Search Tokens ($T) is our micropayment system for any instant online people search or lookup. They are required for any instant online search or lookup. Search Tokens can not be used for Bulk File or API services. If you are utilizing API or Bulk File upload, please review the section below regarding these services.
Each $T is worth $0.01. When you purchase $T in bulk, you are awarded bonus tokens which are included in the total amount of your $T purchase. The more $T you purchase, the more bonus tokens you receive, thereby lowering the cost per $T.
Using $T allows Searchbug to keep costs down by minimizing transaction fees for credit cards. Additionaly, we're able to issue store credits in the form of $T quickly, and it allows us to offer special promotions. When you purchase $T in bulk, you are awarded bonus tokens which are included in the total amount of $T your purchase. The more $T you purchase, the more bonus tokens you receive lowering the cost per $T.
Using $T allows Searchbug to keep costs down by minimizing transaction fees for credit cards, issue store credit in the form of $T quickly, as well as the ability to offer promotions.
$T are one-time purchases that are non-recurring, can't be used for an API, and offer discounts for volume purchases.
You only need a PPD balance if you plan to implement one of our popular APIs. PPD balances aren't discounted since APIs have tiered pricing with built in automatic volume-based discounts. As you make more API calls each month, the cost of each API call decreases. API pricing resets each month.
If you want to test an API [hyperlink "Test an API" and open in a new window https://www.searchbug.com/api/phone-name-address-email.aspx#how-do-i-get], you can add a PPD balance to your account for as little as $10. You can select any prepaid amount from $10 to $1,000, however if you are just testing the system, we suggest starting with $10. Your credit card will only be charged $10 and you can implement testing. When you finish testing, if you don't use all of your funds, we can refund the balance upon request if you are not going to implement the API.
If you do decide to implement an API we suggest you increase your prepaid balance to match your anticipated volume. This is to avoid multiple small charges in a short period which may appear as suspicious activity to your bank and lead to declined purchases. If your payment method gets declined or your PPD balance goes to $0.00 your API service will be interrupted, so it's important to set your PPD amount to anticipated needs and to keep your credit card updated. Anytime a charge is attempted you will be notified by email.
Prepaid balances never expire. Should you decide to stop using the service, you can simply request the account balance of unused funds be credited back to your card.