Paribus.co Review – Automatically price match online purchases and save money!
Paribus.co – A Review of the NEW Automated Price Matching Tool.
UPDATED: 10/24/2017 as Paribus is now 100% free and no longer support Amazon
Hey everyone! Today, we’re talking about a recently released app/service called Paribus which can be found at Paribus.co. Below we’ll discuss the following topics on this new service:
- What is Paribus
- How does Paribus work
- What retailers does Paribus support
- Does Paribus REALLY work
- Why do they need access to my email
- Why do they need my credit card
- Alternative solutions to get around access to my personal email
- Suggestions based on my own use of it
Already signed up for Paribus and looking to earn MORE money? Look no further than this post on 6 Easy Ways to Make More Money on Paribus!
So now that we know what I’m going to cover today, let’s get started!
What is Paribus
Paribus is a new service provided by Eric Glyman and Karim Atiyeh, both Harvard Grads. This service will automatically monitor your online purchases (for supported retailers) and if there is a price change they will automatically attempt to submit a price match request. If approved by the retailer, you get some money back. And let’s face it, Retailers change prices on MILLIONS of products DAILY! So most likely (and in my case) it won’t take long to earn back some FREE money that you wouldn’t have got back unless you monitored every purchase all the time. So what does that mean to me? If I can do NOTHING different, and get money back, WHY wouldn’t I sign up!?
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How Does Paribus Work
Upon registering for your Paribus account, it will request access to your email address and to your Amazon account. It will then monitor your email account for the receipts that these retailers send you. When they find a receipt from a valid retailer, it will start tracking the products from that receipt in the Purchases section of Paribus. If that product drops in price within the price match policy time frame (varies by retailer) Paribus will automatically request a price match refund on your behalf. How freaking cool is that!? I don’t have to do ANYTHING!
What retailers does Paribus support
Paribus supports quite a few major online retailers, and the list continues to grow. As of writing this post, they support: Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Best Buy, Sephora, Newegg, Staples, Target, Bonobos, J.Crew, Zappos, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, GAP, Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime and Walmart. Most anything I buy online comes from one of these guys. PERFECT!
Does Paribus REALLY work
Quite simply, YES! As of writing this post I’ve saved $22.25 on items on 3 successful price match claims. NOT BAD!!! Even better, I didn’t have to do ANYTHING!
Why does Paribus need access to my email
Remember, Paribus scans your email inbox for the receipts from retailers to know whether or not you have made a purchase in order to start tracking the products and knowing who the retailer is. Paribus also supports most of the major webmail services like Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL and Hotmail. For more information about the security of this, check their FAQ here (select the View Full Website link at the bottom). They have combined with McAfee to confirm their tools are safe and secure! Now, they need access to your account to send emails to the retailers on your behalf. Cool with me. Saves me from having to monitor and do it manually!
Alternative solutions to get around access to my personal email
Now, some of you may be a little leery about giving them full access to your email account. So alternatively you could create a NEW email account, JUST for using to link to your favorite online retailers. After you setup a new email account, you can go edit your account on the retailer’s site to use the NEW email account. Then sign up for Paribus with the NEW email account. Then any new purchases made will go to the NEW email account, which Paribus will be monitoring and seeing. Any personal mail will still be sent to your OLD email account, and out of the reach of Paribus.
You can setup that new email account and set a FORWARD filter on your existing email account, so that all purchases from the retailers they support get forwarded to the new email account. Use that new email account as your sign up account for Paribus, and your safe. The ONLY email they will ever see is the email you auto-forward to that account. NO access to your “personal” account, and you don’t have to go to all your retailer websites and modify your settings there. MUCH easier. I also confirmed this with Paribus Support, but I have not tried it myself, as I signed up prior to contacting them about it.
Want to save EVEN MORE!? Check out this TopCashBack Review!
TopCashBack is a website where you go there first, then on to your retailer site and earn cash back, FREE! Combine BOTH services to maximize your savings!
NOTE: This review is an independent review based on my own opinion and was NOT at the request of Paribus. I just want MY readers to understand the tool, and learn how it can work FOR them. Links to Paribus.co on this page are my referral links, and signups using that link will help lower my fee (and yours too).
Hey Guys! Thanks for reading! Got a question about Paribus? I’d be more than happy to help you out! Just post a comment below. I’ll respond quick, I promise!
Do they scan old emails to see if you have a price match coming?
Jeanette, Welcome! They will scan some old email, yes. If it still falls in within the merchants price match period, they will even get you a refund. 🙂 I’m not exactly sure how far back they go, but a couple weeks is likely.
Should I be worried if I use my regular email acct..or is it necessary to set up the second email acct
I wouldn’t be. I’ve worked with them on various things and trust them. They’re also utilizing a solid virus protection system. They’ve had access to my email account for months. I have not had a single incident to make me concerned.
I can’t get any other retailers to my account other than amazon. Help!
The only account you have to “sign up” is Amazon. All the rest of the retailers will be automatically found by their Email they send you when you buy something. So you don’t need to do anything extra for Wal-Mart, and all the others. Once you make a purchase from them, within a couple days, you’ll see them appear in the “Purchased” section automatically. That’s part of the reason why they needed access to your inbox. 🙂 Let me know if you have any more questions or need any more help! Also, don’t forget to check the post on how to get even more back on your refunds: http://techcoachalbert.com/6-ways-make-more-money-with-paribus/
I’m confused as to why there are more reservations about giving an email address than a credit card number???? I’ve already set up a separate email, but am highly on edge about giving some new company my CC#! I would feel much better if I could use Paypal.
