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- [EXPIRED] Hurry! ~$500 Moneymaker on Kitchen Appliances at Kohl’s With Discover It or Freedom
- Did You Do the Kohl’s Appliance Deal? Get Back $2 per Item!
A few times per year, Kohl’s sells small kitchen appliances at a steep discount. With card category bonuses, shopping portals, promo codes, and rebates, it works out to better than free – especially if you can resell them. It’s the ultimate in deal stacking.
I ordered 40 appliances. (Do I sound crazy yet?)
While I’d love to say the whole thing went off without a hitch, that’s not exactly true. Here’s what I learned about stacking. And how it all turned out.
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Stacking is like jenga
If the blocks aren’t exactly perfect, it starts to fall down.
I wanted to stack the following. Here’s what I expected and if it worked out:
- $480 back as Visa gift cards – GOT IT
- ~$125 from Discover It and Discover Deals portal – KINDA SORTA
- OR ~3,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (~$30) and ~2,000 Alaska miles from the Alaska Airlines shopping portal (~$40) – DID NOT DO THIS ONE
- 15% off with promotion code SMS1871 – GOT IT
- 1,500 United miles from a $500 gift card through MileagePlus X app (~$30) – GOT IT
- $110 back as Kohl’s Cash – GOT IT
- 600 Kohl’s Yes2You points (worth another $60) – GOT IT
So, it all worked out except for the entry marked “Kinda Sorta” – that’s because of the Discover gift card I bought through the MileagePlus X app.
It usually codes reliably for its respective category bonus – but NOT with Kohl’s. So I didn’t earn the 5% cashback (which would’ve been doubled because I got a new Discover It card). Instead, I just got 1% cashback (really 2% after The Dublin).
But, the ~$125 I put directly onto the Discover It card did earn 5% back (really 10% back because the card is new).
So 2% on $500 plus 10% on $125 = ~$23. And I got ~$58 ($29 x 2 because it’ll get doubled) by shopping through the Discover Deals shopping portal.
For a total of ~$81 cashback with the Discover It card. Not the $125 I was hoping for, but still respectable.
When you add up all the stacking, it comes out to $761. Considering I paid $625 for all 40 appliances, I came out ahead by ~$136. So not only were the appliances free, but I made a little by:
- Finding a promotion code
- Using the right card with a category bonus
- Clicking through a shopping portal
- Mailing in the rebates
About that last one…
Cutting out UPCs can be extremely zen
I fired up my X-acto knife and got to work cutting out 40 UPCS from cardboard boxes – highly, highly recommended if you ever do this.
I carefully sliced the 4 sides around the UPC, then pried away the rectangle like a beating Visa rebate heart. Over and over.
I had to do it segments of about 10 each. If you’re in a weird mood, it won’t work. You have to zone out and let it flow – even then, your hand will still hurt from gripping the blade and slicing through the cardboard.
I don’t know of a better way to extract a single piece of cardboard from a box. But it left clean lines. I figured if I wanted to resell the appliances, it would be worth it to keep them relatively spotless.
Removing all the UPCs probably took me an hour.
Then, I had to mail the rebate form and UPCs. I bought a cheap padded envelope at Walgreens for about a buck and mailed it for about $5. But that still took my time and a few extra dollars.
And somehow, I loved the sport of it. The thrill of the deal. Seeking it out and getting it.
Some peeps despise managing a project like this, but me? I was happy to spend part of a Saturday cutting out UPCs and mailing them away blindly. (If I didn’t sound crazy before, what about now?) :p
This was by far the most tedious part of the whole process.
When they say 8 weeks, they mean 8 weeks
I was on pins and needles about getting that Visa gift card in the mail.
I placed the original Kohl’s order on October 1st. And got the gift card in the mail on December 3rd – nearly 8 weeks to the day.
Sending in that form with all the UPCs felt like sending a package into a black hole. Part of me expected it to get lost (even though I added tracking and delivery confirmation).
