Getting Paid to Shop Online; is it Real?
You’ve all see the commercial: Where it Pays to Shop Online.
Just click! Shop! Get Paid… If you’ve never had dealings with Ebates and have no personal experience to talk of, the overall feeling at the end of this commercial, like mine, is – it’s too good to be true. There must be a catch, you say.
I, too, thought the same way and have recently been asked this question by three friends on three separate occasions. Now, the Research Queen that I am (super internet researcher, that is) I felt kind of bad that I don’t hold the answer to this, so I dove into this question head first.
What I found was astounding! In addition, I felt kind of… I dunno, left out of the loop? But of course this was my fault of sorts because I was the one ignoring the plain and simple advert on television prompting me to get paid for shopping online.
How many of us shop online? A study conducted in 2011 concluded that of 1500 consumers asked 87% had made a transaction during the upcoming holiday season. Were you one of those people? Well, here is the dig – you could have made a pretty penny off of your… ready for this?… shopping!
First, Ebates on Ebates
So, I’ve done a bit of digging around starting with Ebates.com – the end source about some details. Their claim to fame, as you might have heard, is simple: click! shop! get cash back!
Okay, okay that’s not telling you much. And to be honest, I rarely trust the word of base site on which I am doing my research.
So I moved along to numerous reviews both good and bad. The bad ones, the ones you’re probably most curious about, claim scam, fraud and the like. But, to be quite honest with you, I don’t see too many complaints at all. Sure, there are little fires here and there in any business so I will give the benefit of a doubt and play it up to the few unhappy customers that any business will have. And even these complaints were about shipping and returns type of deal.
My Dig on Ebates.com From the Rest of the Net
BBB. Next, I headed over to the Better Business Bureau to check out their rating and to see if there are any complaints there as I trust the BBB (why wouldn’t you?), after all it’s in the name. According to the BBB, Ebates has had an open file with them since 2000 and maintains an A+ rating and has no significant government actions against them. Delving further into it, there are 191 complaints targeting Ebates. But on a good note all of these complaints have been resolved by the company leaving once unhappy customers happy again.
Facebook. Following the BBB research, I headed over to our trusty friend – Facebook. Now it takes only common sense to realize that a bad company would not have 335,855 likes on their site (as of today . They have a ton of positive postings by customers and, like at BBB, the company took very good care of those who were having issues. Not only that, they respond very timely leaving you happy and ready for more shopping.
Twitter. Okay, okay want the really down, raw thoughts it’s users on this Ebates thing? I sure did. So my next step was to head over to the next social giant to see what the Twitter nation had to say. Here are latest tweets from heir followers… in order, might I add. Sooo, no complaints here either. Okay moving on.
thanks, @Ebates! love getting cash back on all my online purchases. if you haven’t signed up yet, you’re missing out!
#SURPRISED to find #excellentservice at @ebates considering they pay me. Chelsea was professional, patient, competent
#Ebates, I’ll be getting $60 so far when I get my next payment!
@ebates for the #cashback! A #makeupjunkie‘s best friend!
@Ebates Thx for the follow! I’ve gotten over $1500 back thru your site over the years!
The web. Finally, I read a ton unsolicited, personal reviews by people who had been using Ebates many of whom had even uploaded photos and scans of their Big Fat Checks from Ebates just for shopping through their site at their favorite stores and from their beloved brands. With each click, I became more convinced. I kept digging and searching but the result was the same: Ebates is a WIN!
This is where I began to feel like I was missing out. Why am I doing all this “free”shopping online and throwing my non-existent money out of the window? Why am I not taking the plunge?
How Does it Work?
The simplest way to explain it is that Ebates is an affiliate for the big brand stores that you and I love to shop. Here is the breakdown:
- Big brand stores advertise with Ebates
- Ebates, in turn, provides customers (me and you) by advertising their product
- A customer clicks a link to go shopping at the store of their choice and makes a purchase
- The big brand now pays Ebates for referring the client over to them
- Ebates splits that commission with you 50/50.
It doesn’t get any fairer than that!
In Conclusion – it’s True: with Ebates.com it Pays to Shop
Start getting paid to shop at your favorite stores and stop throwing away that cash you would’ve had.
It’s the best time to get started. Why? because the holidays are right around the corner and for every sweater you buy – cha-ching! For every toy you get – cha-ching! For every gadget, video game, diamond, and more – cha-ching, cha-ching, CHA-CHING!!!… And getting ready for them is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Finally, Holiday Shopping that Pays YOU Back!
Here are the steps to get started earning big bucks for getting the stuff you already need. No hooks, no gimmicks, no catches. You can shop your favorite stores like Walmart, Sephora, Victoria Secret, Nordstrom and more! Follow the steps below to get started now…
- Click the pic (the one below)
- Get shopping at your favorite stores
- Receive a big fat check. DONE!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Ebates.com. Please, don’t be shy – share them in the comment area below!
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