Inbox Dollars is an enticing setup for people who like to wile away the hours online doing things like taking surveys, playing games, shopping, searching and redeeming coupons.
The premise is that, simply doing the things that most of us usually do to fritter away the time while standing in line or when that late afternoon energy low hits at the office, one can make money…hence the term Inbox Dollars.
What is this, and how much can one really make doing innocuous little activities on our pc or phone? I set out to find out and it's all here…read on for what I found out.
How Does it Work?
You create an account, then perform as many minute tasks as you can stand each day, before your mind goes numb or your fingers stiffen to little pieces of wood from typing, tapping, or mousing too much…whichever happens first.
To give you an idea of what you're dealing with, here are the types of things you can do to earn Inbox Dollars. I've thrown in what some are worth, just to give you an idea of just how many dollars your inbox will be seeing after you join:
- Taking Surveys: $.25 to $.50 per survey
- Playing Games: Earn cash back on money you spend playing games
- Cash Offers. Try products or services and get cash. Sometimes you have to purchase something but some are free. Do things like sign up for free trials to get your account credited.
- Cash Videos. You either watch a video or watch & interact, or perform other activities described in the video.
- Cash Search. Earn $.01 for every qualified search you perform. Limit of $.15 per day.
- Cash Tasks. These are little jobs to perform, such as identifying the content of an image, describing products, or translating a phrase.
- Coupons. Purchase Groupon deals directly from your Inbox Dollars account and get 5% cash back for everything you purchase. For grocery store coupons, you get $1 for every 10 coupons you use.
Who's Behind Inbox Dollars?
Inbox Dollars was founded in 2000 and is operable in the US, Canada, and the UK. They have acquired other partners along the way, such as SendEarnings®, InboxPounds®, and Daily Rewards®.
There are millions of members performing all the tiny tasks offered by each of these subsidiaries in each of the 3 countries. In 2014, Inbox Dollars paid out more than $35 million in cash to its members. They have been included on the Inc 500 list several times.
The founder is Daren Cotter. He's real, and has been featured in real online journals as a promising young startup at the age of 33. In fact, he's invested in several other online business ventures as an angel investor. In 2008 his business, called CotterWeb Enterprises, was the Upsize Business Builder of the Year.
Seems the company is real and so is the founder. This is not a fly-by-night outfit that's going to steal your money. What's more, CotterWeb is actually accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Now that's something you don't see every day.
How Much Can You Make With Inbox Dollars?
Obviously, the money you make with Inbox Dollars isn't going to make you rich. At a quarter a pop for some tasks, it's a lot of mindless work for a modest amount of money. Nevertheless, there are people who make it work, and who make it worthwhile.
With a solid, reputable company behind Inbox Dollars, big name partners like Netflix and Groupon, plus a system that pays in cash (not points, like some of Inbox Dollars' competitors), this opportunity is a “firm recommend”.
I have only one thing to say that's little disparaging: one thing nobody likes is when it takes a long time to get paid. If this bothers you, then Inbox Dollars will frustrate the heck out of you. Credits can take up to 3 months to appear in your account, in the case of grocery coupons. Of course this varies across the board.
So, with that one negative aside, I can say this is an up-and-up opportunity, although don't kid yourself that you'll be rich anytime soon.