Monday, March 16, 2015

Springtime blog with 2015 San Francisco Ad-tech convention, blog and freebie industry discussion, more on the The Popcorn Factory + RewardZone USA payment, springtime link list, and more...

Springtime blog with 2015 Ad-tech convention in San Francisco; newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com investigation still ongoing; more interaction with The Popcorn Factory and $25.00 gift certificate; RewardZone USA payment; blog discussion and the future of DIY and referral-based sites; springtime link list. Get out your planting gloves...



No new developments in the newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com case but it is still ongoing. Freebie Direct, the name which may be in connection with their gift sites, remains of interest and this mystery company is being closely monitored. My written letter to this company was returned, which is not good since there is no other mode of communication. Please read December's entry to see where we left off with newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com: Wintry mix, Part 1... -- I need something to go on that will get me closer to revealing their identity. I need a clue, just something.

While on the subject of DIY, I'd like to discuss this industry's future as well as talk about our blog. This is a dreaded subject, but it really should be addressed now rather than later. From my observation, the freebie world has slowed down quite a bit. FiPG hasn't been around for a very long time and anything4free.com, A4F's forum site, has errors and not much trading happens there anymore. Trainn are still productive these days but let's face it, trading is not what it used to be. Remember how active it was in 2009? Something happened within the last 2 years that changed everything. Through social media and private conversations, people have said they just don't have the time for trading and DIY or even the internet anymore. Which I fully understand as I have found it difficult to make time for it myself. Below is my exchange with Melmarie regarding the A4F site issue and forum management.

My exchange with Melmarie:

"Hi Mel,

How long has the site been experiencing technical difficulties? Do you know when it will get fixed? Also, where are all the other mods? Twon is still helping out but I noticed that Eric's mod status was gone. I know he has been in school, so I figured that might have something to do with it. It seems that as we get older we get busier. I haven't posted my blog for months now due to personal issues that sprung up now I have to move our blog over to somewhere else before the data is erased: http://www.diyfreebies.com/current-situation/ - It seems like one thing after another. =T

Anyway, if there is anything I can do to help until you guys out just let me know. At least until the site is running smoothly. Is there much freebie trading going on? I-Deal have had some good sites. Mezianne sent me a link but it had a referral by the time I got around to it! So I am looking for more sites. That's something else... I can't post in the DIY section. Is it possibly for us to see if someone like Wes could help?

Sorry in advance for asking so many questions. Its just been a while since I have been active on the forum and things are so different now.

Thanks,

wozniack"

Melmarie's reply:

"Hey Wozniack,

It has been experiencing problems for a long time. Eric stopped doing A4F because of real life getting in the way. I completely understand that! There are many things wrong with the forum, but fixing them might break it more. I don't know coding enough to figure it out. Eric said some suggestions, but they didn't work. :( Wes thinks that it is so outdated that things with break more with updates. :(

I need a new DIY site. I haven't done a freebie in forever!

Mel"

My reply:

"Hi there,

If I knew how I would go in and fix it but, like you, coding is not my area of expertise. Rather than fix it, I wonder if we should start fresh with a new forum, have Wes back up only the content (threads, blogs, etc.), then upload everything to the new forum. It can be done because on another forum I modded, the entire site crashed, but the conversations were saved on a hdd copy and the site's admin uploaded it to the new forum. I think the admin had to pay for the hard copy though. That's just a thought.

I'll let you know if I find any non-referral I-Deal sites. Its been a while for me, too... I'm getting the DIY itch!! haha :)

Thanks,

wozniack"

Melmarie's reply:

"Thanks for the thoughts! I definitely think it could work too.

Let me know if you find anything. I want something free! LOL

Mel"

If anybody has any ideas for the forum please let me know! I would love to see A4F back on track again. As for our blog, there are some concerns. One being a lack of writing material. Years ago, there was so much to research that I was juggling up to 3 and 4 companies at once! Now, I find myself investigating only one company with no good leads. Investigations and company correspondence make up for a large portion of this blog. I can write about marketing conventions and whatnot but the blogs will be shorter. I have written short blogs in the past that were successful. As long as there is content to put with our link list it should not matter. My other concern is the timespan between each blog. After taking a year off, writing proved difficult and I had to get back in "DIY mode." That meant going back over terms and researching new findings. I would be lying if I said I hadn't investigated during my time off! *wink* I had to because I communicated with companies and helped members via e-mail. Probably a good thing so I wasn't completely in the dark when I returned. Writing is a gradual process but its getting better; my fluidity is slowly coming back.

I will hire a ghostwriter if my life ever interrupts this blog. At times, I seriously considered it due to health issues and there always being a conflict in my schedule. I do not want this blog to end after it's 7-year run. We need a place for DIY and that is DIYfreebies.com -- DIY is still active with I-Deal, RewardZone USA, Nuitech, and Amped Media paying out. Check out my $1,000.00 payment from RewardZone USA below!



Enlarge photo: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aqMqeQ46-Lk/VLCFkGPY6KI/AAAAAAAAAao/GmaBHeZPA_A/w1023-h601-no/rewardzonegc1.jpg

My timeline with RewardZone USA:

Nov 27, 2014-- Registered and did my offers in one sitting. Only 5 out of 10 instantly credited, meaning I would have to get manual credit.

Dec 3, 2014-- Did 2 make up offers. 1 credited, bringing my total to 6. I sent them all 4 confirmations.

Dec 4, 2014-- They approved my order confirmations, and e-mailed me my claim form the same day.

Dec 8, 2014-- My renewed I.D. arrived in the mail, and I sent back my forms and photo I.D. copy after midnight.

Dec 9, 2014-- RewardZone USA received my paperwork and photo I.D. scan and told me to wait 2-4 weeks for my reward.

Jan 9, 2015 -- Happy New Year to me!! My gift cards arrived in the mail! So happy.

I have to thank margarita and Al from A4F for their help. I had never done RewardZone USA before and they guided me through the process. Thanks guys. Also, another member just received his $1,000.00 profit from RewardZone USA and he has allowed me to share his experience below.

His e-mail:

"from: member
to: diyfreebies@gmail.com
date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:47 AM
subject: DIY - Just received $1k from RewardZoneUSA!!
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com

Hey wozniak, This is member, I posted on your website recently, and have also been a member at A4F and FiPG for numerous years (almost a decade?? sheesh). Just seeing if you have a 2nd go to that I should try, or if you are still into the scene at all. Your website seemed to be the best place on the 'net right now for DIY! Excited to get back in the game. -member (username)"

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:28 PM
subject: Re: DIY - Just received $1k from RewardZoneUSA!!
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi member,

Did you post on diyfreebies.com (Blogspot), or was it on anything4free.com? I ask because I cannot find your comment. It has been almost a decade for me as well. Hard to believe it has been that long. I am in the process of writing this month's blog; there was a delay in posting this month but it should be out soon. Once I have completed the writing process, I will start my link hunt. If I find any good I-Deal sites I will let you know.
I know you can only do one gift per year with RewardZone USA. So I have to wait until November to do them again. I received two $500.00 Visas from them on January 9th! I hadn't done a DIY in a couple years, so imagine my excitement. :)) Did you receive your $1,000.00 profit from them today? Congrats!! Is it OK by you if I post about you getting paid by RewardZone USA? I will be posting my proof pic and timeline for RewardZone USA in my blog and would like to share your experience as well. :)

Thanks,

wozniack"

His reply:

"from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 9:42 AM
subject: Re: DIY - Just received $1k from RewardZoneUSA!!
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Hey woz,

I haven't posted yet on your website, but I'll get around to it soon, it's been a busy week. And yup, I received the $1,000 late last week I believe, it only took around 4 weeks start to finish! Amazing timeline considering the last DIY I did was Brandarama I believe, haha.

I found a few other links online when I was searching (before I came across your site), so when I get home and dig through them I'll shoot some over to you, and post them on the forum, in case any of them are legit.

And yeah, feel free to post about me receiving the reward! If only they allowed more than 1 reward per year...haha, oh well.

member"

Congrats to this member on their reward! So nice when payment reports come in. Thanks for letting me share that with everyone. :)

I thought I was through with The Popcorn Factory but apparently not, haha... The $6.00 refund they were supposed to give me never showed up on my card. I messaged them several times about the refund, but it all worked out and with a surprise gift in the end! See below.

My first message:

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/24/14 at 4:15:06 PM:

Hi,

My order for the Fall Colors Sampler was only supposed to be $11.50 as per the sale price. Before I submitted my order, it showed $11.50 and my order confirmation shows $11.50. But my bank statement shows I've been charged $17.50. Its only a difference of six dollars, but I hate being misled by thinking I'm getting something at an amazing price and then be charged more for it later.

I have included my original order confirmation for your review. I wanted to bring this to your attention so you could possibly prevent this from happening again to other customers.

Thanks,

me

Their reply:

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

Please accept our apologies for the error made on this order. Upon review of your account, I do show a total charge of $17.50 for your order. I have refunded the difference, bringing the total back down to $11.50 to your card, which you will see on your next credit card statement. Again, please accept our apologies for this error.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Brie Buyaky
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

My reply:

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/30/14 at 5:03:28 PM:

Hi,

I was just wondering about how long refunds typically take? About 5 to 7 business days? I ask because mine hasn't showed up yet on my card.

Thanks,

me

Their reply:

On Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM, The Popcorn Factory wrote:

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

Our refunds typically take anywhere from 7 to 10 business days. Your credit was issued on 11/24/14 which would mean it will show in your account on or before 12/05/14. Thank you for your continued patience.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Lora Stevens
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

My reply:

Your question is below and was sent to us on 12/11/14 at 4:19:33 PM:

Hi,

My credit never showed up on my card. What do I do?

Thanks,

me

Their reply:

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM, The Popcorn Factory wrote:

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

I apologize that you have not received your refund. I have sent a request to our Accounting Department to process the credit immediately. Your credit card will have the credit posted to it in 7 to 10 business days. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Shavon Thomas
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

Your question is below and was sent to us on 12/23/14 at 11:06:26 PM:

Hi,

I has been well over 7 to 10 business days. Could you please look into this for me again?

