It’s well known that online shopping is the way to go when scavenging for the best prices available. Go into any brick & mortar store today then pick any item at random and nine times out of ten you could easily pull out your smartphone, search the model number, and find a better deal on the internet. However, even though you can already score significantly lower priced items online, what’s the harm in sweetening those deals even further?
Fatwallet is an online rebate website which operates independently from retailers or product manufactures. The way it works is by acting as a portal to various online retailers. When registered users are directed to the websites via the “Cash Back” portal links, users can potentially receive cash back on whatever items they purchase. The rebate amount is usually based on a percentage (designated by the portal link) of total sale. Keep in mind that you cannot receive Cash Back credit on purchases you make without first logging into your Fatwallet account and landing on the online store of your choice via the portal links on Fatwallets website.
Unlike the more traditional rebates where buyers are supposed to fill out and mail rebate forms, Fatwallet’s online rebates are usually automated with no required form submissions at all. The retailers report your order total to Fatwallet and your account will then be credited based on the rebate percentage which is typically 1% to 14%. Your Cash Back credits can then be redeemed via Amazon giftcards, PayPal, or mailed check.
Individual retailers set their own policies, but what’s particularly enticing about Fatwallet rebates is that it’s entirely possible to stack them on top of pre-existing discounts and manufacturer rebates! For example, if you purchase a T.V. discounted to $199 from $299 by the retailer with an additional $50 mail-in rebate by the manufacturer, you could still use Fatwallet to get an additional 5% (or whatever the promotional rate happens to be) Cash Back on top of the other offers.
Bear in mind that on occasion Cash Back credit can fail to be reported by the retailer after you’ve already placed your order. According to one of their support pages, Fatwallet suggests that the Cash Back may not be reported when you leave the retailer’s website or exit your browser prior to making a purchase. In my personal experience, getting the Cash Backs can be a bit of a hit or miss but there is an option for manually reporting your purchase directly to Fatwallet in which case they’ll investigate your order and credit your account the appropriate amount if your claim proves legitimate.
Fatwallet offers online rebates for a very wide assortment of products, but the emphasis is tilted a little bit more towards tech gear such as tablets, laptops, phones, computer components, etc.; however, if you wish to enroll in other similar programs that offer a more rounded selection of product rebates then you can check out rebate sites such as Ebates and Swagbucks. For those who wish to go even further with their deal hunting measures, you can check out Plink. Proceed with caution, though, as the service requires you to register a debit/credit card and also requires you to input your online bank log-in credentials.