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Women's Consumer Network Teams With MSN

The Women's Consumer Network, a new membership organization dedicated to saving women time and money via collective buying, will become a partner on Microsoft's MSN WomenCentral.

With this new relationship, millions of women will be able to join WCN at a discounted rate and take advantage of WCN's many benefits, said Women's Consumer Network president and founder Melissa Moss. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

WCN researches products and services to find the best values for its members, and then uses the collective buying power of its membership to negotiate deals.

"We complement much of the outstanding women's content available on MSN by providing e-commerce opportunities that are distinctive and compelling for women," Moss said.

"MSN WomenCentral is focused on giving women an edge in our time-crunched world," said Michael Goff, MSN's director of programming. "Our association with Women's Consumer Network allows us to offer exclusive discounts and products to MSN WomenCentral users, unavailable to the users of any other Internet portal or network of services."

The Women's Consumer Network currently offers 35 products and services that address the needs and lifestyles of busy women, including financial services, health care, job and career help and discounts on everyday purchases.

Offerings include a customized financial guidance program through Arthur Andersen, low down-payment mortgages with Bank of America, an automobile buying service, vision and dental plans, prepaid legal services and discounts on Penny Wise office supplies, Hanes Hosiery, 1-800-Flowers, cellular products, vitamins and pharmaceuticals.

At the MSN site, WomenCentral visitors can enroll in WCN at a discounted rate of $21.95, compared to the regular $39.95 annual dues.