Ebates sent out an email this morning announcing that they are offering 3% cashback on Amazon purchases, in specific categories only, and only for a limited time. Their sister site, FatWallet, also has 3% cashback on certain departments…but they’re different than the ones at Ebates. Amazon is still at 0% at all of the other cashback programs I checked today (ShopAtHome, MrRebates, BeFrugal, and MyPoints).
Ebates is paying 3% Amazon cashback on:
- Shoes & Sandals (handbags are excluded)
- Grill & Patio Furniture (including lawn & garden)
- Swim Shop
- Grocery & Gourmet Food (excluding health & personal care, beauty, flowers & indoor plants, pet supplies)
FatWallet is paying 3% Amazon cashback on:
- Amazon Instant Video
- MP3 downloads
- Automotive (excluding GPS & car electronics)
- Sports & Outdoors
Last year, Ebates was the lone cashback participant in a limited time eBay cashback trial, which I assumed was the analyze the incremental value of sales incentivized by cash back. It must not have been hugely successful, because eBay cashback has not returned since its “temporary” shutdown last June.
I’m thinking this is a similar test for Amazon, which has always prohibited their affiliates (like cashback sites) from offering any kind of points or cashback to incentivize sales.
Ebates and FatWallet say that Amazon cashback is for a limited time and that their rates may vary. If you’re considering a purchase from Amazon from one of these specific categories, I’d suggest that you go ahead and shop through one of these cashback sites now because there’s no guarantee cashback will be there next week!