Ebates.com is a rewards website where members can earn up to 25% cash back on their online purchases at over 1,200 online stores without having to redeem points, mail in forms, or pay membership fees.
Rewards websites like Ebates earn a commission when you purchase an item from one of their partner stores. In turn, they pay part of that commission to you to ensure you continue shopping through Ebates at their partner stores.
When you initially register at Ebates.com, you will be asked to choose a bonus $10 gift card. This gift card will be awarded to you after you have earned your first $25 in cash back.
Earning Cash Back
Whenever you are hoping to earn cash back with Ebates, you must use either their website or their downloadable toolbar to access their partner stores.
Even if you have purchased at that store through Ebates previously, you must access that store through Ebates every time to get credit. If Ebates does not receive credit for your purchase then you cannot earn cash back.
If you refer friends and family members to use Ebates, you can also earn cash back on their first purchase through Ebates.
Unfortunately, returns and exchanges of purchased items will cancel out your cash back earnings. When you exchange an item, the store will consider that a brand new purchase not done through Ebates, so you won’t be able to earn cash back.
Getting Your Cash Back
As long as you have earned more than $5.01, you will receive a cash back payment every 3 months in February, May, August, and November. If you have earned less than $5.01, your earnings will be carried over to the next check.
You can have the check mailed to you or directly deposited into your PayPal account. You can also have the check mailed to a charity or a family member, if you choose. Simply make sure to set up your account to reflect how you want your earnings paid out.
Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints
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Sadly, the one time I didn't receive a check, I was peppered with inquisitions that seemed almost like my integrity was in question.
My last correspondence from Ebates was to forward the validity of the rebate check that was owed to me. At this writing I have had "zero" response.
The amount is very negligible, < $20. So in terms of any suspicions of cheating, They could've simply checked my account to verify the rebate amount and when it was mailed out.
This is disappointing to say the least and not the reassurance I was hoping for from a reputable company.
How stupid does someone have to be to think this is anything other than a phony way to get someone to spend money they wouldn't otherwise spend.
It's like trying to convince someone they can actually SAVE money by donating to charity.
You NEVER get back as much as you spend or donate so you are actually merely buying something at a discount PERIOD.
I already shop around and buy things at the BEST price I can get so there is no way my SPLITTING that savings with some website will actually SAVE me money and to think you are getting PAID to shop is asinine.
These people never seem to manage to get legitimate CB applied to your account. I buy a good bit of stuff on eBay, and my eBay bucks total for a 3 month period was over 20x my Ebates total. Legit categories, always clicking through ebates for purchase / payment. Never shows up.
Actively looking for an HONEST Cashback site. Don't trust Ebates anymore.
Fatwallet was running the same scam before they were bought by ebates. Neither outfit is reputable. They pocket referral fees and you get next to nothing.
Avoid. Find any other CB site.