Posted by Chuck on March 31, 2017
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Published on March 31st, 2017 | by Chuck

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Get $5.99 in Amazon Credit with Amazon Dash Button & Purchase [Prime Only]

The Offer

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Amazon sells Dash buttons to quickly order numerous products on Amazon. Dash buttons usually cost $4.99 and come with a $4.99 credit after using the Dash button the first time. You need to have Prime membership to buy Dash buttons.

In honor of Dash’s second birthday, Amazon has the following offer:

  • Buy a Dash button for free or for $.99 with promo code: DASHBDAY
  • You still get the $4.99 credit after first use

Also, if you select no-rush shipping, you’ll get another $1 credit towards your next purchase or rental of select Amazon Video, digital music, eBooks, apps, digital video games, or digital software.

Most of the Dash buttons (links below) cost $4.99 and will be $.99 after the promo code. However, if you go through the list, there are a few Dash buttons that cost just $3.99 and will be free after the promo code. Here are a few random samples:

Dash Button Categories

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The Fine Print

  • Valid 3/31 – 4/7
  • Max 3
  • $4.99 credit come after your first press

Our Verdict

Overall, it’s a $4 or $5 moneymaker in Amazon money, plus another $1 in digital credit. In the past, there have deals to buy unlimited amounts of these, but now it’s limited to three.

Just keep in mind that you have to use the device to order before you get the $4.99 credit, so it’ll end up costing you money. If you buy these things anyway on Amazon (Tide, etc.) it’s a good deal.

Links in this post contain our Amazon affiliate link, but remember you could use Jetblue for 3x.

Hat tip to Slickdeals



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Luke Bornheimer

There are 20 or so Dash Buttons that cost $3.99 (e.g. FoodSaver) and come to $0 after the $3.99 promo discount, meaning you can make $1 in digital credit without using the Button and, if you use the button to order something, $5.99 in total credit, without paying anything upfront for the Button.

Lantean
Luke Bornheimer

Nice, thanks for that link! Which of these have the lowest-priced item that you can order using a Dash button?

Luke Bornheimer

Lowest found so far is the Nerf button, which you can use to order balls for ~$4.50: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-JK29LP-NERF-Dash-Button/dp/B01FE8NH84/ref=sr_1_10?s=amazon-devices&ie=UTF8&qid=1490988119&sr=1-10

kaztrator
kaztrator

Looks like they fixed the loophole. They’re all at 4.99 now.

Luke Bornheimer

Think the $3.99 buttons were “on sale,” so it’s more likely that the sale ended (rather than Amazon fixing the loophole). You can still get three buttons for $1 each out of pocket, get $1 in digital credit for “No-rush shipping” per button, place an order using each button, cancel the order (or orders) and get $4.99 in Amazon credit per button.

Lantean
Lantean

“so it’ll end up costing you money”

that’s not how it worked last time… i was able to cancel my orders right after pressing the button. i still got the credit.

Luke Bornheimer

This is awesome to know! Saw the terms that read, “attempt to place order,” and wondered if there was a way to get around actually placing the order, being charged and having the item(s) delivered. How long did you wait before cancelling the order?

Lantean
Lantean

about 4 seconds

Luke Bornheimer

Awesome — thanks again for the DP, Lantean!

Ferris
Ferris

Is there a certain time frame you have to use it in to get the credit?

Luke Bornheimer

Before December 31, 2017

juanbeny
juanbeny

Finally, free buttons!
Thanks, doc

MontyFC
MontyFC

Here is my DP:

1. As I have previously issued Dash button credit, my new button orders are applying that credit automatically, and am not able to use the promo.

2. We have a household Prime membership. Through the household prime account, I was able to get 3 dash buttons using the promo for 99 cents.

3. As I couldn’t use the deal in my main prime account, I wasn’t able to confirm if you can get 3 buttons in main prime and 3 additional buttons in the household prime; but worth a try for someone who has that set-up.

007
007

Re “As I couldn’t use the deal in my main prime account, I wasn’t able to confirm if you can get 3 buttons in main prime and 3 additional buttons in the household prime; but worth a try for someone who has that set-up.”

This works just fine.

MontyFC
MontyFC

William Charles, @Chuck,

May want to add this DP to the header as it allows to get 6 dash buttons if you have the right set-up.

007
007

Sharing in case it helps others.

If, in addition to a paid prime account with a household account for your SO, you also happen to have three additional prime student trial accounts, and you use the promo to order 15 (total) dash buttons for free all shipping to the same address, they may notice and cancel an order, asking you for an explanation 😉

john
john

I stopped receiving digital credit a while back. It’s all prime home service credit ($20) now. I wonder if this is just myself or for everybody.

Mark O
Mark O

I had been only getting that offer and then for these I received the video credit….I think it may have to do with what is being ordered.

Lantean
Lantean

As Mark O says, it may be related to what you order… but just in case, every time I get a stupid offer like $20 home credit I choose not to take it and just get faster shipping… hopefully they’ll get the message.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.

