Swagbucks Review – Is Swagbucks a Scam or Legit?



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I must say that when I first went to the Swagbucks website, I was a little confused and somewhat skeptical. It mentioned things like being a “premier rewards site” and a leading online search engine. But if they were a search engine, then how does one generate the rewards from? And why have I never heard of them? Well, it turns out that Swagbucks is indeed pretty legit.

In a nutshell, Swagbucks is a search engine just like Google or Ask, but you can get rewards points just for searching the web. And actually, the site is sponsored by Google and Ask!

Swagbucks is overall a pretty cool site. You can simply install their toolbar on your computer right next to your Google toolbar, and just do your Internet searches from there. The results are close to the same. If you’re doing Internet searches for research purposes or work purposes, I’d recommend going with Google because their search results are superior to Swagbucks and many other search engines as well. But if you’re looking for anything else, Swagbucks is a great option for getting quality search results while gaining rewards points. Not only can you get rewards for searching the Web, but their site also offers a whole host of other options for building up your Swag Bucks.

How It Works

It’s amazingly simple. You just sign up and you can either go to their website each time you want to gain points for surfing the web, or you can just download the Swagbucks toolbar and do your searches from there.

Then each time you do a search using the Swagbucks search engine, you gain Swag Bucks which are good towards a wide variety of prizes, including everything from GPS systems to memorabilia to gift cards to actual cash via PayPal.

Other Ways To Gain Points

However, your ability to gain points does not end with merely search queries. There are a ton of other ways to save and earn Swag Bucks:

1. Special Offers
You can earn points by signing up for special offers or registering as a user with some websites. They also have a daily NOSO (No Obligation Special Offer) that can gain you points. This is a special offer that involves no cost and no obligation to you.

2. Surveys
You can also earn Swagbucks by filling out surveys through their site. You’ll have to consider the time involved here when debating whether online surveys are worth it or not.

3. Shop
They also have a shopping section where you can earn one Swag Buck for every dollar that you spend there. At first, I didn’t expect to see “big” retailers there, but I was able to find quite a few well-known names. Walmart and Macy’s are there as well as lots of others.

4. Trade-In Program
They also have a very unique program where you can actually trade in your old cell phone or your old video game system for Swag Bucks. In fact, I have a few old cell phones that I plan on sending to them when I get around to it. I’ll at least get something for them in return!

5. Polls
They also have daily polls where you can gain Swag Bucks. Simply answer a few questions and you get the bucks!

6. Invite Friends
And of course, you can also increase your Swagbucks by inviting your friends to join. You can get up to 1,000 points per referral.

Check It Out, But Balance Your Time

Swagbucks is certainly worth checking out, but the site could become a little addicting. If you’re going to use it solely for your search engine queries, I’m all for that. After all, we all use search engines anyways, so why not use a search engine that rewards us with free money and prizes? In this regard, using Swagbucks wouldn’t take up any extra time at all.

But if you end up sitting on the site filling out surveys, filling out the daily polls, completing special offers, and inviting your friends, your time could be easily sucked away every day. That’s not to say that it’s still not worth it, but you need to seriously consider your time and weight the benefits of the site against the amount of time you’re spending on it.

This is by no means a criticism of the site; this is simply a word to the wise. I can envision many people going to the site, checking out all of the things that Swagbucks has to offer, and then looking up at the clock to find that three hours have passed by. In some ways, this has the potential to be like a Facebook time warp. Just be conscious of the time you’re spending on a site like Swagbucks!

Final Word

I have given you the basics to Swagbucks, but you really just need to check it out to get a full understanding of the site and see if it fits your needs.

My personal take in a nutshell? If someone is going to allow me to generate real prizes and money by doing what I normally do every day of the week, then absolutely I’ll use the product. The search engine is good enough that it’s worth me moving my searches over there. And when I have some free time, I’ll also take advantage of their other ways to earn additional Swag Bucks like their special offers and polls.

During the writing of this review, I installed the Swagbucks toolbar on my computer at home. At the completion of this review, I had already gained 41 Swag Bucks! Now, I’ve only got 709 to go before I can get a $5 Amazon gift card!

What has your experience with Swagbucks been like?

