Friday, October 01, 2021

Bountiful harvest blog with RewardZone USA contact issues and Swagbucks, Big Family Discounts, Survey Premium...

Harvest blog with RewardZone USA contact issues and Swagbucks; Survey Premium; Big Family Discounts false advertisement of "gift card"; Bingoport.com. Rake in the rewards this fall season...



Hi everyone. I hope you all have been well. We'll start with RewardZone USA and Swagbucks. I knew Swagbucks had been promoting RewardZone USA on their web site, but it is still unclear to me how they did it. Were they advertising their offers on their website or the actual RewardZone USA gift sites? I thinkI remember seeing "RewardZone USA" on Swagbucks last year... It may have been a link to an actual RewardZone USA gift site, but I am not 100% certain. I haven't used Swagbucks in about two years, so I am behind on some stuff. I happened to be on there though when I saw "RewardZone USA."

I found this PayPal 1000 RewardZone USA guide: https://www.reddit.com/r/SwagBucks/comments/nnq855/paypal_1000_rewardzone_guide/

To me, it sounds like Swagbucks were promoting RewardZone USA gift sites on their website. People signed up through the link on Swagbucks and fulfilled RewardZone USA's gift site requirements. Then RewardZone USA paid those who signed up with the link Swagbucks provided, and Swagbucks rewarded their members with Swagbucks for doing the gift site on their website. If I'm wrong about that, please feel free to correct me.

Some individuals who completed RewardZone USA's gift sites through Swagbucks received this message, “Thank you for contacting RewardZone USA, we have reviewed your account. Unfortunately, as it appears you have entered our program outside of our normal marketing channels. Due to this, your claim has been disqualified.

Now, that is very unfortunate. I wonder how many people were disqualified? Swagbucks probably had no clue about RewardZone USA's rule as per their terms and conditions, "You also cannot use a link to an RZU Website provided by another person or one obtained outside of our normal marketing channels or reuse a link you previously used to claim a Reward, unless we have sent you a link to share as a part of our refer-a-friend program." Swagbucks have since removed RewardZone USA's links.

I tried to get ahold of RewardZone USA regarding this matter, but got no response. Actually, I had been trying to contact them since November. It wasn't until a few days ago that I said, "I should call them." So I called their old phone number and I heard a recorded message. The message gave me their new e-mail address. They must have changed their address a long time ago. I wish I had thought back then to call their old number, as I wanted to do them again last year! Anyway, RewardZone USA replied to me a few days after I sent them an e-mail. They answered my questions and also provided me a new phone number, which I gladly called.

My e-mail to RewardZone USA:

"Hi,

People have been doing your RewardZone USA gift sites through Swagbucks. The last time I checked, people were only allowed to do sites sent to them via e-mail from either your company or one of your partners. Is that still the case, or are you allowing Swagbucks to list your gift sites on their website for people to do them?

Also, what are the requirements to do one of your gift sites? Do you require a utility bill or will a credit card statement suffice? I ask because I am currently living with someone, so the utilities are not in my name and I am not on the lease. I do, however, receive credit card statements, which I can show. I have a Capital One credit card and a Best Buy credit card. The address on my license is not the same as the one where I reside. It matches my bank statement though.

Thanks,

me"

Customer Support (RewardZone USA)

Sep 17, 2021, 12:11 AM EDT

Hello me,

Thank you for reaching out! We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience you may have encountered.

Please be advised that deals completed outside our program will not be registered or accepted in our system.

If you would like to work towards earning a reward, we invite you to do so by logging into your Reward Status Page, using the email you registered with, here: http://contact.rzuhelpcenter.com/login?ReturnUrl=%2Fclaimincentive

To qualify for a reward, you must complete the requirements based on the value of the reward. If the reward is $100 value or less (Tier 1 reward), then you need to complete 1 silver, 1 gold, and 2 platinum deals. If the reward is above $100 value (Tier 2 reward), then you need to complete 1 silver, 1 gold, and 8 platinum deals. All deals must be completed within 20 days of the first completed deal, and all deals must be completed using the same email address.

For users that completed all of the program requirements mentioned above and qualify for a reward, we require users to submit a valid Government issued ID and a valid Proof of address. As per our Terms and Conditions, users are required to complete the Claims Verification process within 30 days of submitting their claim ticket.

For additional information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions:
(Terms and Conditions) http://contact.rzucscenter.com/policies/terms
(Frequently Asked Questions) http://contact.rzucscenter.com/policies/faq

Thank you,
RewardZone USA
Customer Support

When they said, "Please be advised that deals completed outside our program will not be registered or accepted in our system." I guess it was how I worded what I said about Swagbucks is why they said it that way. Going back to their terms, "You also cannot use a link to an RZU Website provided by another person or one obtained outside of our normal marketing channels" Although Swagbucks has removed RewardZone USA's links, that rule is still intact, and it applies to anybody else who promotes their gift sites. So please please please do not ever register for a RewardZone USA site unless you find a link from RewardZone USA or one or their partners in your e-mail.

The best way to get RewardZone USA links sent to your e-mail is by taking surveys. These survey links are often found in your spam folder. If you search "1000 gift card" or just "gift card" under spam, you may find subject titles advertising a free gift card. I had stopped receiving RewardZone USA links because it had been over 5 years since I did them. So I typed "gift card" under my spam folder and I pulled up a bunch of e-mails from "Surveys and Quizzes" and "Surveys and Tests." I took the surveys and sure enough there was a nice $1,000.00 RewardZone USA link in my spam folder 5 minutes later. Those survey sites trigger RewardZone USA, or their advertising partners, to send gift site links directly to you.

They did state over the phone that my credit card statement would serve as my utility bill. I also completed all my offers, I am just waiting for them to finish crediting. Some of you experienced difficulty when contacting them, like I did, so below is RewardZone USA's new phone number and e-mail.

