Is ( SwagBucks ) A Scam?

Product by:
Eddy Salomon

Reviewed by:
On January 27, 2010
Last modified:October 15, 2012

Summary: is definitely a legitimate home based opportunity that can make you some extra spending money. But it has some pros and cons that we discuss in detail in our review.

It's time for another review from your friendly neighborhood blogger. Today I'm going to help you get your swag on!  (Ask your kids or someone that listens to hip hop if you don't get my little pun there. ) Don't worry we're staying on topic and this article will be about making money from home and not slang. In any event, if you use Google a lot for your web surfing and information gathering you may want to sit back and read this article. Because chances are you've probably never made a dime searching Google and today I'll teach how to change that instantly because of a little known site called
So What is

No it's not going to make you as cool as T.I. or Jay-Z. But it will help you make some easy money. If you're a loyal subscriber you know I don't say the words "easy money" at all. But this is definitely one of those rare opportunities. In a nutshell it's a search engine that pays you to use it. It's also a lot more but I'll get into that later. For now, let's just focus on the easiest way you can make money with it, which is to just use it for your web surfing habits. You can stop here if that's all you need to know and visit now to get started. The rest of you that need more information, please keep reading. earns billions of dollars per year when good folks like you and I click on the sponsored ads listed in their search results. Now wouldn't it be nice if Google decided to hook up its users with some of the greenbacks they're earning from our efforts? Sadly they don't. But we can't really hate on them because they give us such great search results, a wonderful affiliate program and tons of other free services we all love and use. Fortunately has decided to pick up the slack and make this dream of getting paid to search a reality that benefits us all
How does work?

1. Search the web using and receive the search results you love from search engines like Google &
2. Periodically you'll earn these things called "SwagBucks" as you search for whatever. (And I do mean whatever. I know how some of you roll. lol)
3. Redeem your SwagBucks for products, knick knacks, gift certificates or my personal favorite and yours, cold hard cash (via paypal). 
That's pretty much how works in its simplest terms. That's probably how most of you will use it and do just fine. But there are other ways you can earn as well.
If for some reason my simple simon explanation wasn't clear enough, I've gone ahead and created a little video. I know some of you are just as visual as me. So watch it by clicking here! Be sure to come back here when you're done.
Pretty cool stuff huh? By the way is very much like which I've recommended and used in the past.
How To Earn More With

So if making money searching the web isn't enough for you, provides the following options to increase your earnings at their site:
1. Trade in old cell phones, video games, and video consoles for swagbucks.

2. Submitting poll ideas!

3. Shopping in their swag mall which links to reputable sites you already use (,, etc)

4. Finding Swag Codes hidden on various websites.

5. Send in a picture of you and your Swag Bucks prize & earn 1 Swag Buck. 

6. Send a video of your swagbuck prize unboxing on YouTube & they'll send you 2 Swag bucks!

7. Refer friends, family or complete strangers & earn matching swag bucks for their online search wins! (Watch my free affiliate marketing video guide for ideas)
If you need more details on each of the methods, just click here and scroll down to the how it works link for more details.
SwagBucks Cons

