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  • Jun 04 / 2010
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Random Thoughts

Bing Cashback is Dead

Wow!  It looks like my free source of money is over!  I am on my way to recieving $1000 Cashback.

Bing has announced today that they will be discontinuing Bing Cashback as of July 30, 2010 highlighting that they did not see the broad adoption that we had hoped for.”.  It seems not enough people read my blog. 🙂

This is what they said on their Blog this morning:

“Why are we doing this? When we originally began to offer the cashback feature, it was designed to help advertisers reach you with compelling offers, and to provide a new type of shopping experience that would change user behavior and attract a bunch of new users to Bing.”

“In lots of ways, this was a great feature – we had over a thousand merchant partners delivering great offers to customers and seeing great ROI on their campaigns, and we were taking some of the advertising revenue and giving it back to customers. But after a couple of years of trying, we did not see the broad adoption that we had hoped for.”

I thought this was a great program Mircosoft launched to draw new users to Bing and really begin to compete with Google in this arena.  At the same time I think it is one of Microsoft’s greatest secrets.  It was somewhat hidden.  Such a pity.

Bing Shopping will remain but like I said in my “Bing Cashback: It’s FREE Money” post, Google Product search is definitely superior over Bing Shopping. Without Bing Cashback, I can’t see a reason I would use Bing Shopping over Google Product search.

For more details: Bing Blog Announcement

and to learn what you need to do finalize your Cashback Account: Bing Cashback’s Letter to Customers

Goodbye Bing Cashback.  I will miss you!

  • Jun 03 / 2010
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New Toys, Random Thoughts

Bing Cashback: Monitor Your Account – Tips and Tricks

In response to the overwhelming traffic and feedback I received on my post in April “Bing Cashback: It’s FREE Money” I have decided to do a follow up post with some further tips and tricks I have discovered since.  Also, maybe I mis-titled my previous post.  As you will see below I have had to spend a bit of time getting my Cashback.  Time is money.  Maybe’s it’s not free money?!?! 🙂

1) Check your Account after a Purchase is made

Make sure you check your account after a purchase is made. Check it for both:

  1. Cashback % Accuracy
  2. The Cashback has actually appeared

I recently made a purchase from Overstock.com (Pretty cool online shopping site) and going through Bing Shopping it said I would get 10% Cashback (See Below),

however, when it appeared in my Bing Cashback account I was only given 5% Cashback (See Below)

How do you resolve this? Contact Bing Cashback Support (https://support.cashback.discoverbing.com).  They responded within hours asking for a copy of the confirmation of the order and a screenshot from Bing Shopping showing the expected cashback percentage.  24hrs after I sent the details of purchase back to Bing Cashback Support I recieved an email back saying “we have credited the purchase to your account, pending merchant confirmation.  The cashback amount will remain in your account as “pending” for 60 days from the date of purchase.”

So fingers crossed, I should have my Cashback at the end of July.

I also have an instance outstanding for a purchase from Drugstore.com where the Cashback has not been reported (seperate from the instance below) after 14 days!  Bing Cashback support staff are doing a great job in updating me.  The delay is with Drugstore.com support.  I will keep you posted on this outcome.

2) Using Retailers Coupons can Void Cashback

This is a trick I learnt the hard way.  It doesn’t happen at all retailers, just some.  There is no way of knowing.

Having a child under the age of 1 I have found Drugstore.com a great place to buy diapers (nappies) and formula.  Free Shipping, no tax plus best price!  In the same week I got an email from Drugstore.com with a coupon for “$10 off a purchase of $50 or more”,  I also saw Drugstore.com was offering “20% Bing Cashback”.  It was too good to be true!

I went through Bing Cashback to Drugstore.com, selected my diapers and formula, went to the checkout, entered my Drugstore coupon code, completed the transaction. Waiting, waiting, waiting ….. no cashback “pending”  in my account.

When I read the Bing Cashback FAQs I learnt  “that coupons could void your cashback rewards”.

3) Bing Cashback does not Equal Instant Savings

In my last post I stated that your should receive you cashback in 7 to 21 days into your PayPal account.  In my early purchases using Bing Cashback my cashback did turn up in 7 to 21 days, but since then it seems things have really slowed down. Looking at all my “pending” cashback’s I currently have, it looks like I won’t be seeing my money for close to 60 days after purchase.

You can understand why Microsoft and their retailers do this.  If they didn’t, it would cause a huge administration overhead when consumers returned or cancelled their orders.

So, if you are looking for instant savings, Bing Cashback isn’t for you.  If you can wait 2 months for your cashback, then keep using Bing Cashback.

4) Always Check the Price by Going to the Retailers Website Directly

I also encourage you to always check the retailers website directly.  Open a separate browser and browse to the item on the retailer website (don’t go through Bing Shopping).

Why? A few times I have found the retailer jacks the price up when you use Bing Cashback!  Very uncool.

Take you time and maximize your savings!

I still recommend using Bing Cashback and it is a great way to get money back on your online purchases.  I just encourage you to learn there are a few tricks.

Last thing to note is that the Bing Cashback support staff and @bingcashback provide excellent support and are very responsive.  I have been very impressed.  Thanks guys!

If you have any other tips or tricks for Bing Cashback, please share below

  • Apr 03 / 2009
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Web Security

How to remove Conficker?

I don’t normally talk about this type of security but I have had a number of people ask me in the last week about the Conficker worm as well as you haven’t been able to escape the talk within the press. There are reports that anywhere from 1 million to 10 million computers are infected.   If you keep your Windows and antivirus up to date or use a Mac, I wouldn’t freak out.  Find out all the details from the Conficker Work Group here.  I thought I’d provide you a helpful list of tools (depending on what virus scanner you currently use)  that can remove it from your computer if you are infected:

Remember to keep doing your Windows and Antivirus updates! 🙂