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  • http://smallslice.blogspot.com Sarah

    I have been using Swagbucks for a while now and have earned a few gift cards. I like it a lot!

    • David/moneycrashers


      Sounds great–I can’t wait to start getting my gift cards too!

      Thanks for commenting…

  • http://cootiehog.com Jaynee

    I’ve been using Swagbucks since June 2009 and have earned 28 $5 Amazon gift cards in that time. All have been legit codes. I love Swagbucks! I don’t know that I’d have the patience to save up my points for the larger items they offer, but considering how much I shop on Amazon, those 28 gift cards have come in handy!

    • David/moneycrashers


      Lets see–according to my math, that’s about $140 in free stuff!!

      You can’t beat that!

      Thanks for joining the conversation!

  • http://stretchyourdollarwaukesha.wordpress.com/ Skirnir Hamilton

    I have been using swagbucks for awhile now and manage to get a $5 Amazon gift card about once a month. So I do consider it worth it. As I don’t spend a great deal of time doing it, I don’t get the bonus codes often that you have to search out, etc. But I get the normal search codes, and toolbar codes. So I manage without spending much time.

    • David/moneycrashers


      I too am in the initial stages of using it, so it’s not like I am racking up the points or anything.

      But I definitely see it as being worthwhile

      Thanks for chiming in

  • Heather Dykeman

    I have been using swagbucks for a long time and have won tons of 5 dollar amazon cards. Its no extra effort for me and is well worth getting free giftcards.

    • David/moneycrashers


      The best thing about the free gift cards is that they’re free!

      Thanks for weighing in!

  • Casey Slide

    I use the Swagbucks search engine, and I also get the guarenteed 3 Swagbucks everyday (toolbar, poll, and surveys…however, I never actually do the surverys). I agree with your review. Swagbucks is great for the casual swagger, but it can be time consuming to do everything. By just doing the search engine and the guarenteed 3, I was able to earn a $20 Target card in about 5 months, which sounds like a long time, but that is equivalent to $50 a year just by switching my search engine!

    • David/moneycrashers


      How do you get the “guaranteed” 3?

      I’d love to know…

      • Vkaijinv

        “guaranteed bucks” per day are: 2 for the NOSO thread, 1 for toolbar, and 1 for daily poll. If they do the inbox video offer (click on advertiser, tell SB whether it took you to the ad landing page) then it ups to 7 daily.

  • Anissa

    I don’t love the search engine, but I have earned several Amazon giftcards, so it’s been worth it. I did have an issue a few months ago when I went to log into my account and was told that do to violations my account was suspending. I immediately emailed tech support and was baffled as to what it was…a day or two later I got an email saying that my account was restored though I have no idea why it was flagged originally and they didn’t say. Bonus points for fixing their mistake promptly.

    • David/moneycrashers


      I too think that the search engine is a little limited, and I only use it for non-business purposes, as I don’t have time for an incomplete search.

      But I do see it as being worthwhile, and I haven’t even looked into the surveys or polls yet.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Shilowe

    I was using swagbucks and had earned a lot of bucks. All of a sudden they deactivated my account and claimed I had opened multiple accounts. I told them I had only one account and asked if they had proof of this accusation. They said they have their ways of knowing and the matter will not be discussed. I lost all my swagbucks and was told I could open another account and start over. I only had one account, the accusation was false. They said it was because I visited my Uncle and we used the same wireless router. They closed his account too, claiming the same thing and refuse to reopen his account. He had even more swagbucks than I did and had just put in for amazon gift cards. They refuse to honor any of his bucks or discuss the matter.

    • http://www.moneycrashers.com David/moneycrashers


      Thanks for the info!

      Its good to know both sides of the site.

      I just hope this isn’t a habit of theirs!

      Thanks for contributing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Jacobson/100001698078977 Heidi Jacobson

      Hey, it’s like going through our education system, then entering the REAL WORLD: NETIQUETTE.

      It’s how you act; control yourself; use what you can, who you know, KNOW YOU DO NOT, and know WHAT YOU DO NOT. And bluffing will only take skill my friend. :) A few years on SB will teach you that lol. I find the people who stick around are the absolute most sarcastic and blunt hilarious I HATE YOU BUT COME BACK HERE YOU SUNOFAM#$%%#3ER kind of people around. I.E.; — PPL Who like to FEEL as though they are ‘cut-throat’ business leaders or something.

