The Ebates online shopping service allows customers to earn up to 25 percent cash back at participating stores. Stores pay Ebates a fee for customers to shop, and Ebates shares the fee with its members.
A customer can register for a free account on Ebates by providing an email address and a secure password. Members can begin shopping as soon as they've signed up for an account. Purchases made at Ebates stores only qualify if a member starts a shopping session at Ebates.com, uses the Ebates toolbar or arrives at a store through an Ebates link. If a customer goes through Ebates and makes a purchase, leaves that online store to go somewhere else, and then goes back to the first online store to make another purchase, the cash back reward is not applicable. Customers who use multiple windows on their browsers must make sure the windows came from Ebates links. There is no need to mail in rebate forms, as Ebates automatically credits accounts with each qualifying purchase.
As of 2015, most products at participating stores are eligible for cash back, but a select few products do not qualify for the program. The Ebates website has a list of excluded products.