Thanks,

me

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

First of all, I'd like to sincerely apologize for your long wait for your refund. I have taken quite some time reviewing your order and its history so we can get you taken care of. There seems to have been an error in processing your refund on our end, not yours. I've reprocessed it and even had my manager check to make sure it was done correctly since you've been waiting so long. I am sorry to say it may take 7-10 business days from today's date to reflect on your statement. I wish I could make it faster for you but I appreciate your patience! Because you've been so patient and because of how sorry I am it's taken us so long, I am issuing a $25.00 gift certificate to be sent to your address. This may take 10-14 business days to get there but it is issued and just waiting to be processed and sent. Our customers satisfaction truly is very important to us here at The Popcorn Factory and again, I am sorry for any inconvenience you may have been caused.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hannon
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

My reply:

Jessica,

Thank you so much for assisting me with this issue. I appreciate your help and the $25.00 gift certificate very much.

I wish you and The Popcorn Factory a wonderful holiday...

Thanks!

me

I'm a patient person, so I did not mind waiting for a 6 dollar refund, lol. I kept pressing them though because I knew something was wrong, and I didn't think it was on my end. Not only did I get my refund, they gave me a $25.00 gift certificate for the wait!! Talk about excellent customer service. They are just as professional over the phone as they are through e-mail, too. I am still enjoying the popcorn; the tins don't expire for about 8 months;and have an extra tin I need to give away. I may use the $25.00 certificate on their after Easter sale through their other retailer. They're affiliated with 5 stores and I think I can use the certificate at any of them. If you are ever in need of a gift, please check this company out. They've been in business since 1979, and sell the best popcorn and candy. Thanks again, Popcorn Factory...

Its been a while since I posted about Ad-tech or any marketing convention for that matter. But I would like to discuss this year's Ad-tech convention in San Francisco, CA. It takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on May 20-21, 2015. Some of the companies in attendance: Advertise.com, Inc., AffiliateManager.com, American Express OPEN, CAKE, Clickbooth, Fulfillment.com, Go2mobi, LogMyCalls, MaxBounty, Inc., Triangle, YTZ International.

Breakout sessions: May 20-- "Beyond Millennials: Generation Z and Where They Are Taking Marketing" with Ivy Esquero, Senior Consumer Insights Manager at Microsoft; "The Rise of New Audience Platforms" with Daniel Bernstein, Head of Sales at deviantART, Ron Martino, Producer and Director at deviantART, and Omri Mor, Founder & CEO at ZIIBRA. May 21-- "Keynote Presentation: New Consumer Journeys >> New Product Roadmaps" with Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP of Ads and Commerce at Google. These sessions I would like to see.

Check out these photos from last year's event...



Mike Hummel, CEO of ParStream, presenting with Dave Stewart, Founder and CTO of CAKE Marketing at Ad-tech 2014.

Enlarge photo: http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/adtechcake1_zpsz2fgwzgi.jpg



Airpush at Ad-tech New York in 2014.

Enlarge photo: http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/adtechairpush1_zps2zkdunxp.png



Moboom at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA in 2014.

Enlarge photo: http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/adtechmoboom2_zpsvb3kwtnm.jpg

My earnings: $10.00 check from Clorox; $100.00 Wal-Mart eCard, $10.00 Tango card from Toluna; $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card, $50.00 Visa gift card from MyView;$148.20 in Paypal, $51.75 in amazon from SurveySpot; $10.00 amazon gift card from SurveyScoutResearch; $75.00 in Paypal from Media Insiders; $25.00 gift certificate from The Popcorn Factory; $11.19 in PayPal from ebates; $25.00 amazon gift card from an independent study. For more on these survey panels and points incentive programs, please contact me! I'm happy to help: diyfreebies@gmail.com



*Springtime link list*

I-Deal--

http://consumergiftcenter.us.com/?session_id=ffc8d980cdab11e48df6d8ac57b8e8ed - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Sephora gift card

http://myrewardscenter.us.com/?session_id=15e241d2cdae11e4a3619a0e37320894 - 12 offers, 1 ref/$1,000.00 check

http://saveandsmile.com/?session_id=e60c72e8cdb211e49a7e511ef1ce3a32 - 10 offers, 1 ref/$500.00 Visa gift card

http://grandsavingscenter.com/?session_id=629f4c30cdb411e4b3e4ebac57b8e8ed - 10 offers, 1 ref/$500.00 Home Depot gift card

http://grandsavingscenter.com/?session_id=9c61bab6cdb411e491d05f1ef1ce3a32 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Visa gift card

http://attentionshoppers.us.com/?session_id=7d2cb17ccdb511e4ac15c60e37320894 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Kohl's gift card

I-Deal (Canada)--

http://edealsandbargains.net/?session_id=0d3220d2cdb511e4848002ad57b8e8ed - 8 offers, no refs/$500.00 amazon gift card

Nuitech--

http://www.hotgiftsnow.com/rd_p?p=346351&t=23174&c=&a=#MBID# - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 Best Buy gift card

http://www.offersgonewild.com/rd_p?p=339834&t=23156&c=&a=#MBID# - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 super store gift card

Amped Media--

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/f55a13/key/a73ff3c7f336825992c42883ccb5a747/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://promotional-items.net/go/to/670a55/key/99c871554623243a2f4597f39c04e2b4/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/7d74fd/key/2b1722143b97951fdd5d742e9962a6ef/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://promotional-items.net/go/to/be421d/key/09f8d17a0d8ae2f716565a2e7f895b33/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/9e36c1/key/eab6a1d70f522213fb759ff27171a4b5/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/4b2e61/key/6d739dce5531b19b5dd73f9baa5d2ce2/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/eeb296/key/77a53ed3653a003ef2748dc309cb7b45/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/17c74b/key/8e64512514f1390531de0f395fc05fe1/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://prizepagoda.com/go/to/fb2822/key/46a669c69533ef23ef88ac4f34ce36e9/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://everydayrewardsclub.com/go/to/43e34c/key/29658553e6d705025c4cb03a7718f2c1/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://everydayrewardsclub.com/go/to/4b425f/key/a0fec06b895c89f7bc23d5d68841576a/aid/7192 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://promotional-items.net/go/to/a59e28/key/8e0a85f5248678ab0535ab586830bfd5/aid/7192 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://funprizes.us/go/to/4797e6 - offers unknown/$500.00 Darden gift card

http://everydayrewardsclub.com/go/to/0d844e/key/cbfc01954a7a4f44084a8e58f0a45701/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Best Buy gift card

RewardZone USA--

http://www.amarktflow.com/default.aspx?Flow=665E69A3-9647-F659-9CAA-29EA24178D408D50D7DE&1=1&val=False&pubsrc5=pcu&reward=cash500&SubAff=40205_199171_33380_cash500APCSurvey&AffSecID=&EntranceVID=209v|vTGP0bEDH96Y0afVw2 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Visa gift card

This concludes March's entry. We covered a lot in this blog, so I'm happy with it. I'm excited for another year of DIY sites and surveys. Always fun to receive that check or gift card in the mail! Love this time of year when springtime rolls around. Looking forward to Easter as well. Although I'm too old for egg hunting, I still enjoy the candy, the smell of flowers in bloom and sunny weather. It makes me smile. What do you like about spring? :) I'll have our springtime link list done by midweek. I have been swamped with work, but my next order of business is getting that done.

If anyone needs anything, please contact me: diyfreebies@gmail.com

Take care,

wozniack

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wintry mix, Part 2. The Popcorn Factory order issues and resolution, Credit Sesame payment and promotion, National Consumer Panel, $2,191.04 in survey panel payments...

Wintry mix, Part 2. The Popcorn Factory resolves order problems with free popcorn tins and refund; Credit Sesame payment and promotion; Wozniack selected by the National Consumer Panel; $2,191.04 in survey panel payments-- let me show you how! Read on...

This holiday season I placed several orders with The Popcorn Factory. Below are the order issues that I had and what The Popcorn Factory did to resolve them. This could possibly be the best customer service I have ever received!

My first e-mail:

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/15/14 at 1:50:32 PM:

Hi,

This is in regards to an order I placed on the 7th. I ordered two popcorn tins. The one that was for me has been shipped and is on its way. However, the one that was for my friend arrived at my address yesterday instead of going straight to her. During the ordering process, I entered her shipping address so something is wrong somewhere. Some way, somehow, it got sent to me. Now I am stuck with a 10-pound popcorn tin that is going to cost me a fortune to ship, and my friend has no Christmas gift.

She was supposed to receive the brown tin with the "falling leaves" design. The item number for this tin is: #UWP41030. Her shipping address is below.

::my friend's address goes here::

What do I do? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

me

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM, The Popcorn Factory wrote:

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

We are sorry that you received both popcorn tins to your address! I reviewed your order and added Mary's address to our system. I am having a replacement sent to Mary's address for you at no additional charge. Enjoy the popcorn that arrives to your house or maybe you can give it away if it's too much for you. We do want you to keep it though, no need to send it back. Again, we are sorry for this misunderstanding and any frustration this may have caused. Our customers satisfaction is of the upmost importance to us here at The Popcorn Factory and we appreciate your business, we hope you will allow us to serve you again in the future.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hannon
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/15/14 at 3:38:21 PM:

Jessica,

Thank you so much for resolving this issue. I didn't know what I was going to do because I really cannot spend tons of money on shipping right now due to bills and the holidays. Since you are sending my friend Mary a replacement, could you please delay the shipment until December 17th as I forgot to schedule that shipping time. Also, if you could include a free gift message that says, "Merry Christmas to Mary and Debra ::their last name goes here::. From, ::my name::" on the box it would be greatly appreciated.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for you doing this... Thank you so much!! :)

Regards,

me

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM, The Popcorn Factory wrote:

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

Unfortunately, because your replacement order was shipped today, 11/15/14, I am unable to change the delivery date. I sincerely apologize if this causes you an inconvenience. Thank you for your continued patience.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Lora Stevens
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/17/14 at 6:10:25 PM:

Hi again,

The tin I was expecting arrived today but was dented when I opened the box. The box is in perfect condition so I don't think it was damaged by USPS, the carrier your company uses. I have included pictures of the popcorn tin as well as the box for you to see. This was meant to be a gift for my mother, but I don't want to send her something that is damaged. Can I have this replaced?

