Lately, there has been quite some buzz on the Internet surrounding QuickRewards.
The sound bites are especially ferocious among netizens who are always on the look out for money earning opportunities.
Naturally, the bulk of the noise tends to focus on the legitimacy of the company. Is this the real deal or a fake website to con people money.
Being a long time member has certainly qualified me to contribute my two cents worth opinion on the above argument.
As a responsible reviewer, you can trust me to write this opinion piece about this online rewards program without favor or fear.
This is among the late boomers in the crowded survey panel market. It first emerged back in 2002 as a smallish online entity but has since grown on quickly and impressively.
The famous self-made man, Dmitry Beker, founded QR back then and today continues own the company, a rarity I must say in this era of instant gratification.
I have had the good fortune to communicate with the company founders on a few occasions during the early part of my stay there and Beker had a reputation of being the hands-on guy during the early stage of QR. So there are times when he picked up my queries and complaints personally.
On that merit, you just have to take your hat off for the kind of enthusiasm at work, and by the way, he is a nice guy to interact with.
As the site goes on its impressive growth cycle, it is natural to expect to see the top guy takes a step back and enjoy the fruit of his labor, but not Dmitry. People still talk about the company owner continues to make an effort to respond to email from members.
The internet driven rewards programs are certainly run in a different way.
It is almost a standard formula among the Internet entrepreneurs: you grow your company to a decent size and you look out for exit, while hoping to make a bundle. (If you like, you can learn a bit more on the working of customer loyalty programs and why they represent such a strong appeal, and their direct contribution to business and economy in general, by reading this article.)
QR has a simple business mission…
It pays just about anybody in return for their willingness to complete free/paid offers, take surveys, visit websites, play games, answer trivia questions (or requests) and certainly to do shopping.
Going by the size it is today, it has really succeeded in executing this simple mission.
You can view QR as some sort of loyalty rewards program that is hybrid in nature, as it certainly conforms to various sub categories of programs based on GPT (Get Paid To).
Here, I am talking about PTC (Paid To Click), PTSU (Paid To Sign Up), and PTR (Paid To Read Emails). Additionally, there is also a shopping channel hosted by the site. For members who are willing to do their shopping here, they would be entitled to nice discounts.
Do take note that the full address of the site name is QuickRewards.net, not the one that ends with .com extension like QuickRewards.com. The latter name, I found out, has no whatsoever relation to the wider QR network.
It is certainly enjoying its success and this has motivated the company to further expand its target base, i.e. the Eastern Europe market and UK market. 2 new sites were created to facilitate this purpose, with Platnijopros.ru that targets Eastern European residents and SurveyNetwork.co.uk that is meant for United Kingdom market.
Better Business Bureau’s Rating
I find out from the website of the Better Business Bureau that QR actually enjoys a rating of A-.
This is certainly impressive considering the fact that we are talking about an online rewards program website.
On this perspective, I was even more surprised to read that there are only 2 complaints registered with the BBB against QR over the duration of the last 3 years; and amazingly both cases are resolved (closed).
That got to be solid proof that this website is doing all the right things with its members.
Making Money on QuickRewards
On QR, there are multiple ways to earn money.
The opportunities are summarized as follows:
Surveys participation and completion
After you get past the qualification stage, all surveys undertaken and completed will earn you cash or tokens.
With more than 1,000 vendors (both big and small) represented here, you can certainly make good use of their rebates of up to 25%, as you shop online!
Even though these activities are not usually thought as a huge earning opportunity, they are easy money. All you are expected to do is to check out some sponsored sites and make money out of surfing the Web.
Read Paid Emails
This is one popular strategy of online rewards programs. Members are encouraged to read e-mails that QR sends out and make some earnings. If you decide to take advantage of the offer embedded in the e-mail, there is even more reward for you.
View Video Clips
Enjoy a wide assortment of video clips as you earn points. They could range from product reviews to movie previews.
