Like so many other sites, Inbox Pays promotes itself as a way of earning ‘lots of cash’ by doing relatively little work. With this site, you’re supposed to earn money through completing offers, reading emails and playing games.
Personally, I had problems with the site right from the start. The first part of the signup involves entering in your address, zip code, etc. The first few times I tried it told me to enter a correct zip code (even though I already had) and wouldn’t progress any further.
Eventually I got past it, but the next part of the sign up wasn’t any more encouraging. It consisted of a series of questions like this:
This approach is common, and frustrating. They aren’t actually survey questions at all. Instead, answering yes to any of them will start you along the process of signing up for some site or offer. For example, this is the fine print I get if I choose yes to the option above:
You have to go through multiple pages of similar offers before you even get to see the site itself. Not a good sign.
Once you actually get into the site, it’s pretty clear that the main emphasis is offers. Although they sound good, offers are rarely a good way of earning money. For example, here’s one that I was offered:
The offer actually entails going through a survey and signing up for a free trial on a site called Jillian Michaels. The catch is that you have to give your credit card or PayPal information to sign up for the trial and will get billed when the period is over.
Inbox Pays notes that it takes between 2-5 days to receive credit for doing so, so you have to stay on the trial until they actually credit. The approach is a manipulative one, because people often forget to cancel trials and some companies make it challenging to cancel.
If you are signing up for multiple trials through the offers, you may well forget one and end up with an unexpected and unwanted bill.
Most offers either require you to pay money, join a trial or sign up for an entirely new site. All of these approaches take time and they can often end up costing money.
When I made the site sort by what offers were free, it provided me a list of 15 offers, which collectively paid out $11.90. All of the rest of the offers cost money.
Another section, called Favorites, had just more offers.
The site also had a Bonus Offers part, which just contained more offers. In this case however, the offers didn’t appear to actually have any reward associated with them. In fact, half of the sections of the site were nothing but offers.
Coupons is one of the sections that I haven’t covered yet. The section just contains printable coupons, mainly for grocery items.
The Cash Games section sounds a lot better than it actually is just a page where you can spin a wheel with the potential of winning money. Of course, you don’t actually win money, but instead you get credit for your account. You start off with two spins, then have to complete more offers to get more spins.
The only other part to the site is referrals. You can earn money by referring people to the site. However, you earn a proportion of what they earn (10%), which isn’t likely to be very high.
There isn’t a lot of potential with Inbox Pays. There are hardly any free offers, and once you have completed them, it will probably be a while before more show up. This means that most of the money comes from offers that require your credit card (or PayPal) information.
That’s a very concerning pattern and a risky one. Personally, I don’t let many sites have that information, especially not sites where I’m not even interested in their product.
Additionally, payments from the site are made in $50 increments. So, you have to earn $50 to cash out. With so few free offers, you would probably end up actually paying money to reach that $50 tier.
All-in-all, Inbox Pays is an approach that can get quite time consuming and potentially expensive, for relatively little reward.
Making money online is very possible, but offer-based sites are not the way to go. Even if you do earn money, it will only be a little and it will be slow. This is why it is worth taking the time to learn how to build an actual business on the internet. IT's something you can develop and grow over time. You can learn how I started my business and how you can get started on your own in my 5 day email course on affiliate marketing.
Otherwise, you just end up relying on sites like Inbox Pays, who never have your best interests in mind. Their intent is to get you to sign up for stuff, NOT to get you paid!