Thanks,

me

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

The Popcorn Factory maintains high standards for quality and any tin showing the slightest quality issue is taken off the production line at our facility. However, sometimes in the shipping process the package can be damaged; the box will flex back to its original shape but the tin can not.

We have issued a replacement order for your item, at no expense to you. This will be delivered on or before December 17, and includes your gift message. Thank you for letting us know of the quality issue with the tin, and for allowing The Popcorn Factory the opportunity to provide you with the 100% customer satisfaction that you deserve.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Greg Davis
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

Your question is below and was sent to us on 11/17/14 at 11:24:42 PM:

Hi,

Thank you for your help in this matter. To make sure you have the correct address, please send the replacement tin to the following:

::my address goes here::

Thanks again!

me

P.S.-- I forgot to add #xxx to the address in my previous e-mail. Please include the #xxx number after the street name.

Dear me,

Thank you for contacting us.

I have reviewed your order and updated it with the changes that you requested, as follows:

::my address goes here::

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address listed below.

Sincerely,

Greg Davis
The Popcorn Factory
service@thepopcornfactory.com

The Popcorn Factory takes good care of their customers. It started off with a voicemail from them telling me to call them back. One of the two items I ordered was out of stock. So they replaced it with a 6 1/2 gallon popcorn tin which cost more than the out of stock item. The other item I ordered was my friend's gift that got sent to me and it went on from there... But they made it right and my replacement tin should sometime next week. I was overcharged $6.00 on another item and they are issuing me a refund as well! Couldn't be happier with The Popcorn Factory, and I wanted to give them credit for their excellent customer service. Thank you, Popcorn Factory!



Credit Sesame are a credit reporting company out of Mountain View, California. I participated in their November promotion for a $150.00 amazon gift card with the chance to win a $500.00 bonus. While I didn't qualify for the bonus, I DID get the $150.00 amazon card!





Enlarged photos: http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/creditses1_zps78e641f5.jpg - http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/creditses2_zps0772b543.jpg

When you sign up for their service you are NOT required to put up a credit card. It is totally free unless you upgrade to a paid subscription. A few days ago somebody said, "Looks like the promotion is no longer good. They told me that it was only for November." So I'm not sure when they will start another promotion. They had well over 1,000 eligible customers, meaning they gave out at least $150,000 in amazon gift cards. That could explain there being no promotion this month, and possibly in the months that follow. Now let's discuss National Consumer Panel...



Enlarged photo: http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/diyfreebies/ncp1_zps87adc516.jpg

Can't believe I am officially a member of the National Consumer Panel after years of applying. You earn points for scanning purchased products and taking surveys. Those points can be used on gift catalog items, or put toward sweepstakes. I'm saving up for a tablet. Now survey panel earnings since last December.

Progress since December 2013: $40.00 in checks from Clorox; $65.00 amazon gift card from InSites Consulting; $50.00 amazon gift card for Good Morning America study; $5.00 check, $50.00 cash to buy ingredients for testing products from MarketTools; $100.00 Tango Card, $150.00 Wal-Mart eCard, $40.00 in virtual Visas, $10.00 Chili's restaurant card, $35.00 Target eCard from Toluna; $20.00 loaded to Payoneer Mastercard, $20.00 in amazon gift cards from SurveyScoutResearch; $375.00 in Visa gift cards, $100.00 in amazon gift cards, $50.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards from MyView; $45.00 Webshop gift certificate, $90.00 in amazon gift cards, $427.15 in Paypal from SurveySpot; $143.50 in amazon gift cards, $130.00 in Paypal from Opinion Outpost; $150.00 amazon gift card from Credit Sesame promotion; $75.00 in Paypal, $5.00 amazon gift card from Media Insiders; $5.39 Paypal payment from ebates; $10.00 JcPenney eGiftCard from Memolink. Grand total = $2,191.04!

You know what? I didn't do ANY surveys for 6 months out of the year, so no telling what I would have earned in addition to my $2,191.04!! The company that owns SurveySpot and Opinion Outpost is Survey Sampling International, LLC. Once you make $600.00+ with them you have to fill out a w9, and they combine payments between their sites. So if you make $400.00 on SurveySpot and $200.00 on Opinion Outpost you must turn in a w9 form. They're my favorite though as their Paypal payments are instantaneous. Please let me know if you'd like to learn more about these exciting panels! I can accept Paypal donations, btw. I still have my Serve account but I only take donations via Paypal now.

I need to fix the thumbnail pics in both blogs. The images should open up in another window after you click on them, but you can't click on them. I think its Blogger because the code works on forums and Wordpress. Until its fixed, I will post a link under each image to enlarge the photos. Also, please bear with me on our holiday link list. I am looking at a LONG list of links, and I need more time to sort through them. Feels good to be writing again. I'm reflecting back on all the happy moments, and how much I earned this year. Looking forward to Christmas in 12 days! I hope next year is as prosperous and joyful as this one has been.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate, and a very Happy New Year!

Take care,

wozniack

Wintry mix, Part 1. Possible company name for newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com and letter returned, RewardZone USA offer crediting and new rules explained, merry holiday link list!

Broomfield, CO and nearby cities canvassed in RMM Media case; Letter to newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com gift site address returned; RewardZone USA terms updated + crediting and order confirmations explained; new I-Deal DBA; wozniack discusses National Consumer Panel, Credit Sesame promotions, and other survey panels; holiday link list...



Before we begin, please read this entry on newgiftdepot.com/topbrandgifts.com: http://wozniack.blogspot.com/2013/06/diyfreebies-5th-annual-anniversary-blog.html -- We learnt that Product Test Panel and Nuitech did not manage these sites. We also discovered that the gift site address at 1350 E. Flamming Dr. pulled up results for 1350 E. Flamingo Rd. in Google, which proved to be a shopping center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since I had NO way of contacting this company, I resorted to writing them a letter at the 1350 E. Flamming Dr address. Below is my written letter.



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"To whom it may concern,

I had just a few questions regarding your online promotions. The physical address associated with your web sites comes up as "1350 E. Flaming Rd" instead of the address for your company's web sites on Google. I wanted to know which address is the correct one for your company, Below is your company's address, which should come up on Google instead of the one on 1350 E. Flamingo Rd.

Your address:

1350 E. Flamming Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Any idea why the "1350 E. Flamingo Rd" location shows up in the Google results instead of your company's address? I ask because I do many online offers, and it helps to know where I need to send my forms. I contacted your company on newgiftdepot.com and topbrandgifts.com, which are your company's web sites. I sent e-mails inquiring about your address to the e-mail addresses provided on these web sites, but I never heard back from your company. Which is why I am writing to you as of now.

If you could please give me your company name and the correct address for your company, I would greatly appreciate it.

If I am in error and have the wrong company, please accept my apologizes and disregard this letter.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

My name"

I initially sent the letter so someone at the mystery company would get it. Now I'm posting it in case they stumble across this blog; the letter was returned. No point in me sending it to the 1350 E. Flamingo Rd address as that is a shopping center, and there is no suite number associated with the address. I might have something to go on in the newgiftdepot.com/yourtopbrands.com case. Check out the gift site results from an affiliate marketing site below.

Results for a RewardZone USA $1,000.00 Wal-Mart gift card site:



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Sometimes affiliate marketing sites abbreviate the name of a company's gift program on their link titles. This one is for RewardZone USA with "RZUSA" meaning RewardZone USA. Now look at the results below...



It says Freebie Direct for all 3 links. So I click the first link which takes me here...



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Notice the site to the very right? It says Top Brand Gifts! Could Freebie Direct be this DIY company's name? Or perhaps that is just the actual gift program name and the company name is something else? Either way, I'm excited. Its hard not to be after all this time. This gives me something else to examine anyway. I really hope Freebie Direct is them, because if I have a name to work with I might could get somewhere.

I have went through literally THOUSANDS of businesses with "RMM" in the company name with little luck in finding anything, so I'm staying close to home. I'm contacting businesses in or surrounding the Broomfield, Colorado area, the city for RMM Media, LLC. They're still releasing sites, which is bad because you can't contact them and they didn't pay a member. So I won't give up the search. But I have stopped investigating CRS and Consumer Gain since they aren't a risk. They have no sites and RMM Media are the bigger threat. In addition to someone not getting paid, I'd also like RMM Media's contact information because RewardZone USA requested it. If I can get it, I can help others who are owed money, and make RewardZone USA very happy. Speaking of RewardZone USA, I FINALLY did them, submitted my documents electronically, and am now waiting on my prize!!

My correspondence with a member that details my RewardZone USA experience:

Member:

Hi Woz,

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! The link to the $1000 Rewardzone is still good. You have to do 10 offers and no referrals.You need to complete at least 1 offer and get credited (all their offers usually credit instantly), then your incentive status page will appear and you can continue doing offers from there with no problem. It's better to do all offers at the same day, because it takes 1-2 weeks for them to send you a gift claim form, so if you take a month completing their site, then some offers will disappear from your account page while you are in the process of approval (they expire in 30 days after signup). Don't worry, you will see how fast they credit - in 1-3 min. Sign up again, as they do not record your signup date until you complete first offer and get credit.

My reply:

Hi,

Do you think if I signed up for the site a third time, to get back in, my 30 days will start tonight? I signed up about two nights ago. I just registered on the site. So once I complete my first offer that should "lock me in" I guess, meaning my 30 days starts tonight, right? Nevermind, I just read your last sentence, "Sign up again, as they do not record your signup date until you complete first offer and get credit." Sorry! That is good to know. Think I will mention that in my blog for new people who sign up for a RewardZone site.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! For the I-Deal links, you're great! I feel like I owe you something for all your helpful information. :))

Going to work on a new spreadsheet for to record my RewardZone process. *also getting out pen and legal pad*

I'll let you know how this goes for me. Thanks again for all your help...

wozniack

Member:

Of course, you don't owe me anything, but it would be great if you could complete 1 offer on this Trainn (I need just 1 more referral) for $25.

http://www.linkgoeshere.com/

Please let me know if you can do it tonight.

