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Use online gift cards for greater convenience

Gift cards used to be only a physical piece of plastic you could give to your friends or family on special occasions. Now, online tools and apps have made gifting and getting those products easier than ever. In fact, you don't even have to use a card any more!

It's quick and easy to purchase gift cards online and use redeemable codes to purchase items in the blink of an eye. Even better, Opinion Outpost allows you to complete paid surveys and exchange your online points for gift cards and rewards online. Then, you can go right to shopping using one of the affiliated online marketplaces. 

How do e-gift cards work?
No two companies' e-gift card providers are identical, but many function in largely the same way. Even so, you might only have to focus on one provider - Amazon.com. The online marketplace just surpassed retail giant Wal-Mart in worth in mid-July, according to Business Insider. It's worth over $260 billion, and the company is almost entirely fueled by online sales.

In other words, you're almost guaranteed to find just about anything on the site that you would normally visit a brick-and-mortar store for, so an e-gift card that's good here will likely suit your shopping needs.

So how does the process work on Amazon? Well, if you want to use your points for purchases immediately, you could simply redeem them for a gift card code. Instead of swiping a card at a store, your code will turn turn your points into cash to be used on the site. Shop for what you want and type in the code at check out. 

Then again, you might want the real deal gift card. What if you want to give a gift card as a present to a friend? If that's the case, you can purchase a gift card an Amazon as well. The site allows you to type a personal message, assign any amount from $0.50 to $2,000 to a "card" and get it delivered to any recipient you have the email address of. They'll receive your gift immediately, and there's no hassle. You could also choose to send a card that can be printed out or a physical card that can be shipped in one day free of charge.

The old fashioned method
However, some people might still choose to gift a physical card that's for a more particular place that doesn't do online orders - like a restaurant or cafe. For those shoppers, there's still an answer on Amazon. Restaurants like Chili's, Subway, T.G.I Friday's and many more sell gift cards on the site. Simply use your redeemed points to purchase one and have it mailed directly to the lucky recipient.

*Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this program. For complete gift card terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. ©,®,™ Amazon.com Inc. and/or its affiliates, 2014. No expiration date or service fees.

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