- Apr 16, 2018
Survey sites are a great way to make money in your spare time. The sites usually give you points for doing stuff like taking surveys, watching videos, and availing offers. You can then trade these points, usually for cash or gift cards. It’s super-easy to do, but that doesn’t mean you should trust just any survey site you come across.
These sites require you to do as many tasks as possible to earn money. Now imagine what it would be like if you devoted a large chunk of time only for the site to stiff you on your payment? It’s happened to me before, and trust, me it’s a terrible feeling.
I’ve been using different survey sites for a couple of years, now. I think I’ve developed a keen sense for spotting the legit sites and scam sites. I came across Points2Shop while searching for a new site to try out, and my Spider-Sense started tingling. Something about the site just seemed off. I checked other people’s experiences, and the feedback wasn’t very positive.
On any given day, I would have bounced. But our community thrives on information, and I wanted to provide you guys with first-hand info on whether Points2Shop is legit or a scam.
So I tried it out for a few months. I’m confident I can give you a fair and detailed review of the site. Wanna know if it’s worth your time and trust? Read on!
The site itself doesn’t look very professional. Links to important pages aren’t always available, and page elements frequently overlap on one another. While a bad site design doesn’t necessarily mean the company is a scam, it does give me pause. I mean, if the public side of a company looks bad, what more behind the scenes?
Points2Shop claims to have one of the largest free online rewards programs, but it doesn’t really back it up with real figures. The word “largest” is pretty meaningless to me. But when a site says they have, for example, 5 million members and have given away millions of dollars in rewards, that’s something that would entice me to join.
Points2Shop doesn’t have any of that. Instead, they have a testimonials section where people post the stuff they’ve bought with their rewards. I do appreciate that section; at least I know people are actually getting rewarded.
What Makes Points2Shop Different?
The site gives you points, but you can’t redeem them for cash. Instead, you can use these points to buy stuff on Amazon through their site. They are, in effect, a shopping platform. (That’s where the name “Points2Shop” comes from.)
No cash payouts is usually a deal-breaker for me. Yes, I most of the stuff I would buy is usually available on Amazon, but the option of having cash is important to me.
Also, Points2Shop doesn’t provide any other type of reward. No iTunes, Google Play, or any other type of reward we’ve come to expect from survey sites.
If you decide to use Points2Shop, you’ll have to commit to getting whatever item you want on Amazon.
How to Earn Using Points2Shop
The site rewards you with points for doing common online tasks, such as completing surveys, playing games, watching videos, and other simple tasks. Filling out surveys can get boring after a while, so it’s good that they provide alternate ways to earn points. Each point is worth one cent on Amazon.
You can also earn points by participating or taking offers from advertisers. These offers include taking free trials, becoming a member in various services, or asking for quotes from suppliers.
The site has also tons of “quick rewards” on top of their usual system. These include:
- Get 50 points for playing two trivia games.
- Get 5 points for participating in polls.
- Get 5 points for signing up for free samples from different companies.
- Get 50 points for signing up for free trials.
- Get 200 points for joining a survey panel and completing a survey.
There are other ways to earn, and these include:
As with most survey sites, you can earn points for inviting your friends. The system of Points2Shop isn’t simple, though. Using a complex formula, your points are calculated. But most referrals amount to about 50 cents.
Regular lotteries and contests
The site holds random draws where members can earn anywhere from $15 up to $100. Eligibility for these contests is based on your monthly activity. Only those that meet a certain quota can join.
You will start at the Bronze level, then move up based on your amount of activity. Eventually, you can reach the Legend level, which is the highest one. Each time you unlock a new level, you earn points. Also, moving up unlocks offers that weren’t available to previous levels.
All of that looks good on paper. But what was my actual experience like? Well, I have the following complaints:
Website is inaccessible on mobile devices
I tried accessing the site a few times on my phone, but kept getting redirected to a Captcha page due to unusual traffic on my network. Pretty scary.
For what it’s worth, they have mobile apps:
Lack of surveys
I didn’t qualify for a lot of surveys. I understand that sites try to assign surveys to specific profiles, but I never had a problem with other sites before.
My account got blocked once because I connected my device to a WiFi. This is a problem because I pretty much connect to WiFi all the time.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
A lot of sites are calling Points2Shop a scam site. I don’t think they are. Because based on their testimonial page, people are earning. I don’t know how they manage to earn since their site is so difficult to use, but people do earn. (Maybe they have a higher pain tolerance than I do?)
But I won’t call them legit, either because their site and service is just terrible. I get the impression that they started the site with good intentions, but mismanaged their operations.
Because of all those reasons, I cannot recommend Points2Shop. You’re better off dedicating your time and effort to all the legit survey sites out there.
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This review is based on my own experiences using Points2Shop. Now it’s your turn to share. Did you have a positive experience on the site? What tasks did you do, and how many points did you manage to make?
Let’s hear your stories!