      ER… :/ In other words: there is nothing to lose. Only to gain. So, perhaps you’re order did not go through or you did not qualify for a survey. Never got back to your email They promised to you that yes, indeed, your offer would be honored–in 12 weeks? Sit back, it shall come. WE ARE ALL HUMAN. SB Makes mistakes IN YOUR BENEFIT as well*

      *Little thing I tell myself to keep living right lmao… AH!

      • guest

        do you work for swag bucks or something?

        • Larry Carter

          She works for them. Swagbucks has trolls on these forums that post condescending responses to try and mitigate the damage that Swagbucks has done by stealing money from users they deactivate without reason while pretending they have one. They send insulting pieces of slime like that woman to twist the knife and rub it in so that they can squeeze out a few more suckers who are not aware or not sure that it will happen to them…until it does, and then they will know the truth like we do. Until then, Swagbucks relies upon people like her to fool the newcomers so that they will be scammed like we have been.

  • http://Beauty4Moms.blogspot.com Ashley – Beauty 4 Moms

    I LOVE Swagbucks, I whole-heartedly recommend it!

    • David Bakke

      Ashley–thanks for the endorsement, and thanks for joining the conversation!

  • Corey

    Swagbucks is Awesome! I’m not quite sure when this blog was written, but since then, Swagbucks now offers Games and Swagbucks TV as other was to earn. Swagbucks TV is the best way to earn some extra swag. I leave it on while I’m on the computer earn between 20 – 80 swagbucks a day.

    • David Bakke


      Yeah, I’ve racked up quite a few points since joining as well.

      Thanks for commenting

      • SB Profile: Valley02 ;P

        Absolutely I agree with your article hands down. I mean, if you got the time, you got the time, no? Why not earn while you pass the time until the next best thing comes by, eh? No doubt you get some points each reply; to that DB, HERE YOU GO! :)

  • baby 1

    Swagbuck is a cheat… coz i palyed for a while and reached some amount of points one day suddenly they canceled my account without any notice… dont trust swagbucks and pls dnt waste ur time on that F%*@#* website

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Jacobson/100001698078977 Heidi Jacobson

      So it isn’t for you. In the mean time while you sit and waste your time obviously ruminating about your hate for it, I’m letting the swag TV flow by and slowly accumulating bucks…oh look! My new AGC just posted! FINALLY! There’s that new i Pad I’ve been waiting for! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Jacobson/100001698078977 Heidi Jacobson

      So it isn’t for you. In the mean time while you sit and waste your time obviously ruminating about your hate for it, I’m letting the swag TV flow by and slowly accumulating bucks…oh look! My new AGC just posted! FINALLY! There’s that new i Pad I’ve been waiting for! :)

  • Steve

    It works! the easiest and fastest way is to refer your friends and earn what they earn!
    please use my referral link then invite all your friends though yours!


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Jacobson/100001698078977 Heidi Jacobson


  • blownglass2002

    They have cheated me out of points and let me get halfway through surveys that are supposed to be 20 minutes and then drop me after 30 minutes! I won 10 SB last Sunday night (3 AM EST) and it never posted. I just don’t get it, if you are willing to sit there through those TV things, why shut you down after so many, as if they are “giving ” you something? Crazy It’s ADVERTISING!

    • Davidbakke


      Well, as you can see, there are people that swear by the site, and people that don’t. Sorry about your experience, but I appreciate you taking the time to let our other readers know of your less than satisfactory experience.

  • Jkbeast

    Swag Bucks is a very trustworthy site. Many people have gotten free stuff from it and so have I. If you think Swag Bucks is cheating you out some points, just give it a second chance. You will be missing out on a LOT if you don’t.Some of their OFFERS that they provide to earn points might be scams, but Swag Bucks is not the one cheating you points. It’s the offers and Swag Bucks can’t help it if they can’t get a confirmation.It’s a great way to get some free stuff in your free time. I love it and so do thousands of others.

    • Davidbakke


      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It seems like there are people on both sides of Swagbucks.

