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In Net Notes, readers-turned-elves delve into filling Santa’s shelves

Even Santa can use some help this year, as readers fill in for the elves, offering tips on rebates, toys and shopping and shipping deals in today’s Net Notes.

eBates

(www.ebates.com)

Reader Penny Goldin writes: “I’ve used this site for a year, receiving checks by mail. EBates lists stores and catalogs with the percentage of their rebate per purchase as well as coupons for item discounts and free shipping.”

Users must register (for free), which qualifies them for a $10 gift card from their choice of merchants after making a qualifying purchase. I signed up and found dozens of cash-back offers from national retailers. The blog features the latest tips from the fashionista, gadget guru and deal-hunting diva.

BabyPlays

(www.babyplays.com)

Las Vegas mother of twins Lori Bachand writes: “I believe I learned of it (the site) in a travel magazine. The writer lauded the opportunity to have toys delivered to their vacation destination and shipped back upon departure. However, they also ‘rent’ toys a la Netflix — you create a wish list and they’ll FedEx the toys to your home. It’s a nice antidote to having toy buildup in your home, as we all know that kids get toy fatigue after about two minutes.”

The toy-rental site features plans ranging from $36.99 per month for four toys per month, to $47.99 for six toys per month. There are other plans that reduce the cost in exchange for a six- or 12-month commitment. The top gift plan of $500 brings you six toys a month for 12 months.

Parents can choose from more than 350 toys in age appropriate groups ranging from newborn to 3 months to 3 years to 5 years. The toys arrive freshly sanitized with prepaid return boxes. Most plans include 30 days of play before return, with extended play plans also available.

The testimonials on the site include this comment from Lisa of New York: “BabyPlays has been a great way to figure out what Lily likes and doesn’t like and has helped us spend our money more effectively!”

Review-Journal Shopping Network

(www.lvrj.com/shopping)

See deals around town, clip-and-click for coupons, see current newspaper ads, visit virtual storefronts and sign up for newsletters and alerts on our robust channel. Merchants and ads are alphabetized and categorized by topic, or you can search by key word for any item or brand.

Free Shipping

(www.freeshipping.org)

This site has the inside info on what more than 850 merchants are offering to entice you to shop at their online stores. Check the “soon to expire” and “most recent” sections for the latest deals, and visit the blog for online shopping tips and news.

Sign up for coupon alerts by e-mail and download the “free shipping e-book” for tips on helping your business.

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