If I told you that you can get over $700 worth of stuff for $29.99, you’d probably be interested. But you’d also likely think there was a catch. And there is — but in this case it’s a good one: The net proceeds of that $29.99 are being donated to the American Cancer Society.
TheBigBundle is a site put together by TrialPay. Basically, they rounded up a bunch of tech companies (and some non-tech ones) and got them to offer some good deals to people who made the donation. So you’ll get things like, a free month subscription to Skype Unlimited, 6 months free of TripIt Pro, $25 off Everynote Premium, a $5 coupon to Threadless, 3 months free of Dropbox Pro, $50 off 23andMe, and a bunch of other stuff.
The goal is to raise $3 million to give to the American Cancer Society (which would be 100,000 bundles). They’ve given themselves until October 14 to reach the goal, so two weeks from today. So far today. in just a few hours, they’ve raised about $3,000.
As with all of these types of things, people often want to know exactly how much of their money is going towards the cause. TrialPay is very transparent about it, listing it on the site:
How much really goes to the American Cancer Society?
Virtually everything. The company putting on this promotion, TrialPay, is making no profit from sales of the bundle, and will be publishing a report at the end to detail the full accounting of the amounts it has collected from sales of the bundle and the amount contributed to the American Cancer Society. We expect that the American Cancer Society will receive a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 98% of your purchase price of the Bundle.
And you can also choose to donate an extra $20, and nearly 100 percent (minus a couple percent for the credit card fee) will go towards the American Cancer Society.