Is eRewards A Scam?

eRewards is another paid online survey company. Please note this isn't a clickbank company that is charging you $34.95 for a list of companies willing to pay you for surveys. eRewards.com is totally free so keep that mind.

It's pretty much like many of the other survey companies I've discussed on my blog where you are rewarded for your opinion.

 

Benefits of eRewards

* One of the things I love about eRewards.com is that they tell you how long it will take to complete a survey and how much you'll earn right away in the email invitation you receive. Most survey companies just have a generic link telling you that you have a survey and you have to go through the trouble of logging into the site to see the survey and all the relevant information. I can't tell you how annoying it is is to receive these generic emails to go through the hassle of logging in to find that the survey is going to take half an hour for $1. But eRewards does a great job of avoiding this time waster and frustration.

* They also tend to send a lot of surveys per week. I get 2-5 per week which is a very high number considering most of the other legitimate survey companies only send 1-2 per month.

* Even if you don't qualify for a survey they will still pay you about $.50 so you always win! I wish more companies did this.

 

Complaints about eRewards.com

There are several things I don't like about the eRewards.com program and I've listed them below.

* My biggest complaint about this company is the pay structure or lack there of! Like some other survey companies eRewards has its own currency. Don't ask me why survey companies like doing this! Cash is king to me and most of you. But that being said some use a point system that is pretty much the same as cash and can be converted to such. But eRewards has its own type of cash but the problem is you can't convert it into real cash!!! You can use their stupid cash system for discounts on some of the stores they're affiliated with. But I still think that's crap! They should allow users to convert their cash into prepaid credit cards or gift cards at amazon.com or something like that. But no they give you discounts on stores or magazine subscriptions. You can also use them for airline mileage which I guess ins't bad. But for most people I think some sort of real cash would be appreciated!

* Their surveys are longer than they appear to be. They provide you with a nice progress bar so you know how far into the survey you're in. But don't put too much faith in the progress bar. I recently took a survey where I thought it was going to be quick because the progress bar was at 70% but that bad boy stayed at 70% even after taking like 15 questions. lol But fortunately most of the surveys are a lot shorter. I've taken MySurvey.com surveys and some of those questions are brutal because they ask like 20 questions in one and do it multiple times. So the progress bar misrepresentation is a bit of a drag but not a real deal breaker but should be noted.

* With some of the surveys you don't get credited instantly. You have to wait 7-10 business days to have them credit your account. Most survey companies credit your account right away. So that's one minor issue but they do credit your account for the amount owed. You just need to have a bit of delayed gratification.

All and all the negatives are the worst! I think out of the few I listed, the pay structure is by far the most annoying.

 

So is eRewards.com a scam?

I guess not because you do earn what is promised. It's just a poor way of rewarding people for taking surveys. Do I recommend that you join? It really depends on your own needs! Some people are very happy with the rewards provided. Personally I prefer companies that pay you cash such as InstantCashSweepstakes, Fusion Cash or PaidViewPoint.com.  I'm not calling eRewards a fraud but I just think you're better off with other programs. There are many online paid survey programs out there that rip off people but eRewards isn't necessarily one of them. But I would still probably pass on this opportunity when there are so many others that pay you real cash like the ones listed on my recommendations page.

 

Let me know your thoughts below. Seems like folks really love or hate this opportunity. In any event if you like what you've read and want more please become a subscriber by clicking here or you can catch up with me on my facebook fanpage here.  

Comments

  1. Margo says

    Yes it is a scam. They advertise a amazon.com gift card wich appears to be out of stock when you want to redeem.

  2. jz100 says

    I guess I should say, they didn’t used to be a scam, but I seriously think they have become one now. They have robbed me of my time so many times the past year. Along with not paying me for survey points that I did finish and qualify for… the surveys where they claim they will reward you in several weeks. They do that because you will forget about it by then, or have no proof of it. They other surveys you spend half an hour, only for it to tell you at the end that they have enough from your group already… so they get a free survey out of you without having to pay for it.

  3. jz100 says

    e-rewards has become very bad over the past year. Its so bad now, its not even worth doing the surveys anymore because they are just a waste of time. You will not get rewarded for most surveys you do. Its become false advertising.

  4. JJ says

    How much of e-Rewards is designed to market to you, the person filling out he survey? As in, they want your home address because “some partners want to send you stuff”. In other words, are partners to e-Rewards paying them for qualified prospects, lists of home addresses, emails and the like?

    • Eddy Salomon says

      No idea. Most legitimate marketing companies aren’t selling your information to other companies. They’re only contacting you when they have surveys from their own company. But not every company is like this. Some will share your information.

