Product Name: Treasure Trooper
Product Owner: Not given
What Is It?
A survey and offer site pretending to be a game site, yet offering users little in the way of actual outcome.
Before You Buy:
Treasure Trooper is a survey-based site, where users are paid a certain amount for completing a survey or offer. The site is cartoony and game-based in nature, but uses the same mechanics as just about any other survey site, meaning that users have to jump through hoops to earn anything, and most of the time, users end up making nothing at all.
What I Liked:
Probably the only thing I liked about the site was its cartoony nature, but honestly, this was slightly insulting as well. The fact that the site is free is also nice, although I would be surprised to see anything different from a survey site.
What I Didn’t Like:
At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that Treasure Trooper is a game, rather than a way of making money online.
Now, I agree that this approach does make the site a bit more interesting. However, the game elements mask the amount of work involved, or the fact that it is very easy to end up spending, rather than making, money.
For example, the dragon side game on the site involves completing offers (most of which cost) to gain dragon scales, and using these to grow a pet dragon.
The concept of the game is that through buying and selling scales and dragons, you might get lucky and find a dragon that can be sold for $100.
From the way the site is set up, you are likely to end up spending more than $100 to get to this point, if you ever get there at all.
In reality, the game aspect of the site simply acts to convince users that they are making progress, when they really aren’t.
Now I have signed up for survey sites before. In fact, they are pretty common online.
However, Treasure Trooper makes you fill out personal information when you join the site, which is concerning to say the least.
Now, I understand them needing your address if they are sending a physical check, but they want this information even if you choose to get paid through PayPal.
Personally, I don't like giving anyone my personal information even if they do need it, and it really bothers me to provide this information when it isn't at all relevant.
Different Forms of Payment
As can be expected, not all of the offers on the site pay out in actual money. In fact, there are a large number of different payment types and ‘collectibles’.
Some of these are actually payment types, while others are simply used as part of the ‘game’ element of the website.
The problem with multiple forms of payment is that they all accumulate individually. For example, one option for payment is Platinum Coins, where you need to accumulate 20 coins to actually get any rewards.
Accumulating coins isn’t exactly easy, as most of them involve completing offers. The majority of these involve some cost to the user.
In fact, the first option in this list gives you 20 coins, enough to get a $20 Amazon certificate or a $50 certificate at some (as in, hardly any) restaurants. However, signing up for the costs $41.94.
Wait, $41.94 for six bottles of wine?
If I’m going to spend that much, I’d rather get my own, thanks.
If you actually use Treasure Trooper to earn money, you will find yourself signing up for a large number of different sites and accumulating many different forms of ‘currency’.
Unless you are very careful about what sites you sign up for and whether these have recurring payments, it is likely that using Treasure Trooper will cost you more than it earns you.
In fact, there are few offers that are actually free, and many of them are highly restrictive in who you can be to actually complete them.
The limited number of free surveys means that it would be very difficult to earn enough money to even cash out once, even if you did qualify for all of them.
At the end of the day, all of the forms of currency require you to reach a certain level to cash out, which is particularly frustrating given the limited number of offers that don’t cost much and the fact that most free or low cost offers don't pay much to the user.
Now, you might not be surprised that completing offers requires spending money, as for some reason this seems to be the norm for sites like these.
In addition to the cash offers, there are a number of surveys that users can complete.
The concept is that you can earn up to $6 each day through daily surveys, a total that can add up quickly. Of course, this assumes that you can actually do this many surveys, which is never the case.
Each of these survey links requires you to provide additional information and to qualify. The first one I tried led me to this page as part of the ‘qualifying’ process:
Now personally, I refuse to install any software on my computer to earn 75 cents, particularly when there is always a risk in installing software.
The second link I tried gave me this notice – after it asked for my physical address and email address.
The third survey gave me this notice – again, after asking for my information.
At this point, I had spent around half an hour filling out personal information and getting nowhere from it. I had almost completed almost half of the daily surveys without making any money at all.
Clearly the chance of actually making money from these surveys is small and you have to do a considerable amount of work to get to the point where the site will tell you there is no survey available.
It’s also worth noting that in every case, I had to enter personal information including my email address, income level, physical address and other details. This isn’t information you should be giving out to dozens of companies every day, particularly because you have no way of knowing what will be done with it.
Surveys and Cash Offers as Money Earners
Sites like Treasure Trooper that offer surveys and cash offers as a way of earning money are never effective.
The problem is, you have to completely rely on the site to make money, meaning you have to wait for good quality offers, which tend to be limited to start off with.
It’s really easy to spend hours and hours on sites like these, clicking through the different offers and surveys, trying to find those that aren’t too expensive.
Even if you do succeed, at best you would make around $20 for the site (and probably spend at least $10), which isn’t much for the amount of work put into it. Plus, this would involve using all the best offers, so you couldn’t really do it a second time.
At best, sites like this provide a little bit of cash (or gift cards) for a lot of work. At worst, they end up costing more than is earned.
After all, if you forget any one of the trials that you sign up for, the cost of the auto-renew will eliminate any profit you might have made.
There are other products out there that attempt to use a similar system. The end result is always the same. You spend more money than you make, or make a small profit, and spend countless hours doing it. Some examples include older products like Project Payday or newer ones like Z Best Freebies.
One of the more deceptive and widely promoted ones is called Instant Payday Network. In fact, many of the fake reviews you see out there are promoting IPDN to make a commission. They are disguised as honest reviews, do not tell you much about the competing product, and of course provide a link to their “free” and “amazing” (lol) system.
Who Is This Product For?
I would not recommend this product to anyone, simply because the potential to make money is much less than is implied. There are many better ways of making money online where your time is better spent and you are actually making, not spending, money.
Sites like Treasure Trooper are very common online, because people are looking for ways of making money that do not require much work. However, these sites do not offer any independence and require members to jump through hoops to make little bits of money. In reality, Treasure Trooper requires you to provide personal information and often spend real money, all in the hopes of getting a little bit of it back.
When it comes to making money online, survey sites are not the answer. You need to be working on processes that do not rely on anyone else, where you have complete control. There are actually approaches that beginners can take to do just this, and it is entirely possible to start up your own online business that can eventually make you financially independent.
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