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Business Growth Way Up in South Florida
[news article]

South Florida has 7,230 more businesses than a year ago, aggressively reversing the trend of the Great Recession and growing at a rate far faster than the national average.

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One tech entrepreneur is John Benton, who recently started a Fort Lauderdale-based website, play2shop.com, after three years of planning.

"South Florida is becoming this burgeoning startup community," he said. Play2shop is a gaming site where players can earn rewards to shop at Sears, Kohl's, Amazon and hundreds of other merchants.

A Fort Lauderdale native, Benton said he returned to the area from Las Vegas, which he said was harder hit by the recession than Broward. South Florida has more venture capital available for startups, he added.

Fort Lauderdale venture capitalist John Herbert said he invested in Benton's website because "I see a tremendous upside and potential." Plus, he said, "I can join in [on the website's] meetings and discussions."

Play2Shop API Grants Game Developers Access to Rewards Platform
[product review]

Play2Shop aims to be the “Ebates with Entertainment and Engagement.” Play2Shop rewards gamers with points and pays shoppers with cash back that can both be used for discounts at over 1,000 retail partners. Additionally, the Play2Shop API enables game developers to join the Play2Shop community regardless of platform.

With plenty of opportunities for gamers and shoppers to benefit, Play2Shop has created a rewards system and open mentality that should attract both consumers and developers alike.

Play2Shop has built its platform, created an attractive rewards system, and built a retail partner base that includes over 1,000 names. Although Play2Shop created its product on a proprietary platform, its API strategy allows developers from third party platforms to join the Play2Shop ecosystem.

Play2Shop Strives to be "Ebates with Entertainment and Engagement"
[press release]

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Turning Play Time into Pay Time:

"Play2Shop is radically enhancing the social gaming experience first pioneered by Zynga and others," proclaims Play2Shop CEO, John Benton. "Unlike ‘virtual cows’ and ‘fake currency’, Play2Shop rewards can be exchanged for real-world goods."

Visitors to Play2Shop sign up for a free account and start playing games and earning points immediately. The more they play, the more points they earn including skill-based bonuses. Points can be used to purchase a variety of real goods in the Play2Shop Rewards Showroom. They can also be used as the entry fee to tournaments for even bigger rewards, or used to bid on auction items, such as Kindle Fires, iPads and gift cards to top online merchants.

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The Evolution of Cash Back:

Like Ebates, Play2Shop lets its members earn cash back from online shopping, typically between 2-10% but can range up to 70% from some merchants. Unlike Ebates, however, Play2Shop also rewards members with 10 Play2Shop Reward Points for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for things like Kindles, iPads or a host of other valuable rewards. And, also unlike Ebates, Play2Shop offers a VIP option that increases cash-back and other benefits by up to 50%.

   
Play2Shop Relieves Gaming Addiction – Play and Shop Online
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Maybe you heard already, about half the activity on the social web involves game playing or other forms of entertainment. No matter what kind of device is used to access the web, it’s clear being social is more about fun than it is about business. That being said, why haven’t more businesses caught on to what the audience is into? A new startup called Play2Shop may help change all that.

With Play2Shop, unlike game experiences such as Zynga, the rewards are solid exchanges rather than fake currency.

The concept of offering prizes for gaming is not a new one. Anybody out there who had Yahoo! loaded on their first PC probably ended up in a game of backgammon or chess with a distance partner at one time or other. Points to trade for this and that, the lure of the "win" hook, all that has been done and overdone. Today though, the social web is a far more sophisticated marketing channel, one tuned to just the sort of innovative dashboard the developers of Play2Shop have come up with. The service is a one-stop have fun and shop too solution for the pain of wasted time.

Face it, if you are [g]oing to click your life away boinking bubbles and outrunning monsters, you may as well get something for it. With Play2Shop, unlike game experiences such as Zynga, the rewards are solid exchanges rather than fake currency. Users can even bid in auctions for prizes like iPads and Kindles etc. Tournaments and other engaging activities make the whole experience a lot more social too.

Life After I "Dew"
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OK so we all know I love to shop online. Very rarely do I leave the house to shop because packing up a two kiddos, making sure the diaper bag has all the essentials and actually getting to the store in one piece makes me want to break out in hives. So I shop online, always. If I could do my grocery shopping online then we'd be in like Flynn. Anywho...so I love sites that make shopping online even more fun than it already is. Enter Play2Shop.

Excuse me but I think that means you can essentially get a free iPad!

Play2Shop is different from all those other cash back sites because you can play games to earn points and get free stuff, along with cash back {some stores up 70%}. Play2Shop also rewards members with 10 Play2Shop Reward Points for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for things like Kindles, iPads or a host of other valuable rewards. Excuse me but I think that means you can essentially get a free iPad!

I've only been "playing" for a little over a week and I've already earned 8,175 points! Who knows, maybe I'll save them up and use them on something for Jimmy. Maybe.

First Name Smith
[sponsored contest]

I ran across a pretty pimp website the other day that offers cash back for your shopping, but unlike their top competitor, they also offer you cash and incentives to f*&! off at work and play games online. Yeah.

"Like Ebates, Play2Shop lets its members earn cash back from online shopping, typically between 2-10% but can range up to 70% from some merchants. Unlike Ebates, however, Play2Shop also rewards members with 10 Play2Shop Reward Points for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for things like Kindles, iPads or a host of other valuable rewards. And, also unlike Ebates, Play2Shop offers a VIP option that increases cash-back and other benefits by up to 50%."

In my recent experience, I was able to score an extra 1% cash back on something versus Ebates. And when you spend your time shopping online, that 1% adds up quickly into mo moneyhoney

Mommy Musings
[sponsored contest]

As a one-income, two-kid family living in one of the most expensive places to live in the country, I am always looking for little ways to save money, or make a little on the side.

So when I was contacted about checking out Play2Shop, I literally jumped at the chance!

A website where all I have to do to get free stuff and earn up to 70% cash back is play games and shop? Count me in!!

As soon as you sign up, you can immediately start earning points to use towards free stuff. You can also search through all their stores listed and start earning cash back with things you were going to buy anyway. It's just that easy!!

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