Thursday, July 21, 2011
You Have to Check Out What I Got In the Mail!
Y'all, I was so excited when this package came in the mail yesterday. Like, really, really excited. Because this is what was inside.
Of course I was excited because it was a bona fide Kindle, but I was also over the moon because I bought it brand new for exactly $.06. Yes, you read that right - six whopping cents! And, I could've gotten it for free if I had been slightly more patient. You wanna know how? Ok, you can quit twisting my arm now. I couldn't wait to spill the beans anyway. :0)
You're probably familiar with Swagbucks by now, but just in case you live on Jupiter or something - Swagbucks is a site that you can set as your homepage or download to your toolbar and you use it as a search engine just like you would Google or whatever your search engine of choice would be. The difference is that Swagbucks rewards you for searching with them - in - wait for it...Swagbucks (SB). You didn't see that coming did you? You can also earn SB by taking a 10 second daily poll, watching short videos, taking advantage of special offers and a host of other options. I mostly just use it as a search engine and take the daily polls and still earn enough SB to buy great stuff. You can redeem your SB for a gazillion different doodads or gift cards. I always redeem them for Amazon.com gift cards because I figure a gal can buy anything her little heart could desire on there. Which leads me to my next tid bit for you...
Did you know that Amazon.com has a buy back program? So does Swagbucks for that matter, but we're talking about Amazon.com now. They will buy back books, DVD's, and games and gaming consoles. Seeing as how we're a homeschooling family, we have books coming out of our ears at the moment. So, I did a check of all the ones we're ready to part with to see which titles were part of Amazon.com's buy back program. It was really simple. They have a detailed explanation on their site. Anyway, I added the books I would be returning to my "cart" and when I was finished I simply had to print off the shipping label they provide (and pay for), box up the books, apply the shipping label, drop it off at a UPS drop center and wait for my credit. I was surprised at how quickly they received my shipment and credited my Amazon.com account. When I saw how easy that was I started pilfering through all those old DVD's that never get watched and sent them in, too.
Between my credit for Amazon's buy back program and the gift cards I was able to redeem through Swagbucks, I came up exactly $.06 short of being able to purchase my new Kindle. I have more SB to redeem, but have to wait until August to do that, as you're only allowed to redeem 5 prizes per month through Swagbucks. I figured $.06 wasn't worth waiting an entire month for just to be able to say that I got it for free.
So, if you're doing some summer clutter removing and have books, movies, and gaming consoles or games that are just sitting around collecting dust - you should really look into Amazon.com's buy back program. It's way easier than having a yard sale. :0)
If you're not already using Swagbucks as your search engine, I would highly recommend it. If you're searching anyway, why not get rewarded for it? If you decide to look into it, I would be very grateful if you link through the Swagbucks banner on my left-hand column over there. I'll get rewarded if you link up through my site. And then, if you get people using Swagbucks, you'll be rewarded, too. It's a win-win situation.