Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Why I Hate Gift Cards

I wound up ordering the Bogleheads' Guide to Investing at barnesandnoble.com because I needed to use the $25 GC that I got for my birthday 2 years ago. With tax and shipping, it came out to $25.45. I could've bought the same book at amazon.com for $20.46 with tax and shipping, even less if I qualified for super saver shipping. But I had that stupid gift card. The book was shipped in a flimsy cardboard box (no bubble wrap), so of course some of the pages were damaged. I could exchange the book at a brick and mortar, but that kind of defeats the purpose of ordering a book online.

And yes, I already tried the frugal route. Would you believe that there are only 2 copies of the book available for checkout in the entire Chicago Public Library System? Sigh...

2 comments:

Tim said...

I'm not a fan of gift cards either. I'd rather have cash if someone is going to take the easy way out. I would have sold you my copy of the book for shipping cost only. ;)

IRA said...

LOL. Yeah, I guess I should've asked around first. But I really needed to use that GC before it expired.