Wanted: iPhone 5 Testers

Posted on October 15th, 2012 in Freebies,Making Money,Offers by Stephanie

Product Testing UK are currently looking for product testers to test out the new iPhone 5. If you are selected as a product tester you will be sent a brand new Apple iPhone 5 to test for 7 days and then you get to keep it after you fill out a survey on your experience with it! This is a great offer if you are looking to get a new phone or you can even sell it to make some extra money. For further details visit the Product Testing website. Places are limited so register now if you are interested.

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Wanted: iPhone 4S Testers

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 in Freebies,Making Money,Money Saving Tips,Offers by Stephanie

Product Testing UK are currently looking for product testers to test out some new features of the iPhone 4S. If you are selected as a product tester you will be sent a brand new Apple iPhone 4S to test for 7 days and then you get to keep it afterwards! This is a great offer if you are looking to get a new phone or you can even sell it to make some extra money. For further details visit the Product Testing website.

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Tesco Gold Exchange Review

Posted on July 5th, 2012 in Making Money,Random Thoughts by Stephanie

A while ago I wrote a post on Tesco Gold Exchange and how you can make some extra cash by selling your unwanted gold to them. It may seem like a good deal at first considering that Tesco pay substantially more than if you sold your gold at a local jewellery shop but unfortunately I had a bad experience recently with 2 necklaces that I tried to send to them.

Tesco Gold Exchange works by sending your jewellery in a prepaid special delivery envelope to them after which you will receive a quote on the value of your gold and then you can choose whether or not to accept it. My necklaces however never even arrived and you could say that this is the fault of Royal Mail but according to the Tesco website on their Terms & Conditions page, under “Posting and insurance”, any gold that is sent to them using Royal Mail Special Delivery is insured by Royal Mail for up to £500 and in order to make a claim under the insurance you need to contact Royal Mail directly and you will need your receipt (i.e. postal receipt) but they failed to mention that you would also need a receipt to prove the value of the items that you send.

Tesco Gold Exchange Review

This is a deception on their behalf because they ensure that posting the gold to them is completely safe and insured so that customers will feel at ease sending their gold to them in the post but they witheld vital information that should anything go wrong in the delivery process, original proof of the value would be needed. Had I known this beforehand (and I probably should have looked this up on the Royal Mail website), I would have not sent my gold to them as I don’t have any proof of it’s value since they were gifts as is most gold that people have I suspect. I did take a photo of the jewellery before I sent it and I know that it was 18 carat gold and weighed 30g (including the weight of the special delivery envelope) so according to the Tesco website this would be valued at around £475 (assuming the gold weighs around 25g) at the time of writing. Unfortunately this is not enough to make a claim from Royal Mail. I think it is the duty of Tesco to have stated that proof of the value of the gold would be needed in order to make a claim and it should not be up to the customer to have to go and find out this information.

After waiting and tracking the package online on the Royal Mail website for 10 days (Royal Mail requires a 10 day wait before items can be declared lost when sent by Special Delivery) I contacted Tesco to ask for their opinion, based on their experience, what is the best way to go about trying to make a claim from Royal Mail since I don’t have proof of the value of the gold. The following is the email that I sent and the reply that I received from Tesco:

Dear Sir/Madam,
I have just checked with Royal Mail and it seems that the package is lost as it’s been nearly 2 weeks since I sent it to you. I have to contact Royal Mail to try to claim back compensation but I was wondering if there is any advice you can give me about claiming back the value of my jewellery? Unfortunately I don’t have a receipt to show the cost of the jewellery as they were presents but I did take a photo of them before I sent it off and I know that they are 18 carat gold and the weight of the envelope with the jewellery enclosed that I sent to you was 30g. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Kind Regards,
Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,
Thanks for your reply, unfortunately everything has to be done through the Royal Mail. They will send us a letter to ask if we have received it once you have started the claim. You can find all the information you need on how to claim on their website http://www.royalmail.com/customer-service/mail-late-lost
Kind Regards
Tesco Gold Exchange Team

I found Tesco’s reply to be extremely unhelpful and they have no interest in helping or even giving a little advice. Tesco is a brand that I used to trust but I’m starting to change my mind now based on this bad experience. I hope you found this Tesco Gold Exchange review helpful and if you do choose to use Tesco Gold Exchange, make sure you have original proof of the value of the gold you are sending in the form of a receipt, bank statement, etc.

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Make Money Completing Online Surveys With IPSOS

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 in Making Money by Stephanie

Completing online surveys is a good way of making some quick and easy money. IPSOS is an online company that pays you in shopping vouchers in exchange for giving your opinion in surveys. Surveys are sent to you by email and for just a few minutes of your time you could get up to 250 points for each survey. Members get an average of 4 surveys each month and once you have earned just over 1,380 points you can redeem them for High Street vouchers such as Capital Bond, John Lewis, Ikea, Arcadia (Topshop, Burton, etc.) and electronic vouchers which can be used on Amazon.co.uk. So if you have some spare time during your lunch break why not complete a couple of surveys and you could be treating yourself to a shopping trip at the end of the month!

For more information or to join you can visit the IPSOS website here.

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Sell Gold With Tesco Gold Exchange

Posted on August 26th, 2011 in Making Money by Stephanie

Sell Gold With Tesco Gold Exchange

Even though times are tough at the moment in the economy, the price of gold has been soaring and has been reaching record highs. So if you have some unwanted jewellery lying around, now really is the time to sell it!

There are so many cash for gold companies around on the internet as well as high street shops that will buy your unwanted gold so where do you start?? Having a browse on the internet last weekend I discovered that Tesco also has its own gold exchange website and pays substantially higher than other gold brokers. Tesco is a brand that we all know and trust (definitely is my no.1 choice for groceries!) so I was happy to trade in an unwanted necklace that had been sitting in my drawer for the past 10 years for £130 PLUS 130 Tesco clubcard points! Tesco gives 1 point for every £1 in value so it’s a great way to rack up some extra points to save up for that clubcard reward.

Selling gold on the Tesco gold exchange website is really easy, you just have to fill in your details on their website so that they can send you a pack for you to send your gold to them in. Then once you post the gold to them, Tesco will contact you with an offer price and bank the money into your bank account if you accept it. Tesco is currently offering £10.75 per 9 carat gram of gold compared to £7.81 per gram earlier this year so now could be a good time to sell or you could try waiting for a little while to see if the price rises even more. Tesco will buy all sorts of gold jewellery whether broken or old so start routing around for those odd gold earrings or broken watches!

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