If you shop at wine.com you might be able to get additional savings from using a portal and/or various credit card offers, which can stack on top of all of those. Amex Offers/Chase Offers/BoA offers would be examples.
I don’t really understand the wine.com biz model or am I buying much, so I pass on them as it is.
This is “helpful”! In other words, you are all a bunch of enablers and I am easily led into temptation. That said, I think those big wine.com deals can be exceptional, especially if you focus on wines that are offered at pre-discount prices that are not much higher than from other online retailers. In some cases the wine.com price starts out significantly higher, so the post-discount price is really not that great a deal.
I use the $100 off $300 wine.com coupons at the end of the year on single or double bottle purchases like Hillside Select or Insignia. The $50 off $150 for the Pontet-Canet seems like a good idea. Their starting prices are usually about 15-20% higher than other online retailers but with the coupons the deals can be pretty good. Additionally, for some reason they don’t charge me state tax, which cuts into that 15-20% by 8% as well.
To maximize savings I typically sort by the Savings to see the bottles that are on sale. Their sale price is usually close to the online best prices on wine searcher. Then of those, I find the wines I want and apply coupons, cashbacks, etc.
With the stewardship free shipping club I basically jump on each of these coupons that give more than 20% since then I don’t pay shipping.
With your method Shay, it must seem like you would be losing money if you did not buy the wine! I sometimes apply very similar logic. And you are right, with the stewardship free shipping, what can stop us! No brakes!!!
If there are some .97 items on wine.com they are usually priced really well but coupons don’t work. Retailmenot.com cashback is offering 20% cashback. Also, you can use raise.com for 6% back and buy a gift card (you should use 1% ebates for raise.com purchase).
So for a 99.97 bottle you can pay $73.
Just got a couple of 2010 Follin Arbelet Corton Bressandes grand crus for $95 each.
They also have a nice 2014 Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot I was eyeing.