RewardZone USA's updated contact information:.

(888) 966-6130

support@rzuhelpcenter.zendesk.com



I stumbled upon this Cashapp gift site. It touted a $750.00 Cashapp reward. Judging by the wording at the bottom of the frontpage it looked like a sweepstakes:

"The You Sweeps promotion is open only to legal United States residents who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry and complete and send in a full entry form. No purchase necessary to enter and/or win. The You Sweeps promotion (organized by Media Pay Plus TD, Arch.Makariou III, 161 office 5 Limassol, Cyprus, 3027, hereinafter 'MPP') has three promotional closing dates with new prize winners, on every end date of the trimester on 30 April 2021 (trimester 1), 31 August 2021 (trimester 2) and 31 December 2021 (trimester 3).All times are Eastern times (“Sweepstakes Period”). The time shall be determined by MPP's timekeeping systems. MPP shall have the sole discretion in determining the timeline of any action or inaction related to this sweepstake."

What happened 30 minutes later after I took the survey on the site was interesting. I received a phone call from a lady at Big Family Discounts congratulating me for winning a "$250.00 Cashapp gift card." The site said I would receive a $750.00 reward, not a $250.00 reward. However, I spun a wheel after taking the survey, and it landed on a $250.00 Cashapp reward. Now here's the catch. The lady said all I had to do to get the card was sign up for two trial offers. The first trial offer was for Identity Theft Protection Pros, which cost $1.85. The second trial offer was Big Family Discounts, which cost $2.85. She said I had 30 days to cancel before I would be charged for the subscription. So I accepted the charges and she told me about the gift card.

The gift card was not a Visa card, but a $250.00 merchant gift card. She said I could use it at Bath & Body Works, Kohl's and so on. Well, that "gift card" turned into a $250.00 savings voucher two weeks later! Here's what happened. My welcome packet had a claim form for a $250.00 voucher. I was still thinking it was a merchant gift card that could be used at over a thousand retailers (I have had those cards before). I called Big Family Discounts a week later to see if they received my claim form. They said they hadn't, but to watch my e-mail because the gift card code would just show up. The next day, I received the code. Below is the e-mail I received.

custservice@bigfamilyidtheftprotection.com
8:41 AM (2 hours ago)
to me

Dear ME

To access your $250 in Rewards, please click on this link: https://www.bigfamilyredeem.com

Your Account number is xxxxxxx, put that in the top box. Complete the rest of form and click on the box that says Submit.
Once you click Submit at the bottom, a new window pops up with a gift code. It starts with 222 and has 4 lower case letters. WRITE THAT CODE DOWN, you will need it to finish the sign up process.
To finish the sign up process click on the link that says "click here"
Put your code that starts with 222 in the top box. Complete remaining information. Click submit and you will be in the website. Click on the magnifying glass to enter your zip code so the website can find the deals participating in your area. You only have to do this the first time you go into website, unless you want to look for deals in a different area.

YOU ARE SIGNED UP --- WRITE DOWN YOUR LOGIN INFO AND PASSWORD SO YOU DO NOT FORGET IT AND START CASHING IN YOUR REWARDS !!!!

I'm thinking, "Hm, is this still a $250.00 gift card or is it just $250.00 in savings?" So I called them up and asked them. I also couldn't activate my $250.00 in rewards, which they did helped me with. After they set everything up for me by phone, I could login. The lady on the phone confirmed thaitt it was not a $250.00 gift card, only $250.00 in savings. I was somewhat disappointed, though I kinda expected this to be the possible outcome. They shouldn't tell people by phone that they "won" a $250.00 gift card then later reveal that it's not a $250.00 gift card. They're using the gift card tactic to entice people to sign up for their service, then offer them a lesser reward. For that, I will complain to the FTC and BBB as this is clearly a bait-and-switch.



That is what the site looks like. On the right-hand side of the page, you will see a $250.00 balance. That balance you can use on deals. But the deals are not that great. Most of these "deals" I can find on my own via a Google search. I don't need to pay Big Family Discount a $24.83 monthly membership fee to do it for me. I also use shopping apps like Honey, Coupont, RetailMeNot, and ibotta, which find discount codes for me at checkout. Funny how there is no Kohl's, and under Bath & Body Works it says save $0.00! Under Entertainment & Recreation, there were some pretty reasonable deals, but those deals also can be found via Google search. I searched for Knott's Berry Farm's "Knott's Scary Farm" admission on Google, and it was the same deal Big Family Discounts had.

I'm looking for a simple deal on the site to make up for the $2.85 + $1.85 I spent on their trials. I would not suggest these discount clubs to anyone unless you are signing up with them on a DIY or GPT site. Years ago, I was working on a gift site and had to sign up for one. I didn't mind because I was received a gift card for it even though it was a DIY network paying me and not the discount club. I don't like companies that falsely advertise. They kept making me believe it was a real gift card until it actually arrived. They finally had to admit over the phone that it was not a real gift card because I asked them if it was a real gift card. Now I can state in my complaint that they admitted it wasn't a real gift card.

Okay, I just canceled the Big Family Discounts and the Identity Theft Protection by phone, and boy were they rude! They're nice in the beginning, but when you cancel their tone changes. They asked me for my account number right off. I didn't have it in front of me, but I remembered having an account number set up this morning. So I told them I needed a minute to check my e-mail for the account number. The woman snapped and said, "It should be on the letter we sent!" I told her I had the letter but it did not have the account number on it. She said, "Well, is there an order number?!" I gave her the order number and she pulled up my info. She cancelled my Big Family Discount membership.

