Posted by Chuck on April 23, 2018
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Published on April 23rd, 2018 | by Chuck

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Coupon Cabin Review: Get Shopping Cash Back and Coupons, Including Major Offer Each Month

Coupon Cabin is a shopping portal and coupon site which helps people save on their online shopping by earning cash back on each purchase and offering current available coupons, similar to Retailermenot.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably familiar with shopping portals – we like to compare the best portal rates on Cashbackmonitor.com. Looking through a few rates, I didn’t find Coupon Cabin necessarily any better than other portal rates, but over time it’s possible they’ll sometimes have the best rate.

Their cash out options are interesting: they offer the regular Paypal and check options, and they also have an option to cash out via gift card with a bonus. The most interesting one is a 10% bonus when cashing out for Amazon gift card. Coupon Cabin has a $7 minimum payout.

The most interesting thing about Coupon Cabin is their daily Member Only deals. Each member can claim one Member Only deal per 30 days (max of one per store/brand per 90 days, meaning you can’t get the same store deal every 30 days, have to wait 90 days until you do the same store again). Member Only deals are typically something like ‘spend $75 at Merchant X and get $75 back’ or ‘spend $100 at Merchant Y and get $100 back’. Each offer will have a limit of only a dozen or two dozen which can be claimed by members – first to claim gets it.

Sample deals include $100 back when you spend $100 on Amazon – yup, this came out yesterday, but got grabbed up in seconds. Other offers you may find are $75 back with $75 Sephora or Birchbox or Shutterfly purchase. Another one that’s come up is to get $50 back with $50 spent at 1800flowers.

You’ll find these offers on the home page of the site. You can ‘Claim Offer’ to lock it in and give you some time to go shopping. Any offer that you claim but do not redeem will still count towards your limits. To see offers you have successfully claimed visit your Saved Offers page. Those who’ve been a member for longer might be able to do more than one Member Only deal per month.

Truth is that these Member Only deals are even better than free shopping spend, it’s actually a bit of a moneymaker if you choose to redeem for Amazon gift cards at a 10% bonus, e.g. spend $75 at Sephora and get $75 back in Coupon Cabin dollars, then redeem that cash back for $82.50 in Amazon gift card.

There is no signup bonus or referral bonus for Coupon Cabin, though you can install their Chrome extension (which they call Sidekick) to get a $2 bonus. You can also get a $1 bonus for reading their tips in the activity page.

Coupon Cabin is quick to do IP address blocks (which need a request to unblock) so try not poking around the site too much in quick succession. Writing a post for DoC, for example, is a good way of getting your IP blocked.

(Updated 12/27/19): They’ve added a limit of $300 per rolling 52-weeks on how much you can earn from member-only deals.

Hat tip to r/churning members



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Luke
Luke

Good post, Chuck! I signed up. Here’s hoping they’ll offer a referral program soon!

This “exclusive offers” gimmick will be interesting to follow…

Oh, also you might want to add that there’s an additional $1 bonus for reading their tips in the activity page.

Josh
Josh

What’s the minimum payout?

Luke
Luke

$7

Troy
Troy

We joined Coupon Cabin back last year and during the holidays they ramped up the daily offers to 3 times a month. You could still only claim a merchant once every 90 days, but lots of different offers every single day from a wide variety of merchants. Basically paid for Christmas for extended family from November to December. We cash out with Amazon since Amazon money is basically as good as cash for us.

Trason
Trason

“We joined Coupon Cabin back last year and during the holidays they ramped up the daily offers to 3 times a month”

Are you still getting 3x a month, or was that just during the holidays? Also do you use CouponCabin as your main cash back site?

Chellybean
Chellybean

Had a terrible experience. Won a $50 off over $50 purchase to Kohl’s. Submitted a ticket after a couple days and a month later was told I couldn’t get my cash back because Kohl’s claims that I clicked another merchant link or something but they wouldn’t tell me more info because apparently Kohl’s wouldn’t tell them more. Why would I click another link if ya’ll are giving me a free $50?! Never again.

MSer
MSer

Meh, seems very scammy. Waste too much time searching for coupons. “Exclusive offer” for WM today $75 off $75 – limited to first 8 bots, er people. What a joke.

Celia
Celia

I’ve had good luck with CC. Over $600 back in the last year or so. Getting to be one of the first 8 or 10 is like trying to win on a lottery ticket. But I’ve gotten several. I’m limited to 2 exclusive offers every 30 days. The only downside I’ve found is that they take forever to pay, like 90 days. But they do pay out 10% more if you go with an Amazon gift card.

NinjaX
NinjaX

okay. i will try this, but any IP scanning bullshit AKA GCMall and im done.

“so try not poking around the site too much in quick succession”? thats totally BS if true.

they think they are so smart by “preventing” fraud, but all they are doing is making customers drop them like the drop app.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Sounds interesting, but first 8 for their exclusive offers? What do you have to do, camp the site all day pounding refresh hoping you don’t get banned? I’m sure that’s why they have such a sensitive detector tripping Chuck up. People trying to script automatic alerts or sign ups galore I’m sure. So ultimately you’d need to keep page open all day everyday and check it like a bad FOMO dream. Pass. But thanks for sharing and congrats to folks on here that found it/took advantage of it before it got more widespread exposure. This lottery is essentially simple gamification for being active on their site. Brilliant as it’ll help them secure unique visitors and therefore funding from VCs.

