Rye Brook, NY - October 4, 2010 - eBillme a safe and secure way to pay online, using online banking and walk-in locations, announced today it has entered into an agreement with ACI Gift Cards, Inc., the exclusive issuer of Amazon.com Gift Cards, to provide consumers a cash method for purchasing Amazon.com Gift Cards through their online banking/bill payment provider. Under the new agreement, customers can purchase virtual Gift Cards in denominations of $5-$5,000 from eBillme directly, or by accessing eBillme’s site from http://www.amazon.com/cashgcresellers without releasing any financial information. The cash option is available now to Amazon.com customers in time for the start of the upcoming holiday shopping season.
“The National Retail Federation predicted the sale of Gift Cards would reach $23.63 billion in 2009,” says Marwan Forzley, President and CEO of eBillme. “We wanted to simplify the way customers paid for their Gift Cards by offering them a unique way to pay that’s familiar using online bill pay. With the eBillme service, consumers now have another simple option to securely purchase Gift Cards. Amazon.com is dedicated to service and selection. They have recognized; they have recognized the need and opportunity to expand their options to Gift Card customers. This is a great win for the cash spending consumer and we are thrilled to give even more shoppers access to the popular Amazon.com Gift Cards.”
Amazon.com Gift Card customers can also take advantage of the eBillme cash-back rewards through the eBillme Rewards program which offers 1% cash-back on purchases made using eBillme. Once a customer earns $10 in rewards, they can redeem on future purchases from any eBillme Merchant site.
“We are delighted Amazon.com Gift Cards will now be offered to customers with eBillme,” says Marcell King, Senior Manager at ACI Gift Cards Inc., the issuer of the Amazon.com Gift Card. “We want to give customers a variety of options to buy Amazon.com Gift Cards and eBillme enables customers who prefer to pay with cash an opportunity to purchase Amazon.com Gift Cards.”
Buying an Amazon.com Gift Card with cash is easy: customers simply go to eBillme’s website select their gift card amount and enter their email address. A bill is sent to the customer via email and can be paid using the bill pay service from one of over 17,000 banks in the eBillme network. Once the payment is received by eBillme, the virtual Amazon.com Gift Card is sent to the purchaser via e-mail within a few minutes. No financial information is exposed or shared with eBillme or the merchant. Customers may also choose to take the printed bill to one of over 75,000 walk-in locations, where the Amazon Gift Card claim code will be printed on the customer receipt after payment is made.
eBillme™ is the most secure way to pay online and the only online payment solution that extends the convenience of online banking to the merchant’s checkout process. The service enhances security for online shoppers, and enables merchants to increase sales while reducing transaction costs. No financial data is exposed and the payment transaction is securely transferred from the customer’s bank to the retailer’s bank. Consumers can shop online, by catalog or through call centers, and pay for their purchases at their bank, credit union, or bill pay portal using the security and convenience of online banking or by paying the bill at over 75,000 walk-in locations. For more information, please visit www.eBillme.com, eBillme’s Online Debt-Free Shopping Mall or the eBillme blog.