Points2Shop is an offer-based site – and yet another site promoted as a good way to earn money and/or prizes. At face value, these sites always look so appealing and seem to offer fantastic rewards for relatively little effort. But, how accurate is that really?
The name Points2Shop suggests that you earn points that you then use to shop with, which is a pretty accurate description. The site hosts a number of different ways to earn those points, like this list here:
With this type of site, having lots of different options for earning points can be a good thing or a bad thing. Theoretically, having these options should make it easier to earn money. In many cases though, the options make it more difficult to work out the most effective ways of earning money.
For example, you can earn points by playing games or watching videos. That approach always seems really appealing, but the amount of points you earn for the time is pretty low. The games are a good example of this, because you only get points if you win in a tournament.
So, most people that play the game probably won’t win anything.
I also found that some of the options didn’t even work. So, I might click on an option for earning points and get a page that had no real content on it. Likewise, most of the games the site offers don’t actually let you play them and say that you don’t actually get any points for winning anyway.
That issue might seem trivial, but it is a time waster. This type of site is already a pretty large time sink, so you really don’t want to be spending any more time on it than you have to.
If you’re trying to earn money or items from a site, it shouldn’t be complicated to figure out what you are doing or how to be effective at it. But, Points2Shop seems to be all about being complicated and the site certainly isn’t user friendly.
The reviews for Points2Shop are actually a little bit odd. One site hosts 115 different reviews, giving the site an average rating of around 3 stars. That sounds fine in itself, but the reviews are distributed like this:
That ratings distribution could mean that the audience is split on the company, with some loving it and others hating it. In practice though. You often see this distribution when companies have paid people to place positive reviews. If that was happening, then the negative reviews come from real users, while most of the positive ones come from paid reviewers.
If the distribution was legitimate, you would expect to see a lot more 2 star, 3 star and 4 star reviews. In fact, while people will often give a 1 star rating to companies they hate, it tends to be harder for companies to earn 5 star ratings. So, the distribution here simply doesn’t match human behavior.
Another indication is the reviews. This is a negative one:
Most of the negative reviews were fairly descriptive, often with personal anecdotes. In contrast, many of the positive reviews look like this:
That review could apply to countless different sites and there’s no real indication that the reviewer ever actually tried the site.
Even if the positive reviews were legitimate, the negative ones should convince you to steer clear of the site. A significant proportion of members are having bad experiences, which means that the same thing could easily happen to you.
With this type of site, you have to do a significant amount of work before you get any money out of it.
Can You Really Make Money Online?
My problem with this type of site always comes back to the same things – time and money earned.
Yes, you can make money with Points2Shop, but, it will take you a long time to earn the points you need to get anything useful. You might find people who claim they earned money in a week or two, but typically they were spending many hours on the site every day. Unless you are extremely clever at this type of site, you will end up earning much less than the minimum wage.
The thing is, you don’t have to use this type of site to make money online. There are much more powerful approaches to making an income online, which can actually end up being a full time business that can allow you to earn enough to actually put food on the table. Playing with “spare time” type of make money sites just isn't worth the time in my opinion.
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