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Reminder: American Express Small Business Saturday

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In case you haven't heard, American Express is having its first Small Business Saturday on November 27, 2010 (tomorrow). If you shop in-store at any small business in the US and spend at least $25, AmEx will credit your account $25.

Before shopping, you will need to enroll your American Express card on the AmEx website. This can be done up until tomorrow, but you should probably do it ASAP so you don't forget, and because American Express warns that enrollment is limited.

It doesn't look like American Express has imposed a lot of rules or fine print on this offer:

Eligible merchants include any independently owned small businesses that accept the American Express Card.   Purchases made online, at large, national chains, at franchised business locations and at government agencies are not eligible.   Prepaid, corporate cards and ExpressPay transactions are not eligible.

It's too bad you can't shop online for this special promotion, but there are plenty of small stores in my neighborhood where I shop, and you can be sure that → Read More


Buy Domains: With No Money Down

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One of the best things about buying domain names from NameMedia's Buy Domains is that I can use my American Express card to make the purchase instead of having to pay with a wire transfer or ACH. Even better is that they don't charge anything extra for using my AmEx. This is great for two reasons.

I get American Express Rewards points for my purchases. These points can be used for gift cards, hotel nights, upgrades, and many other great products and services. Since most of the acquisitions aren't cheap, the points can add up quickly.

The biggest reason though, is that I can buy domain names that I plan to re-sell with what amounts to no money down, and I can re-sell them before I even pay off my credit card at the end of the month. Its like a no interest loan, which can't be beat. Of course, this depends on where in my billing cycle I buy the names and whether or not I am able to make a quick flip, but generally speaking, it can give me at least a couple of weeks before having to actually physically pay.

Buy Domains is a → Read More