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So yesterday I went shopping with my friend A, who works at a big-box store (she'd offered to get me her employee discount for Ben's birthday present). It was awesome. Like having a high-powered Retail Attorney.

Cashier: "Okay, will that be all--"
A: "He also wants to apply for a store card."
C: "Oh, um, sure, the debit card or the--"
A: "The credit card. The one with the 10% discount."
C: "Right. Um, can I see your driver's license?" [scans it through a machine]
A: "You scanned that the wrong way. Enter this code first..."

Afterward, I gave her a lift to The Gap, because she had a $50 gift card and wanted to convert it to cash.

A: [approaching counter] "Hi! First of all, I want to apologize for what I'm about to do to you. What is your system's limit for cashing out gift cards?"
Gap cashier: "Up to $5, we can exchange a gift card for cash."
A: "Okay. California state law actually requires that to be $9.99 or less, but never mind." [produces gift card] "I'd like to buy ten gift cards, please."

I love watching competent people at work.

Date: 2009-10-02 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. I never thought of that.

Date: 2009-10-02 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh! I think I see a better hack here.

Step 1. Use a credit card that offers rewards for using it. Preferably cash, but other rewards will do.

Step 2. Purchase gift cards with the credit card.

Step 3. Insert your friend's method. Use cash to pay back credit card.

Repeat as necessary!

(I'm guessing someone stops you when you try to scale this operation to noteworthy profits.)


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