Ebates as Seen on The TalkIf you’re just hearing about Ebates from their segment on The Talk, and you’re wondering, is Ebates really legit?  YES.  You can read my Ebates review here, or go ahead and join Ebates here.

I’ve been a member of Ebates since 2000 and have earned over $4,000.   They do pay, they have great cashback rates, and they will send you a Big Fat Check (or PayPal deposit, or Amazon gift card) each quarter your cashback earnings are over $5.  They offer coupon codes to help drop your out of pocket costs when you shop, and they share info on sales in emails and on their blog.  They have frequent increased cashback special offers and they also have two increased cashback merchants of the day (one you’ll find on their website and the other on their Facebook page).

If you’re shopping for Back to School, Ebates is a great cashback site to use!  But don’t take my word for it — see for yourself when you join Ebates here!

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Two years ago, Superpoints — home of the insanely addictive Superlucky Button — shut down abruptly when the company managing the site went out of business.  I’m pleased to announce that Superpoints is back!  Scam or legit site?  Here is my revised review:

Superpoints is an invitation-only free-to-join points-based rewards program that allows you to earn points, redeemable for free gift cards and other merchandise prizes, in various ways:

  • superpoints invitation click hereCompleting surveys
  • Completing offers on the Trialpay offer portal such as downloading apps, joining websites, and entering contests
  • Winning random points through clicking the Superlucky Button
  • Referring friends (both when they join and as a percentage of their Superlucky Button wins)
  • Sponsoring people who come to the site without an invitation…they become your referral, too

Membership is by invitation only:  here is my invitation link to join Superpoints.

As you earn points, you gradually increase your XP level.  That’s a good thing, because when your XP level goes up, you get more clicks of the Superlucky Button each day, and more opportunities to sponsor new members.

superpointsinvitationlinkAbout the Superlucky Button:  In order to increase your daily available clicks from 10 to 100, you’ve got two options:  refer five friends and sponsor one more…or just pay $14.95 a year.  This optional paid membership gives you a couple of other perks:  no ads during Superlucky Button play, and priority in processing your points redemptions.

Another interesting twist at Superpoints is something called Karma, which is a ranking of 0 to 5 depending on the type and frequency of activities you do on the site.  If you’re more active, you’ll have more Karma, and that unleashes a multiplier effect on the points you earn.

Use my Superpoints invitation link to sign up if you’re in the US and you’re 18 or older.  Limit one membership per household.

Please note:  Superpoints is VERY vigilant about monitoring accounts for fraud.  You can’t refer your toddler, your dog, and your dead grandma.  They will find out, and you’ll lose ALL accounts.

I’ve been a member of the new Superpoints for two weeks and have already earned enough almost enough for a $25 GC…could have cashed in at $10 but I wanted a bigger reward!  I’m excited to see Superpoints return, and so far, I’m lovin’ the new site!

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extrabux173Extrabux has been sold to Ebates, according to an Ebates press release issued this morning.  Founders Jeff Nobbs and Noah Auerhahn will work to develop Ebates’ Chinese cashback program.

I’ve been a long-time member of both cashback programs and am absolutely tickled pink at this development.  I would love to see Ebates incorporate the unique price comparison tool that Extrabux developed — search for a product and it would tell you where to find it for the cheapest, taking into account available coupon codes and cashback, and factoring in shipping and tax.

Not sure if Extrabux will close altogether, if cashback earned will be rolled into Ebates accounts, or what.  If you’re an Extrabux member, I suggest you keep your eyes peeled for an email from them explaining what to expect from here.

Congrats to Jeff and Noah, and Ebates:  congrats on making a great cashback purchase!  ;)

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ShopYourWayRewards LogoShopYourWay Rewards members, heads-up for an email they sent out this morning:  click through it to sign up for Lands’ End emails, and you’ll receive $5 in SYWR points instantly!  You can use these like store credit for anything you may want to buy, online or in-store.

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If you’re visiting CompareRewards today after reading Gregory Karp‘s great Spending Smart article, “Portals open path to back to school savings” in today’s Chicago Tribune…thank you for stopping by!  You can read more about my credentials on my About page but in a nutshell, I’ve been using cashback sites, points-based rewards programs, paid survey sites, and other loyalty programs since 1997 and have blogged about them since 1999.

I do an annual chat with representatives of quite a few of these programs every year in October — sign up here to get updates on this year’s event.  We usually give out quite a few prizes during the course of the chat.  It’s both informative AND fun!

Ever find a cool website and then totally forget about it?  Please don’t do that with CompareRewards!  You can stay in touch by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter!

Take a look around and send me an email if you have any questions, if I can recommend a particular cashback portal based on where you shop, or if you’d like suggestions for some good legitimate, paying programs that pay you for doing things on the internet like watching videos, taking surveys, playing games, listening to music, and more!

Thanks again for visiting CompareRewards.com!

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Here is a summary of the programs mentioned in the Tribune and how they compare:

Ebates FatWallet MrRebates Upromise
Founded 1998 Founded 2002 Founded 2002 Founded 2001
1,600+ stores 1,000+ stores 2,500+ stores 950+ stores
$5 signup bonus No signup bonus $7.50 signup bonus No signup bonus
Check, PayPal Check, PayPal Check, PayPal Deposit to Section 529 plan, repayment of student loans, deposit to Sallie Mae HYSA, check
$5.01 minimum for payment PayPal: $0 min., Check:  $10 $10 minimum for payment $10 minimum for payment
Quarterly paymt, 6 weeks after end of quarter Weekly paymt Paymt on 1st of month following paymt request The month following paymt request
Two daily double cashback stores, weekly cashback increases on around 10 stores, sometimes larger scale promos.  Offers cashback for some Amazon departments. One daily double cashback store, occasionally other cashback promotions.  Hugely active deal forum.  Offers cashback for some Amazon departments. One weekly double cashback store, frequent promos with hundreds of participating stores, several daily prize giveaways per year (no purchase required) One daily double cashback store, occasional promotions, most stores at 5% cashback, extra 5% for paying with the Upromise credit card
Join Ebates Join FatWallet Join MrRebates Join Upromise
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Back to School Increased Cashback Promotions

August 7, 2013

It’s that time of year again…back to school shopping!  And lucky for those of us who shop online through a cashback program, our favorite cashback sites are offering increased rates and special promotions in order to get our business.  And, as always, these cashback sites also provide coupon codes where available to lower your out-of-pocket [...]

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Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points

July 17, 2013

It’s been a while since I posted free points codes for Kellogg’s Family Rewards (read my less-than glowing review of the program here) and I’ve come across some more to share.  Not that it’ll do you much good — their rewards are still lousy and cost too many points.  But if FWIW, here are the [...]

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Daily Increased Cashback Rates for July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

Here are today’s Daily Increased Cashback Rates – July 12, 2013: Ebates:  123inkjets @ 32% (was 16%) and eCampus @ 7% (was 3.5%), and ten cashback increases in their People’s Choice (mostly) double cashback promo: Macy’s @ 10% (was 3%) — they were 10% last week, too JCPenney @ 8% (was 4%) Kohl’s, Lowes, and [...]

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Best Buy Reward Zone Program Changes Effective July 2013

June 19, 2013

Best Buy announced today a couple of changes to their RewardZone rewards program, effective 7/30/13: 1.  RewardZone points will no longer expire at the end of the year; they’ll carry over as long as you have some activity in your account every 12 months.  Their end of year point expiration was a huge complaint members [...]

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