Ebates.com is one of the most popular "cash back" websites. It's free to sign up for and use, its instructions for use are easy to follow and backed up with good customer service, you can choose how you get your money back, and it has partnerships with over 1500 stores that you can shop at in order to get cash back. Among the drawbacks of Ebates are that you only get paid four times per year, there are some restrictions on the stores (or store departments) that you can shop at in order to get cash back, and there may be a few technical loopholes that you have to jump through in order to make Ebates work (though it will usually show you an easy way to do so).
If Ebates isn't giving you the rebates that you think you deserve, here are eight other websites like it to try instead.
Mr. Rebates is a site like Ebates. It offers similar cash back service, but its policies and operation aren't quite as clear as those on Ebates. Still, it is highly accredited by the Better Business Bureau, so it's pretty good at handling any issues.
Swagbucks is an interesting Ebates alternative, because you don't have to go shopping to earn rewards. Instead, you can answer surveys, play games, watch videos, and do other fun stuff on the Internet. This earns you points, which you can redeem for gift cards from popular retailers such as Amazon.com and Wal-Mart. Or, if you want, you can redeem points as cash back if you have a PayPal account.
Named after the slang term for United Kingdom currency ("quid"), Quidco is another Ebates competitor from Great Britain. It offers cash back rewards for both online shopping and shopping in person (if you don't mind giving it your credit card number), including for groceries. It also has a premium service that costs you the first £5 of your cash back, which offers better customer service and exclusive deals from retailers that process your payments faster.
Coupons.com is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an online portal for coupons and discounts. These include both printable and online coupons, as well as store loyalty promotions. It has recently also begun offering a cash back program as well, called Brandcaster.
TopCashback is one of the largest Ebates competitors in the United Kingdom. It functions quite similarly to Ebates, except that it has functions for comparing different products. It also allows you to donate the money that you get back to charity, if you don't feel like using it yourself.
Formerly a home shopping television network, Shop At Home is now an online shopping discount website. It's somewhat of a combination between Ebates and Swagbucks; you can earn cash back on purchases made through Shop At Home, as well as loyalty points. The loyalty points can then be exchanged for free gift cards.
Upromise is a unique website like Ebates in that it's run by the Sallie Mae Bank. The other unique thing about it is that, instead of getting cash back on purchases through Upromise, the money earned through Upromise can be put into a tax-free savings account or other registered savings plan. This makes it attractive for young people who shop online frequently and are looking to save money for college.
MyPoints is an alternative to Ebates that works similarly to Swagbucks. You can earn points by shopping, playing games, taking surveys, watching videos, and more. You can then turn those points into cash back, or exchange them for gift cards or travel booking.
Have you tried any of these other cash back websites that are similar to Ebates? Were they an easy way to get money and other rewards back from shopping, or did it seem like you were fighting to get anything out of them? Are there any other sites that operate like Ebates that you use, and would recommend to us and our other users? Let us know with a comment below, or send us a note on our Facebook or Twitter feeds.
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