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7.5% off $100 and $200 Big W eGift Cards @ Groupon

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[Re-Edit: Old link expired as of 17/1 9am, but new link still valid]

$100 and $200 denominations are available. It says you can buy up to 10. Whether that is 10 of each denomination, or 10 altogether, seems to be vague.

BIG W eGift Card is valid for 12 months from the issue date.

Since I missed out on the Entertainment Book ones, I was glad to grab these.

Hurry! Limited time offer. Must end on 1 Feb 2015 or until sold out

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  • +3 votes

    [Nevermind about the extra cashback…. Cashrewards T&C for Groupon currently exclude woolworth's group gift cards]

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    Can these be used to purchase woolworths gift cards?

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    Be aware that Gift Cards are currently not redeemable at BIG W online.

    https://everydaygiftcards.com.au/gift-cards/learn-more/parti...

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    Good deal.

  • -1 vote

    Is this still the cheapest way to buy an iphone 6?

  • +2 votes

    I think all the egift cards are same, they are just highlighted bigw but it should work in other stores like caltex, Woolworths, masters etc

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      I was thinking this aswell.Can anyone validate this? I would definitely spend $200 at Woolworths but would struggle to spend it at big W.

      • +4 votes

        i have these and you can definitely use them at woolworths, even woolworths online. i have been using them for my groceries since the entertainment book was selling them.

      • +3 votes

        Yes, I can confirm that you can use the Big W eGift cards at Woolworths. I bought some when Entertainment Book was having the same deal and used it at Woolworths just fine.

    • +1 vote

      thanks for the heads up. Adele was also saying Groupon messed her around because she came from Byron Bay, which is counted as QLD. Supposedly, Woolies zone their vouchers.

      Caveat Emptor … Buyer beware.

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      Poor Ronnie. I haven't had any issues with Groupon. Scoopon I have had a few but lately Groupon, scoopon, our deal and living social have all been great.

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        Is Our Deal different to Deals?

        I purchased a stay at a hotel with Deals. It was listed as an Ocean Suite. When I went to book, I was told that no, it was just a Superior Room. (There was a massive difference between the two) :S

        That was 2013

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          I haven't heard of Deals so not sure if its the same people. Usually i only buy dining experiences now from shops i know or have been interested in.

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      Resting after the last crusade (for FEELBETTER)

  • +1 vote

    I bought the big w e gift card from entertainment book offer in dec and able to buy a wish card in woolies

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    Also to add that I have also bought Dan Murphy gift cards and able to use in woolies. Basically any cards you buy from the woolworths group can be used in any stores within the group. There were times I had trouble using digital gift cards at caltex but definitely no problem using in woolworths

  • +4 votes

    Visa Transaction Notification Alert

    This is an alert to notify you that your card ending in x was used outside your card’s billing address country at Groupon in Zurich CH for 185.00 AUD

    Hopefully none of those international equivalent scam bank fees.

    I only bought one to test all these possible issues. (BigW @ woolworths, bank fees, egift cards and Groupon)

    • -2 votes

      It is a transaction in au$, just processed outside Australia, so can't see why there would be any additional fees. So 'chill' ;-)

      Recent Groupon purchase was declined by Commonwealth Bank. Received message from bank - I had locked all overseas transactions on my credit card. Unlocked, no additional fees.

      • +6 votes

        Many banks charge additional fees for overseas based transactions even if they're in AUD. I know my ANZ VISA does. Thanks to chill's warning I'll know to use another card for Groupon.

        • +1 vote

          I know my westpac amex does that too. Becasue the company is based in UK, westpac charged me the foreign fee despite they are in AUD.

          Anyone knows if I pay through PayPal, will I get hit by the fee?

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          @eleana: nope, I've paid for many things from overseas with paypal (in aud) linked to my coles mc, there's no o/s transaction fee. Only downside is the exchange rate (but sometimes the site you're shopping with has their own exchange rate that is quite accurate).