I was most nervous about this because the $480 was by far the biggest piece of my “reimbursement” puzzle.
So if you get in a Kohl’s deal with a rebate, patience is key. They received it and will take their sweet time processing it. But it will eventually arrive.
I particularly loved that they sent one gift card for $480 instead of – god forbid – individual gift cards.
Check for more discounts in the meantime!
About a week after I placed the original order, I noticed the prices had fallen $2 per item – well within the Kohl’s price adjustment window.
$2 doesn’t sound like much, but when you buy 40 items, that’s $80!
I immediately rang them up and got my $80 back.
That brought my overall earnings for this deal to $216 (the previous $136 + $80 more). Which is obviously sweet.
I freaking love Kohl’s
- Link: Holy crap I love Kohl’s
It takes a certain personality type to love online shopping at this particular department store. They’ve engineered it to give you that thrill when you think you’re getting a good deal.
And in a lot of cases, you really are. You just have to be judicious and keep your impulsiveness in check.
To get the most from a Kohl’s deal, you have to be ready to purchase other items with your Kohl’s Cash. Because it’s use it or lose it.
My modus operandi the whole time was getting a new duvet cover (so hint: have an ulterior motive of something you really want to buy).
With my Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards points, it was free. So I added a comforter and a hand towel (the latter to trigger free shipping), and called it a day. Kohl’s ultimately got me to spend more money with them because of the Kohl’s Cash.
But in terms of the deal, I still came out ahead despite this purchase. And it made me love Kohl’s all over again. Also, I love my new comforter. It’s on my bed right now.
I also got 20% cashback by using my Discover It card and clicking through the Discover Deals shopping portal. Suh-weeet!
Reselling is a PITA
My original post wrongly assumed it would be a breeze to resell these appliances.
I posted a couple of Craigslist ads for a bulk purchase:
Guess how many responses I got? Not a single one.
In the end, I:
- Sold a couple to friends for $10 each
- Took a couple to my Airbnbs
- Gave some to my little brother when he moved into a new apartment
- Gave some away as Xmas gifts
- Donated the rest to charity
All that to say, they were on my hands for longer than I would’ve liked. I offloaded most of them and even sold a few.
I gave my little brother and his friends some of them. And gave the rest to charity.
Even still, I profited.
Would I do it again?
Yes. When I have the energy.
If I had it to do over again, I’d earn points & miles instead of cashback because I think ultimately, they’re worth more with how I redeem them.
I’d also be sure to have a sharper X-acto knife and schedule a solid hour to cut out the UPCs and send them away all in one shot so it’s not some lingering project for several days. Because your time is valuable. I also enjoyed managing the details of this project (typical Virgo) – but not everyone will. So consider if you’d even enjoy this before you begin.
If the answer is no, skip it. There are plenty of deals out there.
I made a couple of hundred bucks with the Kohl’s small appliance deal.
Yes, it was tedious. No, it wasn’t perfect. Yes, it takes a certain personality type. No, I wouldn’t do it every time.
When you can find a perfect storm of category bonuses, promo codes, shopping portals, and rebates, it’s definitely worth it. You just need a couple of hours to cut out the UPCs and send them on their way. And to distribute your bounty to friends or wherever you want them to ultimately go.
I mostly wanted to test the deal-stacking waters and this seemed like a low-risk way to begin. I’m still not sure if I’d move up in risk level beyond this.
If there’s another super easy deal, yeah, I’d do it. But I’d focus on points instead of cashback. And I’d have a better plan for unloading the merchandise.
All-in-all, it was super smooth. Most things did work. And now I know what to look out for and expect if I ever do it again.
I know a lot of peeps got in on this deal. Now that the dust has settled, did your experience go as easily as mine?
What did you do to unload your purchase once it arrived? I’m curious if there’s a better way to go about this – when and if this deal returns!* If you liked this post, consider signing up to receive free blog posts in an RSS reader and you’ll never miss an update! And thanks for using my links to apply for new card offers!
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