PayNearMe is the newest kid on the block in virtual payments, and making friends fast by offering free Facebook credits for a limited time. From the makers of Kwedit (another alternate virtual payment provider), PayNearMe lets you buy things online and pay with cash (at your neighborhood 7-Eleven store).
To celebrate the new service (and test its reliability), PayNearMe is giving away up to 100 bonus Facebook Credits as a reward to customers who purchase Credits using their payment service. The company has the internet all abuzz today, about the ability to purchase Facebook Credits with cash, and moreover, that the service is available at nearly all of the 6,000 7-11 stores in the continental U.S. – that’s what you call widespread. Even more than that, as TechCrunch asserts, “It’s a heck of a deal.”
To me, this sounds like a pretty darn good option for younger web users – especially gamers – who can’t convince mom or dad to cough up a credit card every time they want a new virtual puppy, energy pack or what have you.
How it works:
1) Connect through Facebook from http://credits.paynearme.com/
2) Enter your zip code and amount of Facebook Credits to buy
3) Print slip, and visit your local 7-11 store to pay
4) You may get up to 100 bonus Credits when you check out ($10 value)
5) Still confused? Here’s a nifty video to explain the process:
So how much bonus can you expect? TechCrunch simplified the situation like this: “The bonus is paid every time a “shift” changes at each 7-11. So if you redeem a coupon first during a shift you get the 50 or 100 credit bonus. The program just launched moments ago, so the bonus is available at just about every 7-11 right now, and resets at the next work shift. The website also tells you which nearby 7-11′s still have the bonus waiting.”
Wait, what? Why? According to the company, “PayNearMe was created to help consumers who have the will and money to make online purchases but lack a mechanism for doing so.”
Furthermore, as explained by Inside Facebook, “PayNearMe follows the trend of offering a credit card-less payment option for Facebook Credits. In exchange for Credits, Rixty allows users to redeem CoinStar change counting kiosk receipts, TrialPay lets users complete offers, and Plastic Jungle takes unwanted gift cards. The difference with other cash-for-redeemable-credit systems is that PayNearMe is tied into retail location payment terminals, meaning the Credits are deposited in real-time, providing a more satisfying user experience.”
I’m fine using plastic to pay online, but this is definitely an exciting prospect for those who aren’t. Welcome to the 21st century cloud, cash users! I wonder, will gold doublooms will be accepted next?