Is Paribus a Scam? My Honest Review [Updated 2018]

Is Paribus a Scam? My Honest Review [Updated 2018]

Welcome to my Paribus review!

Paribus is a fairly new site that’s received a lot of attention lately. It’s a website that monitors your purchases, and if they detect a price drop, they’ll send you a refund for the difference.

But is Paribus a scam?

A number of people have complaints about Paribus, so I decided to do some in-depth research on this company and share my findings with you in this review. Let’s get started!

 

Paribus Review


Company name: ParibusParibus homepage

Website: https://paribus.co/

Founded: 2014

Parent organization: Capital One

Age requirement: 18+

Price: Free

Paribus was founded by Eric Glyman and Karim Atiyeh in 2014, and was purchased by Capital One in 2016. Paribus works as an app for iOS, and can be used on computers as well (it was removed from the Play Store, but they are working to rebuild the app for Android).

In this review, I will be going over how Paribus works, complaints against it and whether it’s safe or a scam.

 

What IS Paribus?


As I said, Paribus tracks your online purchases and sends you a refund when they detect a price-drop for any item you ordered in the past.

Most stores have price guarantees, meaning that if there’s a sale – or if a product simply goes down in price – you can file a price adjustment claim and get refunded the difference (how much you paid minus the current price).

The trouble is, filing these claims can be a hassle, and it can be time consuming to regularly go through all your past purchases looking for price drops.

This is where Paribus comes in. They file these price adjustment claims on your behalf, therefore saving you the hassle and potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.

Here is a complete list of stores Paribus works with.

Another thing Paribus does is track your orders from Walmart and Amazon, and notifies these companies on your behalf if there is a late delivery. You’ll get a $10 credit for this.

Okay, so Paribus sounds pretty neat. But, of course, there’s a catch.

 

What’s the Catch? How Does Paribus Work?


In order to use Paribus, you have to sign up and give Paribus Receipt Fetcher access to your email. Not just any access, but read, send, and delete access:

Paribus email access notice

This is so Paribus can keep track of all your online receipts and issue a refund when they detect a price drop.

You can also connect your credit/debit cards and Amazon account to Paribus in order to take full advantage of their price-matching service, but this isn’t required.

Once Paribus has your email, they’ll scan your inbox for past purchases that are eligible for price adjustment refunds. If they detect any, they will let you know and then all you have to do is approve them.

So, if you don’t mind them having access to your email (and cards), this is a great way to potentially save some money. If privacy is a concern for you though, then I wouldn’t suggest you use Paribus. Either way, you might want to look into my complete list of make money online ideas.

At the time of writing this, Paribus has a BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating of B, although they are not BBB accredited (this doesn’t mean much though; a lot of legitimate businesses aren’t BBB accredited).

 

How Does Paribus Pay?


Paribus sends all the refunds straight to your bank account (as long as your card is linked). You don’t have to wait to reach a certain payment threshold either; your earnings are sent out as soon as the price match is approved.

 

Paribus Complaints


During my research, I came across several complaints from current and former Paribus users:

 

Paribus not working

Some people have complained that even though they’ve had Paribus for months, they never get any refunds.

This is most likely due to one of two things:

  1. Paribus hasn’t yet found a purchase eligible for a price adjustment claim or;
  2. The company for some reason never issued the refund (this is not Paribus’ fault – Paribus is not the one giving you a refund, it’s the company they contact on your behalf that does. Paribus just acts as a middle man.)

Aside from those possibilities, there may also be a technical issue, in which case you’d want to contact Paribus support and ask them about it directly.

 

Uncomfortable email access

Yes, Paribus has somewhat intrusive access to your email account. They can read your emails, send emails, and they have the ability to delete them as well.

But Paribus is not interested in any of that. All they do is look for receipts. And if they find any receipts which are eligible for a price adjustment claim, you have full control over whether they file the claim or not.

If you are not comfortable with Paribus having access to your email, my advice is to just not use the service.

 

Only available in the United States and Puerto Rico

If you are not from the US or Puerto Rico, you won’t be able to use Paribus. There are other services similar to Paribus though, so you may be able to find a good alternative.

 

Is Paribus a Scam? Final Thoughts….


Paribus is not a scam. It is a legitimate way to save some money, and it requires virtually no work on your part.

 

However, if you are uncomfortable with the level of access Paribus has to your email account, then you may want to skip Paribus and instead look for other money-making options.

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Whatever the case, I hope this review was helpful!


Have you ever used Paribus? What do you think of it? Feel free to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions, I’d love to help out!

Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.

28 thoughts on “Is Paribus a Scam? My Honest Review [Updated 2018]”

  1. Regarding the Amazon refund complaint. In 2017 Amazon stopped its price matching policy. This means the only refunds Paribus can get for people on Amazon is for late delivery when you pay shipping. IF you are Amazon prime, you don’t pay shipping which means that, for Amazon, Paribus can’t get you anything. However, they still work for a number of other stores like Walmart, Target, Kohls, Sears and many others. If you ONLY shop at Amazon it is not worth it.

      • We have Amazon prime and have now had 3 different claims for late deliveries. Amazon has given us a credit each time (first was $10 and next 2 were $5). So even though we don’t technically pay for shipping, we are getting something for deliveries being late

  2. Also the other thing is are they only for shopping online? So whenyou go a physical store they can’t use those recipes..

