For as much money as Microsoft has been putting into the Bing advertising campaign, I am surprised at how they give very little mention to one of Bing’s best features – their cashback rewards program. Thanks to Pochax for the reminder. It seems to be a somewhat upgraded version of the Live Cashback program before Bing was on the scene. Simply put, if you use Bing to search for items that you are going to buy online anyway, you will get a % as a cashback reward. The percentage differs depending on the store, but they go as high as 20%.
The basic rules:
- The cash doesn’t hit your account for 60 days after the purchase
- You can only redeem the cash after you have accrued at least $5 in your account
A few simple steps to follow
1. Type in Bing.com and you will see this…
2. In the menu to the left-hand side, click the “Shopping” link. This will take you to this page…
3. In the Search Box at the top of the page type in whatever item you are looking to purchase…
4. In this case, when searching for “Snow Leopard” we see many results showing different prices from various retailers. Also notice at the bottom of each listing it shows the Bing Cashback % that you will receive if you purchase from that retailer. If you click one of the retailer’s links it will lead you to this page…
5. By entering your email address on this page Bing can now track your purchases and calculate your cashback rewards as well. Once you enter your email address it will lead you to the retailer’s page for you to complete your purchase as usual.
6. Complete your purchase and you can expect to see the cashback rewards from Bing in your account within 60 days.
A few interesting comments from the forums about it
It works great with Ebay and Buy it Now auctions. I saved $300 on my last laptop purchase doing it that way. I also bought several silver bars on ebay using this method and got a 10% cash back doing it. They do limit the maximum amount of cash back you can get so don’t think you can set up a business doing this
It is a good way to save some money on things you were already going to buy. Just don’t go buy things you don’t need simply to “save” the moneyi just bought a new computer monitor through it and got 10% cash with Bing. (monitor was ~$190) and i am getting $19 cash back. i think the site works best for these bigger ticket electronic items or books or clothes.