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About Ebates

Updated April 17, 2017

Ebates is a great website that allows customers to earn cash back on online purchases from major retailers such as Sephora, Borders and Nordstrom. Here are some facts on how Ebates works and how you can start saving money on your next online purchase.

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What is Ebates?

Ebates is an online shopping mall that was founded in 1998 by two Silicon Valley attorneys who used to work in identity theft. Ebates is a completely free service that allows shoppers to shop online at myriad retailers (such as Best Buy and Walmart) and earn cash back on purchases.

How it Works

Several online entrepreneurs use affiliate and commission marketing to turn a profit. Affiliate marketing works like this: A website refers a viewer to an online retailer, and the viewer makes a purchase. The online retailer pays the owner of the website a small commission for bringing them the sale. Ebates works on this platform, and gives some of the proceeds to their members.

Great Way to Save Money

Ebates pays its members every three months, either via check or PayPal. Partner companies can offer cash back of anywhere from 4-25 per cent. Membership at Ebates is completely free.

Gaining Steam

Although Ebates has been around since 1998, only now is it gaining notable popularity. Ebates claims to have paid its members over £35 million. Ebates has been profiled in Newsweek, the New York Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Great Way to Give

Ebates can aid your favourite charity. Ebates allows users to have their cash back money automatically sent to a charity of their choice; users don't need to do any of the legwork.

Anything You Could Need

Ebates offers cash back on purchases from almost all the major retailers. Big-name online stores affiliated with Ebates include Home Depot, OfficeMax, Victoria's Secret and Sears. At this time, Ebates cashback services are only available through online retailers.

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About the Author

Annalie Viers-Brighton is a writer and graphic designer holding a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois. Her areas of expertise include beauty and health.

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