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DealTime.com to Offer BizRate.com Merchant Rankings

Independent online comparison shopping service DealTime.com signed an agreement with BizRate.com to integrate BizRate 's Merchant Ratings and research into its service.

DealTime.com users will be able to access BizRate 's Merchant Ratings when conducting a product search. Consumers who click on the merchant ranking will jump to a co-branded "Merchant Report Card" that contains detailed information and metrics on the seller's consumer satisfaction rating.

Financial arrangements between the companies were not disclosed.

BizRate.com Merchant Ratings are compiled from continuous feedback solicited from millions of actual customers as they make their online purchases and after fulfillment, at more than 1,000 Web stores.

Merchant sites are rated on a series of attributes, such as ease of ordering, product selection, on-time delivery and price.

DealTime.com's service scours the Web, including online retailers, auctions and classifieds, for the products consumers want at the prices they are willing to pay.

Consumers have the option to track consumer deals over time, and be alerted to new ones that match their product selections.