Earn 25% Cashback on Ebay BINs with Live Cashback

October 26, 2008 · 3 comments

No coupon required! :) And while it’s 25% as of this writing. I’ve seen it go as high as 30% on some days. But I’m getting ahead of myself — let me explain:
As you know if you’re a faithful reader here, Microsoft bought out Jellyfish.com about a year ago and then integrated the cashback portion of the site into their Live search engine. You can get cash back by starting your shopping session with the merchant links on their portal, located at http://cashback.live.com, OR you can do a search for the product you want to buy on http://www.Live.com and you MAY have a sponsored ad display that will offer you Live Cashback if you click through the link there.
And THAT, my friends, is where you’ll find 25% cash back for Ebay BINs.
Let me break it down for you step by step (it’s way easier to do than explain, trust me):
1. Create a free Hotmail account here if you don’t have one already. (Either of the two options at that link should work.)
2. Go to http://cashback.live.com and log in with your Hotmail account.
3. Go to http://www.Live.com and do a search for “laptop”. No, you don’t have to buy a laptop, that’s just the easiest thing to type to get the ad to pop up.
4. Click anywhere in the gray box at the top and it’ll take you to Ebay. It’s a “sponsored sites” ad that says “Live Search cashback. Buy items on Ebay. You may get 25% off with PayPal if eligible.”
5. Notice the icon at the top of your Ebay screen that says “Microsoft cashback 25%. Must use Buy It Now and PayPal.” Once this is activated, you can buy ANYTHING ON EBAY (not just the laptop you searched for) and you’ll get 25% cash back. You have 60 minutes after you clicked through the ad, otherwise you have to go back to Live, search, and click through again.
6. After you BIN and pay by PayPal, you’ll get a message in your Ebay account with a link to click to claim your cash back. Keep in mind, folks, you don’t have to have the funds in your PP balance; you can choose a credit card as your backup funding source.
Does it work? Oh yes. I’ve used it. ;) They did it as a limited time promotion back in June and I bought an 8GB iPod Touch for $249.99 and got $87.50 cash back (35%), bringing the cost down to $162.49. I used it this week to get a Dell Inspiron laptop for $319.
They’ve been tweaking how this works since this summer. Until recently, the amount of cash back you were offered for Ebay BINs depended on what your search term was at Live.com. Now it appears they’re going to one standard rate for Ebay (25% or 30%), regardless of your search term.
You’ll want to read the fine print on how this works. A few things I’ll note here: again, you have 60 minutes after clicking through a Live.com sponsored ad for Ebay in order for the cashback to still be applied to your account. You do have to pay by PayPal. This is for BINs ONLY, not for winning bids. You can earn a max of $200 per order, and a max of 12 Ebay rewards per calendar year…so you probably don’t want to blow this on $20 BINs; save it up for big dollar purchases. Your cashback is held in a pending account for 60 days before you can cash it out. Request payment by check or PayPal when you have $5 or more available (no longer pending). Takes about a week after requesting payment to receive PayPal.
If you have any questions about how this works, feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to help if I can!
Also, as an aside, if you’re a Live Cashback fan, you may want to follow #cashbackdotcom on Twitter (that’s Live Search’s Twitter account and they give you heads-up on special deals). If you’re new to Twitter, I can highly recommend Twitbin to stay on top of Tweets without having a popup or having to remember to go to the Twitter website to see what’s up with your friends. It’s free, of course. ;)

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Rob November 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I just ran across your site this week and found this tip to be a GREAT help. I will definitely use it. I did read the fine print, though, and it may have changed since this tip was first posted, but now it says you get 12 online sessions per account on ebay. Seems to read 12 such visits to ebay through this link, and not 12 purchases. Also looks to say 12 visits/sessions per account, then your not eligible anymore (12 period, as opposed to 12 per year). Here’s an excerpt:
“You may receive Cashback Rewards for up to a maximum of twelve (12) Online Sessions per account on http://www.eBay.com. Once you have completed twelve (12) Online Sessions under any eBay.com account, you will no longer be eligible to receive Cashback Rewards for purchases made under such eBay.com account.”
Great tip, though. We’ll just have to be careful not to use it unless we’re ready to buy during that session (I accidentally used one of my 12 sessions just to take a look at how the process works). I have 11 more, then I’m banned for good!
Thanks again.


Todd November 16, 2008 at 7:06 am

The ebay 25% cashback does not appear anymore…I saw it yesterday though. Will it come back? Am I doing something wrong? Has this happened before?


Ken Rubin December 17, 2008 at 11:16 am

Same Problem, can’t seem to find the eBay Sponsored Cashback result ad when I do my search.
Please help – where can I find the link so I can get logged into eBay the correct way, in order to take advantage of this?


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