Goodbye to Free Visa Gift Card Shipping with Gift Card Mall
Gift Card Mall has removed free shipping via US Mail for Visa gift cards from their site’s shipping options. Instead, buyers will be charged $1.99 shipping for each Visa gift card purchased. Previously, purchases of Visa gift cards under a $2,000 total included free shipping. While losing the free shipping option is bad news, there is a bright side.
Alternative Visa Gift Card Shipping Options
All other shipping options with Gift Card Mall appear to remain unchanged. For instance, the next cheapest shipment option, USPS trackable mail, still costs $10.95. The more expensive UPS Ground, Priority, and Express options are still available, as well.
My Initial Take
Removing free shipping will primarily affect buyers who previously purchased four or less Visa Gift Cards totaling less than $2,000 per order. There’s no getting around the fact that what was once free is now an expense for low-volume buyers.
For those of us who were or are buying more than four $500 Visa gift cards at a time, this doesn’t really change anything. We were previously paying at least $10.95 for shipping, and we will continue to do so.
There Were Costs to Free Shipping
In the past, completing low volume Visa gift card orders would save a bit of money while avoiding shipping fees, but it also created other costs and problems. In the past, it was possible to make multiple small orders to avoid shipping fees, but this would result in more time spent organizing, ordering, and anxiously waiting for shipments to arrive. Shipments would go missing, resulting in extended communications with Gift Card Mall for replacement cards. Envelopes would arrive partially open. Delivery times seemed random and unnecesarily long. Shipments showed up out of order.
A Better Way
Simply paying $10.95 for USPS trackable shipping has made things easier for me (and I bet many of you). I concentrate on high volume Gift Card Mall orders while paying this $10.95 fee. I have less orders, faster shipping, more predictable schedules, and more secure packages arriving. Now, I happily pay this $10.95 charge, as it has greatly simplified this part of the hobby.
For previous low volume buyers, I recommend paying this $10.95 shipping fee for better service. If you can absorb buying a few more cards at a time, paying for this service is easily justifiable rather than the $1.99 per card for the basic, worrisome shipping method.
Minimize Visa Gift Card Shipping Costs with Portal Bonuses
As most or all of you know, ensure to minimize your Gift Card Mall costs by tracking through a portal to their site. My favorite is the Rakuten Membership Rewards portal, but many of you have other options you prefer. As I recently described, I’m able to greatly decrease my costs simply through portal rewards.
Losing free shipping isn’t fun, but it’s not a huge hit. If anything, I think Gift Card Mall removing free shipping will just encourage more efficiency for many in this hobby. What do you think of the change? Does it affect your routine?