Amy
Amy

You don’t need to refresh the store page: the offer pops up in a window, counts down until it’s active, and then refreshes for you. But yeah, being one of those few 8 or 10 who can get in on it first is even harder than getting struck by lightning–I’ve never done it despite trying off and on for more than a year. (Maybe if I were a mashochist I’d try every day, finally get one … probably not.) But occasionally they do offer other special deals or bonuses that make their rate better than another portal’s, and so they are one of a suite of cash back shopping sites I use for buying things online.

michael c
michael c

I’d steer clear of this company due to transparency issues. They flagged my account for what they deemed “unnatural activity,” but they could not explain to me what this activity was or why their security flagged it. Additionally, due to this flagging, they would no longer allow me to receive my cashback electronically (through Paypal, for example) and would only send me paper checks. When I inquired about these problems, all they would tell me was that this problem happened and there was no way to ever resolve it. I had to either accept paper checks from them henceforth or no longer be a member. They stated that their terms and conditions covered this, but when I asked where the relevant passage in the T&C was, they ignored me. I couldn’t find it. I complained about their lack of transparency and stated that I might have to look into whether or not this was a legal issue, and they promptly closed my account and will not respond other than to tell me that I have to write a letter to their legal department, at which point they’d get back to me within 30 days. So, I am left not knowing what this unnatural activity was or whether or not it poses a threat to my network. This company just isn’t worth the headaches, especially when there are other companies out there doing the same thing. It might not be a coincidence that I had over $75 pending payment, and I don’t know if they are trying to steal my money. Further, CouponCabin replied to a review that I posted. They stated “While we recognize that threats, intimidation and insults may be effective with other companies, they are not at all tolerated at CouponCabin and your account has been permanently closed.” So, not only is this company deceptive, they out and out lie. At no point prior to my account being closed did I threaten, intimidate, or insult anyone or anything. Did I tell them that their lack of transparency was problematic enough that I was considering whether or not there should be a legal response, yes. Did I say that I would take legal action unless they did something, no I did not. This is a company that can not be trusted. Therefore, I have submitted complaints to the BBB in Indiana and Illinois, and I submitted complaints to the… Read more »

Str8Shooter
Str8Shooter

Chuck: You might note that the special member offers are now limited to only $300 a year/ per household IP address. They originally had no limit, then set it at $600 for a few months and now $300. They also seem to be curtailing the number and amount of the special member offers recently.

Luke
Luke

Hi Chuck,
They’ve cut their limit on the dollar amount you can earn in special member-exclusive offers (i.e. the $75 off $75+ bonus, etc.) from $600 to $300 in any rolling 52-week period. Found out while I was waiting for an offer that appealed to me only to click to claim it and receive an error message referencing the new lower limit.
Also, the number of special member-exclusive offers has been reduced by 70-80%. There are some new half-off offers but the full ones ($75 off $75+ etc.) are only about 2-4 each day where last year there were about 8-13 each day.
Major cutbacks.

Michael C
Michael C

I had posted a previous comment, but I’d like to add to it now that I’ve been spending the past few months trying to collect money that they owe me. CouponCabin terminated my account on Jan. 16th after I expressed a legal concern regarding their lack of transparency. I had $76.86 pending in my account at that time. $75 of which came from a member only deal, such as the one described in this article, though it was for Walmart.com. Sydney K., the customer service rep who terminated my account, told me that a final check would be processed within 10 days and mailed out to me. It never was. Upon account termination, no one at CouponCabin would talk with me. I was told to mail a letter to their legal department. So at the beginning of March, I sent a formal demand letter to CouponCabin’s legal department. After 30 days, I still had not heard back, so I sent an email to their legal department as well as to their customer service department. I received no reply, but two days later, CouponCabin’s lawyer, Douglas Cordiano, overnighted me a response letter. The response letter essentially stated that they would not communicate with me except through a lawyer and/or through the Small Claims Court and/or binding arbitration due to my repeated threats of legal action. Of course, this is a gross mischaracterization of statements made by me regarding legal action. There was, in fact, only a potential threat of legal action in the event that CouponCabin did not pay me the money owed. I mean, if someone owes you money, and they won’t pay you, what exactly are you supposed to do besides threaten to sue them? If they paid that money, I’d have no reason to seek legal action. This letter, and in particular one that Mr. Cordiano sent to the Illinois Attorney General’s office in response to a complaint I made, contained what I will diplomatically refer to as factual errors. In neither case did Mr. Cordiano make any mention whatsoever of the money owed to me or my attempts to collect it. In fact, he seemed to feign ignorance of my objective. Regardless, I did attempt to reach out to Mr. Cordiano in order to settle the matter amicably outside of court. He provided an email address to which I could direct communication from my attorney (as though… Read more »

Dave
Dave

Good luck to anyone would would still try and use couponcabin.com. The dishonest folks at couponcabin.com tried to extort my social security and passport info to “verify” my account. I declined the offer so they froze/closed my account and stole my cashback balance that was accumulated but not yet paid out.
I never had any issue with one of the reputable cashback sites (befrugal, mrrebates, top cashback, etc).

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