April 20, 2014

Cheap Photo Books via Deal of the Day Websites

I like using photobooks to create physical photo albums of our digital photos.   Normally photobooks retail for ~$20-40 for a typical 20 page hardcover book.    Through deals on Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local I've been able to get a dozen photo books for under $7 each on average.  The most recent 7 books I've gotten were only $3.29 each on average. 


It seems there are a lot of companies out there selling photo books on the web and they often have deals.  If you go to the daily deal sites (Groupon, Livingsocial and Amazon Local) you can often find a deal on photo books from various merchants.    Just search for keyword 'photo' and something may come up.  I've gotten the best deals when combined with promotional coupons or credits.   I see those kind of randomly from the deal a day sites or 3rd party promotions.
To find the deals in general :  I've signed up for Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local.   They spam you with email all the time and I don't always read all of it.   I also watch Fatwallet.com and Slickdeals.net for good deals.    Through the emails or watching the deal sites you should be able to find some bargains.   I've also gotten other promo deals like credits or freebies for something like liking a merchant on Facebook.

For example on Living Social right now they have a deal for a $11 photo book from York photo.
Amazon Local has a $14 photo book from Photobin.

Those are OK deals.   Do be careful to pay attention to whether or not the deal includes shipping or if shipping is extra.    That is a big deal here.  Shipping often runs $7-9 or more for these photo books.   So for example a $10 photo book at Groupon is really going to cost you $22 with their $11 shipping cost.    A different merchant on Groupon is currently offering a $9 photo book with shipping included.   Thats a big difference.

Another way to save is through the site Gathr.com.   I talked about Gathr.com once before.   You can get a bundle deal through Gathr.com to combine gift cards/codes.    One bundle you could make is $20 to buy a $10 Amazon card, $10 Groupon credit and $10 Livingsocial credit.   I could use this deal right now to pay $20 to get a $10 Amazon card which I'd credit to my account and use later on misc. purchases (good as cash as far as I'm concerned), then get $10 Groupon credit to buy a $9 photo book plus a $10 credit on Living Social to get a $11 book for $1 net.   In total I'd be spending $20 and getting 2 photo books for $11.   That does assume the $10 Amazon card is usable as good as cash, which isn't always the case.    I'd basically be spending $11 for 2 photo books.

You can even save a little more on top of these deals by buying your deal a day voucher/coupon through Ebates.   Right now Ebates gives 3% for Amazon Local, 2% for Livingsocial and 4.6% for Groupon.


Standard Ebates blurb:
To get the cash back you need to be signed up with Ebates.  Then simply go to Ebates to get the referral to the the store before you do your shopping.  I also get a referral bonus if you use my links to sign up with Ebates

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