If you are not yet getting a full rebate for the products you’re already ordering on Amazon, you are sorely losing out. From RebateKey to ExtremeRebate to topcashback, rebate portals are popping up just about everywhere as sellers strive to get their products into the right hands in our digital era.
One such portal is FullyRebate. Using FullyRebate, sellers list a certain amount of their products that are available for purchase and then redeemable for a full rebate or 100% cash back.
How Does FullyRebate Work?
While getting fully rebated products is a no-brainer, it’s even easier to get started.
- Create an account
- Complete a purchase of any of the items featured on the site
- Take a screenshot of your order confirmation
- Provide that order number and screenshot to FullyRebate
- Earn points for items by promoting the platform on social media
That’s it. Your rebate arrives typically at the time of shipping, so, if you rush shipping, your rebate will arrive sooner than later, and vice versa.
FullyRebate requires a certain amount of points from the user per weekly product redemption, which inspires the site’s promotion.
Do I Have to Write a Review?
No. Reviews are typically encouraged on rebate platforms, but, if they were to require them, they would be going against Amazon’s TOS.
Sites such as ExtremeRebate do not exactly require reviews, but they do have influential means of motivating you to leave positive reviews for your sellers.
For one, they have a cap in place so that you cannot continue to acquire more than three products unless you have left a review. While they cannot insist that it be positive, your reviews generate a rating within the platform. If you review your sellers highly, your rating will reflect such. Sellers are therefore more likely to want to work with you if you are likely to positively review their product(s).
In order to continue to acquire products, then, it’s evident why you’d feel self-motivated to leave a plethora of positive reviews, no matter the actual product quality or outcome.
Competitors such as Samurai.Social set themselves apart by not even encouraging reviews. Instead, the campaigns and available partnerships on Samurai.Social are genuine, a characteristic that likely shines through in the products up for rebate.
What’s In It for the Seller?
Sellers are drawn to rebate portals because they theoretically help get products into the “right hands”. Some buyers are particularly good at promoting products of which they think highly, so, as these same buyers seek out opportunities on rebate portals, the sellers profit by being connected to those who are mostly likely to promote their product.
Also, providing free products to consumers is an ideal way to introduce someone new to your brand at all. It’s a great way to solidify a return customer beyond the rebate potential. It’s also an effective means of driving new traffic to your Amazon store.
What’s In It for the Buyer?
Did I mention free stuff? Obviously, the buyer makes out with either a partially or fully rebated product. The buyer also usually has no obligation to leave a review per Amazon’s TOS, so it’s a pretty simple, moral process.
The buyer also has the opportunity to check out new products they may have otherwise not taken a chance on if the product wasn’t going to be free to them.
What if I Don’t Get My Rebate?
You will! At least, you should. There have only been some instances online where users noted sellers claiming that purchases were canceled when in fact they had not been. For the most part, the portals are a safe and reliable means of acquiring cash back in exchange for a product.
Some rebate platforms use a third party to ensure that purchases occur and funds are released to the buyer once all terms have been met (I.e. no cancellation of the product purchased). Samurai.Social is one such performer of this practice. This unbiased system is a safe means of protecting both the buyer and the seller. In this case, there’s no concern on the seller’s behalf as to whether or not the buyer’s purchase went through, and the buyer can feel assured that the cash value of their product is being housed safely and it cannot be withheld by the seller for any unforeseeable issue.
On the contrary, sites such as FullyRebate use payment systems like PayPal. While this is a safe, efficient idea, it may leave too much room for error. There is no housing of funds and it relies heavily on the seller coming through on their word following the product purchase. I suppose this is why cancellations are strictly prohibited on the site.
Is It Too Good to Be True?
Nope. It’s no different than walking past a promotional table at a festival and then telling your friends about the free bottle opener you got there and how convenient it’s been for you. Sellers are looking to introduce their products and have people talk about them positively, influencing and increasing their customer base. We live in a digital world, so look at rebate portals as this same vendor festival table, but in digital form.
Drawbacks, though minor and would vary per site, might include the lack of variety of products available and, of course, having to front payment for the product until the rebate has been released.
Do I Have Any Other Options?
There are plenty of rebate portals with similar concepts. It all depends on how obligated or willing you feel when it comes to reviews, and sites vary by the amount of products available, the type of products available, just how much cash back can be redeemed, and what sort of regulations are in place to support both the buyers’ and sellers’ goals.
Samurai.Social’s unique spin sprinkles the rebate concept with that of everyone online having the potential to be an influencer. Beyond Amazon, the site puts sellers in touch with consumers who are interested in partnering for more than rebated products. From social media campaigns to blog posts, the platform supports genuine partnership. Its means of payment via escrow and its lack of pushing reviews make the platform an absolute go-to for promotional and rebate finds.