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I have $225 Dell gift cards expiring on May 12. What should I buy?

kmoff77 1,826 334 May 9, 2016 at 05:05 PM More Dell Home & Office Deals
I didn't realize that I had these expiring. I have $225 total in gift cards that expire on May 12 and they can only be used on dell.com. I don't wan to deal with the hassle of trying to sell them on ebay.

Any suggestions on what to buy?

I have all the TV's that I need right now, but if a TV is really the best deal I guess I could just throw one on Craigslist.

I could also use a "lower" end laptop for my wife to do basic web browsing. Any suggestions? Reps to all who help. Thanks!

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If you buy xbox live or PSN cards you can usually then sell them for 10% less than face value pretty easily.

Not sure how much dell gift cards go for, might just be better off selling them directly for 10% off or something on their own.
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Depends on what you need obviously. An Xbox One or PS4 if into gaming. Computer portable or internal drives for added space. Extra memory. A tablet if you need one\use it. You will not get much in the way of a laptop for $225 but certainly can use it towards the purchase if you need one.

The problem with Dell add-ons is they tend to be somewhat overpriced vs. the rest of the market. But as was noted, selling a gift card is usually going to take a decent loss in face value anyway so if you need some electronics you may as well find a decent deal at Dell (as far as it goes) and use it there. My 2 cents.
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Thank you both. None of the gift card sites accept Dell cards any more and I heard horror stories of sellers getting scammed selling them on ebay.

I am okay throwing some money on top of the $225 worth of gift cards if needed also.
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Any thoughts on this laptop?

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron...558-laptop

They also have the touch screen version for $50 more
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Any thoughts on this laptop?

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron...558-laptop

They also have the touch screen version for $50 more

All comes down to what you use it for\need. That is a bare bones\basic laptop. I3 proc, non HD. Good for web browsing, word processing, email and stuff like that. I would not pay for touch support unless you need it for something specific as it adds no real value for basic stuff imo. Personally, I would not buy anything less than an i5 with a full HD screen these days, but that is me.
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329+tax isn;t worth it imo even after using your 225. I wouldn't pay 104+tax for it.
It will still be slow as dirt without a SSD installed.

Depends on what you need/want.

This 474 one would be much better (still need a SSD though)
http://slickdeals.net/f/8695598-dell-inspiron-15-6-signature-edition-touchscreen-laptop-i5-6200u-8gb-ddr3-1tb-hdd-win-10-474-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch

474+tax - 225 = 249 will be well worth it vs the i3 for 104+tax
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I appreciate the feedback, but why wouldn't a i3 processor be enough for standard web browsing?
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I appreciate the feedback, but why wouldn't a i3 processor be enough for standard web browsing?

It would be but it would not be good for much beyond basic stuff and as was noted, an i5 based, full HD unit is only 100-150 or so more...well worth it. I am sure some other deals can be found too if one waits\tries the Dell Outlet wihen they run a coupon code for 30-35% off. As I noted, I personally would never buy anything less than an i5, full HD based machine. Anything less really can not be expanded to do things and having less than a full HD screen is just too annoying imo.

As for an SSD, while it certainly is nice and will speed up disk access noticeably and reduce boot time by quite a bit, it is not really necessary and can always be added later.
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Quote from oyouno View Post :
329+tax isn;t worth it imo even after using your 225. I wouldn't pay 104+tax for it.
It will still be slow as dirt without a SSD installed.

Depends on what you need/want.

This 474 one would be much better (still need a SSD though)
http://slickdeals.net/f/8695598-dell-inspiron-15-6-signature-edition-touchscreen-laptop-i5-6200u-8gb-ddr3-1tb-hdd-win-10-474-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch

474+tax - 225 = 249 will be well worth it vs the i3 for 104+tax
I would get that buy my gift card must be used at dell.com only
And it expires in a couple days.

If that laptop really isn't a good deal I may just get this TV and sell in on Craigslist. Plus it comes with another $100 gift card to continue the cycle.
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sn...u=A8479505
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First, have you combined your GC's through Dell yet? You are only allowed to use 2 GC's at a time. Combining them can take up to a week. We found this out the hard way. Also, if they run into an error, they won't bother to even contact you about it. After 1 1/2 weeks of nonsense, we were eventually able to get the GC's combined. Expect to call in several times. If they are expiring soon, don't waste any time and get a manager on the phone from the get go. After dealing with them over and over, we finally just went up the chain and got the manager's manager who was able to do it in 5 minutes over the phone, so there are work arounds for their policies.

Next, their outlet has the best prices by far. Very early mornings have been the most successful for us. It's safe in your cart for @ 10 minutes. Do not release it until the person on the chat is ready to grab it or you risk it being grabbed by another customer. If you ask them, they'll reserve it for 24 hrs at which point you'll have to go through the process again..rinse and repeat over and over until you are ready to actually order.

Lastly, after you've got an idea of what your ideal product sells for and the best price you can get with current coupons, be ready to negotiate via chat. They will initially probably initially offer you a similar price for what you can already get it for. They may then offer you an additional 2% off, but just keep on...ask for a student or military discount in addition... Boom, another 1 - 2 % just disappeared. Once they get to where they won't budge and there are NO other discounts, hem and haw. Tell them that you're on the fence and not sure. That you really needed to save another $40 - $50. Tell them that if they can meet you in the middle you can do the deal today. If that doesn't work, ask for a supervisor. If that doesn't work, ask them to send you the quote and you'll "think" about it. Eventually you'll find the genuine lowest price available. You can always ask them to delete the 24 hr hold and try it all over again with a different online rep.

We were able to get a 17" , 6th generation i7 laptop (touch screen) with everything you could possibly want for specs for under $440 (free shipping). I believe the initial price shown on the Outlet site was $769 for it. They have 15" ones with less specs that look ridiculous in comparison right now, so I would keep checking back. The only thing they goofed on is that they forgot to send the recovery CDs that were promised. I've been arguing with them all week. They've agreed to send me the cd's, but only if we mail the laptop back to them first. Then they will mail the cd's and same laptop back. WTF? The person couldn't seem to understand how stupid of a policy that is.
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