Today I went to place an Amazon order. Because those previously shopped-for items were burning a hold in my cart, and because Hick has been at it again, and because the scratch-off tickets have lost their luster, and...well...Val needs some mental stimulation.
Imagine my surprise when I proceeded to the checkout, and saw that I had a gift card for $53.76!
Nobody gives Val a gift card for Amazon.The Pony has gotten them for Christmas from my sister the ex-mayor's wife, and Genius has gotten them as part of Project Graduation. But none for Val. So you can imagine the surprise. And consternation. Just when she was getting ready to hit Place Your Order, she had to worry about this GIFT CARD.
It wouldn't do to use that gift card if it belonged to someone else. I was pretty sure it wasn't The Pony's, because it's been a while since he used his Kindle Fire, and his graduating class had so little gumption that they never once worked toward a trip or party any of the whole seven years that the other classes did, and besides, there was no gift card showing on the other orders I made this year.
But Genius has been known to use my account for ordering (WITH my permission). And Genius is always getting offers or refunds or promotions or incentives from various internet sites, because that boy lives online. So I fired off a text to him, asking if he had a gift card balance of $53.76. And while I was waiting for a response, I got to looking into my account and order history and gift card situation.
Well, well, well! Seems like this gift card appeared in June. So I went back to my email for that date, and there it was. An announcement that I had a credit, due to an Apple settlement. Never mind that I don't do business with Apple. I fired off another text to Genius, lest he think, "Oh! Free money! Mom has no idea why she has a gift card. Might as well relieve her anxiety and claim it and use it." Not that he would, of course. Okay. He WOULD. But my second text got through to him before he replied.
"Yep. Book settlement for ebook price fixing. I got $22 from Barnes and Noble. Yours is for The Pony's Kindle books. Mine is for my Nook."
"That's a bargain! The Pony need never know!"
We are simpatico on some subjects, Genius and I.
I placed my order and reaped MY benefits. And I did not feel the least bit guilty, even after my loving husband proudly saved us 75% on his purchase of Mason jars on Sunday.
Because there was a secret he had been keeping since Saturday...