About Ibotta App
The Ibotta app is a new application available for both iOS and Android which they describe as a “fun and easy way to earn $20 or more each time you go shopping,” and puts a twist on a common coupon applications.
Unlike most savings and coupon applications, which just send you general coupons available to everyone, the Ibotta app tries to make the shopping, savings, and general consumer experience more personalized.
How Ibotta works is relatively simple. Before you go shopping, click on your Ibotta app and choose the products you intend to buy during your next shopping trip. Once you have selected an item, you will be asked to complete some tasks; the more tasks you complete, the more you can earn.
Ibotta says their goal is to give consumers a chance not only for savings but also to interact with the brands they purchase. This is where the tasks come in. Instead of straight forward coupons, you take part in a series of fun, game like interactions.
You are providing information to brands and retailers, and with this information the app can offer you further savings that are specifically personalized to your likes and needs.
You can then buy your items at any one of 35 nationwide retailers in your area – they also promise that new stores are being added all the time to expand their network to better serve you.
After you finalize your purchase, the rules say you must take a photo of your receipt and verify that you purchased the item by uploading that photo to your app. After your purchase has been verified, usually within 24 hours, you can choose to get real money in your PayPal account or have your earnings donated to any school in America.
You can also invite friends to join Ibotta with your referral link. You will earn $1 for every friend or family who registers for the app from your invitation.
If you have any experience with this application, please leave your Ibotta reviews below.
24 ‘Ibotta App’ Reviews
I love Ibotta! I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews. If the directions on the rebates are read, it's very easy, and you can use manufacturer coupons on top of it. I have only had the app for about a month, and I've already redeemed a JoAnn Fabrics gift card, and a Walmart one, totaling $40! Just pay attention to how many items are needed to buy, scan, and go! It's so easy.
Ibotta is a scam!
I reviews my 2016 submissions and found 75% of my refund request rejected. So, if a rebate was my goal, I paid full price and was stiffed. The comapny has no mechanism to keep your receipts, even though you use their app to upload a copy of your receipt.
My account was also deactivated. I tried so many times to get them to listen to me and reactivate my account. This is a case of them saying that if you shop much and turn in multiple receipts, you are committing fraud. They have absolutely lousy customer service. And here's the kicker, They keep your money. Referrals are not all paid as they say and when they deactivate your account, they kept the money in the account. Ibotta closed 2 other accounts that I know of and keep $38 on one account and the balance on the other account as well. They are a fraudulent company.
I have be in contact with the firstname.lastname@example.org email group for weeks asking for help to make sure the rebates and receipts I was submitting were correct - I count over 27 emails plus the two I sent today equal 29 emails asking for help to ibotta and yet my account was deactivated again. I don't feel this is right - I was on my way home from grocery shopping and have items to scan and recipes from vons, sprouts and dollar tree to upload. They hide behind their support@ibotta email and do not respond. I have even been ignored via facebook. I am going to try and call them tomorrow as the BBB claims their office number is 303-593-1633.
Poor customer service and waste of time.
I wish there was an option to give ZERO star. They don't even have courtesy to give user atleast a chance. Simply will deactivate account based on any of the 1 violation. moreover they blocked me on facebook from sending them message. Who does that? One of the poor customer service and I am going to spread the word to my freinds and online that they dont treat customers well.
Very Unclear Instructions
Heard about ibotta and decided to give it a try. At first, it seemed fun and easy. Set everything up, got notice about my $10 bonus for signing up, just purchase something and verify it and it would give me my bonus. Well, made a purchase at Hannaford (my local grocery store) and went to verify it, and it asked for my myHannaford card. I had no idea they even had a card, they don't advertise it, exactly the opposite. And there is no way to verify the purchase unless you have a card. Brainstorm that I can probably go to Hannaford's website and sign up for one; do that, get number, enter it, THEN it tells me I need to give the number at the checkout at time of purchase to get the rebate! None of this information was available UNTIL you've already made your purchase, thereby ensuring you have to buy product twice to get the rebate. I smell scam.
Rip Off App
I read about IBOTTA on Facebook and decided to try it out. Downloading the app was easy and the instructions were straight forward.
Two days ago I wend grocery shopping and decided to use the app for rebates on bread, milk and eggs - all of which were on my shopping list and I was shopping at a listed store. When I returned home I scanned the items as requested by the app and took a picture of the receipt. All items were accepted.
Today I received an email stating that my account had been deactivated because of fraud. From what I understand I am being deactivated for taking a picture of the same receipt. Well, duh..I bought the items at the same time, so they would be on the same receipt. No where in the instructions does it say that you have to have a separate receipt for each item purchased. Plus you are going to spend more time sorting out your groceries and paying for each item separately - not worth the money they say they will pay you.
I have been using Ibotta for a few years now. They have made a lot of changes lately and not all of them good. Did a lot of shopping during the holidays at online stores like Macy's & Under Armor. I still have $30 that I have not received. They have extended the time to wait for these rebates to be processed to 52 days. I even sent an inquiry and they responded that they were still being processed but that I am only allowed one Macy's rebate because you can only redeem it once then you have to wait until that one is credited before using it again. I responded to them that I had already received the rebate before using it again and never heard back from them. Have read several online reviews that it is a scam and they are committing fraud. Funny, they are quick to pull the plug on me when I accidentally submitted a receipt twice last year, but they get away with taking their time on my $30 in rebates. I may cash out and stop using it once I FINALLY receive my $30.