I hope you didn't think I would fail to point out the pitfalls of Tsk, tsk. Okay here's my list of things that I find annoying with
- Swagbuck Referral Cap
There is a 1000 swagbuck limit on each referral you send to So why am I peeved? We we all know I'm an affiliate marketer by trade and getting referrals is what I do. Their policy cap intrinsically hurts hard working affiliates like myself.  Let's say I refer Billy Bob. Billy Bob is an information junkie and uses everyday like crazy to find pictures, videos (not the nudie ones. lol), news, etc. He does this regularly. Eventually Billy Bob wins over 2000 swagbucks within a week of using Guess what? will only match and pay me the first 1000 swagbucks that Billy Bob made. Now ain't that about a B@#$h? In the long term I get hosed because chances are Billy Bob is going to be a user for a very long time. He'll be making himself and swagbuck a lot of money for years to come. i don't know about you but it only seems fair that I get a cut of that as long as everyone else does. After all I'm the one that introduced the love birds. Now as a business man, I understand the logic behind it.Their capping policy forces me as an affiliate to find new people to refer so that I can keep earning money.  But just because I understand it doesn't mean I have to like it. lol
- Fluid Swagbuck Value
Depending on how you plan to redeem your swagbucks, such as for cash, shopping, gift card, thingies, etc. the value varies. For instance at the time of this review, I needed 700 swagbucks to get a $5 cash pay out via paypal. However I only needed 450 swagbucks for a $5 amazon gift card. Either way I was still getting $5 dollars. I'm going to assume the discrepancy is based on their affiliate relationship with a given company and the fees associated to process certain prizes. As a result of this adjustments have to be made. That being said it's still a bit annoying. However if you have points associated with your credit card or debit card, you're already accustomed to this wacky set up.  At the end of the day, I'm making money for something I would have done anyway. So you can't really moan and groan about that. 
- Long Waits
I racked up my swagbucks pretty quickly with my referrals and my own personal surfing habits. My goal was to reach the minimum for the paypal payment so I can show and prove to you folks that this opportunity actually works. You know how I do. Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk. So when I did reach the required amount I requested my $5 paypal payment. Since this is basically just an electronic payment, I assumed it would arrive right away. But to my dismay there was a notice stating that it could take 10-15 days.  This was a bit of a let down and one of the reasons this review was delayed. I had to wait to actually get paid before I felt comfortable sharing this opportunity with you and to create my social proof video you saw above. I understand the waiting period for physical prizes they may be sending me. I can also tolerate a waiting period if I earned swag bucks from shopping. Because with the shopping is obviously an affiliate of the companies listed and must wait to get paid by them before paying us. So that I can deal with.  But with the paypal payment I didn't see why it couldn't be instant. Maybe it's just a matter of staffing and bookkeeping. Either way that was a bit annoying. 
-Inconsistent & Low Earning
The biggest thing that may turn off many of the 9-5 mentality types is that you're not earning swagbucks for every search you do on We've also discussed how your swagbucks value fluctuates depending on the prize you redeem.  So some may moan that you can't make a living with this opportunity because it's not consistent. Hey, you have a point there. But you already know what my mantra is.  If you don't, let me state it again. Any little stream of income coming in is better than NONE at all. If you can't see the logic in that, you shouldn't be on this site. Feel free to leave. We'll wait…..
For the rest of you open minded folks, obviously you should still try to find a regular job offline or online. Or you should still be working to build your business or going to school to get a skill. But in the mean time, it never hurts to bring in a little money from multiple streams of income. In this economy every little cent matters. Even if it wasn't in the dumps, if you've been online for months and haven't made a dime searching for work at home jobs, don't you owe it to yourself to get something for your efforts? You've probably spent countless hours using Google clicking on ads and didn't make a dime, you may have even lost a few because of it. Why not get on the winning side of that effort?
That's just my two cents, literally. 
Well that pretty much sums up my complaints. Sure most of the stuff was minor. But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't point it out. By the way, I may be missing some other cons. But the ones I've listed were the only ones that came to mind. Chances are someone is going to accuse of me of trying to pull a fast one over on them for failing to mention some others. ( You know who you are. lol ) So feel free to share your two cents if I missed any. 
Swagbucks Tips & Advice

