This free Google Play offering claims to give you rewards when you check into nearby locations. But can you really make money with the Perk App?
The app has been downloaded over 10,000 times, and has a 3.7 star rating on Google Play… which isn’t terrible, but not necessarily terrific either.
Here’s a small blurb from the ‘Read More’ section of the app in the Google Play store…
“Explore any city or town to find places where you can earn Perk Points. Visit those locations, check-in, and earn. Earn bonus points for promotional check-ins and for completing offers, surveys, and watching videos.”
So, right away, we see that this is almost like a blend between a survey app and Pokémon Go (minus the Pokémon). But, it claims to give you rewards that you can redeem for real cash… and we love real cash.
But beyond this, we weren’t sure what kinds of rewards you could really earn on Perk, so we kept reading. We came to find out that you can use your points to get gift cards, to enter sweepstakes, or to use what they call ‘Perk Plastic’ to turn your points directly into money.
But this was all just in the description. What we needed to know was whether or not Perk was really going to do anything for us. In the description, they do make a rather bold statement and say that Perk is ‘the #1 mobile rewards program.’ But this sounds like a lot of hype. Do they have the content to back it up?
Here’s what we found out.
Opening Up Perk For The First Time
When we opened up Perk for the first time, we were greeted with this screen.
There were several screens that we could slide through, and all of them contained a little bit of information about the app.
Here are the main points of information that the screens provided.
- Welcome to Perk, where you are rewarded for the things you do daily
- Explore for Perk Points: Explore the city and discover places where you can earn Perk Points
- Earn When You Check In: Accumulate Perk Points as you check-in to locations you visit
- Redeem for Gift Cards, Cash, and Prizes: Use your Perk Points to get gift cards, enter sweepstakes, or turn them into cash
There was also a Log In/Sign Up tab located along the bottom of the app… so I clicked on the ‘Sign Up’ option. I chose to sign up using Facebook, which is usually my preferred method of signing up for apps like this… as it is super-easy and makes the process pretty quick and painless.
Next, I was taken to this screen, which seemed to be the main home, or hub of the app.
Right away, I saw that I had 100 Perk Points already credited to my account. I also saw that I could visit Subway (which isn’t far from my house) to earn 3 more. Next, I clicked on the ‘Places’ tab, located at the bottom of the screen… and this brought up a pretty wide range of businesses close-by that I could visit to earn points.
I could also switch to a map view of all of the places nearby that I could visit. The map was pretty cool, really. It seemed pretty accurate, and I was amazed at how many places I could check-in at—even in a small town like the one I live in!
Even small, independent businesses were listed, which surprised me. I was able to earn about 3 points for checking into each location, but I still didn’t know what this was going to translate to in real-world currency… so I decided to figure that out next.
How Much Can You Actually Earn With Perk?
To figure out exactly how much you can earn with your Perk Points, I clicked on the ‘Reward’ section at the bottom of the app hub screen. This is where I ended up… on the ‘spend your points’ screen.
First off, I clicked on the ‘Buy Gift Card’ option to see exactly how much in credit I could get for trading in Perk Points. I wasn’t disappointed, either. I clicked on the Amazon Gift Card option, though there were a lot of different gift cards to choose from… including Amazon, 1-800 Flowers, eBay, Staples, CVS, Gander Mountain, Overtone’s, and more (many, many more). There certainly wasn’t a problem with gift card selection on Perk… that much was for sure.
After clicking on the Amazon option, I was taken to a screen that described how many perk points I would need to get enough real-world cash to make my effort worthwhile. After scrolling down, I found a pretty handy table that gave me exactly what I was looking for.
As you can see, the trade-in value wasn’t too bad—except that at 3 points a pop, I was going to have to do a LOT of checking-in at locations around my house to earn enough Perk Points to really make any cash.
By my calculations, in an average day, I probably make 4 to 5 stops that would qualify to win me 3 points each. This would translate to about 15 points per day… maybe more on some days, and maybe less on others. This would add up to 105 points per week, which would add up to 5,460 points per year.
That would earn me an Amazon gift card for $5.
So… a $5 gift card for a year’s worth of checking in at stops? It takes, on average, about 30 seconds to 1 minute to log into the app and perform a check in—so it’s not necessarily free money, in the sense that you don’t have to do anything for it. You are doing something for it.
You are basically selling the app information about where you are spending your time, which they are likely selling for a much higher profit (I cannot confirm this, necessarily. It’s just a theory… but it’s my predominant theory about the app at the moment.).
But… the app does give you the option to earn money doing the things your normally do. Plus, some people go to more stores on a daily basis than I do. When I go shopping, I even visit more stores than 4 or 5. I could easily visit 7 or 8 stores when I’m on a dedicated shopping trip. So that could open up the possibility of earning more.
Some people have to visit stores as part of their day to day job, too. People who set up displays, vendors, stockers, and people in similar vocations may find that they can earn far more points than the average person, because they are on the move all day. Postal workers and package-delivery drivers, or people working taxi-driving gigs, could also really earn more with Perk.
Will I Be Leaving Perk Installed On My Phone?
Personally, I don’t do enough running around to make this app work for me. I could probably earn $5 over the course of a year… but would it be worth taking out my phone for, and worth the time it takes to check in every time I run to the store?
The app itself functions really well. I like how it works, and the map feature seems super-accurate. I think that the company has done a good job of managing it as well, so that’s awesome. It's a tad bit glitchy, but nothing too serious.
But will I be leaving this app installed on my phone? Probably not. I sit at my desk for far too many hours each day to make Perk work for me.
But, with that being said, I could easily see how some people could earn a lot more with it than I could. And I would certainly say that, for these people (the people who are out-and-about a lot more than I am), I could easily see Perk earning enough extra cash to make checking-in worth the time.
I’ve seen apps that can earn you more—but from a functional standpoint, I liked Perk. I also like the idea. It’s pretty original, easy to use, and doesn’t really require any serious thought or skill. You just check in when you get to locations that give you points. That’s it.
There are a few negative reviews for the app in the Google Play store. But there are also a lot of reviews that are positive. It seems that the negative reviews are usually a bit more specific—but that is generally how it goes with reviews.
I would advise you to download it and give it a try if you think it might be for you. Just don’t expect to get-rich quick. You’ll be lucky if you earn enough over the course of a year to take your girlfriend/boyfriend out to dinner. But still… it’s like getting a free dinner for using an app, so how is that not a good thing?
Our Final Thoughts About Perk
Should you download Perk on your phone?
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