This seems like a lot of work, but once you are a part of all of these rewards programs you can use them for other apple purchases too and end up saving about 6% off of retail.
With this deal on the ipod as I have discussed in this story you are getting approximately 16% off of a retail iPod - even more if you consider tax and shipping charges that may be applied elsewhere or locally.
None of the items linked or discussed are gimmicks - I use all of these methods with just about every purchase I make.
DO NOT BUY AN IPOD ON EBAY! It's just too risky ... it is the #1 scam auction at the moment
When you particpate in offers make sure to check or uncheck that you do not want affilate emails sent to you.
Set up a special inbox with the rules "Gold Points" and "MyPoints" and all of these emails should direct in to a nice organized place for you. make sure that emails from your rewards are not going to your Junk email.
Save all your online email receipts in case your rewards program doesn't properly credit you.
I am rather upset that many of my favorite Apple News websites find it ok to whore the advertisements of the free iPod scams on their sites.
From a reader comment:
"What I did to buy my iPod was take advantage of the Audible offer.
They offer a $100 certificate toward the purchase of an iPod at major retailers including Amazon.com.
They do require a commitment to a ~$15 or ~$20 per month service for 1 year, but having that $100 up front gave me the ability to buy a 40 gig iPod instead of a 20. And I would have continued to use Audible anyway.
It's like getting my Audible subscription for less than half price ($6.62/month) for a year, and paying off part of my iPod over time, interest free.
You might like sdrawer.com - it's a directory of stores and how much various point, bonus, or rebate programs give back to the user for shopping there.
And of course, if you ever shop Amazon, be sure to do a few searches at a9.com beforehand - then Amazon will give you a 3.14/2 discount, literally a "piece of the PI"."
Note: while there are other discount services, points programs, and rebates -- the only two that I have found that respect your privacy, are easy to understand, and get rewards from quickly are; the MyPOINTS & GOLD Points programs.
Another slightly tricky thing you can do is BUY IT FROM YOURSELF - that's right, if you sign up to be a linkshare affiliate you could make an extra 3% - 10% just by buying from your own affilate program.