Ebates is Now Rakuten

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Ebates is Now Rakuten

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Post by PetWatch » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:24 pm

After logging in to Ebates tonight a message popped up stating I had been upgraded to Rakuten. Ebates is now known as Rakuten, and everything remains the same.

When I type in Rakuten.com in the browser address bar it takes me to what used to be known as Ebates. I can still type in Ebates.com but once logged in it switches to Rakuten.com.

The two marketplaces remain separate sites with separate log in.
Rakuten marketplace (US): https://www.rakuten.com/shop/
Rakuten Global remains the same: https://global.rakuten.com/en/

According to Rakuten Inc., in Japanese, Rakuten stands for ‘optimism.’

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Re: Ebates is Now Rakuten

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Post by yinzburgher » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:55 am

PetWatch wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:24 pm
After logging in to Ebates tonight a message popped up stating I had been upgraded to Rakuten. Ebates is now known as Rakuten, and everything remains the same.

When I type in Rakuten.com in the browser address bar it takes me to what used to be known as Ebates. I can still type in Ebates.com but once logged in it switches to Rakuten.com.

The two marketplaces remain separate sites with separate log in.
Rakuten marketplace (US): https://www.rakuten.com/shop/
Rakuten Global remains the same: https://global.rakuten.com/en/

According to Rakuten Inc., in Japanese, Rakuten stands for ‘optimism.’
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I got this too. I know they are a huge successful company with many people smarter than me working on this but somehow I feel they didn't entirely think this through. This will be confusing if they call both sites Rakuten. Ebates was actually a good name that cleverly made reference to the purpose of the website.
in Japanese, Rakuten stands for ‘optimism.’
I don't view this decision with much rakuten.
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Re: Ebates is Now Rakuten

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Post by PetWatch » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:57 pm

I don't get it either, as if Ebates and the Rakutens individually are not already complicated enough.

Perhaps a bit too much rakuten on their part.
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Re: Ebates is Now Rakuten

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Post by deckeda » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:36 pm

PetWatch wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:57 pm
I don't get it either, as if Ebates and the Rakutens individually are not already complicated enough.

Perhaps a bit too much rakuten on their part.
It's one of the Japanese words for "optimism," and a very touchy-feely lifestyle-ish way of naming a company.

Of course, Americans like myself are just too crude and direct, and so we think they completely screwed up by ditching an already-established and obvious domain name (Buy.com)

Can you imagine how much money they could make if they sold that domain?
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Post by PetWatch » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:44 pm

deckeda wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:36 pm
PetWatch wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:57 pm
I don't get it either, as if Ebates and the Rakutens individually are not already complicated enough.

Perhaps a bit too much rakuten on their part.
It's one of the Japanese words for "optimism," and a very touchy-feely lifestyle-ish way of naming a company.

Of course, Americans like myself are just too crude and direct, and so we think they completely screwed up by ditching an already-established and obvious domain name (Buy.com)

Can you imagine how much money they could make if they sold that domain?
Wow, I didn't know they were buy.com. I remember back in the 90's when it became evident that the web was going to take off commercially there was a race to register generic domain names to later resell to the highest corp. bidder.
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