Here is a question from a Reader just like you.
A Reader wanted to know how eBates compares to Ibotta and SavingStar.
Ebates is a membership program for online shopping. EBates has over 1800 stores. Think Virtual Mall, that would be a good way to describe it. EBates promotes products from over 1800 merchants, so if you are an online shopping, it is a good deal. When you shop online and use their site, you earn Electronic Rebates, thus the name EBates.
Ibotta, SavingStar, Checkout 51, Snap by Groupon, Shopmium, Berrycart, MobiSave, Jingit, and Shrink all over Electronic Rebates, but the difference is that you are shopping in physical stores and not always shopping online. Ibotta and a few others have online components, but for the most part you are physically shopping in an actual store, like WalMart, Target, Kroger, Tom Thumb, CVS, Walgreens, etc. That is the biggest difference.
The second difference is that these are all phone apps. You access them using your smartphone. Ibotta and SavingStar both have desktop versions, but for the most part these are smartphone apps. EBates is both desktop and smartphone.
Like EBates, these phone apps offer electronic rebates, also called e-coupons, or electronic coupons. I use these terms interchangeably, it all means the same thing. They are all rebates.
Another difference between EBates and these smartphone rebates is that they are for purchases like milk, eggs, and bread. Ibotta has a great selection called ANY BRAND and you can virtually choose Any Brand you want and qualify for the rebate.
Some of these smartphone apps will limit what store the rebate is for, example being Ibotta will offer rebates exclusive to Walmart, or exclusive to Target, or CVS. In order to qualify for the rebate you must pay attention to what store the rebate is for. You must also pay attention to the item details. Just like coupons, these rebates have quantity requirements, size requirements, etc.
Just FYI – this website does the coupon match-ups for the smartphone apps. If you use smartphone aps, please bookmark my page and visit often. I will let you know when the new offers come out and if there are coupons available.
I hope this explanation helps with some of the confusion. The world of couponing has changed tremendously in the last 40 years since I first started. But I think that the changes are for the better. Websites like this one did not exist when I first started couponing. Cell phones were not around either.
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