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Swagbucks by name but not in nature!
Member Name: Chippytarka
Date: 19/03/13, updated on 03/04/13 (235 review reads)
Advantages: decent choice of rewards to choice e.g Amazon
Disadvantages: too much effort needed not enough earning opportunites
I signed up for this site last year and completely forgot about it, only at the end of last year did I decide to put alittle time and energy into it to see if it could work for me. Its basically a site where you collect swagbucks that can then be exchanged, when you reach the specified amount, for things such as Amazon e cards, M&S, Paypal etc. This can be done in various ways: Surveys, tasks, watching what they call SBTV which is basically short programmes ( after watching 10 you get credited with 3 swagbucks ), playing games, signing up for different competitions and different companies who have offers etc etc. Also, daily theres a target that if you meet, you get a daily bonus ( which normally would be added to your account at the beginning of the following month ).If you meet your dail targets for a certain number of days you get an additional bonus as well.Thats the short version.
So how have I been doing? Well, the thing which I'm sure alot of people who use this site find is its very inconsistent. Some days there can be loads of videos to watch, surveys, special offers then your stuck watching potentially hours of SBTV.When I first started this, there were alot of surveys that I qualified for, and videos but like alot of people have already mentioned they dont seem to exist anymore. So the time it takes you to meet the target set for the day feels like double if not triple with alot more effort on my part.Its beginning to feel like a chore now but alot of what you do on the site eg watching sbtv, you can do while doing other stuff as well.I always stick it on when doing the house, or doing other stuff on the PC.
Alot of offers/competitions/sign up fors dont credit. You chase the relevant support section which takes time and energy and even then sometimes no joy.You have to keep screenshots of all of these, just in case they dont credit.And even then dont assume you'l get the points.So many of mine didnt credit and I challenged them, I got an email saying I reached my maximum and resubmit in afew weeks!Cheers for that!
The amount of companies asking for details such as DOB, address and companies giving you Swagbucks to download stuff on your computer makes me feel very uneasy.I dont think as a company Swagbucks regulate these companies properly.So anyone taking part in anything with this company I would suggest, DONT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING, think twice about giving info such as DOB, address and tel number and always use a separate email address purely for the junk to flow in and out.
The whole idea of doing this is for the Amazon ecards, which come in so handy. I always save up £25.00 per time. Can take up to 2 weeks for them to send it to you and I always apply to my Amazon account straight away just in case SBucks go under for what ever reasons.I am just about getting a £25.00 ecard every 4-5 weeks but I'm tired now and actively looking for something that feels less like hard work and alot more rewarding.Please dont get me wrong-this isNOT a post to bash Swagbuck I've have around £100.00 worth of ecards since late December, but ayone thinking about signing up, at the moment and give it afew days/weeks into it, it can feel like a slog.Dont rely only on this and do other sites etc cashback, survery site etc to help supplement your income.Good luck
Wondering if the people behind Swagbucks have been getting anxious over the amount if users who have become frustrated over the lack of positive feeling over the site, as over the last few days there's been quite afew surveys, afew more videos. Not entirely sure about other area etc games, casino as I don't use them. Just my luck I,ve missed out on alot due to laptop packing in and my mobile phone will only allow me to do so much! To be honest, this time off SB hasn't been a bad thing. Anyone on the site will tell you it can be a little additive due to daily bonus targets, the rewards etc. But to me its not cost effective of my time, and will be looking at other things to do that will take me half the time and less frustration. I would like to make some suggestions to Swagbucks though, and would love it if other users made some suggestions too, mayebe they might listen......extra swagbucjs should be awarded if you have been on the site and an active user say after a month? Example, after the month maybe 40sbs popped into your account. After 3months 150sbs. Something so people who are on it and using it are rewarded. More prizes awarded for use, and for it to be spread more evenly between the us site and UK. More surveys with bigger rewards, no one minds doing them if they qualify but more importantly are proportion to the time spent on it to the sbs awarded w.g being on a surgery for an hour should be awarded say 500sbs, where 5min between 60/80. Better still, some you should be awarded by vouchers! My point is, as a company they aren't awarding enough and frequently for what's done. Can't they do a day, even afew hours every month where your points get doubled? Look after your people Swagbucks and they will make your company and others who work with you more money. Simple
Would like to give a small and quick update on how Swagbucks is going for me. I have been abit out of attention towards the end of March because of my laptopn dying on me, so have tried to do little on Swagbucks on my mobile phone,which is not ideal. Anyway, so I have been back on the site properly for the last week and I have to say not much change. For example:
I am chasing up sbucks from an introductory offer. Swagbucks ( or what ever company in particular were dealing with the offer ) have said I didnt complete it, it never recorded, yet money was taken from my Paypal account-despite the fact I never saw any mention of a fee. Either way, whether my fault or not ( in regards to the fee ) its proven I took it up with the company. Swagbucks see different, but this is something I need to sit down and have a little time to iron out.
Hardly any videos to play. And the ones that are there I cant get to play.
9.5 out of 10 surveys that pop up on the site I dont qualify for, and it takes afew questions 9 and alittle of my time ) for the system to let me know that.
I am currently relying on SBTV, which isnt too bad when you need just afew points, but when you need to use it to reach ALL YOUR TARGET FOR THE DAY seems absolutely mad. I'm trying to spread myself out on other sites to get a feel of them, such as Zoombucks, Gifthulk, but to be hoest because they are so similar I find my experiences with Swagbucks putting me off putting too much time and energy into these new ones.
I truly feel there has got to be a better way of using my time to earn extra money, but alas, I havent found it yet....
I would love to read and hear more stories about this company but more importantly how people who are on it now, how you are all doing!
Summary: Right now this company could be so much better, be more consistent and reward users better!