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GiftCards.com Ends Free Shipping & Raises Fees
I am going to admit something right off the bat. If I can purchase something online without having to go to a store, then I am a happy person. For that reason I really loved buying Visa gift cards at GiftCardMall, however they butchered that opportunity earlier this year when they lowered their maximum denomination to $250 per card.
Some people including myself then shifted to GiftCards.com. For a long time they really weren’t a huge player, however free shipping codes, a rewards program and fairly reasonable card fees made it an attractive option. That seems to be changing.
40% Fee Increase & Free Shipping Ended
Earlier this week it was reported by readers that a free shipping code that was supposed to work until the end of the month had died. Now I have some bad news about fees. The cost of a Visa gift card (up to $500 in denomination) has been increased from $4.95 to $6.95. I’m not going to outright say this kills the deal, but barring a new shipping or other type of promotion, it severely limits its value.
My guess is GiftCards.com started receiving more orders than normal and in a case of supply and demand (or simply to shut us down), they decided to cash in. Either way each card costs $2 more, which starts to make the grocery or drug store look like a more attractive option. Still, these cards are customized with your name, so I know they are definitely useful for people whose cashiers love to check ID.
The early end of free shipping and the 40% increase in fees is definitely a bad move for us and one that will make me shift my strategies elsewhere for the time being. Hopefully we will see more discounts come our way soon, but I am sort of doubting it will happen.
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