Friday, June 20, 2008

Earn Cash Back on All Your Online Purchases at Ebates

Do you shop online? Then you need to be shopping through Ebates.

Ebates is a portal to other Websites and every time you shop there, you can earn up to 25 percent back on your purchases. You can shop at more than 900 stores through Ebates, including Barnes and Noble, Target, QVC, Gap, Macys, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Kmart, Sears, Home Depot, Snapfish and the list goes on.

And just for signing up, Ebates will give you a $5 credit -- and maybe a free gift card, too. (I've seen both offered on the site.) And for every friend you refer to Ebates, you can receive a $5 referral credit if they sign up.

Every three months, Ebates sends out Big Fat Checks to its members. (You'll get a check if your cashback earnings total $5.01 for the quarter. If they don't, don't worry. Ebates will roll that money over to the next payment period and send you your check when you hit the magical $5.01 threshhold.)

In addition to offering cash back on all your purchases, Ebates has great coupons for the online merchants that are affiliated with its site. So, just as you might do in a store, you can stack deals -- use a coupon and still earn cashback credit.

I'm a big online shopper, and I'm just kicking myself for not signing up for Ebates sooner. I could have pocketed a lot of money over the years for all I've bought from Nordstrom, Target and QVC and other online merchants. Drats!

But I'm earning that money now. I bought my husband the "Bull Durham" DVD for Father's Day as part of a baseball-themed gift -- (we're going to see Kevin Costner's band in concert at the Durham Athletic Park in celebration of July 4 and the 20th anniversary of "Bull Durham.") And I earned cash back on that. Ditto for the stick vaccuum I bought today at QVC. Man, I wish we had an Ebates account when we bought a portable air conditioner for our office from there. We would have earned a nice credit on that purchase.

I encourage you to sign up for Ebates if you regularly shop online. You'll have to get into the habit of going to Ebates first if you want to buy something online, but that should be easy enough if you're always in the mindset of saving (and earning) money.

Getting paid for shopping -- now that's my dream job! And I'm living it now, thanks to Ebates.


  1. I have asked this question about Ebates on another blog and never got an answer. Maybe you will know. I have ordered a lot from companies like Eddie Bauer. I get a lot of coupon offers from them for 20% off. If I go through Ebates can I use the % off code or my Eddie Bauer friends #? I never buy stuff without % off or free shipping. Most of the time what they send me is better then what Ebates would have. Any advice?

  2. Hi Lynn:

    I have your answer, straight from Ebates:

    "In cooperation with our merchants, we provide you with specials and coupons that you can combine with Cash Back for maximum savings. We provide you with an extensive list of merchant specials and coupons. Please refer to the Coupons & Specials page or the store search for these offers. If you choose to use coupons and specials that are not listed on Ebates, we cannot guarantee that you will be eligible to receive an Ebates Cash Back reward on your purchases."

    So, you'll definitely get the percent-off rebate or free shipping promotion if you enter the code at Eddie Bauer (and other merchants), but you may not get the cash back from Ebates. And you can use your Eddie Bauer Friends promotions. You won't lose those by shopping through Ebates, but you may not earn the maximum cashback from Ebates.

    During the checkout process at any Website, you should be able to tell if your discount code has been accepted before submitting the order.

    Since you get some great discounts from your favorite stores via email, my advice to you would be to try shopping them through Ebates. You don't have anything to lose -- you'll still get your discounts -- and you may just earn extra cash back.

    Your Ebates account should be credited within just a few days of your purchase, so you'll know for sure whether you were allowed to double-deal-dip.

    I'd love to hear about your experiences once you try combining emailed offers with Ebates cashback. If it works for you, I'm sure my readers would like to know so they can try this themselves.


  3. I've tried ebates before...didn't get my sign up money, or my percentage for ordering through them. I gave up and went back to just ordering...

  4. Thanks for answering my question. Maybe I will give it a try and see what happens. I will let you know.

  5. interesting article, it gives me a good insight.