  • Kristinromero1

    It’s actually only 450 SB for a $5 amazong gift card :)

  • mdmdmd

    I love swagbucks…tip: use “reload every” add on to replay a swagbucks tv video over and over until you earn the max amount (150sb) …This way it requires no effort on your part, hell i just video play overnight and by morning ive got +150 sb.

    • Davidbakke


      Its apparent that this is a like it or hate it type of website. Thanks for commenting

  • Sublease99

    It is a waste of time, the cheated me.

    • Davidbakke


      Looks like this site is a love it or hate it kind of thing. Thanks for commenting.

  • jay

    Swagbucks is a legit site if your willing to take some time to do some of the things on the site, you will earn swagbucks, the more swagbucks you have the betters things you can get from giftcards to tv’s.

    if you use my link i will earn some extra swagbucks. if you dont believe me about swagbucks, message me,


  • Canajun eh

    Hihi, Is this only for America or can the swag bucks / cards etc be sent to and used in Canada also?

    • Davidbakke

      Looks like they do ship to Canada. You may want to contact them for further details. Thanks for commenting

      • Vkaijinv

        they do Canada as well as some countries in Europe. They just started a facebook page just for UK Swaggernauts…I think a complete list is on the FAQ page

    • Davidbakke

      Looks like they do ship to Canada. You may want to contact them for further details. Thanks for commenting

  • 02blazer

    If you weigh your time and electric for what you receive out of it. Do you really earn anything? Seriously people unplug and have fun! Spend time with your family and friends. Stop getting fat sitting glued to a screen, get out and do things! Remember the old saying, nothing is free!

    • Davidbakke

      That’s an interesting perspective–thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kaushik-DB/100003999398786 Kaushik DB

      That’s the great comment within all these.

    • ebeezy

      That’s kind of condescending. I use Swagbucks at work where I am required to stay at a desk and sit for 8 hours. Might as well make the most of it. You’re just assuming everyone sits on Swagbucks with every free minute they have, ignoring everything else in their life. So yes, I make a little extra by sitting at work and it is worth my time.

  • Brett

    As soon as I tried to redeem my prize, they deactivated my account. Scam.

    • Davidbakke


      Sorry to hear that, but thanks for commenting!

    • Shelby

      it’s not a scam, because you aren’t paying out any money lol. I don’t think you understand what a scam really is.


    well im about to do it i hope it works out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maxwell-Smart/100002235240026 Maxwell Smart

    Not only have i racked up amazon cards i got toothpaste,deodorant.bracelets,cat food… scams are things where you pay money and get nothing in return. i have not paid a cent to swagbucks because i am working for them and racking up.!

    • Davidbakke

      Thanks for commenting…our readers will appreciate the insight.

    • akalinus

      I have never gotten any of the samples even though I have done hundreds of Lifescript activities.

  • Rky4881

    I loved Swagbucks until recently. I used their search engine for all my searches. I did participate in special offers even though many times the swagbucks were not awarded. Then one day, my account was deactivated. No warning! I sent them an email, they accused me of having multiple accounts. I did NOT! I had one account. They provided no proof, would not discuss it. I found this disturbing to think they would accuse me of something and not provide proof of their claims. Very unethical and disappointing.

    • Davidbakke

      Thanks for sharing–our other readers will appreciate it.

      • lauren

        swagbucks did this to me too and has done it to EVERYONE I KNOW. HUGE SCAM – DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME ON SWAGBUCKS

    • Goo 123

      You are true Rky4881, they did same with me….

    • Jfranklin225

      They also did the same thing for me. I redeemed my gift card, they told me it was posted to my swagbucks account, but had locked me out before I could get to it. They said I was using multiple accounts also, which I was not.

    • Kerrycarafa

      They did the same to me after I tried to cash in my points. I had one account, told them this and they refused to try and find out the issue, instead sent an email saying they wouldn’t reactivate my account or respond to any emails I send. Horrible company, and I wouldn’t waste my time on it not knowing if out of the blue they will deactivate you, and not even send out your payment you earned before they deactivate you or look into to see what can be done to resolve the matter.

