Ebates, one of the largest cash back shopping sites, is currently offering a free $10 gift card. Joining is free, and new members can pick the gift card they want from several major stores, including Macy’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.
Once a member, Ebates is more than just a way to earn cash back with online purchases. Yes, the cash back rewards are a huge benefit, including Ebates famous double-cash back rewards from select retailers. Members can also earn cash by referring new members to Ebates.
With Ebates you can earn cash back on just about all online shopping. The cash back varies from store to store. For example, with Walmart you can earn up to 4%. At Ebay you can earn up to 5%. These cash back bonuses do change. Ebates will run specials that pay double cash back from time to time.
You can also get the Ebate button that works in Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or Safari. As you shop online at your favorite stores, the Ebates button will alert you to available cash back offers.
Ebates Referral Program
For each new member you refer, Ebates will pay you a $5 referral fee. More importantly, you can also earn bonuses. Refer to just two friends, and Ebates pays you a $40 bonus, for a total Refer-a-Friend payment of $50. Refer 10 friends and the bonus jumps to $100.
Earning referral bonuses is simple. First, join Ebates. Once you join, go to the Tell-A-Friend section of the site (you’ll see a link in the navigation menu). Here you’ll find several ways to share Ebates with friends and family. You can email them through Ebates or send them a special referral link.
As you would expect, there are terms and conditions with this offer. From the Ebates website:
A “qualified referral” is a new member of Ebates referred by you that signs up at Ebates.com during the referral period starting January 1, 2015 and ending March 31, 2015 and that complies with the rules set forth below. If a qualified referral makes purchases totaling $25 or more that earn cash back within one year following signing up, Ebates will pay you a $5 “Base Bonus” for each such qualified referral and you will be eligible for an additional one-time “Tier Bonus” for the referral period based on the total number of such qualified referrals you generate and the Tier Bonus table then in effect. You will receive the highest Tier Bonus for which you qualify in the table above. Your Tier Bonus will be added to your Ebates account at the conclusion of this promotion. A qualified referral must be generated using (i) your custom referral link, (ii) the invitation forms on this page or (iii) other methods supplied by Ebates that allow for proper tracking of referrals. The following is a non-exhaustive list of activities that are not permitted and that will disqualify you from earning Bonuses: (i) self-referral, (ii) posting your referral link on any Ebates merchant’s Facebook or forum page, (iii) keyword bidding for the purpose of generating traffic to pages containing your referral link, and (iv) any similar activity determined by Ebates in its sole discretion to be inconsistent with the purpose of the Ebates Tell-A-Friend Program. Ebates decisions are final. You are responsible for any applicable taxes. This referral bonus promotion is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico and are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Note that the bonus is based on quarterly referrals. At the end of each calendar quarter Ebates calculates your bonus based on referrals, and then a new quarter begins.