Take up pretty trivia jobs and make some money.
Print Grocery Coupons
Every redemption made on printed form can earn you an additional of $.10 for every coupon.
Daily deal at Groupon
When you shop with Groupon coupons, you get a further 3% discount.
Buy Discounted Gift cards
The site offers another 3% rebate on top of discounted gift card from Giftcards.com.
QRdeals.com is a site sponsored by QR. Check out the site regularly to find out from the host and fellow members on how to maximize the QuickRewards rebate so you can always get the best online deal.
Everyday the site throws out one trivia question. If you get that right, that can earn you points as well.
Guess My Number Game
Play this “guess my number game” and have fun and make money at the same time. Everyday, QR posts this game out several times randomly.
Search The Web
If you opt for their search engine instead of your favorite Google or Bing, you will also be rewarded with points.
One thing that I find impressive about QR is that they often have new ideas to let members make more money. And these new money-making opportunities are regularly posted on their website. It pays to stay tuned to the regular updates that they have.
In order to stay in touch, I would suggest that you either subscribe to their official blog or get connected to their Facebook page as regularly as possible.
Cash Back Shopping
I think that the above money-making options listed are decent. But what I find most attractive as their shopping program. If you are prepared to shop via the channels provided by the site offers, there could be some outstanding discounts.
The fact that its network of partners is made up of some really repeatable and branded names only add to this appeal.
Obviously, it would be more beneficial for folks who regularly do their shopping online. The program is useful only if you are planning to buy some of these stuff anyway. When you suddenly find yourself busy planning on what items to buy, just so you can take advantage of this program, you are doing yourself no favor.
In general, the rebates on offer at this site are decent.
Some examples are produced below:
- 3.3% at Old Navy
- 4.2% at Barnes & Noble
- 4.1% at Target, 2.75% at Macy’s
Cash & Point System
Over here at QR, there are three choices of currency that you can use to carry out your day-to-day transaction.
They are classified as quick points, tokens and cash.
- 1. Cash
Cash is the predominant currency when you pick up and complete survey works. In addition, activities like completing trial offers, answering trivia questions, clicking ad links, online shopping and playing games will also be compensated in cash.
- 2. Quick Points
As dominant as cash is on this website, some selected offers are not rewarded in cash. This could relate to activities such as visiting sites or clicking ads. Instead, what you will earn are quick points. For easy computation, you can imagine that every 100 points is equivalent to one cent. At the point of writing, the website has an auto conversion calculator that translate every point into comparable USD.
- 3. Tokens
While it is a general practice for most GPT sites to reward points as the mode of compensation, QR chooses to pay you cash for things you already do. Sometimes, there are additional bonuses when you complete certain tasks, and the bonus is paid out in tokens. Since such tokens are pay out as some form of bonus, it could be difficult to quantify them. But as a rule of thumb, you can imagine that they are in direct proportion to individual offers. If the offer promises bigger rewards or money, generally, you can assume that the tokens on offer will be more effective. Do keep in mind that tokens are not considered on par with quick points, as far as the value is concerned. You can use the tokens to subscribe for magazines, buy gift certificates or exchange for some prizes.
Elite Member Feature
The site of groups selected members into an exclusive club called Elite. The qualifying criteria for this privilege membership is that one must have completed 75 surveys, all inside a cycle of three months.
There is also a shortcut to get admitted to this exclusive club, which is to commit to a minimum of 5 purchases worth $10 (or higher) within three months (the amount has to be post-coupons and it should not include taxes and shipping).
If you get to the minimum $10 bracket after at least five purchases, there is some more bonus waiting for you on your next purchase:
- $0.25 bonus for orders between $10 and $99.99
- $0.50 bonus for orders between $100 and $499.99
- $1.00 bonus for orders of $500 or more
There are also some additional benefits for elite members, such as special rebates/offers from selected merchants, receiving twice the usual number of tokens, bonus rewards on buying stuff online, and the special privilege to exchange gift cards with tokens. Take note that all of the above mentioned are applicable for the next one quarter only.
