What was a loophole that you found and exploited the hell out of?

Until recently I was using a coupon code for a pizza store which allowed me to get any pizza for $5.
I may be selfish but decided not to post it here for fear of it being canceled.
Until recently where one of the friends I shared this code with shared it with some friend of his who got a job at this pizza place causing the deal to "expire".

So coming to my question: What was a loophole that you found and exploited/are exploiting the hell out of?
It doesn't have to have expired if you wish to keep it a secret like me you may wish to censor the affiliated company.

If you need some inspiration/a good read

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/44tard/what_was_...

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      • +1 vote

        …Yeah!

        They take us home late, or take us to work late… Yet they have the balls to say, "Sorry for the delay, thanks for your cooperation. Full fare thanks."

    • -3 votes

      What the heck has morals got to do with it?

    • +2 votes

      Most people do it here with the buses. The problem is that there is no signage and the drivers don't tell you that you need to upgrade for certain distances and hops. You're expected to know it already.

    • +1 vote

      It is. Public transport should be free.

  • +38 votes

    Use a non-expired gift credit card with $0 credit on parking ticket machines. Use to accept the card and give maximum allowable ticket time.

  • +67 votes

    Bought some Qantas top up points the other day, and the operator asked me to stay on the line to complete a survey. I hung up when the survey started. Saved a minute of my time which I could then spend on OzBargain.

    • +8 votes

      There's a special space in hell for people like you. See you there.

    • +6 votes

      Buying qantas top up points is the opposite of a bargain. They are so expensive.

    • +1 vote

      I hope you realise that survey is designed purely for KPI's to do with that individual customer service rep. I don't know if I'm just a nice bloke, but if they have legitimately done me well then I'll always spend the ~60 seconds confirming it.

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        they should then do the survey like iiNet - send you an email after your call and you can reply whenever you want. But the thing that craps me the most is no follow up after a bad review (iiNet usually follows up)

        Note: I don't work for ii

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          I'm sick of those email surveys. Back in the day they use to send you a voucher or something to say thanks when you rated a companies service. Now you get nothing!!
          I've seen a few of the banks saying you could win a $2k voucher. So where do they post the actual winner?

  • +43 votes

    When Mars first started the free bars promotion if you looked at the wrapper on the right angle you could see the '!' in the "You've won a free bar!" printed on the inside of the wrapper.

  • +24 votes

    yeah i'm going to share my secret loopholes with you so you can exploit them when you don't share with us.

    • -9 votes

      Exactly this^^ … No longer would it be an exploit if i told youse and youse all jumped on.

      The best well known recent ones around here , which are dead now, were the woolies codes 12-18 months ago.

      Was consistently getting about 40% off expensive items such as alcohol, toiletries, coffee, bonds underwear - i still got a few cans of coopers home-brew left

      In a similar vein, COTD had some good ones mid last year when they started the club catch trial and the planets lined up with a $10-$20 code and a 30-40% off sale - cheap shoes, clothes and powertools

      So In summary, if you are posting your exploit here, its either dead or barely worth sharing - or you are naive enough to think that people wont totally rinse it and spoil it for everyone

      • +8 votes

        As mentioned before you may post the details of a store "anonymously" ie
        -That "big electronics retailer"
        -That online store
        -That burger joint
        -That caravan park
        Etc…

        • +2 votes

          Then we all try to figure out which caravan park it is….nice game.

        • +4 votes

          -That "big electronics retailer" - lets just call it D. Smiths
          -That online store - lets just call it x-bay
          -That burger joint - lets just call is hungry x
          -That caravan park - lets just….check mate!

          What about these

          -that pay Tv provider
          -that government owned telco
          -that american video game manufacturer

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          @pointless comment:

          that american video game manufacturer

          The UPlay $2 game exploit was so good, my UPlay account is full of games thanks to that.

          Sadly I screwed up the EA Origin free game exploit and only got one game. Didn't learn about the add/remove from cart trick to get all of them free until after the promo ended :(

      • +1 vote

        Oh youse guys, don't downvote him.

