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Is Ebates a Scam?

Updated on December 4, 2012

No, it's not a scam!

Ebates is a website which saves you money when you shop online. There are many online stores that have partnered with Ebates to give you 'cash back' when you shop. It's free to sign up and when you do, you'll be able to start saving money right away. Every couple of months, they'll send you a "Big Fat Check" in the mail which is your accumulated 'cash back' from the past few months.

How Does it Work?

After you've signed up, you can start saving money immediately. All you have to do is browse the stores that Ebates has partnered with, and once you've chosen where you'd like to shop, you just click the link that Ebates provides and it'll take you to the store. Each store will offer a certain percentage of 'cash back'. For example, Sephora.com currently offers 8% cash back on all orders. Once you've placed your order, you'll be able to see how much cash back you'll get by looking at your account on Ebates. And that's it! It's very easy to use and completely free. Think of it like a coupon code, but rather than taking the money off right away, you'll get the money back in the form of a check.

How Does Ebates Make Money?

From Ebates.ca: "People often ask: "This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?" It's really quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping centre, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money - like almost all other sites do - we share it with you!"

You can get up to %4 cash back on these items through Ebates!

What Stores Offer Cash Back?

Many different stores offer cash back through Ebates! Examples include:

  • Amazon
  • Ebay
  • Sephora
  • Toys R Us
  • WalMart
  • Nordstrom
  • Kohl's
  • Macy's
  • ... and more!

Make sure to check out Ebates or Ebates.ca for a full list of all their partnered stores!

Why Should I Use Ebates?

Ebates will only be of use to you if you do a lot of online shopping, or if you tend to buy more expensive items online. Because you don't get the discount right away, you'll have to wait until the next time they send out their cheques. I think this is worth the wait if you're going to be spending a lot of money online.

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