We all know by now, I hope, that gift cards to your favorite store, such as Bass Pro Shops, have time limits. If you don't use your gift card within a certain amount of time, it start evaporating away. Well, here is another reason to watch out... I just received a special BPS "Free Shipping" promotion via E-mail. You might have also. If you did, notice the special exclusion statement. Gift card redemption amounts are deducted prior to determining whether or not you meet the $99 free shipping threshold. In other words, you cannot redeem gift cards or certificates toward any purchase and receive promotional savings. I have verified the above statement with BPS Customer Service, and am currently haggling this out with them. Since they are not disclosing this exclusionary information, neither on the cards themselves, nor the online gift card purchase page, I believe what they are doing is marginally legal at best. Anyway, as you purchase those gift cards this year for Christmas, be advised about the attached strings hanging all over the place--it's not tinsel!