November 11, 2008

eBay and Ebates: A Homophonic Match Made in Heaven!

When it comes to e-commerce merchants, few places garner as much name recognition as eBay. As the front runner (and leader) of online auctions, eBay has surely stood the test of time over the past thirteen years. As one of the most popular destinations on the web, what can I say about eBay that you haven't heard already? After all, it's the only place on the web where you can find literally anything your (pure) heart desires. From dentures and die-cast replicas, to "depression blue" butter covers, there's nary a thing you cannot find with time, patience, and eBay at your disposal. However, there is one important factoid that many of our readers might not have noticed just yet: eBay is now on Ebates!

Ebay_logo With 1% cash back on almost everything under the sun, eBay and Ebates work together miraculously to help you save money on practically everything you could ever need in your life. Why buy anything ever again without getting at least 1% cash back? It's important to note that while Ebates offers cash back on well over 90% of the categories listed on eBay, a few specific areas are strictly off-limits for cash back. These categories are simply too cumbersome to handle, and include:

  • Business and Industrial
  • eBay Motors
  • Real Estate
  • eBay Giving Works or other purchases that Benefit charities or non-profit organizations
  • Gift certificates

Since the majority of these five categories are rarely used by most "average" eBay users, you can feel free to shop with reckless abandon in almost every one of eBay's million-plus auctions, buy-it-now storefronts, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab that antique nightstand you've always wanted; you can rest easy knowing you're getting the best deals with 1% cash back that you never would have expected just for using Ebates. How great is that?


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That is awesome news!!!

Those categories are most certainly not "too cumbersome to handle". They are the categories with big ticket items, and obviously eBay does not want to kick back the cash on those.

I won't deny that eBay probably makes a fair amount of money with those categories, but they also have a lot more to them than you're giving them credit for. Buying a house or a car is different from a $10 DVD or a $700 antique desk - there's just a lot more collateral consistently at stake, with added features like "Vehicle Buyer Protection", renters insurance, contracts, etc. that factor into the auction. It makes sense for them to treat them differently, as it's just a different kind of auction.

So, does it sort of suck that you can't get Cash Back on the next retail property you buy? Absolutely. But you have to also realize that you get cash back on the vast majority of auctions on eBay, including high-ticket auctions that can easily trump certain cars and small houses. How can you really hate on that?

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