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Survey Sites That Give Back!

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Hello there readers, for what are you waiting?

I know that I actually just posted about online survey sites that pay in gift cards. But since it was Giving Tuesday last week, I really should have posted this! Did you participate? I’ll list who I donated to after the Content™, and perhaps you’ll accept my excuse of being late of having to deal with the bank flagging my card 😅

Some links may be referral links.

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost allows you redeem your survey points to a donation to the American Red Cross.

Springboard America

Springboard pays out in $50 intervals. One way you could have this paid out is a payment to Doctors Without Borders or Unicef.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks offers a number of charities you can donate toward including:

  • Save the Children
  • The Humane Society
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Smile Train and
  • ALS Association (you know, like what your Ice Bucket Challenges were supposed to go toward!)
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One day I will update my money tag with something more substantial

Lifepoints

In Lifepoints‘s rewards catalogue, they only list the Special Olympics. But I could’ve sworn that when I’ve cashed out (by Paypal) previously, they would ask if I’d like to add on a dollar toward Unicef. I suppose that was an old system.

E-Poll

The minimum you can cash out on E-Poll by Paypal or other payments is $5. But if you’d like you donate your points, you can redeem them at an amount a little lower. You can choose to help St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or the National Wildlife Federation.

Valued Opinions

On Valued Opinions, you can put your points toward a donation to Unicef.

Some panels offer small increments you can send, but don’t worry if you’d prefer to be paid with money so you can determine yourself how much to donate and where. This is what I like to do because I like to support smaller and local organizations. Another idea is to receive Amazon gift cards which you could use for yourself, but some groups may have wishlists.

This year I donated to the Miami Tenants Union, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Tulong Kabataan Volunteer Network, and Caritas Manila. The Union will go toward getting some livable conditions, the Koala Hospital for those Australian fires, and Tulong/Caritas for the recent quake and typhoon in the Philippines. I know that the Port Macquarie GoFundMe really exceeded its goal, but I tried to donate to another group and my card got flagged 😩 I guess for international use? So I learned that there’s automated prompts you have to go through to approve purchases like if you call and want to hear your last transactions. The future is weird.

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11 Survey Sites That Pay in Gift Cards

Hello readers, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

Since it’s the end of the year, I’ve been trying to arrange my monies and where they’re going for the holidays. Not only that but my nephew will be in town for a while, so I finally get to meet him! He is soooo tiny (he was a premie). He can kick his legs but can’t quite figure out how to move those arms to crawl, lol!

One of the places I’m arranging my monies from is survey sites. Last year, I shared some where you can get paid more or less with cash (usually Paypal). But if you prefer gift cards, I’ve got another list for you!

Some links may be referral links.

Product Report Card

Product Report Card was on my list last year, but apparently must be moved to this one. It seems that now they just pay in Amazon gift cards.

Opinion Outpost

In addition to paying out by Paypal, Opinion Outpost also offers the option of Amazon and Apple App Store/iTunes gift cards.

OneOpinion

One Opinion is also great for being paid cash, but it has Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Visa, and Walmart gift cards as well.

Toluna

Toluna has a catalog of gift cards available including Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora, CVS, and even Bitcoin!

Springboard America

Springboard has somewhat of a more limited pool of rewards, but they’re still very useful and practical. Some of these cards are Starbucks, Target, iTunes, AMC Theatres, Amazon, and the Cheesecake Factory.

iPoll

iPoll provides the options of Amazon and Apple App Store/iTunes gift cards. But it looks like you may only be able to sign up for it through their app now.

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Lifepoints

Lifepoints Panel recently changed from My Survey. They have some of the same Amazon, Target, and CVS gift cards. But they additionally have Domino’s, Nordstrom, eBay, and many other retailers and restaurants.

ePoll

ePoll asks about tv and celebrities and offers just the basic gift cards you need: Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, etc.

Valued Opinions

Valued Opinions only has gift cards in case you would like some of the staples I’ve repeatedly shared already. But they also offer some more unusual rewards like Southwest reward points, a “multi-brand” pack, and credit for certain spas!