Thank you!

My reply:

Quick question, if an offer doesn't instantly credit, about how long will it take for it to credit? About 5-7 days? 2 days? I did the Heartwood & Oak wine club but it is not showing up. However, my Freester.com offer is! Does RewardZone fulfill manual credit requests or no? Can't remember if they did or not.

I will try to do your offer once I have finished this site. I'm doing all my offers in one sitting so I get most out of the way and then I can just monitor the ones that have yet to credit. :)

Thanks again,

wozniack

member:

Wine club offer is a new and probably expensive one. Yes, they accept MCR and will credit your account manually if you send them a confirmation email. When I did this site, there were only free and $1 offers.

My reply:

One last question, about how often do the offer pages rotate, if at all?

Thanks again,

wozniack

member:

They add new offers every month. Why? Is there not enough offers for you?

My reply:

I am just stuck on the silver page, that's why I was asking. Maybe they will add a few new offers in a week or so.

Thanks,

wozniack

member:

I suggest you to start with the platinum page offers.

My reply:

I had already done my platinum offers, just did my last silver offer tonight! :) Do I click the "Contact Us" button on my status page and tell them I need to send them confirmations for the ones that did not show up? After that I assume I can click "Claim Incentive." There's a "featured" page? This site only shows Silver, Gold, and Platinum pages. I will ask them when I contact them.

Thanks again for all your help!!

wozniack

member:

How many offers credited on your account? Yes, contact them through that link and they will get back to you.

My reply:

5 offers credited, the other 5 did not. Not sure why so many did not post to my account but oh well... I contacted them, and I will let you know how they respond. Hopefully it all goes well.

Thanks,

wozniack

member:

What offers didnt credit for you? Can you list them?:

My reply

Videostripe, Heartwood & Oak Wine Club, Next Issue, Titanwhite, and Disney Movies Plus Tote Bag. I am still waiting on a confirmation from the Disney offer. I remember in the past though that the book and movie club confirmations didn't always show up right away. That one may take a little longer getting to my e-mail. The Titanwhite confirmation was in my spam, so I will keep an eye on my spam folder in case it goes there.

wozniack

member:

I dont think they will give you credits for so many offers. Since Videostripe is free offer and Disney movie club did not send you any email (although those offers usually credit in 1 min), why wouldnt you try some other free offers, such as CosmoBody and LifeLock? I would definitely give it a try. Good luck.

My reply:

I had already done Lifelock and Cosmobody on the Platinum page. :) I went on and did two make up offers since there was no order # or name shown in the confirmations for Next Issue and Videostripe, which they requested. One of the make up offers credited so that made me look better having 6 credits instead of 5. They went on and gave me manual credit for all 4 offers. I didn't have to push them or anything for the manual credit, they were so willing to give it to me!:

Anyway, they approved my offers, and I received my claim form from them today. I cannot turn everything in until my new license arrives in the mail; I had it renewed, so it may take a week or longer until I get it. But they confirmed that I had 60 days from today, the day they sent me the claim form, to turn everything in, so I should be OK. Its been about a week already on the I.D., too.

I'm pretty excited about my RewardZone site completion. I'll be getting a $1,000.00 Visa once I send everything back!! My amazon card from Credit Sesame showed up today, too, which I will be writing about in my blog. I finally finished my blog notes so I have enough material to put it all together. I also will discuss my participation in the National Consumer Panel (NCP). It took about 4 years of trying off and on to FINALLY get on the panel! I've had so much fun with my scanner, its been great: http://ncppanel.com/content/ncp/ncphome.html -- Have you ever been a part of the panel, or have you tried to get on with them?:

Thanks,:

wozniack:

My experience was unlike this member's. Only half of my offers instantly credited, and I received my claim form the day after submitting my documentation. I think though that offers credit instantly IF they credit right after you do them. By observing numerous DIY companies, I think that their processing and shipping times vary throughout the year. For example. On a good month Product Test Panel may approve all premium offers within 2 to 3 weeks, but 2 months later they may take 3 to 4 weeks. Or maybe they ship gifts within 2 weeks but fail to do so the following month. This member is right though about doing your offers all in one sitting. With any site you should do them all at once to avoid any problems. The sooner you finish the site the better. I should point out though that on order confirmations RewardZone USA requires them to show your name, e-mail address, and order number. Some confirmations may show your name and/or e-mail but may lack an order number. Or some confirmations may barely have anything at all. Two of my confirmations only had my first name and nothing else showing other than my e-mail address in the to and from at the top, so I had to do 2 make up offers.

My exchange with RewardZone USA:

from: me
to: info@rewardzoneusa.com
date: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM
subject: Order confirmations
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi,

I have 4 of the 5 confirmations ready to send to you. I even have screen shots, offer pics, and a UPS shipping confirmation from the Heartwood & Oak offer as additional proof. As for the 5th confirmation, I just contacted Disney and requested for them to send me one. If they do not, I will try them again over the telephone. Please let me know once you get the first 4 confirmations.

Thanks,

me

from: contact@rewardzoneusa.com
to: xxxx@xx.com
date: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM
subject: #7445628774541953363-Offer completions
signed-by: jsmtp.net

Hi me,
As of the moment you have three of the required 6 platinum offers completed and are missing two silver offers.
If this is incorrect, please provide the confirmation for the missing offer(s) to us (info@rewardzoneusa.com). This order confirmation should show your name, email address and order number. Once we have this information, we will do our best to assist you.

For additional information, please refer our terms and conditions http://www.rewardzoneusa.com/ path.html?p=CampImg/1300/terms.htm

To check your incentive status, please log onto the member’s area here http://contact.rewardzoneusa.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fincentivestatus.aspx

Thank you,
The Reward Zone USA, LLC Team

from: me
to: REWARD ZONER
date: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM
subject: Silver offers
mailed-by: gmail.com

I did another Silver offer since the other one I did never sent me a confirmation. It is now showing up under my "Incentive Status." You should have the 4 confirmations I sent you earlier, too.

Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks,

me

from: contact@rewardzoneusa.com
to: xxxx@xx.com
date: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM
subject: #7445628774541953070-Question about gift site
signed-by: jsmtp.net

Hi, Thanks for contacting Rewardzone!

Be advised, simply completing the survey does not qualify you for an incentive.

To qualify for the incentive, you must complete the requirements based on the type of incentive you signed up for. If the incentive is valued at $100 or less (a Tier 1 incentive) then you need to complete two (2) silver, (2) gold, and (1) platinum offer on the respective silver, gold, and platinum pages. If the incentive is valued at $100 or more (a Tier 2 incentive) then you need to complete two (2) silver, (2) gold, and (6) platinum offers on their respective pages. Offers may repeat between pages and the offer will count depending on the page you complete it (for example, an offer may show up on the silver and gold page, if you complete it on the silver, it will count as a silver offer). All offers must be completed within thirty calendar days in the Eastern Standard Time zone.

If something went wrong and you've completed the requirements or have another issue, we'd love to help you. Please respond with some additional information:

1. The e-mail address used and the approximate date you completed the requirements.
2. If you have completed an offer and it does not appear on your incentive status page, please forward the email order confirmation for the missing offer to us (info@rewardzoneusa.com). This order confirmation should show your name, email address and order number.
3. If you encountered a technical problem that has prevented you from completing the offers, please describe the steps taken prior to encountering the issue. Every detail you can give us will help us identify and fix the issue.

Once we have this information, we will do our best to assist you.

For additional information, please refer our terms and conditions http://www.rewardzoneusa.com/path.html?p=CampImg/1300/terms.htm

To check your incentive status, please log onto the member’s area here http://contact.rewardzoneusa.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fincentivestatus.aspx

Thank you,
The Reward Zone USA, LLC Team

from: me
to: REWARD ZONER
date: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM
subject: Offer pages
mailed-by: gmail.com

I did two more offers for the Platinum page and have received confirmations for them. I did these offers since the other two offers I did did not have an order number or anything in their confirmations. I will send them now and resend the others from yesterday for your review.

Thanks,

me"

I sent them this e-mail after I sent them my order confirmations...

from: me
to: REWARD ZONER
date: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM
subject:
mailed-by: gmail.com

As of now, you should have all 6 confirmations, two of which are make up offers I did. I have 6 offers showing in my "Incentive Status." So I only need 4 of those 6 confirmations processed.

Please let me know if this works for you.

Thanks,

me

from: Reward Zone USA
to: me
date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM
subject: RE: Welcome to Videostripe
signed-by: jsmtp.net

me,

We see that you have signed up for the required amount of offers to qualify for the incentive. We are in the process of verifying your offers and preparing the necessary documents for your claim. You will receive a follow-up email from us within 3 business days with further instructions and any necessary documentations.

Thank you,
The Reward Zone USA, LLC Team

from: Customer Service
reply-to: Customer Service
to: "xxxx@xx.com"
date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM
subject: Please e-sign RewardZone USA - Tier 2 Claim Form
mailed-by: echosign.com
signed-by: echosign.com

Customer Service Has Sent You RewardZone USA - Tier 2 Claim Form to e-sign

Customer Service (Fluent) says:
"Congratulations!

You are the winner of a RewardZone USA, LLC‘s Promotional Incentive. To claim your prize, click on the link below to complete and eSign the Prize Claim Form. Be sure to also send us proof of residence and/or Government Issued ID separately to info@rewardzoneusa.com

Once you eSign the Prize Claim Form, you’ll receive a final PDF copy by email. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery from the date you submit your paperwork. Be on the lookout for its arrival!

It only takes a few minutes to complete. Click on the link to get started.

