Need some info about Amazon.com..

United States
December 27, 2010 7:42am CST
So I'm already trying to plan next Christmas. I've decided to take a hint from a few of my Mylot friends and save my points on various websites to use towards next Christmas. I've just joined Swagbucks to help earn some points, which seem to be racking up really quickly! However I was told the other day that Swagbucks only allows 5 redemptions per month.. and the cheapest route to go on Swagbucks is the $5 Amazon cards (which I checked out and it's true.. getting a $20 Amazon card would cost more points than getting 4 of the $5 cards.. weird!). But I've never shopped on Amazon before. I went there the other day to check out what sort of stuff they had, I knew they had music CD's and such, but did not know they had toys and clothes and other stuff. So, what I need to know is, do I need to set up an account on Amazon before redeeming any gift cards? How long before the gift cards expire.. like if I redeem one a month can I save them all year and use them all at once next year? Can I use more than one gift card per purchase? Do the gift cards cover shipping and taxes etc? Is there any other information I'm not thinking about that I'd need to know about redeeming Swagbucks points for Amazon cards and using them?
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@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Welcome to the great new world of using Amazon gift cards for your Christmas shopping. Hopefully, 2011 will be the third year that I've done it and in the year of 2010 I was able to do nearly $500 worth of shopping on Amazon that didn't cost me a penny at all out of my pocket. Now, I had an Amazon account before I ever started earning Amazon gift cards, so I would say that you would probably be best to go ahead and open an account with them. As you are able to earn gift cards, on your account page there is a tab that says "view gift card balance" when you are on there, you are able to view your current balance and even add a new gift card if you have one. They never expire, which I think is a great thing. As far as the Swagbucks go, I typically redeem mine in the form of 5 $5 gift cards when I have enough. Now, I'm thinking that I might start having excess in the coming year and if it grows very large, I will most likely get a more expensive, bigger gift card here and there.
• United States
31 Dec 10
So how do you earn so much? Is the majority of that from Swagbucks or are you on other sites too? Do you have referrals to help you earn that much? I mean, I think Swagbucks is pretty good, I haven't been on there more than 2 weeks and I've almost got my first $5 card already.. but there's no way I could get 5 in a month, and I've been doing a lot of searches, watching the videos, taking the daily polls, etc.
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
31 Dec 10
With Swagbucks, I do have a referral that just started and that is helping to add a lot. If I max out the videos every day, that is 60 points per day, or 1800 in the period of a month. The four daily freebies is 4 points a day, 240 a month which means that I and my referral only have to get a combined total of 210 in a month from searching and codes to get 5 $5 cards. I've also always cashed in my mypoints for Amazon because I enjoy shopping through there so that is typically at least $50 a year. Finally, I kill my extra time playing on Winster where I am a paying member, but the money that it costs for the membership is money that I've earned online and therefore am not counting on for our bills and I'm able to more than double $10 in a month to $25.
@cynthiann (18630)
• Jamaica
27 Dec 10
Happy new Year sweetie. I don't know diddly squat about your post. Just stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year
• United States
27 Dec 10
That's okay, thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you as well. Hope all is going well and hope you had a great Christmas!
@cynthiann (18630)
• Jamaica
28 Dec 10
It is 7pm and the sister is drunk as a skunk. What can I tell you? am practicing patience
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Dec 10
You only need to open an "account" so all your shipping and billing info is there. I have been buying DVD movies for awhile there..only thing, but yeah, they got tons of other stuff. I am not an online buyer much..I have to see what I am buying. Never clothes or things like that cause if they don't fit...I have to pay shipping back. If you buy more than $25 at Amazon.com, you get free shipping to you tho. Plus no state sales tax! I don't know anything about Swagbucks, but I do surveys and cash out for Amazon.com gift cards and it works like a charm. place your order, and on the payment screen..you put in your CC number and then there is a box if you have a gift card/number and you just put it in there and it will deduct that for you and then give you the balance if any. If you have more GC money than you spend, it will keep the balance on your "account" to spend later. Really very easy and they ship quickly unless otherwise stated. Gift cards expire at different dates...read the card for each time, but the ones I have had..from the survey places...are like 12 months or something...I use them reasonably quickly anyway. But I also read when looking to buy some store GC this year that most expire in 5 years. Some even charge you if you don't use them! But just read from where you get yours and that will tell you.
