15 Ways to make Free Amazon Gift Cards

Who wouldn’t enjoy a free Amazon gift card?

With “Earth’s Biggest Selection” of products, it won’t be that hard to spend that gift card on Amazon. No wonder the term “Amazon Gift Cards” is searched on Google over 18000 times monthly.

So how do you get Amazon gift certificates without paying for ’em?

Use a free amazon gift card code generator?

No, those are useless!

There is no such a thing as an on demand gift card code generator that can create working and legit codes for free.

So, what gives then?

Well, there are some legitimate ways to get free Amazon gift cards.

Now, let’s be clear, none of these options are going to get you truly free gift cards. But they are your best options and as closest as you can get to real “free” gift certificates.

You have to do something to get them.

Some require your time, some you have to answer a few surveys, with some you have to signup for their program, and so on.

Although there is one way to get a free $3 Amazon gift card without surveys or completing any offer, but that’s not sustainable. You can only do it once.

Most of the methods we are going to talk about today can be used over and over again.

Now, I’ve divided these methods into a few categories.

Let’s start with trade-in opportunities.

A. Trade-in Methods (Getting Amazon Gift Card with No Surveys or Downloads)

The first option is to trade something for an Amazon gift card.

Sure, you are not getting the card for free, but with some of these options, you are trading things you no longer need or use for an Amazon gift certificate that you will use.

1. Amazon Trade-In

Amazon themselves are more than willing to take your old or unused goods.

Perhaps the best part about using Amazon Trade-In is that they will cover your shipping costs. That means that this method is pure profit for your exchange, which is always a good thing.

Your profit will automatically be given as Amazon gift cards.

Amazon is primarily looking for your electronics and electronic media. Movies, cell phones, music, music players, and other various types of electronic devices.

They are also looking for textbooks.

You can check your potential profit by searching for the thing you are seeking to trade in on their Amazon Trade-In page.

2. Cardpool

Cardpool.com is a website for trading in your unused gift cards. They accept most brands’ gift cards, so you can turn something specific (like a fast-food card) into something general (like an Amazon card.)

The good news is that Cardpool will also offer you hard cash for your cards.

3. Gazelle

Gazelle.com is another place where you can trade in electronics.

Their rates are competitive, and they also offer payment through PayPal in addition to Amazon gift cards.

Gazelle is a good option for hauling off your old computers and phones, and the good news is that they also consider the care you’ve taken with your product when it comes to payment.

If you’re someone who never gets a scratch or ding on your electronics, Gazelle will get you top dollar for your old electronics. Butter-fingered sellers beware, though!

4. Coinstar

Coinstar is a classic option that you are likely familiar with. Coins go in, cash comes out.

These noisy machines are a standard in grocery stores across the country, but did you know that if you convert your change into Amazon gift cards, there is no service charge?

B. Online Rewards/GPT methods

Before we start, let’s clarify: A GPT (or Get Paid To) site is one that offers you rewards points for performing various tasks.

It might be something like purchasing a product from their affiliates, or something simple, like doing surveys or watching videos.

These are good sites for earning rewards with zero out-of-pocket costs.

5. Swagbucks

Swagbucks might be the largest and most well-known of the GPT sites.

Swagbucks offers many ways to earn “Swag Bucks” (their form of reward points.) This can include surveys, promotions, and even things like electronics trade-ins.

They even have an app so you can earn free gift cards on your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or any other device you may have. And there’s nothing more efficient than being frugal on the run!

6. MyPoints

MyPoints is a GPT site that offers daily rewards for doing any number of tasks, similar to Swagbucks.

They even offer payouts for playing games, so you can have fun while you stack up the rewards points.

7. PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel is a GPT site that is known for their great support.

They also offer a unique service: You can use your reward points from their site to order straight from Amazon itself. This saves you the trouble of getting and exchanging gift cards.

Less hassle is always better, and PrizeRebel makes ordering from Amazon that much easier.

8. RecycleBank

Recyclebank is a standout among other GPT sites because they have the goal of educating and recycling.

You can earn points on Recyclebank by doing things like reading articles about eco-friendly tips and tricks.

This can be a good site to use if you’re into going green, and they even offer products that are made by eco-friendly companies.

9. Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk (also called mTurk) is a branch of Amazon itself.

It isn’t strictly a survey site, nor is it a GPT site, really.

mTurk is a site for performing small tasks for direct monetary rewards. These rewards are then paid straight to your Amazon Payments account, which can obviously be spent on Amazon goods, or even transferred straight into your bank account.

This is a good site for anyone who wants to earn a little extra money with their free time.

C. Market Research Companies

Some sites are survey-only, unlike other GPT sites. These are backed by market research companies who conduct online surveys on behalf of companies and business who want to gather feedback about their products and services from consumers.

In return for your participation, you are rewarded with cash, prizes, and of course gift cards.

