Quick housekeeping item: Following last week's Raise gift-card deal (now expired), a few readers mentioned an odd verification process after signing up. Though unusual, this process is explained on the company's FAQ page. Frankly, I wouldn't oblige any online store that asked me to supply a photo ID (though Raise didn't, not for me), even in the name of security precautions, so I don't blame you if you opted out at that point. For what it's worth, you can still use TopCashback to save money on all manner of online purchases -- even if this one didn't pan out.
Speaking of gift cards, here's one that would make, well, a great gift: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Giftcardmall (via Ebay) has a $50 iTunes gift card for $40, shipped.
And I do mean shipped: Unlike most iTunes deals, this one nets you a physical card that's delivered via physical postal carrier. That gives you a somewhat more tangible item than, say, a printed sheet or a decidedly non-tangible email.
I probably don't need to spell out that an iTunes gift card can be used for iTunes media: books, music, videos, apps, and so on.
And before you get too excited, Giftcardmall limits the cards to two per Ebay user. Shipping is listed at three to five days, so this should arrive in plenty of time for Mother's Day. And definitely in time for Father's Day. And why not plan ahead for International Awesome Bloggers Day? (Comes earlier every year, doesn't it?)
At press time, these showed nearly 9,200 sold and "limited quantity available," so I'm hoping they don't run out before you've had a chance to snag one!
Bonus deal: Remember M06 for $39.99, shipped when you apply coupon code WWH46KR5 at checkout. (Make sure the listed seller is Vantrue; if you see a different one, it means they've sold out once again, and the code won't work.)? The ones priced at $39.99? The ones that sold out in about 10 minutes? Well, as promised, it's back! Once again you can get the
Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! Leo's Fortune earnedand tons of awards upon its debut last year, and it with good reason: It's a gorgeous side-scrolling puzzler. The game normally sells for $4.99, but for a limited time, you can get Leo's Fortune for Amazon, Android and iOS devices for just 99 cents. (Just head to the appropriate app store and search for it.) It's the best buck you'll spend this month, I guarantee.
Bonus deal No. 3: Mobile chargers are great for, um, mobile charging. UV flashlights are great for spotting pet stains, counterfeit currency and secret messages exchanged between spies. Together at last! Sunvalleytek (via Amazon) has the RAVPower Luster LED UV flashlight and mobile charger for $13.99. That's after applying coupon code AZHOTRT5 at checkout.
Regular price: $29.99. Shipping is free for Prime subscribers. This surprisingly compact UV light also supplies 3,200mAh of backup power for your phone or whatever. (I wish it could pull regular-flashlight duty as well, but, alas, no.) I did a quick test on one and it's a nice little accessory!