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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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Mostly worthless, yes. Unless you know how to game the system, perhaps. There's a current bid in an auction that could only be reached if the person got RFG points every day for nearly 8 straight years, which doesn't happen, of course, so I wonder how they're pulling it off.
Some years ago I used points to get cards that give me 2 free days/nights at a hotel. Despite verifying that hotels have availability for the days and places I'm interested in, whenever I try to use them (repeatedly, at this point,) it claims "no hotels available." They have no expiration date, probably because they do nothing.
I did once have a buy one get one free dinner at a local restaurant with my husband, and I have a cheap magazine subscription. Hardly worth driving up AARP's website traffic for. You get better deals through Groupon, frankly.

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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lx2056 - So, if someone does everything possible every day for a year or more they may amass enough points to bid on a gas gift card worth $100.  $100 divided by 365 days (assuming that is enough days to accumulate that many points) comes to 27.4 cents a day for their time and effort (takes a fair amount of time to go through those calculators and other daily activities), and then there is still no assurance they will ever get that gift card.  Doesn't make sense, does it?  Plus, multiple people must have that many points in order to bid or the bids could not get that high.  There is still something not quite right with this picture. 

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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barbkosm- Oh, I didn't comment on this part of your post:  "Also, if after 10 months someone was able to accumulate 180,000 points it would still take another 7-8 months to get over the 300,000 point level. "

 

That is just monthly calculator/promo/login points.

 

So adding other points in:

180,000 points of monthly calculator/promo/login pts (10 months worth)

+ 15,000 points in sign-up/subscription bonuses (from their first month)

+ 50,000 in quizzes

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245,000 total

 

Assuming you can get 100,000 in quizzes over 10 months:

180,000 points of monthly calculator/promo/login pts (10 months worth)

+ 15,000 points in sign-up/subscription bonuses (from their first month)

+ 100,000 in quizzes (over 10 months, because they change)

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295,000 total

 

Now that is closer to your 300,000 points.  The quiz total points is what I am unsure of, I haven't been around long enough.  Depending on how long the person has been active, when new quizzes are added, etc., they could have amassed more quiz points than are available today.

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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Thank you lx2056!

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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barbkosm -

Daily calculator points:  207

Weekly calculator points (available each Sunday): 660

Monthly calculator points (available 1st of month): 5,775

 

Total per month = 5,775 + 660*5 + 207*30 = 15,285

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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lx2056,

Not sure how you are getting 500 points per day from the calculators.  That certainly would be helpful - any insights?  Also, if after 10 months someone was able to accumulate 180,000 points it would still take another 7-8 months to get over the 300,000 point level.  That would be a total of 18 months of daily logins and other stuff just to get enough points to bid on a $100 gift card that they might not even win.  Again, working for literally pennies per hour - something doesn't make sense.

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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I'm logged in every day and I only have 87,000 + that is with quizzes, and the other points. I guess I don't take advantage of things as much as other people do. Meh...Don't care cause I don't use the points anyway. Smiley Indifferent

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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barbkosm - I am finding 208 points worth per day in calculator/tool type things. There are other calculators/tools that reset weekly or monthly, and the points add up. 

 

Here is what I'm finding in points per month:

 

  • logins: 2100-2325 points per month (at 75 pts a day, times #days in a month)
  • promo emails:  1,200-1,350 per month.  That is what I've been seeing recent months.
  • calculator/tools: ~14,000 - 15,000 (daily, weekly, monthly tools.... I've been missing some days, so total may be a little higher)

Total monthly points ~18,000

 

In 10 months, a person can accumulate 180,000 points.  That is in addition to approximately 15,000 points in sign-up/subscription bonuses.  And add that to whatever they have amassed in quizzes.  Note that quizzes change over time, so people who have been here a while can amass a lot in quiz points.

 

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Re: IS THE "REWARDS FOR GOOD" PROGRAM STILL WORTHLESS?

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Does anyone on this board have any clue as to how people are amassing over 300,000 points (a gas card recently sold for 306,000 points so at least two people had that many)?  Even if you get fitbit points and login points every day you cannot accrue that many points.  Are there other things you can do that allow daily accumulation of points that I am not aware of?  Can anyone show the breakdown of how someone might accumulate 300,000 points?  It really doesn't seem possible.