Monday, October 18, 2010
Money Monday: Ebates
OK, who wouldn't want to be paid to shop? Whether you're buying clothes or making an airline reservation if you do it through the right website you get cash back every time. Seven's Lynn Martinez is here to tell us all about it in our new segment called Money Mondays.
WSVN -- Amanda Muson says she can find great bargains online.
Amanda Muson: "I've bought from The Gap, Ebay, Office Max, The Container Store."
Kerry shiller is also an on-line shopper.
Kerry Shiller: "Nordstrom.com and Crate and Barrel.com."
But these woman have figured out how to not only find great deals, but get paid for doing it.
They belong to a website called Ebates and members get cash rebates for everything they buy.
Kerry Shiller: "Ebates calls it a big fat check, and indeed it can be a big fat check sometimes. Last quarter I got a check for over $200."
How much you get back depends on how much you spend.
Amanda Muson: "My grand total is $435.51."
Here's how it works: You register to become a member of Ebates. The good news it's free. Then you just shop at their stores everything from Sephora to Kohls, Orbitz to Staples and you get a different percentage back depending on where you shop.
Amanda Muson: "It's satisfying and it's almost like a treasure hunt to shop, find what you want, a premium product, premium travel, premium restaurant experience but at a discount."
More than 1200 stores are on Ebates and you can buy small or big ticket items. Kerry bought a couch for her new house .
Kerry Shiller: "I saw it in the store and I ended up purchasing it online. One of the reasons was because of Ebates, so I could get the rebate back on a big ticket item like that."
Amanda gets a deal on vitamins.
Amanda Muson: "Buy two get four free plus the percentage off."
She even showed her husband how she could save on this battery charger.
Amanda Muson: "I found that I could get actually the newer model of the same brand charger go through Ebates, buy it, have it sent to my home for $10 less."
Plus she got the rebate. The site also offers coupons and other savings.
Kerry Shiller: "It's free and if you online shop I think that it's a great program to sign up for."
Amanda Muson: "There's no reason not to join."
Lynn Martinez: "Ebates claims to have paid out more than 50-million in cash to it's members over the last 10 years."
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