Getting cash back on purchased items is a great way to stretch a dollar. At FreeShipping.com, members earn consistent 10% cash back on online purchases at every retailer in our cash-back network, so they never need to wait for a better deal to make their purchase.

Let's compare the benefits you get shopping at FreeShipping.com versus Ebates. What is Ebates? Ebates is another online shopping site that pays cash back for purchases. Sounds similar, but there are some clear differences between shopping at FreeShipping.com versus Ebates.

Cash Back Percentage

FreeShipping.com offers consistent 10% cash back for online purchases at any of our cash-back network retailers. That’s more than 1,000 stores you already love — Old Navy, Kohl's, Adagio Teas, Omaha Steaks, Best Buy, and many, many more.

Ebates offers cash back for online purchases made through its network of stores. However, the cash back percentage varies by store and they change all the time. Compare these Ebates variable cash back percentages to the 10% you receive from the same retailers via FreeShipping.com — it's not even close!

FreeShipping.com Ebates
Old Navy 10% 4%
Kohl's 10% 6%
Macy's 10% 6%
Sears 10% 6%
Best Buy 10% 1%
Ebates cash back percentages from 11/15

Payment Schedule

FreeShipping.com pays out cash back earnings every month. That’s considerably faster than Ebates, which sends out payments on the following schedule:

  • Ebates
  • May 15 for the period: Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
  • Aug 15 for the period: Apr. 1 - June 30
  • Nov. 15 for the period: July 1 - Sept. 30
  • Feb. 15 for the period: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31

Free Shipping

FreeShipping.com members enjoy free shipping right at checkout at most of our network stores. If you do have to pay a shipping fee, we'll pay you back up to $10 on that charge.

Ebates membership does not include free shipping. Shipping rates are determined by each retailer.

Free Return Shipping

FreeShipping.com members can return any purchase via FedEx Ground® without paying any shipping fees.

Ebates benefits do not include free return shipping. Return shipping rates are determined by each retailer.

Price Protection

With FreeShipping.com, the price you pay online is always protected. If you buy an item online and find a lower price for it later, just let us know and we’ll pay you the difference up to $100.

Ebates doesn’t offer a price protection guarantee.

FreeShipping.com and Ebates may appear similar at first glance, but once you explore the benefits of FreeShipping.com, the difference is clear. Ebates is a free service that offers limited cash back on purchases. FreeShipping.com helps members save in every way possible when they shop online. You can sign up for an introductory trial and any savings you earn will be yours to keep. After your introductory trial, it’s just $12.97/mo. — easily cancel anytime.