Do not hesitate to contact us by email at info@rewardzoneusa.com or leave a voicemail at (xxx) xxx-xxxx if you have any questions.

The prize you have won is: $1,000 VISA gift card.

Thanks,

RewardZone USA, LLC

Click here to review and e-sign RewardZone USA - Tier 2 Claim Form.

With just one simple step, you can electronically sign this document. After you e-sign RewardZone USA - Tier 2 Claim Form, all parties will receive a final PDF copy by email.

Do you need to forward this to a party authorized to sign it? Click here

from: me

to: Reward Zone USA
date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM
subject: Re: Welcome to Videostripe
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi,

Thank you for sending me the claim form. So I have up to 60 days from the today to send back my claim form and I.D.? I ask because I just got my I.D. renewed and I have to wait up to 3 weeks to get it in the mail.

Thanks,

me

from: RewardZoneUSA Team
to: me
date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM
subject: RE: Welcome to Videostripe
signed-by: jsmtp.net

Yes. You have time. Please send a copy of the ID when it is renewed and we will issue your gift card.

Thank you.

from: me
to: RewardZoneUSA Team
date: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 11:12 PM
subject: Re: Welcome to Videostripe
mailed-by: gmail.com

Just a few more questions... I also need to get my claim form notarized and send in a w9 form in addition to a copy of my photo I.D., correct? Also, am I required to mail in the forms or do I just scan them in and send them to you via e-mail? Once I send you the required documents, do I still have to click "Click Incentive" on my account page?

Thanks,

me

from: Reward Zone USA
to: me
date: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM
subject: RE: Welcome to Videostripe
signed-by: jsmtp.net

That’s correct. Let us know if for some reason you need more time!

from: me

to: REWARD ZONER
date: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM
subject: Copy of my photo I.D. and w9 form
mailed-by: gmail.com

Here is a copy of my photo I.D. I scanned it with my smartphone. I included my w9 form which I printed, signed, and scanned in. I also printed my claim form. Just have to get it notarized!

Thanks,

me

from: RewardZoneUSA Team
to: me
cc: Rewardzone
date: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM
subject: RE: Copy of my photo I.D. and w9 form

We have received your paperwork via Adobe EchoSign and your photo ID scan. You do not need to do anything else.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for the delivery of your prize.

Regards,

The RewardZone USA, LLC Team

A member who contacted me earlier this year said they notarized their claim form, which is why I told RewardZone USA that I would notarize my form. Apparently, all they require is the claim form and photo I.D. I sent them a w9 as well, which they probably did need with my gift being over $600.00. But you don't have to get it notarized. The claim form is done in an instant. It is an electronic form that you fill out, sign, and date. Once that's accomplished, you submit the form and RewardZone USA has it within seconds! I loved watching my signature look like I was writing it with a pen while typing my name. Its a really cool form. What surprised me was them willing to give me more time to submit my paperwork and photo I.D. Most companies would have said, "Remember, you have 60 days from the time you receive the claim form to send everything back," and they would have meant it. I wasn't required to fill out the short "Claim Incentive" form on my status page either. They said I didn't need to do anything else, and that I'd receive my gift in 2-4 weeks!

A member had a question which I relayed to RewardZone USA

"from: me
to: REWARD ZONER
date: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM
subject: Quick question...
mailed-by: gmail.com

My friend wants to know if they could do another site next month if they did one in August of this year. Can they, or do they have to wait until next August or later?

Their question: "I just did a rewardzone in august so I gotta wait until next year. When they say once per calendar year I could do it in January, right?

Thanks,

me"

Their reply:

"from: Reward Zone USA
to: me
date: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM
subject: RE: Quick question...
signed-by: jsmtp.net

Hi me,

If they received an incentive last August, they’ll need to wait until next August for another one.

Thanks,

RewardZone, USA"

New RewardZone USA terms:

RewardZone USA- Offers must be completed within 30 days of registration. If you don’t complete the required number of offers in one session, you may do so by logging in to the "Incentive Status" page. After you have completed all of the required offers and confirmed your completion on Incentive Status, you can start the claims process by logging onto the Incentive Status and selecting “Claim My Incentive.” Upon qualification, you will be contacted via e-mail and/or U.S. mail with a claim form. The redemption form must be notarized, and you must provide a copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued ID. If your mailing address is different than the address you provided during registration or the address on your ID, you must provide proof of residence at the mailing address such as a utility bill, tax bill, voter ID or rent invoice. If your gift is valued at $600.00 or more, you must also fill out a w9 form. Once all documents are approved, your gift will ship within two to four weeks, sometimes sooner depending on their shipping schedule. You must claim your gift within 60 days of receiving the claim form or you forfeit your reward. You cannot participate in a promotion if you reside in Washington or Vermont, or are a resident of a state where incentivized promotions of this type are prohibited by law.

With RewardZone USA you have 30 days to complete your offers. You no longer have to do your offers within 1 calendar day, so they're easier to do. If anyone has any questions regarding RewardZone USA, please let me know. I-Deal has a new DBA called Loyalty Exclusives, Inc. Just thought I would mention it for those who didn't know! There are some really good sites out now if you look hard enough.



*holiday link list*

Nuitech--

http://www.offersgonewild.com/rd_p?p=339834&t=23156&c=&a=#MBID# - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 merchant gift card

http://www.consumerincentiverewards.com/rd_p?p=339224&t=16391&a=0&uid=test - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 Best Buy gift card

http://www.revealyourrewards.com/rd_p?p=339110&t=21187&a=0&uid=test - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 merchant gift card

http://www.onlinegiftrewards.com/rd_p?p=345991&t=24286&c=69657-noimg&a=485&uid= - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 check

Amped Media--

http://giftrewardclub.com/go/to/f388f2/key/96e67012083010afc5a93a1f94701e70/aid/10899/s1/#MBID# - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://smartconsumerrewards.com/go/to/45654d/key/33973a68d5fb0d035f6ac115b9404d2a/aid/10899/s1/1674 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://platinumpromotions.net/go/to/cb622b/key/6b4fe213b54073612dc12504009d3ae5/aid/10899/s1/1674 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://nationalprizes.net/go/to/0ce918/key/ac432de005fafe3d5811bd0c61a492b2/aid/10899 - offers unknown/$500.00 Kohl's gift card

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/43e34c/key/3babc612ad8fc27e01f409fa69d1be68/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

I-Deal--

http://retailsavingssource.com/?session_id=ea70a37a791d11e49afb0cf936320894 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Wal-Mart gift card

http://publicsurveypanel.com/?session_id=c93446c2792611e489e4be8457b8e8ed - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Visa

http://grandsavingscenter.com/?session_id=ebfda680792611e4a588d9cee95d28f9 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Visa

I'd like to shift gears for a little bit and talk about The Popcorn Factory, Credit Sesame, and the survey panels I belong to. Please move along to Part 2. of our wintery mix blog to learn how I earned $2,191.04 in just 6 months from these panels and points incentive programs.

See you there!

wozniack

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New blog, forum and old usernames...

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our new home!  It isn't the red and black Wordpress theme that we're accustomed to, but I made changes that we can all be comfortable with.  I widened the text just like the old blog; designed a forum button to match our blog's colors; and chose a warm red for our blog since most of you stated you liked red for the template.  This will be our blog's permanent home. I only moved it because we risked losing our content and, now that we aren't under a web host, that weight has been lifted, and our site and forum remains safe.

I also created a new home for our forum. You can access the forum link to the right of this post. Those who were registered on the old forum must contact me directly at diyfreebies@gmail.com to get your new password. I had to manually register the old accounts on the new forum as well as move over everyone's posts.

If anyone has any questions at all, please let me know.

Thanks,

wozniack

Monday, August 18, 2014

Current situation...

Hi everyone,

I need to update you on the status of our forum and blog. A blog is posted every three months without fail, but along the way I was met with many personal challenges which prevented me from posting and, as a result, I fell short of my readers' expectations. For that, I'm sorry. This blog is not dead, I just have to make the necessary changes in order for it to survive. I've been given a deadline of September 7th to move all the site's contents, forum included, to another location before it is erased. My plan is to point the domain (DIYfreebies.com) to our BlogSpot location: http://wozniack.blogspot.com/ and move our forum to another location. Moving the forum will be the hardest as I have to manually copy over all content to the new forum, and that could take weeks.

Is anyone good at domain pointing? I need help pointing the domain to Blogger. GoDaddy keeps rejecting the BlogSpot name servers, and I'm not sure if that's because I have Bluehost in the background running the GoDaddy name servers or not. If I disable the Bluehost name servers maybe GoDaddy will accept the BlogSpot nameservers? If anyone could do this for me it would save me a lot of time, because I tried for hours the other night and couldn't make it work. As soon as this is accomplished, I need to refresh my brain before my next post and collect my new information. I cannot give a date for the next entry, but I will make a brief post once I have it prepared.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

wozniack

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Santa's workshop, Part 2. Gift sites affiliated with giftcardclub.net revealed, member reports payment from Canadian company, Ace Brands Online + shipping locations questioned...

Gift sites affiliated with giftcardclub.net revealed; member reports payment from Canadian company Ace Brands Online + shipping locations questioned. Read on...

You might remember a company I wrote about last year called Ace Brands Online. We weren't too sure about them then, but now someone has come forward with a payment report and has allowed me to share their experience. Before we continue, please refresh yourselves with these blog entries on Ace Brands Online: Caivis complaint and discussion... -- Owner of revpath.com denies... -- Once you have done so, please see this person's message to me below.

Ace Brands Online member:

"Hey woz,

This PM is about popularproductsonline.

I am writing you to confirm that this company paid me for my participation in their DIY.

I completed something like 9 offers in late July or beginning of August. My offers reported within a week, some of them instant. Did anfew repeats for nom reporting offers so more like 11 or 12 offers. I filled out an electronic redemption form on Aug 6. I received an email that said I would hear back from somebody on 30-90 days!!

Their terms and conditions depending which page you read have conflicting rules whether there is a CL or not. Very confusing and stupid so ignored it. It said like, keep every single offer from the time you send your redemption for, until the time they ship your gift.

