When I was asked to produce a PrizeRebel review, I was intrigued, because it wasn’t a survey site I’d used before. When I began my research, I noticed some similarities to Swagbucks (which I have reviewed here).
As always, I began by having a look at what other people online were saying about the site. The PrizeRebel review score on TrustPilot was a rather positive 7.1 (at time of writing). However, with only 27 reviews this still concerned me slightly, especially as the company has been active for over 10 years. Looking a little further brought me to the reviews on Survey Police. On there, PrizeRebel received an average of 3.6/5 from 107 reviews.
The positives and negatives from the reviews were all quite similar. On the plus side, it certainly seems there is the potential to earn regular side income from PrizeRebel. Furthermore, the payout system is talked of positively. On the minus side, comments suggest that the surveys are low paying for the time involved, and that disqualification from surveys is incredibly frustrating.
With these things in mind, I set out to do a deep dive into the service and produce a very detailed PrizeRebel review for you. Let’s get started.
What is PrizeRebel?
PrizeRebel is a US-based website where members can earn rewards from completing a variety of different online activities and tasks, including surveys.
It is available around the world, to anyone over 18. It is advised, however, that those from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia are likely to find more to do on the site. It’s also worth noting that those aged 13-18 can also get involved with consent of a parent or guardian. (You’ll find more online job options for teens here).
PrizeRebel has been active since 2007, and has over eight million members. $16 Million in rewards have apparently been paid out since the site’s launch.
PrizeRebel Review: Sign up Process
You hit the “Start Making Money” button and away you go, but before you get properly started on the site, you must first verify your email account.
My initial impression of the interface of PrizeRebel was that it seemed simple to navigate. There seemed to be a wide variety of different ways to earn points towards a reward. (Note that each “point” is worth one cent).
The first step is to access the “earn” tab, where you need to complete a two page profile questionnaire about yourself and your household. This takes about two minutes and you are rewarded ten points for your efforts. Then you can start exploring.
How do you earn points?
When you select the survey option you get access to ten different survey providers. Many of these are well known companies. (And several can also be accessed using other survey sites we have reviewed previously).
All the survey providers have a fairly simple process to access their surveys. Once you have selected the relevant provider’s tab you are shown their available surveys. For the majority of providers you are shown the survey type, time to complete the survey, and the points on offer.
This means you can weigh up whether the points value for the estimated time commitment is worth it. This reward per length of survey does vary greatly across all the different providers. This is slightly annoying as there is no consistency.
To access the surveys you just click the “Go” tab and you are taken through. Normally before starting each survey you are asked to complete up to three demographic questions. The likelihood of being “screened out” at this point is high, and I have had this happen on many occasions. If this is the case you are redirected back and can try for another survey for the same payout.
An alternative is to return back to the main website and select another survey. As you can end up with rejection after rejection – never knowing how much you may be earning – I do recommend doing this.
In the next section I look at all the different survey providers I tried out when I put together this PrizeRebel review. Note that you may well see a different selection depending on where you are located in the world.
The first provider on my list was “Your Surveys.” You can complete a “Daily Survey” worth 80 points more than once a day, which is an easy way to build up points. With these surveys, the reward is the same regardless of the survey length. It’s always worth checking the length of the survey if you are accepted, just to see if the points reward seems worthwhile. I have completed a survey in just two minutes to earn the 80 points, so it is worth having a go.
Your Surveys has proven the most lucrative provider in my own search for points. In the month I have been using PrizeRebel, 677 of my points have come from using this provider. Another positive is the ability to complete all of these surveys on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
The next provider for me was Daily Gold. There are many different survey opportunities available through this provider. The points reward per survey is available, but you are not informed of the likely time to complete these surveys. This is frustrating.
You can complete the “Cint Daily Survey” for 80 points, as many times as possible during the day, and this varies in length. I have managed to complete a few surveys through this provider, so it is definitely one that seems worth checking out. Once again, these surveys are compatible with smartphones, tablets and computers.
The third provider was SaySo Rewards. The survey lengths for the points rewards here seem really poor, and I have yet to actually complete a survey. On the plus side, all the SaySo surveys can be completed on all devices.
