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What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:06 pm
by fortfun
We are probably sitting on $750 worth of Amazon gift cards. We are not big shoppers and it seems like a lot of the regular household "staples" are pretty overpriced on Amazon (i.e. cleaning supplies, etc). What's the best way to try to use these up? We are not big shoppers and I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff that is marked up 5x just to use them up. Is there some consumable(s) that would eat up this money?

Possibly:
Light bulbs
Batteries
Oil filters
Air filters

We don't really shop at Whole Foods either. Seems overpriced but maybe there is some bargain there that we should look at???

I'm a little leery of selling them at GameFlip, Ebay, Craigslist. Some of them are already deposited in my account anyway.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:17 pm
by amitb00
They are good gifts. So on different occasions like birthdays, Christmas you can give them away as gifts.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:19 pm
by fortfun
amitb00 wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:17 pm They are good gifts. So on different occasions like birthdays, Christmas you can give them away as gifts.
True. Thanks.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:20 pm
by whodidntante
You can regift the ones you have not redeemed.

As far as prices, Amazon is seldom the cheapest place to buy anything in my experience. Some good deals come up, though. You can find them by checking slickdeals.net from time to time.

Do you watch movies, listen to music, or read? Amazon offers streaming and digital media.

Another way to liquidate Amazon credit is to use a buyer's club. The idea is buy something for the club, and have it shipped directly to them. Then you get cash. Sometimes you can get more money than you paid, but 100% payouts are easier to find. You can also use rebate sites and you also keep the item. Obviously, vet these service before use.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm
by JoMoney
I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:26 pm
by nedsaid
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected
I was going to redeem a $100 Bed, Bath, and Beyond Gift Certificate at my local store only to find that it had closed. The certificate was from the 2019 Christmas and was about a year old. Fortunately, I found another store with a Google search about 45 minutes away and was able to spend my gift card. My fear was that the chain had gone out of business entirely.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:30 pm
by Armani
If you don’t need ‘em, I’ll take ‘em. Textbooks are expensive.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:35 pm
by hi_there
Do you need to buy any more expensive items - say like a TV or something - in the future? Expensive things are priced more competitively and Amazon prices will be similar to those outside.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:38 pm
by core4portfolio
easy ways to redeem amazon gift cards in amazon for below list of retailers

1. chipotle gift card
2. tacobell
3. whole foods
4.olive garden
5. dominos
6. papajohns
7. DQ Chill gift card
8. door dash gift cards
9. uber gift card use it in ubereats
10. starbucks gift card
11.kohls

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:43 pm
by mkc
If they are unredeemed, perhaps donate a few to local charities that have a wish list? Human shelter, animal rescue, etc. Most always have an Amazon wish list for needs.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:44 pm
by runner3081
I use them on Safeway and AirBnb gift cards.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:48 pm
by mhc
I recently compared Amazon subscribe and save prices to Walmart, and Amazon was on par with Walmart. We use Amazon to deliver items monthly that we need (toilet paper, dog food, paper towels, coffee, ...).

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:53 pm
by Wanderingwheelz
Go to Amazon Warehouse Deals and find things you can sell on eBay for a profit. Turn your $750 into $1500.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:00 pm
by 02nz
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected
+1 to this suggestion. I've gotten Lowe's and Best Buy gift cards from Amazon. There are of course many other brands available.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:37 pm
by Helo80
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:06 pm I'm a little leery of selling them at GameFlip, Ebay, Craigslist. Some of them are already deposited in my account anyway.

Agreed --- i would not mess with selling them this way unless you meet somebody in person and they give cash in hand. (Or, pay you in a method that they cannot claw the money back).

Amazon tends to be competitive to very competitive on some big ticket items. A home upgrade or two (or three) could eat up that $750.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:38 pm
by BuddyJet
core4portfolio wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:38 pm easy ways to redeem amazon gift cards in amazon for below list of retailers

1. chipotle gift card
2. tacobell
3. whole foods
4.olive garden
5. dominos
6. papajohns
7. DQ Chill gift card
8. door dash gift cards
9. uber gift card use it in ubereats
10. starbucks gift card
11.kohls
The Amazon rules say that they don't allow your credit balance to be used for many gift cards.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer ... =201936990

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:57 pm
by fortfun
BuddyJet wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:38 pm
core4portfolio wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:38 pm easy ways to redeem amazon gift cards in amazon for below list of retailers

1. chipotle gift card
2. tacobell
3. whole foods
4.olive garden
5. dominos
6. papajohns
7. DQ Chill gift card
8. door dash gift cards
9. uber gift card use it in ubereats
10. starbucks gift card
11.kohls
The Amazon rules say that they don't allow your credit balance to be used for many gift cards.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer ... =201936990
Thanks Buddy. Interesting. Maybe we can get the kids some clothes at Kohls.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:58 pm
by fortfun
02nz wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:00 pm
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected
+1 to this suggestion. I've gotten Lowe's and Best Buy gift cards from Amazon. There are of course many other brands available.
I could see use them at Lowes this spring! Thanks.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:59 pm
by fortfun
Wanderingwheelz wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:53 pm Go to Amazon Warehouse Deals and find things you can sell on eBay for a profit. Turn your $750 into $1500.
Interesting...

