BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES & COUPONS ON eBay!
If you are already planning on making a major purchase (like clothing, furniture, appliances, designer clothing, electronics), check eBay to see if there might be any discounts available to you. What, you didn’t know that eBay offers FREE discounts? Well, let me tell you how to get them.
I recently purchased a new washer. I picked out the model and style I wanted from Lowe’s because they had the best price around by $20. Their price was $399.99. Through eBay I was able to get a $270.60 Lowe’s gift card for ONLY $251.00 and it included FREE shipping. So, in reality I got $19.60 FREE! It saved me an additional 5% OFF the price of the washer.
I also bought a $100 gift card gift card for just $91.01 to get another FREE 2% OFF.
Now, if I wanted to save even more money I would have waited until the washer was on sale, I could probably have saved another $25-50 on top of my FREE savings that I “bought” on eBay. I like buying gift certificates and gift cards on eBay because I can pay for them with PayPal and be covered under the buyer’s protection plan. If it’s a scam – I’m covered!
Nearly all gift cards for sale on eBay include FREE shipping and they come pretty quickly. If you want to use a gift card for an online purchase you can often get the seller to e-mail you the gift card number and the pin so you can use it right away.
Another nice thing about using gift cards that you buy at a discount is that they can be used with coupons, so you can DOUBLE DIP and get even more off. Case in point, my washer was purchased using a FREE 10% OFF Mover discount coupon emailed to me from Lowes (apply here).
So here’s the math on what I actually paid for my washer:
$399.99 Cost of Washer
$19.60 5% OFF with Discount Gift Card Savings (FREE MONEY)
$8.99 2% OFF with another Gift Card
$39.99 10% OFF Mover Discount ———–
$331.41 TOTAL COST
$68.58 FREE – SAVINGS of 17% OFF! So I saved nearly $70!
That’s a nice night out for FREE dinner and a FREE movie! All it took was a little planning in advance, and again with a little patience I could have saved even more with a sale price!
You can also “buy” coupons on eBay. If you search for Lowe’s coupons you will find pages and pages of 10% OFF mover coupons. If you don’t feel like giving out your e-mail to them, just buy a couple, it will still be worth the savings on a large purchase.
Although the coupons are not FREE, they do get you some FREE money in the long run. For example, if you want to purchase a cookware set from Macy’s you can buy a 25% OFF coupon on eBay for about $10. The set costs $599.99 and 25% OFF would be $150.00. You would still be ahead $140.00! That’s some serious FREE cash!!!
When buying gift certificates on eBay you will normally be able to get them for about 10% OFF their face value – again, that’s FREE money. If there are places that you frequent and make smaller purchases from it would be wise to buy those gift certificates as well since you would use the total amount over time.
This is a great way to get a FREE discount on something that is not normally discounted. FREE Designer handbag discounts, FREE Bose Music System Discounts, FREE Wii Discounts, etc. Just buy a discounted gift card for a retailer that carries the item that you want.
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Remember – NEVER PAY FULL PRICE!!!!!!!!