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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

submitted on November 24, 2009 by YanBz in "Member's Lounge"
Something to be aware of if you use Bing Cashback

So, if I go directly to, I pay $699 with 0% cashback. If I use Bing Cashback, I pay $758 with 2% cashback, or $742.84. Using Bing cashback has actually cost me $43.84, giving an effective cashback rate of -6.27%. Yes, negative cashback! Is this legal? False advertising? I don't know, but it's pretty sketchy.

The problem doesn't end there. Using Bing has tainted my web browser. Butterfly Photo set a three month cookie on my computer to indicate that I came from Bing. Any product I look at for the next three months may show a different price than I'd get by going there directly. Just clicking a Bing link means three months of potentially negative cashback, without me ever realizing it. I'm actually afraid to use their service even just to write this, because it may cost me money in the future. If you've been thinking about trying out Bing Cashback, you may want to rethink that.

  • 44092
    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on November 24, 2009
    [reply] 5 0
    Very interesting, I use them, ebates, and mypoints from time to time... I'll have to check that next time before I place my order.

    They have posted a updated explaining it however:
    Update: After being pointed to this post by a writer over at InformationWeek, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “With more than 1,000 retailers and 17 million product offers, the Bing cashback program aims to ensure Bing customers get the best available deal on the Web. Within the cashback program, each retailer sets the allocation of products and pricing of those products, which are delivered to Microsoft through a realtime data feed. We have tools that will catch discrepancies, and in this particular case, there was an error in the information delivered to us. When we notice an inconsistency or one is reported to Microsoft, we work with the merchant to correct the issue immediately. Overall, this case is an isolated instance within the larger Bing cashback and we are working with Butterfly Photo to resolve this specific issue as soon as possible.” At the time of this update, it appears the price of this camcorder at Butterfly Photo via Bing is the same as if you were to go to the site directly; however, the price being shown on Bing from the “realtime data feed” is still what we show in the screenshots.
  • 44095
    Posted by YanBz on November 24, 2009
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    I doubt this is the only (or the last) case when a store attempts to game the system. As long as there is an incentive there will be others who will attempt to do the same. I did some ranting today on this topic at my personal blog. Read it if you find this subject interesting
  • 49896
    Posted by AmruDesi on January 21, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    I bought the Panasonic TV from sears and got 20% CB. That was $72 in cash-back .
  • 49910
    Posted by busant20 on January 21, 2010
    [reply] 4 0
    I pass, NOT WORK FOR ME, stick on buxr.....hehe give me more savings LOL LOL LOL

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