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

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RebateKey Review: Get Free Products After Rebate

A couple of readers recently tipped us off to a rebate website called RebateKey which offers free or highly discounted products via rebate. The way it works is you browse various items on Rebatekey.com and find something you’re interesting in buying/getting with a rebate. The rebate is sometimes for the full price back and other times for a partial rebate. Then you go ahead and buy the item at full price from an online retailers. Then you submit a claim, and you’ll get a check or Paypal 35 days later with the stated rebate.

RebateKey Link

RebateKey works with products being sold on Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Jet, and Shopify – those are the retailers you’ll be making the actual purchase from (mostly Amazon, I believe).

For free items you can actually net some free credit card points or use up some gift card balance without incurring any cost at all. You can even use a shopping portal when making the purchase (you don’t need to use RebateKey’s cookies) and get some extra rewards there as well. Just keep in mind that even items which are entirely free you’ll be on the hook for the sales tax if it’s an item and area which has sales tax.

Here’s a few pointers from the RebateKey website:

  • Why 35 days? Most online stores allow return of the items within 30 days. To avoid situations when you are given a rebate plus you get a refund for a returned item, we have to hold the funds for 35 days. Also, the seller can dispute the rebate within the last 5 days.
  • You are only allowed one account per address/household. You can not claim more than one Rebate for the same product. Please, stay away from cheating or fraud. It’s not worth it!
  • Reselling the products acquired via RebateKey is against our Terms of Service, and will result in cancelation of all the Rebates and suspension of the buyer account.
  • Buy the product at full price. Products purchased with discount codes will NOT get a rebate.
  • You have 1 hour to buy the product and report back with RebateKey. Use Order ID as the Rebate Key to confirm your purchase to the seller. Don’t postpone! If you don’t report the Rebate Key within 1 hour, the purchase will not be registered.
  • There may be situations that arise where a buyer enters an incorrect key, or the seller of the product denies a key entered for various reasons. This is rare, but may occur. If it does, we will work with both the seller and the buyer to find a solution that works for both parties.

The main reason sellers use RebateKey, as I understand, is for reviews. There is no obligation to leave a review (if there was, it would be against the terms of Amazon and probably other retailers), but the seller is able to message the buyer through RebateKey and encourage them to leave a review. It’s possible some sellers do it for legitimate feedback on the product as well. Or to artificially increase their sales numbers for the SEO gods.

Overall looks like an interesting way of picking up cheap or free items, and even possibly netting a bit from points or portals. Makes more sense for people who like trying out different things or tchotchkes and enjoy interacting with sellers. Just keep in mind there’s always a risk of the company going under or denying your rebate for some reason.



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paul kim
paul kim

i can 100% say that this website is legit. i’ve gotten so many items over the past few months including a $27 diaper bag!

i hope it’s allowed but if it’s not please delete but here’s my referral link:

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please sign up through me 🙂

tim
tim

HI! i am is a seller.I have some expensive products that need to be tested.can you help me ?I will provide you with free products. Hope to receive your reply。wechat:damai2019666

Carla Daniel
Carla Daniel

I’m interested Tim!

Onsale
Onsale

tim i can’t seem to connect via WeChat. Is there some other way to get in touch?

SA
SA

Chuck
You can use shopping portals. I use them regularly. They just do not allow any coupons available on say amazon. You just have to pay full price of item for being eligible for rebate. I have used them a lot in last few months, so if anyone has any questions I might be able to help (or try to help).

SA
SA

Chuck
I am posting my referral here as well as I see another referral but in case it is not allowed, then feel free to remove it.
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William Charles

Referrals are never allowed unless specifically mentioned. Just because somebody else breaks the rules doesn’t mean you should follow.

Amy
Amy

Hi, I am wondering if I can buy more than one product from RebateKey in one order? Thanks

Flea
Flea

*tchotchkes

(don’t feel bad, one garage sale ad my friend found spelled it “chachakies”)

Ann
Ann

Just as long as it’s not “crotchkies” 😉

Dan
Dan

Its a transliteration so there is no correct spelling

Pamami J
Pamami J

Fake Review Center… If no good review, your rebate will be not valid for ever

M
M

Incorrect, your rebate will only be denied for violating TOS, such as purchasing for resale, multiple accounts etc…

Disclaimer, I am a minority owner of RebateKey. I also use the site regularly to purchase. Our TOS bans sellers from requiring reviews, and we have removed sellers for violating it.