I love IBOTTA
I joined in December, and it is one of the best thing I have ever done. I scroll through list pertaining to that store. Pull out my coupons and review the weekly ad.Then I just watch all my savings at the register and my Paypal account.. Usually if I don't have a coupon I have a rebate. IBOTTA also allows you to make list ahead of time. And for every person you refer you receive 5 dollars and that they receive 10 dollars. Now that could be a promotal thing but it works for me. So yes, I love IBOTTA. My only problem is the Dollar Tree, usually most of the items list are not in the store or don't qualify for the rebate. So I don't shop there.
Garbage waste of time
Only works some of the time but is a big waste of time. You might get some money but you will be buying overpriced products and half the time the brands they advertise are not even present in the store.
Be aware before you join!!!
I was attracted by the idea, convenient, no messy papers. It is the execution of the idea is not great and the company is not customer oriented.
1. it is not "coupon", it is "rebate". Unlike coupon you scan it, you get your money right away. It requires submission and keep track (especially on the top of that ibotta is not a trustworthy company, you can find more review at BBB that they try very hard for you to cash out.)
2. very limited variety of rebate items, most of them I never use, especially a lot of them are alcohol related.
3. On the top of very limited rebate items, they also have restriction of retailer you can use.
Unfortunately, this can only serve as supplement for me and will not replace my coupon.
After test drive for one year, compare the effort and and amount I (will) earn, the ROI is too low. Once I finally reach $20 and receive my payout, I will stop. I can only hope that I can got my pay-out as smooth as possible, and cancel my account as easy as possible, since I just read about a lot of issues to get pay and cancel account.
works for me
I’ve been using ibotta for just a week or two and I have over $7 already. It takes a few minutes to pick your offers before you shop, but if you willing to spend a small amount of time it can definetely save you money. One of the things I think is really cool is that they give offers on items that never have coupons anywhere else like produce, milk, bread, and offers that are good on any brand like shredded cheese or chips and it doesn’t even matter what brand you buy!
There are also teamwork bonuses where you get free dollars when you pass certain amounts. Right now I don’t have many team members so if you haven’t joined ibotta yet please use my link and we can work together towards the bonuses…so far I can get the first few alone but I need more teammates to reach the highest level.
Also you can use ibotta at the same time as paper coupons so its a bonus on top of what you are already saving!! And I forgot to mention, for stores with loyalty cards you just enter your loyalty # and it is automaticaly submitted for you so there’s no need to submitt receipts for grocery stores!
Everything works EXCEPT Cash Out
I downloaded the app and it isn't terribly hard to figure out. Verified the items and got the approval for receipt. All fine. Now when it comes to actually getting paid, all that happens is a notice on the site saying "working on the site". Seems everything works that makes them money but nothing works where they pay money.
I am guessing they are out of cash and so just stick this sign up to avoid the real issue.
scam and no live person
I have been trying resolve cash out to PayPal and they typed in wrong email address. Told me via email contact PayPal. They could send me an email to the correct email but not post payment correctly. Only way of communication is email and not phone.
I hate it
It is a huge waste of time. The app is flawed. the coupons take forever to load. the videos drain the battery. once you set up your shopping spree... the store you've chosen based on the coupons being offered, the bands are no longer being carried, and or the app doesn't recognize the barcode provided. flawed flawed flawed
I use it all the time!
I use Ibotta all the time. I decide what I want before I go to the store. You can delete things from the list that you are probably not going to buy. That takes some time so I just ignore those. My husband and I have tried a few new things from the list. He even has it on his phone. Now with the 'buy any brand' coupons we can save even more. I also have the Savings Catcher to save more. I don't let my amount add up in the Ibotta account to too much before I send the money to my Venmo account. Don't use PayPal anymore. Had some issues. But you get the savings sometimes within minutes up to a day later. As soon as you have $10 you can transfer it. It is not a hard app to use. Just wish I could get some more teammates so I could save more money!
I LOVE IBOTTA
I earned 200.00 within two months everyone should have this it is so worth taking up space on my phone I now have 339.00 in my account and I started March I know ur probably thinking oh this is a scam it's not download the app trust me it's the BEST!!!!
Its a Fraud AAP
This aap is totally a fraud .when ever you get high balance in your account they DeActivate your account and at the end you get nothing . i collect $270 in my account in 5 months and then they deactivate my account and now i have nothing .so this aap is just a crap,fraud and wastage of time and energy .
I have earned over $100 in less than 3 months. I signed up at the end of October when a friend told me about it. It certainly saves time to go through the offers at home. I also use coupons and if there is a coupon for an item and a rebate from Ibotta for the same items it ends up being a fantastic way to save because you can use your coupon at the store and then get the additional rebate from Ibotta. Every now and then I have an issue getting my receipt to scan correctly but usually only when I have a really long receipt and need to take multiple pictures to get the entire receipt scanned. All in all it is a good way for me to save money.
A Total Waste of Time
This program has too many flaws to make it successful. Too many steps and then taking a pic of your receipt to "verify." Why not join a person's grocery card to your program and have it verified w/o enabling the user? I was asked by a friend to join this but I see no advantage. It took nearly 45 minutes to go thru your coupons, go thru that for my purchases, take several pictures of my receipt (to prove to you that i am trustworthy), only to find out 18 hours later that my picture was denied. All that for what was presumed $.50? My time is much more valuable than $.75/hr.
Sorry but this program is too flawed to recommend it. Fix it and I'll be back.