonus after you register, and I’ll earn 5% of any cash back you earn, up to a maximum of $50.||I've had very good luck with this portal.|