I signed up to Inbox Pounds quite a while ago using another blogger’s affiliate link. To be honest I can’t recommend doing that because it’s actually quite difficult to get any money out of them. It’s quite easy to get your first few pounds stacked up, but it requires a hard slog to get up to the minimum withdrawal amount of £20. Months in I haven’t got there, but I feel I’ve too much time invested to bow out before I earn my £20.
Like other reward sites such as Swagbucks, you can earn money on Inbox Pounds by performing various tasks like searching the web, answering surveys and taking up special offers. The problem is that most of the surveys are badly paid, for example 25 pence for a 25 minute survey, but there are slightly better paid ones like 25 pence for 5 minutes, but it’s not a great hourly rate of pay. You might get screened out too. The surveys will be a hard slog to get to your £20 first withdrawal.
The search feature pays better in a way as that is something you might be doing anyway as part of your daily routine. There is a limit on what you can earn though each day and certain searches are excluded e.g if you search for well known sites like Paypal or eBay it’s not counted. I find that a bit frustrating as I tend to search for sites like that if I haven’t got a bookmark – it’s easier than typing in the web address even if I know it. Once you reach your daily search limit, you’ll be searching for no reward, so it might be worth using other sites for searching too.
You can earn more money by clicking through on offers and taking them up. The credits you’ll earn for this are much higher and you could easily earn your £20 through a handful. I’m not that keen on signing up for bingo sites and the like though, so I haven’t done it. Others want you to sign up for a free trial, but then you need to remember to stop membership if you don’t want to get charged.
I had been getting daily emails which enable you to click through for details of an offer and earn a penny a time. I was doing this and earning very slowly. They weren’t happy that I hadn’t taken part in any other offers for a while and sent me an email saying they would stop the daily emails, if I didn’t participate. I went over for a few days and searched and tried a couple of surveys, but no daily emails arrived. I contacted them and they said I wasn’t eligible (despite what their email had said). Their replies were unhelpful and failed to address some of the issues I raised. Their customer service left a lot to be desired. They did say that I would still get a weekly paid email, even though I wouldn’t get the daily ones.
If you think you have more determination than I do and can do better than me with them, feel free to sign up under my affiliate link for Inbox Pounds (I’ve got to get to my £20 payout somehow).
Update 01/05/2020: Stubborness has got me up to the minimum payout. I did the last few pounds by searching. You can earn about 7p a day by searching. Don’t search for something like eBay or Paypal as you won’t get credit for searches like that. Likewise searches with the same words as previous searches. Occasionally you get timed out and a good way round this is to click through from the search results. The weekly paid email never materialised.
In terms of cashing in, you can either do a cheque or a electronic gift card. I went for an electronic gift card for Amazon as I know I’ll spend that and it seemed less hassle than a cheque. Apparently it will take about 5 days to be processed. With the gift cards it’s £20 or multiples, so I’d suggest earning dead on £20. You do immediately get a credit towards your next reward of £1. Given how long it’s taken me to get to this point, I won’t be bothering with that unless I am in desperate financial straits.
Update: 06/05/2020 I received my voucher today. They use an intermediary called Tango Card. You can choose from a range of gift cards when you follow the link through to their site. I picked Amazon. I got an immediate email with a code and worked for redemption on Amazon. I was impressed by the cashing in process, but it’s a shame it’s such a faff to earn the money.
Update: 05/08/2020 Well I never got the weekly paid email that they promised, but a few days ago they started sending me daily paid emails again. I’ve started clicking through again. Will see how things go. £20 is a long way away for a payout.