6/26/09

Vitacost.com Expands Payment Option Offerings with eBillme

Katie Evans , Managing Editor, International Research

Online retailer is the latest to join the eBillme family of merchants offering secure cash checkout

RYE BROOK, N.Y.-June 25, 2009- Today eBillme(TM), the payment option that enables consumers and small businesses to use online banking to pay now and pay securely with available funds from their checking or savings accounts, welcomes Vitacost.com as the latest online retailer to offer shoppers the debt-free checkout option on their site. Now Vitacost customers have access to a new way to pay without credit, fees or interest.

Vitacost.com is the Internet`s leading retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbs, natural health, beauty & organic products offering shoppers wholesale prices on over 22,000 products from over 900 premium brands. Consumers of natural health products can save up to 80 percent off msrp.

"Our customers value the quality of our products, our service, and our everyday low prices," says Ira Kerker, CEO of Vitacost. "eBillme helps us reach more consumers by offering our shoppers a secure way to pay for their purchases without credit. We are excited to be able to bring this new method of payment to our customers and look forward to working with eBillme to meet our customers` needs for a cash checkout option."

"Vitacost helps consumers Live Longer and Save Money," says Marwan Forzley, President and CEO of eBillme. "We are thrilled to be a part of their site and to offer our debt free payment option that helps consumers better manage their spending habits during this recession. eBillme meets the consumer need for a debt-free checkout option without any fees or interest and with more security and protection. We continue to help online retailers attract customers and sales with secure cash checkout."

eBillme is easy to use. When shoppers choose the option at checkout, their order is confirmed with an eBill sent to their e-mail address. Consumers simply pay the eBill through their online checking or savings account-the same way they pay utilities, loans and other bills. The transaction occurs securely, bank to bank, with no personal or financial information required or transmitted over the Internet.

Because shoppers pay directly from their online bank account, they don`t release any financial information online. This helps consumers manage their spending and debt, while better safeguarding themselves from identity theft and fraud risks. eBillme`s buyer protection program takes security a step further. Provided at no cost to shoppers and retailers, the buyer protection features have the same or a better level of buyer protection than premium credit cards. Protection features include a return guarantee, price guarantee, in-transit protection, and fraud protection. Consumers can shop with confidence knowing their eBillme transaction is guaranteed and protected.

ABOUT eBillme

eBillme(TM) is the only online payment solution that extends the convenience of online banking to the merchant`s checkout, reduces the security risks of shopping online, and enables merchants to increase sales while reducing transaction costs. No financial data is exposed and the payment transaction is securely transferred from the customer`s bank to the retailer`s bank. Consumers can shop online, by catalog or through call centers, and pay for their purchases at their bank, credit union, or bill pay portal using the security and convenience of online banking. eBillme gives retailers access to the over 110 million Americans who use online banking. For more information, please visit www.eBillme.com or eBillme`s Online Debt-Free Shopping Mall, http://shopdebtfree.eBillme.com.

ABOUT Vitacost

Vitacost.com is a leading online retailer of nutraceutical, health & wellness products offering over 22,000 products from over 900 top brands at everyday discounts of up to 80% off msrp. Vitacost.com provides 24 X 7 X 365 toll free customer service at 800-793-2601 and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Greater than 95% of orders ship the same day for the low flat rate price of $4.99. Vitacost.com is a proud member of the prestigious INC 500 Hall of Fame, recognized as a Top 500 Retailer by Internet Retailer, and consistently ranked by Nielsen as a top converting online retailer.

Hyperlinks

eBillme Website: http://www.eBillme.com

eBillme Blog: http://blog.eBillme.com/

@eBillme on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eBillme

ShopDebtFree Website: http://ShopDebtFree.eBillme.com

ShopDebtFree Blog: http://ShopDebtFree.eBillme.com/category/blog

@ShopDebtFree on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/ShopDebtFree

Press contact:
Alicia Buonanno
Account Supervisor
Gregory FCA
610-642-8253, ext. 118
610-659-9404 (mobile)

Company contact:

Samer Forzley
@sforzley
Vice President of Marketing eBillme

613-270-8755, ext. 3400

Topics:

Bank, credit card, Online shopping, Shopping, Technology Internet

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