Posted by Chuck on February 25, 2016
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Published on February 25th, 2016 | by Chuck

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4x eBay Bucks – Get yourself Targeted! + 2.5% with TCB + What to Buy

The Offer

Direct Link

eBay sent out another 4x Bucks offer today.

  • Get 4x eBay Bucks, or 8% back, on all purchases $50 or more.

The Fine Print

  • Valid Feb. 25 and 26th
  • Must activate offer first to get the credit
  • Multiple small items of the same SKU will combine to meet the $50 threshold and trigger the bonus Bucks
  • Max $100 per transaction, max $500 total per quarter; more details on Bucks offers here

Get yourself Targeted

What I found amazing about this offer  is that I didn’t get targeted for this, not via email nor eBay messages. And yet I was able to add the offer to my account using the Direct Link shown above (which I found on Slickdeals), and I successfully earned the 8% back on my purchases today.

I don’t recall this being the case in the past that it’s possible to get yourself targeted, although I usually do get the emails, so I’m not entirely positive. We’ll have to keep this in mind for the future to see if we can always get ourselves targeted.

[Update: Looks like the emails were just delayed today, so it probably won’t work to get yourself targeted if the future.]

What to Buy

If you got the offer, there are a bunch of gift card deals that we wrote about yesterday which become a lot more attractive. Most are still around; only the Southwest sold out already, and the Cabela’s and CVS are almost gone as well.

Link to all gift cards on sale

  • $100 Southwest e-gift card for $90 from PPDG (gets 5x with INK), limit 5
  • $50 Cabela’s e-gift card for $40 from PPDG (gets 5x with INK), limit 5
  • $50 Exxon or Speedway gift card for $47 from SVM, limit 4 of each
  • $60 Kohl’s gift card for $50 from Incomm, limit 4
  • $100 gas gift card for $95 from SVM, limit 3 of each brand; brands include BP, Chevron/Texaco, Sunoco, 76, Conoco, Phillips 66, Circle K
  • $100 CVS physical gift card for $88
  • $50 Jiffy Lube e-gift card for $40 from PPDG (gets 5x with INK)
  • $25 Steak N Shake for $20
  • $50 AMC e-gift card for $40 from PPDG (gets 5x with INK)
  • $50 Domino’s + bonus $10 eBay gift card for $50 from PPDG (gets 5x with INK)
  • 5% off Applebee’s gift cards

Also, see our List of Best Options for Full-Price Gift Cards on eBay if you want to purchase full-price gift cards to places like Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, gas, and many more.

Shopping Portal

Topcashback is offering a bonus rate of 2.5%, today (2/25) only. Or use iConsumer for 3% if you haven’t yet maxed out your $20 limit. (Note that iConsumer officially excluded gift cards in the terms.)

Other portal options here.

Our Verdict

I’m excited about being able to get myself targeted for this Bucks offer, let’s hope that will work for future offers as well. 8% isn’t the best that it gets, but the 10% offers are few and far between, and we also have a good 2.5% portal rate today and some nice gift card deals as well. Overall a great deal.



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Fei
Fei

Try the link and it said:
“THIS OFFER CAN’T BE ACTIVATED
You are not qualified for this offer”

I have not received any bonus offers after my ebay bucks become negative due to a refund.
I have received all the offers before.

Nanu
Nanu

I get the same message, and my balance never became negative, and I usually receive the normal offers.

David
David

same here

SteveX
SteveX

FYI – It didn’t work on my account (got the same error). But humorously I got an email a few mins later for the 4X and it worked.

buschoi
buschoi

I had the same problem. eBay bucks was negative due to a genuine refund, and I stopped receiving the target emails. I continued to buy things at the regular eBay bucks rate until it turns positive. Then after a few weeks, I started receiving those target emails again.

Dukie02
Dukie02

Link didn’t work for me:

This promotion cannot be activated. You are not eligible.

Bummer. Haven’t gotten targeted in about 6 months.

Lantean
Lantean

i bought CVS for myself and Kohl’s to resell… I don’t really see any other good resale opportunities here.

Dan
Dan

Of course, all Ebay gift cards are GONE from Raise.com. 0% discount offered now. Probably worth it to wait till tomorrow to get ebay gift cards online.

Mohammad M
Mohammad M

How much would you need? I have 3x$200 ebay gift cards. We can trade. I’m actually a bulk seller on raise but the ebay rates are so bad 13%. That’s why they are all 0% discount.

Mohammad M
Mohammad M

Nevermind. I just used them.

Patric
Patric

The link tells me I’m not eligible. I did however go to eBay and was able to activate the offer as the promo was on the main page. Might work for others.

Eric
Eric

Has anyone ever gotten the below message? I haven’t bought anything from PayPal Digital in the past 10 days.

The item you’ve selected was not added to your cart.
You are currently winning or have bought the maximum allowable amount of this seller’s items in the last 10 days.

Helmholtz
Helmholtz

I got that message as well. I bought $310 (4 cards) from Paypal Digital in the last 10 days. Thought the limit was supposed to be $1,000.

Vincent
Vincent

Running into the same issue. Was able to buy some (<$200 worth of GCs) but then can't add anything else from PayPal DG.

Eric
Eric

Chuck,

The email from Ebay just came later than usual (it came about 10 minutes ago).

dan
dan

all the PPDG on-sale GCs are gone

Eric
Eric

Cabela’s only shows 82% sold. Are you showing 100%? That is the one I tried to buy when I received the error message above.

Eric
Eric

In case anyone runs into this same error I mentioned when I tried 4 Cabela’s gc it went through fine. 5 caused the error I mentioned above.

Charlie
Charlie

Does eBay limit the amount or number of eBay gift cards you can use in a transaction. Thank you

Mohammad M
Mohammad M

I have the same question. It doesn’t let me use more than one gift card for the transaction.

Virginia
Virginia

Extreme newbie question: What do you do with ebay bucks? i.e. Let’s say I want to buy gift cards to resell so I can meet my spend requirements for a credit card. How can I best make use of eBay bucks? Hope this makes sense. If this is covered somewhere in this blog, please direct me to it.

jason
jason

1. Buy stuff on ebay with your ebay bucks.
2. ????
3. Profit

Mohammad M
Mohammad M

When you buy anything from eBay you should receive 4 things.

1. The item you bought
2. eBay bucks which is usually 2% and now 8%. eBay bucks come in form of a eBay certificate that you can use to buy anything on eBay. Earning periods are Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, … and burn periods are Apr, Jul, Sep and Jan. These certificate expire in one month.
3. portal cash back currently around 2% but historically can be as high as 5%
4. credit card points.

Now your item can be a gift card or anything. If that you can buy that item lower than what you can sell considering 2-3-4 then you gain otherwise you lose. You can specially do well when the item is on sale or discounted.

Evan
Evan

I think people trying to “get targeted” for eBay bucks is just a witch hunt. So far I have not seen a legitimate way to get the offer emails. You either do get them or you don’t, I don’t think you can do anything about it.

Dan
Dan

Yea I tried with my wife’s ebay account and no luck.

Joey
Joey

I changed my email address and no more ebay bucks 🙁

I had the error with Cabella’s cards when trying to buy 5.
Went to 4 and it let me process fine.

Jeff
Jeff

Is anybody else only seeing standard eBay Bucks for the Cabela’s GCs?

deerseason
deerseason

The past week I haven’t been able to see the link to see my ebay bucks balance… anyone have a reliable direct link? I bought 900 worth of Target GC’s back during the 5x bonus and I can’t confirm it.

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