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
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    Fubar4Fun, 18 Jun 2008 @ 6:28pm

    Look at it this way...

    Had Yahoo not been so homophobic and stepped away from the plate, they may've got some of that phat cash too. Then both companies be rich with mega hits and more $$$ and google just drown in their simplistic narcissism.

    Excellent strategy though.

    Beautiful plumage....

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