I made the mistake of asking her to also cancel the Idenity Theft Protection Pros trial I signed up for when joining Big Family Discounts. She lets out a huge sigh and says, "I cannot help you with that. There is no way for me to pull that up. You have to find another number for that. That should be in a letter." I then told her my Big Family Discounts receipt had a code on it that I could give her. She got even louder over the phone and reiterated what she already said. I said, "That's okay, I will just look for the number. I should have it somewhere" to end the conversation. She wasn't that friendly either before I hung up. When I found my receipt again, it showed both charges. There was another phone number next next to the identity theft charge. So I called it and was able to cancel. The second woman was much nicer. All I will say is, if you need to raise your low blood pressure, give the lady at Big Family Discounts a call! So far, I have been very blessed to have such pleasant customer service people when I make calls, but sometimes you get an unfriendly person. It happens. I tried to be civil to her in spite of her behavior. Some would not have been.

An update on Survey Premium. I sent them another message via their website. I never received a response, so I decided to give them a call. When you call their number, you get a recorder that tells you, "Your call is very important to us. Please hold for the next available representative." After 15 minutes it said, "We're sorry, all of our representatives are currently unavailable. Call again later." On my first call to them it said, "Please hold for the verification department." Under their number, they come up as "shopping jobs." I found the status page! If click "Redeem Your Gift Card" on their gift site, it takes you to a sign in page. It's just contacting them that is the problem. A DIY company you cannot communicate with is just as problematic as there being no status page. My main requirements before registering with any DIY company: a working status page and a responsive support team.

I would do their 3 offer, $25.00 Restaurant.com gift card site if they were responsive, but I do not feel comfortable doing a site by them. I also do not know how well their offers credit. If I end up having to do more than 3 offers to receive a $25.00 reward, that is a bad profit. If they do manual credit, it might be alright, but I will never know that because they are unresponsive. I noticed something with DIY companies though, you're more likely to get someone to answer if you call in the morning. I will try again, though I wonder why Survey Premium is not responding to messages and e-mails. The messages I have been sending haven't been returned back to me, so somebody must be getting them. And Tom at Survey Premium was answering e-mails in June, hm... I would hold off on doing Survey Premium until they are responsive.

My mom found a free bingo site called www.bingoport.com -- What's so great about this bingo site is that you can win cash and not pay a dime for bingo cards. You are given 1,000 points to start, and if you fall below 200 points, Bingoport will give you 500 points. If you max out your point total daily, you will receive 500 points each day. For every friend you refer, you receive $20.00 to your account. Players may choose Amazon or PayPal payments. Bingoport is a UK site, but Americans are welcome.

There are physical prizes as well. One lady won a 52-inch television in a tournament. If you win a game in one bingo session, which is roughly 12 games, you qualify to be in a tournament. Bingoport will send you a message stating you can join the "winners circle," which is the bingo tournament. The tournaments are at 9:00 EST. Cash money is also awarded to tournament winners.

My Halloween-themed game room:



I really like the Halloween-themed room. I've only had time to play bingo twice, but I'd like to play again over the weekend. This is my referral link if anyone wants to sign up: https://www.bingoport.com/share/72C56EL1A9

My freebie earnings: $150.00 PayPal from OneOpinion; $355.00 PayPal from OpinionSite; ? from SurveySavvy; $60.32 from Quickrewards; $159.35 in Amazon gift cards from ProductReportCard; ? from Upvoice; $12.00 in Amazon gift cards from S'more app; $16.00 in Amazon gift cards from Fetch Reward. ***adding more earnings***

Too bad I didn't get a $250.00 gift card as promised by Big Family Discounts, BUT my RewardZone USA site is almost done. So I will be receiving a gift card from them! Has anyone done a Dealzingo site lately? It has been a very long time for me. I was just wondering if there were any offer crediting issues like before and if their customer service ever improved. I wouldn't mind doing another one of their sites. By the way, has anyone seen any I-Deal sites? I've been looking on ofree.net, but I cannot find anything at all. I just checked one of their DBAs, Top Notch Media, and it's still active. I'll perform a deeper search to see what I find.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the fall season. This is my favorite time of the year! RedditGifts is hosting their last secret this year. I participated last year, and it was a lot of fun! Sign ups aren't happening yet, but here's the link for those who are interested: https://www.reddit.com/r/secretsanta/ -- I'm definitely doing it again as I love secret Santas. Does anyone remember the secret Santa on anything4free.com? I participated in all but one of those secret Santa. It was such a blast seeing what everybody got and trying to figure out who gave who what! *<[]:{D

I probably will not write again until after Thanksgiving. So for those who celebrate the holiday, have a Happy Thanksgiving~!! Stay safe and be well everyone.

wozniack

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Summertime blog makes a splash with new DIY company, DealZingo communication problems and contact info, Photobucket and blog images...

Summertime blog with new DIY company; Photobucket and blog images issues; DealZingo communication problems-- where are they? Let's jump in the pool and find out...

Hi everyone. It has been a LONG time since I last posted, but there is so much to discuss that I felt like it was the right time to blog. The main issue I have been having is with Photobucket. They had removed our blog images, which was a huge problem for me as those images were needed for gift site comparisons and to preserve "evidence" of any wrongdoing from a scam site. For some odd reason, the blog images are now visible. However, when I log in to Photobucket this message appears:

"Warning, Hosting is Not Allowed. We have detected that you are hosting images using a Free account in violation of our terms of use. You can either purchase an unlimited hosting plan or immediately stop hosting images."

So my options now are to hire someone to recode the blog image links provided I select another image service. Or pay an annual fee. The reason I moved my blog from WordPress to Blogger was that it was much too costly to have a web host, and with all my content I needed a decent plan. I was able to get by on Blogger, but now I am looking at another charge. The charge isn't astronomical but it's a lot for me to keep up with on top of all my bills plus I have another blog and website. Photobucket wants $5.00 per month to host the images. So that's $60.00 per year. I'd rather just pay them than hire someone to move the content all over because it would probably cost a lot more to hire someone due to the amount of work involved. I moved our freebie forum over from the old WordPress site and that was a LOT of work, so recoding over 960+ blog image links might be more tedious.

