My post today is about cashback. You're not getting extra cash but you'll essentially receive some products for free or at a discount rate. I hope this Rebatest review will be of use, and you'll give it a try if you live in the USA or UK.
It's been a couple of years since Amazon stopped allowing incentivized reviews. The sellers used to have opportunities to offer products to Amazon customers for free in exchange for leaving a review, but Amazon disallowed such schemes in 2016. Since then, I've seen quite a few "product trial and rebate" websites come up with other ways to work around it. Now Rebatest.com is often chosen to be the best one - it's free to join, and you'll get chances to buy selected everyday items and get a full or partial cashback.
*** June 2020 update: I've received some complaints about Rebatest for not making the payment as promised. Since I don't have a proof myself but because several users have complained, right now I'm not able to either recommend or not recommend Rebatest.
Cashback for writing a product review
(I'll put on hold)
What Is Rebatest? Overview
According to 2017 State Of Online Reviews by Podium.com, 93% of consumers say online reviews have an impact on their purchase decision. It means that when we make a purchasing decision, the majority of us almost always choose a product with good reviews over other similar products with no review.
The eCommerce industry is extremely competitive and, particularly new sellers on Amazon struggle to have their products listed towards the top of the page. For that reason, they are desperate to receive positive reviews on the products they're selling.
Rebatest provides a mutual benefit for both the sellers and buyers. Here's how it works;
- Sign up with Rebatest (and confirm your email address).
- Browse the products listed by category in your Rebatest dashboard.
- Find a product that you want for free (or at a specified discounted rate).
- Click "Apply Now" button - in a few hours, the seller will approve your request.
- When approved, click the "Buy Now" button - you'll be directed to Amazon page.
- Buy it as you normally buy a product on Amazon. Pay the full price. You will receive the product as you normally do.
- Go back to your Rebatest account and leave your 'trial report' (review of the product).
- Rebatest will post your review to Amazon on your behalf.
- You'll receive your money back from Rebatest.
What Do You Need To Get Rebates?
Who's Behind Rebatest?
We don't know. It makes me a little suspicious that we cannot find the company information or where the office is situated. Although it has all the social network accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram as well as YouTube) and it says it operates in California.
Does It Really Give You Cashback?
Yes, it seems to do (I've not tried it yet myself!) But I have found some real users (see Quora, for example). If in the case of not getting your money back, you could return the product and get a refund from Amazon. So you are protected in that sense.
What Kind Of Products Can You Get For Free?
The products are listed by category - Health & Beauty | Babies & Kids | Electronics | Clothing & Jewelry | Sports & Outdoor | Home & Garden | Travel & Vacation | Office. Various items priced around $6 - $80.
At the time of writing this, I can see just over 120 products for US and about 60 for UK. Each listing is time-limited, so you might want to check every few days (if not every day) to see if there's a new product that interests you.
The list can be sorted by price, amount of rebate (although 100% cashback is offered for most of the items), newest/oldest, or countdown (the listing period).
How To Write Your Trial Report (Review)
The product review form will be ready for you to fill in, and click to send. The required fields of the form are;
- Star rating
- Review title
- Pros & cons
- Suggestions (e.g. it would have been better with a side pocket
- Target audience (e.g. suitable for any children under 10, perfect as a gift for men)
It's a lot easier to be guided this way than writing a review in one big box. And if you're still not used to writing a review, you can check the same or similar product on Amazon and see if you can get inspired by what other reviewers say.
Is It Ethical?
Well, that's the thing... I've recently bought an ultrasonic fly repeller (NB: unrelated to Rebatest) because this particular device had 4.5 star rating out of 5, reviewed by over 100 people on Amazon. It didn't work. I found no effects or whatsoever.
I checked the reviews closely - over 40 reviewers gave 1 star saying 'totally useless', 'it doesn't work, do not buy it.' Whereas about the equal number of people gave 5 stars, saying it worked amazingly - eliminated flies, spiders, mice and other rodents. Their writing styles were all strangely well-constructed. I couldn't help but convince myself that they must have got the device for free in exchange for writing a review.
Although you are supposed to write an honest and unbiased review, if you do leave a bad review of one product, your next "free product for review" application may not be approved. Psychologically you could feel inclined to write positive reviews for that reason, and that wouldn't help genuine Amazon shoppers.
Is It Worth Trying Rebatest?
As far as a product testing experience is concerned, getting something for free for the sake of writing a review is not a bad thing. You get something that you would have never paid the full price for, means you'll gain knowledge of what better products are out there. It will also help you develop your attention to detail, hence you'll have more chances to influence others on social media, or as a blogger if you haven't already.
Rebatest Pros and Cons
Rebatest Review: Conclusion
If you like to leave product reviews on Amazon or any online store sites, Rebatest gives you great opportunities to receive a reward in the form of cashback. It's best if you join free and see what kind of products are on offer yourself. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.