I was a rebel at school. I’m not too proud of it now, but back then I really thought I was the bee’s knees, rocking my attitude and emo-ness, so sure I was bound to be the next biggest thing after sliced cheese.
As it turns out, I was wrong. Totally wrong. Fast forward 30 years, and I’m as mainstream as it’s ever going to get, still chipping away at my 9-5 job, still raising my 2.4 kids, still driving a station wagon.
A few years ago, I decided to earn extra money from home through paid surveys and other survey sites with online offers and rewards-based income generators. I say that loosely because rewards are a personal thing and what you take away from them is all about how high or low your expectations are.
Mine were pretty high at the time, hyped up by so many positive reviews of the sites that jumped out at the top of my Google lists when I searched. I’ve since learned that first isn’t always the best, and last isn’t always the worst.
If rebellion is what you’re expecting from PrizeRebel, then you’ll be as disappointed as I originally was. As survey sites go, PrizeRebel’s surveys are a great way to earn money right away but beware of the fine print.
Who is PrizeRebel?
According to most of the reviews and information, I read back when I was doing my research on PrizeRebel, the company has been around since 2007. Taking a look at documents filed with the Nevada Secretary of State, iAngelic, Inc. filed as a Domestic Corporation in the State of Nevada on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, making PrizeRebel just eight years old.
Owner and director information indicates that Chen Han is the president, secretary, treasurer, and director of iAngelic, Inc, and thus PrizeRebel, too. Whilst not unusual, it is somewhat unusual that a market research company boasting 8 million users and payouts totaling over $17 million in rewards.
How do you use PrizeRebel?
Before I signed up as a new user, the PrizeRebel site I was looking at was dry, business-like and limited. In fact, I couldn’t really see how PrizeRebel was a good fit for me, and it didn’t seem very welcoming at all.
Referred by a friend who was interested in signing up and had asked me to check it out on her behalf, I reluctantly signed up and suddenly, there was a whole different PrizeRebel site in front of me. Gone were the not-so-helpful links and dumped content, and in its place was a virtual bank of video tutorials, FAQ, suggested surveys, videos, games and more. Everywhere I looked there were indicators of the best way to earn cashback, get paid, make money.
And then I found the blog and got lost there for a while, too. By far, the best blog on the site is Why You Should Always Take Part in PrizeRebel Raffles, Offers, and Contests:
The blog above talks about leaving points on the table and not taking advantage of all the ways to earn extra money online with PrizeRebel. This is the part that I just could not see until I signed up, so let’s get into it a little bit.
How do you get 1,000 points fast on PrizeRebel?
As with InboxDollars [insert link to review here], PrizeRebel offers you a wide selection of activities, offers, and contests that can earn you extra points, just by being on their site.
Briefly, these are:
After signing up and completing your profile, click on Earn > Surveys to access surveys available now. Also, I started receiving recommended surveys in my inbox just 24 hours after signing up, which was a great way to remind me that I have daily activities to do if I’m going to earn any kind of serious money.
Enter a draw to win a free $10 Visa gift card or other free gift cards that can be used at participating stores such as Hulu, Starbucks, and Best Buy.
- Use your points to buy raffle tickets.
Why this option doesn’t appeal to me? It’s very easy to drop literally hundreds of points in any given draw and lose your accumulated points.
Regular contests – competing against other users on the PrizeRebel site – will reward you with up to 1,000 points if you’re in the top 20 at the end of each challenge period.
- To enter, click on Win > Contests.
Why this option doesn’t appeal to me? It’s all about who does the most tasks, finishes the most surveys, or refers the most people – too much time used up by all the additional tasks.
When your friends and family join PrizeRebel, you earn 20% bonus points on the points they earn from their activities, which is 200 points for every 1,000 points that your friends and family earn on any PrizeRebel activity, offer or competition.
Depending on your level, you could earn as much as 25% or 30%. It’s a great way to watch your points balance grow without any effort on your part.
- To qualify, simply invite the people you know to join Prize Rebel, and become active
Why this option doesn’t appeal to me? I have a small circle of influence, and in order to make the most of this option, I’d need to get to know a whole lot more people than I have the time or the inclination for.
Other ways to earn
The Offerwall is a great place to find all the surveys, videos and raffle draw that match your preferences.
Earn 5 points per day on the Daily Challenge (that’s 35 extra points per week) PLUS 40 extra points for completing the 7-Day Challenge. Depending on how long the month is, that could earn you as much as 350 extra points per month, just for doing all the things you would have done while logged in to PrizeRebel, anyway.
Install the browser extension
Get your copy of the extension by clicking here.
Exclusive accessYou can also share your referral link on an email, social media, blogs, and YouTube and start earning those referral points.
How much can you make on PrizeRebel?
As you can see from the screen dump in the Daily Challenge note above, part of that challenge is earning 143 points a day. That’s 1,000 points a week minimum, and so $10 reserved for your gift card or PayPal cash out.
If you were to not cash that out, it would be roughly $50 a month, and $520 at the end of every year, just for doing the barest minimum every day.
