Effective immediately, we are testing some new features and policies.
1. All ECAs can now accept MRP as a payment option! Yes, you can now spend your MRP on virtually every product listed at TripleClicks!
2. ALL Pricebenders auctions are now open to ALL bidders from ALL countries! Here are the details:
For physical items, the auction item will be available for shipment only to US and Canada members (see silver/gold exception in FAQs). If you live in any other country, you may now bid on any auction item, but if you win the item, you will be offered your choice of a TC gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits (each of which can be redeemed on virtually any product at TripleClicks).
Here’s an example: You bid on a tablet and win. But because you live in Germany, when you check out, you’re offered your choice of a gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits. You choose the gift certificate. You can now purchase a tablet from a local ECA. Also, because it’s local, shipping time is likely greatly reduced. In addition, many truly messy issues we’ve had to deal with–like shipping restrictions on the shipment of electronics (and other products), going through Customs, etc.–are also greatly minimized or eliminated altogether. Yes, a gift certificate greatly streamlines Pricebenders for our international members!
A. No exchanges (either gift certificates or TCredits) will be available on digital items.
B. All auctions winners will be required to pay the ending (winning) price before choosing to accept a gift certificate or TCredits.
C. The value of TC gift certificates will be our approximate cost for the item and will expire after 180 days (Pricebenders gift certificates must be used within 180 days).
D. US and Canada members who win auctions for physical products will actually have three choices. You may choose to take the item won, a gift certificate, or TCredits.
Big opportunity for ECAs
We are very excited about our new gift certificates program for Pricebenders and we think it’s going to provide a much, much better experience for our international winners. But we’re not stopping there. To truly empower this program, we want to align the program with our ECAs in a way that makes the experience even better yet–while boosting the sales opportunity for our ECAs around the world, too.
What we want to see is our ECAs stocking many of the same or similar products that we’re auctioning at Pricebenders. For ECAs that accomplish this (and are proven and reliable of course), we will refer winners of gift certificates directly to you!
Example: You live in South Africa and you are the winning bidder for a premium cookware set. At checkout, we would provide you with a list of ECAs in your region that have this or a similar cookware product available. With just a couple clicks, you can place an order with the ECA of your choice for the product (or similar product) you won using your gift certificate…and potentially receive it in just a couple days! Slick!
Big opportunity for ECA REFERRERS too!
Know any businesses that might like to have potentially hundreds of gift certificate winners sent their way with a big gift certificate in hand and anxious to spend it? That’s the opportunity for businesses that are willing to carry and ship “Pricebenders-approved” products. To learn more about the ECA referrals opportunity (which can include handsome lifetime royalties for you for EVERY sale your referred ECAs make), go HERE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I redeem a gift certificate?
Simply choose “gift certificate” as your payment option when you check out.
Q: Can gift certificates be saved up and/or combined?
Yes, this is a great way to earn big, highly-coveted items such as a fast, new computer for your SFI business! Note, however, that gift certificates won at Pricebenders expire in six months (180 days).
Q: How long will it take before ECAs can be listed with products to redeem my gift certificates on?
The timeframe is unknown as it’s dependent mostly on our ECAs, but we’ll start spreading the word with our ECAs now…and you can do the same. In the meantime, we recommend that you patronize the top-rated ECAs in your country as listed on our ECA tab at TripleClicks or on the ECA tab at the Affiliate Center.
Q: Can I redeem a gift certificate on a digital SFI product such as PSAs To Go or a Prestige Custom Domain?
Q: Could I use a gift certificate on a non-auction physical TC Direct product that can be shipped to my country?
Yes, however, you would be required to pay the shipping cost in such an instance.
Q: I’m an ECA that would like to have gift certificate winners directed to my ECA store. How do I get listed for this?
You may submit a ticket at support.sfimg.com with your proposal. If we like what we see from you, we will contact you when we are ready to incorporate this component of the program. You can “apply” now or whenever you’re ready.
Q: What about silver and gold auctions? Even though I’m in a country that you’ve been able to ship these items to previously, am I now out of luck?
No, you are not. We will continue to ship silver and gold to you should you win one of these auctions (pending any future changes in shipping laws of course). This is the only exception to the new “Physical items are available for shipment to US/CANADA members only” rule.
DISCUSS IT! Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.