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Website Pays Shoppers

Apr 1, 2009

A new social product networking website allows shoppers to earn cash by recommending top products. The site,, allows users to earn 50 percent of the proceeds from their favorite products and obtain unbiased reviews. The Tibesti business model is based on today's shoppers' Internet activities, in which they peruse online stores while sharing bargain tips and product recommendations with like minded friends. Now, this enthusiasm for products can be monetized through the Tibesti social networking website.

It combines social networking with products and helps consumers make informed purchasing decisions through product reviews from nationally renowned experts. It also provides the opportunity for users to make 50 percent of the proceeds on products sold, based on their personal taste and recommendations. Offering an entrepreneurial approach to social shopping and keen insights into top notch goods, the website claims to introduce a new way for consumers to network and obtain essential information on quality consumer products, through three key consumer services. They include:

  • MyTibesti, which gives users the opportunity to showcase, recommend and sell their favorite products featured on Tibesti to fans and friends through a customized web page. Tibesti shares 50 percent of the proceeds with users from product sales generated from their pages. Additionally, users do not have to maintain product inventory or handle shipping costs. This unique approach can also be employed to raise money for charities or fundraisers.
  • Expert Reviewers include more than 120 nationally known experts in more than 25 categories, including pets, baby, gardening, green and electronics, providing users with more than 5,000 unbiased reviews. Among the experts are: Family therapist, Dr. Jenn Berman, author of, "The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids;" celebrity hair stylist, Dean Banowetz, of American Idol; horticulturist, Charlie Nardozzi, of the National Gardening Association; Chef Scott Leibfried of, "Hell's Kitchen," and more.
  • World's Most Expensive, which is a product portal that celebrates the most expensive and outrageous products in the world. It features more than 150 items, and the products include a $55,000 remote control, $1.8 million dog collar and a $30 million bikini.

"Tibesti was developed for people who are passionate about products," said Mike Hale, chairman, CEO and co founder of Tibesti. "We are happy to share the wealth of the web and pleased to provide users with a new way to earn money by championing their favorite products with like minded individuals. In these tough economic times, we are not only giving users the opportunity to earn extra cash, but providing them with expert reviews of first rate products to ensure their hard earned money is wisely spent." Adit Reddy, the company's president and co founder, added, "with Tibesti, we recognized an opportunity to create a dynamic social environment that was solely product focused. We are thrilled to finally unlock our door and show the world that Tibesti truly offers the best."

Tibesti is free, and will continue to add new reviews and features to the site in the coming weeks. Additionally, special guest reviewers are slated to periodically offer insight into various products. Expert reviews featured on Tibesti are exclusive and are not paid for or solicited by product manufacturers. The site employs a commission and limited advertising based business model from third party vendors, including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, BestBuy,, eBay, GAP, PetSmart, and many others.

Tibesti, which is based in Los Angeles, is an online destination for social shopping. It enables users to recommend and sell their favorite products online to earn money, and provides third party expert reviews on products they consider to be the best in their respective categories. For more information, visit

Topic: Product Trends

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