[Promotional Offer] Got Change?

Coinstar is a machine that counts all your change and gives you either a cash slip (charges a fee for) or giftcard (no fee). Well they are currently have a great promotion!

Get a $10 bonus when you cash in your coins for at least $40 in an eCertificate or gift card. No fee!!!

Promotion Dates end 12/31/10 11:59pst -exception with Amazon* .These stores:
amazon.com ($10 gift code,  promo ends 12/22/10 *it can now be used on any amazon.com sold items!)
regal cinemas

Giftcards take approx 1-2 weeks to be mailed.

It’s a sweet deal if you already spend money at these stores because it’s like getting 25% bonus. Great for the holiday season and something nifty for yourself. ^_^

*For more information click on the link here
*Not all coinstars are participating! Make sure that the coinstar you are using offers giftcard vouchers. You can check via the coinstair website locater.
*One offer per store per household


Going shopping? While not get some Freebies…

Free Nail Polish from Orly (shine, oh cabana boy, it’s up to Blue)
*Bring in your Seventeen Dec Magazine or Print seventeen.com/orly
*While supplies last. Last time I got a really nice lancome lip gloss with Seventeen promo.
*Look out for mailers with $3.50 of $10 purchase (exclusion: prestige cosmetic but can be used on OPI)

Victoria Secret:
It’s December! Time to check out your Victoria Angel Secret Rewards Card (in store or online checkout) $10 $50 $100 or $500
*Seventeen Magazine December Issue has a promotion : Free Beauty Rush Lip gloss with any beauty purchase
*I believe if you google “free beauty rush” there’s a printable coupon for December: Free lip gloss with any purchase
*Free Pink Dog with Pink Purchase
*Free Pink Nation Panties with Pink Purchase (coupon for being a part of Pink Nation)

***Friday 12/03 ONLY*** Free Freaky Pets to first 5 customers that say  “Are you a friend of Kromdar the Magnificent?”
Theses are very interesting gifts. Great for younger siblings, children, nephews, nieces or kid at heart.

Printable Hallmark $5 off $5 purchase here 
These are great for picking free or close to free greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments or put towards a larger present.
Also these December Issues have a $5 Hallmark Coupon within them:

*Real Simple
*Martha Stewart
*Midwest Living
e*Family Circle
*Southern Living
*Oprah Magazine

If you haven’t joined Godiva Rewards Membership, you should think about it because it’s a free program that gives you special deals & chocolate
Since it’s a new month : Free Chocolate! My favorite right now is the creme brulee chocolate.

Bath & Body Works
One of my favorite stores to go for special gifts has just released some new coupons!
Printable $10 off $30 here expires December 24th 2010
Online Code: F102785  $10 off any purchase $10 or more (or if the item is less than $10, the item price) so you just pay $5.99 shipping
I got some 14.5oz candles for only $6.49 tax + shipping (retail $19.50) Really cool because they discontinued some of the scents in store.

*Keep B&BW reciepts because they often have a short survey with $10 off $30 coupon -no expiration date
*With B&BW purchase I’ve seen the associates give out $10 off $30 coupons
*If you haven’t joined their e-mail list, the first month they give you a Free Travel Size item with Any purchase coupon (last about a month) here
*Join LUV BBW for free gifts starting 2011 here.  (Thursdays)

Borders Rewards
Free rewards program for Borders the Bookstore here. They often send high value coupons such as 20% off entire purchase, 40% of any item, 40% off any kids toy or game and free coffee at Seattle’s Best. I recently was able to pick up Ticket to Ride (board game) which retails for $50 for (40% off + 20% off entire purchase -they let you combine coupons) for only $24. This is even better than the Amazon price of $35. They also have some sweet deals on cookbooks, crafty books, and $10 & below section.

Target.com has just released new printable coupons here.
*Check out Target’s Daily Deal tab with discounted deals & free shipping on purchase



Sephora’s Getaway Kit (Free Online) while supplies Last!

Sephora Promotion

Free Getaway Kit with any $25 order (while supplies last) ==> Code: GETAWAY
Free shipping with $50 order
Free shipping with certain Sephora gifts
3 Free Samples with Every Order
*Another code: Free Black Tokidoki Tote (code changes daily) on Sephora FB swap envy tab here

*Join free Beauty Rewards membership + free birthday gift + rewards specials

Plus if you go through Ebates get 5% cash back here to sign up + if you are new to Ebates you get add’tl $5 bonus signup rewards!

