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Swagbucks Review | Scam?

Since you’re searching for Swagbucks scam, you probably heard about how you can do simple things like search the web, play games, and fill out surveys and earn “Swag Bucks” that can be redeemed for things like coupons, gift certificates, and even cash all for free. Well, you’re right. So what’s the catch here?

The Catch

Well, it really is free to join and you get rewarded for doing things that you already do like searching the web and playing online games. So how does this work? Basically, you use their search toolbar or search engine to do what you normally do; search for information or buy things. The results you get are filled with sponsored links which Swagbucks makes money from and in return, they give you some of the earnings by way of SwagBucks which is their own online currency if you will. So they’re definitely making some good money by having you use their search engine instead of whatever you normally use.

Getting Points

Searching online isn’t the only way to make these bucks. You also earn by using coupons, doing trade-ins such as sending them old books and video games in exchange for Swagbucks, completing offers, watching videos, playing games, doing various tasks, doing a daily poll, and referring your friends to join the program. By the way, the “fun” ways like playing games to get points don’t give you that many points relative to the amount of time you have to put in but I guess if you’re going to play games or watch videos anyway, then it’ll work out for you.

Of course, you shouldn’t be surprised to know that you’ll be encountering a lot of ads. This is how they make money since it’s free to sign up.


The prizes include things such as games, clothes, electronics, home appliances, etc. Of the prizes that you can redeem, the $5 Amazon gift card is probably the best value which costs 450 Swagbucks. This is pretty much the only thing I get since I always buy stuff on Amazon anyway. The cool part is that you can use multiple ones on a single Amazon order. Hell, you can save a bunch and do your Christmas shopping without spending any money.

Update: January 2012 – So it turns out you can only redeem a maximum of 5 of the same items per month. What bull crap! Since the $5 Amazon gift card is one of the best deals, the most you can get is $25 worth of those a month.

As you can see, Swagbucks should really only be seen as play money and nothing more.

Update: As of December 2011, I’ve redeemed and used $25 $70 worth of Amazon gift cards. Keep in mind that I don’t use any of their ways of getting points except for using their search toolbar and even then, I barely use it.

Every now and then, after doing searches using Google, I’ll click on their search toolbar that I have installed, hit enter (it copies whatever my latest search term in Google is), and see if I earn any swagbucks. On average, when I do get something, I get about 10 swagbucks. My highest so far on one search is 47 points. In other words, if you actually make an effort accumulating points, you’ll do far better than I did.


Okay, so is Swagbucks a scam? No, it’s not. Is it worth it? Well, if you think about it, you’ll have to spend a lot of time to accumulate these bucks so if you compare it to what you can make with a job, then of course not. You could probably make more begging for money out on the streets. If you don’t care about the prizes and don’t already search the net a lot, then it’s a big waste of time.

However, if you surf the net a lot, play games, watch videos, etc., then why not get awarded for it?

So click here to sign up for a FREE account today. You get 30 Swagbucks just for signing up. Once you sign up, install their toolbar (you’ll get even more points) or just set their search page as your homepage and just do what you normally do. That’s pretty much it.

You’re definitely not going to get rich or even make enough for bragging rights but since you’re not putting any extra time or work, unless you intentionally sit at your computer trying to accumulate points, it’s worth trying out.

Let me know your thoughts and experience with this program. I’ve heard of this program for quite some time but just never bothered to check it out until recently since I knew it wasn’t something that could make me serious money but a few people asked me about it so I figured I’d check it out in order to write a review. Plus, I don’t mind scoring a few dozen $5 Amazon gift cards.

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14 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. SwagBucks Tricks  |  January 11th, 2012 #

    SwagBucks is definitely not a scam. If you play your cards right, you can earn faster (enough to beat the people who beg on the streets).


    Kai S. Reply:

    I see that you’re just trying to get a link which I had to remove. I checked out your site and c’mon buddy, those codes that you display give people 5 – 10 Swagbucks. Seeing that 1 Swag buck equals to about 1 CENT, that’s pennies.

    I don’t really know how much a begger on the street makes but I’m quite sure they make more than $20 a day which is equivalent to around 1,800 swag bucks a day. Now if you have some tricks to get that much a day consistently without having to apply for credit cards and what not, I’m all ears and will put the link back on but from looking at your site, none of those tricks even come close.

    As I said in the article, Swagbucks is not a scam and even I use them but if someone’s looking for a way to make some serious money online, Swagbucks doesn’t even come close, unless they’re the owner of Swagbucks that is :), and I know you realize that seeing that you promote several other programs.


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  2. namero  |  January 18th, 2012 #

    love this site, specially the $5 amazon cards, try it and you will understand how this site works :)


    elaine Reply:

    I think it is pretty much a scam. Just wait until your payment date, they will deactivate your account with all kinds of excuses. That’s how they make their money.


    Kai S. Reply:

    I don’t know how it is with any other forms of payment but as for the $5 Amazon gift cards, I’ve gotten plenty of them and have used them with no problem. I do redeem my points as soon as I get to 450 points though.


    Deanna Reply:

    I do not love SB, but I’ve been a member over a year and they don’t deactivate accounts as soon as you get to a payment level. I make about $55.00 a month or so on SB. It’s a PITA, but it’s possible. I get 5 Amazon GCs and then keep going on points until I earn enough for a more expensive PayPal or CVS card, depending on my needs that month. I shop at CVS a lot, so many times it is CVS that I choose.


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  3. ida  |  February 4th, 2012 #

    I joined SB. The job I have requires me to search sometimes so why not. Every 2 or 3 weeks I get 5 dollars from Amazon. I don’t spend a whole lot of time on it. I love freebies. However, if I relied on that as my only source of income I’d starve. lol


    Kai S. Reply:

    Yes, you would starve, lol. The problem I have with their search engine is that it’s full of ads so I basically just do quick searches every now and then to see if I can get some points.


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  4. Wade  |  November 10th, 2012 #

    Swag Bucks is definitely legit. I’ve already got 25 dollars worth of Amazon gift cards. The best part is if you refer somebody and that person uses your referral to join you will win swag bucks every time they win swag bucks via the swag buck search. So anyways if you are thinking about joining, I would greatly appreciate it if you used my referral: *you wish*. Plus I think you get bonus swag bucks for joining via referral.


    Wade Reply:

    Granted I got most of my points from the free credit report thing, but its legit.


    Kai S. Reply:

    I’ve gotten a few dozen Amazon gift cards so far but unless you can get a ton of referrals like I do, it takes way too much time and is probably not worth it unless you absolutely have nothing else to do or have a ton of free time.

    And nice attempt putting your referral code on my website. If you haven’t noticed, I already have mine in the article. Sorry, pal.


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  5. Teresa  |  February 22nd, 2013 #

    Not a scam. I use it for searches all the time and I win bucks a lot. I hae gotten many gift cards. It is not all that hard to get points. I have to search anyways so I just use their toolbar to do it. I get a point everyday when I turn on the computer and just not even 20 minutes ago I got 9 for looking up a telephone number of a business. If you want fast fast fast money or gifts this is not for you. I don’t bother to refer anyone. My friends know I use it and I post what I win from searching. It is up to them what they want to do.


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  6. Teresa  |  February 22nd, 2013 #

    It is not just amazon either. All sorts of things. Products and cards and stuff. Some are high points some are low. I only go for gift cards myself.


    Kai S. Reply:

    Yes, there are other stores you can get gift cards from and also products but in my opinion, most of them suck. Amazon has everything and in terms of value per swagbuck, Amazon is the best.


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