Around the holidays, retailers love handing out gift cards almost as much as we love getting them. You can earn free gift cards by making all kinds of purchases, including while buying gift cards. With that in mind, we've rounded up all the awesome gift card-related freebies we could find.
For its Prime members, Amazon offers The Ender Quartet Mass Market Paperback Box Set for $14.99 with free shipping. (Non-Prime members can spend $35 to earn free shopping, otherwise it's $3.99.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $3. The set includes Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and its three sequels: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.
Scholastic offers Matthew Reinhart's A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure (pictured) and Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy in Hardcover for $42.16. (Add both to your cart to see this price.) Coupon code "HOLIDAY" drops it to $33.73. With free shipping, that's $16 below the lowest total price we could find for these items sold separately elsewhere. (We did see a much better deal for A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure alone in July.)
Gilt City offers a free60-day trial of the Spotify Premium music streaming service. That's a savings of $20 and tied with our mention from last month as the lowest price we've seen. It features offline access to playlists, no advertisements, and more. You must cancel the subscription before the trial is over or you will be billed for one month of service, currently $9.99. Deal ends December 14.
Black Friday has passed, but there are still Apple deals to be had! Grab a MacBook Pro for $150 less than its Thanksgiving price, get another chance to score the iPad mini for $249, and bag a $100 iTunes gift card for just $85. Don't waste any time, though; these Cyber Monday Apple deals are super hot and going fast!
Entertainment.com offers its 2014 Entertainment Books for $20. Even better, all orders qualify for free shipping. Additional books cost $15 each. That's $5 under last week's mention and the best deal we've seen on the 2014 edition of these books so far. It contains hundreds of 2-for-1 and 50% off coupons valid at many restaurants, hotels, and services in over 110 areas throughout the United States and Canada. You'll also get digital access for to the mobile app for printable and smartphone coupons. (You choose the specific book for your region.)
Barnes & Noble offers the The Legend of Zelda Paperback Box Set for $34.99 with free shipping. (Amazon charges the same to Prime members.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $9. This set includes 10 volumes of the Legend of Zelda manga.
Elsevier offers select textbook and technical eBooks for $1 each via coupon code "ONESALE". (Select the DRM Free version on the product page.) That yields a discount of $24 to $349 off the current prices of these books, and is the best such offer we've seen. Topics include biochemistry, civil and structural engineering, computer science, psychology, and more.
Note that you can only order three at a time, but there is no limit on how many sets of three you purchase.
Amazon.co.uk offers Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series on Blu-ray Disc for $16.42 (£10). At final checkout it drops to $13.68 (£8.33). With $5.07 (£3.08) for shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $26, although we saw it for $3 less three weeks ago. This 5-disc set includes all 11 of the 50-minute episodes from the series. It's narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Amazon offers its Prime members Spartacus: Blood & Sand Season 1 on Blu-ray for $9.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $3.98.) That's $9 under our June mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $13.)
Of note, it's temporarily out of stock, but it can be ordered at this price for delivery when available.
Netflix offers new members a 1-month trial of its streaming service for free. You must cancel the subscription before the trial is over or you will be billed for one month of service, which currently costs $7.99.
Just because Apple isn't inclined to offer big Black Friday discounts doesn't mean you can't score a deal on an iDevice. You can save $15 on a $100 iTunes gift card and seriously consider getting the iPad Air for at a $49 savings. But don't waste any time; these Apple deals are super hot and going fast!
Best Buy offers a $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 with free shipping. That's tied with our September mention and among the best deals we've seen for iTunes credit, although we saw it for $5 less in March. (It's a current price low by $15.)
Amazon offers its Prime members The Passion of the Christ on Blu-ray Disc for $3.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it adds $3.98.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $2.
Newegg offers a 1-month Hulu Plus Subscription for $7.99. Coupon code "NEWHULU1M" cuts that to $0. (A code will be e-mailed to you after purchase. Hulu charges the same price via Paypal.) That's tied with our September mention as the best offer currently available for a free Hulu Plus trial; we saw a 2-month trial in July. This offer is for new Hulu Plus customers only.
Be sure to cancel the subscription before the trial is over or you'll be billed for one month of service, which currently costs $7.99.
Update: The offer at Newegg is expired; however, it's still ongoing at Hulu.