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PSA: Amazon now allows using Amazon Gift Cards to purchase other Gift Cards


#61 sovereignNX-73811   rolling (over) back in style CAGiversary!   5692 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 04:47 PM

Ah, what better of a topic to make a re-entrance with the

 

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#62 jvang117   Friendly CAG CAGiversary!   3586 Posts   Joined 6.6 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2016 - 04:48 PM

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#welcumback

#63 Thatguy1513   Him again.... CAGiversary!   2595 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:32 PM

Ah, what better of a topic to make a re-entrance with the



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Been awhile since I've seen that gif.

#64 forced2change   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   719 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:53 PM

Can no one respond to this thread and we just let it die? Thanks

I am letting you know that this is my last post in this thread until someone else posts...Maybe everyone should quote this and let you know if they are going to post or not in the future.



#65 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 6.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:04 PM

Ah, what better of a topic to make a re-entrance with the

 

 

 

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By the way, where the heck have you been?



#66 Vaniel   When it comes to CE, I have a condition CAGiversary!   170 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:06 PM

Buy Gamestop giftcard from Amazon. Go to Gamestop, buy Amazon gift card. Get points. Turn around, buy Gamestop giftcard again. Rinse and repeat. Get infinite Gamestop Power Up Rewards points. Never have to pay for another game again. 

 

Works best if you hit multiple stores, or if you are a regular customer. At the store I go to, I trade in so much stuff and move stuff around so often they wouldn't even bat an eye. That and the GM texts me literally every day to let me know of any new skus that are in the system. He's become a personal friend over the years. :)

 

Good thing I'm getting a refund from Amazon on that awful as hell Estus Flask edition. I mean.... just look at this "High Quality Replica" 

 

http://i.imgur.com/mF0vXCU.jpg



#67 sovereignNX-73811   rolling (over) back in style CAGiversary!   5692 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:57 PM

By the way, where the heck have you been?

Life has been hitting the fan so I was away for awhile trying to take care of things. Still am but it's calmed down a bit. It's back to deal hunting and posting gifs! Woohoo! :whee:



#68 Diabhalla  

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 08:44 PM

Good thing I'm getting a refund from Amazon on that awful as hell Estus Flask edition. I mean.... just look at this "High Quality Replica" 
 
http://i.imgur.com/mF0vXCU.jpg


Christ almighty. I didn't open mine yet. Glad to you posted that.

#69 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49880 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

Posted 13 April 2016 - 09:12 PM


 

Good thing I'm getting a refund from Amazon on that awful as hell Estus Crap edition. I mean.... just look at this "High Quality Replica" 

 

http://i.imgur.com/mF0vXCU.jpg

FTFY.



#70 daring  

Posted 13 April 2016 - 09:54 PM

i thought it had always been this way. i've been buying GS GC for nearly 2 months now. didn't know there was actually a restriction in the past. I guess now its gonna quickly get killed once the influx of gc orders hit amazon pos with amazon credits as tender currency.  



#71 Vaniel   When it comes to CE, I have a condition CAGiversary!   170 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

Posted 14 April 2016 - 01:13 PM

Confirmed. Did $150 in Gamestop GC on Amazon yesterday, then went to Gamestop and bought $150 in Amazon gift cards. 

 

Got my 3,000 points this morning. 

 

I just a refund on Amazon, so I have around $250 now.....Which means 5,000 points a day if I really wanted to. I text the GM at the store I go to and he said that while stores can see transactions, they will really only stop you if they suspect fraud in your payment type, which is REALLY hard to do if you are paying with gamestop gift cards. 



#72 Donut2922   Read the OP! CAGiversary!   10091 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:11 PM

Racking up points makes sense to me if you're already headed to Gamestop for another reason. But if you are going just to churn GS credit it's a giant waste of time if you factor in the cost/benefit.

Pro's:
- $5 off coupon equivalent

Con's:
- Using the coupon on GS MSRP games. Can't use it on POSA cards and you already get 20% off at BB so the $5 is more like $4.
- time and gas
- drawing attention to large credit transfer for a junior detective
- potentially ruining it for other people

It's been debated before but you're earning essentially less for the 10 minutes of work that you can earn elsewhere at another job.