Hopefully by now you're see the potential of this. If so I wanted to share a few tips that may help you make more money with
1. Take advantage of the referral program.
I know I sound like a broken record & you may be tired of hearing me mention internet marketing, but yet again this another company with an affiliate program. The proof is in the pudding. 99.9% of companies have affiliate programs and that's not going to change. It's an industry that is recession proof if you know what you're doing. As I've said many times, it's not easy but that's more of a reason to succeed at it. Because most people won't and that's more money on the table for you to pick up if you're properly trained and have the right mindset. That being said, I think this program is a much easier "sell" for even newbies and aspiring affiliate marketers. Why? Well who doesn't use a search engine to find information online? Who wouldn't want to make a few bucks every month for something they're doing for free anyway? It's the same logic I argued for Clixsense which many of you have taken advantage of and made money with. Even if you just referred family and friends you could probably make some decent change with their activity and your own. 
2. Use for ALL your online use.
For instance let's say you use yahoo for email.  Just log into, search for yahoo email. Then click on the search result for yahoo email that way. If you do you may earn some swagbucks. Repeat these steps every time you need to visit any site. It may improve your chances of winning swag bucks. 
3. Get the right tools! provides a toolbar that you can download which makes it a lot more convenient to use their site.  Or if you're iffy about downloading a tool, you can just make your homepage and every time you start your browser you'll be right there. 
4. Offer to help others.
Since you can get paid to trade in old cell phones, video games and consoles, you may want to call some family members and offer to collect these old items from them. Or why not put flyers stating that you're looking for these items to be donated. You can also place ads on craigslist or
other free classifieds . 
I think if you employ one or more of the suggestions above, you can make some consistent  & serious money with
I am pretty sure you have some questions not already addressed here. So feel free to visit and click on the FAQ or how it works link at the bottom of the page. You'll learn everything you want to know there or can email the company directly there. 
So obviously I think is a great opportunity and highly recommended it. So no it's not a scam based on the numerous times I've been paid by them. Hopefully my review has helped you see the possibilities and you'll consider signing up with as well. With any luck you'll earn a lot of Swagbucks and I can piggy back off your efforts for sharing this cool opportunity with you. For that matter, feel free to sign up for as well if you really like the idea of getting paid to surf the web. At the end of the day, they're free opportunities. What do you have to lose? You've probably been surfing the web for years never making one cent, so wouldn't the possibility of making some money for something you already do make more "cents"?
With that said If this opportunity doesn't appeal to you at all, feel free to check out traditional work at home jobs here and here.  Either way, you have options and that's what this site is about. You get to pick and choose what's best for you and not what I decide is best for me. Just take action either way because there are various ways to make money at home and you discovered a new one today.
In any event, let me know what you folks think about this opportunity below. 

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  1. says

    I have found that putting lines from songs in the search bar often results in search wins. Start with the first line and if that does not pay off, write in the second, third etc.

  2. Karin Aubrey says

    Hey there! I read thru this article and i am hoping maybe you will do an update? Swagbucks has changed significantly since this article was written and i think you should revise this. SB’s has become a much better place to earn thru everything from searching to referrals. We now enjoy a 10% lifetime referral pay out for referrals on ALL earnings, not just search earnings. There are also many many more opportunities from surveys to shopping and all things in between. Videos, mobile apps, offers like the ones found on Peanut Labs and Trial Pay to name just a few. In August i earned 275.00 in Payapl orders, July 250.00…the site has taken on a life of its own. In any case… please do an update? i think you will be doing yourself a favor

    • says


      Yes they’ve made some great additions and I have actually written updates in the past. But you’ve pretty much covered the changes here. lol


  3. says

    I know this is relatively old post but I found it b/c it’s actually the first post that appears when I typed in “Is Swagbucks A Scam” into the Swagbucks search engine.

