Live Search CashBack goes live early –“The Search that pays you back”

Live Search CashBack, at least one of the big announcements slated for tomorrow’s (Seattle time) Advance08 advertisers conference, is up and running now, at least for the moment.  Apparently not having learned from the multiple early sightings of the new Live.com page, the Live Search team seems to be trying to beat us at our own game, they just can’t seem to keep a secret.  The program, which will pay cash back for purchases made using Live Search, is described in the FAQ like this:

Microsoft Live Search cashback is “The Search That Pays You Back”. Find great deals on millions of products from hundreds of brand name stores that you know and trust. You will be able to earn cashback savings based on a percentage of the product price. Your savings will be paid to you via your choice of a deposit to your PayPal account, direct deposit to your bank account, or a check in the mail. It’s that simple!

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CashBack is accessible through the live.com home page:

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And a quick screenshot from the “See how this works” page:

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At first glance this does not appear to be a US only offer, the terms and conditions list numerous countries.

We’ll have more as the official announcement takes place tomorrow.  For now you can see if you can access it at http://search.live.com/cashback


Update:

From the Terms of Service –  17. Live Search cashback:
You can participate in the Live Search cashback service, subject to the then-current participation age, country of residence and other requirements described at the Live Search cashback web site.

These requirements currently are, according to the FAQ (who is eligible for Live Search Cash Back) on the web site, you are eligible as long as you:

  • Provide us with a valid email address and password for account access.
  • Are a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a valid mailing address (a P.O. Box won’t work).
  • Create or have an active Windows Live ID and cashback account.
  • Adhere to the Microsoft Service Agreement.

So sorry, it does appear to be US only. For now anyway…