Is Swagbucks a scam? Should I be using Swagbucks? Why? Why not? Can I really earn money through Swagbucks? And if yes, how?
What It Is
Swagbucks is basically an online company where you can earn some extra money (called SwagBucks; 1 SwagBuck = 1 cent) by taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web and more.
How It Works
There are several ways to earn money through Swagbucks:
- Watch videos. You can earn a few cents by watching videos.
- Search the web. Really. Using the SwagBucks search engine will earn you a few cents a day.
- Answer surveys. There are many types of surveys available.
- Playing games. Get compensated a few cents for spending money on games.
- Buying things through swagbucks on places such as Amazon; you can actually earn up to $10-$15 or more, depending on the price of your purchase.
Swagbucks can be redeemed for gift cards on Amazon etc. You can also transfer it directly to your PayPal account once you’ve reached 25 dollars.
Who Is It For?
Swagbucks’ Answer: For anyone who is using the web anyway and wants to earn some side money in the process.
My Answer: For anyone wishing to waste A LOT of time in order to make a few cents rather than do something else online which requires more work, but is actually profitable. If you read on, you’ll see that little money can actually be made here.
How Much Can I Earn & How Long Does It Take?
It will be hard to earn even just a few bucks per hour. Here’s why:
You will NOT qualify for every survey. In fact, I was disqualified, not just from most surveys, but from ALMOST EVERY survey. Obviously, everyone will be different, depending on their lifestyle and product consumption. But it’s not just me.
I’ve seen other people complaining about how utterly FRUSTRATING it is just to find a suitable survey. (This is true with basically all survey companies.)
Many times you will start a survey only to get disqualified from it after they determine that you are not a good fit. You earn one cent per disqualification, up to $0.05 a day. That’s pretty lousy.
Besides, Many times the listings aren’t accurate. Once you get redirected to the survey, if you take your time and look again, you might very well find that the time it takes to finish it is much more, and the reward, much less.
The only good thing might be that if you have to buy a certain product anyway and it’s also listed there on Swagbucks, you’re basically getting a discount. But that’s obviously not for someone looking to actually make money using Swagbucks.
You can also install their search engine as your primary engine, and you’ll make a few cents per day on the side.
Pros And Cons
- Pro: You can earn some extra cash for searching the web.
- Pro: Earn some money (get some money back) playing games, buying stuff, etc.
- Pro: Earn some money in your free time answering surveys.(Not really. See above.)
- Con: Not a realistic money-making opportunity.
- Con: Extremely hard to qualify for surveys. (In my experience.)
- Q: Do they really pay you? We know it’s quite difficult to get your money with some survey sites.
- Answer: It seems like they do indeed pay. According to Wikipedia, they have already paid out around 93 million dollars to members.
- Q: Is it safe? What about all that personal info I’m giving?
- Answer: As with all legitimate survey sites, your personal info is kept separate from your name.
- Q: How do they pay you?
- Answer: Once you’ve reached a certain amount (I think it’s $25) you can redeem it for gift cards or transfer it to PayPal.
So, Is SwagBucks Legit? Can It Really Be True?
However, I don’t really recommend Swagbucks.
I feel that by skipping it entirely you’ll save yourself from plenty of frustration and heartache.
I believe you can earn much more in your free time.
For example, you can become a writer. Or you can set up your own website and earn commissions by promoting products. (Find out more.)
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, maybe I’ll even add your questions to the FAQs.
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