• United States
28 Dec 10
I do not enjoy surveys very much.. but Swagbucks is very easy to use and I am racking up the points fairly quickly. I'm up to almost 200 already, and I joined less than a week ago. It only takes 450 points for a $5 Amazon gift card! I am going to redeem the gift cards as soon as I earn 450 points, then apply them to my Amazon account as others have suggested. Then it will sit there on my account until I'm ready to spend it.
@bunnybon7 (34028)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Dec 10
wow. so glad you started this discussion. i belong to swagbucks and was just waiting till i got enough to feel like i was getting something to turn them in. so i read your whole discussion here just for the info. im very happy with what ive learned from you and this. thanks for this discussion.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Glad I could help!
• United States
27 Dec 10
Yeah, it is weird that it actually costs less to buy four $5 gift cards than a single $20 one. I remember when I first joined it, I was going for the $50 one until someone pointed that fact out about how it would actually be cheaper going for the $5 ones. That said, you do have to have an account either way (I think anyway). You have to provide your shipping information anyway. What I do is just apply my gift cards to my account for when I'm ready to use them. Fortunately, the good news is that they don't expire. They'll be there whenever you want to use them. Yep, they both cover shipping and you can use more than one. At least you can when you apply them to your account. That's how I buy my movies.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Thank you for the info! I will be setting up my Amazon account very soon.
@GardenGerty (92387)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Dec 10
Hi, Kat. It says on the Amazon website, your gift cards never expire. I mostly get them from Swagbucks. There are other places to get them. I move my swagbucks gift card codes to Amazon and "mark as used" on Swagbucks. I have used Amazon this year for the first time. I have been pleased with the prompt service and how I receive the products. I have friends on Gather who use them a lot. So, like others said, get that account open, move your swagbucks and other redeem codes to the account and when you order from Amazon, they will use your gift cards first. Good luck, planning for next year.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Ok, sounds like a plan. Thanks for the info.. that is what I'll do!
@redkathy (3379)
• United States
27 Dec 10
I can't speak to swag bucks but I can tell you that Amazon gift cards don't expire once you enter them in your account. I had several from blogging and used them at Christmas. I think it's better to enter them right away. That way if anything happens with the "giver" you have already redeemed through Amazon even if you haven't spent it. Amazon will use your gift card balance first when you check out. Having an account set up makes it very convenient. I have several payment methods entered which makes it easier for me to choose which card to use. Plus you can store shipping addresses. When both of my sons were living out of town I had everything shipped directly to them.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Thanks for the info!
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
27 Dec 10
I set up an amazon account and as I "earn" the gift cards I redeem them and they just sit in the account as a balance and use them when I need them. Over this past year I had earned almost $600 and then went and entered the cards as I got them. About 1/3 of our Christmas was "free".
• United States
27 Dec 10
Wow, awesome. I hope I can be as successful.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I am not sure if you have to have an account on Amazon to redeem a gift card,but I've always had an account. You can add gift cards to your account to use whenever you get ready. They don't expire and will be there when ever you want to redeem them. I have lots there that I haven't used. I move them to Amazon each time one is put in my Swagbucks account. Also, if you spend $25 or more, shipping is free. And it is best to use your Swagbucks to buy $5 Amazon gift cards since they are cheaper. Just be sure you buy the correct Amazon gift cards. One is for the US and one is for Canada.
• United States
27 Dec 10
I have never had any of my Amazon gift cards expire! I would set up an Amazon account. When the gift cards post, go ahead and 'redeem' them at Amazon. It will keep track of your gift card balance. That way you dont have to worry about it. I only redeem for the $5 gift cards. This is the first month that I have gotten 5 of them! I am really excited about it. I search for EVERYTHING and get at least 1 random award of swagbucks each day. I also currently have 3 referrals that I am still getting swagbucks for - which is why I was able to get the 5 gift cards. I wouldnt worry about the limit until it becomes a problem. Even so, at $25/month for 12 months, that is still $300 to spend for Christmas presents - all completely free!! A few tips for Swagbucks: make sure you visit the NOSO's, daily poll, and Surveys each day. It is a quick easy way to guarantee 3SB each day. Referrals are also a great way to get SB. You can get up to 1000 for each person you refer! Even if they dont shop on Amazon (which is the best bang for your buck), there is other things they can go for. My sister is saving hers up for a Bass Pro gift card for her husband. Show them how easy it is! The more you show them how beneficial it is the more likely they are to do it, and to thank you for it! Good luck.
@ren1982 (341)
27 Dec 10
hi, i use amazon (uk) and have used gift cards alot, has far as i know there is no time limit and there is no limit to how much you can spend once its in your amazom account. hope that helped some what?