Sweet! I cashed in some Chase Amazon points to cover the $0.99 button.

Peter
Peter

I hate the Dash buttons concept. Even worse that they have created “digital” buttons that constantly regenerate taking up space on my Amazon home page. They have no option to disable the feature so removing all buttons is futile since they create new ones afterwards. I’m not interested in placing orders without knowing price and shipping time, etc. before-hand.

Lantean
Lantean

I don’t think anyone here orders the buttons for actually use, because the concept is as you say, idiotic.

It’s all just for the credit, then they sit in the drawer. I wish there was an easy way to get the battery out.

Joey
Joey

There is, hit it with a hammer/screwdriver = Add a free AAA Battery 🙂

momosan
momosan

The buttons themselves are incredibly useful for doing other IoT hacking. There is a whole community out there dedicated to them. My favorite was a hack that took the place of a “I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” device. They made it into a pendant, Mom presses it and it sends a message to the kid. Ingenious, really.

Luke Bornheimer

Another way to maximize this promotion: Buy three ($3.99) Dash buttons in separate orders, get “No-Rush Shipping” on all three orders, then place orders using each button and cancel immediately. You’ll end up getting $3 in digital credit, $14.97 in Amazon credit at a $0 out-of-pocket expense. If you have other “household members” on your Prime Membership, you can repeat the above process for those accounts to get more digital credit and Amazon credit.

John
John

Do you get to keep the credit if you cancel an order? That seems dubious to me.

Luke Bornheimer
007
007

FYI, I recommend doing an experiment to find the minimum that is needed to get the $4.99 credit on your account – you may be surprised at what is required.

Specifically, the following steps:
1. Make sure no other promos on your account (this is difficult if you have prior dash credits, especially; hence, I recommend applying one at a time when you have an upcoming purchase sold & shipped by Amazon; don’t apply the next credit until you are ready to make another purchase, so you can make sure it is again applied correctly)
2. Find an item sold and shipped by Amazon (item “A”)
3. Add item “A” to your cart, proceed to checkout, make sure there is no credit applied
4. Delete item “A” from your cart and make sure your cart is empty
5. Now experiment to see the minimum you need after linking each dash button to get credit – I was surprised on this step given recent discussions about people needing to order & cancel to get the credit, which seemed to be more than was necessary for me
6. Once you have done the minimum (e.g., adding a Dash button and not choosing a specific product for that dash button to order, then pushing the Dash button as if you were ordering but without an associated product and thus no order created that needs to be cancelled), go back and do step 3. If you succeeded, you will see a Dash Promotion -$4.99 applied to the order. Now you can do step 4 and you are ready to apply the promotion to your next sold & shipped by Amazon item.

Again, I would strongly encourage everyone to do their own testing with this, and not to trust other users’ experience, as your experience may be different, even on an up-to-date Amazon app.

Just my 2 cents.

007
007

FYI, the steps detailed at https://www.doctorofcredit.com/buy-6-amazon-credit-2-dash-buttons-prime/#comment-363033 worked for me just fine today using a few different Dash buttons and credit was successfully applied without having to cancel anything (I think the trick is that you are technically “attempting” to order when the button is linked to Amazon but before you really selected the final product that is ordered by the button, so it still credits without actually ordering anything). Just FYI. I would test it yourself to make sure credit applies – and it applies immediately, no need to wait 2 days for me.

TJ
TJ

How long does it take for the credit to get applied? I hit order about an hour ago and I don’t see the $4.99 credit yet. I don’t want to cancel order before I see it?

Also, my no rush shipping offer was $5 off Amazon Pantry. So I ended up ordering 5 items which was eligible for free shipping. Compared prices to Walmart, which was either cheaper at Amazon or same price and used mt $5 Pantry credit.

But when should I see the $4.99 gift credit balance?

Thanks DoC and everyone!

TJ
TJ

So I see the $4.99 was applied against my order. I don’t see how others would get the credit without ordering? It applied a 4.99 on both my orders. I ordered 2 out of 3 buttons (I can make use for the items) and I’m about to order the 3rd button.

How does anyone get the 4.99 credit outside ordering since it applies directly to the order? Maybe the older post worked differently.. thanks.

007
007

You have to order the buttons, wait for them to arrive, then activate them on your Amazon account.

It sounds like you are talking about ordering the actual buttons. You have to order and receive the buttons before you get the credit (with a few exceptions, such as when buttons will ship after the end of the calendar year and you get a promotional credit instead).

007
007

In other words, this works out as a money maker IF the buttons cost you LESS THAN 4.99. Once you receive them and activate them (see above comments for discussion of different ways to do this), you will get a 4.99 credit on items sold & shipped by Amazon.

If you are buying the buttons for 4.99, then you get a 4.99 credit later and basically the buttons are free, but you don’t make additional money (obviously, I guess, except any slow shipping credits).

TJ
TJ

No I have the buttons. They were free.

I figured out what you’re saying though. I see the 4.99 applied to any order.

Thanks,
TJ

007
007

Great! Glad that you figured it out.

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