My Points - A Great Example of How To Survive The Dot Com Downfall
Dec 4, 2002
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MyPoints.com has been one of the strongest sites in the reward / incentive area of the internet. The premise is simple, read emails, respond to offers, sign up for newsletters, visit websites and be rewarded with points that can be accrued and cashed in for gift certificates, movie tickets, magazine subscriptions or donate your points to a charity. If you are looking for a website that has seasoned the dot com downward spiral, will reward you for your participation and wont make you wait forever to redeem your points then this site might just be worth checking out.
I wont lie. The earning opportunities at the site have slowly dwindled. I remember when MyPoints was partnered with Talk City and you could take a series of small, one question surveys every day that translated to between 100 150 points per day. This is also when most $10.00 gift certificates or gift cards were valued at 1,000 points. When combined with the regular MyPoints emails, offers at the website and other earning events you could look at cashing out for a $10.00 gift certificate every week. Not bad when you invested less than an hour of your time. Eventually the surveys were cut back to once a week, then once a month and eventually discontinued. While this angered some of the members to no end, at least the MyPoints site is still active and allowing people to make a little extra cash here and there.
Getting around the site is easy. The main page, after you sign in to your account, shows the main links of the site on the left hand side. From here you can dig into the site and see what new features and point earning opportunities are available. The speed of the site is a little above average however during the holiday seasons you can expect the images and photos to take a little longer to download and appear on the screen. If you ever get lost at the site simple click the Member Home link to be taken back to the main page. This will work on almost every page at the site except when you are in the redemption process. The only pop ups I have ever received were when I hit the main page or when I entered the shopping section of the site and clicked on individual stores.
Earning points at the site is, for the most part, simple. The easiest way is to sign up to receive unlimited emails. When you read one of the emails sent by the MyPoints.com site and click the link in the email, you are credited a certain number of points. Most of the recent emails have been worth 5 points but occasionally you will receive one for 10 points. There are also additional points available if you make a purchase through one of these emails. Be sure to read the fine print in the MyPoints email to ensure that you are properly credited for your participation.
You can earn points for visiting websites most of these are good for 5 15 points. There is a limit to the number of times you can visit a site. Previously some were once a week or once a month, now most of them are once a year. If you click on a website that you have already received credit for you will get a small pop up window stating that you already received credit for the site. Be sure to check out the survey section of the site as well. From time to time there will be 10 50 point surveys available for you to fill out. These surveys are determined from the information that you provide in your personal information section so the more information you provide about your spending habits, family life and future purchasing plans the more surveys you may qualify for. If you are someone that likes the take advantage of programs with little or no commitment then the Try It Out portion of the site might be a great place for you to start earning points. Most of the offers do require a credit card to take advantage of them which means that you have to make notes on when the company might start binning you, when your trial subscription ends or the date when you need to cancel the program or offer. Point offers in this section range from 50 points to 2,500 points so be sure to scope this out to see if there is anything of interest to you.
When points were abundant at the site I would redeem my points for gift certificates to Tower Records, Sam Goody and Olive Garden. Now that it takes a little longer to earn points I am a bit more thrifty with what I choose to redeem them for. I look at what it costs to get a gift card from different stores as well as how long I would have to hold out to get to the next redemption level. You really have to sit down and look and see what the best bargain is when you are ready to cash out and if it would be better to wait a little longer to reach the next price / reward level. Here are a few of the many stores that you can cash out at and the points that are required. For most of the redemptions there is no shipping or handling fee to process or deliver your order and unless mentioned at the site, rewards arrive via United States Postal Service. Exceptions are WebCertificates, which are delivered via email.
$10.00 = 1,500 points
$5.00 = 800 points
$10.00 = 1,500 points
$25.00 = 3,500 points
$50.00 = 6,500 points
$10.00 = 1,500 points
$25.00 = 3,500 points
Dave & Busters
$25.00 = 3,500 points
Barnes & Noble
$5.00 = 750 points
$10.00 = 1,250 points
$25.00 = 2,750 points
[good at Sam Goody, Media Play, On Cue & SunCoast]
$5.00 = 750 points
$10.00 = 1,400 points
$25.00 = 3,000 points
Check the site often especially the reward area to see if new stores have been added and if the reward cost has increased. Ive pretty much given up on redeeming for gift certificates and now cash out for WebCertificate. This allows me to save up cash in my WebCertificate MasterCard account in case of an emergency or if I just want to try out a new online site. My WebCertificate have arrived within about two weeks after cashing out however this was not always the case. The site used to send them out a lot quicker but still you wont hear me complaining. At least they are still in business and treading water.