Since almost 2 months passed I wrote the, two question and complaint emails, threatening to report them if I don't at least get a response from customer service, which I did not for both emails.

In the end though I don't think it was my complaints that worked but rather their oddball wall of doing redemptions.

Almost 60 days after I sent my redemption form, I got a phone call on my cell, the number I must have given them, that all my offers were successfully completed according to their advertiser's and that they needed to confirm my shipping address. They left a voicemail, I called the, back and asked for the person who called me which is what she asked me to so on the voicemail. I confirmed my address and aue said I will receive my gift in 15-20 business days, but I ended up receiving something from the, just less than 1 week later.

My sign up gift was an iPhone 5 (2012) and that is in fact what they sent me in the box. I sold it already and got 450 for it so I am a happy camper. I totally wrote them off as unresponsive/scam so I don't even mind that I got my one lifetime gift you are allowed to receive from them.

I am going to leave you some info below, the number they called me from, the number I sent back to them, and the address the prize came from. For some reason I think the phone number
was Canadian. Oh yea it was, the area code.
Phone number they called me from: 647-123-4567
Phone number they told me to call back: 1-877-707-1771

Address the gift came from:
No name/company name
417 Knightsbridge Cr
Davenport fl 33896

And the address label was handwritten in black ink and all capital letters.

Im not calling them legit yet personally, but they did follow up within the time frame their email said and they did pay me. Pretty fun to get a physical gift in the mail, just like the old DIY days
:)

Hope that helps.
-member"

My reply:

"hi member,

hey thanks for your detailed account of your popularproductsonline experience. I actually wrote about them last year: http://www.diyfreebies.com/caivis-complain...eview-and-more/ <-- I was trying to find out if Nuitech handled their support last year but Nuitech dodged my question. they may be their own compoany with Nuitech or some other company handling their Fulfillment, OR they may do it all themselves and have a branch in Florida for processing and fulfilling peoples' gifts.

could you please send me their direct e-mail to diyfreebies@gmail.com? because I would like to contact them from my gmail account. that's awesome that they sent you an iPhone! congrats on the sale of your gift! if its alright by you, I'd like to share your e-mail on popularproducts online with my readers this month.

thanks,

wozniack"

Ace Brand Online member's reply:

"hey woz,

whatsup! of course yea you can share the email, just leave me anonymous so i continue to dig and do gifts with my name and email

um otherwise i dont have a 'direct email' from them to send you b/c they never emailed me back and i contacted them thru the contact form on the website, popularproductsonline.com.

-member"

Although you must wait 30-90 days after submitting the electronic redemption form, they do contact you by phone to confirm your address. I guess that's just how they roll. I'm glad this person was paid, and that we have another paying DIY company. I sent Ace Brands Online a message through their contact form and asked if the Davenport, FL address is a branch of their company in the U.S., or if they hired another company to handle Fulfillment. Below is my reply from customer service at Ace Brands Online.

My message:

"From: noreply@popularproductsonline.com [mailto:noreply@popularproductsonline.com]
Sent: December-01-13 9:51 PM
To: support@popularproductsonline.com
Subject: PopularProducts Help Request

A new help requesst has been submitted:

Name: me
E-mail: diyfreebies@gmail.com
Phone: xxxx
Message: Hi,

Is the address you ship gifts from in Davenport, FL a branch of your company in Canada? Do you have locations set up in the U.S. solely for shipping rewards? Or have you hired a Florida-based company to ship rewards?

The reason I ask is so that I can sort out the addresses associated with the gift sites I've been working on.

Thank you so much...

me"

Customer service's reply:

"from: Cheryl . Davis
to: diyfreebies@gmail.com
date: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM
subject: RE: PopularProducts Help Request

Hello,

Our records indicate that you have not completed an online account with popularproductsonline.com

Please create an online account and then you will be able to login and complete the required offers to receive the prize in question.

Thank you for contacting Popular Products Online"

My reply:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: "Cheryl . Davis"
date: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM
subject: Re: PopularProducts Help Request
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi,

Could you please answer my questions regarding the Davenport, FL address and shipping?

Thanks,

me"

Customer service's reply:

"from: Cheryl . Davis
to: diyfreebies@gmail.com
date: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM
subject: RE: PopularProducts Help Request

Hello,

We do not ship gifts/rewards from the location you have listed below any gifts/rewards that are shipped are sent directly from us.

Thank you for contacting Popular Products Online"

My reply:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: "Cheryl . Davis"
date: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM
subject: Re: PopularProducts Help Request
mailed-by: gmail.com

So they come from your Canadian location? I ask because one or two people have stated that your rewards come from 417 Knightsbridge Cr, Davenport, FL 33896.

I am just making sure I have the right info so I don't get anything confused. :)

Thank you for all your help!

me"

The Davenport, FL address could just be the location of the merchant they buy gifts from. So the merchant's Davenport, FL address is printed on the packages because they supply the gifts. The reason I asked Ace Brands Online that was to find out if they had branches in the U.S., or if they functioned primarily out of Canada. Not that important but its good to know. I like that customer service replies so fast to messages. That and there being a login to check status makes doing them worthwhile, IMO. I may try this one.

Ace Brands Online address:

120 East Beaver Creek Rd., STE #200
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 4V1



New gift sites in connection with giftcardclub.net are live on the web. We'll look at one of them called myrewardsgroup.com, but please read these entries before doing so: DIYfreebies 5th annual anniversary... - RewardZone USA proven legit + payment reports -- Let's compare the gift sites' front pages, main pages, login pages, and policies.

giftcardclub.net front page:



url: http://giftcardclub.net/G/landing?campaignId=6005&subcid=13374&subcid2=102e97d001acc3b645f07e75f88388&uid=1023e4e947c5a0e48203844458da2e&email={email}#cid=6005%23sid=206%23vid=3056#sid=206#vid=3056

myrewardsgroup.com front page:



url: http://myrewardsgroup.com/G/landing?campaignId=5961&subcid=aaaaaa&email=#cid=5961#sid=110#vid=3041

Both front pages have identical content from rule #1 to rule #4. Check out the policies...

giftcardclub.net policy:



url: http://members.giftcardclub.net/Info/pp

myrewardsgroup.com policy:



url: http://members.myrewardsgroup.com/Info/pp

The same address is in both policies: 2360 Corporate Circle Suite 400, Henderson, Nevada 89074. This confirms that giftcardclub.net and myrewardsgroup.com are from the same DIY company. We must remember that 2360 Corporate Circle is InCorp Services's address, and Gayle Clauges, the Director of Operations at InCorp Services, stated that her company does NOT own giftcardclub.net. She said InCorp Services, Inc is a registered agent for "thousands of companies," and part of that service is mail forwarding. So whoever this mystery DIY company is, they are using InCorp Services's address for their gift program, which makes it twice as hard to catch them.

giftcardclub.net main page:



url: http://giftcardclub.net/

giftcardclub.net login page:



url: http://members.giftcardclub.net/

myrewardsgroup.com main page:



url: http://www.myrewardsgroup.com/

myrewardsgroup.com login page:



url: http://members.myrewardsgroup.com/

The main and login pages are also alike, and why wouldn't they be if these sites are related? Another gift site is mygiftcardrewards.com. It has the same front page wording, main page, login page, and policy address. We just need the company's name, and we need to find out if they're paying on these sites. This may be the toughest case I've had yet! Once I know who they are, I can contact them directly and ask them some questions. But its getting to that point before I can. Its gonna be a lonnnng night of investigating! *turns on the coffee pot*

Another double blog has come to an end, I enjoyed putting it together. This year went by so fast I am still stuck in December 2012! I feel like I am continuing doing the very last thing I remember doing last year, if that makes sense. 2013 went by in a blur. I wonder if I'll remember much from 2013 years from now, hm? *in deep thought* Back to our blog, I had a blast creating this year's holiday blog posts. As busy as I've been, I had to take time out to get it done. Believe it or not, I am still out of town, so my Christmas will be spent elsewhere, which isn't so bad because I can be with my grandmother and a few relatives that I haven't seen in a while. I'm hoping to be back though after Christmas so I can take care of some things, and I miss being home.

Wishing you all and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season... Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year!!

Take care,

wozniack

Santa's workshop, Part 1. RMM Media, LLC warning + RewardZone Usa and Caivis deny affiliation with RMM Media, Amped Media addresses domain questions, holiday link list...

This holiday season follow Santa to his workshop for the latest rewards and DIY news! Amped Media's Jonathan Gies addresses gift site questions; RewardZone USA lookalike company, RMM Media, LLC., fails to pay member, and member tells all; holiday link list! Ho ho ho, off we go...



An update on RMM Media and their RewardZone USA lookalike sites. A member did 12+ offers on one of their sites and the gift site showed she had "0" completed. They also will not answer her e-mails. Also, RewardZone USA and Caivis denied any affiliation with RMM Media, LLC. See my exchange with this member below to learn what happened.

Member:

"from: member
to: diyfreebies@gmail.com
date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM
subject: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com

Hi Woz, how are you? That time of year again and here I am back at it again, my first diy site and I think I am getting screwed. Ive tried contacting the company to no avail and no response. And now today I can't even get onto the site at all, it comes up blank. Do you have a phone number or something? I have been sending email from several different sites of theirs because there may be a problem with the one I'm doing. I completed RmmMediawards "awardhotspot.com" $1,000 visa gc in the one day and have gotten my emails from everyone but them. The site allows me to check in the status, but I shows 0 completed. I have nothing. Obviously it acknowledges my email address/account, but that is it. Also on the platinum page there is a limited amount of offers and several of them don't work, it only gives me pop-ups of other offers of theirs. Therefore in order to complete all 12 offers, I did another offer from either silver or gold, I don't remember which. I had no choice and couldn't reach anyone. I hope I don't miss out on this gc because I ended up spending a lot more than I should have because of not being able to get into other offers. I tried and tried all day, at least 22 hours I put into it, and I checked it out 1 to 2 Weeks prior to starting to be sure of what I was getting into. Now I would like to do another because I desperately need the gc's, but this site used up a lot of my finance's and offers. Please, Please, Please tell me you have a contact person or number or something. I pray you do, or I am so screwed.
After what I have read on your blog today and what I read on anything4free, I was so hoping this was an answer we have all been waiting for. I truly hope this is just a bug in their system that can be fixed and that we can straighten out my account."

