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?
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.
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.