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Archive for November, 2009

Cash back on purchases is pretty much the only good part of shopping

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

As many of you know, despite the links on my navigation bars, I do promote a lot of websites, blogs, books or anything else other than common sense and financial information (ok and maybe a healthy love for sarcasm photoshopped pictures) but I have run into something recently that I just plain love.  Well, times are a changing, or at least this one time is a-changing.  What is this mysterious site that I am referring to? Pets.com?  No… its…

Bing shopping cash back!

If you are like me, you probably only know Bing as the overly-advertised-we-wish-we-could-compete-with-google site from microsoft.  This time though, they win a battle with google in the shopping department.

Depending on the merchant you can earn between 1-30% cash back on any purchase.  Thats a pretty damn good deal if you ask me.  The only thing that I can think of that compares is the discover card 5% cash back when they have it (rarely).

Some other nice things about bing are that
1) You dont have to use a credit card you can use paypal, checking account, debit card, some other credit card
2) You can do it all from your computer – hurray culture of laziness convenience!
3) You can use it for everyday things
4) Great customer service – Their turnaround time is less than 1 day.  That’s really really good.

Disadvantages:
1) It takes a while to get your money back
2) Sometimes it doesn’t register correctly and there is no way of knowing for a day or two after purchase
3) Coupons/special codes will usually void cashback

Overall, pretty cool and supposedly there are going to be some huge cashback specials coming up to compete with the “black friday” craze.  I don’t know about you but I would much rather  sit at my computer to shop than go fight the crowds.