Buy.com, Orbitz lLnked to Controversial Marketers

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Buy.com, Orbitz lLnked to Controversial Marketers
« on: August 01, 2009, 12:33:21 PM »
Thousands of Web shoppers have complained that "mystery charges" are showing up on their credit card statements and have accused those who operate so-called Web loyalty programs of duping them into signing up.

As a result, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is investigating Vertrue, WebLoyalty, and Affinion--companies who make "cash-back" and coupon offers to consumers and charge those who enroll in their loyalty programs.

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"We reserve the right to use or disclose your personally identifiable information for business reasons in whatever manner desired."
--Buy.com's privacy agreement

If you think that anyone who unwittingly signs up to one of these programs must be an e-commerce rookie and that it couldn't happen to someone as savvy as you, take care that your overconfidence doesn't cost you. Josh Lowensohn, a 26-year-old CNET reporter and longtime Web shopper, this week found that a credit card he rarely uses was billed $12 in each of the past eight months by WebLoyalty.

Complete Article:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10293633-93.html

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