      • +1 vote

        That doesn't stop some from charging the fee. GE money the worst.

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          Do you mean I will be charged for the fee even I paid via PayPal?

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          GE Money operates 28degrees which definitely doesn't charge for overseas transactions. Always a safe option. Have set it for all PayPal transactions.

          I tried paying Groupon yesterday with $10 discount, but PayPal charge reverted to full price. Paid with Commonwealth Visa Credit.

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          @brucefromaustralia: Coles MC did it.

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          @wxyz234:
          Did you ask Groupon for your refund of bank charges? It's not what would be expected when buying within Australia.

          You are legally entitled to it as Groupon did not tell customers your credit card would be billed overseas.

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          @brucefromaustralia: Yes Groupon refunded the fee but still a hassle.

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          @wxyz234:
          I don't like hassles. That's why my 28degrees MasterCard is on my Groupon ;-) (But it didn't work yesterday)

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        As I was saying in response to chill's suggestion this was a possible scam, any international bank fees will legally have to be refunded by Groupon, as they did not alert consumers they process credit cards overseas. So no big issue, but an inconvenience, if you are charged, to request refund.

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      Happen to me before, report to groupon, they will reimburse international transaction fee by groupon credit or credit card refund.

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        Legally, they would have to refund any bank charges as an Australian business (of overseas company) which does not alert consumers that transaction will happen overseas. Surprised me yesterday, but there were no fees.

        So no real issue or the scam chill alluded to.

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          Hello Brucie

          I am not saying it is a Groupon scam but rather the banks.

          There is no reason for them to charge a (non transparent as you point out) fee on an $AUD currency no matter where it is processed.

          Also legally groupon would not have to refund the fee but it seems they are doing it as a courtesy.

          Obviously they save more in Tax then fee reimbursements

          I suggest you 'chill' for a bit because neither your banking or legal advice is sound 

          Regards

          Chill

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          @chill:
          As there is a legal obligation in any purchase to disclose all costs, and consumers buying from an Australian site & business could not expect an overseas transaction with resultant fees (just to suit Groupon's business structure), that failure to disclose means they will have to refund.

          That was the basis of my original response. Legally a purchase made in Australia from an Australian business can't attract hidden fees due to their business structure. All resulting fees would be refundable.

          Just check with your State's Offices of Fair Trading / Consumer Affairs. The issue is of importance, so the ACCC may be interested in any complaint.

          Of course Groupon may spin their response as a courtesy or doing you a favour, but that is bs.
          (My advice to businesses was always leave the customer thinking you did something for them, especially when dealing with complainants.)

          I'd suggest Groupon centralised their payment system to avoid setting it up staff, office space, banking agreements in different counties, minimising administration costs. Of course there may be tax minimization implications.

          My reference to 'chill' was of course a pun on your name, as a reference to a scam is rather scare mongering.

          I have copped a defamation legal action for an online comment on a consumer service issue, a professional & business didn't like. Their lawyers backed down. They underestimated my experience. Believe me you don't want that level of hassle.

          We need to be better acquainted for you to call me Brucie ;-)

          What is your legal expertise in this area? I have some experience in a failure to disclose case & consumer legal action. I've never lost yet.

          But it was good to bring the Foreign transaction to people's attention. I was unaware of it until yesterday.

          Still have never been charged a fee associated with a Groupon purchase over many years & different credit cards. Now I'll ensure I never will.

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          @brucefromaustralia:

          I know it was a pun, just like calling you Brucie :) all good.

          We will have to agree to disagree.

          I stand by my scam comment. There is no reason for banks to charge the fee.

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          @chill:
          Bank fees are a much more complex consumer issue worthy of a Forum or 2 :-(

          The main thing is you have alerted people to the issue for some with this deal. My comment about my experiences is barely visible.

