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How do credit card companies track your purchase categories?

I've seen a few responses scattered on the internet that attempt to answer this but they seem to disagree on the matter. When dealing with cash-back credit cards, they offer different percentages for ...
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Why do stores and manufacturers use mail in rebates? A scam, or is there a way to use them effectively?

Why do companies use mail in rebates? Are they a scam or is there a way to use them without getting shafted? I've used mail in rebates before but it seems like a gamble – half the time I end ...
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Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it?

Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it? What's the best way to approach buying at these stores - buying everything there instead of the grocery store, or buying specific things? ...
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Can I get US sales taxes refunded for electronics purchased while on vacation?

I'm visiting the US for vacations (specifically Manhattan) and wanted to buy a digital camera. The guy at the shop told me that I can get back what I pay in NYC taxes for that camera if I present the ...
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Do gift cards expire? Does a gift certificate's value depreciate? How long can I keep them for?

I recently found several gift certificates (yes, way back when) from stores like Restoration Hardware, Omer DeSerres (now Loomis) and Jacob. I live in Canada. Can I use these certificates today, ...
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What do codes "O", "T", "X", and "N" mean on Wal-Mart receipts? [duplicate]

What do the four individual Walmart receipt codes of "O", "T", "X", and "N" denote?
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