Newer to the market research industry, EarningStation was launched in 2011 and has been growing rapidly since. They say that they're a trustworthy and profitable site, but we aren't convinced. From careful research we've found that they're neither of these things. Read on to see why EarningStation.com just doesn't make the cut.
What Is EarningStation?
EarningStation allows users to shop online, watch videos, play games, and take surveys for gift cards and points. Established in 2011, they're rookies compared to more experienced websites like Swagbucks.
We've done a lot of research on this site, but they keep things pretty vague. There was nothing to be found about the owners or an accreditation with the BBB (Better Business Bureau), making us wonder whether this site is really legit or just a scam.
How To Signup
With the low amount of pay this site gives out, it's a good thing signing up is free. Another con is that it's only available to people who live in the US and that are 18 years or older. Earn $.50 when you signup using your Facebook account or a regular registration form.
Overall, they keep the process relatively simple. After you're done signing up you get the chance to earn an additional $10 by joining 5 of their partnering survey sites. If you'd rather not, you always have the option to nix the offer.
Even though EarningStation doesn't pay a lot, there's still a few ways you can make a dime or two.
Surveys, the main money-maker of any self-proclaimed survey site. It figures that they're the worst way to earn rewards on Earning Station. Most can last 3 minutes to an hour, but for each survey the pay was no more than $3. Many are listed, but it's very difficult to find matches. After getting disqualified over 3 times, I received no compensation for my efforts. Based on the facts, we recommend ditching their surveys and putting your time in elsewhere.
The most reliable way to earn money with EarningStation is by referring your friends. Their referral program allows you to acquire 10% of your friend's earnings (excluding bonus codes and sweepstakes). This may seem like a great feature, but in reality there are a lot of other survey sites that offer this and much more. Some sites, like Mintvine, offer 15% for each referral.
Earning Station has lists of advertisers who extend a variety of offers that are available to complete. Most require you to test out a new product or service. It takes about 2 days for an offer to credit to your account, but they may take longer depending on if it includes a trial period.
Watch videos and play games to earn additional points. You are allowed 10 videos per day and they range from the latest news, to entertainment and music.
EarningStation gives you the opportunity to using a variety of retailers that are listed on their site. The bad thing about shopping on EarningStation is that it's cash back, meaning that you have to spend money to get money in return. Considering how much one can make with this site, it's actually counter-productive, which is why we suggest not using this option at all.
Don't expect to get rich with this site. Members used to have the option redeem hard-earned points for cash and gift cards, but this isn't the case anymore. After a recent change, members are no longer allowed to exchange points for direct cash. Points are now only redeemable for gift cards.
Physical gift cards are mailed and can take up to 6 weeks for them to arrive. Pick virtual cards so that they will arrive quicker.
Members can also double their points with Earning Streak. It's simple, there are just a few requirements. Come back every day to watch the daily video, answer the daily poll, try a LiveSample survey, and view the Daily Dose. If you keep this streak going, you'll see your points begin to increase. A 10 day streak will double your points, 30 days will triple, and 50 days will quadruple them.
Privacy doesn't look much different from the rest of the site. Expect a mountain of daily spam mail and lots of cookies attached to your browser.
Another thing to take into consideration is that if the mystery owners were to sell the business, your private information would be passed on to the next company.
Is It Legit Or A Scam?
In the world of online surveys you can't waste your time being skimped on with measly pennies, or worrying about where your information is going.
EarningStation is a complete scam, which is why we don't recommend joining this site. From the low-pay to sketchy privacy policies, there are just too many risks.