- Apr 16, 2018
Who doesn’t want to get rewarded for shopping online, watching TV, or simply taking surveys? For people wanting to make money online such as yourself, and people with free time in general, that almost sounds like a dream job. Yet this is what InboxDollars offers right off the bat in their home page. To expound on the process, they list down how it works: brands pay them for consumer input, they recruit members like you and me, we do the above-mentioned online activities, then we earn cash!
Sounds simple enough...or is it too simple? As with all things that promise fast cash for no-brainer tasks (or online activities you do on your free time, anyway), it’s time to investigate if InboxDollars is legit or a scam.
First things first - what is it?
Yup, it’s another one in a long line of online rewards websites already in existence. InboxDollars has partnered up with different brands in market research, technology, and retail, and they need members for their valued feedback. They connect targeted members to specific brands, and offer users direct cash rewards for answering surveys or replying to emails, signing up for various offers, and even playing online games.
The site has an impressive timeline, mentioning such merits as the 2016 Technology CEO from the 2016 Titans of Technology awards, and becoming a member of Inc. 5000 as early as 2008.
How long has it been around?
InboxDollars was established back in 2000 by Darren Cotter, who envisioned the entire enterprise as an “online rewards club that pays!” (their actual tagline). In 2012, they expanded their operations into the UK with InboxPounds, and into Canada with DailyRewards in 2014. The website has millions of active users to date, which at least confirms that it’s legit, as far as having a wide user base is concerned.
Does it pay well?
InboxDollars claims “over $57 million” paid to its members so far. It sounds ideal, though there have been user complaints about how little they get paid, and how complicated it is to actually get payouts after tasks are completed. More on this later.
Is registration free?
Yes, it is. There are no registration or sign-up fees whatsoever.
How do I start earning extra income from InboxDollars?
The site offers a $5 sign-up bonus, which I would consider extra income earned right away. There’s also a spin-and-win game you can do in case you get disqualified for a survey, as well as a scratch-and-win progress bar that claims to give out free cash to winners.
In addition, there are tasks which can earn money for more active members. InboxDollars claims to incentivize their more motivated members for even more opportunities to earn - these include simple logging-in, friend referrals, and all the other tasks previously mentioned. They pay outright in cash, with no complicated rewards points systems involved.
How soon do they pay?
...as soon as your account balance reaches $30.
That’s right, you can’t get your money before that, even if you really need it right away. Surveys pay from around 10 cents up to $5 (“earnings vary”, according to the surveys page), but the higher paying ones aren’t readily available all the time, or you might not be qualified for them after all.
So let’s say you can complete a survey in 30 minutes, and it pays you around a dollar. If you devote a couple of hours a day for a full month completing surveys, it’s possible to get a payout immediately because you will have reached $30 by then. If not, you’re going to have to keep at it, or else try their referrals option instead (which are also available on social media sites). However, you only get 10 cents for every dollar that your referrals earn under Qualified Earnings.
You can also earn cash by watching videos, but as of this writing, I’ve refreshed the videos page several times and it still gives me the “sorry, we do not have videos available at this time” message.
InboxDollars is a legit website alright, at least as far as being accredited by the Better Business Bureau is concerned, and judging from all the milestones and awards they’ve received thus far. As with other websites with a similar “loyalty” platform, they promise flexible, performance-based payment for very doable tasks. The tasks are simple enough, but there aren’t a lot that are easily available when you want to do them. And people looking for quick cash don’t exactly have the luxury of sitting back and waiting for a task to suddenly become available for them.
There is also the issue of being disqualified while in the middle of a survey, and finding out you’ve wasted your time trying to finish it. This could be very vexing, and ultimately, not at all rewarding.
The biggest issue I see so far is how big the money actually earned is, and how quickly you can get paid after completing your tasks for InboxDollars. There seem to be more disgruntled users in comparison to those who actually think they can make more money with this platform in the long run. In short, it’s not fast cash for no-brainer tasks. You’re really going to have to prove your loyalty, commitment, and determination before you can get hold of the money you’ve earned.
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Ever tried out InboxDollars to earn a little extra cash? How was your experience - did it make you smile, or did it give you grief? Is it something you will do again or recommend to family and friends? Do tell us all your story and share payment proofs from InboxDollars if you can, so we can learn a thing or two before signing up.