1029302-A1 is referenced by 4 patents.
A method and system for distributing and redeeming electronic promotions to a consumer through the Internet (13) or other means such as a telephone system (16) is provided. The consumer computer (10) accesses the Internet (13) through a computer server (12) of an Internet service provider (ISP)(12). An account which is associated with a unique key is maintained for each consumer account. Access is permitted to the consumer account upon presentation of the unique key over the Internet. The consumer is presented discount or other promotional choices of items available in at least one store associated with the key, or a collection of such stores, over the Internet and the selections of the discount or promotional choices made by the consumer via a computer (10) or other means are recorded.; Upon purchase of items at the store by the consumer, such data are received, and the selections and purchases are reconciled to record a credit in the customer account. Unlike paper or electronic coupons, no consumer action other than the selection of promotions desired is required for item purchase.