Everyone wants to get money back: that's why you pray for a tax refund check, and also why you slashed Eddie's tires after those Two Tickets to "Paradise" turned out to be mezzanine seats for a show in Reno. Now, get cash back from online entertainment purchases, with YAWMA.
Launched by a passel of Portlanders, YAWMA (which signifies pretty much nothing) is an indie music & gaming e-store that rewards customers with a share of the profits in return for being a "point of viral distribution", something the indie community probably already knows you are, thanks to all the Girl Talk. Just download their free Facebook app and browse under-the-radar sounds & games, then buy tunes/time-wasters (some of which cost whatever you want to pay), which'll also show up as samples on your profile page; if your buddies click your samples and buy the same stuff, you get a percentage of the transaction, turning your friends into actual PayPals. Current offerings include hot sounds from Portland rockers Boy Eats Drum Machine and Blue Skies for Black Hearts, as well as games like the lo-fi Brit rock-odyssey known as Excruciating Guitar Voyage, which strangely doesn't take you to Mick Mars.
The founders have also just launched the partially charitable GROUPEES, which offers time-limited deals on music/game bundles, e.g., the recent Black Moth Super Rainbow drop paired with the stickman-slaughtering Multiwinia -- and because it's online, you can get everything instantly, instead of waiting so long, waiting so long. Screw you, Money.
Published: January 7, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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