StyleWatch Exclusive Monthly Discounts for April/May

From April 11 to May 9, enter “AMI40” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Excludes Pleaser shoes and door busters. 40% http://www.amiclubwear.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “STYLEWATCH20” at checkout for a discount on the jumpsuit featured in this issue. 20% http://www.tbagslosangeles.com/store/

From April 11 to May 9, present this page in stores or enter “PSW25” at checkout for a discount on full-price and sale merchandise. 25% http://www.alenetoo.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSWVIP” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.shaunscalifornia.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW25” at checkout for a discount on the sneakers featured in this issue. 25% http://www.bucketfeet.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a discount on full-price merchandise. 20% http://www.sundaysomewhere.com/

From April 11 to May 9, mention “PSW20” over the phone or enter at checkout for a discount on full-price and sale merchandise. 20% http://www.vodaswim.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.tessandcompany.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “STYLEWATCH” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.shiramelodyjewelry.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSWATCH” at checkout for a discount on full-price merchandise. 20% http://www.lybethras.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “MODME25” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Excludes Mod of the Month Club subscription service and “Together” face nonprofit fund-raising watch. 25% http://www.modifywatches.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW25” at checkout for a site-wide discount 25% http://www.rorybeca.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “STYLEWATCH4” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Discount valid in the U.S. and Canada only. 20% http://www.stevemadden.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “peoplestyle2014” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.silvanoapparel.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “STYLEWATCH4” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Discount valid in the U.S. and Canada only. 20% http://www.dolcevita.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.fantas-eyes.com/

From April 11 to May 9, present this page in store, mention “BOHOCHIC” over the phone or enter it at checkout for a discount on the tote featured in this issue. 20% http://www.figue.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “PSW20SP14” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.heartloom.com/

From April 11 to May 9, enter “STYLEWATCH4” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Discount valid in the U.S. and Canada only. 20% http://www.lulus.com/

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Paid For Mail And Email

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Sounds like a scam doesn’t it? Yep I thought so too. But seeing as I’ve been a part of it for over 5 years now, I can prove it’s not. I earn anywhere from $40 to $60 a month sending in junk mail and email. And I’ve helped one of my staff members, my best friend and cousin all earn around $20 to $40 a month. Depending on how driven they are during that month.

SBKC AKA Small Business Knowledge Center is the name of the company. Ask yourself, Are Your Mailbox and Email Inbox filled with Solicitations and Junk Mail? You’re invited to participate in a long-term Market Research Study of Direct Mail and Email Marketing received by consumers. In other words, we want to compensate you for sending us all of the direct mail and email you might normally just throw away!

SBKC also now is seeking people from Canada. (Be sure to be signed up with the email address you want the invite to go to.)

pngSBKC now pays via VISA Gift Cards that will be sent to your mailing address once a month. They are not re-loadable cards, and the website is written on the back to track your balance.

Your Personal Information is Safe!

As a member of the BBB, for the last 5 years, and with an “A” rating SBKC has earned a reputation for safety and security. All you information including name, phone number, account numbers etc. are removed (digitally) prior to making the information available to our researchers.  99% of the materials you send us are recycled and disposed of in a safe manner (similar to that of a law office or bank) or if you so choose can ask to have your mail returned–just put a post-it or something that signifies that you want it returned and we’ll send it back–  Rest assured that the personal information is safe with us, we’ll stake our reputation on it.

SKBC pays for the following items:

Health Insurance
- Accident, Disability, Dental,
Medicare
Life Insurance
- Term Life, Survivorship,
Accidental Death
Annuities/Investments
- IRAs, 401(k), Mutual Funds
Auto/Property Insurance
- Homeowner’s, Renters
Loans
- Auto, Mortgage, Home Equity
Banking/Credit Cards
- Checking/Savings
Telecommunication
- Cell phone, TV/Cable, Internet

(Types listed are limited examples, other types accepted)

Types of Companies we collect mail from:

Health Insurance Carriers
- Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield
Life Insurance Carriers
- MetLife, American General
Annuity/Investment Carriers
- John Hancock, Merrill Lynch
Auto/Property Carriers
- Allstate, GEICO, Nationwide
Banking/Credit Card Companies
- Chase, Bank of America
Telecommunication Companies
- AT&T, Comcast, Verizon
Miscellaneous Companies
- AAA, AARP, GMAC, Fingerhut
(Companies listed are limited examples, other companies accepted)

MATERIALS TO LOOK FOR:

- Explanation of Benefits
- Benefit Guides
- Brochures
- Newsletters
- Summary of Benefits
- Postcards
- Solicitations
- Statements
- Claims
- Member/Account
Communications
- Information Packets
- Welcome Kits

Travel & Leisure
Pharmaceuticals
Any communications from:
Airlines (Ex: JetBlue, American Airlines, Southwest)
Car Rental Services (Ex: Hertz, Enterprise, Avis)
Hotel or Hotel Group (Ex: Starwood, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriot, Hyatt)
Cruise Lines (Ex: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line)

Solar Power, Gas, Electric, Green Energy.

We are especially interested in communications related to rewards programs you belong to. Via credit card, store card, or rewards cards such as Rite Aid.

Please only send direct mail and emails that are directly from these service providers, not third parties (i.e. travel agencies or brokers).

Any communications from pharmaceutical companies (Ex: Pfizer).  Our_Research_File_Types.pdf

BONSUES CHANGE MONTHLY!
As you can see the list is extensive. I have a excel doc of over 450 links that Pat, my best friend, my cousin, and I all signed up for to insure our month earning status. Anywhere from $20-$60 a month. If you would be interested in this, please contact me for a PayPal payment of $25. I update it often with new links so by the time you purchase it the list may be larger. As SBKC keeps expanding, example most recently they added solar power, energy, and gas, so those too have been added to the list. Most of the things in the excel doc are for email, but emails are often times worth 100 points each. If you sign up for everything, you WILL earn a $20 gift card a month, and have points for next month.

