Wikibuy is a money savings app that has been around for years but they've gotten a LOT more publicity after they were acquired by Capital One. I've seen them in advertisements all over the place and it made me wonder if this thing was worth checking out.
If you're like me, you always want to save money when you shop… but who really wants to spend all that time researching every purchase? Checking coupon sites to see if they have real coupons (and not a list of expired ones), checking prices everywhere, and generally spending loads of time with no benefit. If it's a big purchase then it's worth it, but if it's a small one? No thanks.
Well, what if a tool does it for you seamlessly? What if you didn't have to do it because an app did it for you>
If that appeals to you, you'll want to read this Wikibuy review.
We'll show you exactly how Wikibuy works, from its history to its pros and cons, so you can decide if Wikibuy is a money-saving tool you need in your wallet hacking arsenal.
What is Wikibuy?
Wikibuy is a browser extension that was launched in 2014. It grew in popularity so quickly that Capital One purchased it in 2018.
Today, Wikibuy has over three million users.
Wikibuy's purpose? To save you cash when you shop online. Wikibuy calls itself an “automated shopping assistant.” Similar to Honey, Wikibuy is a browser extension and mobile device app. It works with Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
It works with both desktop computers and mobile devices including Android and iOS, and it's designed for online shopping only.
How Does Wikibuy Work?
Wikibuy is easy to use. After you install the Wikibuy browser extension on your desktop computer or mobile device, your money savings is pretty much automatic.
You can save with Wikibuy in three different ways. First, you can use it to get a better deal on items you buy online. As you are shopping at Amazon, Walmart or any of the other thousands of stores Wikibuy monitors, Wikibuy will automatically search for a better deal on items you shop for.
I was looking at a USB microphone and Wikibuy checked while I was looking at the product page:
Once the item is in your cart, Wikibuy also scours the internet for a better deal on the item – even if the better deal isn't at the store you're currently shopping at.
As you shop, you'll get a Wikibuy popup page that shows you all of the great deals on the internet for the product you're looking to buy. In addition, it'll show you top alternatives to the product you're looking at. Your Wikibuy page even shows you the Amazon reviews and other user reviews for the product, including YouTube reviews and professional reviews.
This makes comparison shopping super easy – especially when it comes to stores like Amazon where you can choose from multiple sellers on many items. If Wikibuy finds a better offer, it will appear on your screen in just seconds, saving you lots of time.
Once you click on the better deal you're free to add it to your cart. In addition, Wikibuy will instantly find any applicable coupon codes and discounts and automatically apply the best usable code to your order for even more money savings.
Wikibuy goes one step further and helps you earn credits for shopping when you access stores and shop through the Wikibuy portal. As with Rakuten, Wikibuy has cashback percentages you can earn from each store when you shop.
When I searched Wikibuy deals for this article, I found a 9% cashback offer from JCPenney and a 3% cashback offer from Microsoft. You can go to the Wikibuy homepage to find current cashback shopping offers.
After you've earned your cashback credits, you can use your credits to purchase gift cards to popular stores on Wikibuy – it's basically free money.
You can find the complete list of stores Wikibuy monitors by searching on the Wikibuy website
Other Key Wikibuy Features
Wikibuy has some other great features that make it easy for you to save money too.
The Wikibuy site has a “universal search” feature that allows you to immediately find a better deal on specific items you're looking for.
For instance, if you're looking for an iPhone 8, just type that phrase in the search bar at the top of the Wikibuy site. You'll get a list of all of the current deals Wikibuy finds on the iPhone 8.
From there, you can choose the deal you want and purchase your phone or other items.
Price Drop Alerts
If you've been searching for a particular item but decide you don't want to buy just yet, Wikibuy keeps your search in mind. Then it'll notify you when it finds any price drops or better deals on the product.
Even after you've purchased your product, Wikibuy will keep searching to see if it goes on sale to offer you a potentially better deal.
As a bonus, Wikibuy will notify you when others get great deals on items you've been looking at, so that you can take advantage of those deals too.
Wikibuy always has featured offers on its homepage. These offers are designed to ensure you don't miss out on great deals on a variety of products.
Wikibuy works hard to ensure you don't miss out on lower prices on any item you want to buy online.
How Much Does Wikibuy Cost?
Wikibuy is a totally free app/browser extension. There's no signup fee, no initial cost, and no monthly fee.
Who is Wikibuy For?
Wikibuy is for anyone who shops online and anyone who wants to save money as they shop online. If you like saving money on online purchases and earning free gift cards, you'll benefit from Wikibuy.
And if you're into saving time you'll like Wikibuy as well. Summed up, Wikibuy provides one more way to make your life easier and help you make fast money.
How Do I Get Wikibuy?
Installing Wikibuy is easy. You can get Wikibuy in several places by installing the browser directly from:
- The Chrome web store
- Mozilla Firefox add-on page
- Safari Extensions store
If you want the mobile version, know that the Wikibuy app is available at the app stores for both Android and iOS.
I use Google Chrome so installing it was just like installing any other browser extension.
Here's the homepage:
Then you're directed to the Chrome Web Store:
Click Add to Chrome and give it permission to Add the Extension:
It takes a few seconds to install. Then you're directed to create an account so they can get you your rewards:
After this, you're asked a few purchasing questions like how many purchases you make in a month and your favorite stores. You can skip these.
Then, you're given a quick tutorial about how Wikibuy works. It only checks for better deals when you activate it (much like other cash back portals, where you have to click through them). For all practical purposes, it's automatic.
The beauty is in the coupon codes and how it will try to apply the codes automatically, so you don't have to search for them and try invalid codes repeatedly, and comparison shop.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Wikibuy?
There are a couple of other things you should know about Wikibuy. First, Wikibuy is secure. It's owned by Capital One Bank and available through popular browsers such as Chrome and Safari. All of these companies are committed to providing secure products to internet users.
Second, Wikibuy does collect data as you shop and it sells that data to third party companies. They do this in order to help you find better deals on the items you're shopping for and to help your fellow Wikibuy members get better deals as well.
In terms of ratings, Wikibuy has a 4.6 out of 5 stars (Excellent) rating on Trustpilot. In fact, a full 95 percent of Trustpilot reviewers rated the app as “excellent.” Wikibuy even has a 5-star rating on the Google Chrome store site.
Finally, Wikibuy doesn't have a customer service phone number but you can search through the Wikibuy FAQ page and find answers to a lot of questions about the app. And they have an email contact form if you need to reach someone there.
Wikibuy has proven itself as a smart way to save money when you shop online. And you can use the money you save to get started on your flywheel fund, pay off debt, save for a vacation or work towards any other money goal you have.
Have you ever used Wikibuy? If so, we'd love to hear about your experience with it!
*Wikibuy compensates us when you sign up for Wikibuy using the links we provided.