A couple of weeks ago, I gave away a Mohu Leaf antenna for receiving over the air signals. Today's my birthday, and I must be a crazy because I'm the one giving out the gifts. Instead of an antenna that you may or may not use, I'm giving away something that's almost as good as cash - Visa or MasterCard gift cards. And I'm not giving away one of them, but three! I shouldn't take complete credit for the giveaway - this offer comes from GiftCards.com.
Buy Discount Gift Cards
For the average consumer, the biggest reason to go GiftCards.com is to pick up discount gift cards. As I look now, there are gift cards to save 10% from Applebee's and Barnes and Noble - even 15% from Ann Taylor. There are nearly 100 merchants available at this moment, but availability of specific merchants change often. Many people would sign up for a credit card that would give them 3% cash back on things that they'd ordinary buy. It only makes sense to take a minute and look to see if you can save 10%.
Design Your Own Gift Cards
Part of the great value that a gift card represents is that they are a little like cash. You give the recipient more flexibility to buy something that they want, while still giving something a little more personalized than a couple of Andrew Jacksons. Perhaps a better compromise would be to give GiftCards.com's personalized gift cards. These are Visa and MasterCards with your own photos and messages. You can use a pre-designed template or create your own. This gives you a more personalized, yet more flexible gift.
How to Win the Gift Cards
Today is all about giving. So I think the giveaway should be based on giving as well. (That sentence may only make sense in my head.) In the wake of natural disasters such as Katrina, Haiti, New Zealand, and the most recent Japan earthquake, I'm realizing more and more how much others need. To help with that, I'm refocusing my efforts on Setting up an Emergency Charity Fund. Let me know in the comments what you are doing to give back. The better I judge your comment, the more virtual ping pong balls you receive for the drawing. I'll stop taking entries on Saturday April 2nd at 11:59PM and announce the winners soon after. As always please include a real address so that I can tell you that you've won and get your address for the gift card. (Your email address is safe, I hate spam as much as you do.)
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