There are many websites online that claim to give you cashback if you shop through their portals today. In this text, we are going to discuss Rakuten, a Japanese company that has been offering its customers with really decent cashback for more than two decades. We will discuss everything you need to know about Rakuten including Rakuten shipping times and delivery charges as well.
Formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten is a Japanese based affiliate marketing business platform that was founded back in 1997. It is basically a website that features tons of online stores, and it offers its customers cash-backs if they shop at any of these stores by using Rakuten’s portal. But how does Rakuten give its customers all the cash-back when it does not own these stores?
The answer to the above question is simple. The featured stores on Rakuten are also known as merchants, and these merchants pay Rakuten to send traffic of customers to their websites. If a customer purchases from a merchant using Rakuten’s link, the merchant pays to Rakuten. Rakuten keeps its share and gives some part of it to the customer that made the purchase. This is exactly how affiliate marketing works. The merchants make their sale, Rakuten gets its share, and the customers get cashback; it's a win-win situation for everybody.
If you go to Rakuten’s website, they claim that they have more than 12 million happy customers who have received more than $1 Billion in cash backs. Back in 2013, Rakuten bought Ebates and after 2019 Ebates was officially renamed to Rakuten. If you search about the legitimacy of Ebates and its services, you will find tons of positive reviews that tell that it has always been a legit website.
Now, as the services are operated under the name Rakuten, the company still has very good reviews from its customers. You can even access Rakuten tracking for your packages so that you can keep an eye on every movement that is made by your shipment. Rakuten also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and you will find thousands of positive reviews on all the famous user review sites.
Reviews about Rakuten’s shipping times are also very good, which means you will have a pleasant experience by shopping at this website. All in all, Rakuten is a trusted website with millions of satisfied customers around the globe.
Well, this is a tricky question. Rakuten is a platform where different merchants display their products and when you make a purchase, it is not the Rakuten that ships, but in fact the merchant itself. You will not even buy from Rakuten. Rakuten has just provided a platform for different shops and merchants where they can showcase their products and services. You make a purchase from the merchant and that merchant will ship your package.
But, you are buying from the Rakuten’s portal, so, in a sense, you can say that Rakuten shipping is available internationally. But again there are some merchants that don’t offer international shipping, and in that case, you won’t be able to buy from them if you live out of their shipping territory. So there is no “Yes” or “No” answer to this question about Rakuten shipping as it solely depends on the merchant.
When you place an order at Rakuten, you will be sent an email of confirmation of the order which also includes all the Rakuten tracking details for that particular order. The email also includes the courier service’s name through which Rakuten order is shipped. Now, this email will be sent to your email address with which you registered for your Rakuten account or the one which you used for your guest checkout process.
Rakuten does not ship any of your packages and all the shipments are initiated by the shops, merchants, and sellers from which you buy at Rakuten’s website. Now Rakuten will only tell you the delivery status of your order; whether it is shipped or not; if shipped, whether it has been delivered or not. And all this tracking information is provided to Rakuten by the seller.
These orders are shipped via different courier services; Rakuten package tracking is an easy process, indeed you can track your Rakuten order by going to the courier service’s website, or you can simply visit www.ship24.com and enter the Rakuten tracking number provided in order details received via email. This will show you all the Rakuten shipping details for your package that is on your way.
How long Rakuten shipping will take depends on the shipping speed you choose. Almost all the orders are delivered within 3-10 days. There are a total of 4 shipping speeds at Rakuten:
The Standard delivery will take somewhere between 3-10 days, Expedited would take about 2-6 business days, Two-Day delivery usually takes 2 days excluding the shipment processing time. And similarly, One-Day would take 1 day to deliver after shipment. Rakuten delivery times are one of the best in the market, and you will find thousands of positive feedback about it online, which means that you can expect some good delivery service.
As there are thousands of merchants and sellers on Rakuten and shipping charges of every merchant is different. This is why there is no such information about Rakuten shipping charges on their website. The shipping charges depend on the weight of a package and the courier services that are to be used for the delivery. The shipping costs will also change with the change of selection of shipping speeds. Obviously the One Day delivery is going to cost you more than the Standard shipping speed. Before you checkout at Rakuten, you can check your delivery’s estimated shipping cost which will give you an idea about the amount that you are going to be charged for the shipping of your package.