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ZoomBucks Review: How Much Can You Earn?

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With ZoomBucks, you can earn free money and free gift cards just for completing surveys, watching videos and even completing surveys.  It’s one of the many survey-like companies out there.

While I have mentioned ZoomBucks only a few times in the past, I figured it’s now time to write a review on the company as I have seen them mentioned on occasions.  I feel it’s my duty to try to review as many of these companies as possible to give you an honest insight. What I have found too many times is that many of these reviews that you do read often promote affiliate programs and don’t give an honest opinion.  Instead, they make everything look bad, making their “affiliate program” sound better.  I don’t work like that here, I promise.

If you’re a fan of taking surveys and completing offers and you don’t mind making a few dollars a month, it could be something to consider.  Let’s find out!

What is ZoomBucks?

ZoomBucks is a rewards site that asks you to complete actions, such as signing up for an offer or completing a survey and then rewarding you for your time, in the form of a gift card or cash.  There are a lot of these sites out there, many of which work the same.  ZoomBucks appears to be no different, at least at first glance.

On the official site, I couldn’t find much about who ZoomBucks was and how they operate.  To find this information, I had to dig deeper and could only find that they were affiliated with GrabPoints, a company I researched in the past.  In fact, if you go to that website, they both look almost identical in layout, etc.

While there’s nothing wrong with being vague in your company history, it can sometimes raise small red flags as your more legitimate sites, such as Swagbucks, offers a ton of information in regards to their company history as well as what they stand for.  I see this happen a lot, so I wouldn’t sweat it as it doesn’t mean it’s a scam.  It’s just nice to know who you’re working with.



Signing up for ZoomBucks

To sign up for ZoomBucks, the process is relatively simple as they just ask for your email address and a name.  In giving them this information, you can access your dashboard immediately.

To sign up, you must be at least 18+ years old and reside in the United States, the UK or Canada.  It appears you can sign up in other countries, however, it doesn’t appear you won’t get as many offers as the three countries mentioned.

Joining is 100% free.

Your ZoomBucks Dashboard

Immediately after handing over your email address and creating a password, you can access your dashboard, which will look something like this:

It looks a pinch cluttered, but I promise it’s not that hard to use.

To earn money on ZoomBucks, you can do so in a few ways, including:

  • surveys
  • watching videos
  • offers

I will explain each section below, but each is self explanatory, I promise.

The Surveys Section

The thing about the surveys section is that the company doesn’t offer a whole ton of unique survey opportunities.  Rather, they push you to a variety of offerwalls.  While they do offer unique surveys.  you have to click on the “ZoomBucks Surveys” tab to activate them.  In that section, you may find some non-offerwall jobs.

While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with offerwalls, a lot of companies use them and they aren’t all that unique.  Basically, these “get paid to” sites will sign up for the offerwalls, set their rate and receive a commission any time someone completes the offer.

While ZoomBucks seems to offer some unique opportunities, it’s not many.  Again, click on the “ZoomBucks Surveys” tab to see which surveys are available at the time.

Nonetheless, if you want to answer questions, focus on this section and test out the many offerwall companies.

The Watch Videos Section

In this section, you can watch videos and earn points for your time.   It’s another section that deals with offerwalls and doesn’t pay a whole lot.

For instance, when I was writing this, they were working with Hideout.TV, which would pay out seven points for every three videos you watch.  Trust me, this isn’t worth your time and rarely ever is.

In short, it is a way to watch videos and get paid, but don’t expect much.  I’m talking pennies on the hour, no jokes.

The Do Offers Section

And, as the last way to make money, in the “do offers” section, this is where you can make money completing offers.   This is when you can get rewarded to simply sign up for an offer.

For instance, in that screenshot, ZoomBucks would credit you 37,405 points if you download the eToro app, deposit $50 and then make four trades.

For any site that rewards you to complete offers, some offers can be great, while some can be duds.  What you’re going to want to look out for are known as “money-makers.”  These are offers that will make you money.  So, for instance, if you only had to buy $30 worth of stuff and the company, in this case, ZoomBucks, gave you $50 in points, then it would be a $20 money-maker.  These offers do exist, but they are quite rare.

Most of the time, these offers aren’t too great, but you can find some gems that may be worth your time, especially if you wanted to sign up for that service anyway.

Rewards

When it comes time to cash out your points, ZoomBucks makes it easy as every point is worth a penny in almost all redemptions, except for PayPal, where 5,150 points equal $5.

The company offers a ton of gift card options.  In fact, I can’t recall a gift card they didn’t have.  Even if you don’t want a gift card, you can choose the PayPal option as mentioned, but you will have to pay a few points more.  This can be a slight negative.

While I write this, the company offered the following gift card options:

  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Xbox
  • Marshalls
  • Atom Tickets
  • Blizzard
  • Disney
  • Safeway
  • TacoTime
  • Taco Bell
  • Cold Stone
  • Whole Foods
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Grubhub
  • Cinemark
  • Nintendo
  • DoorDash
  • Tim Horton’s
  • Kohl’s
  • American Eagle
  • TJX
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Delta
  • GameStop
  • Boscov’s
  • Staples
  • TGI Friday’s
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Coffee Bean
  • Tony Roma’s
  • Topgolf
  • Visa
  • Papa John’s
  • Petco
  • Pottery Barn
  • Princess Cruises
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Ray-Ban
  • Red Robin
  • Regal
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Saltgrass Steak House
  • Seasons 52
  • Sephora
  • Spafinder
  • McCormick and Schmick’s
  • Nike
  • Old Navy
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera
  • GAp
  • Groupon
  • IHOP
  • Chili’s
  • Domino’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wing’s
  • Banana Republic
  • Adidas
  • JCPenney
  • Macy’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Chipotle
  • Burger King
  • Amazon
  • Google Play
  • PayPal
  • iTunes
  • … and more

You only need $5 in points (5,000) to cash out for most gift card redemptions, but some may require $10 or $15 in points.  It just depends on the option you choose.

After you cash out, you can expect your rewards within 24-72 hours.  The FAQ states that weekends and holidays don’t count, and in some cases, it could take up to 72 hours.



The Pros and Cons

As in all my reviews, I like to combine the pros and cons, most of which I gather from other online reviews.  Hopefully, these snippets can give you a better idea as to what the site can (and can’t) offer you when it comes to making cash on the side.

The Pros

  • Tons of gift card options – Honestly, you name it, they have it, including a PayPal option
  • Low threshold – You only need $5 to cash out, making it one of the lower thresholds on the market
  • Fast payouts – Most payments are made within 72 hours, making it one of the faster options out there
  • Unlimited referrals – If you have a lot of friends, yo u may want to refer them to make even more

The Cons

  • Third-party offerwalls – The company doesn’t offer a lot of unique rewards, which can be a bummer to some
  • Limited options for international members – You can sign up in almost any countries, but the offers can be limited in some

Final Thoughts

6/10In the end, I would say ZoomBucks is okay.  There are a ton of options, most of which come from third-parties, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth using.  These third-party offerwalls can be good, but you just want to make sure you’re getting the best value as all companies vary in value as they can set the rate.  In my research, ZoomBucks seems to be average.

While I wouldn’t put ZoomBucks high on my list, it’s one I would just check out and see if they are using any third-party offerwalls you can’t find elsewhere.  Chances are you won’t stick around long, but hey, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  ZoomBucks isn’t a scam and they will pay if you reach the $5 in points, so I wouldn’t worry about that.

For now, I leave it up to you as always.  If you have ever used ZoomBucks and/or you have a question, feel free to shout out in the comments below.  We always love hearing from you.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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