Ebates Survey: In Back to School Shopping, Price Is Everything

Survey reveals that more than quality or desirability, parents are
looking for the best price when back to school shopping; most will spend
between $250-$500 this year

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As summer wanes, parents and teens prepare themselves for the annual
tradition–back to school shopping. According to a new survey conducted
on behalf of Ebates,
a leader and pioneer in cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global
internet services company Rakuten, many parents (38 percent) will spend
between $250-$500 this year on back to school shopping and anticipate
that the majority of this money will be spent on name brand clothing,
even though this is the thing they least look forward to shopping for.
The survey also discovered that price was the single most influential
factor in a parent’s decision whether or not to make a back to school
purchase.

The national survey, conducted online by Propeller Insights on behalf of
Ebates in June 2016, was fielded among 1,024 adults and 501 teens.

Needs, wants, must-haves

Parents and teens were mostly aligned in their thoughts on back to
school necessities. Both said school supplies topped their shopping
lists, but teens put a higher priority on stylish clothing:

Which item is at the top of your back to school shopping list?   Percent of Americans who said this   Percent of American teens who said this
1. School supplies   37 percent   43 percent
2. Clothing essentials (off-brand basics)   32 percent   22 percent
3. Stylish name brand clothing   22 percent   25 percent
4. Technology   6 percent   5 percent
5. Book bag or backpack   3 percent   4 percent
   

Both parents and teens expect to spend the most money on name brand
clothing (53 percent), followed by clothing essentials (42 percent) and
technology (30 percent).

“Our annual back to school survey shows that like most years parents
will need to find the delicate balance between the things their teens
want and the things they need,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates.
“At Ebates, we want to make the back to school shopping experience as
easy and affordable as possible. Back to school shoppers can use
Ebates.com to find the best deals at over 1,800 retailers and to
purchase all the hot items on their shopping lists in time for the first
day of school and earn cash back in the process.”

Do-not-wants

While teens acknowledged the obvious need for school supplies, that is
also what the majority said they were least looking forward to shopping
for (36 percent), followed by off-brand clothing essentials (25 percent).

Parents, on the other hand, are least looking forward to shopping for
stylish name brand clothes (34 percent).

Teens also lamented that each year they are forced to buy school
supplies they never use—foremost among these: rulers (37 percent),
protractors (36 percent) and textbook covers (33 percent).

To buy or not to buy—and how!

Most parents (38 percent) expect to spend between $250-$500 on back to
school shopping, and another 27 percent will spend between $100-$250. A
generous 24 percent say they will spend $500-$1,000.

When asked what factor most influences their decision to buy a certain
back to school item or not, the resounding response was price, almost to
the exclusion of other factors:

When back to school shopping, what factor most influences your
decision to buy a certain item or not?
  Percent of Americans who said this
1. Price   55 percent
2. Quality of product   20 percent
3. How much my teen wants it   11 percent
4. Whether or not it’s on sale   7 percent
5. Whether or not it’s made in the USA   4 percent
 

The survey also discovered that 60 percent of parents will do at least
some of their back to school shopping online.

From now until August 31, back to school shoppers can receive up to
double cash back on select retailers via Ebates. For more details on
specific retailers participating in the special offer, visit Ebates.com.
Shoppers can also download the free Ebates.com app at Google Play and
the App Store.

About Ebates

Ebates rewards consumers with cash back on purchases while also
providing access to thousands of coupons, discounts, promotions and
special deals, including free shipping, at over 2,000 retailers. Free
membership allows consumers to shop online at their favorite retailers
while earning a percentage of every purchase they make, paid quarterly
in the form of a “Big Fat Check” or through PayPal. From niceties to
necessities, members of Ebates benefit from incentives at top-name
merchants for everything from furniture to fashion and appliances to
airfare. Because shopping with Ebates is hassle-free—with no rebate
forms to fill out and no points or miles to redeem—the site supports a
strong community of savvy shoppers across the country and around the
world.

Ebates is a registered trademark of Ebates Performance Marketing,
Inc. Rakuten is a registered trademark of Rakuten, Inc. Google Play is a
registered trademark of Google Inc. App Store is a registered trademark
of Apple Inc. PayPal is a registered trademark of PayPal, Inc.

Contacts

Ebates
Priti Khare
pr@ebates.com