So today it seems after waiting an eternity (I’m so bad at waiting) my Sephora.com order arrived in the mail. I bet you are wondering why I bought online because I could just get Sephora at the mall. Well Sephora has really inexpensive & online exclusive products that really could it make it worthwhile to check out if you haven’t already.

I got this Limited Edition Smashbox Palette $15 (96 value) here
It’s full size palette. Size is approx. 4 X 4.
It has very nice large square mirror when you open it up. The shadows are blendable and have a slight shimmer. Plus I just love using brown & purple tones so this is a perfect match for me! $15 you can’t find this in stores.

Smashbox Cream Eyeliner $10 (32 value)
This product is more like sample of all their eyeliners. It about the size of credit card. They sell it for $32 in the Sephora Stores.
Sorry! I can’t talk about it more because it’s arriving in a different order. But I’m excited to try it.
Smashbox Smile Brightening Lip Gloss $5
I saw someone on Youtube review this lip gloss. They bought it for $22 dollars! It’s a clearish-pink color, with lots of sparkle and minty tingying feeling similar products like C.O. Bigelow with Mentha. Unfortunately, my lips are not suitable to tingle but for those of you who like it that feeling this product is a steal for the price!

If you don’t like Smashbox products. They also had deeply discounted (limited-online only) on Nars, Bare Escentuals, Philosophy, Boscia, and Stila…to name a few. They are always updating and changing their inventory.

Highlight of this post is the *FREE* Sephora Getaway Bag!
At first I didn’t think much about this because Sephora often has codes to get additional samples/freebies to your ONLINE ORDER.

But this one is REALLY AWESOME! I’ve gotten a few samplers before but these are all DELUXE samples. It comes with 10 deluxe samples inside a travel-friendly bag. I’m pretty sure you can get a month worth of use out of them and with how much make up costs these days… this a great option to try out products. I’m sure this sampler worth at least $10+ by itself.  (Samples may vary- there may be substitution)

I love the little bag it comes in because it’s perfect for my flight coming up. My suggestion is that you snag one if you are planning to buy anything from Sephora or  have someone who likes makeup in mind. (Sephora has bunch of neat gift sampler sets which have -free shipping)

I wish I could show you my photos so you could see how cool this freebie is but my computer is acting up. 😦

Samples I received in my Getaway Kit:
1. Eternal Grace 1fl oz
2. Mini Make Up Forever Lipstick in Rouge Artist Intense
3. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer 5ml
4. Tarte Recreate Primer 9ml
5. Anastasia Brow Gel tube
6. Lancome Haute Definition Mascara
7. Sephora mono color eyeshadow in peach beige
(same size as in the birthday gift, I really liked my previous one)
8. Smashbox Limitless eyeliner (half size)
9. Sephora Advanced lash booster tube

10. {Best for Last} Bliss Eau de toilette 4ml rollerball perfume (cucumber spa smell) that’s like $9 value right there!

Bliss perfume I got is nicely-packaged and totally better than the usual perfume splitzer samples they give out.

p.s. I love Smashbox. Here are tips to get deals on Smashbox
+ Smashbox.com has free samples + free shipping on
any order any time!

1. Smashbox.com Let’s do lunch
(free gift with purchase T/Th 9-2pm pst – Gifts change every time!)
2. Smashbox.com Curtain Call for discontinued or sale items
3. Sephora.com
4. Recently Ulta has been coming out with $10-15 value kits with full size product combinations

*Disclaimer: I purchased everything with my own money. Not affilated with any of the brand, stores, or products I talked about. The Getaway kit is limited edition, while supplies last. * However as of right now they still have them left!

Cool Bath & Body Works Promotion (Sign up now, Starts Jan 2011)

Bath & Body Works has a new rewards club available! Head on over here to sign up for the LUV BBW Club! You will receive a LUV BBW Club Membership card in the mail and you’ll be able to use this card to score a FREE GIFT on the Thursday of your choice each month when you come into their store!