Second reply from member:

"from: member
to: me
date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM
subject: Fwd: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com

Sorry I forgot to use my user name (anything4free) that you probably remember me by tvs5146. After I sent the last message to you, I went back and finished reading your blog. Should have done that first. Do you think Im screwed? I still havent heard a word. member"

My reply:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com

Hi member,

I just read your e-mails, and I am happy to help you. I contacted OnDemand Research (Caivis) since you said you did "awardspot.com," the RewardZone USA lookalike company. I don't think RMM Media (awardspot.com) is RewardZone USA, I just think their sites have the same look and feel. I asked Caivis directly if they had any involvement with the lookalike company but so far I haven't heard anything, and I don't think I will in all honesty. Caivis knows about my blog, and I don't think they like me too much.

To be sure there is no confusion, you actually did an RMM Media site? Do you still have the link so I can look at it? I just wanted to make sure you really meant the lookalike company and not the actual RewardZone USA so we don't waste time contacting the wrong company. Below is the phone number for Cavis/OnDemand Research, and I'll throw in XL Marketing's phone number as well. Also, I have included their e-mails (you might have better luck with them).

Phone numbers:

Cavis/OnDemand Research: 1-202-683-2200

XL Marketing: 212-660-2510 - 212-967-5055

E-mails:

Caivis/OnDemand Research: customer.service@ondemandresearch.com - inquiries@caivis.com

XL Marketing:

info@xlmarketing.com

What I sent Caivis:

"Hi,

Does awardhotspot.com belong to your company? I ask because I am trying to organize the sites I do by company name and this looked like one of yours. Also, your e-mail address for OnDemand Research, customer.service@ondemandresearch.com, is present in the Privacy Policy. So I just assumed awardhotspot.com was your company's domain.

Thanks!

me"

But they never replied. If you are able to speak to someone, could you please ask them if awardhotspot.com is their domain? They may just handle customer support for awardhotspot.com. I don't know. If the site you did though was awardhotspot.com then we'd find out for sure if Caivis owned it or not because they would tell you. You don't have to, but I would really appreciate it if you could. If you don't want to, that's fine. No pressure. :)

One more thing. If you're able to get back into the site and it is still showing "0" offers completed, please take a screen shot of your status page. That way it gives you proof that you have an account with them in case it comes up blank and you are locked out again.

If it turns out that RewardZone USA was the actual DIY company you did and not Caivis, I will quickly look up their contact information for you.

I hope this helps. Please keep me informed on your gift's status.

Thanks,

wozniack"

Member's reply:

"from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com

hi woz, well I finally got responses from the real rewardzoneusa and from Cavis/OnDemand Research. Basically nobody knows how to get in touch with this copycat company. I am forwarding the emails so you can see what was said. I cancelled the majority of the offers I took out today and explained briefly to each of them what happened. They were all pretty understanding of it. I just kept 3 of them....Disney movies, Elmo's kids club (activities/books) and I had purchased a $25 gift card from FTD Florist. I kept the 2 kids club stuff because I didn't want to ruin my name with them. member"

Second reply from member:

"from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com

ok, I forwarded all 4 emails to you. As you can see awardzoneusa would like the info if we do eventually find out who they are and the Ondemandresearch co. claims they have no contact info other than what they gave me for the legit co. Oh by the way, are there any active legit rewardzoneusa sites for &1000 gc's. member"

E-mails from member to RewardZone USA and Caivis and their replies to member...

E-mail to RewardZone USA:

"member

Oct 4

do you know anything about them using rewardzoneusa? That is the same as yours isn't it? How in the world do they get away with that?"

RewardZone USA's replies:

"On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM, wrote:

Hi member,

Awardhotspot.com is not one of our domains or affiliated websites.

Thank you."

"On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM, wrote:

Hi member,

That website and company is not affiliated with us. They copied our site, unfortunately.

We are sorry for your inconvenience.

The RewardzoneUSA Team."

E-mail to RewardZone USA:

"From: member
Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: #7445084568614338932-Please, this is urgent.
To: contact@rewardzoneusa.com
do you have any information as to how to contact them or anything? Thank you"

RewardZone USA's reply:

"From:
Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Subject: #7445084568614338932-Please, this is urgent.
To: 2013diyrmda@gmail.com
Hi Teresa,

Unfortunately we do not. If you locate a point of contact, please forward it to us as well.

Thank you."

E-mail to Caivis:

"From: member [mailto:xxxx@xx.com]
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 9:18 AM
To: customer.service@ondemandresearch.com
Subject: Urgent....Please help
I recently completed an online incentive reward site with a company by the name of RewardzoneUSA a/k/a Rmmmediaward, on a site Awardhotspot.com. I understand that you are affliated with them. Is this true? I have tried in vein to reach someone regarding my completion and can't seem to get a response from anyone. I have not rec'd credit for not one of the 12 offers that I did and now it seems the website awardhotspot is down. I spent a good deal of money doing the offers as there aren't that many to choose from and some offers cannot be accessed at all. So please if you would, be so kind and to help me reach the right party to speak with about this problem that I am having. I would be very greatful if you could help me. Thank you, member"

Cavis' reply:

"From: Customer Service
Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Subject: RE: Urgent....Please help
To: member
Dear member,

Thank you for contacting us.

Please try this link: http://contact.rewardzoneusa.com/contact.aspx

This should take you to the rewards zone member support.

Regrettably, we do not have direct contact information for rewardszone USA, so we are limited in how we may help.

Sincerely,

Customer Care"

My reply to member:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
member,

Thank you for the e-mails! I cautioned other members about the lookalike company on A4F today. I created a post telling everyone we had confirmation on the lookalike company, that it was not affiliated with the real RewardZone USA, and that I had to investigate them further to find out who they are.

Tonight, I will research 'RMM Media, LLC.', the company name on the lookalike sites, again to see if it'll get me somewhere. If I knew who they were, I could easily get contact info for you. I knew the lookalike sites weren't connected to RewardZone USA, but now I can confirm it thanks to you! Thank you so much. In return, I will do my best to help you get the info you need, and as quickly as possible. :)

If you have any questions or need anything, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be up late tonight with my investigations, with yours being my top priority.

Kind Regards,

wozniack"

Member's reply:

"from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com
Hi Woz, Not for anything else, but not only should they be penalized for this horrendous scam, I feel like I should take them to court...Get this, I cancelled all but 3 of the offers, i.e., Disney Movie Club, Elmo's Learning adventure and the FTD gift card I bought. I figured with the new grandbabies I thought it would be worth keeping. In the meantime I signed up at the real rewardzone usa and completed all offers. So I thgought. I took out another Disney movie club and one of the offers I cancelled, Santoku knife, I tried to take again. Santoku gave me a message that there was a problem so I tried to call but they were closed on Sunday. So I called on Monday for the heck of it. They said even though I closed the account, the system wont let me take another knife offfer, because I had the offer. I explained to the girl I spokie with what the problem was and she offered to do it over the phone, but I told her it had to be done on line through the company with a link. In the meantime, I still didnt receive any emails from Disney, which I know they can be a little slower, but I should have heard something by the next day. I found their number and called them. No record of my order. I spoke with 2 people who searched and they both couldnt find it. The one girl told me that this system doesnt allow for 2 accounts. I said shouldnt I have gotten a message or something? I said I even got a thank you when I submitted my order. No luck. So It looks like I'm screwed out of $1000 and stuck with more offers. I sent a message to the real rewrdzone usa to see if anything at all could be done since I wasn't notified by either company by 12:00 midnight. I got a response that they are looking into it. I would have thought it was just a computer generated message except that they spoke of the scam company because I had mentioned it in my message. I've been trying to do an Amped offer, but I can't seem to get to the real offer pages. It keeps taking me back to the beginning or to another site. I am going to try a different one because I spent enough time trying to do it only to start again. I just hope that scam company didn't penetrate their web site and mess things up. I cant imagine why anyone would want to copy another copy unless its to gain information that is confidential. I just hope they didnt get anything of mine (or anyone's for that matter), that could mess me up . If you could think of anything that might shed some light that could help me straighten things out so I could actually earn a real $1000 card. Hell now I need to do 2 of them. I sure would love to find these people, as I'm sure others would like to too. I'm sure sooner or later something is going to bring them out in the open. Talk to you soon. member"

Member's reply:

"from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
signed-by: xxxx.com
Hi Woz Just wanted to let you know that I did hear from the real rewardzone, and I gues I must have confused them a little with my last message to them (ticket). Here is what they sent me:

"There is a lot of confusion here.

You submitted tickets from xxxx@xx.com regarding RMMedia who we are NOT affiliated with. We can not help you with this issue.

At the same time you submitted tickets from this email xxxx@xx.com for your account which you did complete 2 silver 1 gold and 8 platinum offers. You are one gold offer shy from becoming eligible for the offer. If you have completed this offer and its simply not showing up on your incentive status page, forward the email confirmation for that missing gold offer to us and we will process your claim.

Otherwise, please use this link: http:/www.somethinghere.com to continue and finish your final gold offer.

Then submit an incentive claim referencing ticket # xxxxxxxxxx and we will process your claim.

To be clear. We are NOT associated with RMMedia. Our affiliated sites are RewardzoneUSA.com, Nationalconsumercenter.com and savingscenterusa.com. Also, please keep all further contact to one email address to avoid confusion in the future.

Thank you.
The Rewardzone USA Team."

So it seems that they might be allowing me to complete the site. I had written to them and told them how I was having problems signing up for the offers because of the other rewardzone usa offers I did. I completed the offer, submitted the incentive claim and they notified me:

"We see that you have signed up for the required amount of offers to qualify for the incentive. We are in the process of verifying your offers and preparing the necessary documents for your claim. You will receive a followup email from us within 72 business hours with further instructions and any necessary documentations.