  • +18 votes

    I found a loophole/glitch in my internet provider which allowed me to change between plans as many times as I wanted during the month which reset my data used so I basically had unlimited net for about 2-3 months. Then they discovered it and the internet just went back to being unusable. Sad times

  • +7 votes

    Use AMEX through paypal to pay my phone bill and earn points.
    Also until recently, purchasing EGift Cards using AMEX online to get points then go shopping at woollies a d scan my EDR card to get more AMEX points.

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      How do you scan a Woolworths Rewards Card to earn AMEX points?

      • +3 votes

        he's referring to frequent flyer points. Earn by buying a gift card with a FF credit card, then earn again when you spend at woolies and scan your EDR. Wasn't so much of a loophole as it actually stated on woolworths site that this was allowed.

        • +4 votes

          I think most people just use $10 off instead of converting to 870 QFF points.Due to the difficulty in accumulating Woolworths dollars,this is hardly worthing doing.

        • +2 votes

          @Neoika: was good as mentioned until recently when the $10/870QFF was introduced

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        QFF points, should have mentioned that sorry

        • +1 vote

          I stopped scanning my everyday rewards card since they begging of this with no QFF Points. The new Woolworth system is bad, I used to save more money on the old one.

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      I stopped using my Commbank credit cards with PayPal once I realised CommBank was treating the transaction as a cash advance. Not sure if this is still the case…

  • +19 votes

    5-6 years ago, I signed a phone plan with one of the big three service providers when they were offering first three months for free. Got my phone bill and first month was NOT free. Rang up to complain and they adjusted it. But seems like they put it in multiple times or something because I got the subsequent next NINE months for free. Being a poor student at the time, I never told them, but I have stuck with them ever since out of guilt.

    • +5 votes

      I've had a similar thing, signed up with a plan offering 5 months at half price, also found a code for 3 months free. The first few bills were all negative amounts, and then after 6 months the three months free repeated.

    • +3 votes

      No need to feel guilty. It was there fault and it's not like they're losing money…

      Vodafone makes over A$4 billion in annual revenue
      Optus made A$764 million profit in 2013
      Telstra made A$4.3 billion profit in 2014

      It's more that they're screwing us.

      • +2 votes

        Vodafone paid ZERO tax in 2014.
        Oh yeah and QANTS and Virgin too.
        And the the government was talking about GST!

        • +2 votes

          They couldn't get taxed when they weren't making money…

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          @ronnknee: and you really believe they were not making money!

        • +3 votes

          @BestofOZB: Well are you suggesting that they have been falsifying their earnings?

        • +1 vote

          @ronnknee:

          Are you seriously asking?

          Clive Palmer "donated" millions from his business to his party before the said business go broke! What losing business has milliins in spare to donate? They ALL do it.

          If Vodafone, or any business, is not making money, they would not be doing business anymore!

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          @BestofOZB:

          These businesses ain't your local mom-and-pop shops. They think long term and have a lot of capital/reserve to survive. It's not like they're gonna shut down because they've had a few bad years.

          Falsifying their earnings is illegal. If you have any solid evidence, I suggest that you go take it up to the authorities. The theory "the business is still alive therefore they didn't actually lose money and are evading tax" just doesn't buy it.

        • -2 votes

          @ronnknee:I am sorry but you are too naiive.

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          @BestofOZB: Funny, that's how I think of you as well; and it's "naive".

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          @BestofOZB: Lol okay, I'm not sure how not knowing Urban Dictionary terms makes me "extra naive". More on the topic, I'm still also not sure what Clive Palmer has anything to do with Vodafone/Virgin/Qantas. If you think they are falsifying their earnings or evading taxes, go do something about it; otherwise you're just repeating misleading newspaper headlines.

        • -1 vote

          @ronnknee:

          Smarty doesnt even get a joke.

          Naïve….OK happy now guardian of the English language? French I mean sorry.

          On a serious note though, big businesses do legal things to minimise their tax. Donations, "purchases", Australian based online busnisses opening a small headquarter in singapore or dubai to avoid/minimise taxes are just a few examples, other things the average person like me won't know (or not allowd to know).