Marti, that’s a great and valid point. More people are worried about the email side of things. However, they use a credit card processor called “Stripe”, which is a PCI Compliant processor. I’m going to write a post addressing this topic in the near future. But for now, a when using a PCI Compliant processor your credit card details are not even shared with Paribus. The details you enter are vaulted in Stripe’s datacenter, which MUST meet some very stringent guidelines. Once your card is vaulted, stripe gives your account a “token” or “id”, and THAT is what they share with Paribus and that token id only works WITH the companies token id as well. All Paribus knows is to charge “$x.xx” to your token id. Stripe handles the actual stuff from that point. IF someone were even able to access your token id, they would also need Paribus’ token id, and IF they had both, and attempted to charge your ID the money is ONLY shared back to Paribus. Which makes it easy for Paribus and Stripe to keep it secure, and easy to follow. Hopefully that explains it better!
Im concerned about giving them access to my Amazon account password. I always have gift card money saved up on here and would not want it to be used and not know what happened to it. Is it really safe to give out the password to Amazon , they can get any info from them if they have it.
Very valid concern! I have been using them for nearly a year without a single issue. I also know hundreds of others who have used the service and I have not heard of a single complaint. But my eyes and ears are always open! I’ll see if I can get some additional details on what they CAN do with the Amazon account info. Most systems that have connection tools between the two companies have specific “permissions” of things they can/can’t do. I also suspect that they are NOT able to access your Gift Card or Credit Card details. I say this because Amazon refunds are given to you via an e-gift card directly to your account. And since Paribus takes a % of the return, they wouldn’t need your credit card IF they had access to the gift card/credit card details on Amazon. But since they require a Credit Card within Paribus, they must NOT be able to get to that info.
Hope that helps!
How far back will paribus look for purchases? I signed up and it’s only showing purchases made in the past week or so, but I have a pretty active Amazon account… Wondering if I can get it to go back further to see if older purchases apply…
Gary, Thank you for stopping by! Amazon’s price match policy is 7 days. So I would suspect Paribus would only go that far back after signup. No reason to go any further other than for just record keeping and so you could see pricing history on a previously purchased item. Let me know if you have any more questions, and be sure to stop by and let me know how much you get on your first refund!
I have tried to contact Paribus because I have yet to see a charge on my credit card for their share of my refunds. This worries me that I haven’t heard back from them over a month of trying to email and Facebook message. Do you know when they typically charge your CC?
Hi! Thanks for taking a moment to stop by here and check things out! I am surprised you had not got through to their support team, they’ve always been very responsive to me and others that I’ve heard of having to contact them. Either way, I will find out the answer to your question and let you know ASAP! Check back soon! (Also, keep in mind the first price match is free, and if you referred a couple friends and also used my Referral code of “albert”, your fee could be 0% for now. You can check this rate on the “Earn More” tab.)
So.. what they do after the month, they tally up all refunds and calculate the fee, then charge your card at that time. That way you’re only hit with 1 charge a month, rather than a whole bunch of them.
I signed up and I order a lot of things from Amazon so I linked my account – but none of my purchases are scanned and showing up anywhere on the app even though I’ve left the ‘scanning’ screen on overnight.
Joey, Thanks for the question, and thank you for visiting my page! Welcome! Couple things: You don’t need to leave the “scanning” screen open for this to work. it works automatically in the background. Not even on your computer or anything. So once you sign up, there is really nothing else YOU need to do. The rest handles itself. That being said, I’ve seen it take 24-48 hours for some purchases to show up. I’ve only had 1 item not show up in that time frame (and it was this week, go figure). I’ve reached out to their Support team and they’re looking into it. I’d suggest waiting 48 hours, and if still nothing shows up, reach out to their Support team and they’ll get ya up and running! Be sure to come back and let me know what you find out!
what is their email address please? I click on the link, it does not recognize my Outlook and wants me to setup a new account. I need to ask about the referral link, it goes to my personal page so others can see all my purchases.
Paribus’ support email is ‘Support@Paribus.co’. As far as the referral link, if YOU click on your own referral link and were already signed into the Paribus website, yes it would take you to your personal page/feed/dashboard. However, a new user will be presented with their homepage with a message at the top that they were referred there by you. Also, don’t forget to put in a referral code on your profile page if you haven’t already. That will save you another 5% on the fee. Use referral code ‘albert’. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in! Hope to hear about some successful price drops for you soon! Remember to come back and share!
Thank you for your quick reply! I did not think of that, thank you for re-assuring me!
No problem!! Glad I could help. 🙂 🙂
Hello! So I was wondering, how long does it take paribus to find an eligible email in the inbox? Does it have to be in the inbox or can it be in Subfolders? Also, does the price match count from date of order or shipping email?
Hi Patricia! Generally, from my experience, emails are found within 24-48 hours. I have not noticed any issues with using folders. And I’m not sure on the price match order vs shipping date. I *think* its shipped date. But again, I’m not 100% sure on that one. Great questions! Thank you!
Thank you for this! I was wondering why on earth they wanted my credit card. Not sure I like the idea of them charging my card for the fee – since they scan for price matches automatically, I would still need to keep checking the site in order to make sure they’re not charging my card and I’m not unprepared for that charge. Still a great idea, though!
Thanks for the Comments Rae! They use “Stripe”, so they don’t really have your credit card. Stripe does. Stripe only gives Paribus a unique ID linking together our card, Stripe, and Paribus. Also, the fee’s are well worth the extra money. But refer a few friends, and you’ll be fee free for a few months!
Do you know when they will support the Discover Card? When I am trying to log on, it says “coming soon”.
I have not heard anything in regards to supporting Discover. Sorry!
Why I have to give my credit card number ? for what porpouse ?
They’ll need a card on file so when you get refunds, they can charge the small fee for using the service.
How do you opt out of Paribus?
You can opt out by logging into the website, going to your Dashboard and then the Settings menu. Then go to the Profile section and choose the option “Delete Paribus Account”.