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Save Big Bucks on Ebay with Microsoft Live Search

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I'm approximately a bazillion months behind in offering this tip. However, it's relatively new to me, so maybe it's new to you. I haven't had a chance to try it, but it seems like hundreds/thousands of others have and with companies like Microsoft and Ebay involved it's not likely a scam.

What kind of big bucks can you save? How does 25-35% off of the price of the item sound (up to $200)?

Here's how it works:
According to the eBay Terms for Live Search Cashback Rewards, you must:

  • Search for an eBay.com item on Live.com.
  • Click on an eBay.com sponsored advertisement on www.live.com that has the cashback icon a gold circle with a dollar sign, next to the advertisement. When you click on the advertisement, you will begin an online session. Sponsored advertisements typically appear at the top or along the right hand side of the page of a Live.com search results page in a shaded or colored area of the page.
  • Purchase an eligible eBay.com Buy-It-Now item using PayPal within 60 minutes of the time you began the online session. Cashback Rewards will apply only to the first eligible item you commit to buy during an online session. You may make only one qualifying purchase per online session.
  • To make additional qualifying purchases, you must repeat each of these steps including initiating a new search on Live.com.

There's a crazy long Fat Wallet Forum Post on this. Looking at just the very first post, there's an example of how someone bought a Roomba for $250 and got $100 back in cash.

Anyway to save cash is always welcome, but in these economic times it seems to mean a little more. Maybe that Nintendo Wii for your family is now affordable.

Posted on December 5, 2008.

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4 Responses to “Save Big Bucks on Ebay with Microsoft Live Search”

  1. This is a great deal. I bought a Home Depot gift card for my mom off Ebay and saved her a bunch of money on getting new flooring. I’ve already received my cashback. This is definitely a real deal. The only problem is that now all the sellers mark up their gift cards because they know you can get cashback for purchasing them.

  2. bubba says:

    Obviously you’ve been lazy keeping up with your deals :)

    Yeah, we’ve got a baby on the way so I’ve been buying new baby things for about the same price as I can get them in the store, before the 25-35% off though. Many of the items actually gave me instant cash back (so no waiting for 60 days). The other thing I’ve been doing, for quite some time, is buying items and reselling them on eBay. This is even more profitable if you get the cash back (though it may be awhile before you get the cash back).

  3. Slacker says:

    Wow Lazy Man,

    I have never heard of that. Good find, I’m definitely going to check it out. I’ve heard of things like kickitback that offer a paltry 1% cashback on your ebay purchases but it’s a bit annoying and to be honest, my credit card offers 1% cashback on all purchases too, so it’s not that great.

    Also, I took your tip on permalinks, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.

  4. Chris says:

    Late to the party :P

    It’s already back down to 8%. Thanksgiving weekend was pretty good when it was up to 30%. Most of the other time it hovers between 8-25%.

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