Once again, the American Express website offers cardmembers a chance to participate in the “My Wishlist” promotion, but what’s it all about?
The pitch is simple: a bunch of great discounts on hot items, and you throw items at your computer in disgust after you receive messages like, “Sorry, just missed it“, every time you vainly try to redeem a special.
Inside, what’s left of the scheduled promotions and how to synchronize your clock with their timeserver for extra efficiency. — BEN POPKEN
The promotion has four segments:
Holiday Offers: Offers from Amex partner merchants
Featured Products: Savings on select merchandise while quantities last.
Wish Certificates: Limited inventory of gift certificates released on 11AM, 2PM, and 6PM EST.
Hot Products – Savings on a small quantity of products, released at 12PM, 3PM and 7PM EST.
Read their FAQ for more info.
My Wishlist Items
All of these times are Eastern Time unless otherwise specified. Items listed here are unconfirmed, please refer to the “My Wishlist” page for up-to-date information.
12:00 PM – 100 MOTOKRZR/Motorola Bluetooth Headsets 150$ each (retail: 579.98)
3:00 PM – 100 RED MOTORAZR V3M $120 each (retail: 399)
7:00 PM – 100 MOTOROLA Q $150 each (retail: 499.99)
11:00 AM – Home Depot (20% off)
2:00 PM – Toys R Us (25% off)
6:00 PM – Blockbuster (25% off paid monthly membership)
12:00 PM – 80 White model L Geneva Sound System 175$ each (retail: $718)
3:00 PM – 70 Black model L Geneva Sound System
7:00 PM – 50 Red Model L Gena Sound System
11:00 AM – Land’s End gift certificate (25$ gift card)
2:00 PM – Border’s gift certificate. (10% off electronics/video games, 20% off DVD)
6:00 PM – Best Buy gift card
11:00 AM – Best Buy gift card
2:00 PM – Toys R Us or Amazon
6:00 PM – Toys R Us or Amazon
Syncing Your Clock To Their Clock
According to the FAQ on the American express website, “When you load My WishList, the site synchronizes with our master clock. This master clock is synchronized with the U.S. government time server at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at nist.gov. All products are released based on this master clock.”
This is wrong, it’s actually a few seconds off.
Read these instructions (PDF) on synchronizing your desktop clock to a NIST timeserver.
This will have your desktop clock more accurate reflect their master timeserver than the clock on their webpage.