I had a very good question by Crystal at The Thrifty Mama… Why do I use Mr. Rebates instead of Ebates?
They are the same concept, different name. It all depends on what you are looking for!
Both have an amazing number of stores that you can visit. Personally, I like the look of Mr. Rebates more. I find the stores are easier to locate. I don’t like that Ebates has “sponsored links” that come up first in the categories.
Usually Mr. Rebates beats Ebates in their cash back amount. Here is a look at a mix of stores (I tried to pick mama friendly places, or places I use a lot):
Vistaprint – 10% back at EB, 12% back at MR
BabiesRUs – nothing back at EB, 2% back at MR
BabyAge – 3% back at both
One Step Ahead – 6% back at both
Magazines – 26% back at EB, 30% back at MR
Snapfish – 10% back at EB, 12% back at MR
Yves (last deal) – 9% back at EB, 14% back at MR
Apple ITunes – 3% back at EB, 5% back at MR
Avon – 5% back at EB, 6% back at MR
Honestly, I haven’t found a store that I use that gives more % back at Ebates vs. Mr. Rebates. I’m sure they are there – just not one that I use often I guess.
Ebates gives the referrer $5 as well. Mr. Rebates does NOT – they do not give any direct referral bonus. I think this is why Ebates is heard of more online compared to Mr. Rebates. Mr. Rebates does offer an extra 20% bonus when the person you refer gets a rebate so if the person you refer makes at least $25 in rebates then you will break even with Ebates.
If you can keep up all the accounts and comparison shop then that is great, if you want a one-stop place then I believe Mr. Rebates is the way to go!