Fancy trying out some new products and keeping them when you’re finished? Take a look at this Nicerebate review to see if it’s a genuine way to earn a few freebies.
A little while back, I searched on Google for Amazon product testing. Unsurprisingly, when I went back to Facebook, my feed was full of sponsored ads for that same thing. So, over the last couple of months, I have been trying some of them out. I say some of them, there were quite a few dodgy sites listed too! Anyhow, 3rd on my list was Nicerebate.
What is Nicerebate?
Nicerebate is a product testing site. Choose an item you want to test and then purchase it through Amazon. Once that’s done, leave your review and you will receive a refund through PayPal.
Is Nicerebate legitimate?
Before I get started, I did use the site several times and never had an issue.
With that in mind, I really should be telling people to avoid this site… but for the purposes of testing, I joined anyway!
How does Nicerebate work?
If you’ve joined any product testing sites before, Nicerebate is very similar. After a quick sign-up, you will need to share your Amazon profile so they’re able to check any reviews you write. Then, you need to choose the 3 shopping categories you’re most interested in and then you can start searching for items.
But unlike some other testing sites, Nicerebate doesn’t always refund 100% of the purchase price. Some items will only give you 90% back. This may only be a couple of pounds worth, but something worth considering anyway.
There will be a list of items available for testing and you just need to select what you fancy the most. After making your purchase, you need to submit your Amazon order number. After receiving your product and testing it for several days, you can leave your review. Once it’s been confirmed by Nicerbate, your rebate money is sent directly to your PayPal account.
I need to be clear that you will not be trying out the latest Nike trainers or Samsung 8k TV. The items on offer are definitely at the lower end of the price range.
But, there are plenty of products to choose from, although the majority relate to electronics. Buying and then claiming your rebate is a fairly simple process to follow… but there is an issue. Or two. Several of the products had the incorrect price listed. For example, they offered a 100% refund of £29.99 for a keyboard, but the product was listed for £32.99 on Amazon. If you pay the extra amount, you won’t receive that money back. You can report these items to Nicerebate, but it doesn’t really help you.
Another issue is that Nicerebate sends the money to you by PayPal as a business transaction. That means you have to pay fees on the transaction. So, even if you’re promised a 100% rebate, you will never get it.
The quality of the products are fairly average – the sort of quality you expect to receive from a factory in China. Although, I did receive a smartphone for free, which looked like a real bargain… but the phone was pretty poor. Actually, it was terrible and I felt ripped-off even though I didn’t pay!
Unless you have Amazon Prime or free postage is on offer, you will have to pay extra for the item to be sent to you. This won’t be much, but it does mean you are technically paying for a free product. Couple this with the PayPal fees you have to fork out, it could mean lower value items aren’t worth trying.
Is Nicerebate genuine?
Yes… and slightly no. First of all, I’ve tried Nicerebate with 5 items and received a refund for 4. The 5th item was a little different, as it didn’t seem to exist. I ordered another phone and all that came was an empty box, which seemed a little suspicious. Fortunately, Amazon happily refunded my money when I returned the box. Where the phone went missing, I have no idea. The delivery box was intact when the package arrived, so it must have been sent out empty. But you would have thought the packer would have realised the box was very light. And the phone only cost £45 anyway.
But, are these companies looking for genuine reviews? My strong feeling is no. All they’re after is 4 or 5-star reviews to push them to the top of Amazon’s search rankings. These products will have been tested long before they were available to the general population. If you get to the top of Amazon’s rankings, you’re going to make ££££’s.
But, from my dealings, I have no doubt that Nicerebate intends to keep to their side of the deal.
Amazon account warning
I always have to warn people that Amazon is against companies doing this kind of thing. They’re fully aware that there are people out there trying to skew ratings to make their products look much better. If Amazon finds out that you’re leaving reviews for free products, they’ll stop you from leaving reviews. I have heard rumours that they will cancel your account completely, but I’m not convinced how true that is.
My Nicerebate review conclusion
These ‘Amazon product testing’ sites are all very similar. The products aren’t there to be tested, they just want to be the first product you see when you search on Amazon. And a product with 100-200 4* and 5* reviews must be really good? Or possibly not…
As a ‘tester’, you can get some fairly decent products at a massive discount through Nicerebate. Whether you want to play the ‘testing’ game is up to you. Personally, it’s not for me.
Alternatively, if my Nicerebate review hasn’t convinced you, take a look at my Rebatest review.
It may also be of interest to you to read this article from the Daily Mail, which looks at companies selling Amazon product reviews.
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