eBay Portal Term Changes
The hits keep coming with eBay. Over the past couple of months the following changes have occured or been announced:
- eBay gift cards purchased after August 23, 2016 cannot be used to purchase merchant gift cards.
- eBay gift cards purchased before August 23, 2016 cannot be used to purchase merchant gift cards after October 13, 2016.
- Starting on October 1, 2016 eBay Bucks will no longer be earned on the purchase of “eBay Gift Cards, Gift Cards, and Digital Gifts purchases within the Gift Cards & Coupons category.”
- Starting on January 1, 2017 eBay Bucks will no longer be redeemable for eBay gift cards.
Another Negative Change
As if that wasn’t enough, another big change has happened as well. eBay is severely restricting which categories qualify for a payout from shopping portals. Gift cards of all kinds are now restricted in most portals and electronics are being restricted many places as well. One portal even has a restriction on the redemption of gift cards. My guess is that some of the portals are slower in rolling out these new rules compared to others. I would expect that BeFrugal’s language may become the new norm.
Let’s look at the language as it stands as of 10AM Pacific on 9/23/2016 at each of the major portals:
BeFrugal – 1%
- Cash back not valid on purchases of electronics, computers/tablets & accessories, cell phones & accessories, cameras, video games, automobiles, real estate, gift cards, bullion, coins and money, & select business & industrial equipment.
- Cash back not valid with gift card redemption.
Top Cashback – .9%
Excluded Categories (Including sub-categories where appropriate) – Not eligible for Cash Back
- Bullion, Coins and other Money items
- Computers, Tablets and Networking
- Consumer Electronics
- Gift Cards & Coupons
iConsumer – 1.3% (Capped at $20 per month)
- Cash Back is not available within the following categories: eBay Motors (including Vehicles, Motorcycles, Boats, and Powersports; excluding Parts & Accessories), any form of Real Estate, eBay branded Gift Cards, Bullion, and Heavy Equipment within the Business & Industrial category.
- No Cash Back on purchases from “GiftCardsMall”.
Simply Best Coupons – Up to 1.4%
- No cash back on eBay Motors, Real Estate, precious metals, coins and bullion, eBay.com gift cards or heavy equipment
- No cashback on other brand gift cards.
- Cash back amounts may vary by product category. (No confidence here.)
Giving Assistant – 1.2%
- Cash back in NOT available for the following: physical “hard” eBay gift cards, Motors, Vehicles, Bullion (including coins), Heavy Equipment, Real Estate, Charity Auctions, Snipe Services, and when seller fees are $0.00.
Mr. Rebates – 1%
- Cash Back is not available on the following categories: Computers/Tablets & Networking, Cell Phones & Accessories, Coins & Paper Money, Business & Industrial, eBay Motors (excluding parts and accessories), Real Estate and eBay branded gift cards.
Upromise – 1%
- Cash Back is not available within the following categories: eBay Motors (including Vehicles, Motorcycles, Boats, and Powersports; excluding Parts & Accessories), any form of Real Estate, all Gift Cards, Bullion, Computers/Tablets, and Heavy Equipment within the Business & Industrial category.
For now Giving Assistant or Mr. Rebates seem to have the least restrictive language along with halfway decent payouts. Of course, I would screenshot their pages just in case something goes wrong, although I don’t know if that will help or not. At this point it’s seemingly a crapshoot to use a portal when shopping at eBay. Of course, that is if you can still get a deal there anymore given all of the changes.
What do you think? Is this extra 1% loss going to hurt or have you given up on eBay already given all of the other changes? Let us know in the comments!