Legit Free Gift Cards

If you are a regular visitor of my site free gift cards net then you already know that most of the free gift card offers are either scams or a marketing technique that aims at collecting your data coupled with your shopping behavior. A free Walmart gift card that’s not from Walmart.com is made by a marketer who’s collecting data of people who shop at Walmart. A free Amazon gift card offer that’s not from Amazon.com is made by a marketer who aims to collect data of people who shop at Amazon.com. The same is true for a free McDonalds gift card, a free Best Buy gift card … and so on.

All of those offers, even if someone gets the proposed free gift card, they end up on a bunch of marketers mailing and calling lists. And no matter how many times they unsubscribe from those lists they find themselves on other lists without their permission. And it keeps getting more and more annoying until the value of the free gift card is no longer worth it.

The good news is that there’s still a way to get free gift card from legit sources. For example, to get a free Walmart gift card the legit source is going to be walmart.com, like this one here, if you are willing to take their survey to help them improve their service. You can also get a free $50 target gift card if you spend $250 in the store as you can read on their current promotions page here.

If you want to find out whether your favorite store has a free gift card offer go to Google and enter this in the search box:

site:target.com “free gift card”

Replace target.com with your favorite store’s website.

That was one way to get a free gift card from a legit source without having to end up on a thousand marketers’ lists.

Gift ideas for holidays season 2015

Not another tie …
Not another belt …
Not another purse …
Not another shirt …
Not another one of those ……….!

Coming up with a new gift idea for someone you care about in the holidays season must be taking a considerable part of your mind, especially that shopping for the holidays gifts has already started a week or two ago. In this article you’ll learn about some new or universal ideas to help you get done with it and focus on your other important issues.

1. A website on a personal domain name.

This idea never gets old, and if your beloved one doesn’t have it yet then be the first. Go to ipage.com, register the domain, and pay for a year of hosting, and quickly build a website with their point and click website builder and you’re done. It might take you a little over one hour of work but it’s worth it. Imagine the pride of your beloved ones when they present their personal email as their name on their name dot com.

2. A gift card.

A gift card is a universal solution to the holidays gift dilemma. If you know their favorite store get them the gift card from that store. If not or if they don’t really have one just go to Amazon.com and get them a Santa gift card box, or a snow flake one, or you can pick from their holidays variety. They can buy anything under the sun from Amazon and have it shipped to their own door step.

One of the best things about a gift card is that your beloved ones can use it for the boxing week shopping. They will love it.

Also a Visa gift card can be a good idea because they can use it anywhere Visa is accepted.

3. A hobby gift.
If you know your beloved one’s hobby it will be a pleasant surprise to open your gift box and find new tools that help them with their hobby. This could be a new fishing pole, a set of paints, a cup cake maker, a grill set, a jar of protein, or anything that they will be using while enjoying their hobby.

4. Satisfy their fantasies.
This idea is for couples. If you know that your partner has a certain fantasy why not do it together? And I am not talking about new positions here, don’t be cheap :-). I mean a fantasy that involves going somewhere in particular, dressing and acting a certain way, using certain toys or tools … you guys figure it out.

5. Ask them :-).
The best way to know what your beloved one wants for the holidays is to ask them. And to keep the surprise element in the process get them to write 5 different options for you to pick up from, or ask them to write down their wish list.

Porbably they did already. Visit their Facebook wall or their blog and do some intelligence work.

Gift Ideas for 2015 Holidays

It’s this time of the year again. If you’re like me this would be one of the hardest jobs ever; trying to get a nice gift for everyone on the list while at the same time trying not to ruin my already tight budget.

Since I am a marketer I have access to more market places than regular everyday people do. So I went through them all trying to find one market place where I can place one order that includes all of my gifts, and at the same time I don’t have to buy in wholesale.

Also on these marketplaces you can find a “best sellers” page where you can find enough gift ideas for everyone on your list.

The advantage of buying everything from one market place is to save on shipping, and the non wholesale thing is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

The first thing that I tested was Ali Express. It’s kind of Ali Baba but is not wholesale. And they have a big beautiful variety that can sure cover everyone on my list.

Check out Ali Express’s best sellers here.

I have one problem with it though: The shipping time is ridiculous. Some of the item’s estimated shipping time is 2 months! It’s not a universal thing, but it limits my choices.

The other huge market place that I considered was Amazon. I totally love it. They literally have millions of items that make nice gifts and they are very affordable. Together with the free shipping I was delighted.

