Cashback and charity schemes
What is a cashback scheme?
The idea of a cashback scheme is that you are rewarded for your purchases by way of a reward scheme. The type of reward scheme is decided by the cashback provider itself. In some schemes, you collect points that you can later swap for rewards. In others, the points collected can be swapped for shopping vouchers. Others credit you with cash, which is paid directly into your bank account once it reaches a specified amount.
What is a charity scheme?
A charity scheme works in a similar way to a cashback scheme. However, in this instance, it is not you who receives rewards for your shopping. Instead, they are passed on to a non-profit organisation.
In most cases, you are able to decide which organisation receives the donations. This could be a nursery or school in your area, for example, or a funding project that you would like to support financially.
As our customer, we know that you will have your own personal preferences as to which scheme you would like to use. That is why we work with many different providers in this area. In doing so, we hope to offer you the greatest possible freedom to use a cashback scheme of your choice. Please let us know if you use a cashback scheme for which our online shop is not listed. We will then check whether we can work with this scheme.
How do you benefit from these schemes?
All cashback and charity schemes work according to the same principle. Firstly, you visit your cashback provider's website. You log in with your details and choose the Viking web shop from the list of registered shops. You will then be redirected to our website to complete your order as normal. A few days after you have completed your transaction, the points or cash value bonus earned will be credited to your points balance with your provider. If you are part of a charity scheme, the bonus is passed on directly to your chosen organisation. You are usually able to track this on the corresponding web portal.
Which providers do we work with?
Andasa is Germany's largest online shopping centre with over 3000 brand shops. When shopping online at Andasa, you receive 2% of the net value of your order as cashback. When you first register, you will receive a one-off starting voucher of €10 credit (as of August 2012). As soon as your Andasa bonus balance has reached the payment threshold, Andasa will pay the cash bonus into your specified bank account. The payment threshold is usually €30.
Schulengel.de has offered non-profit organisations—primarily in the education sector—various free ways to collect donations since 2008. One of the main focuses of the offer is the option of "charity shopping": Users can collect "thank-you bonuses" in support of their chosen organisation as they shop. Each visitor to the site can choose which of over 6700 participating projects they would like their bonuses to go to. Since the portal was launched, more than EUR 1.6 million has been generated in donations. This has contributed—and continues to contribute—to the improvement of educational opportunities for children and the framework of community engagement in many places.
Bildungsspender is a fundraising portal that was founded in March 2009. There are now over 3000 organisations listed on Bildungsspender.de , including nurseries, schools, sport clubs and church institutions, that users can support with their purchases. Direct donations can also be made using an online donation form. To date, almost EUR 1.1 million has been collected in donations on Bildungsspender.de. Some 85 percent comes from shopping rewards and 15 percent from direct donations. Bildungsspender itself operates as a non-profit organisation and is recognised as such by tax authorities. Every purchase helps!
Webmiles is a shopping portal with over 300 partner shops and an online bonus scheme. This means you simply shop online at webmiles.de . and receive air miles as bonus rewards. This is their local "bonus currency". You can redeem your rewards with as little as 799 saved air miles (as of August 2012).