I was contacted by a PR rep for PromotionalCodes.com.
Did I want a $100 Amex card to be spent online?
Does the pope… never mind. Yes, of course I do. Thanks!
A week or so later, I found that the gift card was burning a proverbial hole in my pocket.
Where should I spend this?
Before Thanksgiving, I went to PromotionCodes.com to see what I could find. The results were less than promising. The website is hard to navigate. Sure, you can search for a store, but what if you just wanted to see where you should spend your $100?
PSA: You should never go shopping with that mentality.
I found a code I liked, then I decided, oh neat maybe I’ll buy a laptop bag that also has room for my camera since I like blogging and taking pictures when I’m out and about.
The coupon code didn’t work, so I emailed the PR person (who was very friendly and responsive) and she said she’d get that taken down.
She also provided me with a link to all their stores, which I browsed but didn’t use.
Then, I went to Arizona for Thanksgiving week, and I left my gift card behind. When I came back, I realized that my home doesn’t have stockings, so I went back to PromotionalCodes.com with a mission.
Which is a much better way to shop, even if a company gives you a gift card.
The stockings are on their way, so I don’t have a picture of them hanging on the chimney with care (curse you, snow storm!) and I was able to find codes to save money.
But here’s the kicker: the codes I found on PromotionalCodes.com?
Were the same codes that Pottery Barn advertised on their home screen.
So for me, it wasn’t worth the extra effort.
I appreciate the opportunity to review their site, but their site didn’t change my online shopping habits.
It’s still the same:
- Wait until you need something to go online
- Find the thing you want
- From the store you want
- Then use Google to find relevant coupon codes
They did have big discounts for big purchases, though, so if you’re ever planning on spending $1000 at one store, check them out.
Otherwise, skip them.