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Web Spy: Ebates.com

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[There are over 100 million sites on the Internet. 100 million! You might think you know about all the important ones (CollegeCandy, Gmail, Google, TFLN…), but there are thousands of other sweet sites out there (like Keep Me Out, Hot List, and Wake Up Dialer) and more showing up every day! We get it – it’s not easy or fun sifting through the crap and porn to find those gems, so we’re gonna bring the gems to you. Just sit back, kick up those feet and allow us to introduce you to the diamonds in the internet rough.]

I spend a lot of time on the Internet. I read my news online. I shop online. I have even tried dating online. And in all my time (hours upon hours a day), I’ve never found a website quite as awesome as Ebates.com.

Here’s how it works:

Ebates is a referral site, meaning they get money for referring users to other shopping sites online. And they’ve got THOUSANDS in their arsenal. From Nordstrom to Drugstore.com to Groupon (!!), they work with what seems like every retailer on the Internet.

Now here’s where things get amazing.

Ebates shares their referral fee with us!

Let’s say you find a pair of cords you love on Gap.com. You could just order ’em, pay for ’em and wait for them to come to you. OR you could hop on over to Ebates.com, go to Gap through their referral service and get CASH BACK FOR YOUR PURCHASE.

Yes, you read that correctly. CASH BACK FOR YOUR SHOPPING.

Basically, every site that Ebates works with has a pre-determined cash-back amount. From 1% to 10%, every time you shop through Ebates, you’ll get a percentage of your order back. And it’s not like you have to change anything. Just find what you like on any of your favorite shopping sites, buy them through Ebates and – boom – you just spent less on what you already planned on buying.

Even better, you can see what similar sites are offering back and potentially get that same pair of cords (or boots or shampoo or laptop or winter jacket or….anything else you can think of!) from a different site that offers a better percentage back.

And even better than that (yes, it’s possible), every time you sign up a friend and they make their first purchase, you both get $5 instantly. So if you sign up 10 friends, well, you do the math (because I’m too lazy to do it for you).

Ebates is like a dream come true (making money while shopping?!!?) and proves that some things aren’t too good to be true. Sign up now and start shopping.

Check out what other awesome websites have been getting us all hot and bothered.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
When my mom moved me into my dorm freshman year she left me $65 to buy a humidifier. I took that money and bought a pair of heels because I can sleep without damp air blowing in my face, but I can't rock a humidifier with a hot black mini.