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Buy a Chamberlain MyQ smart garage control for $27, get a $40 Amazon credit

Already own one? As long as you're a Prime subscriber and it's your first time trying Key by Amazon in-garage delivery, you can get the credit too.

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If you're comfortable with in-garage deliveries (and you own a MyQ device), Amazon will give you $40.

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About a week ago I explained why I thought the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub G0401 was a steal at $27. Turns out, it's almost legitimately a steal, thanks to a current promotion from Amazon.

For a limited time, first-time Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery users can get a $40 credit by applying promo code KEY40 when making a purchase. This works even if you already own a MyQ; it's basically $40 in free money just for trying out the service. The catch: You must be an Amazon Prime subscriber.

Key allows Amazon delivery drivers to open your door (in this case your garage door) and leave packages there -- in theory a much safer place than your front porch, where thefts are relatively common.

Yes, you're letting a stranger into your garage. That requires a certain comfort level, as does allowing the MyQ app to connect with your Amazon account. (As you might imagine, it's all quite secure, but I wouldn't blame anyone for feeling weird about it. What if you're not home, for example, and for some reason the garage door won't close after the delivery?) Read the Key FAQ page to learn more.

Read more: Stop package theft: 5 smart home devices that protect deliveries

Here's the complete rundown for taking advantage of this deal:

1. Once you've installed and configured your opener, open the MyQ app and tap the Works with icon. Choose Key by Amazon and follow the prompts from there.

2. Shop on Amazon like you normally would. At checkout, make sure to choose Key as your delivery option.

3. Apply promo code KEY40. That should immediately add a $40 credit to your account and apply to whatever is in your cart.

So while you can't use this to get $40 off the purchase of a new MyQ (because it won't be linked to Amazon Key yet), you can use it after on the purchase of something else -- effectively making the G0401 free and putting another $13 in your digital pocket.

In my case, I already owned a previous-gen MyQ, but I'd never gotten around to linking it to Amazon. I just did so, applied the promo and presto: $40 off the stuff in my cart. We'll see how the delivery goes on Friday.

In the meantime... Your thoughts?

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