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Go to and buy a gift card.  Choose “Instant Delivery: Email” and send the gift card to your own email.  When paying for the gift card, make sure you use your prepaid credit card number and the full remainder of the Visa gift card balance.

In just a couple of minutes after purchasing the gift card, you will get it in your email.  Then you apply the gift card balance to your account, and use it on your next Amazon purchase.

Since it is difficult to use the exact balance just by shopping at stores, this is a good way to clean every last cent off that card.  Also, a good way to “regift” that Visa gift card by turning it into an Amazon card that you can give to someone else.

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Posted in Funnyon Mar 15, 2013

I saw this on today:


Online deals

Posted in Businesson Jan 19, 2011

You may have heard of the recent popularity boom of online deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial that offer one day deals good.  Typically they offer a deal for a local merchant where you buy a gift certificate to that merchant for something like half of the price.

These are often temptingly good deals.  This is good for the business because they get a bunch of customers that they wouldn’t normally get.  This is good for some customers because they get a good deal.  It is bad for people who are suckers for a bargain because they will spend a whole bunch on “deals” that they wouldn’t normally consider.

So normally I ignore these deals, but today (Wednesday) I found a deal that I couldn’t pass up.  It is a $20 gift certificate to for only $10.  I was just telling Sandy this morning that we buy a lot from, so when I saw this deal, I went ahead and did it.

At the end of the day, it looks like they sold 1.3 million of these gift cards. I’m sure that cost someone a pretty penny, but it did end up getting a lot of publicity.

For the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed getting some deals on Black Friday.  Last year was the first year I shopped at for Black Friday, and my experience was pretty good.  I was able to pick  up some wanted DVDs as well as my iPod touch for the lowest prices around.

What was really good about shopping at was that their deals began at midnight on Black Friday, while the conventional stores started their sales around 5 or 6 am.  I was able to not stress about finding the best deal on that particular DVD because I had already purchased it earlier in the morning in my pajamas all warm at home.

I’m not able to say whether or not will have any great deals this year, but I’ll be looking.  I have noticed that they are running special deals all week this week, so maybe I’ll find something there.

On an e-commerce site I run, I allow customers to checkout (that is, pay for their shopping cart) through their choice of three separate providers: Amazon Checkout, Google Checkout, or Paypal.  The checkout buttons appear like this on the site:

How checkout buttons appear

How checkout buttons appear

I’ve added up the number of sales and the total volume of sales (in dollars) over the last month, and I found that most people prefer to checkout through Paypal.I suppose most people prefer to checkout with a provider they are more familiar with.  Since Paypal has been around the longest, I think many people prefer to stick with what they know.  Although Amazon checkout is the newest, people recognize and associate the Amazon brand with e-commerce, which is why many people prefer to use Amazon.

My question to readers, if you were shown three buttons for three checkout providers (like I’ve shown above), which button would you be most likely to click?

Making money with Google Ads

Posted in Businesson Dec 11, 2005

Well, I’ve been slowly pulling in the pennies with my Google Ads. I’m not sure if maybe it is my friends who are clicking on the ads they are interested in to help me get a few cents, or just random visitors who actually and randonly click on the ads. I have over 170 blog entries. I think as I add more and more entries, I can increase the traffic to my site and make money, in the long run, by running the ads on my page. This is all an experiment though, I don’t know if it’s actually going to work or not. It looks like though I can consistantly make about 10-20 cents a day. So far though, it seems to have been much more successful than my Amazon Associates ads.

I still really like how Google will give me $1 for every person I can refer to Firefox with the Google Toolbar. Over the last year, through non-paying efforts I’ve referred about 50 people. Maybe I can keep that up. If you want to install Firefox with the Google Toolbar, and I highly recommend that you do, please click here.

So the 10 to 20 cents a day that I think I can consistantly make, I think I can increase this by increasing my content on my blog. So look forward to many more blogs messages on a wider variety of topics.