How I got a Wii for free (not what you think)

I bought my Wii back in August. What I neglected to mention is that I got it for free. No, I didn’t do the BS “sign up for these 5 programs and refer 5 friends who do the same and get a free Wii” gimmick (not that I haven’t tried that before). I got a slick deal on it.

So in mid to late July I applied for an American Express Bank of America Rewards Card, which promised $250 in rewards for $250 of purchases. I was a little skeptical at first, but it looked legit, so I went through with it. I received my card on August 6th, and purchased my Wii (the first thing I could think of that was $250) on August 7th. A few weeks later I applied for the reward — to be shipped to me via a check in “1-2 billing cycles.” A few weeks ago I wondered what was taking so long — I went to their site and had to confirm I was ready to accept the check.

Today I received the $250 check. That makes the Wii free, after 3 months. Worth it, I’d say.


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    Chuck Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 6:53 am

    Nice move, slick. Seeing as I haven’t picked up a Wii yet, maybe I’ll do the same? Amex cards are pretty much worthless, though…

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Yea, I haven’t used it since. Cut it up after my purchase.

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    piratepete Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    another nice move ray…. free system, free games… oops i mean backups.

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    … I pay for my games, sucka. Halo 3 was expensive too!

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    Ghaleon Said,

    December 21, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    Just bought the wii for my nephew for xmas… plugged in to try it and see if it works and i must say … “gayest console i have ever seen” .. its no wonder you play this thing ray.

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    December 21, 2007 @ 5:09 pm


    I actually haven’t turned it on in about a month and a half. I’m still waiting to be amazed as well.

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