If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
eBay is having a flash sale through 5pm PST. This flash sale is valid through PayPal Digital Gifts. Coupon code CSUMMERFUN2016 gets $15 off a $75 purchase. It is working on digital gift cards (which promised to email them within 24 hours and avoids shipping fees associated with actual gift cards).
I ordered a $25 gift card for Sephora and a $50 gift card through Ulta and checked out for $60 total. This only works when you pay through PayPal.
I did have issues receiving the gift cards. It could be related to my PayPal email having a different address than my eBay email. Regardless, I never received the original email with the certificate or the replacement email they sent after I contacted them through ask the retailer a question. They were not in spam or junk folders either, so they were either rejected from my email address or not really sent in the first place. There is a note that says the voucher is in messages, but it did not appear in mine or anyone else who responded when I asked about theirs. PayPal was kind enough to add the voucher numbers into their second response, and I was able to successfully use both cards. While others reported having some email issues, it seems most people receive the card without any issue. Even with the issue, I still got the deal. It just took a few days to sort it out.
If you missed this offer, similar offers will pop up again. This is not the first time I’ve seen it, but it is the first time I’ve taken advantage of it. Sign up for an eBay account and opt-in for emails. I opted-in after someone alerted me to this deal, so I do not miss anymore. Before I attempt this promotion again, I will make sure my PayPal and eBay email address are the same, which means I will need two accounts with one of them.
Gift cards do not affect other promotions, so this combines with promo codes at Sephora or discount codes at Ulta. Platinum members at Ulta received 20% off prestige offers yesterday and regular UltaMate members should receive their discounts soon. They expire on July 2nd, so it cannot be long before the offer comes along. Sephora promo codes are expiring faster than they used to. Many go out-of-stock as quickly as I add them. If you see a Sephora promo that looks appealing, do not sit on it. The VIB YSL offer I was planning on redeeming from yesterday is already gone.
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