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Some of you may have already seen my post on the free $25 gift card you can get at Radioshack during February, however for everyone that didn’t see that post here it is.The Bigger Better Event
From now until 2/28/14 Radioshack is accepting portable electronics as a trade in for a free gift card. The deal is you get a minimum of $5 for each item you trade in and you can only trade in a maximum of 5 items. So, if you max out the trade in, you will get a $25 gift card which can be used for anything in the store including other $25 gift cards for Amazon, iTunes, and a few others.
When I went in, I brought a whole bag of different things to see what they would accept. I dumped the bag on the table and said “I saw you the ad on your website, that you are accepting trade ins. I was unsure exactly what all you would accept, but here is what I have.” They seem shocked, as if I was the first person to come in for this promotion. I ended up trading in 4 old pairs of headphones and a wired mouse. Now, on the rules it says that everything has to be in working order, however they did not test anything I gave them.
“Eligible Categories” can differ very much depending on the your Radioshack’s interpretation. Do you see a wired or wireless mouse category on the above picture, because I don’t. When I asked if I could trade it in, the manager shrugged and said, “well it is an electronic, so sure.” This may vary drastically from store to store, so I would suggest bringing in a bag of items as I did just in case.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “What do I do if I don’t have any extra electronics lying around to trade in?” I’m glad you asked! After I left the store, I realized that I really didn’t have anything for my wife to turn in, but I still wanted to get that free (or mostly free) $25 gift card. So, I went up the street to my local dollar store and asked the clerk if they had any $1 headphones, because that is clearly on the list of eligible categories. To my surprise, they had a huge rack of $1 headphone! I grabbed 5 of them ripped the packaging off and ran home to grab my wife, so we could go back to Radioshack.
I should mention that this is limited to 5 items per person with a minimum of $25. They scan your ID, so it does not work to go to other stores and do it again. I have heard reports of people having there ID scanned and then coming back with their passport. I did not have any luck with this, however this will depend on your store and the people working. The whole process only took about 10 minutes and I was able to buy an amazon gift card with the Radioshack gift card with no issues.
This was an awesome deal. We got 2 – $25 Amazon gift cards for the price of $5.30 (for the headphones). It doesn’t get much better than that!
Here is Radioshack’s deal, if you would like to see it.
What do i do if Radioshack won’t let you buy a gift card with the trade in money?
Here is what the terms say you can use your credit for.
The instant trade-in credit is valid on any product purchase in a participating RadioShack store. It cannot be used toward the purchase of gift/entertainment cards, airtime or services, or on special orders.
I only read this and heard about people having issues with this after Jenni and I bought our gift cards with the trade in credit. So, it’s possible that your Radioshack may or may not allow you to buy a gift card with your trade in credit. Now, if for some reason your Radioshack does not allow you to buy the gift card with your trade in credit, there are other options.
I hope that helps. If you have any questions, let me know!