The 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 lable “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.
2. Toluna: Toluna is a membership site where you can earn points for taking surveys, chatting, reviewing products .. etc. Your points can be redeemed as gift cards from Visa, Sears, Paypal, Walmart, Lowe’s, Starbucks, Target, David Cookies, Best Buy, Gap, iTunes, Red Box, Chilli’s, Facebook … and many more. You can also redeem your points as a check you can cash out, or a physical gift you choose from their list.
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. After you have your new email account ready click on each of the following gift card offers and submit your email (or zip, whatever they ask you for), follow the instructions and get a the promised gift card sent to you.
Important: The instructions varry 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.
$25 Burger King gift card (survey)
$100 Walmart gift card (was for the holidays but is still valid)
$100 Burger King or Wendy’s gift card (you choose)
$100 Amazon gift card (was for the holiday’s season but is still valid)
$1500 1-800-flowers gift card (enter your email for a draw)
$1000 Visa gift card (back to school offer but is still valid)
Another $1000 Visa gift card
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.