For example, right now Groupon is 6%, GAP, Zulily, & Old Navy is 7%, Sephora, J. Crew, & Barnes and Noble is 10%, Snapfish is 20%, and even Walmart has 5% cash back. These are just a few of the 1200 stores that they offer cash back on. You can choose to either have your cash deposited to your paypal account, or have a check mailed to you.
In order to get your savings, you simply start out shopping at the ebates website. You can search for the store you are looking for, for example Zulily, in the search bar in the upper right hand corner. Once you click the link, you'll see a window that looks like this:
Once your order is completed, you get whatever percentage of your purchase deposited to your account within a few days. I did lots of shopping on Friday, and the cash was in my account over the weekend.
You'll see credits in your account like this based on your purchases. So far I've earned $10 cash back on purchases I would've made anyway. How awesome is that? And obviously, it is more depending on how many purchases you make & how much you spend.
Checks are mailed/deposited 4 times yearly, given you have more than $5.01 in your account.
Also, several stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and Best Buy allow you to buy online & pick up in store. You can buy through ebates, get your cash back, & still pick it up in store so you don't have shipping charges. This is good, especially during Christmas season, to help you earn cash back on bigger purchases.
I hope this helps you understand how to use ebates & the advantages to shopping through ebates. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!