  3. I signed up with Paribus some time ago. Recently during a shopping trip to a high end retailer, I purchased a pair of shoes. Paribus immediately sent an email once the shoes were reduced and the store refunded the difference, it was almost $100.

  4. Does Paribus monitor receipts that are emailed to your email address on record even if you made the purchase in the brick and mortar store?

  5. I shop ONLY at Amazon, and am a Prime member. Because several shipments have been late, I took the time to seteup a new email address only for Amazon purchases then joined Paribus. Total waste of time.
    Paribus explicitly stated that if Amazon shipments were late they would negotiate with Amazon for such recompense as discounting annual Prime fee.
    One week after I connected Paribus to the Amazon-only Gmail account, they report they don’t see any email receipts. My inbox contains 5 receipts.
    Now they want to be linked directly to my Amazon account. Not an email account, my actual Amazon account. (As if I’d give them access to everything I
    control through Amazon.) And only now do they tell me they can’t track Amazon purchases any other way. Completely contradicting the additional offer. Which, by the way, came to me via my Capital One card; they just bought Paribus. I’d hoped they were legit, but I’ve severed ties. Every “reminder” email they sent prompting me to link my actual Amazon account contained links my WOT account flagged as insecure/identified as phishing.

  6. I only have Amazon Prime. Paribus contacts each company for me every time there is a late delivery (I was recently homebound for almost 5 months after surgery and shopped at Amazon at least weekly). Almost every vendor would give me a $5.00 good faith credit and some even offered to cover my next month of prime membership cost along with the $5.00 (those were the Amazon sellers, of couse). The outside sellers just offered good faith credits of $2 or $5. Within the first 2 months of having Parabus as a Prime member l had 3 months in a row where l did not have to pay for Prime services and over $50 in credit. I dont understand why being a Prine member would deter anyone!

  7. The problem i ran into is i dont use one of the three emails they sponsor. A lot of people dont for purchases due to the security of the 3 spondored email sites (gmail,outlook,and yahoo) the email service i use is more secure and i have sat back and seen/heard horror stories with purchases made through the 3 sponsored emails. I am a little more knowledged than most on internet mail.

  8. yes, paribus and many others don’t work for amazon any more, ever since amazon stopped price matching. i use a price watching app. no personal details needed. and you can buy items in store or online…

    https://itunes.apple.com/CA/app/id1357846638?mt=8

    i believe there is an android app also. i use it to watch prices before buying, especially on amazon, as they don’t do price matching after the purchase, and i have seen them changing their prices every few hours. the difference is sometimes huge.

  9. This isn’t a review for paribus, its a paid advertisement. Paribus is useless, especially for Amazon. Basically you’re giving them (Paribus) the right to ”scan” your email for receipts while hoping they don’t hand your information off too a third party.

    • Actually it is a review; Paribus absolutely did not pay me to write this lol. Paribus is not useless for many people, though I understand it may be for some depending on how/where they shop online. If it’s useless for you, then don’t use it of course. But there are plenty of folks who do find it very useful for getting money back on past purchases. 🙂

      As for them handing your information off to third parties, they would not be around if they were doing that without your consent. There are no cases that I’m aware of where they sell your info. If you know of any, please do share!

    • Actually WFHJ Staff, I just read the Paribus privacy policy and they do share the information they collect from you with third parties. In addition, they forward targeted advertisements to you from the companies they sell your data to. You can read their privacy policy on their website and in all seriousness you should have before promoting them or telling off poor Eric up here when he is the one looking out for your readers.

      • Nowhere in Paribus’ privacy policy does it say they sell your data. But you are correct, they do share your data with partners in order for the service to function. If that was grounds for giving a negative review, just about every company (and website) – especially the popular ones such as Amazon – would deserve a negative review. And by the way, nearly every website serves targeted advertisements – which you can avoid by using Tor and DuckDuckGo (among others).

        If you read my review again, you will notice I cautioned people not to use Paribus if privacy is a concern for them THREE times. If folks don’t want to use Paribus, I don’t blame them. If they do, I don’t blame them. Paribus is not for everyone.

  10. My confusion and why I haven’t tried this yet is that it says it can delete your emails… Why? What does it delete? Are you notified before they delete the email or can you un-delete it? I don’t like that part.. I don’t want my emails to go missing..

    • They won’t actually delete your emails; that’s the default text they have to show when it comes to granting them access to your email account. Just like when installing an app or extension and it says “this ___ can read and change the data on all the sites you visit” or something along those lines.

  11. Everything sounds great, but the whole giving them your user and password access to your credits, sounds dangerous. So I did some searching and found no CAPITALONE claims on Paribus. Only Paribus clamings on Capitalone. All the sources that says they’re partnered is only from the single Paribus blog that says they’re allied. Until the issue is resolved, I would say this is a scam. Also, the original email invitation they send to me got deleted, maybe I deleted it by accident, but it was no longer in the trash or spam or all-mail. Luckly I found a saved draft I created from it which has the copy of the original. Fingers cross, but if Capitalone is unable to confirm my request to look into this address, this program is yet another too good to be true.

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