Monday, August 2, 2010

Bing Discount May Be Gone, But Free Cash Back Is Still Around

The days of the 30% cash back that Bing offered for shopping online are gone, but there are definitely ways to get cash back regardless. I have stumbled on a few, and have used them to my advantage when buying online, including on eBay - very much like previous exploits through Bing.

Here are some of my favorites:

Ebay Bucks - I love eBay bucks because its automatic. The problem is, you have to be invited to join the program, you cant just sign up. It has something to do with a randomizer algorithm as well as people who spend enough money to warrant using the program, so its pretty much just luck to get invited. I have been in the program for about 12 months, and have earned over 100 bucks back. Its only 1-3% of the cash you spend, but its better than nothing.

Ebates - This program is awesome because it encompasses so many other online retailers than eBay. Ive ordered clothes, camera gear, checks, all sorts of things, as well as earning ANOTHER 1-3% cash back on top of eBay bucks. That’s right, you can actually pile them on top of each other. Also, this one is completely free to sign up, and you can actually start earning money pretty quickly just for signing up. To actually get the money you spend tracked through Ebates, all you have to do is search eBay from their site instead of through eBay's site, and they actually create a tracking ticket for you to get your cash back. If you bid on or buy something, it will show up on your page a few days later. After a certain period, they send you a check with all your cash back. Its that simple. The same thing applies for all the other online purchases.

You can sign up for Ebates here, something I would highly suggest doing.

Big Crumbs - This program is a little different, but still has the same concept as Ebates. The difference is that BC also offers daily deals which can get you good prices on all sorts of stuff as well as their cash back. I know you can pile BC on top of eBay Bucks, but im not sure if you can pile all three on top of each other.

You can sign up for Big Crumbs here.

Basically, these programs offer free money, and all you have to do is sign up. Its stupid not to get involved, considering how much money most of us spend online.

NOTE: These links are referral links that do benefit me if you sign up. However, despite this fact, the programs are legit and you should sign up even if it isnt through these links. Think of this as a way to help out someone who has provided you endless hours of entertainment, haha.


  1. In the interest of disclosure, you should probably mention that these are referral links - it adds credibility to your writing and wouldn't stop anyone from using them... especially with some of the new regulations being pushed forward about bloggers disclosing any interest they hold in the topics they write about.

  2. They are referral links, but the programs are legit. I would defintely suggest that everyone signs up, even if it isnt through these links. Ill put it in the post.

  3. I haven't gotten paid thru ebates yet, but it seems easy enough. We'll see on the 15th if the money actually transfers. It couldn't be easier, and if you're logged into ebay when you 'search' through ebates, it goes right to your MyEbay page or whatever you've got previously saved on a watch list if you so desire.

  4. I was invited to the eBay Bucks thing when it was still in the beta stage. I don't know how or why I was chosen, because I only spend $20-$30 a month on eBay. It amounts to a little over a dollar each payout period, but it's free money either way just for paying through PayPal and saving myself a stamp.
    I don't know why you say it's's a flat 2% cash back for me. They do round the figures (2¢ back on 50¢ and 2¢ back on $1.49), so I guess that's what you're referring to.
    I'll check out ebates. Thanks for the link.

  5. Just got invited to eBay Bucks! I'll look at the others too, thanks Gellman!