Overstock.com Pointing Finger: Screws Bing Shoppers out of 30% Cashback

Filed Under (hot deals, Ranting) by Jason L. on 27-07-2010

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One of the best deals of the summer (so far) has been with the Overstock 30% cashback offer through Bing.com. This was valid on any item including the preorder of Starcraft 2. I personally missed out on ordering sc2, but had I been a few minutes earlier I would have likely purchased 2 or 3 copies (instead I ordered from dell.com. Bing hasn’t acknowledge the cashback yet). This ranks above the Napster screw-over I mentioned a few months back. Customers getting the Bing rejection emails have already received their items. What’s the plan now Overstock.com? I’ve been told this may in fact be illegal. If you want to save your image, make it right with your customers, and fast. Check out the slickdeals forum at http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=405472&t=2149148

Update 8/1/10: Overstock now pointing the finger at Bing for canceling the cashback. Bing points the finger at Overstock.

Slickdeals forum suggests returning items and/or issuing a chargeback with your credit card company.

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Shame on Napster

Filed Under (hot deals, Ranting) by Jason L. on 04-03-2010

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Finding great deals online is something many people enjoy doing. If you need convincing, just look at the popularity of websites such as slickdeals.net, dealnews.com and even pinchingyourpennies.com. Getting a great deal take patience, flexibility, time and perhaps a bit of luck. Yesterday slickdeals, passwird.com and many other deal websites posted a Napster.com promo code offering 60 free downloads and a year subscription to online streaming music. Within hours the promo code was pulled and emails sent out saying the account had been closed. Fine. It’s ok, we understand. Sometimes a promotion wasn’t supposed to be so popular, or your system didn’t have the code setup as a one time use coupon. We get it. I personally was ready to walk away and count myself out a few minutes of my time. Then today I get another email, this time with the subject in all caps: “FRAUDULENT NAPSTER PROMO CODE”. Wow, okay, that is interesting but why did I care? Then I start reading the message and it makes me feel like a fugitive. Seriously, I just found a great deal posted on slickdeals, I go through YOUR checkout, YOU hand me a receipt then you wait a bit and run after me like a SHOPLIFTER?!?! Wow. I won’t be back. You seriously treat your potential customers like this? Shame on you Napster. Shame on you.

On March 3, 2010, a private-use customer service promotional code, offering an annual Napster subscription that includes 60 MP3s, was illegally shared on multiple public websites. Because these subscriptions were created in a fraudulent manner, Napster expired these accounts, including the MP3 credits, at 9:30 PM the same day.

This code was neither made available via Napster.com  or any of its partners’ sites, nor was it promoted in any way by Napster or its partners. We encourage consumers to ensure the validity of a promotional code, for Napster or any other service or product, before attempting to redeem.

We apologize if this caused any disruption in service to any of our subscribers or visitors.  We believe Napster is the best value in digital music.  For as low as $5 per month, subscribers enjoy unlimited on-demand streaming music plus 5 song credits.  Go to www.napster.com to check it out.

Please do not reply to this email as the mailbox is not monitored.  To reach Napster Customer Support, please visit www.napster.com/support.

Dolphin Punch

Filed Under (Just For Fun) by Jason L. on 26-02-2010

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Today someone from work posted this link in the chatroom. Completely useless but freakin’ hilarious. Have you punched a dolphin in the mouth lately?


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2D Barcodes Used as Contact Information

Filed Under (Just For Fun) by Jason L. on 28-12-2009

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Now with cameras on cell phones and app stores that provide access to applications which can use the camera, 2D barcodes are popping up on email signatures and business cards. Scanning a 2D barcode is a quick and easy way to get someones information and save it to your phone with minimal data entry. Here are a couple of links to help you get started by creating your 2D barcode and adding it to your gmail signature.



To scan your barcode simply download/install the Barcode Scanner app from your phone’s app store. [Android] [iPhone]

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Saying goodbye to Albertsons in Utah

Filed Under (Personal) by Jason L. on 02-11-2009

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Yesterday was the last day of Albertsons grocery stores in Utah. When 34 former Albertsons stores open today at noon, they will be operating as Associated Foods Fresh Market stores. There are a few exceptions. The stores near St. George Utah are expected to join the Las Vegas Albertsons division and remain as Albertsons stores. Four stores are going to remain Albertsons, perhaps for only a few months longer as the company continues to search for another buyer. They were not purchased as part of the Associated Foods purchase.

Albertsons has had a price perception problem (the 3 P’s) at least as long as I can remember. Since the late 1990’s people recognized Albertsons as a service oriented store and not a store for the best prices. Flurishing Wal-Mart supercenters started cutting even deeper into profits by stealing loyal customers who were enticed by lower prices.

Over the past 11 years, Albertsons attempted to rebound by completing several mergers and acquisitions. They tried to improve price perception and customer loyalty, lower costs and increase profits. Ultimately they met their demise in 2006 when they were dividedly purchased by SuperValu and Cerberus investors. Each year since then, more and more stores with the Albertsons banner have closed. This year SuperValu announced quarterly profits had fallen 30%.

The Associated Food Stores purchase of Utah Albertsons stores will prolong the life of these particular stores and continue to support the employees who work there. Looking at the big picture, the grocery business in Utah is crowded. With WinCo entering the picture now, there are even more options for consumers. In the end the store which offers consistent low prices allong with good service will win. As of now, it’s difficult to tell if anyone is even trying to compete.

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