Oct 27 2009

Ebates offers new payment methods

Ebates* has long been my favorite shopping portal. I’ve earned a lot of money through them simply through referral links (thank you!) and by clicking through the Ebates portal before I make an online purchase.

How much? I won’t be vague. I’ll tell you exactly: I’ve earned $70.36 in cash back from purchases I’ve made. And thanks to their generous referral program, I’ve earned $916 in bonuses, for a lifetime total of $986.36. Good grief, that’s a lot of money!

If you aren’t yet a member, go here* to sign up and earn either a $5 cash bonus or a gift card. I certainly appreciate your referral!

Anyway.

It used to be that you got paid each quarter, and could be paid via a check in the mail or through PayPal. Now, Ebates has launched a few new ways for you to get your cash.

  • You can electronically transfer your money to your bank account, which takes a few business days to become available.
  • Convert it to a Visa Virtual Account, where you can use it to make online purchases.
  • Order a Visa prepaid card to use online or in stores.

All of these methods are free. In fact, I earned a $1 bonus by trying their new “fast cash” method. I opted to send my latest earnings of about $16 directly to my bank, where I’ll send it to my housing fund.

It seems that these fast cash methods are only available for certain accounts. You’ll just have to login and see what your options are.

Secondly, you do need to earn $5.01 in online purchases (so, not counting your initial account bonus or referral bonus) before you’ll be able to cash out. I generally have no trouble doing this, but sometimes I’ll miss a quarter or two depending on my online shopping.

*Referral link



2 Responses to “Ebates offers new payment methods”

  1. Did you get an email informing you of this change? I logged on to check it out, but I don’t see any options to try out the fast cash.
    .-= Revanche´s last blog ..Weekend Spend, and a Carnival! =-.

  2. Aw man, I was afraid of that. Yes, I did get an email about it. I checked again and it looks like this is only available for certain accounts right now. Hopefully they’ll expand it to everyone soon!

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