I know there's been some chatter here about the MS Cashback but not alot. For any of you who haven't tried it or aren't sure it's a legit deal...it is, and there are relatively few strings attached.
MS is using a promotion called Microsoft Cashback that's valid with hundreds of online retailers....Ebay being one the most lucrative. Rather than using conventional TV and radio ads they've actually been rewarding people for using their search engine, Live.com. Here's how it works:
You need to originate a search though Live.com that results in an Ebay hit that shows the "Live Search Cashback" symbol . The search words "Wii", "coins", "chisels", "hand planes", "laptop", "coffee", or "saw blades" have worked for me as recently. It doesn't matter what you search for at Live.com initially, as long as it results in a hit that has the symbol that links you to Ebay.
Then enter Ebay thru the link from your Live.com search. You should see the "Microsoft" Cashback banner at the top of the page. (currently 25%) . Once you've got that banner, the session and the stated discount is valid for one hour....after an hour you can repeat the process to refresh it. Now you can search Ebay for any item you want, but it must be listed as a "Buy It Now" item, and they must accept PayPal as payment, and you must pay using ayPal. You'll see the Cashback banner at every step of the checkout process right up to confirming the purchase, so you'll know what your saving. Note that the discount is subject to change without notice. 30% is as high as I've seen it. You're allowed up to 12 cashback transactions per Ebay account...each transaction has a cap of $200, up to an annual max of $2500.
Once you make the Buy It Now purchase, in a day or two you'll receive an email from the MS Cashback folks stating that you've earned Cashback. It'll provide a link to set up a "Live ID" account with Microsoft. Your cashback will be available after 60 days (to allow for returns), at which time you'll get another email with a link where you can request your payment. It typically goes straight to your PayPal account but I've read where others requested a check.
We've used it for a cabinet saw, clarinet, college laptop, college books, college speakers, new PC, LCD TV, gift cards, silver bullion, and sneakers to name a few items. I bought a $500 Lowes gift card for $469 (minus 30%), then scored a 20% coupon and turned that into a French patio door at 46% retail. There are nearly limitless possibilities to buy (and sell). For the record, there's zero incentive for me to share this....it's just info I thought might be helpful to someone. HTH!