Everyone’s looking for easy ways to make money online, but is Swagbucks a legit site or a scam? Their ads have been on social media forever. “Get paid to take surveys online!” So how does it work and how much can you get paid? Are these surveys actually a “fun” way to make money online?
Is Swagbucks a Legit Site or a Scam?
While Swagbucks is not a scam, don’t plan on making any substantial money fast though. The “fun” surveys tend to be MIND NUMBING in my opinion and only pay you pennies for your time.
Let’s take a look at how Swaybacks works, what the “fun” surveys are like, and how you can spend days on the platform and only earn pennies.
What is Swagbucks and How Does it Work?
How much does Swagbucks cost to join?
Swagbucks is absolutely free to join. There is no free “trial” period. It is 100% free.
Swagbucks offers a way for its members to earn Swagbucks (1 SB = $0.01 USD) by completing tasks like surveys, polls, shopping online, surfing the web, and more. But as I’m about to detail, you should definitely think about how valuable your time is.
Just how much “fun” are these surveys anyway and how much can you make with Swagbucks? What’s your time worth to you?
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Who Owns Swagbucks?
Swagbucks is owned and operated by its parent company Prodege, a provider of digital services.
Swagbucks Pros and Cons
If taking awesomely boring online surveys is your passion then Swagbucks is for you! Do you sense the sarcasm?
To be fair though, you can earn swag bucks for doing tasks that you are doing anyway like shopping with specific merchants or making searches online. So if you’re planning on buying something from a particular merchant anyway, you might as well go through Swagbucks and earn some cash back. It’ll only be a few cents on the dollar, but that’s at least something.
Also, there is no Swagbucks scam going on here. A scam would promise you something and never deliver. Swagbucks, while not exactly a big time money maker, is 100% legit.
While some have complained about not getting paid immediately from Swagbucks, or doing lots of work and then having the platform freeze on them, my research shows that these are the exceptions, and not the rule.
It is simply not worth your time to take long surveys for the amount of Swagbucks you’re promised. How many SB equal a dollar? The answer to that is 100. That’s right, 1 SB is worth $0.01 USD, or 1 penny.
Also, Swagbucks surveys are MIND NUMBING. They’re not fun. They’re not easy. And they take time too. Sometimes you’re spending over an hour for the equivalent of only a couple of dollars. Your time should be much more valuable to you than that.
It can take over a month for your rewards to show up in your account. For some surveys, you’ll see a disclaimer to be prepared to wait 4-6 weeks before you get paid. That’s no bueno.
You get paid in gift cards. You can choose to redeem your Swagbucks into a variety of different gift cards, but they’re still gift cards. Now, if you use PayPal, there is an option to redeem it for a PayPal cash card, which, if you use PayPal, is as good as cash.
Swagbucks is comparable to couponing. With couponing you save a little money here and there, right? Same with Swagbucks. You’ll earn a few cents here, a dollar there, and over the course of a year it can act like a piggy bank accumulating change.
Is Swagbucks Worth It?
In my opinion, no, but allow me to elaborate on that. These surveys are more than just a little boring. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that you may very well find yourself kneeling down and praying “Please God never make me log in and take another Swagbucks survey again!”
Swagbucks surveys aren’t exactly quick to finish either. Most surveys are 15 minutes and up, and in the video at the top of the post you see the example of a 75 minute survey for the whopping reward of 300 SB or $3.
But let’s say my tastes are different than yours. Maybe you find the act of taking surveys and some of the other tasks they ask of you to be relaxing. How much can you expect to make daily?
A Daily Swagbucks Earning Routine
Here are a few daily tasks besides taking surveys that you can complete along with their value:
- Using the toolbar atleast once daily – 1 SB/day ($.01 US)
- Taking the daily poll – 1 SB/day ($.01 US)
- Download the Swagbucks TV app and have it running continuously daily – 40 SB/day ($.40 US)
- Download the EntertaiNow app and have it running continuously daily – 30 SB/day ($.30 US)
That’s a whopping $0.72 US daily.
But there are some who will see the glass half full and say, “Hey do this for 100 days and you’ve made $72!” This is true, and I do applaud the positive outlook.
So let’s say you make it a part of your routine to have your morning cup of coffee, complete Swagbucks daily “To Do” list, then take 2 short surveys. Depending on the surveys that morning routine could add up to 100-250 SB per day.
In addition, you take advantage of the “Shop and Earn” aspect of Swagbucks which allows you to earn SB by shopping with specific merchants. On top of that, maybe every month or so you receive a promotional email from Swagbucks and take advantage of a nice Hulu promotion or something similar where you get around 2000 SB for just signing up.
In that case, yes, by doing the tasks mentioned above, by the end of the year I would calculate that you’d have a decent amount of earnings for your time.
I found that there are quite a few complaints of Swagbucks not paying out. It probably only happens every now and again, and there’s probably a good reason why it happened in each case. The problem is that when this happens a few times people start to question whether Swagbucks is a scam or legit.
Here are two examples.
Hey, I’d be upset too if I took a 20 minute survey and 18 minutes into it found out I didn’t “qualify”. And when that happens, you know what you get? 1 SWAGBUCK. That’s right, you just spent 18 minutes of your time for 1 penny. That would be enough to make me never do another survey again.
However, in all fairness, I feel the issues of Swagbucks not paying out or having issues with gift cards are isolated. I don’t feel like Swagbucks is intentionally ripping people off. There are multiple ways to redeem your SB including Amazon gift cards and even a PayPal cash redemption.
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Swagbucks is not a scam. However, it’s simply not a reliable way to earn any type of significant income online. Your time is worth way more than pennies on the dollar. The surveys are a tedious & time consuming.
Have you used Swagbucks in the past? Ever had any issues getting kicked off surveys or redeeming your hard earned SBs for gift cards?
Share your experience in the comments section below! Have any questions? Ask away! I always reply and I look forward to hearing from you!