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:00 pm
by fortfun
mhc wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:48 pm I recently compared Amazon subscribe and save prices to Walmart, and Amazon was on par with Walmart. We use Amazon to deliver items monthly that we need (toilet paper, dog food, paper towels, coffee, ...).
Good ideas. Thanks!

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:02 pm
by fortfun
whodidntante wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:20 pm You can regift the ones you have not redeemed.

As far as prices, Amazon is seldom the cheapest place to buy anything in my experience. Some good deals come up, though. You can find them by checking slickdeals.net from time to time.

Do you watch movies, listen to music, or read? Amazon offers streaming and digital media.

Another way to liquidate Amazon credit is to use a buyer's club. The idea is buy something for the club, and have it shipped directly to them. Then you get cash. Sometimes you can get more money than you paid, but 100% payouts are easier to find. You can also use rebate sites and you also keep the item. Obviously, vet these service before use.
Interesting. I've never heard of that before...

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:02 pm
by fortfun
mkc wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:43 pm If they are unredeemed, perhaps donate a few to local charities that have a wish list? Human shelter, animal rescue, etc. Most always have an Amazon wish list for needs.
Good idea. Thanks!

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:04 pm
by bling
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:06 pm We are probably sitting on $750 worth of Amazon gift cards. We are not big shoppers and it seems like a lot of the regular household "staples" are pretty overpriced on Amazon (i.e. cleaning supplies, etc). What's the best way to try to use these up? We are not big shoppers and I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff that is marked up 5x just to use them up. Is there some consumable(s) that would eat up this money?

Possibly:
Light bulbs
Batteries
Oil filters
Air filters

We don't really shop at Whole Foods either. Seems overpriced but maybe there is some bargain there that we should look at???

I'm a little leery of selling them at GameFlip, Ebay, Craigslist. Some of them are already deposited in my account anyway.
5x is overly exaggerated. subscribe & save household items are competitive. it might be 5-10% more expensive but it's delivered right to your door.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:08 pm
by Katietsu
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:06 pm We are not big shoppers and it seems like a lot of the regular household "staples" are pretty overpriced on Amazon (i.e. cleaning supplies, etc).
How wide of a selection of items did you look at? Our grocery stores are back to having intermittent supply problems with cleaning supplies, paper towels, lysol wipes, alcohol wipes, etc. I would expect items which are in greater demand thanks to Covid to have temporarily higher prices. Just checked personal care items like shampoo & conditioner and the prices looked the same as at Target.

I find Amazon to offer good value for tech accessories like charging cables, power banks, cell phone cases.

I received a nice pair of PJs for Christmas from Amazon. Have bought shoes, socks, T shirts from Amazon.

Took advantage of the TurboTax deal that I read about here.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:12 pm
by z91
Netflix gift cards. Yes, you can buy them using amazon GCs, I've done it plenty of times.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:14 pm
by retire57
Call and see what supplies your local animal shelter needs. Great way to donate!

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:14 pm
by Lee_WSP
Shoes, clothes, and children/baby items/toys are the things I regularly purchase from Amazon.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:17 pm
by 02nz
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:57 pm
BuddyJet wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:38 pm
core4portfolio wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:38 pm easy ways to redeem amazon gift cards in amazon for below list of retailers

1. chipotle gift card
2. tacobell
3. whole foods
4.olive garden
5. dominos
6. papajohns
7. DQ Chill gift card
8. door dash gift cards
9. uber gift card use it in ubereats
10. starbucks gift card
11.kohls
The Amazon rules say that they don't allow your credit balance to be used for many gift cards.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer ... =201936990
Thanks Buddy. Interesting. Maybe we can get the kids some clothes at Kohls.
The rules exclude "certain gift cards." My experience is that the only gift cards you cannot purchase with Amazon gift cards are Visa/Master Card prepaid gift cards, as well as Amazon gift cards. Everything else goes.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:54 pm
by JoMoney
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:58 pm
02nz wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:00 pm
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected
+1 to this suggestion. I've gotten Lowe's and Best Buy gift cards from Amazon. There are of course many other brands available.
I could see use them at Lowes this spring! Thanks.
Hah! Somewhat ironic for me, because the Amazon gift card I redeemed was bought at Lowes.
Through my Chase credit card, they offered a limited time 10% rebate (up to $15) for any 1 purchase at Lowes, so I bought a $150 Amazon gift card at Lowe's...

