Cashback comparison 2013: Starthere vs. Qwibble vs. Bucksback vs. Cash Rewards vs. Chill vs. Prplness
We last compared cashback sites in September 2012. Since then, we have had three more players join the cashback marketplace.
Cashback sites are a great way to make purchases cheaper for consumers. Some websites that you make a purchase from (the merchants) are willing to pay “commission” to affiliate networks and other website publishers to gain sales. The idea behind cashback sites is, as a website publisher themselves, are rebating/refunding a portion of the commission they’ve made from the merchants back to the customers.
|Merchant||Starthere||Qwibble||Bucksback||Cash Rewards||Chill Cashback||Prplness|
|Dan Murphy’s (spirits / wine)||5.25%||7%/8.8%||8%/10%||8.75%/7%||N/A||7%/10%|
|Hotels.com -Merchant Hotel||3.00%||4.80%||5.00%||4.75%||N/A||3.00%|
|Stawberrynet -New Customer||7.50%||12.00%||12.00%||12.00%||2.00%||8.00%|
|The Mens Shop||5.00%||8.00%||8.00%||8.00%||5.00%||N/A|
|Member Fees (annual)||0||0||$10.00||0||0||0|
|Minimum Cashout Amount||None||$20.00||Unknown||None||$20.00||$25.00|
|Sign Up Offers||No||No||No||No||$3 credit||$5 credit|
Information current as of June 10, 2013.
Each company has it’s advantages and disadvantages which can affect the amount of cashback you receive.
Pricematch other cashback website’s rates.
High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.8%. You would need to make $454 (inc $5 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.
Not many of the popular merchants listed.
Uncompetitive cashback rates.
High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 2.7%. You would need to make $629 (inc $3 credit) in purchases to receive your first cashout.
Very competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 4 of our sample merchants and top average rate.
No minimum cashout amount. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 5.3%.
Very competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 8 of our sample merchants.
$10 member fee will eat into the cashback. Only company with a member fee.
Unclear if there is a minimum cashout amount (company was unresponsive). Assuming no minimum, at an average rate of 5.1%, you would have to make $196 of purchases just to break even.
Competitive cashback rates. Top rates for 4 of our sample merchants
High minimum cashout. For our sample merchants, the average rate is 4.8%. You would need to make $416 in purchases to receive your first cashout.
Multiple tiers of membership.
For new or casual users (white level), average cashback rates are poor at 3.3%.
At the founder level (former Moneybackco members), the average is bumped up to 5.6%. Top rates for 9 of our sample merchants.
No minimum cashout amount.
Always compare the merchant at each cashback site before purchasing. Rates often vary and some sites list merchants that others don’t.