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#1 Superman+4sisters

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

Would it change your perception of a gift if you found out it was purchased using points from a loyalty program?

The last few years we've paid for a magazine subscription for a relative using Frequent Flyer points. They found out and basically said "Thanks a lot" in a sarcastic way.

Our approach is that normally we'd use those points for grocery vouchers or other things we need. Money is always tight, we work hard to make it stretch as far as it can!

So would it bother you how a gift was paid for? I'm not talking about freebies here, or re-gifts. Just gifts bought using points. I'm just about through with all the politics of gift giving - for adults anyway. This year I think I'll stick to gifts just for the kids.

#2 Chocolate Addict

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

Nope. I am grateful for any gifts. original.gif As long as the gift wasn't stolen I am happy. original.gif

#3 ~sydblue~

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Wouldn't bother me. You had to buy stuff to get the points, so the gift probably cost more when points are used.

#4 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

How ungrateful!

It doesn't matter how a gift was purchased!

#5 zackcat

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

Wouldn't bother me in the slightest. Never look a gift horse in the mouth!

#6 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

No, wouldn't bother me at all.

I use my loyalty points for a mag subscription for myself original.gif

#7 erindiv

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

Uh, no, you still 'paid' for it, in a way.

I wouldn't be buying it for them again.

Edited by erindiv, 16 January 2013 - 05:08 PM.

#8 FiveAus

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Wow, how ungrateful! I used to get bonus points from my employer to spend on an online gift site, and I used to give the points away as gifts. The recipients were thrilled to receive them because they could then choose themselves a really nice gift and the points were always worth more than I'd usually spend on a gift.

#9 MrsWidget

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Not at all. I'd appreciate your thoughtfulness.

#10 Sui-yat

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

It wouldn't bother me in the slightest. You have to spend a lot of money to earn those points and could have redeemed them for something to use yourself.

However, I have been known to use gift vouchers given to me to buy a present for someone else.

#11 HRH Countrymel

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:11 PM


Well it's a bar of soap for you next year Mr/Ms Ungrateful!

I don't give a flying fart how my gift was obtained (well.... if it was stolen I wouldn't be impressed!) I just love that someone has thought of me and what I would like.

We give second hand, hand me down and home made in this family too without drama though.. and EB has lead me to understand that this is not the norm..

#12 JRA

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

What a prat of a person.  Give them nothing next year

#13 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 16/01/2013, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nope. I am grateful for any gifts. original.gif As long as the gift wasn't stolen I am happy. original.gif

Same here.  You would have had to spend the money to get the points anyway.

OP, how does that person feel about handmade/homemade gifts?  Are they ungrateful twats about that as well?

#14 MintyBiscuit

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

Wouldn't bother me at all. I think what they actually meant to say was "I'm an ingrate, please don't bother giving me gifts anymore"

#15 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:49 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:14 PM.

#16 snuffles

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

Would not bother me at all.

#17 Mpjp is feral

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 16/01/2013, 06:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nope. I am grateful for any gifts. original.gif As long as the gift wasn't stolen I am happy. original.gif

and even then...still happy biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

#18 lizzzard

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

I definitely wouldn't mind!

I'm thinking the person probably doesn't understand how these things work...or gave it much thought. Perhaps they thought it was a free gift you got and you didn't want? (not that that should make much difference)...but some people aren't familiar with the sophistication of reward programs these days...

#19 bakesgirls

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

It wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I've done it myself. My points were about to expire, so I used them to get a gift for someone that I knew would like what I chose, and it would have cost more to buy than I was going to spend in actual cash.

As long as the gift didn't 'fall off the back of a truck', I wouldn't care. I'd be pretty miffed if someone was unhappy with me using points. How ungrateful of them.

#20 luke's mummu

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

No I wouldn't mind at all. I do this every year for my son's Kindy teachers. They each get a $20 voucher for Myers (not Coles-Myers) that I save my points from during the year to buy each December. It's just another form of savings, I could spend it on myself at Myer during the year, and then they would get nothing!

#21 Jax12

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

ohmy.gif How ungrateful of them!  Save your points for yourself or someone who will appreciate them next time.  Or better yet, get them a donation gift from Unicef.  That way they can't complain you haven't spent your own money plus you will be contributing to someone worthwhile and grateful.  They sound like the type who would really appreciate such a thoughtful gift!   wink.gif

#22 Coffeegirl

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

My rewards points are worth more than cash and take ages to build up original.gif

I thought of buying DS an ipod touch with my points for his birthday.  Would cost me 55,000 points.   With 55,000 points 3 of us could fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island and back!!!

#23 Poss and Soss

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (laracps @ 16/01/2013, 06:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For me it's indifferent from where the money comes from. It's a gift, not an obligation.The fact you spent some time to choose something you think I would like (instead of a gift voucher) is heaps more important.

My family give me a gift voucher most years for XMAS from loyalty points.

It does hurt as they put a lot of thought into everyone else's gifts but I get a Coles Myer card.

If they chose a magazine subscription I'd like with the points instead I'd be thrilled.

#24 Lees75

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:05 PM

I have done exact that. I used my points to buy a magazine subscription for the kids to give to XH for Christmas. Seemed less painful than laying for it with actual money, although in reality, it is the same given that I usually get Coles vouchers with my points and use them for groceries.

#25 Propaganda

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

No. That's really weird.

You could have used those rewards points for yourself, but you didn't.

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