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Get paid to shop at your favourite stores
Cashback website Quidco's mobile app pays you to visit your favourite stores – you don't even need to buy anything. Annie Lew takes a look.
by Annie Lew on Jul 03, 2012 at 00:01
A mobile phone app that gives you free cash just for stepping foot in a shop? It sounds unlikely, but that’s exactly what cashback website Quidco’s app claims to offer. You aren't even obliged to buy anything.
Launched last year with a choice of seven retailers in 1,000 high-street locations, the app has now been revamped, offering some 70 retailers including Argos, Debenhams and Vodafone in a whopping 22,000 locations.
Intrigued to see if getting money for nothing really is as easy as it sounds, I took to the streets to test it out.
Sign up for free
First, I had to sign up to the Quidco website – which was free. And after a quick scout around I was excited to see a number of offers for some of my favourite high-street stores and the promise of cashback in return for shopping there.
The next step was to download the free app. But after searching for a Blackberry app I found out that it's only compatible with iPhones and Android phones. I was not off to a great start.
Luckily, I could get the app on my iPod Touch, though I was forced to carry round a pocket wi-fi machine as it’s virtually impossible to find an unsecured internet connection on the go.
Checking in for cashback
I saw I could check in to stores and receive 5p or 10p cashback. And although this is quite a stingy reward, it’s still free money, and could add up over time.
So I set off iPod in hand, using the app’s GPS-controlled map – which told me how close I was to free cash – to locate my nearest offers.
Upon arrival at the nearest Tesco I walked through the aisles pretending to look busy as I checked in. I left momentarily with a 10p cashback souvenir.
Once I’d checked in to as many shops as I could without having to stray too far – sadly there is a limit on how many times you can check in to the same store in one day – I looked to see if there were any discount vouchers up for grabs.
Success! I managed to get 40% off a Body Shop item after noticing on the app that a few feet away from me was a ‘hot offer’ promising 40% off everything in the entire store. All I had to do was take my item to the till, recite the discount code and I was off with my very own cut-price product.
However, a quick look online later indicated that this wasn't an exclusive deal for app users, which was a little disappointing.
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