I moved these sections here because the Rebate Sites page has grown quite a bit. Not to mention, they contain a lot of extra information that may not be necessary for some. Since I do feel that it could still be useful to others, I opted to make it it’s own page and expand a bit on it as well.
If you like, you can easily skip this and go right to the page that contains the actual Rebate Sites.
For those that are not familiar with this process, it basically works like a rebate. I pay up front, then receive my money back. Sometimes they just pay the item price, some also pay tax, and others will pay the PayPal fees if there are any involved.
Rebate payments may be sent via PayPal, gift card, check, bank deposit, and more. There are some requirements like providing order numbers, PayPal address, or screenshots. In some cases, they require seller feedback or a survey, etc.
I find my rebates through several different sources. I get notifications constantly through Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, and Whatsapp. I use the companies listed on the Rebate Sites page, along with groups that I belong to. I have made a lot of contacts over time. I work with several agents, sellers, and companies directly. Since there are a lot of scammers out there, I always make sure to field each new interaction to make sure it’s safe.
There is an glossary of terms below if you’re unsure of anything I’m referring to. More will be added soon.
Amazon Does Not Allow Reviews For Free Items
Avoid having to exchange an Amazon review for a free item. It’s against Amazon’s community standards. No matter what tricks you use to avoid detection, they will eventually find out and then wipe your account. That means that your reviews will be removed and you can no longer write new ones, do ratings, or post questions. You can still order, have Prime, and leave seller feedback.
Follow Every Step To Ensure You Will Receive A Refund
Always know what is expected before completing a purchase. When you purchase the item, verify it’s the correct one. There may be a specified size or color. Amazon sometimes will offer a coupon for the item. Ask if you should use it or not.
Keep Track Of Every Transaction!
I’m obsessed with spreadsheets, but this is so helpful. I notate when I ordered and what I paid, when I got my refund, and any other details. I forget easily and this really can get out of hand if you don’t pay attention. I already lost payment on a hoodie because I never notated the agent I originally spoke to. That was my own fault.
Beware Of Scams
There are Facebook groups for some of the companies I’ve listed here. If you join them or anything similar, you may start getting strange new messages. A lot of people troll these groups. I get tons asking if I’m a US Amazon reviewer. They blow up my inbox with pics of items they promise for free. I never do business with anyone that randomly reaches out to me.
If you don’t already have it, you are going to want to get Prime. It’s $12.99 a month, but you might be able to get it at a reduced rate. If you are a student, see if you qualify to pay $6.49. Or pay only $5.99, if you are an EBT/Medicaid recipient. I posted some information about this here.
Since December 2019, I have personally received over $5,500 in items, free after rebate. This includes clothing, auto items, headphones, speakers, phone accessories, flags, security cameras, gaming accessories, exercise equipment, jewelry, household items, toys, holiday trinkets, pet items, gun accessories, and more. Click album to see a few.
I just added this section to help break down a few things. Depending on how much I end up adding, it could get transferred to another page. In the meantime, please let me know if there’s anything that you need help with.
- Ratings: Basically if you can do reviews on Amazon, you can do ratings. There are two different kinds of ratings. Yellow and Blue.
- Yellow Ratings: Once Amazon wipes your account, you can no longer do yellow ratings.
- Blue Ratings: Whether you can do reviews or not, you can still do blue ratings. These need to be done on a browser. It is found by doing the following. There are tabs along the top starting with “All”. Click on either your browsing history or your Amazon. For example, mine says “LadySkullshine’s Amazon”. Once you click on that, it opens a new row of tabs. Click “Improve Your Recommendations”. You will see all of your purchases. On the right hand side, you’ll see where you can mark a five star rating.
Seller Feedback: This option is available on Amazon for everyone, even if your account is wiped. Click Orders, View Order Details, This is where you can click five star, and then leave your feedback about the shipping portion of the order. Once you have submitted it, it is posted immediately. Click on the next tab to view your completed feedback. Take a screenshot to send if needed.
- Wiped Account: When Amazon suspects any strange activity on your account, they will start the wiping process. You will receive an email advising of this. Eventually your reviews are removed, you lose your ability to create new ones. They also remove your ability to give yellow ratings or to ask questions in the review section.