Next up is PeanutLabs. I have only been able to access this provider whilst using a computer and I have not had any luck with completing ANY surveys.
Tap Research was next on my list. The rewards vary greatly. It may just be poor luck but I was screened out for every survey I attempted while writing this review of PrizeRebel! There seem to be plenty of surveys here and they are available for smartphone, tablet and computer, so more perseverance could perhaps pay off.
Next up is Toluna. The surveys I saw from this provider all pay 73 points regardless of the length. I have completed a few surveys with Toluna via PrizeRebel. They are fairly enjoyable on the whole and work on all devices.
The other providers accessible to me on my PrizeRebel dashboard were OpWorld, MarketCube, Innovate and Precision. None had any surveys available to me during the month I completed my review. Your mileage may vary if you’re located elsewhere.
Survey Quality Scores
One vital thing to keep an eye on whilst completing surveys on Prize Rebel is your “Quality Score.”
You start off at 100 and it goes up and down depending on your perceived accuracy when you fill out surveys. Surveys often include tricks and quality control questions in to catch you out. These things are put in place by survey companies to catch out people (and automated bots) zooming through surveys without looking at what they are doing.
As such, you must give the surveys your full attention as one mistake can cost you 10 points. Meanwhile, completing a survey without “mistakes” earns you one point. The downside to this points system is that If you fall below 100 points you are less likely to receive new surveys. It’s actually a pretty sensible system.
The next area of PrizeRebel’s “Earn” tab is “Offer Walls.” If you don’t like completing surveys this is an alternative place for you to explore. As with the survey providers there are nine different offer providers available through this tab.
Here you find a wide variety of offers, ranging from signing up for free trials to installing apps or playing games to a specific level. The amount of points on offer varies considerably.
Warning: Protect your Privacy and your Pocket!
If you are going to sign up for free trials or offers, I would recommend keeping a diary of dates to remind you of the need to cancel subscriptions. You may also want to consider using a specific email address dedicated to surveys and other side income projects. That way you won’t end up with tons of spam in your personal email, and you will know that everything survey-related is all in one place!
On a related subject, you should always be careful with survey sites in general, especially with surveys and offers delivered by third-party companies. Thoroughly read the terms and conditions when signing up for anything. Offers that seem too good to be true probably are – so always think before signing up.
I tested out installing an app and played through to the suggested level. I was successful in receiving the promised 168 points. As soon as I went back onto my PrizeRebel account using my smartphone the points were issued straight away. I was quite skeptical about this type of offer, but pleasantly surprised by the speed of points delivery. (Especially as it can take at least 24 hours for survey points to arrive).
I do like the fact you can earn points by installing apps and playing a game. It may take you longer to complete than a survey but gaming is arguably a far more satisfying way of earning points!
Smores.tv and VideoLoyalty
These tabs on PrizeRebel take you to the area of the website where you can watch videos online to earn points. You can choose from a variety of video subjects to watch through smores.tv or VideoLoyalty.
Once you have decided what topic of videos to watch you select the tab and are taken through to the website. With smores.tv you must watch three videos to earn just 0.55 points! With VideoLoyalty you earn 0.66 points for watching four videos. In my opinion this is a complete waste of time. On average three videos will take you roughly 10 minutes to watch, and you will have earned less than one point (cent!) for the time taken. There are far more lucrative areas of PrizeRebel, so I would simply avoid this!
This tab shows you a list of available ‘tasks’ where you can earn points completing each one. This part of PrizeRebel is delivered by a partner company called Figure Eight. Each task you select takes you through to the Figure Eight website where you sign in and then complete a quiz to check your accuracy. If you are successful you are then able to complete a task.
In my opinion the reward to do most of these tasks is very low when you consider the time taken. I have yet to complete a quiz to the accuracy required so would not waste my time to earn nothing. These tasks are not for me but some may enjoy completing them.
Other Ways to Earn Points on PrizeRebel
When you first become a member of PrizeRebel you begin as a Bronze member.
As you complete surveys or offers and earn points you can “upgrade” your membership level through Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The level you are on determines how much you can earn through referrals, how fast your rewards are processed, and whether you will receive a special bonus at the end of the month.