Click here to check Amazon’s market place.

If you are not in the US though it’s a big disappointment. Almost all of the good items that I have chosen for my list do not ship to Canada! What in the world? What’s the big deal? Canada is just a cross the boarders!

Another disadvantage for Canadians; these prices are in US dollars, which means they are more expensive than they look.

My last resource was Walmart’s online store. The variety is not as wide and huge as it is on Amazon or Ali Express, but I have a great advantage: With Walmart I am redirected to the Canadian website from the beginning, the prices are in CA dollars, I get free shipping anyway because of the size of my order, and if the item is not available online I can locate the store that still has it and give them one visit to finish all of my shopping in one shot.

Ladies this is a huge one for guys like me. We hate shopping! When I have to it’s always an in-and-out in the shortest time possible.

Gift Idea for the blind, motion sick, and anyone who can no longer read.

I was thinking of this because my mother is losing her eyesight and she can no longer read anything. She still can go around the house and have company around the neighbourhood.

So to spare her nerves from the TV’s silly shows and stressful news I was thinking of a replacement for reading and the thing that came to my mind was audio books.

Here is the link for a free 30 days trial + 1 free audio book.

This gift idea is also good for people who used to read on their commutes and now they have to drive, or those who can not keep their eyes off the road due to motion sickness.

Universal Gift Card

It’s quite common that instead of buying a gift you go to your favorite store and buy a gift card. This is better for the person you are buying the gift card for so that they can buy whatever they want, just in case someone got them the same gift that you thought of.

This is what you say, but what if the person receives like 10 best buy gift cards? Wouldn’t that limit their choices to only electronics? What if they wanted a swimming suite, or a pair of new sneakers?

This is when a universal gift card comes in handy

A universal gift card is a gift card that can be used at any merchant where a credit card is accepted as a method of payment, including almost all of the online stores.

Universal gift cards are usually issued by one of the major credit card companies, like MasterCard and Visa gift cards. They come with another advantage, other than being universally accepted wherever a credit card is accepted. And this advantage is that you can customize it with the name of the person who’ll receive this gift.

There are different types of universal gift cards; some are reloadable while some aren’t, some can be used anywhere and some are for electronic use only, and some can have the balance checked online while other lack this feature.

It’s quite amusing to watch the evolution of gift cards. I remember back in the 9o’s we only had gift certificates and those could be issued from the mall management. That was a nice looking peace of paper with my name on it and a certain amount of money that I can use only once. The good thing is that I could go to the mall, buy a pair of socks for two bucks and cash out the remaining balance. I did that twice in one day ;-).

Then came the gift cards issued by certain stores like Walmart, Starbucks, and Best Buy. Those looked more like a card with a magnetic strip that you can swipe just like a credit or debit card. Then came out the universal gift cards that can be used anywhere a credit card is accepted.

Isn’t that convenient!

Anyways, a universal gift card also comes with another advantage that only those addicted to shopping online will realize. You can buy yourself one, and use it to shop online with merchants you’re not hundred percent sure are safe. Whever you’re suspecious but you need that service or item you can use your univeral gift card to pay. This way if the merchant turns out to be a scam or a phishing net you limit their access to whatever you have on your card. It’s like using a prepaid debit card but with the “disposabelity” feature.

Where to get free gift cards

Where to get free gift cardsThe increasing number of spam emails that we receive everyday about free gift cards, laptops, ipods, or whatever, is quite a phenomenon. Besides annoying us and clogging our emails sometimes, it increases the awareness of the availability of such things; free stuff. This raises the question: where to get free gift cards, ipads, ipods, or just anything for real?

The answer is simple: either earn it, hunt it, or get it as a real gift from someone who cares about you.

How to Earn Free Gift Cards:

There are two options available on the Internet for earning gift cards for doing something other than paying for it, hence the label “free gift card”.

The first option is to earn points through a program from the list below that you can redeem as gift cards from certain stores besides the general purpose gift cards (visa, amex, and master). Out of the hundreds of those programs only a few are legit and you can really get a gift card (and some times real cash by check or to your paypal account) for your efforts. Here is a list of the few sites that made it through our direct testing:

1. Swagbucks: The users earn points for watching video clips, taking surveys, searching, or trying samples (or whatever offer it is) and can redeem those points as gift cards from Amazon.com, Starbux, Rixty, Paypal, Home Depot,  Lowe’s, Facebook, and Barnes & Noble.