I am not asking for donations, but if anyone would like to help out with our blog images you can donate to our website. The donate button is on the top right-hand corner of our blog. Thank you in advance if you decide to donate! For now, I am not going to do anything. I am just going to sit on it because the blog images are up. I just don't know for how long though before they are removed. Until I sort out the blog image issue, I'll have to upload the blog images on Blogger. But even Blogger has an image quota and I don't want to upload too many to Blogger because I will have to move them later.

We have a new DIY company! The company is called Survey Premium. Below is the screen shot of the gift site followed by the company's address and e-mail.

Gift site:


url: https://www.surveypremium.com/

Registration page:



Offer pages:



I just sent Survey Premium the following e-mail regarding their offers, because it is just one offer page. There is no Next button that goes to a Silver, Gold, or Platinum page for a $100.00 reward. To me, it looks like you get the $25.00 Restaurant.com gift card. What we need to know is once you get credit for the three initial offers, does a link to the $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card reward appear? And once you complete five offers does a link to the Silver, Gold, and Platinum pages appear for the $100.00 reward?

My e-mail to Survey Premium:

"Hi Tom,

Just a quick question about your gift site surveypremium.com. The bottom of your gift site says this:

"3) complete the entire qualifying survey; 4) review our offers; 5) For Restaurant.com gift card, complete any three (3) offers on gift card page. For Walmart / Vape gift card - $25 value complete any 5 (five) offers and for - $100 value complete any 8 (eight) offers. For Walmart / Vape offers which are split into three (3) tiers, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, based on the incentive’s value."

It is just one offer page. There is no Next button that goes to a Silver, Gold, or Platinum page for a $100.00 reward. To me, it looks like you get the $25.00 Restaurant gift card. Once you get credit for the three initial offers, does a link to the $25.00 Wal-Mart gift card reward appear? And once you complete five offers does a link to the Silver, Gold, and Platinum pages appear for the $100.00 reward?

Thanks,

me"

What bothers me is that the message I just received:

"Mail Delivery Subsystem
2:03 PM (14 minutes ago)
to me

Error Icon
Address not found
Your message wasn't delivered to support@surveypremium.com because the address couldn't be found, or is unable to receive mail.
The response from the remote server was:
550 5.1.0 Recipient rejected:

I had sent a direct e-mail to Tom, who works at support for Survey Premium, while writing this blog and that is the response I received. So I just sent the same message to them but this time through the form on their website. I'm also going to call them since they have a phone number. If they don't work weekends, I will call back on Monday. Something else that bothered me was when I did a fresh whois search on surveypremium.com it said their domain was for sale. However, their website is still functioning... I guess as long as their site is up and running that shouldn't matter. As long as they're paying out and responding to e-mails that's what counts. I forgot to ask them about a status page or some sort of login portal to check the status and complete more offers. I will make note of that as well.

Until we know more about Survey Premium, I advise everyone to hold off on doing them. There are no payment reports either. I will update our blog once I know more.

Survey Premium gift site address:

Survey Premium
337 Garden Oaks Blvd #29779
Houston, TX 77018

Survey Premium phone number: 312-212-0044

Survey Premium-- Offers are completed when you fulfill the individual requirements of each offer (may require purchase or joining a paid subscription program. Completion of offers must be done within thirty (30) days from when you complete your first offer. Offers and Gifts are limited to one (1) offer per household (persons living at the same address) within any twelve (12) calendar month period.

Last but not least is Flex Marketing Group, the company that manages Dealzingo gift sites. This company has a reputation for bad communication but they're very trustworthy as they pay their members. One member recently stated that it has been 60 days and he still has not received a response from the company. I think it took me 30 days before they answered an e-mail. But they do have phone numbers and e-mail addresses, which I can happily provide to you now. :)

Dealzingo gift site address:

P.O. Box #85919
New York, NY 10163-4668

Dealzingo phone number: 1-646-543-1795

Dealzingo e-mail addresses: dealzingocustomerservice@gmail.com - info@Consumerdigitalsurvey.com

Flex Marketing Group address:

1841 Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY 10023

Flex Marketing Group phone number: 212-228-6340

Flex Marketing Group: info@flexmg.com

website: www.flexmg.com

My freebie earnings from 2015-2021: $4,444,73 in PayPal from OneOpinion; $10.00 Amazon gift card, and $30.00 in Wal-Mart eGiftcards from HerRazorTalk; $45.00 in Target eGiftCards, $10.00 Best Buy card, $20.00 in Amazon gift cards, and a $10.00 Wal-Mart eGiftcard from UpVoice; $? in checks from SurveySavvy; ? in Paypal from Opinion Outpost; 200.00 Visa gift card for a product test, and $685.17 in PayPal from ProductReportCard; $60.00 in Amazon gift card, $50.00 1-800-FLOWERS.COM gift card, $40.00 in Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods gift card, $20.00 Target eCard, and $30.00 PayPal from OpinionSite; $797.40 in PayPal from QuickRewards.

I earned quite a bit from 2015 up until now but I have no idea what my earnings were from Opinion Outpost and SurveySavvy. I would have to contact them to find out as I did not keep track of those payments. I hope everybody is staying safe out there. The last time I wrote the pandemic was beginning and it was a very crazy time. Things are looking up now for us, I think! Since now and then, I started a children's book series and I will be creating plush toys of my characters once my books are published and in stores. With luck, I will get a cartoon t.v. series out of it. I want that more than anything, but the books had to come first.