  5. Jay says

    E-Rewards is probably not worth the effort. The surveys take longer than they say. Many surveys are cancelled or full right after they’re sent. They often crash and rewards get delayed forcing you to file a complaint with the company. This is met with probably the worst response system I’ve experienced and designed to frustrate your efforts to get compensated. Once reward “Dollars” are received they are not real dollars and must be used to acquire gift cards or points in frequent purchase programs. However, for this trade, they are not worth anywhere near the value of a dollar. I would argue that the real compensation in time spent is less than minimum wage given an in-depth analysis.

  6. jojo says

    Be carefull if you are cashing in eRewards points for Omaha steaks..
    If you order from the website you get free shipping.
    To use the eRewards coupon you must go to the Omaha site by cliking a link in the eRewards email. NO free shipping. On a $100 order shipping cost is $20.
    Omaha steaks lost me as a customer with this tactic.

  7. Rosalie40 says

    I am kind of confused …do you get coupons as rewards ..or do you get actually items for free .. like free of shipping and free of the item? If it only gives coupons I dont want to waste my time on E-rewards

  8. Eddy Salomon says

    Yeah surveys can be like that. It just comes with the territory. Fortunately there are so many other ways to earn money online. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  9. Ahvolare says

    I was a member of e-rewards back in 2000, then left it, I will admit I got quite a few perks during my 4-5 years of doing surveys, which is all I do.  This year I rejoined and to date, I have had very limited emails from them inviting me to do more surveys, as  matter of fact I go on my profile regularly to update my interests, but still get no results.  I would like to earn more currency, but apparently I do not meet their requirements, in which case I would say it has been a waste of my time on this last registration.  Oh well.

  10. Soccerstorm07 says

     IM really not certain, Ive been with e rewards fora couple years and I always cash in on the Gamestop card (full discloser, im an avid gamer) So ive gotten maybe $150 over the past 18 months.  I takes a LONG time to build up, but its great if you have some spare time at home you want to turn into a little extra boost for your hobby.  I say if they dont have rewards your interested in, dont waste your time, if they do, it cant hurt sense you have nothing to loose but time in front of the computer.

    • Eddy Salomon says

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I agree it depends if you find the rewards worth your time or not. Like I’ve said in the past, some people really love this opportunity while others don’t.

  11. Eddy Salomon says

    This company tends to divide people in to two camps. You either love it or hate it. I don’t think it’s a scam either. But I’m not really fond of the limited gift card options and that seems to be what people take issue with and then later mislabel this company a scam. I think if they happen to have the gift cards you like and you can actually get surveys consistently, you’ll enjoy this company.

  12. Crazyhold says

    I’m definitely thinking eRewards is a scam. The minimum points you need to be able to redeem is 2000 and I have been stuck at 1990 for months. Even though I still get regular survey offers they have all strangely expired when I click the link… even if I click it as the email comes in. I guess they have gotten what they wanted and now don’t have to pay up. Waste of time!

    • Julia says

      There arent points with eRewards, but cash “points” . Anywho I have been doing this since I was put on bed rest when I was pregnant June of last year. I have had no problems at all receiving my gift cards and magazine subscriptions. 

    • Disillusionment1 says

      This isn’t a scam my father gets GameStop gift cards from them. They’re only $20 but still.

  13. Eddy Salomon says

    Don’t let this one negative experience turn you off to this type of opportunity. There are legitimate survey companies out there that actually reward people consistently. My two favorite are the following: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2010/07/19/is-instantcashsweepstakes-com-a-scam/
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2011/12/05/is-paidviewpoint-com-a-scam/
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/09/05/is-surveysavvycom-survey-savvy-a-scam/

    So there are other options out there. It is a business model that works if it’s done properly.

  14. Iggy says

    The original article already states that this is “a poor way of rewarding people for taking surveys”.
    I want to add that e-rewards obviously is not reliable in any way! – I’m waiting for a reward way beyond their already ridiculous time-frame (for the second time now) and don’t even get a response from their customer service.

    I originally joined hoping for interesting surveys (which are rather an exception than the rule – if they actually work), and didn’t pay much attention to the terms. Guess I just cancel my membership with them, it’s not really a big deal, but who likes to get scammed?

    Maybe companies should start thinking about the validity of the data collected, using this kind of business model…

  15. Crazy_hamburger says

    just started using e-rewards, mainly for the reason to get more point for southwest airlines.  the e-rewards point/cash does get converted to southwest rapids rewards points. haven’t qualified for a full survey yet, so my “earnings” haven’t been too big.  usually weary about all the personal information being ask, but haven’t had a problem in the few months i’ve been enrolled.  read their privacy policy.  

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