Do you have an old prepaid debit card or major credit card-branded gift card sitting around? Maybe it’s sitting around because it has a balance on it that’s too small to be very useful, yet not such a small amount that you’re willing to throw it away. Here’s a novel solution: use it to split a transaction on Amazon.
“But Consumerist!” you say. “Amazon doesn’t let customers split transactions!” No, officially you can’t do that. That’s because there’s a sneaky way to do it: using the card balance to buy an online gift card and e-mailing it to yourself. Reader Dom recently blogged about this concept, and shared it with us in case any of our readers might find it useful during the holiday season.
This is also a useful tip if you’re splitting the cost of an expensive gift. Have one person send the other an e-gift card for half of the cost, then simply apply it to the overall order.
Also, we’d like to point out that the review page for Amazon gift cards makes for some strange and boring reading. 28,376 people have felt the need to express themselves about the experience of buying an Amazon virtual gift card.
How to use a gift card to make partial payment on Amazon.com [Bright Bacon]
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Consumerist.