Jump to content

Would it change your perception of a gift
Loyalty program points


  • Please log in to reply
60 replies to this topic

#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 CountryFeral

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

What??

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 Lady Garden

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:12 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

This.

Ungrateful!

#14 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?

#15 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"

#16 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

----

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


#17 snuffles

Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

Would not bother me at all.


#18 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

#19 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...

#20 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.



#21 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!

#22 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

#23 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!!!

#24 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.

#25 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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Clever panda fakes pregnancy

News that a giant panda was pregnant prompted much excitement, but it appears there were never any cubs on the way.

'I survived placenta percreta'

When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn?t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Managing personal space as a mum

In the midst of the early parenting years, our bodies and minds can seemingly be overtaken by our offspring. How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

'If love could have saved you, you'd have never left'

The words "spontaneous abortion" on the hospital paperwork really got to me. My baby died; I didn't spontaneously decide to abort him.

15 classic Aussie ads

Watch some of the classic Australian ads of the 80s, 90s and 00s, and remember the catchphrases and jingles we all used to know so well ...

For and against

Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

We?ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: ?I don?t want to look beautiful.? And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what?s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it?s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that?s nowhere near the top 10 ? or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Going viral

Outrage over baby's icy challenge

A man has been reported to child protective services after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge with his 10-month-old granddaughter.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.