Posted by Chuck on January 9, 2015
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Published on January 9th, 2015 | by Chuck

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Buy eBay Gift Card with eBay Gift Card – Perpetual Point Machine, and Buy eBay Gift Card with eBay Bucks

PPM on eBay

Frequent Miler coined the term ‘Perpetual Point Machine‘ (PPM) to describe a situation where you can use a ‘scheme’ (I’d rather use the word ‘idea’) over and over again to accrue points or rewards. Such an opportunity apparently exists on eBay.

We wrote previously that you can double-dip on eBay portal points by buying  eBay e-gift cards and then using the e-gift cards to buy whatever it is that you want to buy on eBay. At the time, I didn’t see any PPM potential here because I was under a mistaken impression that you can’t use eBay e-gift cards to buy eBay e-gift cards.

A couple days ago I tried it out, and the system let me use an eBay e-gift card to buy an eBay e-gift card. I had a $50 eBay e-gift card from Paypal Digital Gifts, and I used it to buy a $50 eBay e-gift card from Paypal Digital Gifts. The order processed without a hitch.

 

A couple days later I (unsurprisingly) got a notification from TopCashBack that the 1.5% cash-back is now pending in my account.

So you can buy five $100 eBay e-gift cards, and then use those to buy another $500 of eBay e-gift cards, and keep on going forever, all the while earning points or cashback from the portal. Only $500 of eBay gift cards is allowed per order. [UPDATE: Thanks to Mark for pointing out that there’s also a limit of $5,000 in gift card purchases per 180 days, for each Paypal account.]

Is this a smart idea? Probably not. The long arm of eBay or Paypal may catch up to you. It should be safe to do in small amounts, but it may not be worthwhile since eBay portal doesn’t pay out a whole lot. Currently, you can get 1.5% from the portal. Not long ago, it was possible to get 3%, so it may be more worthwhile if that comes up again. Anyway, I found this pretty interesting, though I don’t know if I’ll be doing much with the information.

This can be useful for consolidating eBay gift cards. If you have a few eBay gift cards with small balances, you can consolidate them into one, and earn portal points while you’re doing it. My experiments seem to indicate that you can use an eBay e-gift card or an eBay physical gift card to buy an eBay e-gift card or an eBay physical gift card. But you’ll only earn portal points for buying eBay e-gift cards, as we wrote in the previous post.

eBay Bucks

eBay Bucks are earned on all eBay purchases, is you opt in for it, and the Bucks get issued quarterly. The Bucks expire after around 30 days.

How to perpetuate eBay Bucks so the’ll last forever?

Simply buy eBay gift cards with the eBay Bucks and you’ll have the eBay credit forever, since gift cards don’t expire. You will be fixed to certain denominations that eBay gift cards come in, but at least they won’t expire.

I hadn’t realized that eBay Bucks could be used on eBay gift cards, but I tried it out today and it worked. I decided to order an eBay electronic gift card, which I already received, but it apparently works to buy physical eBay gift cards as well. If you opt for the eBay e-gift card, you can also get portal cashback on the purchase.

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Hua
Hua

Another idea: eBay gift card to grocery store gift card to eBay gift card, etc. Could generate some decent fuel discounts that way!

Anthony Fantino
Anthony Fantino

I recommend when you originally buy the eBay gift card, buy them with a credit card that offers cash back, but im sure you already knew that!

ren
ren

he he you say to do small amounts but there are probably people who are exploiting this for thosands right now. It always happens. Human nature.

Jay
Jay

I guess I’m missing a step. How do you liquidate to pay CC off?

PD
PD

Ebay and Paypal are very difficult to deal with. Once they catch you do something they don’t like they wil very likely shut you down and never give you another opportunity.

Adrian
Adrian

T&C on TCB Portal exclude CB from purchasing EBay gift cards. I would expect a claw back. It say eBay branded gift cards.

Mark
Mark

i have been purchasing ebay gift cards from Staples. In using them, I realized there is a $5K per 180 day limit that is attached to the PayPal account. This is circumvented a bit with two PayPal accounts per person.

Sam
Sam

What are the limits of buying ebay gift cards (and othe gift cards) from ebay? I mean other than that $5k in 180 day.
I keep getting an error saying i can’t use my PayPal to buy it and I have to use another type of payment! In the past 2 weeks I bought ebay and gas gift cards (total of around $300-400).

james
james

can someone confirm if they can still purchase these?

Mark
Mark

Chuck,
you mentioned that you have used more than one paypal account. Have you ever purchased gift cards from more than one account on a same day(not sure if this would make a difference if you purchased on different days)?

here’s why i’m asking.
i have recently purchased 3 exxon GC’s on ebay during a promotion (limit 3 per buy). then i used my wife’s ebay and paypal account to purchase 3 more. then did the same thing with my mom’s account.

all 3 accounts have the same address. it went through just fine but then all 3 account has received a notice from ebay.
i’m confused because nowhere in the terms and conditions did it state that purchase limit is per household, as a matter of fact when you try to purchase more GC it will say “Purchases are limited to 2 per buyer” or whatever that number may be.
buyer is a buyer, to me it doesn’t matter if there are 20 buys living in a same household.

instead ebay rewarded me with this warning, unless I”m missing something it seems unfair to me, but would appreciate if you or anyone else that has seen this before can chime in and set me straight.

Hello
We’re pleased to have you as part of the eBay Community. However, we are contacting you regarding a violation of eBay?s Site Interference policy.

Listings promoted on the eBay Deals have a limit on the amount of items you can purchase, primarily to maintain an equal marketplace for all members and allow other eBay members the opportunity to take part in the eBay Deals. Using multiple accounts to circumvent this limit is a violation of eBay policy.

We have become aware of purchases using multiple accounts associated to you that exceed the quantity allowed per buyer. We understand that you may not have been aware of this policy, and we invite you to learn more about this policy at the link below in order to keep your experiences on eBay pleasant and successful.

http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/everyone-interference.html

You are still welcome to purchase from the eBay Deals section, but you are advised to limit your buying activity to use of a single account when doing so. Please be aware that additional violations of this policy may result in your purchases being cancelled and a restriction of your buying privileges. We appreciate your understanding.

Thanks,

eBay

Dan
Dan

ebay is trash what is there to it.

Arbitrary
Arbitrary

I would tread lightly on buying ebay GC with ebay GC. My account was restricted right after I purchased an ebay egift card with a code from another ebay gift card. A family member had the same thing recently happen to him.

It has always been clearly spelled out in the Ts and Cs of the ebay gift card program that buying ebay gift card with another ebay gift card is not allowed. They are now cracking down on this.

Dianne Sercovich
Dianne Sercovich

It is a shame that you felt the need to take down my comments, presumably because they did not make you look smart(?) I NEVER got the promised callback from ebay, and if you are going to recommend something, your reader’s deserve to know the whole story.

William Charles

We don’t take down comments unless they are sexist, homophobic or racist in nature.

Jim
Jim

Can I have 3 paypal accounts? I’m up to my limit on my 2 accounts. Can I open up another account using one of my LLC’s?
Thanks

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