Half.com was founded in 1999 by American entrepreneur Josh Kopelman (Infonautics, Turntide, Comcast Interactive Capital, First Round Capital) and Sunny Balijepalli (who more recently founded ZoomIn.com). As an advertising gimmick, in December of the same year, the company paid the town of Halfway, Oregon US$100,000 and donated 20 new computers to change its name to "Half.com, Oregon" for a year.
Half.com is a subsidiary of eBay, in which sellers offer items at fixed prices, usually items that have a UPC, ISBN or other kind of SKU, rather than rare, old or collectible items. The items available on half.com are limited to books, textbooks, music, movies, video games, and video game consoles. There are no fees to list items on Half.com, but rather the company takes a commission of every completed sale.
How to Use Half.com Coupons
Find the offers that best suits your need, paste the code in the applicable box at the time of checkout and click Apply. The discount amount gets automatically deducted and displayed on the screen at the time of payment. Do keep in mind that you can use only a single promo code per order on Half.com.
Saving money on Half.com purchases is very easy. You can even do this with your debit/credit account. The key to saving the most using cash back programs is finding ways to combine compatible programs to increase the savings on each purchase. You can save money on Seller Fees by starting your auctions at lower prices and comparing the fees on the Fees chart on the site.
Features of Half.com
Buy, sell and rent with ease at Half.com. The "quality rating" of an item (Brand New, Like New, Very Good, Good and Acceptable), is disclosed to buyers before order placement, along with a text description entered by the seller. These ratings indicate whether or not, in the case of a CD, for example the artwork/inserts will accompany the CD, a part of the product which is often missing on used CD web purchases elsewhere. The condition of the CD is also clearly described.
The feedback about each individual seller is disclosed before order placement, linking the eBay feedback system, which allows the buyer to choose their merchant. Buyers can sort the search results of available CDs (Performer by Best Selling, Price, Alphabetical or Release Date). CDs and many older video games can commonly be found at the entry level of US$0.75. Standardized shipping prices are available across all merchants.
Flexible Shipping Policy
The seller is responsible for shipping any item within three business days of a sale and paying the actual shipping costs. A shipping and handling fee is added to the transaction and is (partially) credited to the seller as a reimbursement. The buyer can choose either USPS Media Mail or expedited delivery. Depending on the weight of the item, the reimbursement amount may often be less than the actual shipping costs. On the other hand, the reimbursement amount may exceed the actual shipping costs. In this case, many sellers will offer a "free upgrade" to first class shipping, which is not much more expensive than media mail for small items such as CDs.
Instead of a static shipping policy, different sellers offer different types of shipping on Half.com. In order to attract more customers, a lot of sellers offer free shipping on their products. Make use of such orders and get a standard delivery within a week absolutely free of cost. The same orders can be expedited by paying an additional fee as well. You can also save on shipping by ordering more than one item from the same seller and earning concessions on shipping.