What rewards does PrizeRebel offer?
Currently, PrizeRebel offers a wide selection of electronic and physical gift cards from Amazon.com, eBay, Target, Starbucks, and many more brands. You can also grab your favorite game codes for League of Legends and World of Warcraft or gift codes for XBOX Live and Playstation Network.
You can also check out PrizeRebel’s YouTube videos here for more info on offers and rewards.
How long does PrizeRebel take to approve prizes?
That all depends on how long it takes you to earn them and then to remember to claim them, but all reward claims are processed within about 24 hours from the time of your reward redemption. If you are gold level or higher, your claim will be processed within 10 minutes unless the reward you requested is out of stock. If you cancel your claim and then reclaim a reward, the processing time resets.
How does PrizeRebel payout?
You can claim via a PayPal cash out or request a Direct Bank Deposit into your bank account. The lowest payout that I’ve seen is a $2 Amazon Gift Card, but for cash, it’s $10, which is worth 1,000 points.
Platforms and mobile apps
PrizeRebel does not have a mobile app, but its website is pretty responsive and adapts to the size of the screen you are viewing it on.
What’s the catch with PrizeRebel?
The bulk of your earnings lie in passive activities, such as daily or weekly challenges, referrals, contests, raffles and exclusive promo deals found on social media. You can slog away at your computer or on your smartphone for hours every day, and if you don’t put the passive activities into place first, you’re going to end up going nowhere slowly.
You’re not going to get rich overnight doing paid surveys. You’re probably not going to get rich at all, no matter how many surveys or offers you fill out or complete. If however, you find yourself at home and jobless, and you’re pretty disciplined and structured about how you do this, you should still see a good sum of money at the end of each month.
Remember that it will take you a while to plateau, meaning that this month you could make $200 and then $500 next month, but then only $50 the following month. You have to plan for those months where you simply won’t qualify for a lot of surveys, due to preferences, location, etc.
Obviously, as you’re starting out, you scour the web looking for negative and/or positive reviews that reinforce your decisions about which sites to use. Another survey reviewer that also prefers to make his money from the additional (what I call passive) activities on any given site had a really good point about this: you should be signed up to multiple sites, using the best features each of those sites has to offer.
You will always and invariably find negative reviews. Again, rewards and earnings are an intensely personal kind of thing. What seems to be a reward for me may not necessarily be like that for you, and vice versa. In general, the good reviews still outweigh the bad reviews by far.
Checking out other reviews, you may have noted the comments in some of your own research. I find that the comment section on any post is always a great source of true perceptions, especially when there are a lot of comments to balance the views.
What the members say
In 2017, a blog post went up on PrizeRebel, introducing a member named Sam. Sam had earned almost $18,000 through referrals only, in 10 years. At first, I scoffed at that number. Impossible, right? Breaking it down proves otherwise, resulting in just 1 member a month, as long as that member is actively also pursuing the passive opportunities, and completing offers and surveys.
You can also check out the video testimonials from hundreds of users here.
The overall impression from members with negative reviews was that it all starts out great, but somewhere down the line, it may not still be like that. In my own opinion, situations like this are most likely caused by staff turnover that results in a change in company culture which then filters down to the support staff and structures, corrupting everything along the way. The simplest way to fix this is to start all over again, which is always easier said than done, but a good cleanup would no doubt clear up many of these complaints.
What kind of support can I expect?
The support page was pretty comprehensive and well laid out. The links were also quite well-filled with the right content and many of my questions were answered, although many simply referred to the guide (just another blog post) and/or the rewards catalogue.
Open to anyone over the age of 18 in any country, you will need to remember that most surveys are country or location-specific, and you may be limited to offers valid for your country only. Also, in some instances, 13-to-18-year-olds can still use PrizeRebel, but with parental permission.
My concerns began with the fact that I could only find one director/treasurer/president listed for PrizeRebel. When tracking that a little deeper, I was more concerned that the entire organization seems to be operated from a storage unit somewhere out in Las Vegas.
For an operation managing that many users and claiming to have paid out the millions that it says it has to date, why is there no physical office that houses (at the very least) a group of management staff that take overarching responsibility?
It’s hard to manufacture and generate 8 million fake accounts, especially when you consider that there simply aren’t 8 million reviews or complaints out there. In fact, the Better Business Bureau gave PrizeRebel an F-rating due to non-responses on customer complaints, and PrizeRebel is not accredited by the BBB.
Interestingly, the BBB lists an entirely different (California-based) address for iAngelic, Inc.
Is PrizeRebel legit or is it a scam?
I have been paid out on the offers and surveys I took to date, so from that point of view, I can tell you it’s a legit work-from-home opportunity to take surveys, watch videos, cash out gift cards and generally earn points that you can accumulate and cash out. if you’ve seen one survey, you’ve seen them all, and I found no surprises on the PrizeRebel survey site.
One has to wonder, though, why referrals play such a big role in a survey site, and just how many of those 8 million users are active users.
When something is too good to be true, it generally is.
In hindsight? I would tread lightly.