There are multiple ways that QR can pay you for work done on this website:
As mentioned previously, there is no pre-imposed minimum amount to be credited to PayPal. If you choose this route, it would just take some hours before your money gets transferred to PayPal.
If PayPal is not your option, you can opt for gift certificates - useful if you do lots of shopping (from both online and offline stores).
There is also a charity QR supports. It is called Project Linus, a non-profit group that specialize in the supply of free new homemade and washable quilts and blankets to needy children, ill and traumatized lots. You can donate your earning by simply clicking a button provided at QR site.
Do They Really Pay that Fast?
One thing I like about QR is that they really make good of their name. Quick rewards can always be counted if you do the work honestly and competently. This is a clear departure from some dodgy sites that find all sorts of excuses to delay payments to you.
Obviously you can later credit the rewards to your PayPal or choose to exchange them for gift card.
And QR does not make it mandatory for a minimum amount before any payment can be credited to PayPal is yet another huge PLUS. This certainly appeals to just about anyone who might need this cash out urgently at some point.
This compares favorably against some other sites that insist in you having some minimum amount ($30 in most cases) in your account before they would agree to a check request or pay to PayPal. It is also frustrating with certain sites that claim that they need months for payment process.
To put this into the right perspective; even if your grand reward over at QuickRewards is just a measly one cent (say during the first 30 seconds on the site), there is no stopping if you want to withdraw that amount to your PayPal account.
After a request is put out, you can see the money in PayPal in no more than 2 days. However, I have noticed on a few instances when my payment popped up in PayPal after just minutes from the time I make that transfer request.
Is QuickRewards Scam or Legit & Trustworthy?
I did a thorough investigation just before I joined QR. Happy with what I read, i quickly sign up and try on some of the things that I am impressed with. I navigated my way around and accumulated some 60 cents inside the first 10 minutes. I then made a request to transfer this amount to my PayPal account (I was keen to see if the transaction is allowed as reported). And one day later, I saw my PayPal is richer with that extra 50 cents. Obviously that have me bought as a fan and I continue to be impressed after seeing more sites having rigid policies regarding minimum payment in the course of my review work.
With such a proactive approach, no one is going to convince me QR is really a scam. But on record, its operation is completely legitimate, and this rewards program religiously pay out to members according to the terms of individual job, right from the time it was incepted.
I am now in my 6th year membership with this particular site, and nothing that they did and do annoys me. And the most likeable thing about them is obviously the payment method that comes with minimum fuss.
It is little wonder QR is among my preferred rewards programs given my experience. It was almost love at first sight, as it makes good of everything it says and promises, and this is indeed honorable coming from one of the many GPT and paid survey sites.
It is also encouraging to see the site’s owner continue to engage in emails and correspondences in general. This got to be a rare trait among owners who have witnessed their brainchild goes full steam and profitable.
Even as impressed as I am, I would not say that this QR could be an excellent source if you are looking for regular and dependable income. Indeed, QR, or any other GPT sites in general (like Creation Rewards or Points2Shop), would never represent your pot of gold. It is also highly questionable if these can sustain a livelihood.
So I am saying is that don’t count on QR as a means to get rich quick, there are other options for this purpose. But if you are interested to get some side income (in addition to your primary income), QR is certainly something you want to include in your radar as you contemplate which site to join.
I am in general agreement with the claim that QR is a top player when it comes to rewards programs. I never thought for a moment that this is a gross overstatement. When you look at the things that most players do (and don’t do), you just can’t argue against the fact that QR is way out of their league. And I have been a reviewer for years, so I have seen a lot of these folks.
To make this plain, if you are chasing after work opportunities from a legit GPT site, them QR is certainly something you ought to look at. Additionally, it also offer cash back and rewards for shopping, which are bound to help you with more earning opportunities!