  • A SwagBucks User :(

    I am totally disappointed with swag bucks, they have de-activated my account saying I did violated their SWAGBUCKS TV Policy, their reason for de-activating my account is “I HAVE USED A AUTOMATED PROGRAM TO RUN SWAGBUGS TV continuously” where I agree my activity might have hot their one of the rejection code and account got de-activated. Which is completely a wrong estimation and I have not created any Automated Program to run SWAGBUCKS TV. Because I am not a program writer :–)
    Totally disappointed with Swag bucks, I spent lot of time on the site and I believe I made some indirect promotions to Swag Bucks site. Seems like after I made good amount of Points they have de-activated Accounts.

    • tim

      they always do this – they deactivate all accounts once you’ve earned enough points to make any money. do not waste your time on swagbucks, BIGGEST SCAM OUT THERE

    • Guest

      I am not real techy-can they tell if someone is using a bot? They have repeatedly accused me of using a bot or some automation. Obviously I’m not, but, if they can’t tell and keep falsely accusing me, I email back and say I am not. I also have a lot of bucks in my account. Maybe this is what they do to deactivate your account?

  • Guest

    Be careful, Swagbucks is a scam! They steal your credit card information!

    • Laney

      They Certainly Do Not! They Are A Free Rewards Prgram That Are Top-Notch! Stop Ruining People’s Fun And SwagBucks By Spreading You’re Little Lies! I Just Bought A PS3 And I See Nothing Wrong With My Information Or Credit Card. And I’ve Been Using It For Months!!It Is Certainly Not A Scam!

    • Jakemiller

      you are wrong there

    • Shelby

      You’re an idiot lol

  • Guest

    If I was to have replied to this a couple of days ago, then I would have said that swagbucks is the greatest site ever. I’ve been a member for a couple of years, and earned many amazon gift cards. Then all of a sudden they deactivated my account for violating their swagbucks tv policy. Just like what others have posted, they say I was using an automated program to cheat on swagbucks tv. I have never done that. They should think about what they are accusing people of. They force you to put in a captcha all of the time now, so is it even possible for people to do that?

  • pafaye

    One negative after another. You would think that David Bakke would take down his mostly positive review under the circumstances. More time wasted looking for a work from home job, one I desperately need. Thx u, David!

  • http://freestufflove.net/ Amelie

    There are mixed feelings on Swag Bucks that’s a sure thing. Their system may threat users as “cheaters” even if you are playing safe… The exact reason is still unknown!

  • ShawolAngel

    If you’re interested in starting an account on Swagbucks.com, please use this link. I’m trying to save up for Christmas! – http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ShawolAngel

    Also, I would just like to add that I’m fairly satisfied with this site so far. I’ve found that it takes a while to earn enough swagbucks to pay for anything but with time, I think it pays off. I’m not that well off money wise so this site helps out a little. To be honest, it’s not the most amazing site out there but it’s pretty decent. I wish you guys good luck and I hope you earn a lot! :)

  • dianaghek

    I love swagbucks. I am a little leary about watching tv, since that is what people are saying is getting them deactivated. If you watch the tv, you can put it on mute and as soon as the meter goes up switch to the next clip. Although, you aren’t using an automated program it is still cheating and I would advise against it. I only watch the tv if I intend to watch the whole clip. They have good ones with news and such.

    Anyways, I get most of my bucks from searching. I would try this for yourself. And for the comment about them stealing your credit card info, not true. I have never been asked to provide it. I have redeemed multiple gift cards with no troubles. Check it out. http://swagbucks.com/refer/dighek

  • http://www.wahinfo.com/ Work At Home

    I am surprised at the amount of negative comments I see on Swagbucks. I have tried hundreds of sites and have been scammed numerous times, but one thing I can say is that Swagbucks is definitely NOT a scam. I have been paid by them and I have proof. I always post my proof of payment on my blog because there are so many people being led to believe that legitimate programs are scams and that scams are legit. Thank you David for this in depth review and I wish you much more success & earnings with Swagbucks!

  • Kassidylohf

    How old do you have to be to use swag bucks? Can you be under 18 13 or Evan 12?! I’m just wondering? Anda I thought that you can get actual money with them!? Its very confusing! My question is how old do you have to be to use swag bucks can you be under 13?? Oh and reply fast I have considered the good and evil sides of this “SWAGBUCKS FREE MONEY” reply fast

    • Kassidylohf

      SCAM it won’t even let me log in! Epic scam!

