Published on September 28th, 2015 | by Chuck16
Caveats to Keep in Mind About Inbox Dollars Shopping Portal
We’ve been writing a lot about a unique opportunity that’s currently available to get 5% back on all eBay purchases via the Inbox Dollars shopping portal, see 5% Back on all eBay Purchases with Inbox Dollar Portal.
A few things came to our attention regarding the portal which are important to bear in mind.
$3 Payout Fee
There is a $3 payout fee which was brought to our attention by readers. This fee is added whether you take the check payout option or the prepaid Visa card option or the Tango e-gift card option.
The good news is that while the $3 is non-waivable, they do then add $3 toward your next payout. For example, if you have $30 (which is the minimum payout amount) and request payout of any form, you’ll only get $27. They’ll then add $3 into your Inbox Dollars account toward your next payout. This isn’t advertised clearly on the site, but it was mentioned by a reader and I confirmed this with Inbox Dollars chat.
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.
We’ve noted that this portal works different than most cashback portals in that they’ll only notify you of the purchase after 30-45 business days. At that point, the payout should hopefully be available soon after or immediately.
Is it worth it?
Once again, dealing with this portal is very worthwhile for someone who does a lot of volume of eBay purchases. Probably not worthwhile for small time users due to the $30 minimum payout and the $3 fee tacked on. The $5 initial signup bonus does help make it something to try out.
Let’s hope the 5% eBay rate lasts for a while!