TIPS: When you decide to join I highly recommend getting a brand new email address, and using that email address ONLY for the SBKC content. I forward some 300 emails a day to SBKC, and send about two to three envelopes full a month. You send them the ads that come every Tuesday as there are cable and insurance ads in those.  Also to save some time download Roboform: http://www.roboform.com/?affid=a1701 Then you can just click the button to fill in all 430+ forms. You do not send email that you know, and they know is spam, IE fake items of what they are asking for. You will not be paid for point blank spam. Just real mail, and you’d be surprised all the things that send daily emails if you sign up for them.

Mail too important to let go? Write return on the piece in question and they will send it back.

If you have any questions, please contact them directly either via email at consumers@sbkcenter.com or call us at (312) 546-4922. Your inquiry will be answered promptly.

  • ·        Must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Participants may only send mail and email that was originally sent to them (you own your mail) and from members of their household with those members’ permission.

 

Previous article on this: http://thevoiceofamylynn.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/paid-for-your-junk-mail-and-email/

 Join here http://sbkcenter.com/consumer_panelist_pop_c.php quote the name Amy Lynn when asked how you heard of this. Thank you.


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Disturbing Trend in New Movies

I own over 900 DVD’s and have Amazon Prime. Our DVD player is playing something daily. We have noticed a disturbing trend going on in new films and I’m not sure why the focus groups aren’t pointing this issue out. Added to the fact why the directors don’t even notice.

You simply can not use a fancy WHITE font text and expect your viewers to be able to read it. 90% of the background of where the text appears is white. Tell me, can you read white on white? Sometimes the text is very important to be able to follow the storyline. Such as history, or locations let alone dates.

This sort of trend stops viewers from going to theaters because what is the point? You have to get it on DVD and pause it so you can read it.

I have often thought about taking a screenshot of this and pinning it, but can’t be bothered (right now, may later). It’s easier and quicker to blog, and see how many others share the same thoughts. Perhaps word will spread and they will use something like yellow Arial font which is simple and readable the next time they need to place text in a film.

I know many films do focus groups to see the results. My Best Friends wedding even talks about their focus groups in the specials. They discovered they had to redo the ending of their film because of it. I can only be lead to believe that people either aren’t bothered to mention that they couldn’t read the text or completely forgot about it. Most of the Bond films have white text on white background when showing locations of things. I hope this changes, or at least someone important speaks up.

Can you read this? Can you read the sentence before this? It’s a question.

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The Downside of Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shopping isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Many places hire mysteryshoppers because there is something wrong but they don’t have the exact proof they need.

I was at the Steak ‘n Shake on Home Ave, in AkronOhio, and had a nightmare of a trip. From the very moment I sat down. Filthy silverware wrapped up in a clean napkin (not the first time I’ve encountered that at any restaurant), to food, and wrappers on the floor that even the manager walked over top. The waitress didn’t bring the check,  The waitress even had the order wrong to being with. I had to go to the register to cash out. That’s where I ran into the manager who saw I was less than pleased with the whole ordeal. It was the first time I took my father there and it was HORRIBLE!

I ended up with food poisoning from Steak ‘n Shake and letting the manager know as well! I will never return there. The damage is done not to mention the humiliation of bringing my father there for the first time and that happening.

So keep this in mind when you undercover shop any restaurant. You may not exactly want to eat where ever you go.

You can find mystery shopping companies on Annika’s located here: http://www.amylynn.org/home/paid2shop1

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StyleWatch Exclusive Monthly Discounts for March/April

From March 7 to April 11, mention “PSW414” by phone or enter it at checkout for a discount on full price merchandise. 20% http://www.moonandlola.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSW14″ at checkout for a site-wide discount. 25% http://www.lonnys.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Offer valid in the U.S. and Canada only 20% http://www.lulus.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSWTOLANI” at checkout for a discount on the skirt featured in this issue, page 44. 20% http://www.tolanicollection.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a site-wide discount. 20% http://www.wimberlyinc.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “SOLEPSW25” at checkout for a discount on the bag featured in this issue, page 78. 25% http://www.solesociety.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a site-wide discount. Offer valid in the U.S. and Canada only. 20% http://www.bambooshoesbrand.com/

From March 7 to April 11, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a discount on the dress featured in this issue, page 76. 20% http://www.humblechic.com/

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Dangers of Product Testing for Pinecone Research

You’d think Pinecone Research wouldn’t have any problems as they are meant to be the best. Well I have a few nightmares from Pinecone Research. Like the one time PC had me product test of a pizza. The directions on the back was to place it on the rack without a pan under it. Well it was so cheaply made that it fell through the rails and the house ended up being smoke filled. I called Karen Scott right away to share. She was less than pleased to say the least. She seemed very bothered I called.

A while back, Pinecone Research sent me expired water to product test. I took photos and called the company that created the product to see if indeed it was expired. The bottled fruit water was indeed was expired! (I admit I drank it before I noticed the date.) About four hours of my call to the company, Pinecone Research emailed me informing me to return the product. They didn’t send the product for me to test again nor did they say anything about it being expired. I noticed several other users posting asking questions about the water being expired and what to do about it.

I’m sharing this because it’s not all fun and games when you are a product tester. There are risks. Risks of bad products, expired products, bad directions, bad skin reactions, you name it.

Note: You are meant to not to disclose the brand names of the products you test for Pinecone Research possibly for this very reason.

You can sign up for Pinecone Research CA, USA, UK, DE, JP, FR., IT located here: http://www.amylynn.org/home/pinecone

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