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:57 pm
by 02nz
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:54 pm
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:58 pm
02nz wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:00 pm
JoMoney wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:22 pm I recently had to get rid of a bunch of Amazon gift cards myself, not nearly as much as you, but... I wound up redeeming them for gift-cards at other places I frequent (mostly some fast food places). Amazon has a big selection of other gift cards you can "buy" with your gift cards, perhaps you can find someplace you will spend it.

Unfortunately, no Target, Walmart, or Barnes and Noble cards though :annoyed ...but I suppose that was expected
+1 to this suggestion. I've gotten Lowe's and Best Buy gift cards from Amazon. There are of course many other brands available.
I could see use them at Lowes this spring! Thanks.
Hah! Somewhat ironic for me, because the Amazon gift card I redeemed was bought at Lowes.
Through my Chase credit card, they offered a limited time 10% rebate (up to $15) for any 1 purchase at Lowes, so I bought a $150 Amazon gift card at Lowe's...
I have bought a few thousand $ in Lowe's gift cards at Amazon ... using Amazon gift cards bought at Lowe's!

I often get 10% offers on my Amex and Chase cards for Lowe's. (Keep your eyes out for similar offers on Chase cards, I seem to get targeted for more Lowe's offers even after using them.) So I buy Amazon gift cards there, then when Amazon has one of their "use 1 Amex Membership Rewards point and get 20% off" promos I buy Lowe's gift cards. Comes out to an effective 28% discount.

Too bad you cannot use Lowe's gift cars to buy other gift cards. Otherwise I'd have the perpetual motion machine of discounts! :happy

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:59 pm
by Goal33
Get an inflatable hot tub

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:02 pm
by TravelGeek
My Amazon account currently has a gift card balance of around $650 from gift cards I bought at office supply stores for 5X UR (so 7.5% discount with Chase PYB). Based on my shopping history over the years I am fairly sure that I will use it up over the next 3-4 months or so. I am not a big shopper either, but what I buy often comes from Amazon.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:37 pm
by tuningfork
You can buy groceries at Amazon Fresh. Some items are Whole Foods prices, some are competitive with local grocery stores.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:29 pm
by NewbieBogle007
whodidntante wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:20 pm You can regift the ones you have not redeemed.

As far as prices, Amazon is seldom the cheapest place to buy anything in my experience. Some good deals come up, though. You can find them by checking slickdeals.net from time to time.

Do you watch movies, listen to music, or read? Amazon offers streaming and digital media.

Another way to liquidate Amazon credit is to use a buyer's club. The idea is buy something for the club, and have it shipped directly to them. Then you get cash. Sometimes you can get more money than you paid, but 100% payouts are easier to find. You can also use rebate sites and you also keep the item. Obviously, vet these service before use.
What is a "buyers club?"

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:23 pm
by whodidntante
NewbieBogle007 wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:29 pm
whodidntante wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:20 pm You can regift the ones you have not redeemed.

As far as prices, Amazon is seldom the cheapest place to buy anything in my experience. Some good deals come up, though. You can find them by checking slickdeals.net from time to time.

Do you watch movies, listen to music, or read? Amazon offers streaming and digital media.

Another way to liquidate Amazon credit is to use a buyer's club. The idea is buy something for the club, and have it shipped directly to them. Then you get cash. Sometimes you can get more money than you paid, but 100% payouts are easier to find. You can also use rebate sites and you also keep the item. Obviously, vet these service before use.
What is a "buyers club?"
I explained what a buyer's club is in the post you quoted. :confused It's not more complicated than what I wrote, definition wise.

If you want to know which clubs are reputable, or if you have specific questions, you can find discussions on it in manufactured spending circles. I have seen it discussed on flyertalk, in a Facebook group, and probably some other places. You may see a few variations on the term, like buyer's group. Or they just talk about a specific buyer's club. You will be able to pick up on what they are talking about with some effort.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:34 pm
by purpleKatz
When birthdays come up, I look to see if the birthday person has an Amazon wishlist. Easy selection, easy delivery. Especially excellent for Christmas.

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:20 am
by core4portfolio
BuddyJet wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:38 pm
core4portfolio wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:38 pm easy ways to redeem amazon gift cards in amazon for below list of retailers

1. chipotle gift card
2. tacobell
3. whole foods
4.olive garden
5. dominos
6. papajohns
7. DQ Chill gift card
8. door dash gift cards
9. uber gift card use it in ubereats
10. starbucks gift card
11.kohls
The Amazon rules say that they don't allow your credit balance to be used for many gift cards.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer ... =201936990
Whatever I have listed is what I bought one day or other day using my Amazon GC and so they are certainly possible
unless something changed very recently in 2021

Re: What to do with Amazon gift cards?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:06 am
by Wanderingwheelz
fortfun wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:59 pm
Wanderingwheelz wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:53 pm Go to Amazon Warehouse Deals and find things you can sell on eBay for a profit. Turn your $750 into $1500.
Interesting...
If you do it focus on items that you’re very familiar with the value of. Also, the easier to ship the better. Anyone can make $1000 in a year without even trying.