Ok, so maybe I am late to the party, but have any of you heard of the website Ebates?
Last month I joined after hearing about it from my friend Lindsay. She said one of her co-workers pretty much started buying a bunch of stuff online and gets a check in the mail every quarter from this website. Sounds like a scam right?
Well, I decided to try it out. Surprisingly I’m not much of an online shopper. I have a problem with instant gratification. If I see something I want, I like to be able to take it home with me that day, as opposed to waiting for it to come in the mail.
I blame this on being an only child.
Although I wasn’t spoiled as a child, so technically I shouldn’t blame it on that.
Anyway, last month I only remembered to use the site once. But that one use resulted in me getting a $2 check in the mail. Sure, $2 isn’t much. But, imagine if I remembered to purchase everything online. All of the stores I love to shop at are there… Nordstroms, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Philosophy… you name it, you pretty much get cash back for it.
So, yesterday I had the brilliant idea to re-purchase my wedding shoes online through Ebates. I logged into my Ebate account and saw that Nordstroms was currently offering 13% back on your purchases.
13% back? That is awesome. Especially when you are purchasing Jimmy Choo wedding shoes. Of course the 13% promo was for a limited time, but luckily I was able to capitalize on that.
Once you log into Ebates, you simply search for the store you are wanting to shop at. So yesterday I typed Nordstroms into the little search box. Nordstroms popped up, I clicked the link, and it automatically took me over to the Nordstroms website in a new window. The shopping experience was exactly the same. My purchase was still directly through Nordstroms. Ebates just funnels you through to the place you want to shop with a code embedded so they know to link your purchases to your Ebates account.
Pretty crazy huh? So not only do you still get credit card points for shopping, but you also get a rebate.
A few more details because I’m still trying to figure it out myself… You won’t see the purchase automatically show up in your Ebates account. Apparently there is a “return window” where the store will verify that you haven’t returned everything you purchased online in hopes of getting a check. Some folks are sneaky like that. After that window has lapsed however, your purchase will show up. And then you will get paid for it!
Another really cool feature is that you can have your check automatically donated to charity or have it paid to you through your PayPal account. They really make it so easy to shop.
And they also have a feature called the Daily Double, where a store that typically offers 4% cash back offers 8% cash back for the day. Today’s daily double is Sephora. Umm… yes please. Almost every girl I know has been to a Sephora.
Ebates should really pay me to advertise for them. Sadly they are not. Apparently my little blog isn’t popular enough. However, I just had to tell everyone about this because I think it is so cool. Even if you are only getting $30 a quarter, that is still $30 you didn’t have.