4th Of July Lulu coupon $17 off $76
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:22 pm 
 

From the email ...

Use coupon code JULY4305 at checkout and receive $17 off orders of $76 or more. Maximum savings with this promotion is $17. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer ends on July 5th, 2010 at 11:59 PM so try not to procrastinate! While very unlikely we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:34 pm 
 

(decent offer, but £13 off £20 would've been better still a few months back ;))


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:10 am 
 

The thing that makes this only so-so is that you lose the free shipping code if you use this instead.  There may be a magic amount that makes it all work in the buyer's favor, but I've yet to find it.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:42 am 
 

TheHistorian wrote:The thing that makes this only so-so is that you lose the free shipping code if you use this instead.  There may be a magic amount that makes it all work in the buyer's favor, but I've yet to find it.


You make a valid point and this is a definite consideration when deciding which coupon to use.  What I found the last time when I posted a Lulu coupon (20% off of $250) versus the free shipping was that the price to ship per additional book increased by roughly $1.37 over a certain amount.  I wish I had saved my spreadsheet from my last order with the calculations, but basically I purchased 22 books at a cost of $248.36.  With a 20% off coupon, my total was $198.69 for a savings of $49.67.  To ship the books using media mail shipping, the cost was $30.24. So by using the 20% off coupon and allowing for shipping, I saved an additional $19.43 over having used just the free shipping coupon alone.  Essentially the 20% off coupon worked out to be equivalent to a 7.8% off coupon plus free shipping.

20% Off $250
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Books:      $248.36 (22 books)
20% Off: -$  49.67
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SubTotal:  $198.69
Shipping:  $  30.24
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Total:       $228.93 (7.8% off plus free shipping)


The key of course with this discount was to get as close to the $250 amount as possible without going over.  What I discovered was that once the order was over $200, the media mail shipping option was not available and the price jumped considerably with UPS Ground.

The $17 off $76 coupon will still be a better value than free shipping alone if you are purchasing books just exceeding the $76 limit.  As a test, I just added Fight On! Issues 1 to 8 to my cart for a total of $76.92.  The cost to ship using media mail was $12.74.

$17 Off $76
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Books:      $76.92  (8 books)
$17 Off: -$  17.00
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SubTotal:  $59.92
Shipping:  $  12.74
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Total:       $72.66 (5.5% off plus free shipping)

In both cases, the key was to hit their coupon limit.  Understandably, this optimization can be a challenge if you want a few particular books, but I imagine with this group, there is virtually no limit to the number of books we will buy. :)


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