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October 5, 2009

Online Shopping News

It’s no secret:  there are many shopping sites online that attempt to reward the shopper with “cash back” on regular/routine purchasing.  However, when you begin to compare our DubLi cashback system to others available today, it makes you appreciate just how special ours is.  Some sites offer cashback with serious delays and hoops to jump through.  Some have different payment systems and terms.

Overall, though, the conclusion here is that with the Christmas shopping season upon us, consumers are definitely ready to do their shopping online – especially if they’ll get cash back!  So put the word out their that DubLi is a leader in online shopping and fast, convenient cash back on a humongous list of online stores. Oh, and don’t forget to mention our one-of-a-kind reverse auction, like nothing they’ve ever seen before!

DubLi Gift Card Categories – More Choice & Selection

By far one of the most popular choices among customers who frequent DubLi auctions is bidding on gift cards. The more we put on, the more customers grab them. So we are seriously increasing the quantity and quality of our gift card selection. DubLi now features a category of available gift cards, from major supermarkets and gasoline to Home Depot and Toys-R-Us and everything in between. If you’re looking to bid on a gift card for a famous steak house; we have it. On the other hand if you’re looking to add some new songs to your iPod, then start placing your bids on the iTunes gift card. Our team of dedicated buyers are actively stocking up the most popular gift cards in the marketplace and making them immediately available on the website in order to keep pace with demand, and with the Christmas season fast approaching, early shoppers are stocking up now. You will be amazed with what we have done with the gift cards.

Millions and Millions of Consumers Looking for Your Products

Every month the shopping engines are consistently some of the most trafficked websites. How much traffic? 1/3 of the US internet audience checks out the top shopping engines every month. If you’re not working with the shopping engines, you’re hurting your business and allowing your competition to out market you.

Is cashback real money?

Yes, it’s real. When you make a qualifying purchase, the cashback reward will go into your cashback account. After waiting 60 days for possible returns, we’ll send you a real check or deposit the funds in your bank account or your PayPal account.

Note: Once you request your cashback reward, it takes an additional 7 – 21 days to process payment

Tip for eBay users: If you’re making a purchase on eBay, your cashback reward will be automatically deposited in the PayPal account you used for your purchase. Be sure to keep your PayPal account open and in good standing with PayPal.

Is there a limit to how much cashback savings I can get?

You can earn up to $2,500 in cashback savings every calendar year. We want cashback rewards to go to a broad variety of consumers who search and shop on Bing for their personal purchases. We recommend that you review the balance of cashback rewards available in your account before making a purchase to make sure that you are credited with cashback rewards from your qualifying purchases and don’t exceed your annual limit. Credit Card Processing Change

As you may know, is switching all credit card processing over to PayPal (makes sense as they are both an Ebay company). says that as a merchant, you will have more flexibility, security, and functionality with this new payment processing.

[Here’s more proof that customers are eager to get cash back! – JC]

Microsoft Ends Bing Promotion Early After Hitting Cashback Limit
by MG Siegler
August 27, 2009

There is no denying that Bing’s Double Cashback promotion served up some great deals. But apparently they were so good that Microsoft had to end the deal a full four days early — and even earlier for some. Here’s the statement they gave earlier today announcing the official end of the promotion:

“Due to an overwhelming, positive response from our Bing cashback shoppers, we’ve now closed our limited time back-to-school promotion where Microsoft increased the percentage of cashback rewards on behalf of retailers.”

Microsoft had set a cap on the amount of money saved or an end date of August 30, whichever came first. Obviously, the money limit did. But for some retailers that were doing particularly well, the promotion ended even earlier.

One retailer that reached out to us, The Watchery, was offering 50% off of watches under $5,000. On Monday the 24th — just a week after their promotion started — Microsoft reached out to them to see if they could lower the 50% off deal to 20%, we’re told. Basically, they asked some of the retailers offering huge deals to scale them back a bit so the other Cashback partners could take advantage of the promotion before Microsoft hit the cap.

But The Watchery couldn’t be happier with the sales they got while the promotion was in place. “On Sunday and Monday (23rd and 24th), the site did over a million dollars in sales each day. The site had over 250,000 visitors during the sale period,” a spokesperson for the company tells us. “Best sales in our history,” they continued.

Over a million dollars in sales each day, with Microsoft footing much of the bill, that’s a nice deal.

Now, whether this actually led to a significant amount of new users using Bing remains to be seen, but the numbers are trending upward.

[Selected reader comments from the end of the story – I chose them. – JC]

  • Only reason why ppl used bing is for $$$$, take that away and their user base will PLUMMET.
  • Bing Cashback Engineering is absolutely horrible. It has problem crawling merchant feeds and indexing product for its shopping search. [From a Bing Merchant]
  • … just like with Live Search and its cash back and Live Search Club gimmicks, this will fail to bring in regular users.

Microsoft’s Bing Cashback back to school promotion leaves consumers and retailers with money in their pockets
Written by Debra Miller (contact – e-mail)
September 14th, 2009

Consumers looking for a great deal got the bargain of the summer thanks to Microsoft’s Bing Cashback program. The Bing Cashback program enables users to save money when shopping online by offering cash back on purchases made at participating retailer sites. For two and a half weeks in August, Bing Cashback featured a back-to-school campaign in which merchants offered up to double their typical rebates on select purchases. Several retailers even touted a whopping 50% cash back on purchases. Compared to the month prior, traffic to the Bing Cashback/Shopping portal during those 2+ weeks increased more than 30% as consumers flocked to the site searching for great deals. Participating retailers also saw surges in Bing driven traffic as millions of consumers clicked through to the participating merchants to shop.

Target vs. Wal-Mart: Online Conversion Battle Heats Up
Written by Debra Miller (contact – e-mail)
June 16th, 2009

For several months, retailers have been reporting declining in-store sales but increasing online sales. So what does the all important e-commerce space look like for two of the largest retailers?

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