Here's how I got a free printer from Best Buy:
- Spend thousands of dollars on your credit card.
- Forget that you can use credit card points to make a payment.
- Instead use the points to get a $100 gift card at Best Buy.
- Look up on The Wirecutter what the best all-in-one printer is.
- Buy said printer on Amazon for about $125 and use the 30-day free trial of Prime you just signed up to get free shipping.
- Wait until the day it arrives at your doorstep. (Literally. Whoever delivered it just left it at my doorstep.)
- See a promoted tweet advertising a blowout sale for laptops at Best Buy.
- Forget that's what you clicked and spend 10 minutes retracing your steps to figure out what link you got there from.
- See that there are no Chromebooks on sale, but notice the printer you just bought—or, rather, one that's almost the same but a slightly different model—is on sale at $80 off, for a price of $50 (plus tax, plus recycling fee).
- Decide to buy that printer, and almost press “Submit order” before remembering you have the $100 gift card.
- Notice that the printer is on sale for just today.
- Rush home from work and find the gift card and submit the order and apply the gift card to the entire cost of the printer.
- Let the printer you bought on Amazon sit unopened until you're sure you get the free one in the mail.
- Wait for the email you'll get from Canada Post Flex Delivery that the printer has arrived for you at the post office.
- Pick up the printer. This is not the last step of getting a free printer, since you have another printer to sell.
- Return the printer you bought on Amazon. If that's not possible, this should be easy enough on Craigslist.
I'm currently at step #14.