Swagbucks

On Swagbucks, you can perform a number of activities to earn “bucks” which are redeemable for just as many rewards. Gift cards available include Gamestop, Visa, Amazon, Walmart, and even Southwest Airlines.

Makeup Makers

Makeup Makers would be perfect for fellow beauty bloggers, but it’s not the most active (my account says I haven’t earned points since March). So signing up and earning points might be a risk. But you can earn Amazon gift cards for giving your opinion on beauty items!

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Unwanted gift card? Sell it on Cardpool!

I’m sure there are many other sites, but I am just sharing from personal experience. Additionally, I did not include panels that are invite-only, but one way you can receive an invite from them is through these kind of sites 🙂

I can’t say for certain, but I would think that these gift cards are electronic so they would probably be sent to your e-mail. Some retailers allow you to send/forward them to others, send them to your reward account or app, or print them out (to use in store), but others do not! So keep that in mind when considering signing up for panels and cashing out.

Where would you like to receive a gift card?
Would you send someone an electronic one?

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Get What You Wanted with Cardpool

What’s up readers, did you have a happy new year?

I sure hope so! The end and beginning of a year can mean a time of reflection as people gather with loved ones. As much as they may try, your mom’s friend or out-of-state uncle may not really know what to get and rely on gift cards. But if your resolution is to save money or the card is for a store you don’t frequent, what can you do?

One answer can be regifting. You may even be able to gift it to a local organization. However, another option is to sell it!

Cardpool site landing

There are quite a few sites and services that offer to pay for your unwanted gift cards. You may actually additionally be able to find brick-and-mortar stores that will buy them. My only experience is selling cards to Cardpool. They also sell cards at discounted rates, but as with survey sites that I use, users have reported have suspicious behavior.

To sell a gift card to Cardpool, simply head to their site and enter the card’s store, amount, and how you’d like to be paid. Payment can be made by mailed check or an Amazon gift card which receives 6% more than the check. I believe that you can post your own amount that you want for a card, but this method is like listing an auction on eBay. There’s no guarantee it will sell. Make money online

My experience has been pretty positive. There have been times where a card wasn’t accepted because they have minimum requirements or other standards. Some cards will be accepted just by putting in its info, but others must be mailed. Cardpool has also started requiring a credit card even if you’re selling. I suppose this is in case someone uploads the info and still spends it before Cardpool sells it.

This seems to be a problem for both buyers and sellers, so please weigh your options carefully! Perhaps you are like me and may be uncomfortable buying but just want an easy way to clean out and make some money. Maybe you’re risky!

If you do decide to try it out, consider using my referral link. Thanks!

What are your resolutions?

 

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Save for the Holidays with Online Surveys (and More!)

Hello readers, can you run marathons?

I just walked 5k to see if I could, and I’m dead. Since I’m short of time this week, I’m re-purposing posts from my money tag as ideas to make some money for the holidays. I also wanted to post it early so that should you sign up for a service, you can have more time to earn a little before December (as some panels take a while to process!).

Please note that I do not claim that any of these will replace your job! I consider surveys as putting a dent in costs not eliminate them. Some people may be able to make a living from other methods I mention, but I think that they really treat it like a full time job, so it’s not an additional income. 

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Surveys & Panels

There are a plethora of online survey sites, and it can be difficult to determine if one is trustworthy, effective, and worthwhile. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried, but it kind of seems like everyone has a horror story. It’s ultimately up to you! My dad actually does in real life survey groups he finds on Craigslist, but I wouldn’t go near Craigslist in a million years, lol.

All of these sites provide the option of paying “cash” that is, sending payment to a Paypal account. Gift cards are also a popular payment option (for some survey sites the only) which could be a useful present. Survey frequency may depend on one’s demographics (age, gender, income, etc) and may not be available for certain locations. For more info and groups, check out my 11 Survey Sites That Pay Cash post.

