Apr 20, 2010

CurrentCodes.com Uncovers Secrets To Savings For Online Shoppers

Promotional Codes Are Big Business, Says Owner of Web’s Premier Clearinghouse;
Visitors to Site Can Find Free Codes Good at over 2,000 Top Internet Retailers

In the Internet age, it’s no longer who you know that counts. Now it’s the code that really opens doors—and deals.

CurrentCodes.com, co-founded by technologist and entrepreneur Barry Boone, is perhaps one of the most useful sites on the World Wide Web today. An indispensable destination for online shoppers, CurrentCodes.com is a clearinghouse for promotional codes—those short strings of numbers and letters made available by retailers to their customers in order to qualify them for various discounts.

Nearly all Web merchants now have a place in their checkout procedure for promotional codes. Some codes are issued in advance to preferred shoppers; others are given out to compensate customers who experienced problems with previous orders. Enter a valid code in the proper box and you’ll automatically qualify for special pricing or other perks.

It’s CurrentCodes.com’s mission to identify these prized codes from the Internet’s best and most popular online stores, then make them available at no cost to site visitors. The company’s trained professional staff follows over 2,000 top retailers—from Barnes and Noble and Figis.com to NeimanMarcus.com and SharperImage—to make sure CurrentCodes.com has the most exhaustive, the most timely, and the most accurate lists of coupon and discount codes.

“CurrentCodes.com isn’t a price comparison site, nor is it a shopping site in the strictest sense,” said Boone. “It’s a site for people who know what they’re going to buy and who they’ll likely buy it from. Even if our visitors don’t have a specific retailer in mind, they can search the appropriate product category for the latest discounts, then choose the retailer with the best offer. At CurrentCodes.com, chances are good that we can save the customer some real money.”

To make choosing the right retailer and deal even easier, CurrentCodes.com also lists sales and other discounts that are currently in effect. Product categories on the site cover the gamut of consumer goods and include automotive, beauty/cosmetics, books, computers, clothing, consumer electronics, food and wine, gifts, health products, jewelry, leisure, shoes, sporting goods, travel and more.

Here is a sampling, from a recent day, of the many exclusive savings listed on CurrentCodes.com:
• Batteries.com—Free 8-pack of AA alkaline batteries with purchase of $9.99 or more;
• BMGMusicService.com—Unlimited music CDs for $4.99 each;
• Etronics.com—Free gift with $50 or more;
• FashionBug.com—Multiple offers including 15% off and $5 off purchases of $20 or more;
• MilesKimball.com—Free shipping on purchases of $40 or more;
• PerfumeEmporium—20% off most purchases;
• RockyMountainTrail.com—10% off plus free shipping;
• Sirius Satellite Radio—15% off.

Every time the CurrentCodes.com visitor clicks on a specific store or deal, the store’s Web site opens in a separate window for easy shopping. In many cases shoppers can also click on links found in a retailer’s coupon codes listing; these promotional “click-throughs,” offered by the retailer, will qualify buyers for special discounts when they proceed to the retailer’s Web site.

GENERAL TIPS FROM BARRY BOONE (for shopping online)

1 - Always check for a coupon or promotional code before checking out. Visiting CurrentCodes.com and getting a coupon only takes a few seconds and could save you anything from free shipping to 50% off or more.

2 - If you know the exact product you want to purchase, it pays to visit several online retailers to get the best price. CurrentCodes.com can help you find that best price by giving you a list of online stores in the category you're shopping for, and showing you the coupons that those stores are offering.

3 - In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card for shopping online. Most debit cards do not offer the same level of safety that a credit card does, and when an unexpected or erroneous charge shows up on your debit card, the money is taken from your bank account and you can end up with bounced checks or other issues before you realize the problem has occurred.

4 - Always be sure that the final checkout screen shows the correct items, quantities, and pricing before you submit your order

5 - Read the site's privacy policy on information sharing, and be sure you don't unintentionally opt in to having your information shared with third parties.

6 - Some merchants are required to collect sales taxes in your state while others might not. It can pay to check several online retailers if the merchant you're about to purchase from wants to charge sales tax.

7 - If you're an eBay shopper, be sure to check CurrentCodes.com for an eBay coupon, especially if you pay by PayPal. eBay sometimes issues coupons that are valid for purchases made on their site with PayPal. This is especially true near the holidays.

8 - Pay close attention to shipping charges. Some retailers make up their low prices by padding the shipping, so you want to be sure you're getting the lowest possible overall price.

Barry Boone’s Bio:
Trained as an IT consultant, Barry started CurrentCodes.com (as well as DealHunting.com) as means for a second income when his first child was on the way. At first online retailers were upset that Barry was giving away these codes, but once they realized how much traffic it was driving to their sites, they decided to monopolize on it. Now, mega-stores such as Amazon.com and Overstock.com pay Barry a certain amount of money for every customer who links to their Web site from CurrentCodes.com and makes a purchase. Barry receives a certain percent of the amount spent, and retailers can offer a higher percentage to Barry in return for a larger logo on CurrentCodes.com. It's a very positive business strategy in the fact that everyone wins. The customer saves money, and both CurrentCodes.com and the retailer make money.


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