===> Click here to join SwagBucks.

How to Hunt down a Free Gift Card

Whenever you have some free time you can create a new gmail account and use it only for the purpose of hunting down a free gift card, and add a new AKA phone number to use along with the new email address when applying for free offers. It is really, really important. ==> Click here to get your unique SkypeIn number 

After you have your new email account ready click on each one of the gift card offers you’ll find on this website and anywhere else and submit your email (or zip, whatever they ask you for), follow the instructions so that you get the promised gift card sent to you. It doesn’t mean all of them will, it depends on the qualifying process after your first submission.

Important: The instructions vary from one offer to another, and some of them might not be doable for some people. So try as many as you can (all of them if you have the time) until you hunt down your favorite gift card. Use common sense and don’t submit sensitive information if required to qualify for the gift card.

Also please note that the lower value cards are at the top, because the higher value ones are just too good to be true.

How to Get a Free Gift Card as a Gift

The next time you log in your Facebook account make sure you make a wishlist and post it. When you have a desire for a gift card from a certain merchant just add it to your wishlist for your birthday or the holidays and someone who cares about you will probably get it for you.

Online free stuff are not really free, you’re asked to do something in return. And that goes to all of the spam emails that you get about these free stuff. Although these emails could be a source of free stuff, but you’re not advised to respond to these emails for two reasons: the first is that we don’t want to encourage spammers to do more spamming (when you respond they make money, and the more money they make the more they’ll spam), and the second is that sometimes it’s not what it says it is and could be a method to compromise your email account.

Here on this website you’ll find some of the sources to get free gift cards. Most of the offers on this site are lead generation offers, which means if you want to participate in a contest to win a free gift card you’ll be required to participate in a survey that identifies you as a customer who might be interested in certain products. What to expect next is some emails trying to sell you these stuff.

So, besides being a market research method (so that the advertisers know what people want and start providing it to them the way they want it), it’s also a way to do “direct response marketing” via email. For example, if you participate in a survey about digital cameras in order to qualify for a Best Buy gift card, you just identified yourself as a potential customer for new digital cameras, storage chips, photo editing, photo tricks .. etc.

Another thing that you need to know about these offers is that they pay us, website owners, every time someone participates in their surveys. They call us: affiliates, but that’s a story for another day.

So … this site is one of the good places to get free gift cards. Another option is to just search “free gift card” and start picking from the search results. I prefer Yahoo, but you can search it anywhere and you’ll get more or less the same results.

Since you are here and reading this page about free gift cards, you must be also interested in Power Couponing. So click here to learn how to buy $600 or more of groceries and pay less than $30 using this method.

Free Gift Cards Update

Welcome to 2015! It’s been quite a year. Thanks to you and your remarks in the Facebook comment enabled section below every post and page your site Free Gift Cards got the popularity and exposure it deserves. I am working on adding new useful content to help you identify scams vs. legit gift card offers.

Seems like scammers don’t give up, yet I don’t understand how would anyone fall for their tricks.

If you receive an email that says something about your free Visa gift card (or Walmart, Amazon, Bestbuy … etc) is about to expire and there is a link that you should click in order to claim it, and you don’t recall anything about this free gift card, the best thing to do is to ignore this message.

But just in case it is legit, check where the email is sent from. If the email is something like johnsmith@visa.com or @rewards.visa.com then there is a chance it is something you forgot about. Report the message to Visa.com immediately if you don’t see their domain name (visa.com) in the email address because this is a scammer trying to “phish” for your sensitive information.

If it passes the first check then examine the link without clicking it. You can do that by hovering the mouse cursor over the link and your browser will show you the actual link. If it has visa.com domain name in it then there is a chance it is legit. If not then there is a chance (not for sure) that it is a scam. To confirm it right-click the link and copy it to another browser that you are not using a lot. I use Chrome and Firefox, so I would check it in an Internet Explorer or Opera browser. If it starts with a just anything and ends up with a visa.com page then it’s just a tracking software and it is likely to be legit. If you never end up on a visa.com page it means it is not from Visa and is more likely a “phishing” attempt. Again report it to Visa.

Now please keep in mind that over 99% of the gift card offers you will see are not from the company they are offered from. Let me rephrase with an example. If you give me a Visa gift card on my birth day, the gift card is from visa but I got it from you. It is still legit, right?

