12 Reasons Why You Should NOT Join Ebates

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You’ve probably heard of Ebates before today. Maybe you’ve been meaning to join or maybe you’re clinging to that old adage that has served you well in the past–“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” Well, we’re here to tell you once and for all, you’re right. There absolutely are many reasons not to become an Ebates member. Find out if you agree with any of the statements below and prove that Ebates just isn’t for you.

1. I really don’t need any more money.

Cash Back at EbatesSure, I shop quite a bit. But when I kiss that money goodbye, I don’t want any of it to come back. Even though Ebates offers up to 40% Cash Back on the things I already buy, I’m pretty content with 0%.

2. It’s just too complicated.

Confused little girl GIFYou mean I have to go to Ebates.com, type my favorite store into the search bar, and then click a Shop Now button before buying something online? That’s, like, three steps that take seven whole seconds. My time is precious, thank you. See How it Works >

3. It has to be a scam.

Star Wars Akbar its a trap GIFWhere does the money come from? It can’t be as simple as stores paying Ebates and Ebates sharing the commission with me. Good day, sir.

4. Freedom of choice is overrated.

New Girl bad decisions GIF Ebates offers Cash Back at HOW MANY stores? Over 2,000? Having so many options is just overwhelming, even though it means I can get paid to shop for virtually anything.

5. Paying full price is my jam.

Coupons, Deals, Promo CodesEbates may put thousands of coupons, deals and promo codes from major stores at my fingertips but I’m just not a deal hunter. I mean, I know there’s not much hunting involved since I can easily see a store’s coupons on its Ebates page but, you know. Reading. Ugh.

6. My friends definitely don’t need any more money.

Seinfeld Elaine I hate it GIFIf I gave my three besties $10 for making their first purchases through Ebates, I’m pretty sure they would never speak to me again. And the $75 in Cash Back I would get for referring them to Ebates would just make matters worse. Learn More >

7. I love missing out on sales.

Nacho Libre I love it GIFFollowing Ebates on Facebook and getting access to daily Double Cash Back offers sounds awful. And getting sales alerts from my favorite stores sent directly to my phone via the Ebates App will literally ruin my day.

8. I hate getting the best possible deal.

Getting Deals at EbatesIf there is a better price for the same item out there, I just don’t want to know. I can easily compare prices and Cash Back amounts for those Steve Madden booties by searching for them at Ebates.com or through the Ebates app. I can even scan products with the app while physically shopping at stores to find the best price. But really, I enjoy paying the most I possibly can.

9. I also hate shopping on the go.

Saved by the Bell disgusted GIFBeing able to shop on my phone or tablet with the Ebates App is just too convenient. I prefer to wait until I’m at a computer, even if it means missing out on a flash sale. What can I say? It’s all about severely delayed gratification and missed opportunities.

10. I only like shopping in stores.

Shopping OnlineNothing beats a trip to a mall. I can try things on, catch up with my friends, and top it all off with a pizza pretzel. There’s no way I could get Cash Back for doing all tha–Oh. There is? I just have to add my credit card to my Ebates account, link In-Store offers to my card, then use that card to shop in the store? Well, still. See reason #1. Free money just isn’t my thing. Learn More >

11. I’ll just forget to use Ebates.

Gandalf Lord of the Rings lost GIFI can’t even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. It’s not like there’s a magic Ebates Cash Back Button that I can add to my browser, which would automatically let me know if the store I was visiting offered Cash Back.

12. I definitely don’t want to get Cash Back everywhere.

Octopus nope running away GIFGetting the Ebates Cash Back Visa® Credit Card sounds like a terrible idea. 1% Cash Back on gas, groceries, you name it, and 3% Cash Back at Ebates stores? Rewards, schmewards. I also get a $10 bonus after my first purchase on the Ebates credit card and that just isn’t necessary.

What’s that, you say? None of this sounds like you? We didn’t think so! Who doesn’t like free money and more ways to get the most out of shopping? Have any other questions about Ebates? Leave us a comment below!

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  1. m johnson October 24, 2016

    Real reason not to – I cannot see a list of participating retailers without joining. No need to join if I don’t shop at the stores listed. So far from the small listing of example stores, it is only Walmart I shop at and quite frankly, I don’t spend enough to get much back at 1%. Giving all my info to someone else – especially credit card info – is not worth maybe $30 a year.

    Whenever I try to see a list of retailers, I am told I must join. Not a good way to sign up new customers.

    • Swapna Dhamdhere October 31, 2016

      Hello! While we do encourage our visitors to sign up for free so they can start getting cash back, the list of retailers is fully available to non members. If you are on the home page, you can go to the “All Stores” tab on the left side of the navigation bar and see the full list. You can click out of the sign up box on the upper right hand side of the first box and the lower right hand side on the second box. Hope this helps!