Offer valid in store only January 1, 2011 – May 31, 2011. You will receive your monthly gift by visiting U.S. Bath & Body Works stores on any Thursday during each calendar month and presenting your Membership Card. Membership Card must be presented, and will be punched, each time a gift is received.

Also if you have Aerie store near you I remember joining the A-list allows you to get special discounts or even free gifts once a month on a Thursday too. ^^

Black Friday Haul : Walmart, Target, VS, AE,The Body Shop & Hallmark

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. -wiki excerpt. Many retailers open up at 4am but it seems this year stores are opening up even earlier! Walmart opened up at 12:01am!

This was my first year actually going to stores on Black Friday. It seemed that the majority of shoppers this year that I spoke to were also newbies. I usually shop Cyber Monday (11/29) because it’s easier, there’s free shipping, and I don’t have to leave my toasty room. ^^

Don’t worry if you missed out on Black Friday because this is just a sampling what’s offered this holiday season that you might want to keep an eye out for.

Max and I headed out to brave the crowds and see what cool deals we could snag. These are the stores that we managed to hit and simple reviews on how their black friday events were like.
1. Walmart
2. Target
3. Victoria Secret
4. American Eagle
5. The Body Shop
6. Hallmark
Additional Info: Charlotte Russe, Gap, Office Depot, and the Postal Office

Walmart (Clairemont Mesa) -Biggest Haul
Our Walmart is a 24 hour store so we could wait inside the store for the deals, all the door busters were wrapped in black plastic & boxed up, and when it got closer to time the employees would unravel them. Walmart had separate waiting areas dictated by yellow balloons for electronic products. I personally felt that Walmart had the best black Friday deals, an adequate amount of products, it was very organized, and they had the friendliest service I’ve ever experience at Walmart.

There’s always been fear towards braving crowds, toy rage, and danger on Black Friday. But I felt that Walmart did a great job by allowing people inside the store which diffused possible trampling over fear of scarcity.

Con was that amount of people & shopping carts made it difficult to navigate through the store. So bringing a shopping partner is a must! (Checkout 30 min)

*Interesting Event: They handed out free 5 hour energy drinks!

Walmart Kitchen Deals
40 Piece Rubbermaid Tupperware Set $9
Rival mini-chopper $3
Rival hand mixer $3 (these went the fastest with individuals buying 25 of them at a time, review soon!)
Couple of dvds $2-10 (They had a variety of dvds ranging from $2, $5, $10. They went pretty quick)

Corelle 12 piece dining set $12 (we already use these & they are excellent quality)

Walmart – Towels
I purchased both $1.33 & $3.77 towels. The cheaper towels were almost gone in a blink of an eye! The $3.77 were longer in length, Egyption cotton, and very thick. They were 50% off the original price.
Walmart – Electric Blanket
I don’t know about you but I”m freezing! These blanket has 10 settings, it’s a good thickness, and sturdy. I’m so happy that Max got me this item and it appears so did my mom! It was $19 dollars for the twin size.  They had a variety of colors and alternative electric fleece throw.
Walmart Clothing
As I was saying I’m really cold right now! I got this blue fleece pullover for $7. I normally don’t buy Walmart clothing but it was well made and warm. I wish I could picked up more clothing deals but  the clothing aisles were cleaned out by 12:20 am when I checked. So I guess next year I’ll have to position myself there.

Next Shop: Target (smaller Clairemont Location)
We got there around 2:30 am after picking up some mexican food to eat. It was so cold outside I didn’t actually leave the car until 3:30am and the store opened at 4am. The line wrapped around the store, past mattress store, and loop around the parking lot. It was one of the longest lines I’ve been in. I don’t know how people in the midwest or east coast wait outside a store because it is blistering cold! I heard people had been waiting in line outside for 5 hours for the $300 t.v. I was just there for pajamas so it wasn’t really worth it to me to wait so long. I was surprised how orderly the line was when the store opened, and it moved rather slow. I was about 200 in the line. So all the shopping carts were gone and it seemed most of the sought after doorbusters in the bins were empty. But I got everything I wanted.

Con- Pajamas I wanted were not labelled so I had to price check them. The check out wrapped around the store and it took approx. 45 mins. I was so bummed when I realized I could have gone to customer service to checkout because there was no line there. Since checkout was so long I got to see every single part of the store, all the other leftover deals, and chat with my line neighbors. I swear it was that long so they could get me to buy something else. I felt perhaps because it was a smaller location that they had less doorbusters inventory.