Here are a few survey sites that let you redeem your earnings for Amazon gift cards.

By the way, they are all free to join.

10. Valued Opinions

This is one of the most well-known survey sites that I have actually been a member of for more than 7 years.

I have gotten $20 Amazon gift certificates via email countless number of times throughout the years.

11. Opinion Outpost

Lots of interesting surveys from this site. You can also redeem your earnings for cash and other prizes.

12. MySurvey

One of the oldest online survey panels. They also have a mobile app that you can install to take surveys on the go.

13. SurveySpot

Another great panel to join.

D. Cashback Methods

There are a few ways to earn Amazon cards via cash back programs.

Here are some of the best options.

14. Amazon Promotions

As you might predict, Amazon itself is going to be coming up a lot in here.

It’s a good idea to register with amazon to receive updates about their ongoing promotions.

Amazon will regularly give options to spend money in return for gift cards, so if you’re already set on a purchase, you might be able to make some money back in the process.

If you don’t want to register your email, TechBargains.com tracks the available coupons, and RetailMeNot.com tracks the promo codes.

15. Fatwallet

Fatwallet is basically a promotional hub. You sign up (for free) and they offer a large selection of coupons for various retailers.

Not only do they direct you to coupons, but they provide a readout of how much cashback you can potentially make, organized by retailers.

Using Fatwallet might net as small of a gain as free shipping, or as large of a gain as 25% cash back.

16. Amazon Visa card

For those of us that pay off our cards regularly, you might want to look into an Amazon.com rewards card.

This credit card offers you 1% back on all purchases, but it also offers 2% cash back on gas purchases and 3% on Amazon purchases.

This card might be a good idea if you don’t have a rewards card already, or if you’re a frequent Amazon customer.

D. Passive/Affiliate Reward Opportunities

These options are great for those who don’t really want to do anything extra other than what they normally do, like searching the web.

There is also one option for  people who have a blog or website of their own that they can use to promote Amazon products.

17. Bing Rewards

Bing Rewards is a very simple method for getting free Amazon rewards.

The process is simple, you just register with Bing Rewards and get points every time you search on Bing.

There is a daily cap on the points that can be earned (to prevent fraud in the system) so you don’t need to push yourself earning those rewards.

Just make the set amount of searches in a day and reap the rewards.

It’s even easier if you set Bing as your default search engine, and what’s better is that they offer a very wide variety of rewards, not just Amazon.

18. Google Screenwise

For users of Google Chrome. This one is actually even easier than Bing Rewards. All you do is add the Google Screenwise Chrome add-on so it can track your internet use.

They’ll give you a free gift to start with, and more rewards every 3 months. This one is as passive as they come.

19. Amazon Associates

If you have a website or a blog, this is a great way to earn rewards through Amazon. Amazon Associates program is an advertising platform that you simply host on your blog, and you gain a commission on any sales made through your links.

They make it easy to convert your commission into Amazon points so you can get your rewards back as soon as possible.

Of course, you’ll need some form of platform to host the Affiliate advertisements on (blogs, websites, or even your Facebook page).

E. Mobile Apps

There are also many apps that reward you for a variety of activities, and you can redeem your earnings for Amazon gift card codes.

20. App Trailers: iPhoneAndroid

You earn points for watching preview trailers about apps and sharing your tips for making them better.

21. Mobile Rewards: Android

Works just like a GPT site (i.e. complete offers and earn rewards).

22. JunoWallet: iPhoneAndroid

This one earns you rewards for doing small tasks.

For a bigger list of money making apps, check out 28 mobile apps that will help you earn extra money.

Warning

Please be careful with sites that ask for Amazon gift cards as a form of payment.

Only use Amazon gift cards as a form of payment on Amazon.com and not on third party sites, especially if you are new to the site. There is a big scam going on that is very easy to fall for.

You can learn more about it and how to protect yourself by reading How NOT to use a gift card on FTC’s website.

Final Words

Most of these methods may not get you truly free (as in someone handing you one) Amazon gift cards since you have to do some legwork.

But that’s about all.

You don’t actually pay for the cards.

At the end of the day, with most of these, you are trading your time for free Amazon gift certificates, which if you’re using your free time, isn’t a bad trade at all.

Git for GIMP

This was one of my project proposals for the Interactivos’13 open-source projects workshop in Madrid. It didn’t get selected in the end, but if you feel inspired by this or want to implement this … feel free to do so. This piece is open content licenced under CC BY 3.0 or at your option, any later version.

Project Summary

Version control software like git makes collaboration between programmers quite seamless: it can merge together their changes and lets them revert unwanted changes. Not so for artists and designers, where collaboration still can mean mailing files around with timestamps in filenames. That’s slow and error prone, not the fun of simultaneous collaboration.

