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MSE News: Over 40% of cashback site users don't get paid
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Since then, I currently have around £165 of "validated" cashback owed, related to transactions from april to july of this year. None of it ever seems to progress to Paid, and when i contact their email support i just get responses which amount to "don't worry, it's within normal parameters" even though all of them are well over the average payment time listed against the individual providers.
I'm pretty disillusioned with Quidco cos one thing's for sure, they've had their share of the commission generated by all of my transactions, and I haven't. I might try another site, but i'd definitely advise other MSE-ers to go with one of the others mentioned above and give Quidco a miss.
The general feeling from the replies posted about this article is that most people do get their cashback from Topcashback and Quidco. In my eyes the two best cashback sites. I've been using both of these sites for 2 years and have saved over £2k. Sometimes my cashback is declined, recently by Jarvis Hotels. My transaction didn't track, I put in a claim with all of the relevant details about my stay at the hotel and Jarvis replied that my booking had been cancelled and declined my cashback. Yes this was frustrating, I lost out on £7. I don't hols TCB responsible, I feel cheated by Jarvis. I had a booking reference, receipt and credit card slip.:T
I Have difficulty recommending these sites to my friends, because they always think there's a catch. Articles like this one just adds merit to their fears - it is unhelpful.
I agree this is Daily Mail, story grabbing with a twisted headline. This figure doesn't stack up in my experience either. I'm up over a grand since I've started using quidco.
Still isn't this a fine example of the "journalism" we are now seeing on MSE?
Everything is a "secret" method or they show a "trick" to save money.
In my mind it is becoming more and more about generating click through links(and money) for MSE.
The cashback for changing energy suppliers is a crystal clear example of this.
I don't think I am (not that I'm a computer genius or anything!) because all my other cashback works but just not for Mothercare, it's weird. Anyway I will check, thanks.
Yes I am serious. The only reason I bought Norwich or now Aviva insurance was the cash back made it a great deal.
I am not saying that cash back sites are no good as Top cash back seems to be working for me. But in my case Quidco claimed to have no record of my £70, so they say..... basically tough luck was their response.
So you seriously think that Quidco is a scam because of your single bad experience? If it didn't track then, as they said, tough! What exactly do you want them to do?
I've made just under £500 from quidco. Scam? I think not!
Some of my transactions are still there many months afterwards and I've had to put in reminders to get the money.
Overall, though, I do think the article is misleading and that cashback sites aren't a con and are good since I get most of the money, but there are a few caveats.
Personally I largely use TCB these days - don't like Quidco's £5 fee system. And I keep a browser specifically for it to make sure there's no confusion with cookies (a tip I got ages ago on MSE I think). The one I use for cashback is Slimbrowser, set to delete cookies on closing each time - and only ever used for cashback.
Yes it's a bit of hassle - I generally check out the deals on my usual browser first and then have to reproduce the transaction (without worrying about cookies stored on my main browser) in Slimbrowser after going through TCB's site - but it's effective, and saves a lot of money. So the hassle is well worth it.
And if things don't track I raise a ticket - and, more often than not, these are successful. I have not, so far, had any major claim refused. A few small (50p or similar) claims haven't worked - but so what - that's not worth worrying about.
Some better guidance from MSE on this sort of tactic would be better than the scaremongering, out of perspective, article that prompted this thread.