Would welcome member reactions/experience of Cashback sites.
These sites make their money from a retailer if a sale is made through their site. In theory at least, they pass on an agreed percentage to the customer.
I've used such sites occasionally, deliberately making only small purchases to test them and have been paid accordingly, though months after the transaction took place.
It's becoming increasingly evident, however, that sites like Cashback Kings, Quidco and others are not passing the money to customers, despite proper procedure being followed by these customers. Big-ticket items, in particular.
Again, I've experienced this twice now - and want to warn others.
Yes, if anyone bothers to read the Terms & Conditions on these sites, there is mention of the fact cashback may not be awarded.
I did read these T&C's but stupidly trusted the site not to renege on the deal.
The fact such 'conditions' are there at all, should be a red flag to us all.
If that happens, then they'll bleat: 'wasn't our fault, guv...was the retailer' or worse blame it on you - even if you have definite proof via screenshots etc that you followed procedure to the letter.
A cashback is either a cashback or it isn't. No ifs. No buts. No maybes.
Anything else is just blatant fraud.
Big ticket items, as I said, are 'rejected' the most, surprise, surprise.
So, the retailer has your cash but no cashback comes your way. Some 'deal'!
Why would anyone bother with cashback if it all hinges on 'luck of the draw'?
Something tells me they wouldn't fancy emblazoning their sites with: 'Get your cashback here...if you're lucky, mate!
Particularly in these finance-strapped times, the consumer is king. Without much difficulty, especially on high-priced items, you could negotiate a discount at retailers represented on these sites.
Don't forget: they need you more than you need them. Last thing they want is for you to walk next door and do the deal with their competitor.
Crucially, too, you'd get the monetary benefit of any discount immediately and not have to wait months for the 'privilege' of any cashback.
Cashback sites emerged from nowhere - just like these 'Sell Us Your Unwanted Gold' merchants now littering TV ad-breaks.
That, again, should red-flag a consumer's interest.
It does all begin to smell as if these sites and their retailers are happy to engage in blind-sided fraud.
They need to be investigated by the proper authorities as a matter of consumer interest.
If they're really honest and have nothing to hide, then they'll be up-front with us, won't they? Don't bet on it!
I've no intention of ever using these sites again and would urge all to be very wary of being sucked into their so-called cashback incentives. If you choose to ignore that advice, then don't be surprised or annoyed you've been conned.
If we stay away from their sites, they'll soon get the message.
Maybe HotUK should start a cashback site: 'Cashback Guaranteed. No ifs, buts, maybes'
Now that might make me think again!