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I’m sure you’ve seen the Ebates commercials on television. A lot of people are skeptical and suspect that Ebates is a scam or a data-mining site. Maybe you are one of those people. I personally have had nothing but good experiences with Ebates, and I recommend it as a way to earn back some of the money spent on online purchases.
How does it work? When you shop online, you visit stores through the Ebates web site, clicking on what is essentially an affiliate link. Ebates gets paid a commission or referral fee, and then it compensates you for a portion of that income.
Honestly, I don’t shop a lot online except at Amazon. (I know some people really dislike Amazon, but I really do find it a huge asset in my life for reasons I’ll eventually explain on this blog.) And sadly, the percentage “earned” for shopping trips at Amazon is frequently zero. But I typically buy my printer’s ink through eBay and home improvement materials and supplies through Lowe’s, and once every month or so I place an order at Walmart for something that is cheaper there than at Amazon. Those purchases add up. Even better, on occasion I’ll buy something pricier like a new computer (Lenovo) or a new purse (Coach)–or earlier this year, an LG washer/dryer suite–and rack up more significant dollars.
I use Ebates religiously. While I don’t have the Ebates button installed in my browser, whenever I shop online, I always check Ebates first to see if I can get money back on whatever purchase I am going to make. (I generally check UPromise simultaneously because UPromise sometimes offers a higher return, and in those cases, I shop through UPromise instead. But I’ll blog about UPromise another day.) The end result? I’ve received a total of $146.43 since I joined Ebates in 2015. (That $50-ish a year actually pays for the state taxes on my Jeep. But that’s a post for another day.) I do have a friend who has made more in a month because of referrals she has received through her large, active Facebook group. So if you have a lot of friends or followers, you could make a lot more than I do.
One caveat: You don’t get paid immediately. Payments sometimes take a while, especially if you request payment via Paypal as I do (the other option is to receive payment via gift cards). But I’ve never had to go to battle with Ebates for the money I was due, and customer service has been prompt and helpful on the one or two occasions I’ve felt led to contact the company.
Want to Sign Up?
If you’re interested in signing up, Ebates is currently running a promotion in which you can get a $10 Walmart gift card or $10 Ebates cash bonus just for signing up. I signed up during such a promotion, and although a bit of time passed before I received my check (see caveat above), I did receive it.
I do ask you to use my referral link if you join. Click here to sign up, or you can click on the green button below. If you join and spend at least $25 on purchases that earn cash back within your first year, you’ll get an extra $10, and I’ll get $25. And then you can send your referral link to your friends, too, to earn your own referral bonuses. It’s a win-win situation!
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