Can you really make money with this reward program?
After doing some research on Swagbucks, by the way a well working program, I ran into the ShopKick program.
It made me really curious. It`s a reward program for your smartphone, that almost sound too good to be true… Is it, we will dig deeper and find out more.
Price: Free to join
Would I recommend this program: Nah, it sounds too easy to get your account shut down for no reason (and with that loose your kicks). I would recommend Swagbucks instead.
Shopkick, according to their website, claim that 11 million people love their program. Now if this means that 11 million people use the program is uncertain. The program was launched back in 2009 so they have been around for a while, in ”online time” that`s a long time, I will give them credit for that.
What is a Kick?
Kicks are like reward points. You collect kicks and redeem them into gift cards.
How to Earn Kicks
Download the app to your smartphone, android or iPhone. Through your phone activities you will earn kicks.
Walk into Stores
Walk into a store that works with the Shopkick program, open your app and collect the kicks. But does this really work and how much is it worth?
For walking into a store and opening up the app you will earn around 30 – 100 kicks.
You will have to walk into the store, you might have to wait a while for the shopkick app to recognize through WiFi where you are at. When the app does you will earn the points.
People have had issues with this though. Some have experienced that the kicks will not be added to the total shopkick amount as promised. When they approach the store management about the issue they know nothing about the shopkick program. When contacting shopkick with the issue there is still no way to redeem the points.
Scan Items In Stores
You can also redeem kicks for scanning specific items. Kicks earned per scan is usually around 10 kicks.
Another way to earn kicks is by purchasing items. The kicks you can earn depends on the item you purchase and they amount they cost. This is for in app purchases only.
They also have a section on the app where you can earn surprise random kicks by looking through the “look books” of each participating store.
If you send friends to the shopkick program and they signup you will earn kicks on their first 2 weeks of account use. There is a maximum of 2500 points though.
Add Your Credit Card
For easy shopping they want you to link your creditcard to the program, if you do you can earn upto 200 bonus kicks (worth less than a $1). The app can then be used for in store purchases using your credit card.
How Much Is the Kicks Worth?
In most cases you will need 250 kicks to earn $1. Minimum payout is $2 for 500 kicks with Target, just to give you an example. Say that you are earning 50 kicks to walk into a store, then you will have to visit 10 stores to earn $2. Here is a breakdown:
- $2 = 500 kicks
- $5 = 1250 kicks
- $10 = 2500 kicks
- $15 = 3750 kicks
- $25 = 6250 kicks
How to Redeem Kicks
You can redeem the kicks for gift cards at many different places, a few of them are:
To redem the kicks go to your account and visit the ”rewards mall”. Choose a reward or gift card, tap ”I want this”. You have to verify your phone number before you can redeem your kicks.
What Are Users Saying About ShopKick
Some love it, but some have experienced issues…
Some users have had their accounts shut down with out notice or explanation to why. Messages like “TOO BAD!” “Unfortunately your account history indicates that you have not followed the shop kick rules…You will not be able to collect or redeem any more kicks.”
Another complain has been that the app doesn`t always work and let you collect the points. If you contact them or complain your account will most likely be closed.
Some users even go as far as saying it`s a scam or fraud, they feel cheated on the kicks that they have earned but could never redeem.
My major concern here is the respond from Shopkick. Issues happens, apps don`t always work, there will be things happening with that many users BUT the way they respond to their users are sad.
When users are asked about closed accounts, the Shopkick respond is that they don`t have to explain and that there will be no further communication.
If they shut down accounts and don`t have to redeem the kicks, well more money for them. It sounds like they have put this into a system.
Our Final Verdict
This program will not make you rich. You can make a little money on things you do already, sure. But be aware of how they treat their users. Shutting down accounts just because you have a question or complain is not a good way to treat your users.
That is NOT how you communicate with people that are using your product and should enjoy your program. For that reason only ”I`m out”.
I have tried both ShopKick and Swagbucks and I prefer Swagbucks, same set up but Swagbucks have more options to earn. You can earn by searching the web and watching videos or take short survey`s. Swagbucks is just my personal preference.
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Do you have any experience with ShopKick? I would love to hear your thoughts about the program please leave a comment below.