Sunday, August 14, 2011

Inbox Dollars Review - Thumbs Up

What does Inbox Dollars claim?

"As a member, you get paid to take surveys, read e-mail, play free online games, shop online, redeem grocery coupons, complete special offers and much more. It’s easy, it’s free, and you get a $5 bonus with sign-up!" They don't make any claims about getting rich quick.  They claim that they will generally send 2 or 3 paid emails per day. They start you out with $5 just for signing up!

What is the work?

The work is essentially what Inbox Dollars claims. The earning potentials include clicking on emails (about 1-3 cents/email), taking surveys (50 cents/survey), coupons (10 cents/redeemed coupon), watching commercial videos (2-3 cents/commercial), shopping (2-20% cash back), and special offers (5 cents - $20). The best way to make money from Inbox Dollars is not by clicking on their paid emails, which only pay about 2 cents per click, and at only 3 emails per day. Some quick math shows that it would take 417 days, over a year, to make it to the $30 minimum payout, including the $5 signup bonus.

I focus on the special offers and keeping my account active and letting the Gold Membership referrals build up. The special offers vary from entering your email on business' email lists to enrolling in free trial offers. Some of the special offers require you to enter your credit card information or even make purchases. I have done a few of these offers if the payout is more than what it costs to enroll or make the purchase. I have never had an issue with Inbox Dollars not honoring special offers.

What were my earnings?

My first payout was on August 29, 2006. At the time, Inbox Dollars charged $17 to purchase a Gold Membership, which is key to earning money! When someone joins Inbox Dollars without being referred by an existing customer, a current Gold Member is credited for referring the new member and receives a portion of the new member's earnings. In total, I have received payments of $392.96 from Inbox Dollars. Yes, this is over a period of 5 years, but it is very little work and I did barely any work at all on it until this past year, during which I earned $209.96. Here is a screenshot of my payment history: 

How hard is the work?

The pay is not great and it's not suitable as even a part time job, but I won't complain about clicking on emails a few times a day and receiving a check every few months! It isn't very time consuming and does not require skills other than basic computer knowledge.

What is the work availability?

Emails come steadily every day, but the special offers don't change very much, so it is possible to run out of special offers if you are working on Inbox Dollars a lot. Again, this is not an opportunity to replace a day job, it's more of something to do on your lunch break or while watching a movie.

What is the method of payment?

As of 09/14/2011, Inbox Dollars only offers payments by check. They have a minimum payout of $30, and they charge $3 to send you the check. I really don't like that, but that fee is waived if you wait until you reach $40 or more to request your check.

What is the final verdict?

I love Inbox Dollars and I will keep working for them. It is not an opportunity to replace a 9-5 job or even make a dent in paying your rent, but it is easy work that isn't time consuming.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up at Inbox Dollars


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