A gift card price mistake!


Deal is now dead (I think)

Usually coupons that say 15% off everything, 20% off everything, etc. don’t work on the purchase of gift cards.  They’re not supposed to work on the purchase of gift cards.  However, a popular retailer has apparently goofed up when entering their Christmas gift cards into their system.  When you add one of these gift cards to your cart and go to check out, you’ll see that the system thinks it needs to charge you sales tax.  That’s how you know this is going to work…  On the checkout screen, enter your coupon code and you’ll see the discount applied.  And, even better, if you already have gift cards from this merchant, you can apply those as well!  No e-gift cards are available at this time.  Once you complete the payment screen, the sales tax will drop off the final review screen.

Don’t forget to go through an online portal to earn 10 points per dollar too!

Hat tip to several readers who alerted me to this via email.

What retailer is this?
Sorry, I’m not going to say.  I’m hoping that by being a little bit cryptic the deal will stay around longer.  Once you figure it out, please don’t broadcast this elsewhere!

Will this really work?
Probably not.  My guess is that the store will cancel all orders for these gift cards in which coupon codes were applied, but we’ll see!

How can I maximize savings and rewards?
You could pay with a card that gets 5X this quarter at this store.  You could run out to an office supply store and buy this retailer’s gift cards there and pay with a card that gets extra points at an office supply store.  Or, you could go through a portal to Staples and buy e-gift cards there, but those won’t be delivered until tomorrow.  Who knows if the deal will last that long?  Best bet is if you have this merchant’s charge card.  Enough said.

Can I make money by buying these gift cards and selling to a gift card reseller?
Maybe, but keep in mind that once lots of people try reselling these cards, the offer price for them is likely to drop substantially.

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