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MasterCard MarketPlace – A smarter way to shop online (closed)

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and MasterCard MarketPlace.

I have a confession to make.  Only once in my lifetime have I ever gotten up at dark thirty to participate in the phenomenon known as Black Friday.  And this was in 1998, B.C. (before children).  I further have to admit that I did not do this to score a really great deal.

My husband and I were poor as church mice, and lived in Florida with one bedraggled truck between the two of us.  A truck that had NO AIR CONDITIONING.  A local store was advertising a car giveaway.  The only catch was that you had to arrive at dark thirty on Black Friday, get in a line that wrapped around the store no fewer than 4 times, and receive a die-cast toy car.  Only one die-cast car would be stamped as “winner.”

The only thing we walked away with was a bunion, and a free die-cast toy car.

It was an interesting experience, but one that I’ve never felt the need to repeat.

I’m more of a cyber-Monday type of gal.  The thrill of the hunt for me can occur behind the comfort of my keyboard, at a reasonable hour, while wearing my bunny slippers.

Now I’ve discovered that I can have a Cyber-Monday experience, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  With extra special deals for the holiday season.

There is a site called MasterCard MarketPlace. There are a number of  vendors that are my favorites.  For example, Best Buy, Children’s Place, Cooking.com, Home Depot, Sears, and The Container Store are among the online stores that are participating.  There are many many more, but these are some of the stores that I regularly shop online.

Signing up is a breeze, and then I was able to peruse some of the past and present offers AND read some very helpful reviews.  Also, because I signed up, I’m able to receive notification on special deals beforehand.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I’ve recently been diagnosed with late stage Lyme Disease.  And at this point in my treatment, I’m unable to get out and do my annual Christmas shopping.  It is my plan to do the entirety of my holiday shopping ONLINE this year.  And believe me, I am not at all broken up about not experiencing the hustle and bustle of crowded stores, jockeying for parking spaces, and the temptation of pretzels sprinkled with CINNAMON AND SUGAR, in the mall.  But maybe that’s just me.

The discovery of MasterCard MarketPlace, could not have come at a better time for me.

If you do have a MasterCard, you are able to take advantage of special Holiday Overwhelming Offers that come available at 1:00 PM, ET until December 24th.  You can sign up to receive an alert earlier in the day, so it’s like receiving a shopping surprise EVERY SINGLE DAY.  The deals are incredible.  These are Overwhelming Offers that provide Overwhelming joy!

A Giveaway

I am awfully excited to be able to give away a $100 MasterCard gift card, courtesy of BlogHer.  All you have to is answer the following question in the comments section on this post:

Are you comfortable shopping for gift items online, and if so, what are a couple of your favorite sites?

The Rules:

•  No duplicate comments.
•  You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry 
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post.
b) Tweet about this promotion (@Fiddledeedee) and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment
on this post.
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on
this post
d) Read the official rules for alternate form of entry.
•  Sweepstakes ends 5 PM PST (8 PM EST) on December 31, 2010.
•  This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
•  Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
•  You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Note: Sometimes comments with links get stuck in spam, but don’t worry, I fish them out a couple of times a day.

Head over to the BlogHer Review/Giveaway Round-up page for 19 more chances to win!  The Official Rules are available here.

I will leave comments open until Friday, December 31st, at 8:00 PM, EST.

Overwhelming Offers (OO) are limited in quantity, reservation only and limited in time. Participating merchants and offers are subject to change. The OO discount is provided as a statement credit. See www.mastercardmarketplace.com for restrictions and complete terms and conditions.

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