    My personal experiences with Swagbucks has frustrating and awful. My sister, on the other hand, has nothing but glowing things to say about them. So I DO think that the user experience varies. I wouldn’t be so quick to “pass the buck” onto the users when things go wrong. I absolutely understand that user error may account for SOME things such as not getting credited for completed offers or inadvertently violating the TOS and getting deactivated, but just a cursory search of the internet reveals an alarming number of people who all have the same story: They joined the site, they wracked up points, they went to redeem them and were then deactivated. The same thing, happening the same way, to a multitude of people, ALL of whom have pretty much the same accounting of events and the people aren’t connected to one another in any way or subtly pushing a competitor site? I’m sorry but even the look on the sunny side of the street optimist in me isn’t naive enough to find that a coincidence. (In fact, if you go to Swagbuck’s Facebook page right now they have a LTO on subscribing to an HGTV channel via your Youtube account that is SUPPOSED to pay out 50 Swagbucks. About half the people under the post are saying they did the offer and never received credit. I did the offer and did not receive credit, however to be fair my sister did the same offer and DID receive credit. Just by going through the comments it appears it’s crediting about half of the people who complete the offer. Could some of them have done something wrong and that’s why they aren’t being credited? Sure. Some, but not all. That’s just not very likely that with THAT many people with the SAME story, EVERYONE’S issue is a user error)

    I don’t think that Swagbucks is an out and out scam. They DO pay out and people have had positive experiences with them. I DO however think it’s a site that isn’t transparent about their practices and policies and has developed an unsettling practice of deactivating accounts to avoid paying out rewards.

    Based on my own experiences and research, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I use it but I keep my expectations at basement level and I won’t refer anyone to it. Having been burned myself and seeing how many other users have similar tales of woe, I simply don’t Swagbucks. I don’t think it’s a scam per se, I just don’t think it’s a trustworthy and honest company.

    • says

      Hey Kendall,

      Thanks for sharing your experience and opinion. I agree with you user experience will vary with Swagbucks although I think lately more people have experienced some of the poor side of SB. Fortunately there are so many other legitimate ways to earn money online (most of which we cover here), you can always give the other companies a shot. Fortunately there not the only fish in the sea.

      I can only personal recommend it based on my experience. Every year I’m able to cash out my Swagbucks with no issues. My account has never been suspended so I’m just basing my feedback on that. That said there are definitely folks that have probably experienced what you said. It would be nice if these online companies were transparent and explained why they may boot certain people. But I think the argument would be by revealing that they may make it easier for other people to take advantage of ways they may track offenders that are purposely doing things wrong. And unfortunately that may lead to some collateral damage of innocent people. But when you join these sites you’re agreeing to the terms of conditions that most of us ignore. And those terms are always designed to protect the company. So it’s a calculated risk you’re taking with any online company you use including social networks like Facebook.

      It’s a gift and curse of these sites. Either way, thanks for chiming in and sharing your two cents! It’s greatly appreciated!

  4. Chikara says

    I make 2 dollars a day on Swagbucks by mostly watching videos, you can earn $1.50 each day just watching videos, (I open a tab and minimize the page [ctrl -] to my fitting and do whatever I want while running the videos). You can also install the SBTV app and get 50cents a day by letting the vidoes autorun (US only). Other than that you could do much more thing but those will require concentration. Like tasks and Surveys.

  5. says

    I have been using Swagbucks for almost 2 years and I will say you won’t get rich. I already pay for my internet so if I can make a few dollars why not . I have earned just over $800 dollars in gift cards and have purchased quite a bit of stuff from amazon as a result of Swagbucks . Like I say you won’t get rich but it does allow me to indulge on some pretty great items for myself and family and not feel guilty spending money that could go elsewhere. Thank you for your review :)

  6. Rhyanna says

    Hi thanks for the review. I do have to say that there is indeed a downside. Recently, as of late last month, I had cashed out for a $25 paypal card and had 732 swb in account, only to discover that my account had been deactivated. So not only do I lose the $25 paypal I also lose the 732 swb, and the kicker is the email I had used for paypal on swagbucks, they won’t release it. I have had that email since 1995. They said searching irregularities, yet when I questioned further, didn’t go anywhere. Therefore, I Say READ the Terms and Policy Carefully. Yes its changed since I joined, which was this mid-past dec 2012.. also do more research on it, for there many offers that did not credit and you get screwed. I have to say I am liking which is a bit more private and not open to general public just ask them on their facebook page for more info. They are almost the same as swagbucks, just like zoombucks…what I like about zoombucks, is if I get dq out of a survey I do get some points.

