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Always Look for a Discount Before Paying Full Price

August 18, 2010 | My Ramblings | Quick Tips | No Comments

I just got back from a 2 day conference (Affiliate Summit East 2010) in New York City.  It’s a trip I planned over 2 months ago, where I booked my flight and hotel.  However, I didn’t register for conference which initially would have cost me $99 for the cheapest pass.  

To my surprise when I went to purchase the pass the price jumped to $249.  I didn’t realize the price would change and wasn’t too happy about it.  On top of that, the website claimed that there was only 2 more days to purchase the pass.  I also quickly found out via a few blog visits that every year the conference gets sold out so to buy your pass early.

I wasn’t happy about paying the $249, because last year I attended free by winning a pass.  So I began to search the internet to see if I could find a free or discounted pass.  I was able to find a coupon code that took 10% off, so that would drop the price to $224.  I still wasn’t happy and started to search forums and tweets (at Twitter.com) for anyone willing to sell their pass or had an extra pass they wouldn’t mind giving to me for free (yea right)!

I was able for find a couple of people on Twitter who was giving away extra passes they had, but I was too late.  I also found a few people on Digital Point forum who wanted to sell me a pass.  But I didn’t have to pay for a pass because I ended up getting one for free!

How did I get it for free you ask?  One tactic I decided to try was to call the company and simply ask very nicely to buy the pass for $99.  I’d tell them I’m in a financial crunch and didn’t realize the price of the ticket would more than double.  It didn’t work, however, during the conversation, the lady told me to enter their sweepstakes to win a pass.  She mentioned for the next several days, they’d give away 1 free pass everyday.  The same sweepstakes she mentioned I had entered several months before and of course I didn’t win.  So I decided to enter the sweepstakes again.  After a trip to the gym to release my frustration, I was greeted by an email that I a won a pass.  This was a more expensive pass valued at $549.  That made my day!

So the lesson to this story is to always try for a discount before paying full price.  I’ve been surprised on several occasions to get a discount on purchases just by asking.  Additionally, many times I’ve searched the Internet for coupons / discount codes to save on purchases.  

Use Google TV Ads to Easily Advertise on TV

March 24, 2010 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Google has made it easier for just about anyone to advertise on TV.  Google TV Ads allows you to upload your video ads from the comfort of your computer.  You can then buy ad time on various TV networks at times you choose.  The above video shows a demo of Google TV Ads (provided by SlateV.com).

Amazon.com Offering $4 Credit to Watch Movie

December 23, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments

Amazon.com Video on Demand is offering a free $4 credit to watch a movie.  Movies range from $0.99 to $5.99.  You can watch the movies on your PC or on a TV connected to your PC or Internet.

To redeem your $4, visit Amazon Video on Demand, select a movie, then click on “Redeem a gift card or promotion code” located below the video screen.  Enter the promotion code “AVODGIFT“.  

The promotional offer is valid for a limited time only and subject to change. Promotional offer is valid from 12/23/2009 through 01/03/2010.

Your code must be used by 01/03/2010 11:59 PM PST and may be redeemed only for purchase (on ownership or rental basis) of digitally-formatted movies or TV shows then available at Amazon Video On Demand.  Have fun!

Amazon.com Giving Away $3 in MP3s

November 24, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments
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Amazon.com is giving away $3 in MP3s. Cool! You must use coupon code “MP34FREE” to get $3 to use toward anything at Amazon MP3.  Tracks cost $0.99, so you can download 3 free tracks.

If you don’t already have an Amazon account, you must sign up for one.  

Promotional offer valid for a limited time only and subject to change. Promotional offer is valid from November 23, 2009 12:00 AM PST through November 30, 2009 11:59 PM PST. You must redeem the code by November 30, 2009 11:59 PM PST.

If you’ve previously entered a promotional code, clicking the “Enter Your Code” button above will show your remaining balance.

After your purchase, you can confirm the dollar amount of the code was applied by checking your order confirmation, which will be sent to you by e-mail.

If you receive an error entering your code, be sure to check that you’ve entered the code correctly and be sure that the promotion is still valid and has not expired. If you still receive an error, contact Customer Service via Amazon MP3 Support.

For more information visit Amazon.com.

Get Free Movies at Netflix

August 28, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments
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I love getting free things!  Previously I got some free movies from Netflix with their free 2-week trial membership.  It’s easy to signup online, by your information and selecting a monthly plan and subscription rate.  A credit card is required.

The offer is only for first time customers, with a valid payment method and is limited to one per household.

Membership also includes instantly watching movies and TV episodes online on your PC or Mac or on your TV via an Internet connected Netflix ready device.

If you decide you don’t want the membership, you cancel at anytime during the 2 weeks and you will not be charged.  Just login into your account and follow the cancellation instructions.

Netflix have over 100,000 DVD titles and ships from 100 shipping points nationwide.  More than 95% of Netflix members live within one business day postal zone.

So go ahead, get your free movies!

Purchase Unlimited Travel Pass for $599 on JetBlue

August 13, 2009 | Quick Tips | No Comments
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What would you do with an All-You-Can-Jet pass on JetBlue Airways? Today through August 21, you can purchase an unlimited travel pass for only $599 on JetBlue, which allows you to travel to any of the airline’s 56 international and domestic destinations as often as they like between September 8 and October 8, 2009. Now that’s a deal if you travel a lot!

Pass holders will have access to every available seat on every flight with no blackout dates, and can book travel up to three days prior to departure through October 5. Thirty-five TrueBlue points from the airline’s customer loyalty program will also be awarded with the purchase of an All-You-Can-Jet pass.

Customers who purchase a pass can book new travel or make changes or cancellations to previous pass reservations without penalty up to three days before departure. All travel using the All-You-Can-Jet pass must be booked between Aug. 12 and Oct. 5.

Changes or cancellations made less than three days before departure will be subject to JetBlue’s $100 change/cancel fee. All pass purchases can be made by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).

Customers must be TrueBlue members to take advantage of the pass. For more information about TrueBlue, or to register to become a member, visit www.jetblue.com/trueblue.

Related Article: Use Twitter to Find Bargains on JetBlue and United Airlines

Use Twitter to Find Bargains on JetBlue and United Airlines

August 4, 2009 | Quick Tips | 1 Comment

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If you are looking for last second, cheap getaway, then the bargain maybe just a tweet away.  JetBlue and United Airlines are offering their Twitter followers access to discounted fares.  

If you aren’t familiar with Twitter, it’s a micro-blogging platform where users can inform each other of what they are doing.  Each user is allowed to send a message (or a tweet) that is 140 characters long to people who are following them.

JetBlue and United Airlines apparently are using the free service to promote sales.  Twitter allows the airlines to easily and quickly send special airfares to people to follow their “tweets”.

To see JetBlues and United airfare specials visit http://twitter.com/JetBlueCheeps and http://twitter.com/unitedairlines, respectively.