Like several survey providers, Prize Rebel has a fairly decent referral scheme. What you will receive as a referral bonus depends on the membership level you are at. At the beginning you start off at Bronze level, receiving a 20% payout on all your referrals’ earnings. As you progress through the tiers, this can increase up to 30%.
By accessing the Invite tab you can find your unique referral code, which you can share through email or social media. This is a great way to earn points and can increase your own earning potential even if you only have a few friends who want to get involved with the website. In this area you can also see the status of your referrals and how much they have earned for you.
Each day a points goal is set on PrizeRebel. If you achieve this goal you receive bonus points. The rewards from these challenges are pretty small, starting at just seven points at the lowest level.
Draws and Prizes
Under the “Win” tab, there are a few other ways you can earn points and rewards. These generally involve spending points on raffles or lucky numbers entries, or by winning points in contests.
Every four days there is a specific gift card put up for raffle. You can purchase one ticket and it costs ten points.
While I was working on my PrizeRebel review I noticed that not many people seem to enter the raffles. For example, for the current gift card at the time of writing, there have only been 19 entries. If the raffle is for a gift card you want, it may be worth taking a gamble with a few entries – you never know!
This is PrizeRebel’s own Lottery where you spend 20 points to buy a ticket. You pick four numbers between 1 and 17 for the weekly draw. You can earn as little as 35 points or as much as the jackpot, which is currently sat at 7500 points.
This is a lottery so the likelihood of winning is likely to be quite low. It is up to you if you want to gamble your points on this one or not.
You can also win points by finishing in the top 10 highest earners in a contest period. You do this by earning points through tasks, surveys, offers and referrals. The amount of points typically achieved by the top 10 in each of these areas is incredibly high. Unless you plan to dedicate a LOT of time to PrizeRebel it does seem very unlikely you will earn bonus points this way, but you never know. Some people may enjoy the “gamified” experience on offer here.
If you “like” PrizeRebel on Facebook, or read your emails from them, periodically they contain a promo code that you can redeem on the website to earn points. Normally you receive around five points per code redemption. It may only be a small reward, but it all helps with the quest for a higher points total.
Redeeming Your Points for Rewards – How Much Can you Earn
A real positive to PrizeRebel is the ability to redeem a reward for as little as 200 points. This typically gets you a $2 gift card. There is a good selection of gift cards available including Amazon, pre paid Visa cards, Steam, Facebook and PlayStation, to name a few.
You can also redeem points towards PayPal credit. 500 points will get you $5, 1000 points $10, and so on. There is no real incentive here to achieve a higher amount of points for a more worthwhile reward, as is the case on some survey sites, so you can redeem at anytime without potentially losing out.
As a Bronze or Silver level member it takes 24 hours to process a reward, and you see a notification on your profile when it is completed. If you are a Gold member or above, the processing time is five minutes. I redeemed $10 of Paypal credit and the payment processed correctly within the 24 hour period.
Conclusion: Is PrizeRebel a Worthy Side Gig?
PrizeRebel is definitely a website where you can regularly earn yourself a small amount of money.
Like other websites of its kind, I like the fact that you don’t just earn your points by completing surveys, and that there are other options. The Offer Wall, in particular, provides some good ways to earn extra money.
There are areas on PrizeRebel that are not worth wasting your time on, but that is normally the case with websites like this.
I managed to earn over a thousand points in my first month, which equates to $10, but I do feel I could have earned more. I personally believe that with a small regular time commitment, you could earn a few hundred points each day. With the offer walls as well it is possible to boost these points.
The reward processing system is quick and the fact you can redeem as little as $2 is a great positive. It’s the kind of gig where those small amounts can all add up.
Prize Rebel Review: Pros & Cons
- You can redeem as little as $2 as a gift card.
- Website is accessible on smartphone, tablet and computer.
- Large variety of ways to earn points.
- Lots of different redeemable rewards available.
- Surveys can have quite a high point value.
- No consistency with points to reward ratio across the website.
- Screening out of surveys can be very frustrating.
- Some areas of the website earn so few points that they are a waste of time.
- Lots of areas of the website link out to third-parties with their own privacy policies.
Not a big earner, but a worthy addition to your survey site arsenal!
- Ease of Use
- Earning Potential