  7. says

    Swagbucks may be was good but not anymore. Surveys hardly ever credits and they just wash their hands of and asking us, users to deal with survey companies. Well you are the one brought those surveys and you should be dealing wit this. Because we don’t have any pressure to ask survey companies to correct this BS and credit us they don’t care. All they say is “we dont have records that you have completed the survey” I’m sending screen shot which they ask us to provide so that they will convince that we completed the survey. Even with the proofs(screen shots) they don’t credit. And this has been happening quite alot lately. Needless to say many of us left Swagbucks and now doing surveys for another site “clixsense” Until they screw up I will do survey for them then I guess it will be over or some other decent survey companies will show up(hopefully). What i can say from my experience is that Swagbucks is scam! So be aware!

  8. says

    Because of my disability I use a few different software programs to help me use my laptop and navigate the internet. As soon as I earned points and requested the giftcard I wanted, Swagbucks accused me of cheating because of my software. I told them what it was and why I needed to use it. They didn’t reply to my email. The closed my account and refused to send the giftcard I earned.

    Swagbucks is a SCAM. Don’t waste your time with them. As soon as you earn a decent prize, they’ll kick you off.

    And more importantly, they discriminate against people with disabilities.

    • says

      Kissa, I’m sorry to hear about this issue. That being said Swagbucks isn’t a scam and thousands of us use it regularly and have been paid numerous times. However they have definitely failed you in this situation. Ideally it would have been great if you had contacted them before starting to see if the software might be against their terms and conditions. But I’m sure it’s not something you would have even thought of. But they probably have something in their terms in conditions you didn’t read. Most of us don’t read those documents and then things like this happen and folks start calling a company a scam out of anger and frustration.

      At the end of the day I understand your feelings. I wish companies would have more of an open dialogue in situations like this. But they make the rules and when you sign up and agree to the terms and conditions, you’re pretty much at their whim for better or worst.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Fortunately it’s not really the norm with this company but I know that doesn’t make you feel any better.

    • catsinjax says

      Eddy is right, Swagbucks is NOT a scam. I am disabled and have been a member for years now. I have earned tons of gift cards of my choice and have redeemed them with no problems. I did a great deal of last years Christmas shopping off of gift cards I had earned on Swagbucks. I also earned more off that, since I used their Shop & Earn while I was buying those presents with those gift cards, making my money earn me more money. If you have an issue, the Swagbucks help center or support is always very helpful. I am not saying you will always get what you want, but they usually are more than accommodating. I have had issues with partner offers before and soon as I contacted support, it usually was resolved within a day or so. Personally, I highly recommend Swagbucks for making a little money on the side. I hope you will give them another chance and as Eddy said, check to make sure your software is not against their rules first.

    • JR says

      Eddy, people are very entitled to be angry and frustrated when companies fail miserably to do a simple job with customer service! They take people, especially naive people for granted!!! I am a member and I must say the company is completely pretty much full of scam activities! Surveys are terrible. They dont give the points as promised and what they really want you to do is to BUY from other companies. Yes , I made some little money here and thee….but for all the work and hours, it is not even a fair deal. So we are entitle to complain. These companies make plenty of money and they should reward us better and treat us with dignity and respect, especially when we complain because they fail to do a simple job! ! Simple as that!
      And yes many companies online, surveys and others are big time scams! Even when they pay little money…especially when you have to wait 2 or 3 weeks to get that money! Geez!

    • says


      I don’t know where you got the impression that I don’t think people are entitled to voice their frustration. That’s not the case at all which is why I have a blog and encourage comments like yours.

      But I’ve been in this business long enough to know that people throw around the word scam too loosely for situations folks make not like.

