You may have seen in several of our deal posts that you can get cashback on top of the already low prices by starting at Ebates, and you’re wondering what it’s all about. It seems too good to be true, right?
First of all, excellent “scam” vibes. Ebates definitely looks too good to be true at first glance, and being cautious on the internet is an important part of being a savvy consumer.
Happily though for both you and me, Ebates is not a scam, and is a great way to save extra cash at some of your favorite online stores.
I want to be upfront with you and say that we *do* get paid a small referral bonus for people who join ebates through our link. That said, we wouldn’t include it if it didn’t sometimes take an “ok” deal to a supersteal, but we try to make sure the deal is good enough without it. (So that the ebate is just icing.)
Ebates is a company that gives you cash back if you start a purchase through a link on their site. It’s that simple.
They are able to do that because for every sale they send an online retailer, they get a percentage of the total you spend, and they give a portion of that back to you. In most cases, the amount in return is around 5%, but it can go up to 15, 20, or even 40% depending on what retailer you use and any special promotions going on. The only catch (if you can even call it that) is that they only distribute your cashback to you quarterly, but it’s essentially free money on things you would have bought anyway.
When you see a sweet deal on NerdSteals, and notice that you can save even more with Ebates, just click our link to sign up, find the retailer you are interested and click from their site. It’s that simple. Once you have an account, any purchase you make from ebates as a starting point will automatically store those rebates in your account for you to cash out.
Ok, but really, do they actually pay you?
Here is an image from my PayPal account with the most recent payment. This is legit.
If you’re still not convinced, definitely comment here, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook. We’re definitely happy to tell you more about our experience.