I also mentioned above that I have a new blog and website. The website is to showcase my book and cartoon series as well as my artwork. The blog is a music blog that I manage in my free time. I started the blog in 2015, then took a four-year break, and returned to writing this January. Those sites have kept me busy, though now that I am completely done with my cartoon/book series website, I have more time. It can be hard at times to juggle so many things at once but if I pace myself it makes it easier. I really love DIYfreebies.com. This is the blog that started it all for me. There was no other website before this one, and I was truly amazed by how well DIYfreebies.com did after its first year. It has been over 10 years now and I'm happy to still be writing it. Many good memories, and hopefully there will be more to make!

See you next month. Stay safe and healthy.

wozniack

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Blog images and donations...

Hi everyone! Due to the image issue, there will not be a blog post this month. I had some ideas in mind for what we could do until this issue is resolved, but it's only temporary and our images on Photobucket would still be blurred out. I don't have a definite date for the new blog, but it shouldn't be too long. I just need more time to resolve this issue. I think that if I can get back into Photobucket, I will have full access to our blog's images and I can try to move them somewhere else. I had a hard time before finding a free service, but perhaps there is a low-cost one somewhere.

I received a donation last month, btw. Thank you to the individual that donated! I appreciate it so much. All donations will go toward Photobucket's annual image storage fee. :)

Before I close this out, I'm sure you are all aware of the coronavirus outbreak. I just wanted to say a few things real quick. Please stay home if you can, especially if you're sick. Social distancing and handwashing help, too. We can get through this if we each do our part. Also, to any doctors and nurses who are reading, thank you for all you do! You put your lives on the line in difficult times like these and it is admirable.

Stay safe and healthy everyone~!

wozniack

Monday, February 24, 2020

Blog images + donations, a new type of freebie discovered, retailrewardsclub.net investigations underway...

Hi everyone. I'm back again. Just a quick post before the night's over. You may have noticed the Tinypic frowning smileys and blurred Photobucket images. Something went wrong somewhere because I had moved our blog images from Tinypic over to Photobucket, so there should not be any Tinypic images present. I moved the images two years ago, but I must have missed some of them, which would explain the Tinypic images. The reason I moved them over was because Tinypic.com was shutting down. However, there is still a problem because Photobucket requires an annual fee to store and hotlink images. If you do not pay the annual fee they blur out your photos, and it would take too much time to move everything over again.

Somebody offered to make a donation to help cover the annual fee. I am not asking for donations, but they certainly are welcomed and every penny would go towards our blog. If you wish to donate, you can find the 'Donate' button in the upper right-hand corner. It would be nice to have our images back again. Our blog images have company information on them, which are used to make comparisons. Some of the images are screenshots from over 10 years ago and cannot be found anywhere else online. These images can help us today just as much as they did way back then if we need to go back and look at something. The images are still on Photobucket, but they are all blurred when I log in and I do not have access to them until I pay. I cannot find the images on my external modem either, which means they are only on Photobucket.

I will have some new info to share with everyone next month, which is also why I'd like to get this image thing resolved. I discovered a new kind of "freebie" that is proven to be legit. It's not DIY or anything referral-based but you do get free items and money for leaving reviews. I'm also investigating retailrewardsclub.net So there's a lot in store for us next month. I was just reading an old blog from 2011 and I completely forgot about the fight someone had with CRS at CRS' office, lol: http://wozniack.blogspot.com/2011/05/ -- That was almost 10 years ago. Pretty crazy that all that happened. I often read old blogs just to refresh myself on what took place back then, because it's easy to forget some things when you haven't blogged consistently like before.

Thank you, everyone, for sticking with me for so long. There are so many memories wrapped up in this blog and I am hoping we can make more.

See you next month!

wozniack

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A new year, a new blog with DIYfreebies.com's return, Pogo.com and the internet's termination of Java and Flash, and retailrewardsclub.net...

Hi everyone. I know you were not expecting a blog from me but here it is! In a blog post from January 9, 2019, I had said, "There are many more exciting freebie-oriented opportunities and DIY news coming your way this year, so please stay tuned! See you soon, and Happy New Year~!" -- Unfortunately, a lot had happened last year and I just could not find time to write. There hasn't been much in the way of freebie news, so I didn't really have any content to share at the time either. However, I have since found time to write again, and I have decided that my blog may actually help me achieve a similar goal of writing.

For a long time, I have wanted to get my cartoon t.v. series to take off. It was super hard though to just create comic strips and individual drawings to get me noticed. Somebody finally told me, "The best way for you to do this is to write a children's book or make a comic strip. Then you will have something to show the t.v. networks." I think it's best to go the book route because I can sell the books in stores as well as create plush toys of my characters. If the networks see that I have books and plush toys up for sale they might be interested in my work. I received the copyrights back on my cartoon characters two months ago but did not start writing my first book until the end of January. I am eager to finish the first book but I have had writer's block. That is where DIYfreebies.com comes in. See how much I have written already? I think by writing here more often I will break the writer's block streak and finish my book. I'd really like to have five books under my belt. I also would like to update my blog more often. The blogs may not be as long and drawn out as before but they will be something to read.

I wanted to bring up something real quick. I have done extensive research in the past on retailrewardsclub.net but I urge everyone to not do them until I check them out again. The last time I looked into them they were still unresponsive, and there were no payment reports. I think there is a login section now if you create an account unlike before but I still need to check them out.

In other news, I celebrated my birthday this week (February 10!) and hosted a Valentine's Day party tonight. Wellllll, the clock struck midnight, so now it shows the February 15th on this post but it was the 14th the time of the party~! lol... Anyway, I had a good time and so did my guests. I made a three-layer strawberry cake and designed a silver heart in the middle. :)

My cake:



We also played Yahtzee and listened to some cool tunes. Speaking of Yahtzee, I had been playing Yathzee and dominoes before bed on pogo.com. Pogo posted this on their web site: "Java and Flash, two technologies that have powered Pogo games for many years, are being phased out across the internet. Support for Java has already been dropped from most web browsers, and Flash support will be discontinued by 2020. Pogo and EA have no control over this change in web technology.

