Shopping and Earning Cash

Shopping and Earning Cash

Ebates is a company that gives cash back if you click through the links of stores listed. The company is an affiliate to many online stores. What’s an affiliate? An affiliate is a person (or company, in this case) that makes a small commission for referring people.

How can you start? When you’re ready, search for a store and click on the store link. This establishes a ‘tracking code’. Once you visit the online store from Ebates, you have 30 days to purchase what you want. Example: Wal-Mart gives Ebates 2% of every referred sale. If Ebates sends a customer to Wal-Mart, and the customer buys a $500 computer, Ebates makes $10 on the sale.

Wal-Mart is paying Ebates to advertise. Ebates takes that $10 (the money Wal-Mart paid them) and gives you half ($5). This results in a 1% cash back rate. It’s a sweet deal! Online stores (e.g. Wal-Mart, Target, BestBuy, etc.) win because they get the sale. Ebates wins because they get a commission. You win (as an Ebates user) because you get extra cash for doing next to nothing.

Ebates is an affiliate of over 1,600 online stores. Almost any person with a website can be an affiliate. Here’s an article from Wikipedia with a thorough breakdown of affiliate marketing. If you’re confused, think of it this way: online stores pay Ebates to advertise on Ebates.com and Ebates splits it with you. I’ve done well in the last five years. Most of my accrued cash back came from buying web hosting accounts ($30 cash back from each) and other large purchases for my house (i.e. Apple stuff, desk, etc.).

Points 2 Shop

“Earn Points” page is a snapshot of all the ways you can earn points on P2S. It lists various links to surveys, trial offers, tasks, etc. Always check back on this page to see the latest surveys or offers you can complete. Signing up with P2S is easy. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and activate your membership through a link in your email. Unlike some survey sites, you’re not asked a lengthy series of questions as a part of you sign up process.

When you log in for the first time on P2S, you might find the interface a bit cluttered and overwhelming. No worries, as you’ll spend a bulk of your time on the “Earn Points” page. “Earn Points” page is a snapshot of all the ways you can earn points on P2S. It lists various links to surveys, trial offers, tasks, etc. Always check back on this page to see the latest surveys or offers you can complete.

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