#73 Vaniel   When it comes to CE, I have a condition CAGiversary!   170 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2016 - 03:11 PM

Racking up points makes sense to me if you're already headed to Gamestop for another reason. But if you are going just to churn GS credit it's a giant waste of time if you factor in the cost/benefit.

Pro's:
- $5 off coupon equivalent

Con's:
- Using the coupon on GS MSRP games. Can't use it on POSA cards and you already get 20% off at BB so the $5 is more like $4.
- time and gas
- drawing attention to large credit transfer for a junior detective
- potentially ruining it for other people

It's been debated before but you're earning essentially less for the 10 minutes of work that you can earn elsewhere at another job.

It goes up exponentially the more credit you have. Did a massive trade in (downsized most of my DS collection, was never going to play them) as well as some PS3, PS4, and a few Xbone games and utilizing the 50% extra trade in credit when you buy a copy of the Division, I ended up with close to $1300. Some games I got more store credit than what I bought them for. 

 

Cleared it with the manager, and bought $1575 worth of Amazon gift cards yesterday. (Had $275 in Amazon credit I had made into GS credit) 

 

This morning I had my 30,000 points, essentially $30 for a 5 minute drive and 10 minutes of standing there. Manager even told me he would have a ton more cards for me on Sunday if I wanted to drop by again. He said he doesn't care because it helps his units per hour total, and since I am paying with gift cards there's no possibility of fraud. 

 

Does nobody else see this as an infinite money glitch irl? Get points, redeem for certificates, buy a game or two then trade them in the next day for credit. Then use that credit towards more Amazon gift cards, then convert them to gamestop gift cards, and rinse and repeat. 

 

Four times a week and I can score 120,000 points per week until Gamestop finally wises up and discontinues points on gift cards. (Which they will eventually) 



#74 Donut2922   Read the OP! CAGiversary!   10091 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:20 PM

Con's:
- potentially ruining it for other people.

I addressed this.  I do know that it's an "infinite money glitch" as that's a normal benefit when you churn through gift cards.  The issue is the risk is so miniscule.  It's not like you're earning 20%.  You are earning the equivalent of a 1% (maybe 2% with the recent PRO benefits) before factoring in the 20% you'd get at somewhere else like Best Buy.  You can earn higher rewards with credit cards if you want to go through the effort.  There are forums dedicated to that kind of stuff with a much higher payoff.  Your manager being cool with purchasing $1,000 worth of POSA credit is the exception not the norm.  A lot of cags would get laughed out of the building if they tried the same thing.  There's a good chance LP will flag large purchase transactions and you having to deal with the repercussions.  

 

And just as I quoted above, I'm sure some analyst at Amazon would notice the ridiculously large transaction flag the gift card churning and shut down the loophole.  There are some that look at this thread as a PSA but there are others that are worried this loophole will get patched.  Buying that many gift cards is definitely going to speed that process up.  Personally, I'd rather just leave the GC churning alone so that others can use them when they actually need it.



#75 Vaniel   When it comes to CE, I have a condition CAGiversary!   170 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

Posted 16 April 2016 - 06:28 PM

Amazon probably won't do anything on their end, simply because there aren't really rewards that come from them. They could honestly care less. Gamestop is the only side that probably WOULD do something, and I'd put money on it that they would just discontinue PUR points from being applied on gift cards. You already do not get points on buying GS giftcards in store, and they would probably simply change it so any gift card is not eligible for points. 

 

As for repercussions, I don't see how there could be any. There isn't anything illegal about this, and the worst they could really do is remove my points or ban my PUR account. Not really that big of a deal to me since I do all of my gaming purchased on Amazon or BB. 

 

Edited to add: I would argue that the manager I dealt with is NOT the exception at all. I've spoken to numerous managers around town, and unless you are paying with a credit card, gift card credit is fair game, and you can buy whatever you want. One manager said she has a woman that comes in once a week and buys $3,000 worth of Shell gift cards, and that is WITH a credit card. Apparently her son is a gamer and she has to buy shell gift cards for her work's company vehicles so they can get gas. She gets the points benefits, and the company gets the gift cards they need.