        • +2 votes

          @chill:
          Chill, you've made me take a long look at Groupon & unwarranted bank fees. Not happy with Groupon.

          As for experience in bank fee refunds, for example some OzBargainers benefited after I secured refund of bank fees for those affected in the 2012 Microsoft Cashback.

          After discussions with the promoters, they agreed the way they had structured their banking led to an unforseen charge to users of at least 1 bank. Agreed to change for future promotions.

          Similarly this week I have contacted the promoters of the Canon Double Cashback & a bank, to minimise bank charges to others using that promo. The t&c state bank fees are the claimants responsibility. Discussions are ongoing. Warning issued in the deal.

          Bank fees in those cases were unintended. Refunding by Microsoft promoters was at their discretion, and welcomed by OzBargainers affected.

          But Groupon has deliberately created a payment structure they know will financially affect some. That certainly is not nice.

          Groupon are not doing anyone a "favour" by refunding. Clearly they know of this problem, but have elected not to either remedy it, or disclose the issue at or before time of purchase.

          Considering they use this structure for their own financial benefit, and refund requests would be unfortunately rare, unless people complain - the consumers will lose out :-(

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          @brucefromaustralia:

          How about the government goes after tax minimisation strategies by multinationals instead of punishing the everyday Australian?

        • +1 vote

          @arcticmonkey:
          Of course.

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          @chill:
          See the Choice article on the issue. Seems very similar to what I was saying. So that advice is also not sound according to you?

    • +1 vote

      in the groupon t&cs, they say if you get hit with a foreign transaction fee you can ask them for a refund. but it is a pain in the a** and shouldn't be happening in the first place.

      www.choice.com.au/media-and-news/consumer-news/news/groupon-...

      Groupon's policy is to refund the fee, no questions asked, if customers contact them. However, many customers may not even realise that they are being charged the fee as the policy is not spelt out on the site's payment page, only in the Terms and Conditions and FAQs. Customers have only sought a refund for one per cent of all transactions.

    • +3 votes

      i just checked my bank account. $23.13 in overseas transactions fees from the groupon purchase. why am i not surprised.

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        Grrr! That's bad :-(
        Which bank and type of Credit Card?

        I've used a few CC without fees with Groupon. None on my free Commonwealth Visa from a deal a week ago.

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        ingdirect visa debit card. my citibank plus card didn't have sufficient funds for the purchase.

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          Was waiting for the first unfortunate post of overseas transaction fees.

          Considering 5% discount is fairly normal deal on Woolies cards, the transaction fees ate up almost all the extra discount on $1000 purchase of cards with this deal!

          Ask for your refund (supply copy of statement / screenshot of account fees).

          Time for a major complaint.
          Although the possibility of bank fees & refund is in t&c as you posted, it is not prominently disclosed.

          A complaint to the ACCC is warranted, as it is of broad public interest & may occur in other Australian online businesses.

          What a lot of hassle!
          Good luck ;-)

        • +1 vote

          yeah, i've already created a ticket for a refund. i suppose the fact that it was processed in zurich should have been a giveaway. sounds like a groupon scam.

        • +2 votes

          @mattgal:
          It's the way Groupon structured their business to maximise profits, minimise local staff & costs (locate payments to central location), and possibly minimise tax.

          My previous transaction was in Dublin, this in Zurich.

          I'd say all payments were processed in one batch after the first deal link expired.

          It's not nice, a hassle, but not a "Groupon scam". It is a complex billing system & failure to clearly disclose important purchase information at time of purchase. Admittedly, if they did disclose at checkout, many people would not buy!!
          It's all to do with the Groupon business structure, which saves them money, but may unintentionally cost customers more.
          If it was a scam, they would not list it in the t&c and offer a refund. It's a known issue, hence the refund for those affected.

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          I don't see how they get away with not showing the fees before purchase? A refund if requested isn't good enough.
          https://www.accc.gov.au/business/pricing/displaying-prices
          "…if you decide to impose a credit card fee, you must ensure your customers are aware—before they enter into the transaction or contract—that a fee will apply and the amount of the fee."

