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Re: the new "improved" bidding for Rewards for Good...

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Glad I found this thread! I agree with all the comments and I am frustrated that I can no longer participate in ANY auction. Unless someone is sitting at their computer/tablet/phone 24/7, I can't see how anyone can accumulate so many points!  And to AARPTeri...it's almost 2 months since you said it would "level out"...not happening!  I did win a few auctions before this change and it was fun to try...now I have no reason to visit this site other than to add the 250 points I get in the emails. My suggestion to AARP if they really want to keep this system...at least give us some auctions that allow bidding the "old fashioned way". 

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I just don't understand why they can't go back to the other way.  I miss doing the auctions.  They said give it a few weeks well this has been since May.  Have you noticed that some of the things auctions only have a hundred bid when it use to be in the thousands before.  

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FiddlerOnTheBeach52 wrote (in part) :

 

... They're still "monopoly money"...only devalued beyond belief, while becoming more and more inpossible to use--worthless.  Our time spent chasing these "prizes" is a sad story ... our last years wasting time chasing crap. ... But the Rewards is an advertisers scam. But their Reward for Good is a waste of good  time, and that's not good.

 


@FiddlerOnTheBeach52 I cannot disagree with you here. The Rewards points are basically worthless. I have 675,000 of the buggers and cannot find something to spend them on that isn't an insulting value.

 

I don't follow the auctions closely, but do know that people bid crazy amounts for $10 and $25 gift cards. Take a look at the auction bid levels as of a few minutes ago (screenshots below). Most top bidders have committed insane point amounts to these items. When you spend your Rewards points on gift cards --buying outright, not via auction-- you get a 10-20% discount. So your $100 gift card costs you 1000 Rewards points and $92ish (includes a buck or two for S&H). Which, frankly is a paltry excuse for a savings.

 

But let's apply that value to the auctions. The amount bid for the steak knives is 150,020 points, or 1,500 bucks. The amount bid for the $250 Amazon shopping spree is $6,293. Drop down to the Walmart gift card in the first image: that's $1,267 somebody wants to pay. And there's two days left on that auction, so the sadly misinformed and unaware (one assumes) winner is going to end up paying a lot more for their Walmart goods. 

 

Yes. The Rewards for Good program as it currently exists is quite insulting. And yes, agreed, it does appear to be all about click bait and advertising. For shame, AARP. For shame.

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Re: the new "improved" bidding for Rewards for Good...

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still fed up with poor setup and ability to use Points, from Rewards for Good.

The new  system stinks.

They're still "monopoly money"...only devalued beyond  belief, while becoming more and more inpossible to use--worthless.  Our time  spent chasing these "prizes" is a sad story...our last years wasting time chasing crap.  

I AM glad when AARP  does some good, advocating for a decent Healthcare bill, and protecting Medicaid and Medicare.  Also to present a group front on our voices to Senators and other Representatives.  And offering Caregiver Retreats.  Que Bono.   But the Rewards is an advertisers scam.

But their Reward for Good is a waste of good  time, and that's not good.

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Thank you for your posts

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The end effect is many regular AARP members like ourselves can no longer play. Whoever is bidding up the action items now are not behaving as normal AARP members who have to slowly build up points daily saving them for a prized auction item. Thus I believe those who are bidding these crazy high amounts are not regular AARP members, but AARP employees or subcontractors who assit in managing the auction sites.

 

Sorry AARPterri but we just don't believe a word your saying. If the auctions are managed in a honest and ethical manner then publish an audit report on the auctions on the site accessible to all AARP members. And while your at it let's see the profile names along with the "member or employee" status of each auction bidder and winner.

 

Regardless I fail to see how any regular AARP member would enjoy anything about this new auction process which only servers to exclude a large number of regular AARP members and I will not be participating in auctions at these ridiculous amounts, 

 

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I don't know if that remark was toward my comment at all. I play when I can, look at what time the item ends and play around that time. Some things I'm unable to go for but that's the way it goes. Now I can't even play at all everything is going for thousands of points even a five dollar card. This is somewhat like a silent auction and I liked the challenge and sport of playing the auction. I use to log in sometimes several times a day now you only have to log in once if you have a great deal of points.
I'm not sure if this is just a short time thing they are doing so some can use up their points or what.
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Re: the new "improved" bidding for Rewards for Good...

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What about non-AARP employees? Do you contract out the work on the website? Semantics.

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It still is more fun playing up to the point of winning time.  This really does take the fun out of playing just put in points and walk away that's like playing a silent auction.  

By looking at all of the responses to the change I can't believe AARP would let this go on forever like this.

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@es14589767 and @FiddlerOnTheBeach52, et. al.

 

Thank you for your input regarding our Reward for Good program.  We have performed some research and can report that there has not been an AARP employee that has won an R4G auction since 2015, at which time they won while performing a quality test.  The experience with auctions was changed to help AARP deliver an industry best practice experience with our auctions.  We have begun to see the top bids coming down and they will continue to do so over the next several weeks as those who have the large point values spend down their points.  Please give it some time to level out.

 

AARPTeri