Comparing Cashback Sites: StartHere vs. Buckscoop vs. Bucksback

neil on 13/09/2012 at 11:07 am, filed under Cashback

Cashback sites are a great way to make purchases cheaper for consumers. E-tailers often employ the use of affiliate links, where a website puts an advertisement on their site in exchange for a portion of the sales or a cash commission for those who click through and purchase an item. In this case, the cashback website splits the commission with the user. The retailer gets a sale, the cashback site gets a cut, and the user gets cashback from the deal. It’s a win for everyone.

The two biggest players in Australia’s cashback market are Starthere (formerly Moneybackco) and Buckscoop. The newest entrant into the field is a site called Bucksback. How do they compare?

Store Starthere Buckscoop Bucksback
Amaysim Unlimited $16.50-$22.50 $52.00 $48.75
Appliances Online 1.1-1.5% 1.60% 1.50%
Cudo 7.7%-10.5% 7.00% N/A
Dan Murphy’s 3.03-4.13% 4.95% 4.12%
Deals Direct 2.75-3.75% 4.00% 3.75%
Dell 3.85-5.25% 5.00% 2.25%
Dick Smith 1.93-2.63% 3.00% 2.62%
Hotels.com -Merchant Hotel 3.3-4.5% 5.40% 4.50%
JB Hi-Fi via Westfield 2.75-3.75% 4.50% 3.75%
Lenovo 2.75-3.75% 3.15% 2.51%
Menulog-Home Delivery 1.65-2.25% 2.40% 2.25%
Shoppingsquare 1.1-1.5% 1.60% 1.50%
Stawberrynet -New Customer 8.25-11.25% 13.50% 11.2%
Vodafone Handset Postpaid $55-75 $100.00 $75.00

Note: The 14 merchants were picked by finding the most popular stores on each site. Starthere offers the gold membership for free this month. Percentages listed for Starthere start with the gold level. For simplicity, points sites were not included in this comparison.

The clear winner is Buckscoop for the majority of shops. Starthere only beats Buckscoop with a couple of shops and mostly applicable to those on a black member level. Bucksback failed to score the highest for any of the 14 shops mentioned. Neither Buckscoop or Starthere charge annual fees while Bucksback charges a $10 annual fee.

It pays to check other cashback sites before purchasing your product as there are some shops that offer cashback on one site and not on the other. Overall, Buckscoop appears to the better cashback site.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks! Great post!

    That would help the consumers to figure out which cashback site gives back the most — when they actually pay their cashback (usually 3-4 months down the track). Other variables here are service, accuracy of tracking, how fast they rebate the cashback, etc. We would love existing members to share their experience here or in the OzBargain forums.

    13/09/2012 @ 12:20 pm | Reply
  2. Djana:

    Thats pretty cool :)
    But.. I have used buckscoop and starthere and i had issues with buckscoop three times.. Gave up..
    Used starthere from then on and no issues… Never looked back. They upgraded their site recently so i can save my favorite stores .. Disaster for my wallet ;)

    18/09/2012 @ 8:00 pm | Reply
  3. odysseus:

    Agree with Djana. I had issues with a significant purchase on buckscoop, and then didn’t get any help. To make things worse, beside the merchant they claim only x% had issues with that merchant – but they refuse to let people report it, so the figure is very misleading!

    As for the figures above, oddly the list of top merchants on starthere’s website is very different from the above. You’d expect people would be more likely to use the site with the better deals for that merchant, so the fact most of their top merchants are not listed here makes it more likely the above list are the ones that are less favourable to starthere. e.g. suredeal is starthere’s second top, and spreets is their third top but not shown above. Amaysim isn’t listed in their top list.

    I’ve been fortunate that most of the time I’ve checked I’ve gotten a better return from starthere… but even if not getting all of a good amount is better than getting nothing of the largest amount.

    25/09/2012 @ 8:32 pm | Reply
  4. James:

    Youre kidding i had thesame issues with buckscoop!
    Will try starthere.. People seem to be recommending it…

    02/10/2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply
  5. Bit of a late comment, but for the record I’m on the “Founder” level with Starthere due to migrating across from MBC, and my rates are on par with – and in some cases better – than the Buckscoop ones. But yeah, I’m one of the lucky privileged ones and there’s no way for anybody new to get to that.

    31/01/2013 @ 1:29 pm | Reply
  6. Chris Parssens:

    I had the same problem with Buckscoop aswell. No reply, no service. Essentially my cash back opportunity was void. I have since tried start here which is easy to use and I actually received a few hundred dollars cash back in my account a few months ago.

    02/05/2013 @ 11:48 am | Reply

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