          It's good that the gov finally started releasing paid taxed by big companies to get some publoc pressure.

          It's just not fair to attack hard working Australians qith GST when the super wealthy get away with billions, that was my point.

          Sorry if I came across offensive in any way.

    • +2 votes

      Don't feel guilty, the number of times that they say they will credit you but never do far exceed giving credit numerous times.

  • +12 votes

    Speaking of Amex, one of the best current loopholes would have to be buying gift cards using your Amex while taking advantage of the statement credits.

    And then using the self serve checkouts to use your gift cards to buy the gift cards you actually want.

  • +3 votes

    2 years ago Wotif didn't allow you to get a hotel room with a credit card. But you could buy yourself a gift certificate with a credit card and then use it to get a hotel room. Saved a few hundred.

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      No hotel room with a credit card?

      You mean how to avoid the credit card fee?

    • +4 votes

      Yep, that method let you avoid the credit card surcharge :)
      I remember posting that on here lol

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        Yeah but if you decided to obtain a refund, typically that will come in the form of gift cards without the possibility to refund to your credit card, and then you're stuck with some gift card with limited validity and can only be used on this website.

  • +188 votes

    When cereal boxes advertise a 1 in 5 chance (or similar) of having a free toy or gadget inside the box, I just take some boxes around to the fruit and veg section of the supermarket and weigh the boxes on the scales. The heaviest box is guaranteed to have the free prize!

  • +4 votes

    Before I was with Optus, I regularly buy their $10 Hoyts voucher using my prepaid Optus number from 15 years ago (which I have not used for at least 10 years). They once found out and blocked my account. I just re-sign up with the same number but different email address. They never check your ID :) I'm sure you can do it still

    • +3 votes

      Does yours still work now? Actually I had been doing that too until they recently changed to "Optus Perks" and my number is now showing as "deactivated" and "You must have an active Optus service to use Optus Perks" :(

      I'm with Telstra now.

      • +2 votes

        I did the same for 2 years lol. Recently got a new 2$ sim and activated optus perks, all good now :)

      • +2 votes

        Tried it and didn't work. They must have found the loophole. But as GeneralZod said, buy a $2 sim and you should be sorted :)

    • +1 vote

      I didn't even have an Optus account and got the tickets. I looked at the sign up page and read how you need an optus email address in the format of x@optus.com.au, spent 5 mins googling for one and then had my very own rewards account a few mins later.

      Too bad they've fixed this now.

  • +18 votes

    The 3 months free Netflix with Optus sign ups. Probably not really an exploit, but I bought 2 phones for $29 each, activated each and got 6 months Netflix, and sold each phone for $30 :)
    I think some people on here maxed it to like 2yrs!

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      Nice one…i also think the presto and stan exploits deserve a mention - i got good value out of my presto "subscription" over the holidays

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      Yes I ended up with 6 of those $15 ZTE phones just for the Netflix credit

      • -3 votes

        Yeah i had about 10 of them, kept all the chargers and binned them as i couldn't be bothered selling them. Good deal though…. 30 month USA Netflix subscription credit for $150 and a bunch of free phones and usb chargers.

        • -2 votes

          I only kept the cables as spares. Threw away everything else. No one wanted the phones. Actually took them to a Telstra store near my office expecting to be able to recycle them but they said they don't do that there. So they became landfill.

        • +2 votes

          @Japius: recycle them at the zoo!

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          @bluedufflecoat: I think I still have one of the Samsung ones, might throw it up in the forums for $20 if anyone is intrested

    • +1 vote

      Yeah I did this with 6 phones, and then sold all the phones as a single batch for cash via gumtree to someone who said they hated smartphones. Got back around 85% of what I paid, so nearly free netflix for 18 months, runs out end of 2016.

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      I got 18 months out of that :) My folks live in Africa so I Ebay unlocked them and sent the phones to my folks. Phones there get stolen every few months.

  • +3 votes

    When nandos first released their loyalty program thingo. you could keep creating new accounts with a date of birth for the day. It then gave you a free meal for your birthday (which at the time you can get whatever you want. i got $50 worth) without showing your i.d. Yes you can see where this went.

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