Apps

Did you know that there are apps that pay you to put ads on your smartphone lock screen? This is the method I know the least about. I’ve only tried one app for this, Slidejoy, and it seems to take me 6 months to get $10. 😕 I know that seems very long, but it’s incredibly passive. You don’t even have to watch ads. And hey, maybe you check your phone more than me and will earn more quicker!

Selling

Perhaps if you’re some kind of Wolf of Wall Street you could make some funds through Mary Kay or Herbalife type selling. But cleaning out your closet throughout the year or maybe selling crafts if you’re artistic can add up! I haven’t sold on Etsy, but I have on eBay, Amazon, Poshmark and Mercari. Poshmark is more fashion-focused, but IMO, it’s the easiest because the fees are minimal, flat rate shipping, and there’s a fresh marketplace.

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To find out a little bit more about these sites, my intro is here. In the future, I may write up about each specifically to elaborate about those fees, but I don’t really have plans for something like drop shopping. I may be experimenting with Amazon, so stay tuned!

Printables on Etsy look appealing because you don’t have to worry about shipping. And I suppose there’s always the classic baby/house/pet sitting. Should I have mentioned stuff like that? Uber? Even if you don’t earn that much before the holidays, these can continue to help chip away at those bills afterwards.

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11 Survey Sites That Pay Cash

Hello readers, are you ready for a new month?

I’ve been trying to be more bloggery lately by joining shared Pinterest boards and Facebook groups. It seems like a lot of people blog about blogging! Is it just me or do some sites look awfully similar? Not just  templates but content too. I’ve also been trying to write about how to make some pocket money online, so I’d hope that I’d be able to tell when someone’s just copying info about this topic.

There’s a plethora of survey sites out there. And it may not always be so easy to see how you’re paid. Or it may change. So I’m going to share sites I’ve used and as of this posting, pay cash. Gift cards can be nice, but there’s just a relief from seeing those numbers in your bank account, right?

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Product Report Card

I would guess that PRC gets its name from a feature it has where you can log your household appliances for “in-home product tests.” However, I haven’t done this because you have to input all sorts of info like the serial number and year of purchase which I don’t know and seems more trouble than it’s worth! But they do still send other surveys.

There is a $25 cashout threshold and they send payment pretty quickly. They say they offer Paypal, but when I tried it, they said they were having problems and sent a check. It may take a while to save up $25, but they do award $0.10 if you don’t qualify for a survey. Also, I think you may have to save a phone number.

Opinion Outpost

I call OO my old reliable because I really feel like they don’t send surveys that take forever and only pay a dime or don’t even register. It looks like they send more invites than PRC and don’t have a consolation payment but you do get entries in a sweepstakes.

You must have at least $10 to cash out. I received payment in a day. They offer Paypal and other options. Opinion Outpost is only available for US residents.

OneOpinion

OneOpinion used to be called Zoompanel and used to have a ridiculously large reward catalog. Fortunately now, they’ve downsized to more practical gift cards and Paypal. I feel like they send a lot of invites and some surveys are very long. Also, while you do receive a few points if you don’t qualify for a survey, it’s only for the first five each day. You may not take that many everyday, but you may also receive extra invites in your inbox.

OneOpinion has a $25 minimum redemption, and it only took a few days to receive payment once requested. They also accept certain countries outside of the US!

Toluna

Toluna is another favorite. Like Outpost, they’re pretty straight-forward but have some extra features like testing products! I’ve previously received a Nivea eyeshadow from them. They’ve also recently created what looks like a zine that offers other creative ways for people to earn points.

They offer tons of gift cards as well as Paypal (in $30 increments). It does take a little longer to receive payment at an estimated 1-4 weeks.

Springboard America

Springboard is probably what I’d recommend if you only want a few invites. However, every month they ask you to update your appliance/electronics profile which I find kind of long and annoying as well as redirecting you to other surveys if you don’t qualify for one (it messes with my inbox).

