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I have been a Swagbucks member since 2013. I have spent a lot of time filling out surveys, searching on the site, playing games, and watching videos. I have seen changes to the platform over the years and both loved and hated the site. I have been asked often what it is, why I do it, and what I get from it. So I am going to answer some of those questions today.
What is Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is a rewards and loyalty program that has been around since 2005 and is owned by Prodege. You earn rewards points by searching the web, taking surveys, doing offers, shopping, using coupons, watching videos, and playing games. You can then redeem your “Swagbucks” for gift cards.
Is It Safe? Is it Legit?
Swagbucks is legit. I have personally received 9,859 SB (Swagbucks) since joining which I have redeemed for $95 worth of gift cards which I received with no major issues. It can take a few days for the code to redeem the gift card to be sent to you by email. They really do pay out their rewards and they also have a BBB rating of A+.
What about the surveys, do you get disqualified all the time?
This one’s a little bit harder to answer and depends on a few things. In theory, you should not get disqualified too often, but in reality, you do tend to. Here’s the thing though, when you fill out the profile questions (which you get SB for as well) if you are honest with them and answer them properly then this will greatly decrease this from happening. This is because the surveys on Swagbucks are based on your answers to those questions.
So for instance, if you are asked how much you make a year and you say 10,000-20,000 and then later when filling out a survey that is for people in the 10,000 to 20,000 range and you enter 20,000-30,000 range you are going to get disqualified. Same with most of the other questions. Obviously things can change but if you keep up with the profile questions which are repeated occasionally you can limit this to a point. Even so, it’s still a really annoying issue, especially when you are almost to the end of the survey and disqualify at the end.
What Stores Are There To Shop At? How Does It Work?
There are actually quite a few! Among them are Walmart.ca (.com if your American), Amazon.ca, Disney, The Body Shop, Best Buy, Home Depot, Dell, Groupon, SportChek, Old Navy, Clearly, Ardene, Bluenotes and many many more! I honestly don’t know how many but I would say easily a hundred and popular stores at that. You get anywhere from 1% to 5% cashback but I have seen as high as 15% and sometimes you get a flat dollar amount. Swagbucks also has coupons for a lot of the stores as well, if you shop at these stores anyways online then it’s a good deal, you can use the coupons and then get cashback as well. This makes it worth it for me. Especially right now where shopping online has become more popular.
What Gift Cards Can You Get?
There are tons of gift cards in lots of categories. Some examples are Paypal, Amazon, iTunes, Steam, Old Navy (Gap, etc), Bath & Body Works, Indigo, and many many more. A lot of the stores that you can shop at they have gift cards you can redeem for. Another cool thing Swagbucks does is that you can purchase donations through the gift card section instead of gift cards, so like a $10 donation to a charity. They have a lot of charities and every time I log on I see more stores, charities, coupons, and gift cards so they are constantly adding. You can also buy most of the same gift cards with money rather then Swagbucks and earn Swagbucks on the purchase.
Do You Have Any Tips Or Tricks?
Yes, I do! So based on what I said above you can get Swagbucks for shopping at certain stores, you can also purchase gift cards with your Swagbucks. You can use coupons in the stores that you find on Swagbucks and you can earn Swagbucks from your purchase. Do you see where I am going with this? So when you go to a site, let’s say Indigo through Swagbucks you earn 2% cashback, that’s 2SB for every $1 spent. There is currently a for 25% off of some of the books, there is also a $50 card you can buy (and earn 4.75% cashback on). So, if you purchase the $50 gift card you’ll get that 4.75% cashback on it, then you shop at Indigo through Swagbucks using the coupon and you get 2% cashback, which you can use towards redeeming for more gift cards.
So Is It Worth It?
Here’s my take on it. Searching has given me about 300 SB this year so far and it’s only may (that’s a $3 Amazon.ca gift card) so for searching maybe. However the search results kind of suck. What about surveys you ask? Definitely not, as I mentioned with the tip above you can lessen being disqualified but it still happens a lot and is super annoying and I don’t get much out of searching. As for shopping. I would say if you shop a lot online then yes! It is worth it. Shopping to me is the only thing that makes it worth it and I am not even a huge online shopper but I have gotten a lot of SB from shopping in the same stores I normally do. Sometimes high shipping doesn’t make it worthwhile but it just depends on the store. So overall what do I really think? Yes, it can be worth it for a lot of people.