      Like every company Swagbucks definitely has room for improvement. But they don’t owe us anything. It’s their company and they make up the rules. If we don’t like it we just shouldn’t participate in their company and voice our displeasure on sites like this. Maybe it will lead to change. Maybe not. Fortunately there are many other legitimate companies and ways to make money online that you’re not limited to Swagbucks.

      Ultimately just because we don’t like some of the policies of a company or don’t think it’s worth the effort doesn’t make it a scam. I’ve even written an article about this here:

      It just means the company isn’t as good as we would prefer and that’s perfectly a fair assessment and feeling to express. Ultimately we’re all entitled to our opinions. So it’s always good to hear from you guys. Thanks.

  9. ferretmom says

    I use swagbucks and have used it for a good many years. My favorite is the $5 amazon gift cards. I have gotten stuff off there for free of charge and still have money left over on the gift card! So I’m proof that it’s legit! I constantly have amazon orders coming in the mail and never spent a single dime! Sometimes my orders are just one or 2 things, but sometimes there’s a whole long list! But what really makes sense is to buy the items that come in a bulk package for cheap and sell the extra ones out of the package after mine is removed! Who really needs 3 different stylus pens?! So I actually sold them on a page called, shipped them out, provided yardsellr with a tracking code, and my payment was received in about a week. They started charging a fee for payal payments and paper checks, but direct deposit into a bank account was free and I took that option. I have made loads of money of that site and swagbucks! All was made possible by the swagbucks site! Love it!

    • says

      You’re really running with SB FerretMom. It’s a great way to make money. But you’re taking it a step further by leveraging the rewards in a different way. A very unique way to maximize SB. Thanks for chiming in and sharing.

  10. Ebony Ward says

    Hey Eddy, I am a new member of swagbucks, I didnt know you can get paid for surfing. I have been doing surveys and watching videos on it. Now that i know i will download the toolbar.

  11. mstam77 says

    Just found your site- and for anyone else who comes across it and [like myself] likes to see recent posts, I decided to comment . I love swagbucks. I have been using it for a year . I started using it last year just a month and 1/2 before christmas. I was out of work and had to figure out some way to buy christmas , since all of my fiance’s money would be for bills. In that little amount of time I earned almost $200 in amazon money using swagbucks . [i only had one active referral]May not seem like alot, but Amazon can have some great deals, and I had a free trial of Amazon Prime [which i need to find again] so got free 2 day shipping on everything. I recommend Swagbucks to anyone!! with anything, the more effort you put into it, the more rewarding it will be . :)

    • mstam77 says

      Well, Eddy.. Honestly, I don’t even thing Swagbucks should be put under the title of “work from home” at all. I do not consider it a job, because a job will pay at least $7.25 in my area, I wouldn’t settle for less working from home. I consider Swagbucks as a way to make some extra money to buy things your paycheck wont have to/can’t afford to. It definitely isn’t a real source of income though. . I am a member of a lot of different “rewards” or cash websites , and there are only 3 i do regularly, and this is one of them.

  12. sheilagotswag says

    I have wondered this many times too! Just yesterday I completed two offers, that promised swagbucks. I would have not wasted my time otherwise! When I messaged customer service, I got the run around! They still have not credited my account. I get the same thing with surveys that I’ve completed, which takes LOTS of time! For the most part, it’s been fine, but every once in a while I wonder if it’s worth it!

    • Nicole says

      Every time I message Swagbucks I get the runaround. They always come up with weird reasons why they are not crediting me. They say that according their records I shouldn’t be getting them. They are always wrong. I think they are looking at someone else’s records.

    • mstam77 says

      First, just so ya know [6 mths later lol] – it can take 48-72 hrs for them to get back to you, they have to look into it too, and its an outside company that isn’t crediting you- not them [all of their surveys and other thingscredit instantly, if you make it through them] Also, always make sure before you do any offer that you read the fine print. It will generally tell you the time frame to expect credit.. If you don’t have it in that amt of time, and confirmed any email you may have had to, then you need to contact who had the offer… trial play, pnut, etc… they always have a link at the top to click on for help if missing points when you are on their tab. And take screen shots if you can anytime you complete an offer , just in case…especially if its for a good amount of points. Swagbucks customer service is actually really good, you just have to make sure you completely read an offer before doing it

    • says

      Nope, otherwise we wouldn’t personally recommend them. As long as you just focus on things like the search and watching videos you should be fine. But if you’re signing up for offers which SB does pay you for then the owners of the offers will definitely send you marketing messages not SB.