Many of the really “cheap” door busters appeared not to be a Target Brand. They had generic labels and Max thinks they were made by the dollar section company. I was initially excited about $5 flannel pants  but they felt really thin compared to normal target goods and were not as nice as the Walmart products.

This was different compared to Walmart where they just discounted their original goods. It felt that Target made goods solely for the Black Friday sale. Target’s appliances were double the price of Walmart’s!

*Interesting Event: There were people selling chick-filas in the parking lot.

Target – Xhilaration Pajamas Set
I am really happy that I got these pajamas because they came with a long-sleeved shirt, shorts, and long pajama pants. The rush wasn’t that bad. These were originally $20, on sale from Black Friday for $10, and I had a target coupon for buy any 3 women’s PJ’s (xhilaration, o’malley) get $10 off purchase coupon. So they came out to be only $6.67 a set!!! Unlike the $5 flannel pants, these are normally sold by Target. The quality was nice, 100% cotton, and super comfy. However the long-sleeved shirts in small were a bit tight so I did go up a size. The girl at the changing room was super nice. ^^
Look cute couple polar bears! This was my big purchase at Target. I also got a bought a coke while waiting in line and picked another mixer. (same as Walmart)

Mall Shopping
I went to UTC mall because I had to get the Body Shop deal. About half the stores were already opened at 5am when we arrived. I think Macy & Gap opened at 4am. Charlotte Russe had a black friday text to get offer deal, some people camping out at Apple but I’m not sure why, GAP stores had 50% off so there was a fair amount of people but overall the stores I went to weren’t that crowded. Perhaps it was still to early since I did stop by later around 3pm and there was a lot more people. Huge crowd in Forever 21 but I don’t think they had any big black friday sales. I guess it is the beginning of the Christmas season.

Victoria Secret
They had 50% off Pink LIVE series, buy 1 get 1 50% off bras, PINK sweatpants $25, 7 for $35 signature body/lotion/sprays and VS secret rewards cards. I love mystery behind the rewards cards valued at least $10, $50, $100, or $500. Last time I just got $10 cards but still nifty promo that you receive with any $10 in store purchase, limit 1 per day per customer, and it’s still going on until the end of November.
This was my haul from VS. I got the LIVE PINK yellow fragrance bottle and with that purchase I got free hipster panties (recently joining PINK club -coupon) & rewards card for spending over $10. (Retail Value of $48, spent $16)
LIVE PINK Yellow Fragrance bottle
I was not expecting to buy anything at VS but I couldn’t pass up on this deal. They rarely have this line for sale. Recently I posted about this fragrance in my holiday wish list. It’s fruity, floral, and enticing scent. I really like the bottle design and I was so glad Max got it for me.

American Eagle
They had $20 hoodies, $5 winter accessories, 7 for $25 panties, clearance, and additional 20% off entire purchase.
AE 7 for $25 Panties
I guess this is one of my indulgences. I really like their underwear but at normally $8 a pop, a tad pricey. But with the sale + 20% entire I got them for only $2.87 each. They are sooo comfy, great quality, and cute. I love the polar bears! They also have the same sale online + free shipping!

The Body Shop
The Body Shop had *ANY* 3 items in store for a total $30 (excluded kits & gift sets). They also had buy a $50 gift card get 200ml body butter of your choice. Lastly spend $30, be able to purchase Joy in a Bag (175 value) for only $25 dollars. I’ve been loving the body shop but not their pricing. So I snagged up all 3 deals and was on of their first customers when they opened in the morning.
$50 worth of gift cards in easy $10 domination set. I really liked this feature because it’s more convenient to give as presents. I also got a 200 ml body butter in Mango which is normally 20 value for free!

My Huge The Body Shop Haul Products
This is my first big purchase from the Body Shop and I’m really loving the sale. Considering that most of their products are  usually $$.

