This past Friday, I received an email from Raise about their regular weekend sale. Every weekend, there are certain gift cards which are an extra 5%. This weekend, Staples was on sale. I decided to buy gift cards since it would be an extra 5% off. You can normally buy Staples gift cards for 3-4.5% off.
I bought $168 worth of gift cards for 4.3% off, which comes out to about 9% off after the promo code.
The problem is that I got really excited and I forgot to add in the promo code so now I am stuck with $168 of gift cards. I would get 5x Ultimate rewards points with a Chase Ink without buying anything upfront!
Moral of the story: Most companies have really great customer service. If you make a genuine mistake or didn't know about a promotion, just ask for it after the fact and most of the time the company says yes.
If you already have all the accounts set up, this will take no more than 5 minutes and will earn you over $20 at a minimum and over $50 at the maximum. Not too shabby!
A Word of Caution
No tracking given to you for the cards to be mailed out, but you should be covered by eBay guarantees.
Gift card reselling prices are always in flux. When big deals like these come out, you should sell as soon as possible to minimize the chance that the price being offered for your gift card lowers because of resellers.
Getting the Transaction to Work
It might just be me, but I've been having a lot of trouble being able to pay with Paypal recently. Ever since I got myself a Chase Ink and AMEX Platinum and added those to Paypal it seems like I can't checkout at all.
A few hours on the phone with Paypal didn't seem to help the situation. Argh!
If this is happening to you, try this:
The only thing that works for me, at least sometimes, is to clear all of my cookies, go back to eBay and then get back to the login screen at Paypal. It should look like this:
Click on the area that says "Don't have a PayPal account?"
In this way, you can add a credit card (or prepaid card) and pay without actually logging in to PayPal.
The next time I tried to use PayPal this option was gone. I had to clear cookies again. So be it.