or $849 if you buy it with three Dell Gift Cards $950 ($450 + $500 combined) + $75(Promo Card) + $75(Promo Card) = $1,100 - $1,0xx(w/ st) leaves a credit balance on the paid ($950) card. (For me about $26). If you don't have sales tax in your State then a $400 + $450 card will be enough, with a $1 credit balance left on the paid card.
(I just got done doing it, as above, on the phone...............long wait................. it was $916.44 shipped. )
I was in the market for this very monitor and was not on the ball enough to notice the price drop on Thanksgiving.
OP (SlvrFox) deserves a whole lot of rep for 2 things. Getting the word out on the price drop AND cross-linking to the Dell eGift card deal which I bet a lot of people like myself weren't even aware of even though it has been floating around for a while now.
I started working on this deal around 0430 in the morning on Friday 23rd. About 2 hours later, I am happy and done working on this with an order confirmation sitting in my email inbox with an incredible price for this monitor.
Continue reading for my detailed experience on this Slickdeal. Warning, incoming WALL OF TEXT.
How do I sum this deal up? It's moderately complicated, and could turn out really bad for you if the monitor stock runs out or the price goes back to normal before you get your eGift card situation sorted out. It's a risk as the price and stock status are increasingly more likely to change within 24 hours of the original price change as history has repeatedly proven to me.
I did not have any of the Dell eGift cards waiting and ready for use when I stated work on this deal. I started from scratch with the original post, a credit card, and the patience to stay awake to see if I could make this thing work.
The first thing I did was confirm with a few different online Dell customer service agents that they indeed are able to redeem up to 3 eGift cards. None of the deal talk matters if this isn't true, and there was some confusion to this earlier. This is important because as posted you cannot use more than 1 eGift card through the online website. You must call or use an online chat agent.
My next step was to go to the Dell.com site, and price out exactly how much the total purchase would be with tax and shipping/handling. You need to figure out the exact final amount so that you can purchase the right amounts for your Dell eGift cards. The 3 final eGift cards must match your final price as only up to 3 payment options are allowed with agent assistance, but it is better if you leave a little extra buffer room with cards that total just a bit more.
For me that total came out to $1081.43. This is from a $999.00 subtotal + 82.43 in tax + FREE ground shipping/handling (no coupon code, current promotion).
Don't let the domain fool you. You security conscious folks can get to the same address to buy your Dell eGift cards by doing a search on the Dell site.
I had planned to buy 2 gift cards ($450 + $500 for $950). Please note the deal says you must purchase a card of a value $400 or above to receive your $75 promotional bonus card. I first purchased a $450 card to be emailed to myself.
The gift card thread had a lot of confusing chatter about how long it takes to get the cards processed and emailed to you. I found out that it takes very little time as long as you call in right after receiving your email confirmation of the purchase. They have CSRs who will verify your identity and push your purchase through the massive processing queue.
I made the mistake of waiting 40 to 50 minutes for the order to auto-process. Seeing as how it wasn't moving and I was on a time crunch, I called just as advised by others.
888-244-1272, at the prompt press 2.
The CSR I called and happened to get twice commented on how there are literally thousands of orders they have to slowly verify. If you call them, they can manually push it through as was posted. On my second call after receiving confirmation for the $500 card, I realized that it takes less than 5 minutes for them to push your order through if you get on that right away.
So, at this point I have my two ecards totaling $950 along with both the $75 promo bonus ecards. FYI, each corresponding promo card came in a separate email immediately after the purchased ecard. Their support site will even show you the $75 promo card as "in processing" along side your purchased card. If you don't see it, something went horribly wrong.
Price and stock status of the monitor still looked good.
Next step was to consolidate the two purchased cards. Why consolidate? Because now I have 4 cards: 450 + 500 + 75 + 75. Remember, you can only use 3 cards.
Keep in mind, you can only consolidate the purchased cards and not the promo cards.
Using the provided link in the other SD thread, I tried using the consolidation web page:
Again, you careful folks are welcome to do just as I did and verify through a search of the Dell site that this is the proper domain even though it doesn't look like it. I even additionally performed a WHOIS search and found the what appears to be the correct Dell information on the domain.
The gift card thread once again had conflicting chatter about the status of the consolidation website. Some people said it was down and not working. Other people said you had to call in to consolidate.
The first time I tried to consolidate, it failed. I have no idea why. Maybe my numbers were still registering in the Dell system? No idea. So, I tried having a Dell online chat agent consolidate for me. The online Dell agent said he couldn't do it, and gave me the customer service phone number which wasn't going to be open for several hours.
800-624-9897, Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM to 6PM CT only.
I was worried as some people were saying that it could take more than 24 hours to consolidate the purchased cards.
NOPE. I tried the consolidation website again and this time it went through the whole process without a problem.
From here the rest was easy. Start a conversation with an online chat agent. Give them your info, tell them what you want to purchase and that you want to do it with 3 eGift cards. Make sure they know upfront and that the agent feels confident that he/she can do it. The rest of it is basic back and forth to confirm the order and payment.
In the end, I payed $950 (total charge to my CC) for this monitor. I saved over $130 on top of an already great price for this awesome IPS monitor. I still have another 18 bucks and change on my last eGift card. When you do your initial pricing, you can easily calculate a buffer with less wasted $. I can figure out something to do with that remainder. I'm fine with it.
It made me irrationally nervous not to have an admittedly over-sized buffer for some unexpected additional costs that I did not predict. However, the price I was quoted by the online chat agent taking my order was off by a penny compared to the Dell website. Imagine if you had miscalculated by a penny. How painfully funny the situation and screwed you would be simultaneously!
I'm not sure if I missed any important details. Pardon any typos.
Currently if you go through shopdiscover, the dell consumer discount is 10%. Does that mean right now discover is giving 17% (10% shopdiscover, 5% online, 2% bonus bf) off through dell consumer?
Also does this discount apply toward purchasing the gift cards as OP mentioned? If I went on shopdiscover, clicked the dell consumer link, clicked the gift card link on dell consumer, then purchased the gift cards, would discover honor all the discounts? Or will it be just the 7%?
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