Because of this, we are retiring the following older Flash-based games from Pogo on March 10, 2020."

They're even getting rid of Monopoly, which I also like, though I do not play it as much as dominoes or Yahtzee. So if Java and Flash are making their exit, what will the world wide web be adopting? This is a big deal. Java and Flash have been around since the stone age. It's getting late and I want to unwind, so I will Google that question tomorrow.

It feels good to be writing again. 2020 feels like a year of change and, hopefully, accomplishment. Perhaps I-Deal will throw out a good site this year or some other DIY company will. I am hopeful. I wish you all well and thank you for reading my blog. I know some of you have been following me for years, and I truly am grateful to my long-time readers as well as any new people who have found me on here.

Take care,

wozniack

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Touchstone Research, Inc. opportunity for teens ages 13-17, $100.00 reward + $25.00 referral offer

Hi everyone. If you or someone you know has teenagers ages 13-17, listen up! Touchstone Research, Inc. is offering a fun and exciting research project with a popular tech company for teens. They're paying out $100.00 for each teen who participates and are offering $25.00 payouts for each person you refer. The link to sign up: https://touchstoneresearch.3uu.us/uc/2018F2121418/?a=&b=RF

There are many more exciting freebie-oriented opportunities and DIY news coming your way this year, so please stay tuned! See you soon, and Happy New Year~!

wozniack

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day blog with RewardZone USA updated terms, DIYfreebies.com blog images and hotlinking issue, New I-Deal DBA; Nuitech sites disappeared-- company dissolved?

Valentine's Day blog with RewardZone USA updated terms and feedback from members; DIYfreebies.com blog images and hotlinking issue; New I-Deal DBA; Nuitech sites disappeared-- company dissolved? Watch where Cupid points his arrow...



We'll start with RewardZone USA's revised terms and conditions. A lot has changed since their one incentive per household per 24 months rule. I first learnt of these changes through an e-mail exchange with two members between October and November of 2017. Below are our conversations.

Member #1:

Rewardzoneusa - Lots of changes

member

10/5/17

A friend of mine is trying to get a $1000 visa gift card from Rewardzone. He got one last year. He used the link he used last year to get the gift card. Rewardzone disqualified him for that. This is in the terms.

He asked Rewardzone if he could do it again using a new link. Rewardzone told him he could if he gets a new invitation. They told him you need to receive an email or advertisement from our company or one of our partners.
He asked them how and they told him they're sent out organically so it's a waiting game.

He waited 2 months and never got an invitation so he asked Rewardzone to please send him a link. Rewardzone said the links for our program are curated by our publishers and you must be marketed to directly from them.

You said in your blog that Rewardzone sent you a link just by asking them to send you one.

Do you have any idea of what's going on.

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

10/6/17

to Member

Hi Member,

Unfortunately, it has been about 2 years, or close to that time, when I asked RewardZone USA for a link. It appears now that they want you to receive an e-mail invitation in order to do it, just like Nuitech has done. Nuitech are "invitation only" now. I hope I-Deal doesn't do this as well. I don't think they will but you never know... All your friend can do is wait for some sort of e-mail from them or their partners before doing them again.

I may need to blog again soon to let everybody know about this. If I could find out just who RewardZone USA's "partners" are, perhaps they have web sites with subscription links for their mailing lists, provided they have them (mailing lists). I suggested that to someone who was dealing with the invitation only problem with Nuitech. Nuitech are tied into Cool Savings who have a mailing list on their site, and by subscribing to it, you may receive Nuitech sites to your e-mail.

I can do RewardZone USA again in January, so this is very good info. Everyone should be cautious and not just do a RewardZone USA site that they find on their own since it is invitation only now. I will ask RewardZone USA directly to see if I get the same response about their sites being invitation only. I'm just curious how they will respond, though I know it is now invitation only.

Thanks,

wozniack

Member #1's reply:

Member

10/11/17

Please let me know what Rewardzone tells you, ok? My friend asked Rewardzone who their partners are, and RWZ wouldn't tell him.

How does someone subscribe to Nuitech (Cool Savings) mailing list?

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

10/13/17

to Member

Hi Member,

RewardZone USA did not tell me who their partners were, but I think the information below should answer your question! Please see my correspondence with them below.

My e-mail:

"Questions about "invitation only" gift sites...

my name

Oct 11 (2 days ago)

to REWARD

Hi,

I heard via word-of-mouth that your sites are now "invitation only," meaning you must receive an e-mail or advertisement from RewardZone USA or from one of your partners. If this is true, what do I look out for in my e-mail? For example. Let's say one of your partners is called RewardsPlus. If I click on an advertisement in an e-mail from a RewardsPlus which directs me to a RewardZone USA site, will I get paid if I sign up for that site?

I just don't want to make any mistakes when I do another site with your company in January.

Thanks,

me"

RewardZone USA's reply:

"info@rewardzoneusa.com

Oct 12 (1 day ago)

Hi me,

If you a receive an email and it takes you to rewardzoneusa.com then the email is from one of partners and you are eligible to participate in our program.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Regards,
RewardZone USA

As for Nuitech, try signing up in that little green box to the right. Then click "My Email Subscriptions." Make sure you have it set to "Daily." Then click "My Deals Preferences" and click "Love" on all the preferences; maybe not be super important but I do it anyway in case they send me more e-mails! What's important is for them to have your e-mail address in their system, and by doing this they will.

I hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks,

wozniack

My second reply to Member #1:

diyfreebies@gmail.com
10/13/17

to Member

Oops. I forgot you will need this link to sign up for Cool Savings newsletters-- and hopefully gift sites! http://www.coolsavings.com/categories/dining-entertainment

wozniack

RewardZone USA sites are invitation only now like Nuitech. So if you find a RewardZone USA link online, and register and complete the site, you will NOT get paid. Their sites are only valid if you receive them directly from RewardZone USA or one of their partners. The way to seeing RewardZone USA links in your inbox is by registering on their site: http://nationalconsumercenter.com/ -- Register only, do NOT complete the site. Once you register and complete the surveys, RewardZone USA will put you on their mailing list. Check your spam and inbox daily. If you receive a gift card promotion via e-mail and it directs you to a RewardZone USA site, then it is RewardZone USA and it's considered a valid sign up.

Member #2:

Rewardzone:
Inbox
member
10/31/17

Hi Woz!
I just did Rewardzone from the link you sent me, thank you again! Just a heads up, they have changed some of the rules. You must now submit a utility along with your license no matter if the addresses match or not, you have to print out the claim form, have it notarized, then mail it in, & they now ship the gift card FedEx for a $7.95 fee that comes out of the gift card, so it had $992.05 on it when it arrives, oh yeah and lastly you must submit entire bank statement along with email confirmation now!! They have gotten a bit drastic now with people's info.....I just mailed in my claim form last weekend! Tslk to you soon, let me know your thoughts .

member

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

11/19/17

to member

Hi member,

Thanks for the information! I have sent Rewardzone USA countless e-mails, asking what I could do about the utility bill as the utility bills are not in my name. I asked them if I could send in a cell phone bill instead. This is the first time that I have ewver heard of a DIY company taking a fee out of someone's gift card~! I feel that they should write that somewhere in their terms about the fee on physical gift cards. We don't have to keep offers for 30 days do we? They just want the bank statement and e-mail confirmation(s), right?

Thanks,

wozniack

Member #2's reply

member

11/19/17

Hey Woz! Well they did let a friend of mine use her Tmobile bill, weird they wouldn't take her cable bill tho, how crazy is that? I def think there's some new people in the office. Some are strict with the rules and some are not! And no, you don't have to keep the offers 30 days, I just cancelled all mine before the free trial ended. However, log into the ones that don't show up on your status page and take a screenshot. I had 8 out of the 10 show up as success and they sent me an email to log into the 2 others and screenshot the dashboard. I got mine Thursday, u can track them now thru FedEx to see exactly when they will arrive. Let me know if u have any questions.

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com
11/19/17

to member
Thank you so much, member! That really helps. :))

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving~!

wozniack

member
11/19/17

Woz,
No problem at all , its the least I could do for You! :)



RewardZone USA now requires a utiliy bill along with your license whether or not the addresses match. The claim form must be printed, notarized, and mailed in. You have the choice of a physical or virtual Visa gift card. If a physical Visa gift card is chosen, a $7.95 shipping fee is deducted from the $1,000.00 amount on the gift card. For completed offers that are not listed on your incentive status, a bank or credit card statement showing the charge(s) along with your e-mail confirmation(s) is required. RewardZone USA does not accept forwarded e-mails.

Here's an exchange I had with a third member regarding RewardZone USA and other DIY companies.


Member #3:

member
12/31/17

Hey, I saw your blog site after researching about reward zone usa. I'm not sure if you still get on there or answer these, but just in case you do, I figured I would reach out!

I tried doing it to get my 1,000 and now I'm stuck, because it won't show me anymore Platinum offers. It also lists two of my options as Featured which wasn't even an option to finish my incentives. There are two that are not showing up which I know I just need to email them but I'm not sure if I'm just not doing the requirement correctly.

Also, it says not to cancel right away, do you know how long I can wait?

diyfreebies@gmail.com

Jan 25 (7 days ago)

to member
Hi member,

Please forgive my delayed response. Your message went to my spam!

I hope that by now you were able to get the help you need. But in case you did not, you can read my response below.

If no more Platinum offers are showing you will have to contact support as that is a site issue. The same goes for the Featured category. For any offers that are not showing up, RewardZone USA requires a bank or credit card statement showing the charge(s) along with your email confirmation(s). Once you gather this information, send it to: info@rewardzoneusa.com

I have no idea how long you can wait. The terms just say to not cancel an offer right away. I would wait at least a few days, or cancel the day before the trial ends to give the advertiser(s) ample time to credit your offer. The longer you wait, the better your chances of your offer(s) crediting. I have had offers take 3 days to over a week to credit in the past.

wozniack

member
Jan 26 (6 days ago)

Thanks for the response! I actually did get the money which I was surprised haha. Do you know what else I could try for money that's not sketchy?
Also you said that you can't share a link for people to do rewardzone, but I have someone who wants to do it too so how do they find it and still make it count?

diyfreebies@gmail.com
Jan 26 (6 days ago)

to member
Hi member,

Unfortunately, there aren't too many good deals right now. I-Deal aren't sketchy but all their sites require a referral in addition to completing offers. If you can get a friend to sign up and complete their offers then it's doable. They may have sites valued at over $500.00, too. However, those sites might require two referrals. If you are able to get two referrals for the bigger payout site(s), then I say go for it! Other than I-Deal and RewardZone USA, there is Dealzingo. But all I see for them are $100.00 sites, which is not good at all. And Nuitech seem to have disappeared. I think they are gone for good.

As for RewardZone USA, the company said that any of their sites that you do must be sent to you via e-mail or directly through their partners. Tell them to register for this gift card via RewardZone USA's gift site: http://nationalconsumercenter.com/ -- Register only, do NOT complete the site. Once they register and complete the survey(s), RewardZone USA will put them on their mailing list. Tell them to check their spam and regular e-mail daily. If they receive a gift card promotion via e-mail and it directs them to a RewardZone USA site, then it is RewardZone USA and it's considered a valid sign up.