Hay
Hay

Eh

A lot of these are just low quality Chinese products from unknown brands though. For some of them (e.g. USB-C cables, electronics) I’m not even sure they’re going to be safe to use

SteveH
SteveH

I’ve been using rebatekey for a year now. I’ve never had a problem with any of the rebates processing properly and have received about $2400 back from them. You will get several emails from the sellers about leaving feedback and reviews.

There are a limited amount of rebates available for each item so as it has become more popular, there is a less of a chance of getting good items (a lot of times when I check now, it is full of supplements). But in the past, I have received two $150 drones for free, all sorts of outdoor grill accessories, cuttings boards and kitchen knives, various electronic gadgetry, and lots of weird little things you don’t think you need until you realize you’re getting it for 90-100% discount (except for sales tax).

And when I remember, instead of clicking thru the rebatekey link to Amazon, I use the DOC link but you just have to very careful that you are purchasing the exact product that you need to be.

Nun
Nun

Have you heard of Cyberrebate? A lot of people got into a mess when they pulled out the rug.

Blue
Blue

Now that’s a name I have not heard in a long time!

MisterBill
MisterBill

Thanks! I was trying to think of that name as soon as I saw this post. Big time ponzi scheme! Fortunately I never got sucked in.

Nick
Nick

No thanks, too many things can go wrong. Free Chinese crap is not worth floating money for 35 days! I’ve used these websites in the past and most of the items are junk listed at inflated prices! Plus I’d rather not help contribute to the fake Amazon review epidemic!

Ann
Ann

And you risk getting banned from Amazon.

Nick
Nick

Yup, my main account was banned from Amazon last year and I suspect part of the reason was all of the reviews I was writing!

Frank

Just don’t write the reviews? It’s not required…

Trevor
Trevor

I’m glad someone else feels this way. You’re literally getting the short end of the stick if you use Rebatekey. Those Chinese sellers often pay other “mules” a few bucks in addition to a full “rebate.”

Paul
Paul

Seller can deny the rebate for a number of reasons. Then your stuck with a crappy item or having to deal with getting it returned & refunded. It’s caused some headaches for sure.

gary
gary

just beware of possible issues if they start paying back too much. There was a company called cyberrebate that had a business where you paid full price (overprice) for items and then got 100% rebate. it ended up self-funding purchases to pay prior rebates until theyir payments due overtook the purchases made. they ended up owing millions in rebates to people and credit cards fought to not pay saying not getting a rebate is not disputable for a card charge.

just don’t count on the rebate to pay 100%. if its something you would buy anyway. worth the shot.

David
David

Quick tip to buy the junk that has tax that you don’t even want in order to get reward points: Find the address of someone or a company you don’t like that lives in a tax free state and ship everything there 🙂

Gadget

LOL, I have heard about a similar situation a couple times on the radio… that some people will get packages for stuff they didn’t order. The recipient will contact Amazon or whatever company and they will get to told to keep it, or throw it away, not to return it. The explanation on the radio was the seller does it so they can write “verified customer” reviews, inflating the product rating so they can get more sales.

Your unethical response has the same idea – different goal.

David
David

Or you can send it to an elementary school. My kids fight over this junk from rebatekey. I’m sure an elementary school would love half this crap. Well, maybe not the penis rings that they posted this morning…

David
David

Another idea is to make a donation and write off

Celia
Celia

You can still itemize? Lucky 🙂

Frank

live in CA/NY and own a home? Not a high bar

Blue
Blue

Eh, with the SALT cap…still a pretty high bar.

Gadget

Hey kids, let’s see if you can make a slingshot out of this sleep mask…

Gwen
Gwen

I got burned by doing this on my Amazon account because they found out my reviews were not genuine, all reviews were wiped and as such did not receive my rebates. Buyer beware.

USB
USB

why did you leave reviews in the first place? its not a requirement. Sellers can message you all they want asking for reviews, you just ignore them. Why go out of your way to get banned lol

Allen Keys
Allen Keys

Make sure you use a throw-away/junk email. Very soon after registering, my inbox got hit with tons of spam subscriptions and such. Definitely looks that they are grabbing info and selling.

Sarah D
Sarah D

I can’t see anything here I would even want for free. A lot of worthless junk and dubious dietary supplements.

Cn
Cn

I got two boxes of junkies sitting there. Whatever you try to do just know that when something goes wrong all the benefits-points, ms. Go down the drain.

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