Projects like SparkleShare improve on that, bringing git to designers (and designers love it). But git was originally made for source code and not images, so it’s always a manual editing effort to merge changes from two designers who did parallel changes to the same version of an artwork. Resolving all these conflicts manually is also no fun, and effectively blocks designers from experiencing git’s true power: branching, for example. You could do some experimental changes to some artwork, exploring your own path or paths, while your collaborators proceed on the main version, fixing little flaws for example. Once you agree what experimental changes to include in the main version, git should do so for you. For source code, git can do so automatically. For GIMP images (or maybe MyPaint, Inkscape or Scribus files instead), this project will extend git with that ability.

An additional aspect of this project is that it complements the “Fork Me on Art Hub” project proposal, which is a git based art sharing platform with novel features that encourage collaboration between artists and those still considered “consumers of art”. However, this project can also function without that special platform, as it can work with every git repository (like from GitHubGitoriousBitbucket, or self-hosted).

Finally, here’s the main technical innovation of this “Git for GIMP” project: “change instructions” for raster images. For now, when SparkleShare stores a new image version into a git repository, it does so as a binary file. Git can compare it to the earlier version and store only the binary diff to save space (see “git gc”), but it does not understand about its inner structure, so it does not know how to merge parallel changes. After this project, git will instead store an image version as aggregated “change instructions” for a base image. Informal examples of change instructions would be:

  • move layer “person 1” by 14 px to right and by 30 px to top
  • change transparency of layer “flare” to 30%
  • change image data of layer “shadow” by combining it with the attached overlay layer (which has RGBA enabled)

The last type allows git even to merge changes to the actual image data of the same layer. Namely, if they don’t conflict (don’t affect the same pixels). Note that working with image files is no different with this extended git: when checking out a specific version, git will apply the relevant change instructions to the base version and provide the requested version in your file system.

Project Description

The “Project Summary” contains all the major points about this project already, so here are just some more details about the idea and possible implementation, in a quite random order, one detail per paragraph:

The current situation of images in git / svn. There are several options to add handling of binary data to git [examples]. It seems that changes only create small increments in repo size (at least when using “git gc” garbage collection). This would be the same as in SVN then, as discussed with a Pixelnovel Timeline developer. However in all these cases, git and svn do not yet understand about the inner structure of the image files, so they cannot automatically merge non-conflicting changes.

The user’s experience. From a user’s perspective, the software should act mostly like SparkleShare (and will probably indeed be based on it!). So, a designer’s work is synced to a central git repository and from there to teammates automatically whenever a change is saved. However, to enable advanced versioning like git branching, there will be a little git plugin for the chosen graphics application, probably GIMP, to enter the git commit message, choose or create a branch, revert to a prior version (ideally with thumbnail preview) and so on.

GIMP or Inkscape? The proposal is here so far to build a tool for putting OpenRaster images (from GIMP or MyPaint) into git repositories. This requires a completely new tool to extract the “change instructions” mentioned above, and to build new OpenRaster images by applying them. If that’s too complex for a two-week workshop, a similar approach can be done for Inkscape’s SVG files. With the advantage that they are XML text already, so it will require little effort to teach git how to merge parallel changes. The main effort would then be to develop a user-friendly git plugin for Inkscape that designers will love to use. (It should show incoming “pull requests” notifications when others have done changes to an open file, and the designer would accept them with a single click.)

OpenRaster, not XCF. In case that a pixel based graphics application is chosen for this project (like GIMP, which is the current proposal), it is advisable to use the OpenRaster format for storing the images. So, not GIMP’s native XCF format, which is not recommeded as a data interchange format and mostly represents GIMP’s internal data structures [source]. OpenRaster is included in GIMP since version 2.7.1 or 2.8 [source]. The additional advantage of OpenRaster is that it benefits multiple applications (like MyPaint) and allows collaboration between them. A disadvantage is that it is still quite a new, not much adopted file format – but nonetheless the proposed open standard format for raster images. Apart from OpenRaster and XCF, TIFF would be the only other format that could be used. However the modes of saving layer metadata etc. are normally proprietary, as TIFF is basically just a container format.

Deriving instructions from GIMP history? In GIMP’s case, these “change instructions” might be derived from the GIMP’s history feature. But maybe a better alternative is to derive them by comparing two versions of a saved file directly – as done in the world of source code by “diff”.

Inspirations from Pixelnovel Timeline and ComparePSD. The closest existing product for version control in images is Pixelnovel Timeline, and it offers a lot if insights for a great workflow and user interface when developing version control software for designers – see http://pixelnovel.com/timeline . It is based on the SVN version control system, however it can only do linear versioning and rollback and needs manual merging for changes derived in parallel from the same version. Also interesting for UI design in this project is the Pixelnovel ComparePSD tool for comparing PSD files layer by layer.

Inspirations from Kaleidoscope App. There is an app for visually comparing differeing versions of an image, to spot differences optically: Kaleidoscope.