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Bing Cashback: The Cherry on Top!

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People are going nuts over Bing Cashback. It can give you a rush like gambling, and I'm going to let you in on how to get a seat at that table.

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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I've written about cash back before -- the basic idea is that you go through one website (a portal) to shop at another website. The first site gives you a percentage of your purchases back in cash as a thank-you for using them (they are getting paid by the website where you shopped).

For instance, I just went to Mrrebates.com and saw that they were giving 30 percent back for shopping on entertainment.com. I needed a new Entertainment Book, so I clicked through the link. Their books were $10 off and free shipping. Also, additional books were $15 each. I paid $25 for my book and $15 for an additional, so $40 was what I spent at entertainment.com. Now, for spending that $40, I got credited $12 to my Mr. Rebates account, which I can request as a Paypal credit or check in the mail. So, those two books, which retail for $70, ended up costing only $28.

The major cash back sites are Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Big Crumbs, Fat Wallet, and the new, very major player, Bing. Some of the sites allow you to use coupon codes and Bing does not, but what it does is sometimes give large cash back amounts at stores that don't generally do that. Rewards as high as 20 percent or 30 percent at eBay, Target, Walmart, and Dell have been reported. Here's the thing, though. Other sites keep their cash back pretty steady, but at Bing, percentages can change hourly.

Once you sign up with a Windows Live ID, you can check their participating stores and the corresponding cash back, but sometimes searching an item can give a different, larger cash back amount. At the time of this writing, eBay was listed as 8 percent cash back, but if you searched for "Wii console," it came up on eBay with a 15 percent cash back. Click through and you'll get 15 percent back (confirmed by the banner at the top of the page) on whatever you buy, using Buy It Now and Paypal within the next 30 minutes. Buying at Target and Walmart through Bing aren't as restrictive. Search Slickdeals.net for the latest deals at Bing -- other people are cruising the 'net so you don't have to...


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Nida Bekerman August 3, 2010, 9:25 PM

The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

buy contextual links August 4, 2010, 4:53 AM

This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

buy contextual links August 4, 2010, 7:40 AM

I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

Shoshana Hinken August 4, 2010, 12:49 PM

Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

Latonia Mandelbaum August 5, 2010, 12:02 AM

Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

Antoine Nickerson August 5, 2010, 11:25 PM

Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

Hilario Latz August 6, 2010, 7:35 AM

Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

Jaime Reenders August 6, 2010, 9:01 AM

Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

Heriberto Mahin August 6, 2010, 1:26 PM

The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

Tory Malcolm August 6, 2010, 7:48 PM

The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

Stefan Conran August 7, 2010, 12:22 AM

I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

Hollis Varrato August 8, 2010, 3:02 AM

This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

Elisha Gajica August 8, 2010, 1:31 PM

I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

Francina Traner August 8, 2010, 4:46 PM

I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

Dong Qualls August 12, 2010, 7:51 PM

This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

Jennifer Panchik August 12, 2010, 9:13 PM

Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

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