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Ebates = Coupons + Rebates

by Freebies4Mom on May 13, 2010 8:33 pm

You do get the best of both types of savings (coupons + rebates) withEbates. Jan emailed me and I found myself nodding my head along with her because guess what?  I heard about Ebates long before I joined – and then felt like kicking myself for not doing my online shopping through Ebates sooner (just like Jan).  I thought it would be good to point out that you can use both coupon codes and get cash back rebates when you use Ebates!

Jan said:  “I just wanted to tell you that your advice finally sunk in with me 🙂  I am big on online shopping, and I did sign up with Ebates, but never really bothered to “research” via Ebates every time I made an online purchase.  Honestly I thought that I could use coupon codes for discounts immediately, rather than waiting on an Ebates check…. didn’t think I could use both since most websites don’t let you stack ‘deals’ – but this is SO different!  With Ebates you CAN have it ALL!   I could kick myself for all the cash back I’ve missed out on over the years – virtually every single store I’ve shopped from qualifies for Ebates.”I don’t want you to kick yourself, but I do want you to be a smart shopper and learn how to use coupon codes and rebates (like Ebates).  I’m here to help you, and learn how you are saving money so please leave a comment!

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emk May 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I am a huge ebates fan! I did want to pass along, however, that I just had my first experience with NOT getting the ebates credit due to using a separate promotion code. It was for Kodak Gallery and, after waiting the 30 days, I contacted ebates with the pertinent info so they could credit my account. I got an email response back that said "Any other promotional discounts used during this purchase may over ride the eligibility to earn Ebates cash-back. In this case, the use of a non-Ebates coupon/discount overrides the eligibility to earn Ebates cash-back." I think it might be Kodak-specific because I've had to wait the 30 days and contact ebates for my orders the last 3 times. They credited me the first two, but this recent development makes me think that there's something weird going on with Kodak Gallery. I did just place a Gap order to get the 11% back and I used a separate promotion code– I was afraid it wasn't going to work, but it totally did! So awesome!

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J.C. May 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

In addition to Ebates, I always check http://www.bigcrumbs.com & http://www.mrrebates.com to see what their cash-back rewards are for whatever store I'm buying from online. Then I'll link through whichever is the best. It really varies, but sometimes there's a big difference so it's worth the time spent searching!

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Julie - Remembered Moments May 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I had the same experience as emk the first responder. I used a coupon code and shopped through ebates and after about 45 days no rebate-so contacted them and got the same response "Any other promotional discounts used during this purchase may over ride the eligibility to earn Ebates cash-back. In this case, the use of a non-Ebates coupon/discount overrides the eligibility to earn Ebates cash-back."I was a bit ticked since the rebate was going to be close to 20.00!! It still ended up being better for me to use the coupon code (saved 50.00 with coupon code) but if you would save more with the ebates rebate then the coupon code you may want to choose one or the other. My 'denial' experience was with Target.comI have used coupons+ebates several times before with no issues but this one time put a bad taste in my mouth-who knows if it will work or not?!? will I get my refund? or not? If the coupon code discount is bigger then the ebates refund then there is nothing to loose but if your ebates refund would be bigger and then you use a coupon code but that ends up voiding the rebate then you would have been better off not using the coupon and just doing ebates….my advice is to ONLY use coupon codes on the ebates website as they don't guarantee a refund for any purchases that use 'outside' coupon codes on guarantee refunds for purchases with the coupon codes listed on their site. (even though I have used 'outside' coupon codes prior and never had an issue before)thought I would share my experiences.~Julie

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Carrie May 14, 2010 at 7:03 am

FYI to new people that sign up: Your referrals have to sign up AND make a $20 purchase in order to be a valid referral. That's a bummer, but it is pretty cool to get money back. It's not a get rich quick scheme, this is for sure. However, if you can't get coupons anywhere else, you just might find them at Ebates.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I had a similar incedant with Blair and Best Buy . Contacted ebates they wanted receipts which they already had lost about 30.00 on that but all the others have gone smoothly

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Anonymous May 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

Me too!!! What a dork I signed up for it in 1999?? Never used it once dont even remeber doing it. I hit your link to sign up and it sasid I existed! Now to save some $$$$$ thanks! skbrush

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Jane July 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Does anyone know how to close an ebates account?

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Heather July 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm

You should contact Ebates to close your account.

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