Posted by Chuck on September 9, 2015
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Published on September 9th, 2015 | by Chuck

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5% Back on all eBay Purchases with Inbox Dollar Portal

We wrote previously about using a shopping portal for eBay purchases, see Best Shopping Portal for eBay Purchases. Typically, the best we can get for eBay purchases is 1-2%, although there may be occasional increases for certain categories.

Reader Anthony commented there that there is actually a shopping which offers a whopping 5% on all eBay purchases called Inbox Dollars.

The website is mostly about other ways to make money like surveys and playing games, very similar to Swagbucks which many of you have have heard of. They more recently started offering some shopping offers as well, exactly as any other shopping portal.

5% on eBay

There aren’t too many great shopping offers available, but there is this 5% eBay offer.

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To find the eBay offer, go to the Deals tab, and then to the Shopping option.

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Important: There is a $30 minimum payout amount. Payout is in the form of a check or a prepaid card or other gift card.

Notes

  • Inbox Dollars also offers a $5 initial sign on bonus which you’ll get whether you sign up using a referral link or if you sign up directly.
  • The company seems to be a large company judging from their Alexa and I’m not too worried about them going out of business. They also have a robust chat feature on the website which inspires confidence in me.
  • Reader Anthony used the site for the past year and used the portal many times for Groupon purchases (which were previously 10% on the site). All but one of the transactions posted automatically. The one that didn’t post got corrected via chat.
  • When you signup, the default setting is that you’ll get some spam email from them around 3 times per day. You can easily change that under My Account > My Profile.

Inactive Accounts

Update: A reader pointed out that the site requires you to maintain some sort of activity in order to remain a full member. You need to either confirm an email (which won’t work for someone who is unsubscribed from emails) or visit the site while logged in. You must do this every 10 days.

After 10 days, the account is marked inactive, but the funds in the account are not lost. You then need to request a reactivation of the account and all the funds will remain.

It may be worth just keeping yourself subscribed to the spam they send and make sure to click on one every few days. Or set yourself a reminder to login every 10 days. Of course, if you use the site often for eBay purchases, these things won’t be necessary.

Read more about inactive accounts here and about paid emails here.

See also Caveats to Keep in Mind About Inbox Dollars Shopping Portal

Final Thoughts

I just used the portal for the first time yesterday and I’m not here to vouch for it; we definitely need more trial before we can do so.

Anthony told me that historically they put out a high shopping offer and then lower it, apparently as an initial promotion, and it’s likely that the eBay 5% offer is a temporary thing as well. He also told me that they’ve paid out promptly in the past.

The main risk here is that the payout threshold is $30. Since we start off with a $5 signup bonus, we need to get another $25 in order to get paid out. That would mean spending $500 on eBay before they lower the cashback rate. (I verified with them that the initial $5 counts toward the $30 threshold.)

If you purchase gift cards on eBay, there is also a second risk that they won’t honor any cashback in the event that it doesn’t post automatically by saying that gift cards are not eligible. I’m optimistic on that front, but it’s something to keep in mind.

In the final analysis, I decided it’s worth it for me to try out the portal, being that the other portals just pay out 1-2%. Hopefully, the 5% rate will last for a few months and we’ll be able to make use of it in the meantime.

Remember also that there is currently an offer of 8% back in eBay Bucks and there are a number of gift card deals available as well. Add the 5% from the portal and it can really increase the deals there. The 5% offer could also be useful for the deals coming soon due to eBay’s 20th birthday.

If anyone else has experience with Inbox Dollars, positive or negative, please let us know in the comments or reach out to me directly (chuck at doctorofcredit dot com).

[Disclosure: The Inbox Dollars link in this post is my referral link. I’ll receive a bonus if you use it.]



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J. Grant
J. Grant

Had to skim through the post 3x to see your link to the site. Signed up.

Alex
Alex

I registered using the referral link. I immediately went to check the email settings and for the PaidEmails subscription I found the following statement:
“Members must confirm PaidEmail® to remain active InboxDollars members. ”

What does that mean? Will I get the cashback if I’m not an “active InboxDollars member”?

joE
joE

So you can double dip by purchasing e-bay gift cards and once again when you make your actual purchases, since there is no verbiage specifically on gift cards?

Steve
Steve

I’ve done that on other portals.

Steve
Steve

Anyone tried doing a Highest CB Claim for 5% at TopCashBack?

Presley
Presley

I’ve been a member of the site for over a year and never tried their portal links. This is a good thing to know. Keep in mind tho that wien you earn about 250 dollars plus in rewards they will ask you to do a Form w9 for tax purposes

Nate
Nate

I just tried this site out with 3 Sephora gift cards, I’ll report back if it doesn’t work out.

PointsForLater

I also just tried the site. Unlike other portals, I don’t see anywhere that registers your clicks…anyone have an idea how long they take to track? FAQ says up to 30 days but eBay usually quicker than that.

Anthony
Anthony

EBay takes 30-60 days to post.

PointsForLater

Seriously, 30-60 days to post??? On TCB they take that long to become payable, but the transaction tracks in a few days…

Presley
Presley

You’ll also need to have a minimum of $30 before you are eligible to be paid out. Processing fee is $3 unless you can make it to $40 within $30 I think they now offer gift card redemptions but I’ve never tried those

Anthony
Anthony

Processing fee is $3, but then they automatically give you another $3 toward your next check.

Anthony
Anthony

Confirming an email is easy. I only receive 2-3 a day. You earn 2 cents for each email you confirm. It only takes seconds, and while it is not much money, it can add to the money you are already earning via the shopping portal, survey completion, or other ways on the site. Their support chat is easy to use and efficient. With Groupon, I was always paid promptly. I’ve just recent started using this site for eBay purchases, but crediting takes 30-60 days, so the jury is still out.

Nobody
Nobody

Data point: Topcashback will match the 5% cashback in Inboxdollars.

Purchased several gift cards on recent ebay deals (paid $270 in total) and submitted claim yesterday. Today the cashbacks were increased to a total amount of $13.5, which is 5%.

Eric
Eric

Yesterday I placed my order using Ebates because I had a $5 bonus offer. That ended up making me only an additional $.50 (if it tracks) because I missed out on the extra 3% from TCB. It’s good to know though in case Inbox keeps that rate for a while.

chris
chris

I cant even find ebay.

SK
SK

Is there a way to see pending cashback transactions on Inbox Dollars? Just a bit concerned about what seems to be a complete lack of visibility to pending transactions…there will be little to go off of if nothing posts. Thanks

Jam
Jam

I am in the same boat, I made 3 seperate transactions. I actully bought $$$$ goods, not gift cards. Am a Little worried about it as no response of anything yet, and its been over a week. Inboxdollar support system seems to be a run around. They claim there is live assistance, but I cannot find it anywhere. There lack of having any quality support, is very concerning to me.

Anthony
Anthony

Click on CONTACT US at the bottom of page. Then look at bottom right to start chat. I chatted yesterday, and they confirmed my purchases tracked, but they said there is not system to track it yourself. Crediting takes 30-60 days.

Jan
Jan

I placed an ebay order of nearly $2k goods via InboxDollars yesterday, a little bit concerned as can not see the transaction anywhere in my account. Chatted with them today, but they said There is no such tracking system until the provider reports us about your transaction, asking me wait for 30 days. Kind of fishy. Maybe we should just TCB and ask TCB to match the 5%.

Louie
Louie

Does anyone have record of what date InboxDollar started offering 5% CB. I have had a TCB claim approved as far back as August 27th and working my way back through past Ebay purchases getting them all raised to 5%

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