Lunchbreakshopping.com is a public website. Visitors find their way to the site by direct referrals from friends and also by using search engines when looking for shopping, specific stores, specific products, coupons and discount codes.
The purpose of Lunchbreakshopping.com is to combine hundreds of online merchants into one easy-to-use directory that’s organized for the convenience of the shopping mall site visitor. We have no programs to collect any data about our site visitors except the standard site statistic models that tell us how many unique visitors, how many page views, what search terms referred our site and to which page. These analytical programs are the standard of the industry and do NOT tell us anything about you personally.
The only way we have any information about you at all is if you decide to contact us. Our email contact form requires your email so we can protect our site from SPAM attacks.
Just like many brick and mortar shopping malls, Lunchbreakshopping.com is NOT the merchant. We do not represent the merchant for any other purpose than to direct you to their site and in some cases, make recommendations or comparisons about products and services we found on their site. We are not the store, nor do we work for the store. We simply refer you to their site through a link that redirects you from Lunchbreakshopping.com to the merchant site. The technology that redirects your browser automatically records the IP address of the browser and places a cookie on your computer. The IP address does not identify the user and the cookie placed is so the merchant can identify who sent them the customer.
Many people routinely delete the cookies on their machine in an effort to keep spyware and adware and browser hijackers away. The problem of malicious software is actually much bigger and different than deleting the cookies on your machine will solve. Some of the companies you might be paying to protect your computer even cut deals to block some stores and let others through. Such a deal!
The problem of malicious software and viruses is partially solved by being very careful what emails you open, what sites you visit on the internet, and most importantly of all, what you download or allow to be downloaded onto your computer. It’s very hard sometimes to tell what free downloads are really doorways for future repair bills. I personally avoid toolbars, especially toolbars that promise to keep me continually updated about anything: weather, stocks, etc. Continually updated means you need open communication, right? Shopping toolbars can even play havoc. When you’re invited to shop for a cause, even and especially a good cause, be careful about how you manage that relationship. If you download some “automatic” software into your machine, you are leaving your browser open to being directed where that company wants you to look, not necessarily where you thought you were going.
Bottom line: Cookies are the universal language of transactions on the web. Until there’s a better system, the cookies you allow from the sites you want to use are useful. They simplify your life and they allow the merchant to greet you when you arrive; just like it used to be when retailers were small enough to care that you stopped by.
Note: The following is required by Yahoo because we sometimes place ads for the mall on their search engine and you might have reached us by clicking on one of those ads.