But surveys are pretty much all they offer, so there’s not much to feel overwhelmed about. Their minimum payout is high– $50– but they provide Paypal, prepaid Visa, and many other gift cards, and you should receive payment in a few days. Springboard is only available to the US.

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iPoll

Another good one! iPoll is quite similar to Opinion Outpost in that they’re straight-forward and you receive sweepstake entries if you don’t qualify for a survey. You do need at least $25 to redeem Paypal, Amazon or iTunes credit. I believe I received payment the same day I requested it! iPoll is only available to the US.

MySurvey

MySurvey has been around for years. I feel like they offer a lot of surveys and send more invites than they have surveys (these may actually be mobile offers or profiles). Same deal with Outpost and iPoll. I’m not sure if there’s a specified threshold for all payments, but you must have at least $10 for Paypal.  It takes 5-10 to receive. I believe they’re also available in select countries outside the US.

E-poll

Do you watch a lot of reality tv? I don’t know if that’s what E-poll is looking for specifically, but they actually do ask a lot about tv shows! Surveys can be a little long, but I don’t think they send as many. You can be paid though many gift cards as well as Paypal for as little as $5!

American Consumer Opinion

I’m not a big fan of ACOP because it feels like you do a lot for not much. This could very well be because of screeners or whatever, but it’s also taking very long to receive payment from them. I requested payment in November when it was estimated to take 6-8 weeks. I emailed them earlier and they said to wait until it’s been 12! They do say they’re open all over the world.

Swagbucks

Unfortunately I don’t have much experience with Swagbucks as a survey panel because they don’t send me emails like other sites, so it’s kind of out of my way. They do offer all sorts of other features where you can earn for using their search engine, shopping (like eBates) and even watching videos. So if you make it a point to log in or visit, you’ll probably earn a lot more than I do.

SurveySavvy

SurveySavvy is probably similar to ACOP with fewer invites and surveys that seem to take forever. They do say that they’re open worldwide. However, I believe they do pay by check. They also say to wait up to 12 weeks for it.

Please note that these are all just my experiences! Survey invites may (or may not) depend on your demographics (age, gender, income, etc). Additionally, while trying to write this post, I did see that people had problems with Product Report Card. On one hand, I kind of feel like people only review things when they’ve a horrible experience. On the other, I do hope readers don’t just take my word and do do a little more research to see what can potentially happen and decide if they’re willing to take that risk.

Have you used any survey sites? Would you like me to try one?

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How to Sell Online (Mercari, eBay, Amazon)

Hello readers, is cleaning out your closet one of your new year #goals?

I’ve written about Poshmark, but I also use/have used eBay, Amazon, and Mercari. Obviously, they have different experiences especially depending on what you sell and how much time is dedicated. I’m just someone who is trying to clean out my (non-name brand) closet, so I’m not making a living. I just wanted to share my “set-up.” All of these services charge fees, so what you pocket may be less than expected.

Note- These experiences and info will be rather US-based.

Preparation

The first thing I’d suggest is to consider how you want to use a service: Do you want to use a website? Do you have space on your phone for an app? Do you have a lot of time to invest? If you do plan to be into this task for some time, I’d definitely recommend purchasing a postal scale. I know it can be a pain to spend money before making it, but it can save you and your customers on shipping which can be more appealing for buyers! If you’re selling smaller goods like clothes, I think that a 10lb scale will be fine which run about $30- $40.

Additionally, seek out your packaging. I’ve seen people in message boards says they buy in bulk which is technically cheaper, but I don’t really like the idea that I might ever be stuck with 100 envelopes or boxes. So I just checked which stores closest to me were the cheapest.

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Shipping

Get familiar with your postal services. Before I started selling online, I’d no idea there were so many classes and options and things 😵 And if you just show up to the post office with a box, you’re going to have to pay for it when you could’ve saved with an envelope! Let’s say you’re mailing a 6oz shirt. If you put it in a bubble envelope, it’d cost $3.32; if you used a box, it’d be $8.17!