Redeeming is easy simply select what you are interested in and double-check your account information [name, address etc]. There are several chances for you to back out of your offer so if you get cold feet or want to look around a little more you have the chance to. You might encounter a few small glitches when redeeming, if the page freezes or you get an error message use the back button on your browser to try the process again. You will be given a confirmation number that you should either bookmark or write down in case your reward takes longer than expected to arrive.
I havent taken advantage of the earn points for shopping through the site program for some time now. With the current online market I dont want to have to sit down and make notes when I shop at a site and wait to be credited with points. The simple fact of the matter is that the bulk of the stores that I shop at arent in the MyPoints galley. If you are an avid online shopper and a member of MyPoints you might want to check out the stores that they are linked up with to get some bonus points this holiday season. At present moment they are offering 5 points for every dollar spent at an affiliate site. Some of these stores include Buy.com, JCPenny, Wal-Mart, SpaWish, GAP, Nordstrom, Cooking.com, PetCo, KB Toys, Dell, Best Buy, Discovery Store, Hickory Farms and Game Stop. This is only a small assortment of stores that you can earn points at so be sure to check the different categories as well as the New Merchant section. Read the fine print, makes notes of when you shopped at the sites and save all your emails and confirmations in case they are needed.
MyPoints Point Alert
When you visit the site you can download a small program that will alert you to new point earning opportunities. I have tried several times to download this and get it to work correctly but alas, it seems to have some issues with my computer and firewall. If you can get it to work correctly, you can get an edge on the rest of the members and bank some extra points. When you download the program you will also receive 25 points for doing so. This is a great tool for those that do a lot of online shopping since it will prompt to you when you enter a site that is hooked up with the MyPoints site. If you visit a site that doesnt participate with the program, you will get a small pop up letting you know of other stores that sell similar merchandise that do offer you additional points.
The site rewards you for getting friends or family members interested in the site. For each person that signs up to the site, responds to the confirmation email and earns at least 60 points you will receive 100 points. There is a limit of 10 referrals per month and if you are thinking about getting greedy and making up fake accounts, the site has ways of determining if the accounts are real or fraudulent. You can send an email to your friends or family members directly from the site. This will allow you to keep track of who has responded to the confirmation emails, participated at the site and when your can expect to receive your 100 point bonus.
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San Francisco, CA 94111
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Creating an account at MyPoints is pretty simple. Provide as much or as little information about your self as you wish, create a screen name, password and agree to the sites Terms of Service and you are on your way to earning your first reward. Getting around the site is pretty easy and accessing your point balance, pending rewards, points earned to date and all other account information is a snap. When you sign up to the site you might want to spend a little time exploring all the areas of the site even if you dont think that they will be something that youll be taking advantage of. The Member Values page is a great place to get started since it offers you a plethora of products, services and point earning opportunities.
When you sign up I highly suggest that you fill out the member questionnaire. This is where you will be able to determine how many emails you receive a week, your personal information, spending habit and other topics. The more information you provide, the greater chance you have of getting point earning emails and opportunities. I have my account set up to receive unlimited emails from the site and get an average of about 5 9 emails a week. Sometimes there are 20 in a week and other times none but filling out the information at the site does increase your chances of being included in such emails.
Be sure to read the Terms of Service at the site when you sign up for an account. You must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the United States, Canada, Australia or South Africa. There is a limit to one membership per email address however the terms of how many memberships per household are rather confusing. The best thing to do is to email the site at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about creating an account.
The Bottom Line
For the most part, MyPoints has been a great site to deal with. The point earning opportunities might be a little on the slim side at times but they do try their hardest to make them available to you. Ive never had a problem redeeming or receiving a reward or getting credited for making a purchase through the site. If you are looking for a site that pays and doesnt take a year to earn a reward then check out MyPoints. With a great referral plan, moderate point earning opportunities and tons of rewards MyPoints is a great site to join and use.
As always, thanks for the visit!
^V^ Freak ^V^
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