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Topcashback is a free site to join. It's 100% commision based and supported by adverts. This means the cahsback is a little more than some of the other cashback sites.
Topcashback is one of many cashback sites. Cashback sites do tend to come and go, and some are a little untrustworthy - some have disappeared without paying members the money they have in their accounts! But, Topcashback is one of the established and most reputable cashback sites.
Like many people reading this, I've dabbled with the various cashbacks sites on the net and have found Topcashback to be one of the better ones. I tend to join the sites to take a look inside the members area and see if enough is on offer in the way of clicks to make it worth my while. I've discarded many sites in this way that simply don't have enough for you to do. With Topcashback I quickly saw that it was worth sticking around and the layout of the site is easy to navigate with clear instructions.
It's free to join now - although they used to have a small admin fee which was deducted from your first payment, but they have thankfully scrapped that now. Members earn 100% cashback commission; you get all the money earnt from your transactions rather than a a percentage which is the traditional cashback site model.
You do not get anything for signing up - other cashback sites normally give you around £2.50- 5 for signing up. But Topcashback does offer 100% commission.
You can refer a member, and you get 50p when they earn £5. This is quite a good referral scheme, even though 50p is a bit mean (it used to be £2.50). £5 is easily achievable, and people you refer should be able to earn £5, whereas when they have to earn £25 or above many get bored and abandon their account on £8.30 or something (if they have to earn £20-30 to get a payout) leaving you without your referral bonus. If the payout is not set too high and people cash out a few times they are much more likely to stick with the site and earn you a few bonuses.
Cashback sites give you cashback on your purchases. So for example, if you bought LloydsTSB Home insurance Topcashback would give you £60 cashback. If you buy something online from Misco, you get 5% of your purchase price paid into your Topcashback account.
You can earn money from Topcashback even when you do not buy anything. You register on websites, sign up for newsletters and click through to retailers via search engines such as Kelkoo. For example, simply giving your email address to Misco to sign up for their newsletter would earn you 50p. Signing up to Consumer Lifestyles would earn you 80p.
There are a number of recurring "clicks". For example, searching for a used car on carsource and clicking through to a car retailer (which can be done 2 or 3 times a day) would earn you 4p. The number of recurring clicks fluctuate from month to month, and currently you can earn about 30p a day. Admittedly £10 a month is not going to allow you to retire to Crete, but it's a useful bonus and the recurring clicks only take a few minutes every day to do. If you do a number of cashback sites - ten for example - plus purchase items through cashback sites to get the cashback, then you make a little bit of extra money each month.
Money earnt is confirmed about two months after you have made the transaction. Sometimes transactions such as car insurance may not track, but as Topcashback is one of the most reputable sites, they will help you get your money.
You have to earn £25 to get a cheque. 1p (!) to be paid by bank transfer and Paypal.
I joined early in 2006, and the free cash oppurtunites from recurring clicks and sign ups was much higher. But this is still one of the best cashback sites and very trustworthy, so make sure this is one you sign up to and check for the best cashback offers.
i like quidco even though they have an admin fee they track quick
carcraig 13.01.2008 23:18
Interesting review xx
Collingwood21 13.01.2008 20:34
I quite like this site, but thing that bothers me is the statistics quoted on each offer - they frequently state that 100% tracking has been experienced for an offer. However, you can only send a "my item hasn't tracked" query to them if your expected cashback would have been £1 or more. You know as well as I do that there are an awful lot of offers where you would get less than that (for both purchases and free offers). So, the statistics quoted are largely going to be incorrect and misleading because members cannot report non-tracking transactions. I have pointed this out to them and got a "we didn't think of that" response, but nothing has been done about it. It still implies that they are more reliable than they actually are. :-(