A little while ago, I tried InboxDollars (so you didn’t have to). In case you missed that post, InboxDollars is one of those companies that pays you for taking surveys, signing up for offers and watching videos (aka ads). After trying the program from signup to payout, our verdict was that while it wasn’t an outright scam, the experience was dismal and the payout was dismal for the time invested.
InboxDollars, however, isn’t the only company that offers to pay for your opinion. In response to my InboxDollars review, a reader asked if Swagbucks is any better. Since she asked, and since I am a glutton for punishment, I’m going to give this a whirl as well. Once again I’m going to try the program out from sign-up to the minimum payout threshold.
What is Swagbucks?
Like InboxDollars, Swagbucks pays you to take surveys and sign up for special offers. Additionally, you can earn money by using their search engine, playing games and watching videos.
For me to consider a program like Swagbucks or InboxDollars to be worth my time, the program either has to pay me for something I already do, or it has to payout something in the ballpark of a regular job. Even if it could compete with a minimum wage job, I’d consider it worth it, since these programs don’t require much effort. Much less than that, however, and I’d deem it a waste of time.
I do expect my Swagbucks experience to at least be better than InboxDollars (a pretty low bar) for the simple fact that I can earn money by using their search engine. Since I search the web several times a day anyway, swapping out Google for their search isn’t costing me any time (unless their search results are absolutely awful).
I will be surprised if Swagbucks’ surveys render a decent pay for time invested, but I will certainly give them a whirl. I can’t imagine that any company is going to pay you $7/hour to watch videos and play games, but again, I’ll give these a try as well. I suppose if you already spend your time playing phone games and binge-watching videos, I can possibly see these being worth it.
Swagbucks is offering a $5 bonus if you sign up here in case you want to try it along with me. Otherwise wait around for my review!
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