“REBATE HERO” WEBSITE HELPS SHOPPERS TRACK AND REDEEM $ BILLIONS

Rebates offer deep discounts to shoppers, but $500 million rebate dollars go unredeemed annually. RebateHero.com, the first website of its kind, helps consumers take full advantage of the billions in rebates offered by retailers and manufacturers each year.

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Contact: Annmarie Lanesey, alanesey@turbopenny.com

“Rebate Hero” Website Helps Shoppers Track and Redeem $ Billions

Software Co. Brings Rebates into the Internet Age with New Web-Based Platform

TROY, N.Y. (07/8/14) — Rebates offer deep discounts to shoppers, but $500 million rebate dollars go unredeemed annually.

RebateHero.com, Troy, NY software companyRebateHero.com, the first website of its kind, helps consumers take full advantage of the billions in rebates offered by retailers and manufacturers each year. The site allows visitors to search the largest collection of rebate forms on the web in seconds and can even help shoppers save money after they’ve already made a purchase.

“Rebates usually offer much bigger savings than coupons, but it’s more difficult to redeem those savings because they require more steps. A lot of people forget to send in the paperwork,” said Annmarie Lanesey, founder of RebateHero.com. “We’re making rebates almost as easy as coupons.”

The online rebate clearinghouse features a powerful search function that allows shoppers to search for everyday and big-ticket, brand name items from a broad range of retailers and manufacturers. It includes convenient tracking tools that send email reminders for rebate deadlines, to make sure consumers never forget to submit their rebate and remember to include all the required documentation.

Where possible, RebateHero.com consolidates the necessary paperwork or points the user to an online submission process (when available) to minimize the effort needed to redeem the rebate. RebateHero.com can be accessed from desktop, tablet, or mobile devices, and will be releasing a native iOS and Android app very soon.

“People are already used to searching online for coupons,” said Lanesey. “But until RebateHero.com, rebates hadn’t caught up with the Internet age. We’re doing for rebates what the web did for coupons.”

The company also uses Twitter, facebook and email to alert users of special rebate deals, sometimes “free-with-rebate” items. RebateHero.com currently has more than 10,000 rebates in their system.

Retailers and manufacturers can sign on as partners with RebateHero.com to feed their rebates to users.

MORE STATS ON REBATES

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ABOUT REBATE HERO

RebateHero.com is a product of Turbo Penny, LLC, based in Troy, N.Y. The web-based platform was designed for RebateHero.com by Greane Tree Technology, also based in Troy, N.Y.

Lanesey is both co-founder and president of Greane Tree Technology and Turbo Penny, LLC. When Greane Tree hired new software developers requiring training, Lanesey said it made sense to hire them to work on the RebateHero.com project.

Lanesey said she got the idea to create an online rebate tool during the recession in 2008 as a public service for those struggling to make ends meet financially. But her work at Greane Tree took priority and so the project remained on the backburner.

When Greane Tree hired new software developers who required training, she realized it would be an ideal project to train them to code in Ruby on Rails. So she hired her own company to build the project.

“I needed to train my new staff members at Greane Tree on a real project, and I always wanted to complete RebateHero.com,” Lanesey said. “I always hire the best software developers to work at Greane Tree, so it made sense to hire Greane Tree to develop RebateHero.com.”

PUBLICITY IMAGES

To download high resolution images of the RebateHero.com logo, a screenshot and other related images, visit: https://www.rebatehero.com/press-kit

Contact: Annmarie Lanesey, alanesey@turbopenny.com

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