Ebates is an online shopping portal. How does it work? You go to Ebates.com, sign in (or sign up if you haven't already), choose the store you want to shop at; for example JcPenney or Walmart. You are then directed to all of the coupons or special offers that are associated with that store. Click the link to take you to your selected retailer. Then shop. Buy whatever you want and automatically get cash back in your Ebates account. Then you can get your cash via a check or deposit into a Paypal account on the next pay date. You can even chose to have your funds donated to a favorite charity. The choice is yours.