The same is done by some legit marketing companies. They use their gift cards giveaway to build a database of potential customers in certain markets. I explained this like a 100 times on this website, but here it is one more time, and let’s stick to the Visa gift card example:

If you respond to the Visa gift card offer it means you are interested in Visa as a brand. If in order to qualify you responded to a Garcinia campogia extract free trial offer it means you are trying to lose weight. So after you finish the qualifying process before you get to claim the card you can expect to receive emails from the marketer behind the offer trying to interest you in more weight loss products/memberships.

Those are legit marketing companies. And if you pay attention they never mention the word “FREE” in their advertising or on their websites. Actually some of them have a problem with the word FREE in the domain name of this website and are not allowing their ads on it!

Coupons

Coupons are a great way to save money on things you use frequently. It’s also a big business! Surprise!

Yes. It is a big business, and big companies are competing on acquiring as many “coupon users” as possible, fighting each other on “you” with the dirtiest weapons available!

Man … that was quite a mouthful!

Ok, here is the story.

Imagine that I am the owner of a marketing company, and let’s call it “Yaheem”. I, the owner of Yaheem Marketing company would like to beat my competitors in marketing the right product to the right customer without wasting a ton of money on broad spectrum advertising nonsense.

One way to do that is to build a mailing list, which is not as effective now as it used to be 10 years ago, I can tell you that with 99% confidence. This is how “free gift card” companies work. They get you to sign up to their mailing list that targets the shoppers of a certain store (the one you sign up to get a free gift card from). Later you’ll be receiving emails from those companies promoting products or services that you’ll be surprized on how in the world did they know you are interested in it!

The answer is really simple: statistics. Statistics gained from market research surveys and by other means show that customers interested in certain products or with a certain shopping habbit tend to be interested in other products as well, and this is what the free credit card company uses to do a better targeted marketing than “one size fits all” kind of advertising.

Another way to do the same kind of targeting but with better real time results is by monitoring your shopping habbits realtime. And this is done with downloadable coupons.

Think about it for sec. When you search the Internet for a coupon code to use the next time you go to the zoo, once you download this coupon for printing you alarmed a system that you have children under the age of 13. Expect to also see a promotion for Disneyland, Disney DVDs, Disney on Ice show … etc.

Did you know that a company like Groupon got acquisition offer from Google in the 10 figure value and they rejected? This is how big this business is.

This is what’s in it for the companies running the coupon offers that you see everywhere; demographically laser targeted marketing.

Now what’s in it for you as a consumer?

First of all you get to save on the products and services that you are buying anyway. Get the coupon and use it then worry about the marketing efforts of the sponsoring company.

The second, and this is big if you think about it, you get exposed to advertisement only for things that you are interested in. For example if you are not into travelling wouldn’t you be annoyed of seeing a travelling offer every single time you are online? You ignore these ads, which means wasted money for the business behind it.

If the company’s ad is only shown to people who might take action this means a lot of money saved on advertising, which also means that business will be able to provide a better price for consumers like yourself.

A third benefit you can gain from coupons is that when you are exposed to a “cross promotion” (a promotion for something you might be interested in based on your original coupon download action) it’s usually a special offer that will save you more money on that product as well. That’s two birds with one stone.

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Gift Card to Cash

Earn free gift cardsWouldn’t it be super nice to convert all the gift cards you got into cash? I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to see money trapped in a card that I can only use in a certain way. And as a marketer I can tell you that a lot of people are searching for a way to convert their gift card balances to cash.

For instance, I can’t pay the rent with gift cards, even if it was a Visa gift card. For some reason landlords only accept cash or checks. So a collection of gift cards that contain enough money to pay the rent are useless now and I have to use them to buy stuff that I don’t need!

The good thing about the Internet is that you can virtually do anything without having to leave your place. I did the research and yes there is a way to convert gift cards into cash.

First off, the stores that issued the card are not going to give you the cash back. They just got the money and will never give it back. Like when you return something you baught (and found deffective) and they give you store credit instead of giving you your money back.

This is not the same as gift certificates though. In some places I could use the gift certificate to buy something for a lower value and get the remaining cash back. Gift cards don’t work this way.

So the way I found to convert gift cards into cash is to do any of the following:

1. Sell them on an auction site like ebay. And in this case you need to know exactly how much you have in the gift card and you can expect to sell it for like half the amount.

2. Go to websites specialized in trading and selling gift cards, like plastic jungle or card pool. Only their there’s a chance you can get close to the full amount.