  13. basketballjones says

    Is there any reason it won’t let me sign up? It said that they cannot offer this feature to me at the current time?

  14. Jeff says

    Thanks for the article Eddy, very informative and very helpful. I love the idea of doing daily mundane searches and getting rewarded for it.

  15. Philadelphia77 says

    Ive been using Swagbucks for 3 years and I love it. The prizes are totally legit. Dont waste bucks on small prizes. Try to save up for the big ones. It takes patience sometimes to earn large sums but in the end it is worth it. Trusted Surveys are the best way to earn.

  16. Candy Henry says

    I am getting ripped off by them, completed a purchase offer for 675 swagbucks by BigFish, it said purchase a game for $2.99 and get the 675 swagbucks, new users only. Well I went there directly from, registered and purchased from there, I purchased a $2.99 game, it said it updates instantly, its been over an hour already, contacted customer service from both ends, still nothing, talking about days. You have to keep track of every offer you do, because this is constant, this will be the 5th time I have done an offer and not received swagbucks for the offer. Everything from surveys, etc., but this is the largest one that ripped me off. Needless to say I will never purchase from Big Fish or any other offer the company post!

  17. Hunaina Farid says

    good day eddy,
    i read evry thing in detail but no matter what site i click, they say that its not available in your area, what do u suggest i should do now?

  18. Savvy_southern_belle says

    I love swagbucks. It sounds like a scam, but it isn’t. It is 100% legit. I am actually planning to pay for christmas through all the amazon gift cards I earn. A good tip is to not “hold on” to your swagbucks but cash out as soon as possible, this is just in case there is a misunderstanding and you get deactivated. Also read the rules carefully. I read them every few months just to make sure I’m remembering things. Also joining their FB page is a great way to learn and get tips.

    • says

      I’m doing the same thing. But I don’t cash out right away. I save it until around the holidays. I’ve never had any issues cashing out large sums. But it’s probably not a bad idea to cash out on occasion.

  19. Don says

    I racked up 2000+ points and trying to go through their activation process to redeem my points, waited, followed their rules, waited some more and all of a sudden today, someone emailed me saying my account has been deactivated because I am sharing multiple accounts, which I AM NOT. In fact, I use the same account on both my iPad and computer. They don’t really respond or contact me or provide any more info, so I feel cheated of my time and efforts. It’s feeling like a scam. Wonder if this happened to anyone else.

    • Savvy_southern_belle says

      Don, a lot of people are having this problem recently. If someone else uses the same computers (IP address) for swagbucks this does “confuse” their system and is how many get deactivated. Contact Swagbucks. A lot of people after explaining the situation get reinstated. Good Luck

  20. Nicole says

    Be forwarned…. I am sure swagbucks is legit IF you don’t earn too much too quickly. I was 100% honest using swagbucks, I spent 2 weeks day and night on swagbucks trying to earn enough points to get a gift card to get my children new clothes. I watched swagbucks tv, signed up for things, did surveys ect… now a lot of things you will waste your time doing and never get awards your swag bucks. For surverys I only got awarded about 1 out of 10 times and the surveys go on forever. Than after I finally earned enough points for my gift card and tried to claim the gift card they than accused me of auto running swagbucks just to gain points when I was actually sitting in front of the computer the entire time. They canceled my gift card, de-activated my account and basically stole 2 weeks of my life and I have no reward. Honestly swagbucks is not worth the time it takes just to earn a few bucks a month. And if you try to earn more than a few bucks a month they will find a reason to deactivate your account and take all your points away, All the time spent to earn even 5 or 10 $ on swagbucks you could have gotten a small job and earned so much more $ in the same ammount of time. I feel used and cheated by swagbucks and give them a big thumbs down and they are such a waste of time. I only with I had listened to the negative reviews I read before I started,