For my 3 for $30 purchase:
Spa Wisdom Morocco Argan Oil & Orange Blossom Souffle -really delicious smelling (retail $24)

Olive Body Butter 200ml -refreshing scent, despite me hating eating olives ^^ (retail $20)

Cranberry Joy Slippers -scented & you can heat them up (retail $26)

Joy in a Bag ($175 value)
Bath & Body Works had a similar tote deal but The Body Shop blew them out of the water! All of the items came in a large metallic tote which is very sturdy and would make a great getaway bag. It came with full size products & 2 samples for $25. I believe Jolly orange items were limited edition holiday set as I only see the body butter online for purchase. I adore citrus scents so this was a perfect deal for me. My calculated value is based on similar products’ retail value without sales or discounts. Joy in a Bag is also great  for splitting up to share the goodness. ❤ I was even tempted to buy another because it was such a great deal but don’t worry, I restrained myself.

Metallic tote -nice patent feeling, sturdy, & really large!
Jolly Orange Scrub (value $20)
Jolly Orange Body butter (value $20)
Jolly Orange Shower gel (value $13)
Jolly Orange Lip butter (value $8)
Jolly Orange soap bar (value $5)
Jolly Orange home fragrance oil (value 7.50)
Star ornament home diffuser
Spiced Vanilla loofah (value $3)
Clear plastic scrub tool (value $9)
Glitter nail file (value $3)
Thick nail buffer in Cranberry Joy colors (value $3)
Peppermint Foot Scrub (value $14)
Carrot moisture cream (value $9)
Hemp hand protector tube (value $10)
Samples of shimmer coconut body butter & women vitamin E
= verified value at least $124.50 -not including ornament & tote

This was my last stop on my Black Friday shopping trip. I wanted to include because i think these items are adorable. However Hallmark did not have a big Black Friday sale so I got these at retail prices. (I heard many DEC issues of magazines have $5 off coupons for Hallmark which could be used for a great gift)
Say Hello to Frank & Corky! Hopefully the person receiving them won’t be reading my blog but if they do, I guess it’s just anticipation now.

That’s the end of my adventure. Max always went to Office Depot and purchased a new monitor. He seems to be enjoying it.

p.s. It’s a great day to mail stuff because the postal office was actually line-free! Finally this was a walk in the park compared to Expo. I could do Black Friday anyday of the year though I would be extremely broke. It’s not as crowded or scary as media portrays it.

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, brands, or products. I purchased everything with my own money. I’m not telling you to buy these products or trying to be pushy about what I can buy. I’m sorry if I offended anyone or their tastes.

Just so excited about the deals I got this Black Friday and maybe it can give you some ideas for the future. Cheerio!

Feed it Forward: Restaurant.com $10 Promo

Feed it Forward
Restaurant.com is once again having their holiday Feed it Forward promotion. Basically you are able to give away for *Free* (40) $10 gift cards to 40 different people with a e-mail address per day for 40 days! You can find the link here.

Details about the promotion:
1. You do have to create a account with restaurant.com to use your code
2. To gift a $10 gift card your person needs to have a valid e-mail address
3. You are able to give out up to (40) gift certificates a day.
4. There’s no expr. date on $10 restaurant code. 1 yr for restaurant vocher
5. Each restaurant gift card has specific instructions or exclusions
6. Gift codes are immediately redeemable, -computer printable
7. 9,500+ restaurants participating across the US

*I’m uncertain whether or not you can gift more than (1) gift card per person per day or if it’s just once throughout the program. With that being said if you want more gift cards I’m sure you could convince your friends to pay it forward.

Other things to note about Restaurant.com Gift Cards:
I’ve checked out a bunch of them and to be honest it’s really not a “gift card” but more like a 50 off $20 meal. Since many of the gift card promotion due have exclusions, $20 min, and 18% tax. So it’s not a free meal since you do have to spend money.

Why use a Restaurant.com certificate?
– People who love trying new restaurants
-If you have occasion in mind (birthday, date, anniversary)
-Have a favorite restaurant, if it’s featured then you are just saving money you were going to spend anyway

…why not save a few buck if it costs you nothing. ^^

They do sell larger amount “gift cards” on their website which are great for big groups to save. Since you usually pay the 18% tip for groups of larger than 6 anyways. Also Restaurant.com often has promo codes so you should be able to snag one for $2-3. You do get  % back when buying through your Ebates link.

My Experience
I’ve purchased regular $15 gift cards from restaurant.com and overall my experience has been great. The restaurants are usually very informed about the promotion going on, the voucher information on the inclusions/exclusions, easy to use and I save money. If you usually pay 15% tip bumping it up to 18% is only 0.60 cent difference on a $20 meal.