If you have something that weighs more, it may actually cost less to use a “flat rate” service– “If it fits, it ships!” You must use certain packaging from the US postal service for this though. Books can qualify for media mail which is cheaper. Mercari also offers shipping labels which aren’t always cheaper but entirely more convenient (you don’t have to go to the post office).

If you use eBay (I’m not sure about Amazon), you do have the option to sell internationally! It can be fun but expensive, so make sure to have the appropriate options selected. Furthermore, there can be some unknown customs rules. Someone from Spain once tried to buy a shirt from me, but I had to cancel the transaction because apparently you need some sort of certificate for used clothing.

Pricing

I don’t know if everyone else puts in the trouble to make spreadsheets, but this is how I keep track of everything! If you use Gmail, you also have a free office suit in Drive.

Fee Spreadsheets

I have different files for each service and then different sheets for different categories of things (tops, bottoms, media, etc). I create columns for a brief item name/description, price, and shipping info (not every bit totally necessary but helpful!). Then I use those formulas you can use to tabulate and calculate your fees.

Mercari charges 10% of your listed price. Mercari does offer its own postage which is why I’ve two rows per item– the first to see USPS costs; the second to see with Mercari. eBay and Amazon fees are more complicated because there are different types– insertion, PayPal (for eBay), and even varying amounts for what you’re selling.

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I know I could go more in-depth into those fees, but I don’t like to make posts too long! Let me know if you want anything explained or another post about a service! And if I’ve interested you into joining Mercari, use my referral code when you sign up for a $10 coupon 💕

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Offset Holiday Costs with SurveySavvy

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Hello buds, are you celebrating a holiday this week?

I’m not a big Thanksgiving person, but it does seem to be getting more festive as people are putting up wreaths and lights, so I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet. Whether you’re eating turkey tomorrow, celebrating something soon, or supporting Native American Heritage Month, it may very well require the green stuff. No, not a needle-y tree or spearmint; I’m talking about money. If you’re looking for some extra dough this holiday season, consider survey site SurveySavvy.

SurveySavvy is probably among one of the panels I’ve used with the least amount of bells and whistles. They have surveys and that’s pretty much it. And they don’t e-mail nearly as much as other sites. It could very well depend on your demographics (age, gender, race, income, etc), but according to my e-mail records, they sent me notices about 15 times a month or less.

Invitations do tend to say how much they’re worth (mine were usually $1- $5), but keep in mind that you may not qualify for every one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that they keep track of your history so that you can see how many surveys you’ve taken, didn’t qualify for, and how much you earned like on other sites like Opinion Outpost. I doubt that they don’t reward you appropriately, but it just seems more transparent.

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I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think that SurveySavvy’s surveys were particularly “fun.” Some panels ask about tv shows, but I believe their questions were more about your household appliances. Additionally, they do have a referral and other programs where you can download tracking software on your connected devices for larger amounts of money. Their site says they do accept people across the world. They pay by check.

To be honest, I will probably delete my account after this season. I’ve so many things going on, the questions aren’t particularly relevant to me, so it just ends up taking up time that I don’t feel is worth it. However, if you are looking for a just-a-once-in-a-while hobby, this may be more suited for you.