      • Shelby

        It’s not a scam, I use it all the time and get a decent amount of money. You probably aren’t doing something right lol.

    • samari92

      You have to be 13+ to join the site. And you van earn money by earning money by cashing out for Paypal gift cards. I have been a member for a little under 2 years and it really does work!

  • mike


    • ?

      Have you ever tried earning points?

    • Me

      The same thing is happening to me right now. I am trying to claim my rewards and first they said I was searching too fast so I told them that I really only searched on there a couple of times a day. Now they came back and said they’re investigating my account further. There is nothing to investigate. I watch some videos and search occasionally. They just don’t want to pay me because I waited until I had a lot of bucks to redeem. My suggestion is to redeem your bucks right away and stop participating on their site immediately if they don’t pay you. There are a lot of people having problems with them!

      • guest

        same thing is happening to me-and 2 yrs later. One search and I got error msgs that I was using a bot/searching too fast/only searching to get swagbucks(go figure that one!) It raised a red flag with me, I had been letting the bucks pile up and decided to start cashing out. My emails come with a link-
        “Wrong Link
        You have clicked on an invalid link. Please make sure that you have typed the link correctly. If are copying this link from a mail reader please ensure that you have copied all the lines in the link.”
        They refuse to resend, this has happened on both GCs now, the swagbucks have been deducted and emailing/contact us forms-nothing…
        I have been a member for over 5 years and have watched it go downhill badly, didn’t realize how bad until I went clear back thru my earning history and saw what they used to pay!
        Since I’m unable to get my GCs or get a response I definitely think this site is a scam. I was sucked in for 5+years :(

    • Annie Carrick

      It is clearly a scam and I echo Mike on what he has said! PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

    • Larry Carter

      You are right Mike. This just happened to me yesterday. I am an 86 year old man on retirement, and they stole from me, then accused me of things I cannot even do. :( That is exactly what they do to people. There needs to be legal action against them because it will not stop unless there is.

  • http://www.i-get-paid-to.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-paid-to-sites-what-works.html Sue lovett

    I can’t believe you guys, Swabucks is one of the best sites around. There’s maybe 10 to 15 good fast paying free sites (IN THE WORLD) and swagbucks is at the top of that very short list, don’t miss out.

  • missinformation

    Love Swagbucks, started using it again recently, so far $30 in Amazon gift cards. I downloaded the search bar at work and at home, so I have double the opportunities. (I do alot of research online at work, and it does not affect the computer’s performance.)

  • Ashley

    I’ve been a member for a few years, and I used to love it. Key words, used to. For the past few months Swagbucks will do everything they can to deny you the swabucks you earn, even going so far as to lie to you, which is the last straw for me. A very high percentage of offers and surveys don’t pay out now, and Support will tell you to wait 6 WEEKS and contact them again, at which point they will deny you the swagbucks anyway, even when you provide proof you completed whatever it was you were supposed to do. It’s become such a scam. For those who don’t mind being ripped off a good bit of the time it’s fine, you’ll still earn some money. But the time put in is definitely not worth it.

  • Syed Rizvi

    I am really disappointed regarding surveys.Sometimes after completion of survey they don’t give any swag bucks.Some of them are very misleading and ask irrelevant questions and also don’t pay viz.special offers surveys.They should be monitored and removed.Otherwise web site is awesome.

    • ebeezy

      I agree. There are a lot of the times you don’t get your rewards when you finish a survey or they ask you to do a survey and disqualify you at the end of it. Many of the shopping rewards are a total scam. You’d spend way more then you receive. With that in mind, you just have to be smart about your choices and use your time wisely.

  • Steve Stevenson

    This person is probably employed by SwagBucks.

    I had a huge problem with getting kicked off the surveys from them over and over, I Emailed their support about it and waited a long time for an answer. I finally got a reply about it, and they basically said “Tough crap, that’s how we do it.” And without the surveys it takes a long time to get $5, which I attained through the SwagBucks TV app on the iPhone and iPad (which had all sorts of bugs and such). I redeemed my points for a $5 PayPal gift card, it took them 10 days to Email a $5 code for Amazon. I Emailed the support asking them to change it to what I requested, and they said no. Also, if you rack up a bunch over time to make it actually worth it at all, and then they ban your account for “cheating” when you did nothing of the sort (which I keep seeing in other forums), you did all of that for nothing. It takes a long time to rack up these points, and it’s quite frustrating at times. If they weren’t dishonest, it would be nice to make all that extra money for online purchases and such in your free time, but alas, they are dishonest, and I am canceling my account.