You can also sell your card to a company like those listed on Gift Card Granny.

Ok that was the second best (to cashing out your gift cards in full). It’s not fair, but this is how it is.

The Best Gift Idea

Free $500 Visa Gift CardBefore the great invention of gift cards it was one of the biggest problems to choose a gift for everyone on your list for the Christmas holidays, or whatever holidays you are celebrating. And the bigger the list the bigger the problem becomes. And no matter what you do some of the beloved ones on your list will not be happy with your choice. It’s always good to ask what they wish for this Christmas, but this is not always a choice.

Free Gift Cards - You choose how you earnNow with the invention of these tiny cards you can take your gift money to the store of your choice and buy a bunch of their gift cards with it. Give your beloved ones the gift cards and let them go shopping for the gift so that it becomes their own choice. Besides, they can get what they want for less if they go shopping during the boxing sales. They also can combine the values of different cards from the same store and get one big thing that otherwise they couldn’t afford.

The problem still exists though. You might choose a store that might not be their first choice. Limiting their shopping for the gift in the store of your choice restricts their freedom to buy anything they want. Combining the values of cards might not be an option if they get gift cards from different stores.

And the best solution for this issue is to give them universal cards that they can use anywhere they want without any store restrictions. And this universal card is nothing other than a prepaid visa gift card. This gift card can be used anywhere visa is accepted as a method of payment.

A visa gift card can be used in the stores as well as on the Internet. This is the ultimate freedom in choice for the gift a recipient might have.

Imagine receiving all of your Christmas gifts in the form of visa gift cards. This makes you really rich after the holidays. You can combine the values of these cards and buy that gigantic 3D TV, a new computer, renovate the house, or even go on a vacation and pay for it with those cards.

Therefore, to make the life of the beloved ones on your Christmas list easier make sure the value of the card is written on the envelope so that they can do their maths without having to guess while doing the purchase.

Shopping for gifts had never been easier. The only draw back is when you don’t want your boss in the work to know the cost of the gift, but that’s another story for another day.

5 Unconventional Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Free Gift Cards - You choose how you earnLess than a day left before the Christmas and I already know some people who are still shopping for gifts for their significant ones. I am not going to get into the reasons and how to avoid this situation next year, but I’ll give suggestions for unconventional Christmas gift ideas that could save your nick if you happen to be one of those :-), just a small gift from “free gift card” website.

A Website

This is very unconventional. A website with your beloved one’s name as a domain name could be built in 10 minutes and costs like $2/month to host (if you buy 4 years of hosting :-). Seriously, this website could be given blank to your spouse, sibling, or child and let them worry about filling it. As I said it takes 10 minutes to build the skeleton and give it to them empty. Almost all website hosting companies provide detailed instructions on how to build a website in 10 minutes, so if you’re not a nerd like me don’t sweat it.

Imagine their pride when they give their new email address jane@janesmith.com or so instead of jane_s573@yahoo.com! After a thought, I’ll probably get one of those for my daughter :-).

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A Gift Card or Certificate

This only works with really close ones like siblings, parents, spouses … you know … immediate family members who you don’t feel bad about them knowing how much you paid for their gifts. You could get a gift certificate from your local mall. Those gift certificates could be used in the boxing week for better deals than before the Christmas. You can also get a gift card online from their favorite store. You know your people better. I would get my wife an Amazon gift card. She can use it now or save it for next year’s school books. And with Amazon she can spend her gift card on just anything under the sun with millions of items in their inventory other than books. This is one of the popular Amazon gift cards: Amazon.com $25 Gift Card (0108)

Just for this purpose stay away from free gift card offers because they are all about contests that even if you win one you’re not getting your card now.

A Vacation

If you can afford it, a vacation could be the sweetest gift you present to your wife. I don’t know a lot of guys who love vacations, but I certainly know my wife would do anything to have one. You can buy the vacation now and present it on Christmas, then use it in the summer to go away for a week or two.

A Magazine Subscription

This one is straight forward. Find out what’s your beloved one’s favorite magazine and buy a year subscription for them. Just make sure they doesn’t already have one in place.

Stocks

Not kidding. This is a good idea especially if you want to teach your kids the habit of investing. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment, but certainly not a hundred bucks gift, so I know this is not for every one. Besides, you’ll need to stop at the bank to get the advice of a financial adviser before you do something like that unless you already know what you are doing. I don’t, so .. I’ll stop at the bank.