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After joining AARP a couple of years ago, I found the Rewards for Good site and enjoyed taking a few quizzes to earn enough points for a few BOGO "local deals." It seemed to work flawlessly. Just pick the deal, turn on my printer and print the PDF that popped up. Then a few months ago I hit a glitch... the PDFs that popped up were coming up as blank pages. No more coupons. My points are deducted. The offer is removed from the list as if it has been used. But I'm left with a blank piece of paper. I waited a few months thinking it might be a glitch that would be fixed. Tried a few times in the past couple of weeks. Still the same problem. It's pretty much not working. Anybody else having this issue? Any suggestions? Or is it just a broken abandoned perk?

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Your canned response tells us that you really DO NOT CARE!  AARP is a farce, just a way of taking hard-earned money from retired or soon to be retired people. I will not be renewing my AARP for next year. There are other sites for retired people and I feel they are probably much better than AARP!  

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I don’t use it but it’s sad that AARP is supporting this site. The support of AARP is what these comments are about. 

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I so agree with what you say nctarheel!  AARP, why don’t you drop this and get something that is really worthwhile. Is this what our yearly dues goes toward?  Someone that can’t come up with at least a half-way decent idea for saving money or good coupons?  What a waste!!!

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So that's how the Rewards program works !  woman  lol: That's enough for me to dump it !

Sounds like Publisher's Clearinghouse !

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You are so right! I just sat with my finger on my mouse waiting for the seconds to count down and the enter button never even lit up before it said ENDED!

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if you dont like the site dont use it
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Well there is a bit of good news this morning: while the daily tasks are still missing and the recipe search still refuses to award points, not only are the still-there monthly tasks working (not, I note, the English BMI calculator) but it appears many of the one-time quizzes have been reset and are awarding points.

 

I say appears because at 450+ points a pop I quickly ran up my allowable daily point earning limit, so cannot verify my assumption. However, every one I tried gave points before I reached my limit.

 

And there's this: three times I was forced to solve a captcha puzzle in order to get my points. I'm thinking this means they are taking steps to rid R4G of fraud. Hurrah to that sez me!

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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And why is it a farce?  Because the Reward for Goods program is plagued with unethical practices such as AARP employees profiting from it.. That last auction you lost, you may have lost it to someone who was both an AARP employee and an AARP member! 

 

It is very sad that AARP has taken the unethical position of allowing AARP employees who are also AARP members to profit off the very program they are maintaining for regular AARP members. Yes an "AARP employee/member" is at an unfair advantage over regular AARP members: as an AARP employee they will have easy access to what items to bid on, inside information to quickly acquire points and a faster network connection that will enable them to bid faster than regular AARP members.  And no AARP employees do not need to profit off this program in order to better provide tech or phone support for the program, anyone with a tech support background knows this.

 

Most companys that have rewards programs have ethical guidelines that greatly limit or forbid their own employees from profiting off these programs and auditing procedures to guarantee that these guidelines are being met.  Furthermore, many companies have completely separate employee rewards and bonus systems in place to prevent the unethical temptation for employee profiteering that AARP employees are engaged in. 

 

If AARP is going to allow this unethical behavior to continue then in the bidding history for each auction AARP must disclose which bids were placed by a regular AARP member or an "AARP employee/member."  For every auction winner AARP should come clean and disclose if the auction winner was a regular AARP member or an "AARP employee/member."  And again it would be best if AARP took the moral high ground and discontinued the unethical practice of allowing AARP employees to profit from this program.

 

Failure for AARP's Rewards For Good program to abide by common business ethics, including limiting employee profiteering, and program compliance auditing will result in fewer regular AARP members particpation because honestly who wants to participate in a system that is rigged by the very people who are entrusted to manage it?  

 

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This was cross posted to SCAM & FRAUD area after a recent post where AARPTeri, Community Manager admitted that AARP Employees were participating in and profiting off of the Rewards for Good program in competition with regular AARP members. You can see the original post here:  AARP employees involved in Rewards For Good Auctions

 

I firmly believe that AARP must address this unethical profiteering by its own employees and that all AARP members should be made aware that they are competing in auctions against AARP employees who are seeking to profit off the very program they should be safeguarding. 

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I am sorry you've had such a bad experience with the Rewards for Good program. That sucks both for you and for AARP, because one assumes the point is to give you something you want and to make you a happier customer in the process. Clearly that ain't happening.

 

I've had good experiences and thought if I shared my R4G use habits it might give you fresh ideas on how to get value from the program.

 

Background:

In less than 3 years I have accumulated 500,000 points. I've spent around 50,000 points. Daily I have worked available quizzes, searches, et cetera. 

 

Restaurants:

We do not eat out. Very rarely, perhaps twice a month, but in general we eat at home because it is far cheaper and we have far better control over content. That said, please note that I wouldn't eat at the restaurants offering deals on this site if they were giving me a free meal. But, you know, that's me: total food snob and health nut. Smiley Happy 

 

Merchandise:

And I'm looking ahead to living in an RV on the road for a few years fresh out of the retirement gate, so I am just not interested in filling closets and shelves with things, thus don't even look at most the merchandise offered on the site. Besides, I'm a minimalist at heart.

 

Gift Cards:

But I do buy gift cards. I've found value in Apple, Lands' End, LL Bean, Jiffy Lube, Gap, Zappos, and other gift cards. These generally offer at least 10% discount, for items I intend to buy anyway. (And of course I do use other coupons and shop sales, so generally net greater savings than 10%.)

 

Travel:

I have used the bulk of those 50,000 rewards points for travel. Hotel rooms, car rental, airline tickets.  I always shop around when booking travel accommodations and find AARP's discounts to be worthwhile.

 

Daily Deals:

Once or twice I have spent points on the daily deal, but only after searching the web to learn about the brand and the going everyday price. The items I've purchased (exercise equipment, ceramic coated saute pans) have been fine quality and dirt cheap. Still, most of the daily deal items fall under the 'future garage sale item' category for me.

 

Those are my happy thoughts; here now my less jubliant observations:

 

Auctions: 

Oh please, those are clearly being manipulated by someone with the ability to create points without having to click on the mind-numbingly dull and way too often frustrating daily activities. (800,000 points for a $100 gas card? Are you kidding me?) I steer clear of the auctions as they are clearly a waste of time. (Having said that: if the auctions were fair, I'd probably have less than 300,000 points right now. I would so go for fair priced gas cards! But forget the auctions; those things are apparently corrupted. Blame the Russians. Smiley Happy)

 

Sweepstakes:

Ugh, another waste of resources. Twice I have been interested enough in the prize that I actually spent points on entries. What a dummy. I don't do that anymore, despite it being such a low point cost because, it is basically just a waste of time and points.

 

Customer Service:

But the customer service is hands down the worst. The manner in which they answered you here is the same level of attention they pay one over the phone. I don't even call them when tasks malfunction (like the recipe search is today) because you get the runaround and talked down to and eventually they will send in a ticket to whomever they send tickets to and in a few days you'll get an email akin to the answer you received here. Another big waste of time, and a super frustrating one at that.

 

So I muddle along, racking up points for the coming transition years, hoping to use them to outfit my future RV and nomadic lifestyle. Smiley Happy

 

No idea if any of this helps, but I hope it does.

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