    I am using Bing Rewards, which can make you a little over $5 a month for online purchases, just for searching stuff on their site and it’s only a short bit of time, easy, and not cheating or frustrating at all so far (I’m fairly new, about 2 months) so I would recommend it if you’re looking for this sort of thing.

  • VoodooBaby

    I used and it took me months to get two five dollar amazon gift cards for 450 swagbucks that was before Swagbucks turned into a sneaky site.

    Swagbucks is a hit or miss, I’ve been scammed by the surveys, you do a whole survey that promises you 100 or 400 but in the end wind up getting nothing in return. Surveys kick you out and they may just kick me off and say I am be dishonest for no reason. But the company still takes your information. Then Swagbucks gets super shady and you have to go out of your way to contact Swagbucks. The surveys are terrible and so are the sign ups. I probably will stop after I get my $25 Paypal card.

    Swagbucks has turned for the worse, before you could get 50 points a search, now it’s 7- 11 points a search.

  • CharlieYoungpeter

    I just started using Swagbucks after a friend of mine kept posting about it on Facebook. I figured she wouldn’t waste her time on something not legit. So far, I like it a lot, but I do agree that it can be addicting. I am a member of a lot of survey websites. It’s my full time job.
    If anybody wants the links to the other survey websites that I use to make a little extra spending cash, please email me at [email protected]

    • blackbleach

      Hey I love that you help people out with good sites to use!

      • CharlieYoungpeter

        Nobody helped me out back when I started trying to work from home. I ended up getting scammed out of some money. I don’t want that to happen to anybody else so that’s why I try to get the word out as much as possible that there are free and legit ways to make money. I posted that last comment a year ago. As of today I have made a lot of money on Swagbuccks. It is by far my favorite money making site.

  • michelle weaver

    u dont know much about it evidently! U can get unlimited giftcards! The only ones that are limited are the Amazon $5 cards because it only takes 450 points to get them!! U need to do more research before giving bad reviews for places!! I love Swagbucks it pays for my Christmas gifts, school clothes, Birthday presents and most of my pet supplies!!!! I have gotten gift cards an hour after redeeming!!! Maybe u should check it out a little more and the monthly bonuses alone re awesome!!! Im sure u probably know nothing about them as u have only been doing it a mere 3 months!! I have gotten $15 in bonus points!! No other site does this!!!!! If u cant figure it out it is not Swagbucks fault the user gets what the user puts in!!!! I suggest looking for information on earning more and trying it especially before telling others not to use it!!!!! If u are not too lazy to work u will do great on Swagbucks and earn lots!!!

    • Larry Carter

      You must work for Swagbucks. Only a dishonest fool would say what you’ve said here and put so many !!!!! points after every sentence. You’re a liar, a cheat, and so are the people who run Swagbucks. They insult people just like you did here and pretend they pay out when they only pay enough to get people trusting them to close their accounts with money in it that cannot be redeemed, so I’m sure you work for them.

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  • phil

    I’ve been a member since a year and what I can say is that it is a pain to use this site.
    It is not worth spending time to get 1 or 2 points…
    Just go to Bing reward, you will get much more reward in fewer time.

    They put so many rules (can’t order same reward more than twice a day and no more than 5 per month, now you have to sign in to access to the gift card section, and sign-in again to open a gift card, recently, it is even worse, have to wait for the email for each reward, and you have to sign-in again and again for each of them,… it is totally crazy, it is worse than my online bank account!!!).

    Last rules is you cannot get more than 50 Swag code per member, of course they don’t tell you. You will realize that only when you already got them and try to add them into your account. as the result, I ordered 2500 points from Bing as Swag code but cannot use them. As an alternative solution, I opened another account, added the 2500 points and got $25 of Amazon gift card.
    a few days later, I couldn’t sign-in, I realize they disabled my account, tried to contact them by email twice and they don’t even reply to me…
    As the result, they stole me $25…

    I will never use this site again…

  • gilbsan

    NO Good

  • person

    trying to cash out for gift cards-all I get is –
    “Wrong Link
    You have clicked on an invalid link. Please make sure that you have typed the link correctly. If are copying this link from a mail reader please ensure that you have copied all the lines in the link.”
    No response, they have a link to resend, they do not do that. Not holding my breath that I will get my gift cards. Scammy site!

