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I got an email yesterday from a reader (thanks Timothy!) alerting me to an awesome limited time deal going on right now. He reminded me that vente-privee has a current deal that gives Amex cardholders a $20 statement credit after their first purchase. Vente-privee is one of those sites that has 4-6 different brands available for a limited time at a discounted price. One of the brands they have right now is Garvalin kid’s shoes. I have never purchased Garvalin shoes before for Little C because they are often in the $60 – $80 range, and that is a bit pricey for kid’s shoes in my book. However, they have several very cute styles available on vente-privee for $20 – $25. Add the $20 statement credit from Amex into the mix, and you have a heck of a deal.
I picked out a $20 pair of Mary Jane’s for Little C. With tax they came to $25.95, so a total out of pocket cost of $5.95. Since vente-privee is a retailer that is participating in the Amex Gift Chain, I also received a gift for my purchase. In my case the gift was a $5.00 Amex statement credit. That brought the price of the shoes down to a whooping $0.95. Yes, please.
Even if you don’t have kids, you could pick up a pair of these high quality shoes to donate. It is worth noting that each retailer has their own list of gifts. For example, REI and Vente-Privee don’t have Shoprunner in the list of prizes, so you are guaranteed not to get Shoprunner with purchases from those retailers!
Just another little update on the Amex gift chain, today on my 9th gift chain transaction I got a $25 Amex gift card for myself and 3 to give away to Facebook friends. My lucky purchase was a $40 purchase from yoyo.com. I made my mom, my sister, and my husband pretty happy with that Amex gift card love. I highly recommend you register your Amex and join in the gift chain fun, but just be aware that your first gift is virtually certain to be a one-year Shop Runner free subscription if you shop at a retailer that offers that as a gift. After that the gifts get a bit more interesting. The $25 Amex gift cards were my best gift so far, but I have also gotten many $5 statement credits and a $10 Amex gift card.
Thanks again Amex, we are doing some great Holiday shopping together!
Here are the Terms and Conditions of the Vente-Privee Amex offer:
To redeem this offer, you must use any eligible American Express ® Card to make your first purchase at vente-privee.com (vente-privee.com) through 12/31/2011. An Eligible Card is defined as a valid American Express Credit or Charge Card, in good standing and not in default, issued in the U.S. either by American Express or by a licensed third party bank issuer of American Express-branded Cards. Certain Cards are not deemed Eligible Cards, including American Express Cards issued in the U.S. by Department Stores National Bank, Prepaid Cards (including, without limitation, American Express Gift Cards and Serve cards) and American Express Corporate Cards. If your Card is replaced during the promotional period, please call the customer service number on the back of your Card for assistance. Statement credit will be issued approximately 6-8 weeks after the qualifying purchase is charged to your Card account. Your ability to earn rewards may be based on the amount of your purchase after the statement credit has been applied. Individual rewards program terms and conditions apply. If the purchase(s) is subject to finance charges, finance charges will accrue on the total amount of the purchase(s) prior to the application of the statement credit.