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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Save Money on Your Christmas Shopping!

With Christmas (and Thanksgiving in the US and Canada), this can be an expensive time of the year - all the more so in these credit-crunched times.

So I thought I'd mention a new type of website that has become very popular recently. These are cashback shopping sites, and they give you back some of your money every time you shop through them. They may also pay you just for using a free online service or signing up for a free trial.

The way cashback shopping sites work is that they sign up as affiliates with a range of online merchants. As you may know, many merchants pay affiliates a fee for any business they drive their way. Rather than keep all these fees, cashback sites return some or all of this money to the actual buyer.

There are various cashback shopping sites, but I thought I'd draw your attention to a particularly good one Jayne (my partner) showed me recently, which I just joined myself. It's called TopCashBack, and you can visit it by clicking through any of the links in this post or on the banner at the end.

TopCashBack returns ALL of the affiliate commission it earns when you shop via the links on its website. They even top this up themselves for active users, meaning you can earn up to 110% cashback, paid to you by Paypal.

You can get rebates from lots of well-known and lesser-known online merchants, including eBay, Marks & Spencer, Comet, Argos and National Express (though not Amazon, unfortunately). I made myself an easy 6.50 UKP by signing up for a month's free trial with the credit reference service Experian and then cancelling my subscription before the month was up.

Joining TopCashBack is, of course, free. And yes, they do have a sort of affiliate program. If you introduce a friend and they then earn over 5 UKP in cashback, you get a payment of 2.50 UKP for introducing them. Obviously you won't get rich from this, but it's a nice extra bonus.

Unfortunately TopCashBack is only available in the UK, but there are similar services in other countries. If you live in the US or Canada, for example, try

* And don't forget, if you have a blog or a website yourself, you can sign up as an affiliate with my publishers WCCL and earn yourself a generous commission any time someone makes a purchase after visiting via your link. See this blog post for more info!

100% Cashback

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nick,

Our Canadian neighbors celebrate
Thanksgiving on the second Monday
in October. I was in CA in mid-Oct and thought it strange to hear Happy Thanksgiving so early.


8:15 PM  

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