  • swagbucks suck

    NOSOs recently went from 5-6 clicks to over 40!-plus all the refusal to give gift cards, deactivating accts when ppl try and cash out, accused of using automation to get their few cents-this is all over the net, not just this site-they are scammers.

  • Swagwaste

    Horrible waste of time! I spent hours trying to qualify for surveys, watching videos, and other stupid stuff… for $1.70 in potential gift card rewards. NOT WORTH ANYONE’S TIME.

  • Anne Moran

    Swagbucks does not let you UNSUBSCRIBE !!
    They change into your homepage..
    They turn into your search engine..
    Just a hassle after hassle after hassle..
    Be careful with this site;it smells of ‘scam’
    Not happy !!!

  • Larry Carter

    Swagbucks is a SCAM. I am an 86 year old man that was talked into using it to supplement my retirement. They waited until I made $25 and then they deactivated my account, accusing me of “hacking their system” when I can barely type on a keyboard! They are so insulting and demeaning. They have no respect for the elderly, they have insulted me, accused me of things I cannot do, blamed me for things that they are doing to others, and then stole from me just as they stole from my daughter and my nephew before. They wait until you earn enough to claim a reward and then they deactivate your account after a point. They do this to hundreds of thousands of their members at a time, and then say they violated their terms of service when they did not. The $25 they steal from me and from you adds up to $250,000 to $500,000 or a few million later when they do this to enough people at once. This company is a deceitful, despicable, and dishonest organization. I was raised on the honor system, and these people have no honor. They are just thieves. They will steal from you, from your kids, from your grandkids, from your friends, from your brothers, your sisters, your mother, or your father. They have no shame, and if they would do it to me at the age of 86, they will do it to you and anyone you care about, too. Your friend, Larry.

    • Katie

      They deactivated my account as soon as I created it :(
      When I asked why, I was told that people from “my country” were not allowed to create accounts with them. I live in Milwaukee!! I am SO CONFUSED but screw it. I don’t know what’s wrong with this website. These people are crazy!

  • bonnie

    In all honesty, the site used to be fairly good. You could earn (with some effort) free gift cards and they were pretty fair to the users. I have been an active member for 4 years and have earned almost 4000 bucks from it. That is not the case nowadays. They have cut and cut the amounts you can earn and it gets harder and harder to get the gift cards. They will cut the payout for an activity in half and then literally tell you that it is a great new earning opportunity. For them, it probably is, just not for the users. They have turned into a greed machine. Used to be I could earn 200-500 SBs (the equivalent to 2-5 dollars) a day, depending on how much time I was willing to put into it (2-4 hours at night after work). Now, I could spend 8 hours (not that I do) in a day on there and earn usually less than 100. Many of the offers that used to work great don’t work at all. And forget about customer service. It is not just bad, it is totally non existent. If you do ever manage to get an e-mail response, the responder is usually rude and unwilling to help at all, mostly telling people that it is YOUR fault that you didn’t get credit for whatever SBs they screwed you out of. Not to mention, they push and push for referrals from their users now. I would not refer my worst enemy to use this site anymore. Yes, it is technically free money, but you will work your butt off for it and quite frankly I would rather spend my time doing something other than being constantly frustrated for 50 cents a day. Many of us long time users have or are leaving the site. If you are looking for a site to earn some extra money, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. TOTALLY not worth it anymore.

  • Josh

    Joined to try. It’s a joke, full of spam like any other “survey” site. Canceled it in 15 minutes.

  • Kellie Hogan

    I love Swagbucks! I earn about $100 a month with little effort. I agree it’s a little addicting. I have bought so many gift cards for things such as dinners, groceries, partly paid for a new tv, tools, gifts for others and much more. This is not a scam, it just takes a little time to figure out. I also use a facebook group that posts lots of tips and info.

  • akalinus

    Actually, the SB search is Yahoo search. It is not Google or Ask. Searches are hard to come by.