Friday, June 8, 2012

Coupon Code: The Children's Place | Online Shopping Canada

20% off everthing at The Children's Place with coupon codes 2A6F2012 OR 2C6F2012

Valid June 8-10, 2012.

Combine with their Summer Stock up Sale and save even more on items already marked down up to 50%. 

Review: Ebates & Superpoints | Online Shopping Canada

Here are my reviews of Ebates & Superpoints - I'm doing two this week since I missed last week :)

How does Ebates work? Here's what their website has to say:

"Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping... Joining Ebates is always free - you'll never pay us anything. And four times a year or more, we'll mail you a Big Fat Check, or transfer the money to your PayPal account if you'd prefer. We can even send the money to your favorite charity. All 100% free. People often ask: "This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?" It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money - like almost all other sites do - we share it with you!"

Basically, before you make any on-line purchase, head over to Ebates and see if your desired store is one of their partners. If you open a ticket through Ebates, you will receive cash back on any purchase you make. It's really simple - you get cash back for online purchases you would make anyway!  

Now not every partner site provides the same amount of cash back, most go with a percentage, anywhere from 1-25% of the total purchase price, and some give you a set amount. There are times that the percentages increase, usually around holidays & through Ebates' "Daily Double" promotions - so keep an eye out!

How does Superpoints work? Here's how they describe it:
"The SuperPoints network is a website that allows you to earn points, which can later be redeemed for prizes. This exclusive site is invite-based and provides incentives for those who invite more friends. Within the site, you can take surveys, watch videos, shop, and play games in order to win points. Additionally, you receive free points daily through a simple click on the daily Lucky Mail emails. Each point counts and each referral does too! The more referrals you gain, the more points you win! When you have enough points, you can visit the Rewards Catalog to redeem them for prizes ranging from Paypal cash to retailer gift cards to electronics too! We provide a variety of rewards and send them out weekly."
You don't necessarily have to make any purchases on Superpoints to earn points, as you will get daily emails & spins on the SuperLucky Button to earn free points. But, there are also surveys, videos, and offers that you can complete to get additional points (although as a Canadian, I have yet to qualify for a single survey, and have only seen one available video). 
It takes a while to amass enough points to receive a reward, unless you sign up a bunch of friends or find an offer that works for you - for example, I just signed up for my one-month free trial on Netflix ($8 value) through Superpoints. This earned me 1500 points - more than enough to immediately redeem for $10 in Paypal Cash or $10 gift card. So I get a free month, which I can cancel at any time, and $10 for signing up... pretty sweet if you ask me.

How do Ebates & Superpoints compare?

I joined both sites around December of 2011, so about 6 months ago. I've received $30 in rewards from  Superpoints and about $10 back from Ebates - and I haven't really done much to earn that. I do click through my daily emails and sometime spin the SuperLucky Button for Superpoints when I'm bored, but I always forget to head over to Ebates before making online purchases (I've only remembered twice), and then I kick myself when I remember a few days later!

They both do have pretty great referral systems. Ebates will give you $30 for 3 friend referrals or $100 for 10 friends. Superpoints gives you some of the points your friends earn through their site, such as all points they earn through the SuperLucky Button or emails. I would say over half of my earned points have come from the two friends I referred.

Final Thoughts

I would say that both Ebates & Superpoints are worth signing up for if you like rewards & shopping online. They operate on completely different systems, but I've earned rewards through both of them without much effort at all.

Joining Ebates is a must, especially if you are an avid online shopper such as myself - who doesn't want to get money back on stuff you are buying anyways?
Ebates: 4.5/5

Superpoints is worth it for the Netflix deal alone, but it does take a little more time & effort to earn any rewards without signing up friends or completing offers.
Superpoints: 3.5/5

Monday, June 4, 2012

Coupon Code: Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic | Online Shopping Canada

Offer Extended: Use promo code 24HOURSCDA to get 30% off all 3 brands (Old NavyGAP and Banana Republic).

As always, shipping is FREE over $50. Valid today only, June 4th, 2012.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Coupon Code: Gap | Online Shopping Canada

15% off your purchase online only at Gap Canada - Ends June 1, 2012

Enter code GAPCGIFT at checkout.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coupon Code: Aerie | Online Shopping Canada

Aerie by American Eagle has extended their Memorial Day Sale for one more day! Get 40% off today only - Tuesday, May 29th, 2012.

 Enter Code 16092891 at checkout.

Review: American Eagle Outfitters | Online Shopping Canada

Once a week I will pick one of my favourite online retailers and do a review. I've decided to start with American Eagle Outfitters (AE).

As a plus size gal, I can't think of a time where I've walked into an AE store and bought something off the rack, but online is a different story. The sizes on their site range from XXS-XXL, and they also have a kids store known as 77 Kids which has some pretty cute stuff, in addition to their active & intimate apparel under the Aerie brand. Recently they have added AE Outlet to their site, and it's a great place to find some great deals.

I love Aeries underwear selection, the 5 or 7 pairs for $26 is a great deal, and the undies are so much more comfortable than those you find at la Senza. I'm also a huge fan of their Slim Gym Foldover Waist Yoga Pants - great for mommy's like myself who have a little belly to contain while working out. But the bra selection is lacking - if you are small-mid size in the chest area, they have a super cute selection of bras. If you are bigger than a DD 38, you are outta luck.

AE does have a rewards program called AEReward$, but you have to be a frequent shopper for it to be worth it. Each dollar you spend is worth 1 point, and they only last 3 months before they are totalled up, zeroed out, and you are given a percentage discount for your next purchase depending on how much you spent in those three months. For example, it takes 100 points ($100 purchase) to get 15% off your next purchase, 200 points for 20%, 350 points for 30%, and 500 points for 40%. AND the worst part, the discount is only valid for a month. This is probably one of the chintziest reward programs I've participated in.

Also not so awesome is their shipping & duty charges - unlike other online retailers like Old Navy, all the products are shipped out of the states so duty is tacked on to all orders and your order total has to be over $100 in order to get free shipping. Also unlike Old Navy, return labels are not included with your order, so you'll have to find the nearest store or pay shipping to return any items, but will be refunded. You can find their return policy here.

In addition to the AE Outlet part of the site, each of the brands do have a clearance section where you can score some pretty sweet deals. And they release coupon codes pretty frequently, such as the 40% off + free shipping one this past Memorial Day weekend. These codes far outdo the rewards program so keep an eye out - I will be posting them as I find them on this site.

Tip: Browse during the week, but check back on the weekend to take advantage of sale codes. Most weekend codes go up Friday at 12:00am EDT (Thursday 9:00pm PDT) and some items sell fast when it's a good deal, so Friday is the best day to shop at AE - or Thursday evening for us west coasters :)

Review: they have great styles in a better range of sizes than in store, but be prepared for to wait for a coupon code to get a great deal - especially on shipping.

The Good:
Size Selection
Deals when codes are released

The Bad:
Shipping & Duty Charges
Reward Program

Overal, I'll give them 3/5. Not perfect, but good enough that I shop there at least a few times a year.

Old Navy Summer Sale | Online Shopping Canada

Head on over to Old Navy Canada - their Summer Starts Here Sale ends tomorrow (05/30). Great deals on shorts, swim, flip flops & graphic tees!