You all asked, and I listened....I have put together a list of FAQ's for IDeal. And, I will add one for the other companies soon.
If you see any questions I am missing ( and of course, was not already included in the original write up ), feel free to post them in the comments and I will add them to the list.
This new list will be posted as a button on the Online Offers webpage soon, so everyone can access it easily.
And, thanks for the suggestion!!!
Q: Which offers are good to do once I sign up?
A: Unfortunately, I cannot advise you on which offers you should do. Each family is different in their interests and needs, and you should try and find offers that suit your needs.
Q: Can I cancel my offers during the trial and still get credit, or must I remain a member past the trial?
A: Again, I do not have the answer to this. Each company is different on when it will issue credit. You should be legitimately signing up for offers you have an interest in trying and may be interested in for your family. Please do NOT just sign up with all offers and only cancel. These companies are offering you free money and they want us to be upstanding customers and try products and hopefully keep them if we like them.
Have I? Sure have! We have had Dish Network for 3 years now, and I signed up thru a program like this ( plus lowered our monthly cable bill, since Dish Network was cheaper ). Right now, I am using an eye cream and make up I had bought thru one of the IDeal sites I had done.
Q: Will I really be disqualified if I accidentally duplicate offers from the same parent company?
A: YES, YES, YES!! I, unfortunately, have heard from 3 others this past month who got DQ'd from IDeal ( and will not be receiving their gift ) because they duplicated offers from multiple parent companies.
You MUST research to see if your companies are related before signing up for the specific offers on each page you complete. You canNOT duplicate offers or from their parent companies for 6 months!
Q: Are there offers from the same parent company on the same offer page?
A: Absolutely! You can be on the silver page, and there may be numerous offers that are all from the same parent company. You can get DQ'd on your very IDeal website ever...if you duplicate offers. Pick all your offers out ahead of time ( and a few replacements ) before every signing up for any of them. Then, research them. Once you have, and nothing is related...you can begin signing up for offers.
Q: How do I know which offers are related and from the same parent company?
A: There is no easy way to tell. This is why the more IDeal sites you do within a 6 month period, you are more likely to make a mistake and potentially risk duplicating and being DQ'd. And, if that happens, you could potentially be banned from IDeal sites going forward. You do not want that to happen.
One of the easiest ways to tell is if the companies have the same address or a phone number that is just a couple digits off ( meaning they changed the last few numbers for each deparment/product you are calling in about )
Here are some tips:
Read the terms/conditions ( copy them for your records, too ) of each specific offer. Write down their address and phone number, if available.
If you cannot find the address for each one, go to the BBB.org. Do a search on your company name there and see if it brings anything back. Look for the address and phone number again.
If you still can't find addresses or information, do a general search online. See if that brings anything back.
Nothing still working? Take a look at the site. Websites that are related will usually have minor similarities in either their check out page, wording, etc. It is looks similar, it is probably because it is a part of the same company.
All else fails? Consider calling the company directly and asking them if they have any other products their parent companies own.
Q: I have sent in my paperwork w/ Delivery Confirmation and my status has not updated even though they received my paperwork?
A: I usually recommend giving them a couple weeks ( as long as you aren't close to your 60 day mark ). If it hasn't updated in a few weeks, just send them a polite email with your Delivery Confirmation and tell them you are just checking to see if they received them.
If your status has not updated and you are in the last week before your 60 day expiration mark, I always just resend my paperwork a second time. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Q: Once my status has updated, am I done? Do I just wait until my prize arrives?
A: No. Please still check your status every so often to make sure your status has not changed. Only once has my status went from approved ( and paperwork processed ) to needing to complete one more offer. Again, better to be safe than sorry...just check in until you get that prize in the mail.
Q: If my status has updated showing they received my certificates, will they again update my account once it ships?
A: No, they will not. The update showing they received your paperwork will be the last update, unless you get DQ'd or they decide you need to do another offer. Still check your status, but they will not update once it has shipped.
Q: My certificate won't print? What do I do?
A: You did not complete the first part of your sign up process where you needed to go thru all the questionarres. It is a simple fix. Go back to the sign in page, reset up your account and complete the first portion. Your certificate should print fine, then.
Q: Is the $1,000 limit for all of IDeal or each sub company?
A: It is for each subcompany. So, you can do $1,000 for Top Notch, $1,000 for 123 Click, etc, etc.
BUT, my understanding is you still can't duplicate offers from parent companies when you sign up across these sub companies. But, I am sorry, I am not positive of this.
If anyone wants to test it and let us all know, go for it. :-)
So, if you do many more than 2 IDeal companies in a 6 month period, you really do risk duplicating offers and getting DQ'd. Not sure if it is worth that risk. You must decide.
Q: I did replacements, how long until they approve?
A: Usually, replacement offers take from 1 to 3 days to approve.
Q: Do the $500 offers or the $1,000/$1,500 offers result in a larger return on investment?
A: With IDeal, there are more things to weigh than just your return on investment. Usually ( always read terms/conditions before starting ), $500 or less offers are Do It Yourself offers. BUT, if you go for an offer more than $500, it usually becomes a referral. This means you need to refer 1 or 2 other people and they ALSO have to complete all their offers.
The problem, at least for me, is that I would feel bad if those people couldn't find anyone to refer and then didn't get their gift. Someone always is the last person and doesn't win.
The other problem, if that person makes a mistake ( does 2 offers from the same parent company ), gets DQ'd, doesn't finish their offers, etc....you are out!! You will not get your gift. So, you then invested your money and will not receive the free gift at the end.
It may be slightly cheaper ( I am not even positive, actually, because I won't do them ), but it is not worth the risk of not getting my prize or the guilt if someone I refer doesn't get theirs.