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Shopper Army Review: Canada’s Best Rebate Site?

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Could this be Canada’s best rebate site?

Did you know there’s a new rebate site that pays higher rebates on more categories than the other rebate sites? It’s called Shopper Army, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, you need to get on board! 

In this review, I’ll compare Shopper Army to two other Canadian cashback rebate sites: Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten.

Why I love Shopper Army

While I still use Great Canadian Rebates and RakutenShopper Army has proven to be more lucrative most of the time. Here are the ways this new site has quickly earned my loyalty:

1. Shopper Army’s rebates are overall higher

Shopper Army’s rebates are often the same or higher than Rakuten and Great Canadian Rebates. Here’s a sampling of some top merchants for comparison:

MerchantShopper ArmyGreat Canadian RebatesRakuten
Booking.comUp to 3%Up to 2.5%Up to 2%
David's TeaUp to 3%Up to 2.5%Up to 2%
ExpediaUp to 4%Up to 4%Up to 3%
IndigoUp to 4%Up to 2%Up to 2%
Joe FreshUp to 3%Up to 1.3%Up to 2%
LEGOUp to 2%Up to 2%Up to 1.5%
Old NavyUp to 3%Up to 2.5%Up to 2%
Well.caUp to 4%Up to 1.25%Up to 1%

Note: Rebate amounts are based on regular, non-promotional rebates. These amounts are current as of the writing of this article and are subject to change at any time.

Tip: Always compare the rebate amounts on the three sites before you buy. Sometimes Great Canadian Rebates or Rakuten offer a higher rebate—especially if they’re running a promo.

2. Shopper Army’s site is well-designed

I like the clean, simple design of Shopper Army’s site. It’s easy to navigate and it’s relatively easy to find what I’m looking for:

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Shopper Army's clean, easy-to-navigate home page

Admittedly, Rakuten’s site is slightly easier to use thanks to the search bar right at the top of the home page:

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Rakuten's slightly nicer home page

But Shopper Army and Rakuten are both waaay better than Great Canadian Rebates’ site, which looks like it’s stuck in the 90s!

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Sorry, GCR, but your site could really use a refresh!

As a graphic designer and regular online shopper, I appreciate a well-designed website. It makes the experience that much more pleasant and friction-free (which helps to keep me coming back).

3. Shopper Army is more than just a rebate site

Shopper Army is unique in that it offers other ways to earn and save: you can opt-in to their ‘missions’ to try new products or fill out surveys. Here’s my experience with each type of mission:

Try new products for free

My family and I had fun trying out a new line of veggie-based Dr. Oetker pizzas. We had to buy the $6.99 pizza, but were rebated the full amount. All I had to do was fill out a review survey and submit photos of the box, product, and receipt. 

While it wasn’t a huge payout, it was a fun experience. We also got to try a new product that we may not have otherwise—and we really liked it! If it ever goes on sale, we’d happily buy it. It’s a win-win for the product-maker and for us.

Fill out surveys for cashback and prizes

The payment for surveys is pretty low, but they don’t take long to do and are easy to fill out. You could also win one of the cash prizes—the two surveys I filled out were offering a chance to win cash prizes of up to $1,000!

What I don’t love about Shopper Army

There’s really not much to dislike about Shopper Army, but to make this a totally honest review, I’ll list my gripes here:

1. It’s a little hard to find the stores

Unlike Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten, Shopper Army doesn’t feature a quick search box on the homepage. To find a store, you have to first click on Stores > All categories to then get to a search box. This is really annoying when you’re in a rush!

2. Limited selection of stores

Though their merchant list is expanding all the time, Shopper Army currently features fewer merchants than the more-established Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten. For example, one of my favourite sites for kids’ shoes is Sport Chek. As of this writing, they’re not on Shopper Army yet.