          They are registered as an Australian company: http://www.groupon.com.au/about-us

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          @daydream:
          Groupon DON'T impose the fee & are not directly responsible for it, your financial institution does.

          Any fee will be listed separately on your financial statement, as a fee not a purchase from Groupon.

          What you are quoting is when a business charges extra for payment by card (eg airlines), which does not apply in this case.

          Any financial institution fees are the (unintended) result of Groupon's business structure - billing an Australian purchase in another country.

          That's why Groupon will refund (with proof of fees) - as it's their structure that caused customers to be charged any bank fees. (They don't want to lose future business.)

          Customers need to be aware of that possible bank fee before purchase. (It is there in t&c, which we agree to at time of purchase.)
          We can't be expected to know that a local transaction will be made outside Australia, unless it is prominently disclosed by a business. This is an unusual practice.

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          I'm surprised they are willing to refund the fees then. I wonder if more "Australian" retailers will start offloading these transactions offshore if there are benefits for them and esp if people can't see them at the time of purchase.

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          @daydream:
          There could be so much negative publicity & possible ACCC action if they didn't.
          Bottom line - Groupon would lose customers.
          These refunds - "It's a cost of doing business"

          If people are affected, it really is worth complaining to the ACCC to ensure this practice (& costs to consumers) doesn't spread!
          (Without a personal bad experience, a complaint won't be accepted, as you have no legal standing in the complaint.)

          Most people don't realise they have been charged bank fees. If they do, they often don't bother complaining - it'll be too much trouble.

          So no great payout by Groupon to those who do seek refund of fees, considering the savings to Groupon by centralising payments overseas.

          But unfortunately few complain further after a refund, so no one really wants to stop this practice.

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        i finally got the fees refunded into my account 10 days after my complaint

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          That was too bloody slow for a known problem they caused you :-(

          I complained about a Groupon deal (restaurant deal not as described, barely warm hot food, flat beer). I had bought 2 VOUCHERS & refused to return to use second voucher.
          When Groupon deals go bad

          Complained 6pm, full refund for used & unused vouchers in PayPal account 2pm next day :-)

          Did mention I was posting about how bad Groupon were in changing a deal after purchase, and had posted a review to avoid the restaurant on UrbanSpoon. That may have helped speed their response!

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    Good, I missed out on the 7.5% off Big W eGift Cards from the Entertainment Book last month. I had forgotten to purchase it but now there's this!

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    Hopefully this works at woolworths!

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    Maximum is 1 lot of 10.
    I tried to buy 10 of each and it wouldn't let me. Paid by PayPal. (Credit card)

  • +1 vote

    Thanks. I bought 3x $200 cards for $555.

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    Remember you can use these at woolworths, dan murphys, caltex etc ..

  • -3 votes

    Don't forget CashRewards cashback?

  • +2 votes

    just a word of warning to everyone wishing to spend these at caltex, i found that MOST caltex outlets do not have facility to accept e-gift cards in store based on my experience
    i bought $500 worth of e-gift cards last time around when et book was having their 7.5% off promotion thinking that we could easily spend that by filling up our, but none of the caltex around where i live (upper north shore, sydney) accept e-gift cards in store :(

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    Hey guys,
    Can these be used for woolworths online?

    cheers

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    Can I use BIG W e card to purchase other gift card like Dicksmith etc?

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      I think it will work. Last december i used Woolies gift card to pay online at Dicksmith

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      I converted $2,500 of Big W eCards (purchased through entertainment book last year at 7.5% discount) into 25 * $100 JB Hi Fi cards yesterday in Big W. Other than needing to do it in 2 lots of 10 and 1 lot of 5 (at the direction of the Big W staff), there were no dramas.

      Now topped up again through Groupon last night.

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