You’ve probably heard of Rakuten. Maybe you’ve been meaning to join or maybe you’re clinging to the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re right. There are many reasons not to become an Rakuten member. If you agree with any of the statements below, Rakuten probably isn’t for you.
1. I really don’t need any more money.
Sure, I shop quite a bit. But when I kiss that money goodbye, I don’t want any of it to come back. Even though Rakuten offers up to 40% Cash Back on the things I already buy, I’m pretty content with 0%.
2. It’s just too complicated.
You mean I have to go to Rakuten.com, type my favorite store into the search bar and click the “Shop Now” button before buying something online? That’s, like, three steps that take seven whole seconds. My time is precious, thank you. See How It Works.
3. It has to be a scam.
Where does the money come from? It can’t be as simple as stores paying Rakuten and Rakuten sharing the commission with me. Good day, sir.
4. Freedom of choice is overrated.
Rakuten offers Cash Back at how many stores? More than 3,500? Having so many options is just overwhelming, even though it means I can get paid to shop for virtually anything.
5. Paying full price is my jam.
Rakuten may put thousands of coupons, deals and promo codes from major stores at my fingertips, but I’m just not a deal-hunter. I mean, I know there’s not much hunting involved since I can easily see a store’s coupons on its Rakuten page, but, you know, reading. Ugh.
6. My friends definitely don’t need any more money.
If I gave my three besties $10 for making their first purchases through Rakuten, I’m pretty sure they would never speak to me again. And the $75 in Cash Back I would get for referring them to Rakuten would just make matters worse. Learn More.
7. I love missing out on sales.
Following Rakuten on Facebook and getting access to daily Double Cash Back offers sounds awful. And getting sales alerts from my favorite stores sent directly to my phone via the Rakuten App will literally ruin my day.
8. I hate getting the best possible deal.
If there is a better price for the same item out there, I don’t want to know. I can easily compare prices and Cash Back amounts for those Steve Madden booties by searching for them at Rakuten.com or through the Rakuten app. I can even scan products with the app while physically shopping at stores to find the best price. But, really, I enjoy paying the most I possibly can.
9. I also hate shopping on the go.
Being able to shop on my phone or tablet with the Rakuten App is just too convenient. I prefer to wait until I’m at a computer, even if it means missing out on a flash sale. What can I say? It’s all about severely delayed gratification and missed opportunities.
10. I only like shopping in stores.
Nothing beats a trip to a mall. I can try things on, catch up with my friends and top it all off with a pizza pretzel. There’s no way I could get Cash Back for doing all tha— Oh. There is? I just have to add my credit card to my Rakuten account, link In-Store offers to my card and then use that card to shop in the store? Well, still. See reason No. 1. Free money just isn’t my thing. Learn More.
11. I’ll just forget to use Rakuten.
I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. It’s not like there’s a magic Rakuten Cash Back Button that I can add to my browser that would automatically let me know if the store I was visiting offered Cash Back.
12. I definitely don’t want to get Cash Back everywhere.
The Rakuten Cash Back Visa Credit Card sounds like a terrible idea. Getting 1% Cash Back on gas, groceries and countless other things, plus 3% Cash Back at Rakuten stores? Rewards, schmewards. I also get a $10 bonus after my first purchase on the Rakuten credit card and that just isn’t necessary.
What’s that you say? None of this sounds like you? We didn’t think so! Who doesn’t like free money and more ways to get the most out of shopping? Have any other questions about Rakuten? Leave us a comment below!
Briana is a shopaholic whose newest obsession is matching top-and-skirt sets (but she also can’t resist a good jumpsuit). She loves rock music, horror movies and is an all-around pop culture junkie. She is, without fail, always down for karaoke. Her blog, Mamafierce, is a chronicle of personal fashion, body positivity and the adventures of motherhood. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three-year-old son and tortoiseshell cat, Divvy.