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What are your thoughts on free reward sites?

Asked by SnowCloud (134points) August 24th, 2010

Lately I’ve noticed there are a lot of websites like this: you sign up on the site; you complete offers(both free and purchase needed), surveys, and possibly do other things to rack up “points” that essentially have no value by themselves; and you redeem these points for items of actual cash value, or even straight up cash!
Many of them reward you for referring people to the website by giving you a share of their points, making this sort of a pyramid scheme. People with enough popularity to get a ton of referrals make loads of points this way without doing anything.

Sites like this can be themed (personally I see a lot of sites for gaming): Prizerebel, gaminglagoon, even Nexon’s official site has a section where you can “Earn free NX”
Or they can just be general stuff: Swagbucks, Rewards1, Points2shop

This raises a few questions. There’s no doubt that (at least some of them) “work” and people have gotten prizes. Do you think it’s worth the effort? Are sites like these are legit, or fraud(and how)?

Do you use a site like this? Which one(s) do you think rewards you the most for your effort?

Do you have any success stories? Or fail stories?

Anything else you wanna say? Tips? ;b

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6 Answers

muppetish's avatar

For a few years now, my dad has filled out surveys for websites. There’s a lot of cookware downstairs that he “bought” using redeemed points. I don’t remember which sites he has used, though. I have an account with HarrisPoll that I haven’t touched in two or three years. There weren’t any prizes that appealed to me and I felt like filling out the surveys was wasting my time (most of them fairly short, but some can get long.)

I think it’s always best to check around before signing up for any website that claims to offer free stuff, but that’s just me.

Ame_Evil's avatar

I tried doing this to earn amazon vouchers by filling in surveys. They stopped sending me emails about surveys after I was close to having enough points for the first £10 voucher or so.


BarnacleBill's avatar

I tend to think of these sites as a way to either get access to your cell phone number or a way to plant flash cookies on your computer to use your internet activities for data mining and profiling purposes.

Keep in mind the adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.”

john65pennington's avatar

Bottomline is this: you never get something for nothing. there is always a catch.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

TANSTAAFL There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch – Robert A. Heinlein

CMaz's avatar

Scam, scam, scam. As far as I am concerned.

Nothing good comes from all the time you waste.

It is a hustle to acquire your personal information.

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