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Discount Gift Cards at Gift Card Granny

Just in case you missed my post on what a bad idea gift cards are, you might want to check here.

I seems like alot of people are finding the same thing. Rather than take the heat on a card they may not use, recipients of these unwieldy gifts are now selling them online at great discounts.

From Jeff C.:

“With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, gift card sales are booming as usual. It’s estimated that 3 in 10 shoppers will pick up gift cards for Dad, adding up to 1.2 BILLION in spending. Though they make a great last-minute gift, a staggering number of gift cards are never even used. There’s an estimated $40 BILLION in unclaimed gift cards collecting dust in US homes right this moment. What to do? Gift Card Granny, a leading resource for the buying and selling of discounted gift cards, has compiled an exhaustive list of merchants who offer cards, and provided details on just how much you can get back via each of the top online gift card resellers.

Some are offering as high as 80% of the card’s original value! Check out the full list and make sure Dad’s gifts don’t go to waste this year.”

Check Out the Gift Card Granny

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From Coupon Sherpa – Sell my Body

Okay, I got this a little while ago from Coupon Sherpa. While this was written with tongue firmly in cheek, it does have some interesting points. Pay close attention to the warnings on this one.

The full article is available here.

Trading in your old books on Swaptree


One of the things that I really enjoy is a good book. I have piles of books that I have picked up at used bookstores and ordered from ebay. Now that I am tightening my belt, I thought that I might need to curb my book lust for a bit. Then, I discovered Swaptree.

The idea behind swaptree is:

  • You take the books that you no longer want. I found that I had piles of books that I read once, and didn’t mind parting with.
  • You enter the ISBN numbers into the website, and it catalogs all the books you have to trade.
  • You make a list of books that you would like to have. In most cases, this is as simple as browsing the site and clicking “want it.”

As the days go by, swaptree will start to make associations between the books you have, and the books you want. It will even go as far as instigating three way trades. This means that:

  • You have a book A, and want Book C.
  • Another user has Book B, and wants Book A.
  • A third user has Book C, and wants Book B.

Swaptree will then send all users a notification as to where to send their books. You can even print out a prepaid shipping form (for a few cents more) and drop your book in the mail.

Since most of the books ship media mail, it takes a week or so to get them, but it also means that you can facilitate a trade for about $1.35.

So far, I have made 16 trades, and have only been burned once. Let that be a caveat. If you get burned, there is not a whole lot you can do to make it right. You can give the user bad feedback, but that’s about the extent of it.

For the low price of entry, getting burned is not the worst thing that could happen to me.

One final note. I should have mentioned this earlier, but you can also share DVD’s and CD’s too. In fact, I have traded a book for a Gamecube game on two occasions.

So, dig through your book pile, find the stuff that you can part with, and get some new books on that shelf!

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