Average Meal Scenario
$20+tax (8.75 in SoCal) + tip 18% off original = $15.35 total.

Not as great as full $10 off 20 but still much  better than original $24.75 you would pay with a meal + tax + tip 15%.

I just printed one for Kati Thai Cafe! It’s got 4.5 star review on Yelp. So I’m really excited to check them out.

*Disclaimer: not affiliated with company, promotion, or any restaurants*

Excited for the Holidays: Gift card deals

The holidays are quickly approaching us! Not to be materialistic but sometimes it’s dreadful hard to find the perfect gift for person on your list and that’s where gift cards come in handy. It’s perfect for acquaintances, bosses, friends or additional to any gift basket.

Also in the state of California there’s a law stating *NO EXPIRATION* on gift cards and many other stores have taken away monthly fees/ opening costs.

Right now many of my favorite stores are offering a “little something something” for your gift card purchases that’s worth checking out. Plus if you think gift cards are too impersonal you can always buy some for yourself to SAVE the whole year through!!!

These are are some of my favorite current promotion going on for gift card purchases
. Here’s the link to the full list on Slick Deals. *Disclaimer I’m not affiliated with any of these company, brands, or products.

AMC theatres – Buy $50 in GCs, get $10 Concession Card.

APPLEBEES Buy $50 GC, get $10 GC -Bonus GC Valid through 2/28/11 http://slickdeals.net/forums/show…&t=2368583

Barnes and Noble – Buy $100 gift card, receive $10 promotional e-gift card (promotional e-gift card will be emailed on 12/26/2010

Benihana-For every $50 gift card you purchase through December 31st, get a $10 promotional card that can be used January 2nd through March 31st 2011.

Borders.com – Buy $50 in gift cards get a free $5 gift card (through 11/30/2010)

Claim Jumper (per LA Times) Buy $50 GC, get $10 reward card valid 1/10-3/31/10 & a complimentary card for a slice of chocolate motherlode cake on your next visit valid thru 1/9/11

Cosi – Buy $50 gift card, receive $10 bonus gift card (bonus gift card good from 1/2/20100 to 2/6/2011)

Corner Bakery – $5 bonus for every $25 in gift cards. (Bonus good in Jan.)

Culver’s Buy a $20 Gift Card, Get a Double Deluxe Combo Free http://slickdeals.net/forums/show…&t=2365797 – Thanks Jeremers

Curry House – Buy a $30 gift card, get bonus house-food brand items free + coupons while supplies last. Ask for the “lucky bag”

Denny’s – Buy a $20 GC, get $5 free (dates unknown)

DSW – Buy $50 GC and receive $10 Bonus GC (Bonus GC can be used between 1/15-1/30).

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Buy $100 GC, get $20 bonus voucher. (See Outback Steakhouse offer.)

The Limited – Buy $50 in gift cards through 11/14, get a $10 reward for use between 11/15-12/24

Little Caesars – Buy $25 GC and get $5.

Potbelly Sandwich Works – Buy $25 gift card, get a free sandwich.

Red Robin — Buy $25 in GC’s, get $5 in bonus bucks.
Or buy $500 in GC’s, get a 20% discount.

Robeks– Buy a $25 gc, get a free 24oz smoothie

Souplantation – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a free meal pass no expiration

Taco Bell – Buy $10 GC, get 32oz soda immediately Free. (I purchased 5 GC’s so the manager wrote a note for my Free drinks.)

TGI Friday – Buy $25 in GC Get $5 bonus card; Buy $50 GC, get $10 bonus card.

Vons – buy $150 Gift Cards from the “Gift Card Mall” display in store, get $15 off your shopping order. Note: $150 cannot be giftcards for Vons.

1. Make sure to keep all your gift cards in a place you will remember
2. Mark the amount on the gift card. (I usually just put on a post -it)
3. Look over limitations like expiration dates, monthly fees, and opening costs-I prefer gift cards that don’t have these issues
4. If you receive a gift card you don’t like. Don’t throw it away. You can always re-gift to someone else, use to to purchase actual gifts, sell it for discounted price online, or trade it with someone else.
5. Make sure the card is in mint condition and pin is still covered when you purchase them.