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* 7/11/17 UPDATE! Yesterday, Poshmark announced that users will be able to upload selling listings online!
In this post, I’m going to share my Poshmark selling experience. Poshmark is an app and website that allow its users to buy and sell fashion. Originally for women’s styles, it’s since expanded its categories for mens and childrens items.
Although I said that it is both an app and website, you can only sell by using the phone app*. If you have a good phone camera, it should be relatively easy to take pictures of your clothes, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. I would suggest to take them as you would take photos for your blog– nice, bright, clear images attract more attention which means more sales!
Poshmark does charge a fee. Fortunately, they aren’t like eBay, so it’s just Posh and not Posh and Paypal. For items under $15, there’s a $2.95 fee, and for items over, it’s 20%. I really appreciate that at the bottom of your listing page (where you upload your pictures, describe your item, and select its color, size, etc.,), it automatically calculates the fee and how much you’ll actually earn given the amount you charge.
Shipping on Poshmark is a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s pretty much a flat $6.49 for everyone (up to five pounds. There is a bundling option if you buy multiple things from one buyer). Sellers also don’t have to worry about buying packaging because the USPS provides the type that Posh uses free! So it’s generally easy to figure out shipping.
However, as someone who semi-regularly sends out packages, I know not everything actually costs $7 to mail. And since all of that is going toward postage, a seller does not receive any “spare change,” and the buyer is essentially overpaying. Yet, there are different shipping classes like First Class being a cheaper but taking up to a week to arrive. Poshmark uses 1- 3 day Priority. Posh’s price may also actually be cheaper for something heavier like shoes.
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One feature that I really like about Posh is sharing. It’s kind of like on Twitter or Tumblr how you can share someone else’s thing to your followers and help it gain exposure. It’s considered Poshmark etiquette to share someone’s listing if they’ve shared yours!
You can not only share listings with your followers but to Poshmark “parties.” Four times a day, users can share their listings that correspond with a party’s theme. There are parties for certain brands, makeup, jeans, and even looser concepts like “Backyard BBQ” and “Sunday Funday.” I think sharing and parties really keep the marketplace fresh and lively whereas on Mercari, you just put your posts up and wait.
Once you’ve sold on Posh, you can get paid through a direct deposit to your bank or through a check. Wait until you’ve earned at least $10 unless you’d like another fee. Or, you can use those earnings toward buying.
This wraps up pretty much what I know about selling on Poshmark. They do have another interesting aspect for sellers which are Boutiques where I believe sellers can buy wholesale from distributors, but I have not tried it before. I’m not making a living with Posh, but I also don’t have a closet full of Gucci! I think it’s a good investment if you have the time and space particularly if you’ve looked into something like ThredUp and wanted a little more.
Poshmark is currently only available in the US, but I would love to hear if the rest of the world has something similar. Would you like to hear about eBay, Mercari, or ThredUp?
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Earn Cash Back with Ebates

Hello comrades, do you shop online?

I’m going to start updating some of my posts from when I first started blogging. It’s a tip I’ve seen people suggest, but I’m not sure if you’re supposed to write whole new posts or just revise the old one. If you update old posts, let me know what you do!

One thing I want to organize and post more about is my Money tag/category. I’m not reeling in the big bucks from blogging, so unfortunately, I can’t teach you how to convert your readers into conversions or something, but I can share my experiences with services that I have used like survey sites and apps such as Poshmark.

Ebates
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You know how bloggers may receive a percent of a sale through their affiliate links? Ebates is kind of the same thing except they give a bit back to you!

Features

  • “Cash Back button” browser extension
  • Credit card
  • Mobile app
  • Referral program
  • Rolling rewards

You can search their website to see if your favorite store is listed, or what I like to do is use their “Cash Back button” browser extension that lets you know if a store is eligible whenever you visit a site. All you have to do is click “Activate” when you’re ready to purchase. Your browser will redirect through a coded link so that Ebates know how much and what you purchased (sometimes, only certain things from a site are eligible).

Ebates has other services like credit cards, a mobile app, and their own referral program. One thing you may not like is that they only pay every 3 months and only if you’ve earned over $5. Thankfully, anything under $5 just rolls over to their next time frame. You can choose to be paid through check, Paypal, or make a donation.Make money online

Overall, I’ve had a pretty good experience with the website. I’m not sure if you can use it everywhere, but their About page says they have customers around the globe, and they have partner sites for a few countries like China and Canada.

It is free to use and sign up for, and you can even earn a credit for signing up (it now says cash bonus, but I had a gift card. Maybe you can choose). It does say that you have to make a $25 purchase with 3 months to get that credit, so maybe join when you know you have to buy something. Happy shopping!

Have you tried Ebates?