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Bye bye Plastic Jungle

Today, Plastic Jungle shut down their shop.  They sent an email to all of their customers announcing that they would no longer buy and sell discount gift cards directly from and to consumers.  Instead of doing business directly with consumers, Plastic Jungle will continue to offer gift card exchange services through their partners (United MileagePlus, FlexPerks, BestBuy, CVS, and Zeevex).  This means that, instead of selling your used gift cards to Plastic Jungle for cash,…

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Gift card churning news

Last week I outlined ways to earn hundreds of thousands of points and miles through gift card churning (see “The art of gift card churning @ #chicagoseminars“).  Today, I have a number of specific updates for people who have taken gift card churning to heart… Kohl’s triple dip not working In my recent post “How to maximize your Freedom 5X purchases” I suggested that it might be possible to earn 25 points per dollar at…

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How to buy points for free

This is a trick for advanced gift card churners.  The trick can be used to help meet minimum spend requirements, earn points, and even earn some money.  I’ve hinted about this in previous posts, but I’ll bring it all together today.  The Trick At a high level, the trick is to use an Amex business credit card to buy OfficeMax gift cards for 10% off, then upgrade those cards to more valuable cards before selling…

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Sears 15X: Results so far

Earlier this week, the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) offered 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears.com.  In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways one could capitalize on the opportunity.  In the post “Sears 15X: Free Southwest Companion Pass” I showed how one could (theoretically) earn a Southwest companion pass by buying and selling gift cards.  And, in the post “Sears 15X: Shopping for 110,000…

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Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal

15 Southwest points per dollar is a fantastic return for Sears purchases.  In this post I’ll list numerous ways to leverage this deal including some opportunities for people who don’t like to fly Southwest.  I may write a series of posts on this subject today, but this will be the master post.  Please return to this post for updates and comments. Background The Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) is offering 15 points per…

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Gift card churning is back!

TopCashBack has just increased the cash back rate for PlasticJungle.  Now, you will receive 4% cash back for both purchases of gift cards and sales of gift cards! 4% might not sound like a huge number, but if your goal is to increase credit card spend without losing (much) money, this is big news.  With the new rates, there should be plenty of opportunities to buy discounted gift cards, resell them, and get all of…

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Better news for gift card churning

Yesterday I published “Gift card churning gone wrong” in which I whined about a couple of misadventures I’ve had recently in buying and selling gift cards.  Well, my friend Natasha at TopCashBack just emailed me with some brighter news: TopCashBack has brought back GiftCards.com.  Earn 4% cash back for buying or selling gift cards! TopCashBack has added GiftCertificates.com.  Earn 6% cash back for buying gift cards!  Unfortunately, GiftCertificates.com sells cards at face value (that is,…

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Gift card churning gone wrong

I’ve written a few posts about how to buy and sell discounted gift cards in order to add spend to your credit cards.  In general, you won’t make much money from doing this, but if you’re trying to meet minimum spend it’s a great idea.  Or so I thought.  Life has not been good for me in gift card buy/sell land lately: TopCashBack used to give 4% cash back for selling gift cards to PlasticJungle,…

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JC Penney gift cards 25% off today and tomorrow only

I just received an email from CardPool telling me: For the next 48 hours, you can get JCPenney Gift Cards for 25% off! This is a great deal if you’re interested in buying things from JC Penney.  Otherwise, If you’re interested in working off a credit card minimum spend, it looks to me that you can buy and sell these for a fixed 2% loss as follows: UPDATE: CURRENTLY PLASTIC JUNGLE IS ONLY OFFERING 65%…

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