Before they register and complete the site, they can check to see if the bottom of the front page says the following: " RewardZone USA administers this website and does not claim to represent or own any of the trademarks, tradenames or rights associated with the displayed brands or any of the incentives which are the property of their respective owners who do not own, endorse, or promote RewardZone or this promotion." If they see that at the bottom, then that is a RewardZone USA site.

I plan on blogging soon to give people updates on RewardZone USA and share my new findings. Haven't posted in a while, but I'm ready. :)

If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thanks,

wozniack

member
Jan 28 (4 days ago)

Awesome thanks for all the help! I'll definitely be checking out those things, might be hard to convince friends though haha! I'll be watching for the blog updates too!

diyfreebies@gmail.com
11:24 PM (0 minutes ago)

to member
Hi member,

Would it be alright if I shared our conversation in my blog? My responses are so detailed that they would be helpful for my viewers, and it would save me a lot of typing.

I will make you anonymous, and black out your name and e-mail address for your protection.

Thanks,

wozniack

member
Feb 2
Yeah that's fine, go for it! :)

That goes back over the RewardZone USA invitation only sites, but gives an update on current DIY companies. Not sure what's up with Nuitech. I've sent them numerous e-mails and messages via their contact page and got nothing back. qinteractive.com and the useful.com will not load, however, coolsavings.com does. Keep in mind that these three sites are tied into Nuitech. As for Nuitech's gift sites, the few sites that are online are down or link to a contact us page. Below is the unanswered message I sent them.

My e-mail to Nuitech:

"Question about your gift sites...

diyfreebies@gmail.com
Jan 26
to Offersgonewild
Hi,

Does your company still offer a gift program? I ask because all of your sites are down or link to a contact us page. Below are just several of these sites. There are more.

www.consumerincentivepromotions.com
www.incentiverewardcenter.com
www.mypremiumrewards.com
www.onlinerewardcenter.com
www.superbrewards.com

Thanks,

me

Try going to the sites listed above and you will see what I mean. Coolsavings, LLC. also shows "inactive" in the Secretary of State filings, which may indicate a possible end to coolsavings.com. If coolsavings.com were to end, who else would send us Nuitech sites? Better yet, if there are no more Nuitech sites, it doesn't really matter if coolsavings.com is still up. I have looked everywhere for Nuitech sites and have not come across one nor can I get support to respond. Is Nuitech out for lunch or are they gone for good?



The Secretary of State report also states: "admin dissolution for annual report," meaning the rights, powers and authority of the corporation have been taken away. Under "event date filed" it shows 09/25/2009. Though they have been an inactive corporation for almost 10 years, that hasn't had a negative impact on coolsavings.com. I will continue to contact Nuitech. Hopefully they respond so we get some answers.

A new I-Deal DBA has been found! It's called USA Interactive, Inc. It will be added to our Official T&C and DBA list
Please commit that to memory. I wish there was more exciting news about I-Deal but it's just the same $500.00 sites, all wanting a referral. Gone are the days of $1,000.00, no ref sites for a mere 10 offers. I would be happy with just a $500.00, no ref site at this point. There was a $500.00, no ref site last year but I missed out on it. Their non-referral sites are like finding a needle in a haystack. So if you come across one you must strike while you can.

I will miss our ink list, but I just couldn't risk losing our blog over it. Second of all, the only sites I could list are I-Deal and they have no more than 1-2 good deals per year. The best way to find I-Deal links is through ofree.net and affiliate marketing sites. I wonder if they will ever become "invitation only" like RewardZone USA and Nuitech?

My earnings: $35.00 Visa gift card Invoke Solutions; $550.00 in virtual Visa gift cards, $40.00 in physical Visa gift cards, $50.00 in amazon.com gift cards, $25.00 Target gift card, $75.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards, and $215.00 in Paypal from OneOpinion.com; $35.00 virtual Visa for live chat airline study; $35.00 virtual Visa for Facebook study; $30.00 virtual Visa for babies interactive session; $25.00 Tango card for feminine care study; $15.00 in amazon gift cards for workplace dynamics study; $100.00 check, and $50.00 in Paypal from Vindale; $111.00 in Paypal from Quickrewards.net; $20.41 in Paypal from ebates.com; $27.61 in Paypal from couponcabin; $65.00 in amazon.com gift cards from mycokerewards.com. Grand total = $1,504.02



I have been wanting to blog again for quite some time now. What has been stopping me though is that Photobucket now wants $399.99 a year just to hotlink my blog images. So now I must recode each blog, move (to another site), and re-link the images that are all on Photobucket. There is no easy way to go about it with 900+ images and 90 blogs. I uploaded the images for our new blog to another image site until I get things sorted. It's important to have the old images up as they contain a lot of info. The old images are backed up on my external modem. It's just recoding each blog that makes it difficult. I'm working diligently though to correct this so that we get our images back!

I'm still saddened over anything4free.com and fipg.com. It has been years, I know, but I miss how active freebies were 10+ years ago. I am forever grateful for the friendships I made on those forums, but very few people have I kept touch with. I used to have AIM (AOL instant messenger), but I stopped using it 3 or 4 years ago. My names on there were Iamwozniack and wozniack. I had read where AOL discontinued AIM in December. My Yahoo! messenger name is still wozniack9. I don't go on it much but am willing to if anyone wants to chat in real time. Although DIYfreebies.com isn't updated regularly, it turns 10-years-old next month, and has outlived AIM and our freebie forums! If anyone reading this wishes to reconnect, please feel free to contact me: diyfreebies@gmail.com

Take care,

wozniack