All You Need to Know About eBay Bucks

eBay Bucks has been around for quite some time now

But did you know that it’s easy to earn them?

Today we show you how to earn them…


What are eBay Bucks?

Bucks are rewards buyers  receive after enrolling in the eBay Bucks Rewards Program. This program entitles eBay buyers to receive points after their eBay purchases. The amount of Bucks earned by buyers depends on eBay’s standard rate (2%).


How do I join the eBay Bucks Program?

eBay often sends out email invitations to enroll in the eBay Bucks Program. These emails have a link which will lead you directly to the enrollment page. If you don’t receive email invitations, you can always enroll for free here.

The more you spend on eBay, the more Bucks you earn. Your earnings per calendar quarter will add up and turn into an eBay Bucks Certificate. This certificate can be used as payment for future purchases on eBay.

The only downside to Bucks is that only U.S. citizens registered on eBay can enroll. Non-U.S. citizens may also join but only if they have a U.S. address on their eBay account. They must also be 18 years old and above to enroll. eBay doesn’t give successful enrollments to just anyone fitting the bill. Enrollees must have accounts with zero payment or violation issues. Enrollees must also have a good eBay and PayPal account standing. For UK members, a separate eBay Bucks program called, Nectar is allowed for their use.


How to earn rewards with the eBay Bucks Program?

Earning eBay Bucks is simple! Use the following as a step-by-step guide:

  1. Enroll in the Program

After assessing your account and seeing that you have everything the program requires, enroll. Log in to your eBay account when you enroll.

  1. Search for qualifying items

Qualifying items will have the “Bucks” icon after you enroll. Each listing will mention how many Bucks buyers can earn from the sale price. Items from the following categories are included in the Program:

  • Gift cards and digital gift purchases in the Gift Cards and Coupons category (except eBay Gift Cards)
  • Classifieds
  • eBay Motors categories (including Parts and Accessories)
  • Business and Industrial > Heavy Equipment
  • Coins & Paper Money > Bullion (other currencies are not allowed)
  • Real Estate
  1. Pay with PayPal

Using other payment methods will not qualify for any eBay Bucks rewards.

  1. Earn the minimum Bucks amount in the calendar quarter

To redeem your eBay Bucks certificate each quarter, earn at least $5. Bucks are tallied every end of the quarter. This means that you start earning Bucks at the first day of the month and at the last day of the third month. Buying items with your Bucks won’t get you more Bucks.

  1. Keep track of your eBay Bucks Certificate’s arrival

Your certificate will arrive after the final earning period. Your earnings will reflect on your My eBay page. The waiting period can last up to 15 days after the earning period. You will also receive an email confirming that your certificate is already reflected on your eBay account.

  1. Mind the certificate expiration

Once received, your certificate may only last for 30 days. So spend it wisely within the 30-day period. Unspent Bucks won’t be added to the next period’s earnings.

  1. Again, pay with PayPal

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to spend your Bucks without using PayPal. So before you checkout an item you’re interested in using your Bucks in, log in to your PayPal account. When checking out, you’ll find a check box asking if you want to use Bucks as a payment method. If the check box doesn’t show up, copy the certificate code from the eBay Bucks section. This section can be found on your My eBay page. Enter the code on the Coupons, gift cards, or certificates field when checking out.


What if I want to leave from the eBay Bucks Program?

Go to the eBay Bucks section under My eBay. Select unenroll from eBay Bucks. When you leave the program, all your Bucks disappear with it. Your past Bucks credit won’t be re-used when you re-enroll your account to the program. Should you decide to re-enroll, follow the same steps as when you first enrolled.


Things you need to remember when using the eBay Bucks Program

  • eBay may sometimes offer special promotions to help buyers earn extra Bucks.  eBay also offers more base percentages for qualified items. Buyers purchasing qualifying items with multiple promotions are allowed to earn credit for high value promotional offers.
  • Base percentages for eBay Bucks qualifying items may change according to eBay’s decision.
  • A quarterly earn limit of $500 is allowed for rewards. To earn this much rewards, a buyer must be able to purchase $25,000 each quarter. If a buyer purchases an item worth more than $25,000, his purchase won’t qualify for Bucks rewards.
  • The maximum Bucks a buyer can get from a single sale is $100.


2017 eBay Bucks Changes

As per eBay’s most recent Bucks notice:

eBay Bucks may not be redeemed for eBay Gift Cards within the Gift Cards & Coupons category.

Parts & Accessories purchases within the Motors categories and Business & Industrial purchases, excluding Heavy Equipment within that category, will be eligible for earning Rewards and eBay Bucks redemption.

Rewards will not require a $5.00 earn minimum for an eBay Bucks Certificate to be issued.


Do you have any experience with eBay Bucks? If you do, please feel free to share your experiences in a comment below. For more eBay tips and tricks, please visit our blog today.

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