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How does Mr. Rebates work?

Get cash back on purchases you'd likely make anyway.

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Mr. Rebates is a way to earn cash back while shopping online, and it doesn’t sell your personal information. That said, you may want to double-check that the deal you’re getting is truly the best.

How does Mr. Rebates work?

Mr. Rebates is a cashback program that rewards you for online shopping at over 3,000 partner sites — from behemoths like Target, Walmart and Amazon to niche brands like Tory Burch, Keurig, Redbubble and many more.

After you’ve earned at least $10 in rebates, you can request payment via PayPal, a mailed check or gift card.

Earning cash back with Mr. Rebates

To earn cash back with Mr. Rebates, you’ll first need to create an account. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Mr. Rebates website or open the app
  2. Click Join
  3. Enter your email address and create a password
  4. Enter your address and agree to the terms and privacy policy
  5. Click Create your account

After you sign up, there are two main ways to earn cash back:

  1. Through the Mr. Rebates site. Find a retailer you want to shop at and click the link to visit its website.
  2. Using the browser extension. If you add the Mr. Rebates browser extension — called the Quick Cash Button — it’ll suggest and track relevant cashback promotions whenever you go to a partner site.

You don’t need to submit a receipt or manually inform Mr. Rebates of your purchase. As long as you followed a link from Mr. Rebates’ website or used the Quick Cash Button, the site will report your purchase to Mr. Rebates and your cashback should be credited within one to three business days — though it can take up to 30 days after the order date in some cases.

There’s no limit to how much you can earn with Mr. Rebates — or how much you can earn through referrals.

How much cash back can I get with Mr. Rebates?

The amount of cash back you can earn varies depending on the retailer. Most rebates range from 5% to 15%, though sometimes you can find rebates up to 40%.

  • If you spend $100 online shopping every month and take advantage of a 10% rebate, that’s $10 per month — or $120 per year.

To give you a better idea of what to expect, here’s a roundup of some rebates available in September 2020:

  • 10% cash back at Adam & Eve
  • 5% cash back at Aldo
  • 8% cash back at Bare Necessities
  • 6% cash back at Cabela's
  • 12% cash back at Diamond CBD
  • 5% cash back at Eyeglasses.com
  • 8% cash back at Hotwire
  • 7% cash back at Motel 6
  • $15 cash back at Ollie
  • 6% cash back at RVshare
  • 6% cash back at The Flower Factory
  • $15 cash back at Vrbo
  • $3 cash back at Vayama
  • 15% cash back at Yahoo Small Business

Referring a friend

You can also earn money on Mr. Rebates by referring a friend. If that friend ends up earning cash, your account will be credited with a rebate equal to 20% of the rebate they used.

Refer a friend by sending them your unique referral link, which is available in your account.

User privacy when using Mr. Rebates

Mr. Rebates is a solid option if you’re looking for a cashback program that allows you a decent amount of privacy because it doesn’t sell or share your personal information with third parties — unless you violate the terms of the site and sharing your info is deemed necessary. Compared to other platforms we’ve reviewed, like Swagbucks and Ibotta, this is a gold standard of user privacy.

That said, it does use cookies to store information about your activity and browsing habits, though this is standard practice on the Internet.

Does Mr. Rebates sell my personal information?

No, Mr. Rebates does not sell your personal information or any of the data it collects about your browsing habits via cookies.

Mr. Rebates’ browser extension and privacy

Privacy is a bit more complicated when it comes to the Quick Cash Button. If you install it, Mr. Rebates will set a cookie on your computer through an affiliate network to collect data about how you interact with its partner sites. It will also collect and store info about your behavior online, even when your activity is unrelated to Mr. Rebates, such as:

  • Visited webpages
  • Product searches
  • Product search results
  • Information about products you add to carts
  • Confirmation page details

However, Mr. Rebates doesn’t sell this information to third parties. And you can turn off data collection of your general browsing by uninstalling the extension.

Mr. Rebates reviews and complaints

Mr. Rebates only has one rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Trustpilot. So to get an idea of user experiences, we looked to Reddit and other public chat forums around the web. Overall, it has a positive reputation, with people reporting that they’ve indeed saved money using Mr. Rebates.

However, some complain about their rebates not showing up, even after 30 days. If this happens, your best course of action is to contact customer service.

Another issue is that when you use Mr. Rebates to navigate to a retailer’s website, you could be missing a better promotion that the retailer is offering the public directly. For example, if you use a 10% Mr. Rebate deal on a website running a flash sale for 20% off, the Mr. Rebates deal could override the 20%. To avoid this scenario, check the retailer’s website before going to Mr. Rebates and compare sales between the two.

Current deals from Mr. Rebates partners

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Up to 75% off travel deals

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Get up to 50% off hotel stays when you join

Booking.com Booking.com

15% or more off stays between now and January 4, 2021

Ends

Expedia.com Expedia.com

Save up to 90% off Royal Caribbean cruises

Bottom line

Mr. Rebates is a legit cashback platform that rewards you with real money. However, if you’d rather not give away your address or prefer not to sign up, you could browse deals, coupons and discounts that don’t require an account.

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