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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 …
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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!
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Hehe wow, someone's been hacked off! I signed up through Quidco with Virgin Media (£65 cashback) and they claimed it was declined... however strangely after I emailed Quidco and said I've spoken to Virgin and they've told me they confirmed my transaction was through Quidco, it was validated a mere 3 months after purchase!! But hey, it's "free money", I guess we can't sniff at it!! But I do agree that if they say you're going to get cashback, you should get it!
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baffledsalmon
Hehe wow, someone's been hacked off! I signed up through Quidco with Virgin Media (£65 cashback) and they claimed it was declined... however strangely after I emailed Quidco and said I've spoken to Virgin and they've told me they confirmed my transaction was through Quidco, it was validated a mere 3 months after purchase!! But hey, it's "free money", I guess we can't sniff at it!! But I do agree that if they say you're going to get cashback, you should get it!


+1 :thumbsup:

use quidco they have been pretty good tbf imo
#3
At the end of the day, its money you weren't going to get in the first place, but i agree, its annoying when they are declined for no good reason.
I phoned the AA the other day to cancel my renewal, he asked why, and i told him i was going to sign up again through Quidco, making the same policy £7 (if i get the cashback!) instead of the £49 they wanted for renewal.

The bloke on the phone was fuming, telling me thats not what cashback sites are there for. lol.
Sorry, but its a no-brainer!!
#4
I use Quidco and TopCashBack and haven't had a problem so far, although I do have an enquiry that's been outstanding for a couple of weeks for a £20 transaction on TCB.

The one company that seems to consistantly not pay is HMV, the problem is it's normally 5% of a £2.99 purchase and 15p just isn't worth chasing!
#5
it's not free money really. to put it in simple terms it's money that would have gone to the sales person or shop overheads or marketing or cashier. online purchases make that transaction smoother and efficient. so if customers research prices around it saves them their marketing/salesperson/cashier time.

– from MSE
"Cashback sites take advantage of the way commercial payments from one website to another work. They simply list product providers and retailers, and when you click through to these websites, they get paid for ‘providing leads’; in a similar, but not identical way to how most web-adverts usually work.

Yet with a cashback site, when you’re logged in, the revenue raised from your click is attributed to you so the site can pay you some or all of the money it receives.

The technology’s rather simple: ready-made paying links are available from ‘links warehouses’ such as Trade Doubler or Affiliate Network, which primarily allow normal website owners to pick the adverts they put on their sites. These do all the liaison with the product providers; though the big cashback sites also have their own direct relationships, so they can offer a wider range of providers or earn more."

BUT "Never count the cash as yours until it’s in your bank account, things can & do go wrong.

The reason for this is simple. The cashback sites can only pay you if they get the money from the retailers or product providers, but disputes in this area are common, so sometimes they're not paid. Even if they are there can be problems with tracking. Thankfully, most times, it's fine, but it's why cashback should be seen as a useful added extra not a core."
#6
Never had any probs with quidco, just had £85 paid from aviva insurance 1 month after purchasing said product..
#7
I use [url]www.greasypalm.co.uk[/url]. Generally my purchases are small (under £20) and though it takes a while I do get the cashback without having to chase. The one time I did have to chase was when I spent £900 with Butlins. I eventually got the £33 cashback, but it took about 4 months and several emails and snapshots. Not sure if the problem lay in the fact that the booking was done by my husband originally - but it was paid via me.
have also signed up to quidco - but as I spend very small amounts on cashback sites and quidco take the 1st £5 a year from your total - I wouldn't get anything. Greasypalm don't take a cut and the site is quite easy to use and check on the status of any spends.
I do consider 'cashback' to be an additional bonus and don't rely on the cashback when looking at the price - not least because it can be months later before you get the return on your spend. I think Greasypalm only let you have your cashback after your cumulative total reaches £25. So I've only ever got the cashback once in 3 years. It just sits there mostly in an account.
banned#8
sorry what? was bored after the first few lines..................
#9
dimebars
sorry what? was bored after the first few lines..................


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#10
Have had good results with Top Cash Back untill this year. Still waiting for a £17 payment from January this year through Purple Parking. Various reasons from TCB - My fault for not telling them ealier - Purple Parkings fault- any thing but the fault of TCB
banned#11
££ JASE ££;6524575
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Yawn..........next

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