Thank you,
The Reward Zone USA, LLC Team"

Then the next email from them:

"Please find the attached claim form and w-9 form.

Please follow the instructions on the claim form and send back both forms via email (info@rewardzoneusa.com) or fax (646-349-3872).

Thanks!"

So, I just have to get the form notarized and send in the w-9 with it. So I hope all goes well and they allow me to get the award. We will see. I'll keep you informed. Talk to you soon, member"

My reply:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM
subject: Re: Major Problems with rewardzone usa PLEASE HELP
mailed-by: xxxx.com
Hi member,

Just letting you know that I am actively working on your issue with RMM Media, LLC and the lookalike RewardZone USA company. What slows me down are all the dead ends. When you think you're getting somewhere you reach one, and either pick up where you left off or start all over.

As for MyRewardsGroup, I already knew about the site and made a note on paper to investigate the domain as it shares a likeness to giftcardclub.net. Please hold off on doing MyRewardsGroup as it may be affiliated with giftcardclub.net, the unknown DIY company's domain.

There have been Amped Media complaints, but you are the first to state that the sites take you back to where you started and that you can get stuck. I will relay your message to Jonathan Gies, the CEO of Amped Media, so he is aware of this problem. Thanks for letting me know!

I'm glad you were successful with one of RewardZone USA's gift sites. Please let me know when your gift arrives, and take a picture if you can. :)

Hope to hear from you soon, or hopefully I contact you first with news on RMM Media, LLC./lookalike RewardZone USA company.

Kind Regards,

wozniack"

I contacted this member recently for an update, and am waiting to hear back. I don't know if they got paid yet or not, but so far it doesn't look good. The RMM Media warning post I mentioned in our exchange can be found here: http://www.anything4free.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=181599 -- The warning post's content is in this blog, which is why I'm not copying it here. I felt it was important to make others aware of the complications with RMM Media's sites, and to let everyone know that RewardZone USA and Caivis are NOT affiliated with RMM Media. Before you do a RewardZone USA site, please look for "RMM Media" in the front page's paragraph.

Never got a response from Renee Moncada or Subreption, LLC. I get the feeling these two aren't involved, but I can't rule them out just yet. I did find someone else who I think has a greater chance of being with RMM Media, LLC. Meet Renee Moskowitz, a Publishing Sales Consultant at RMM Media in New York City.



This woman seems like the most likely candidate for RMM Media, LLC. Not Renee Moncada, a co-executive producer of a reality tv show, and Subreption, LLC., a company sharing its headquartered address with RMM Media, LLC. If RMM Media is only using Subreption's headquartered address for mailing purposes, we can cross Subreption, LLC off our list. Renee Moskowitz could be our woman. I need to get in touch with her asap. Hopefully I can, and she supplies me with contact info to give my readers who have done RMM Media sites. Its important to get the word out on these lookalike sites to prevent more scams. Please share my blog with others so they know to be careful with this company.

A reader sent me an e-mail asking about Amped Media's rewarding-promos.com domain. Their e-mail followed by my response and question to Jonathan Gies at Amped Media is below.

My e-mail to Jonathan Gies:

"Hi,

I just had a quick question regarding the TOS for rewarding-promos.com. Below is an e-mail I received followed by my response to this person which explains what I want to know.

E-mail I received:

"I got to this site through a link on your forum that is supposed to be an Amped Media site. Below is a link to the site's TOS.

Is it Amped Media - looks awful familiar!

http://rewarding-promos.com/info.htm?tp=tos&promo_name=4194name&catalog_id=20148&gift=31824&SID=4ebeeda58a2c2bf358aa4a70dabec5bb9"

My reply:

"As far as I know, the rewarding-promos.com domain belongs to Amped Media, thus rewarding-promos.com is not Nuitech. BUT you are right because the TOS is similar to Nuitech, it even lists the 'YR Central' DBA in the TOS. It could just be that Nuitech has put Amped Media's sites under their DBA(s) since they handle their fulfillment. Or Nuitech could now own and fully operate all of Amped Media's sites. To not speculate any further, I will get confirmation on this from Jonathan Gies at Amped Media. He would know.

Thanks for pointing this out to me! I appreciate it.

wozniack"

Do the rewarding-promos.com sites still belong to you? I was just trying to figure out why, YR Central, a Nuitech DBA, was in the TOS for rewarding-promos.com. As soon as you let me know, I will tell my readers so they aren't confused. I appreciate any answers you can give me.

Thank you for your time, and I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving...

Regards,

wozniack"

Jonathan Gies' reply:

"from: Jonathan Gies
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM
subject: Re: rewarding-promos.com TOS question
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out.

The domain rewading-promos.com is owned by Nuitech, we link to them from our survey properties because they handle the actual gift fulfillment. We have to maintain certain languages in our own policies as to ensure we are inline with theirs.

Hopefully that answers your question. Have an excellent Thanksgiving.

--
Jonathan Gies
Chief Executive Officer"

My reply:

"from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: Jonathan Gies
date: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM
subject: Re: rewarding-promos.com TOS question
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi Jonathan,

I really appreciate you helping me understand all this.

So all gift site completions count as Amped Media completions since Nuitech only handles Fulfillment, correct? Its just that, like you said, the languages within your own policies/TOS must match theirs, which is why I'm guessing that 'YR Central' is present in the TOS. My only other question is your other gift site domains, are they owned by Nuitech as well, and Amped Media just maintains the survey/gift site pages?

I'm sorry for asking so many questions, that is all I have. You've been a great help so far, thank you. :)

Kind Regards,

wozniack"

I take this to mean that Nuitech only owns the domain rewarding-promos.com, and handles Fulfillment for Amped Media with Amped Media still operating the company. This is interesting though because if the DBA shows 'YR Central', then does it count as an actual Nuitech or Amped Media site completion? My guess is it counts as an Amped Media completion, because they are just keeping the same wording in their policies/TOS as Nuitech and nothing else. As for the site problems, please visit the links again. If they don't work, let me know and I will put another e-mail out to Jonathan. I know how much you guys have been wanting to do Amped Media. :)

My earnings: $10.00 loaded to my Payoneer Mastercard; $75.00 in Target eCards, and a $10.00 JcPenney eCard from Shopkick; a $10.00 amazon code from Opinion Outpost; $20.00 in Sears eCards, $50.00 in Wal-Mart eCards, $25.00 Tango Card, and a $20.00 virtual Visa from Toluna; $5.00 check from Clorox; $3.00 check from Business Innovators Forum; a $25.00 amazon code, $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card (not yet received), $20.00 in Best Buy gift cards (not yet received), and a $25.00 virtual Visa from MyView.

MyView has $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, and $100.00 virtual Visas. Unlike their virtual gift cards, their physical gift cards take weeks to ship. The great thing about MyView is you get instant credit after completing a survey, which makes for faster payouts. Opinion Outpost is the same way. I'm really into them right now, and I am getting back into ePoll. With Opinion Outpost you only need 50 points to cash out and they give you many high-point surveys. 50 points equals $5.00, 100 points equals $10.00, and so on. They offer an amazon and Paypal option. If you are interested in these panels, please e-mail me: diyfreebies@gmail.com



*holiday link list*

Amped Media--

http://premiumgiftrewards.net/go/to/eeb296/key/aa6d7b572df8995ce25918dd12c7fa0c/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://onlinegiftpromos.net/go/to/20dca0/key/90f94729d3e1ea49d76b9f0afd1069f3/aid/1717 - offers unknown/Visa gift card, amount unknown

http://funprizes.us/go/to/ef2b82/key/5d89b106c9c6bb7d5a1c708d697b137e/aid/1717 - offers unknown/Visa gift card, amount unknown

http://giftrewardsonline.net/go/to/0ce918/key/43b3f72bbc25b3e45a388e3d40a53227/aid/10899/s1/1674 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://gift-rewards.net/go/to/f55a13/key/34e4971eca338ea8cc5ef624cde737e7/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://varietyrewards.com/go/to/1bf676/key/5bbfcb480a217b3fc7643301112fdbdb/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://nationalprizes.net/go/to/980bd8/key/4137ecdf93c3b2fb09886a25147961eb/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://giftrewardsonline.net/go/to/1eef02/key/440f07c4d54a783e4563cbad4740e564/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://gift-rewards.net/go/to/661999/key/7478a26e57a9bbd98cc5c5324ba7516c/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Visa gift card

http://premiumgiftrewards.net/go/to/c69264/key/4e3b3c57b072a2e6c82307124435328a/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$1,000.00 Home Depot gift card

Like last year, I gave much thought to spacing out my posts, and I have decided to blog on a three-month basis. Given the time spent on each investigation, the extra month will greatly help. When you have several going at once, you need as much time as possible to gather all the information before putting it out there. Not to mention, allowing "company response time" to the issues at hand. This means getting a company or an individual to respond to situations, and often long, drawn out problematic ones, which take even more time. You wouldn't think it would be hard to reach someone after contacting them, but if the company or individual are busy, the back-and-forth correspondence is slow. Its just better all around, and I'd like to think my readers' lives are made easier with less content to absorb.

This change will not negatively affect this blog, or our communications (e-mails, PMs, forum posts). It would only do so if this blog ceased to exist. To avoid that, this change had to be made. I hope you all understand. Our blogs' publishing dates: March, June, September, December, and the cycle starts over. Please check back often, or remember those dates so you don't miss anything!

The RMM Media, LLC issue was of utmost importance, so I made it my first topic. Everyone please watch out with this site. There are no payment reports yet, and one of their gift program evidently did not report the offers that person did. Also, its confirmed that RewardZone Usa and Caivis are in no way affiliated with RMM Media, so please commit that to memory.

Moving on to Part 2. of our holiday blog... Gift sites connected to giftcardclub.net are revealed, and there's a payment report from a new Canadian DIY company!

See you there...

wozniack