November 6, 2008

Discounts on gift cards via eBates

The eBates website that I mentioned the other day lets you buy gift cards and gift certificates from certain vendors. You can use this to get a discount on gift cards.

They have a page listing merchants that you can buy discount gift cards from. The list includes Borders with a 8% discount, Zappos 5%, Sears 4%, Old Navy 6% and others. THey also give a discount of 4% for GiftCertificates.com which sells gift cards and certificates for many vendors.

The GiftCertificates.com website has a variety of merchant cards. Amazon.com, American Airlines, Crutchfield, The Gap, Marriot, McCormick and Schmick (cheaper via Costco for 20% off), REI, Regal Cinemas, and many others. However with the GiftCertificates.com site some of the cards do have fees. The fees could eat up the discount. For many of them the fee is $1.00. If you're buying a $100 certificate then thats 1% and you still come out ahead 3%.

The best deal from eBates is the Borders gift cards at 8%. The Amazon cards via GiftCertificates is also a decent deal at 4% with no fees.

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