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Could this be Canada’s best rebate site?
Did you know there’s a new rebate site that pays higher rebates on more categories than the other rebate sites? It’s called Shopper Army, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, you need to get on board!
Why I love Shopper Army
1. Shopper Army’s rebates are overall higher
Shopper Army’s rebates are often the same or higher than Rakuten and Great Canadian Rebates. Here’s a sampling of some top merchants for comparison:
|Merchant||Shopper Army||Great Canadian Rebates||Rakuten|
|Booking.com||Up to 3%||Up to 2.5%||Up to 2%|
|David's Tea||Up to 3%||Up to 2.5%||Up to 2%|
|Expedia||Up to 4%||Up to 4%||Up to 3%|
|Indigo||Up to 4%||Up to 2%||Up to 2%|
|Joe Fresh||Up to 3%||Up to 1.3%||Up to 2%|
|LEGO||Up to 2%||Up to 2%||Up to 1.5%|
|Old Navy||Up to 3%||Up to 2.5%||Up to 2%|
|Well.ca||Up to 4%||Up to 1.25%||Up to 1%|
Note: Rebate amounts are based on regular, non-promotional rebates. These amounts are current as of the writing of this article and are subject to change at any time.
Tip: Always compare the rebate amounts on the three sites before you buy. Sometimes Great Canadian Rebates or Rakuten offer a higher rebate—especially if they’re running a promo.
2. Shopper Army’s site is well-designed
I like the clean, simple design of Shopper Army’s site. It’s easy to navigate and it’s relatively easy to find what I’m looking for:
Admittedly, Rakuten’s site is slightly easier to use thanks to the search bar right at the top of the home page:
But Shopper Army and Rakuten are both waaay better than Great Canadian Rebates’ site, which looks like it’s stuck in the 90s!
As a graphic designer and regular online shopper, I appreciate a well-designed website. It makes the experience that much more pleasant and friction-free (which helps to keep me coming back).
3. Shopper Army is more than just a rebate site
Shopper Army is unique in that it offers other ways to earn and save: you can opt-in to their ‘missions’ to try new products or fill out surveys. Here’s my experience with each type of mission:
Try new products for free
My family and I had fun trying out a new line of veggie-based Dr. Oetker pizzas. We had to buy the $6.99 pizza, but were rebated the full amount. All I had to do was fill out a review survey and submit photos of the box, product, and receipt.
While it wasn’t a huge payout, it was a fun experience. We also got to try a new product that we may not have otherwise—and we really liked it! If it ever goes on sale, we’d happily buy it. It’s a win-win for the product-maker and for us.
Fill out surveys for cashback and prizes
The payment for surveys is pretty low, but they don’t take long to do and are easy to fill out. You could also win one of the cash prizes—the two surveys I filled out were offering a chance to win cash prizes of up to $1,000!
What I don’t love about Shopper Army
There’s really not much to dislike about Shopper Army, but to make this a totally honest review, I’ll list my gripes here:
1. It’s a little hard to find the stores
Unlike Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten, Shopper Army doesn’t feature a quick search box on the homepage. To find a store, you have to first click on Stores > All categories to then get to a search box. This is really annoying when you’re in a rush!
2. Limited selection of stores
Though their merchant list is expanding all the time, Shopper Army currently features fewer merchants than the more-established Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten. For example, one of my favourite sites for kids’ shoes is Sport Chek. As of this writing, they’re not on Shopper Army yet.
3. Lowest referral bonuses
Compared to Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten, Shopper Army’s referral bonuses are pretty paltry. Here’s the comparison:
|Referral bonus||Shopper Army||Great Canadian Rebates||Rakuten|
|For you||$5||15% of all rebates earned by your friend for three years.||$25|
|For your friend||$2.50||$3 (with newsletter sign-up)||$5|
The one good thing about this is that it proves how much I genuinely love Shopper Army, LOL! Clearly, I’m not in this for the ‘huge’ referral bonuses!
My final verdict
Of all the rebate sites I use, Shopper Army has quickly emerged as my favourite. In the four months since signing up, I’ve earned over $40 in cashback (with another $80 coming soon)!
Shopper Army offers higher rebates and a simple, clean website. It’s also fun to get free products and earn a bit of money by participating in new product trials and surveys (the other rebate sites don’t offer this)!
Should I ditch the other sites?
I always suggest checking all three sites before you make a purchase—especially if it’s a large one. An extra percent or more in rebates could make a huge difference!
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Got questions? Feel free to ask away in the comments below. Also, let me know if there are other cashback sites that I haven’t listed. I’m always on the lookout for more ways to save money!
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