3. Lowest referral bonuses

Compared to Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten, Shopper Army’s referral bonuses are pretty paltry. Here’s the comparison:

Referral bonusShopper ArmyGreat Canadian RebatesRakuten
For you$515% of all rebates earned by your friend for three years.$25
For your friend$2.50$3 (with newsletter sign-up)$5

The one good thing about this is that it proves how much I genuinely love Shopper Army, LOL! Clearly, I’m not in this for the ‘huge’ referral bonuses!

My final verdict

Of all the rebate sites I use, Shopper Army has quickly emerged as my favourite. In the four months since signing up, I’ve earned over $40 in cashback (with another $80 coming soon)! 

Shopper Army offers higher rebates and a simple, clean website. It’s also fun to get free products and earn a bit of money by participating in new product trials and surveys (the other rebate sites don’t offer this)!

Should I ditch the other sites?

Definitely not! I still use Great Canadian Rebates and Rakuten because they sometimes have better offers, different merchants and better bonuses. 

I always suggest checking all three sites before you make a purchase—especially if it’s a large one. An extra percent or more in rebates could make a huge difference!

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Got questions? Feel free to ask away in the comments below. Also, let me know if there are other cashback sites that I haven’t listed. I’m always on the lookout for more ways to save money!

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  • Reply
    Reverse The Crush
    February 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the review, Chrissy! Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a rebate seeker (maybe I should start). I do always try to shop for deals though. And I avoid paying higher prices as much as possible. Keep up the great work with your blog! 🙂

    • Reply
      February 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Graham—I think you’re pretty money savvy as it is. No need to add rebate sites to your life (unless you’re crazy like me and enjoy getting a few extra bucks in cashback)!

  • Reply
    Maria @ Handful of Thoughts
    February 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to a new rebate site. I had never heard of Shopper’s army before but will definitely look into it. I’ve always been loyal to Great Canadian Rebates because their referral system is amazing. Might just have to share my purchases between the 2 sites now.

    • Reply
      February 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      Maria—it does take some extra time to check two (or more) sites before making a purchase. I don’t blame you if you decide it’s not worth the effort!

      I know that not everyone is into optimizing their cashback like me!

  • Reply
    DGX Capital
    February 7, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Never heard of this one before but might be working looking into if they’re offering a better rebate. I’ve been using Rakuten so far, and it works pretty well.

    • Reply
      February 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      DGX—I’ve been with Rakuten the longest and still use them frequently. As I’ve mentioned to other readers, you don’t need to add Shopper Army to your online shopping… unless you’re into squeezing every last dollar you can from your online purchases!

      (That’s me—but I’m a little crazy that way, ha ha.)

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    Mr. Dreamer
    March 17, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I think we will need an app like Flipp but instead of fliers will be covering Rebates and other fun stuff like Bank account and Credit card offers. I can’t keep up with the returns. HAHA

    • Reply
      March 18, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Mr. Dreamer—oh my gosh, wouldn’t that be nice? It would be so much easier than having to visit all three sites (Shopper Army, Rakuten and GCR every time I make an online purchase)!

  • Reply
    April 23, 2021 at 11:50 am

    I tried a Rebate offer for 2 Air Wick Products and I was to receive 50% back on the both of them . Shopper Army sent one request to their payout partner ( Tango Card) for one product only even after I had sent pics and receipts for both of them . I believe this to be a Complete Rip Off scam in that they give you a little money back hoping you will go away . This site is Definitely not worth the time to even look at.

    • Reply
      April 23, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Mattie—I’m so sorry to hear this. I have tried a couple of their product offers and had no issues with getting reimbursed. It’s very unfortunate that you haven’t had a good experience.

      TBH, I myself am not all that interested in the free product offers. What I mostly use Shopper Army for is the rebates on other websites. I have never had an issue with that end of it either, and have earned more with Shopper Army than with other rebate sites.

      I can see why you probably want to stay clear of them from now on, but I’ve genuinely benefited from using their site (I wouldn’t have shared this review otherwise)! Hopefully what you experienced was a one-off issue.

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