- Jun 13, 2018
Sup, guys? It’s time for another survey site review. This time I’ll be reviewing e-Rewards. I’ve heard a lot about the site: some good, some not-so-good. Well, that piqued my interest. I decided to try the site out for myself. Read on for my e-Rewards review!
How Does e-Rewards Work?
Once you sign up (IF you get to sign up - more on that later), you will receive email notifications about available surveys. You’ll be getting surveys pretty often on this site, so always make sure to check your email inbox. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an earning opportunity.
Each survey you complete gives you a specific number of points, which you can use to buy rewards on the site.
This is where I lose my enthusiasm for this site. Other sites will give you the option of converting your points to either cash (which is usually sent via PayPal or cheque) or as a gift card for online retailers (usually Amazon , iTunes, and Google Play Store).
But on e-Rewards, you can only use your e-Rewards Currency / Opinion Points to redeem rewards from their rewards center. Okay, let’s unpack that. You can only use your earnings to buy stuff from the site itself. And the site profits from those sales, of course. So, in effect, you’re returning your earnings back to them. Yeah, no. That isn’t such a good set-up.
I’ve always been skeptical about survey sites with their own pseudo-currency. You’re a survey site, not a country. Give me points, sure. But let me redeem those points as regular American dollars, thank you very much.
How to Join e-Rewards
So you wanna join e-Rewards? Well, the good news is that registering is free. The bad news is you’re going to need an invitation from an e-Rewards partner just so you could join. I used to think that the more people get access to a survey site, the better. But judging from the closed-door policy of e-Rewards and a few other invite-only sites, that is not the case.
Anyways, I had to ask a few of my friends if any of them had an invite. I lucked out – a buddy had a spare invite for me, which is why I was able to try out the site. But did I really have to do that? I was lucky, but other interested people might not have the connections to get in.
For what it’s worth, US residents ages 14 and up can join… provided they find someone with a spare invite.
The Pros and Cons of e-Rewards
It may seem like I’m not too hot on this site. But before you start thinking that I want to skewer e-Rewards, allow me to break down my opinions into Pros and Cons of using the site. I actually think the positives are at the very least balanced with the negatives. Here they are:
The earnings for each survey is clearly stated
I love this. With other sites, I need to do a combination of mental math, and, er, divination to know exactly how much I’ll be earning for a particular survey. When you get an email notification from e-Rewards about an available survey, you will also know how much the pay out for it will be, and how long it will take to complete it. This translates to a pretty good user experience. Triple thumbs up!
You get to take lots of surveys
Some survey sites are like virtual ghost towns. You sign up, maybe take a few surveys, and then wait a few days just to take another survey. On e-Rewards, you get up to five surveys a week! That’s a pretty good number, and increases your earning potential significantly.
You get paid even if you get disqualified from taking a survey
Getting disqualified from completing a survey while you’re taking it is one of my biggest pet peeves with survey sites. So many sites do that, and I don’t get it; shouldn’t you have been pre-qualified before the site assigns you those surveys? Because as it is, they’re just wasting your time.
You can get DQ’ed on e-Rewards, but at least they pay you 50 cents if that happens. That helps lessen the sting of getting booted out of taking a survey. Here’s hoping this practice becomes an industry standard.
No cash payout
Yeah, I’ll say it again - no cash option sucks. It sucks so bad, I’ve stopped using this site, even if they’re pretty good overall. I don’t want to spend my earnings on whatever stuff the site is selling. I want good old fashioned cash, or at least a gift card for any of the larger online retailers.
I get the impression e-Rewards is like the popular kids’ table. You can’t join without someone from that group co-signing you. But with so many good survey sites out there, why should you even bother trying to find an invite for this e-Rewards?
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
They’re not perfect, but I would still declare e-Rewards legit! If you can get an invite to join, and are okay with their payout options (or lack thereof), e-Rewards should be a – wait for it – rewarding site for you to try out.
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This review is based on my experience tracking down an invite and trying out e-Rewards. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you gotten into this site?
Let’s hear your stories!