    • says


      I understand you’re frustrated because of what happened to you. Chances are you did violate some rule and probably wasn’t aware of it. I’ve earned very high amounts with SB and have redeemed many times with no problems. And I’ve earned them probably faster than most. So that’s not a reason why an account would be flagged and killed. At the end of the day it sucks what happened to you. But it’s definitely not the norm.

      Either way thanks for sharing your experience with us. Treat this experience like dating. There are plenty of other fish in the sea that you can try that are like swagbucks and better. See my recommendations page for some of these opportunities:

  21. jadedqueen says

    I’ve read Swagbucks’ FAQ and learned that its sweepstakes is for US and Canada residents only (and I assume the surveys too, since I’ve been into at-home internet job search since 2010. lol). But is Swagbucks available to countries like India, Philippines, etc.? I know it’s a dumb question, but I’m for legit companies no matter what, and Swagbucks looks like one of the few.

  22. Jeniejackson73 says

    It’s cool because you get prizes for doing what you usually would be doing for example I got a strand of fresh water pearls and some other cool stickers for my kids. I really do not see how you can make real money from it but if you like free stuff they do come threw.

    • says

      It’s a great way to make BOTH money (NOT A LOT) or earn prizes. I and many people have cashed out for paypal cash payments many times. You may not be able to support your family with it but you can make “real” money with it that can be used in “Real” stores. It just depends on how well you work all the ways to make money at SB and take full advantage of referrals.

    • Zenta24 . says

      How much you have to earn from swagbuck before they send you a tax form? Is there a max amount of money or gift cards you can earn per year?

  23. A_rob987 says

    Swagbucks is legit, you can earn prizes. But if you work too hard for them (earn too many gifts), they’ll definately deactivate your account for obscure reasons. A good site only if you don’t plan to gain more than a few bucks per month.

    • says

      That’s ridiculous. I’ve earned hundreds of dollars from them and have thousands of referrals and my account hasn’t been deactivated. Usually when companies kill your account it’s because you violated some rules knowingly or unknowingly. It’s not because you made too much money. lol

    • kerry says

      I have read all of these comments with interest. Eddy, is it possible you are not treated the same as the other folks that have had their accounts mysteriously deactivated because they purportedly violated a rule or were deemed in violation because you are a blogger that clearly sends business their way? Perhaps it is not “ridiculous” at all?

    • says

      Kerry, I can see how you would come to that conclusion. But I’m not one of their big players so they could care less about my blog. So I don’t think that is the case. But honestly people violate rules all the time and don’t even realize it.
      Unfortunately many companies aren’t transparent and allow folks to rectify any mistakes they made. Either way it sucks. Trust me I’ve been on the other side. But you don’t see me running around calling a company a scam because of it. ;)

  24. Soketa says

    I have joined Swagbucks and am hoping to earn at $ 1200.00 to pay some things. I am currently unemployed and have 2 degrees and am working on my master’s degree. I am tired of working in prisons, could you and would you please help me find a legit work at home job. I am hoping to find one that pays sooner than swagbucks, if not, I will have to stick with them.

  25. says

    I hear ya Gregg. For certain prizes the math doesn’t add up. So you basically have to pick and choose the best activities and prizes for your needs which you’ve obviously been doing. So kudos to you! Unfortunately with referrals there is always going to be a portion of them that are dead beats. I literally have thousands in many of the programs I promote and it amazes me how many of them aren’t active. It’s like why did you sign up then? lol Oh well. Fortunately with most legitimate programs you don’t need the referrals to earn. Your own activities are enough. Thanks for chiming in!

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