Posted by Chuck on February 10, 2019
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Published on February 10th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Ibotta to Launch ‘Pay with Ibotta’, Gift Card Service similar to MPX

Ibotta has launched an early access selection for an upcoming Pay with Ibotta feature which offers cashback on all purchases. It looks pretty similar to MPX whereby – instead of paying at a retailer with your credit card directly – you pay Ibotta and they generate a gift card for the exact amount of your purchase.

Essentially, it’s a glorified way of buying a gift card which should work for both in-store payments and online payments. The key benefit of these systems is that they generate a gift card instantly for the exact amount you need (e.g. $27.98), unlike the standard gift card seller who sells even denominations and often has delayed delivery.

See this comment for a list of currently available retailers and their cashback rates.

We maintain a list of Complete List of Methods to Buy Gift Cards with Discounts and Bonus Rewards which includes MPX and other discount methods, but there really aren’t many straightforward options like MPX. It’ll be nice if this works with a broad selection of retailers and good cashback rates. I like seeing additional options, and it’s especially nice to see a cashback option instead of the United miles option that MPX offers.

Pay with Ibotta is not currently available for everyone. You can input your email address to get a headsup when it’s available for you. If anyone gets access, let us know your impressions.

Hat tip to reader N.



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Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar

I believe Spent does the same thing but gift card selection is still pretty limited.

Celia
Celia

I was selected for this from ibotta, wondered how it was going to work. You explained it much better than they did 🙂

Thank you for that.

Jmoney
Jmoney

Watch out for ibotta they will deactivate your account for no reason at all and keep your money

Celia
Celia

Been using it for about 18 months, over $1200 received, no issues. As with any of these apps, cash out as soon as you hit the minimum.

atexit8
atexit8

I had a problem with them unlinking my Paypal account for no reason.
No notice. Nothing.
I had been a customer for over 12 months and had transferred to Paypal multiple times.

When I tried to re-link “too many” times to Paypal, my account was locked.
From what I can tell, it was a problem on their end.
My Paypal account and password was just fine.
After 9 calendar days, Ibotta got around to unlocking my account after I submitted a support ticket.
Even after the unocking, I still could not link up to my Paypal account.
I was tried twice and gave up.
I did not want to have my account locked again.
I linked to Venmo which I do not use and got my $23.13 out.

This linking to Paypal has to be done on their terrible app which crashes and hangs a lot.
You cannot link on their website.

No more Ibotta.

Don’t trust them.

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Celia
Celia

I don’t doubt you had an issue. I know when they unlinked all the PayPal accounts I had to relink as well. I didn’t have an issue but I understand some people did, for my spouses account I only cash out as gift cards so that one didn’t have any issues during that time. Obviously, if I had the same issues you did, I’d feel the same way.

MisterBill
MisterBill

Sorry you’re having problems but the app works fine for me. And I’m not sure how you could link Paypal outside of their app. Many of us use it on a regular basis to get great deals on groceries. If you’re just using it for the occasional deal posted here, probably not worth using it if you have problems.

Also, as I posted in another thread you complained in, having to use Venmo isn’t that big of a deal. You can easily transfer money to your bank from there just as you can from Paypal. If the only option other than Paypal was to get a gift card, that would be a big deal.

atexit8
atexit8

I don’t link to bank account to Paypal or Venmo. Not going to happen. Not after Paypal double-dipped to bank account causing a overdraft.

I despise Paypal as much as Ibotta. I only use Paypal because many people in the animal rescue community use it. Venmo isn’t used much in the animal rescue community so it is completely useless to me.
Luckily one animal sanctuary I support has a Venmo account.

MisterBill
MisterBill

They generally have a reason for deactivating although they do make mistakes. Very important to cash out as soon as you get to $20.

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