Would You Buy $630 For $715? Thanks To Microsoft, You Can Make Money Doing So

from the loopholes dept

Just last month, Microsoft announced its desperation plan of bribing users to use Microsoft's search. Basically, if you bought certain products via a Microsoft search, Microsoft would pay you cash back. And, of course, as soon as the cash got involved, it didn't take long for people to find loopholes. Various messages boards are highlighting how this works, but the end result is that people are buying $630 in cash for $715 (via Whitney McNamara), knowing that Microsoft will pay them "cash back" that more than makes up the difference -- in some cases up to $250. So, in that case, the seller of the "cash" ends up making $85, and the "buyer" makes $165. Microsoft, of course, is out the $250. Talk about arbitrage.
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Filed Under: arbitrage, cash back, search
Companies: microsoft


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  1. identicon
    Streaker, 18 Jun 2008 @ 4:27pm

    Reminds Me

    This reminds me of the 'Long Distance Wars' of the 1990s, where the long distance companies would constantly send you checks to switch to their service.

    I knew quite a few people who made a few hundred bucks doing that.

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