Friday, June 26, 2015

DIYfreebies 7th annual anniversary blog with new findings in RMM Media case and malware warning, Amped Media and Nuitech site discussion, RewardZone USA answers IP questions, and more...

Welcome to DIYfreebies' 7th annual anniversary blog! We're celebrating with these topics: New findings in the RMM Media case, name and address may have been found + awardhotspot.com malware warning; Amped Media and Nuitech sites discussed; RewardZone USA responds to IP questions. Get ready for a night of fun...



First off, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has stuck with this blog over the years and to the new readers. I am grateful for all the support I have received, and to those who have helped me. Since I took a year off, there was no anniversary blog last year. This year's anniversary blog arrived a little late; it has always been published on June 16th, the day it began. I feel that 2015 is a time of change for the freebie industry and this blog. A few years ago, I wondered when that "change" would set in, and that is now. But I'd rather things be as they are instead of this industry ending for good. I'm glad I got involved in freebies in 2006, and registered an account on anything4free.com in 2007. From there, I joined other DIY forums, and started studying DIY extensively. The idea for a blog didn't come to mind until June 13, 2008. 3 days later, 'DIYfreebies' was born, and DIY school was in "now in session": wozniack.blogspot.com/2008/06/school-is-now-in-session.html -- My I-Deal Rulesheet and early DIY lessons on I-Deal, Product Test Panel, Nuitech, Brandarama, and Adteractive were just the beginning to something really spectacular. As time went on, this blog grew beyond belief, giving me more contacts, and making it possible to reach out to so many more people. I was put on the map and companies and individuals knew right where to come. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. It has been great!

New details have emerged in RMM Media case. A discussion between members of JLA Forums and a Google group have led to a possible name and address discovery. Please read the forum topic to begin.

From JLA FORUMS...

JerryD:

Post Link Posted: Wed Aug 28 2013 7:46 pm
Post subject: ???????

"I saw this on Facebook.
I have no idea if it is true or not.

---------------------------------------------
Celebrating A Whopping $2.1 Billion in revenue so far in 2013 we at
Disney have decided to end your summer vacation off with a bang
by giving away 120 Tickets To Disney Land or Disney World to you our fans !

To be entered to win all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE and SHARE this photo!
2. To Claim Your Free Tickets Click the following link -->
BESTJULYCOUPON..../disney/
and that's it!
Good Luck, DisneyLand!

--
JerryD(upstateNY)"

JerryD:

"I should have added this: https://www.facebook.com/wallldisnennylllaa

--
JerryD(upstateNY)"

Rudeney:

Posted: Thu Aug 29 2013 10:31 am
Post subject: Re: ???????

"An obvious scam (see the non-Disney related ownership of that website below). Remember that anything you share or like on FB gives the owner of that content full access rights to see all of your personal info, just as a "friend" would. These scammers pay FB (and FB gladly accepts their money) to do these "ads" and the result is they get your personal info. They may not do anything with it except use it for target ads, or, they may sell it to hackers who will then try to use the info for more nefarious purposes. This is one reason I really don't do much on FB.

Domain Name: BESTJULYCOUPON.COM
Registrar URL: www.godaddy....
Updated Date: 2013-07-22 14:20:11
Creation Date: 2013-07-22 14:20:11
Registrar Expiration Date: 2014-07-22 14:20:11
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrant Name: Arnold Rucker
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 18345 NW 925 St
Registrant City: charlotte
Registrant State/Province: FG
Registrant Postal Code: 27566
Registrant Country: Curacao

--

- RODNEY"

DisneyWizard the Fantasmi:

Posted: Mon Sep 02 2013 3:24 pm
Post subject: SCAM! ???????

"Should be titled "How to waste endless inbox hours daily, deleting crap you were lured into a vague prize that only took 15 minutes to completely ruin your life."

My ISP offers a single use email address precisely for situations such as these. If your ISP makes single-use addresses available, set it up before plunging in here there be dragons. One of the perks of owning my own domain, disneywizard.co, is the ability to process infinite e-mail addresses (or ignore the catch-all dump bucket, or auto reply with "does not exist"), so RMMcrap@disnwz is close to what I used to 'enlist' in this draft. It doesn't show up in any important daily messaging but it all gets shunted to a dungeon. The fodder cheers my dragon the same "Wow, I got mail? Someone cares!" way I routinely fill the sales-lead slips at the movie theater, shopping mall and theme park entrance for the free car and free vacation. It's better than a pen-pal, where you may exchange one or two personal letters a month because it fills my snailmailbox daily with colorful attractive and even exotic variety of enticements. Perfect for the lonely child paper mache addict.

WARNING: After a thousand "qualifying rounds" and purchase required from at least two "products you already use" you "may be entered to win" two tickets to DL or WDW.

ACTUAL SMALL PRINT:
"Participation Required. To qualify for the prize, you must complete two Silver offers and two Gold offers from among the options on the respective Silver and Gold offer pages and for prizes with a value of $100 or less, three Platinum offers, and for prizes with a value of more than $100, eight Platinum offers from among the options on the Platinum offer page within one calendar day (12:00:00 AM, EST to 11:59:59 PM, EST). Completion of rewards offers usually requires a purchase, subscription or filing a credit application and being accepted for a financial product such as a credit card or consumer loan. The following link illustrates a Representative Sample awardhotspot..../....psample of offers by group along with the monetary and non-monetary obligations required to complete the offer. U.S. residents 18 years or older only. Limit of one prize issued by RMM Media, LLC per person per household per calendar year. Failure to submit accurate registration information or comply with claim verification process will result in loss of eligibility.

"By participating, you agree to the Terms & Conditions awardhotspot..../common/terms which includes mandatory arbitration and Privacy Policy awardhotspot..../common/privacy which includes your consent to our sharing your personally identifiable information with our Marketing Partners awardhotspot..../....rketing .

"RMM Media administers this website and does not claim to represent or own any of the trademarks, tradenames or rights associated with any of the prizes which are the property of their respective owners who do not own, endorse, or promote RMM Media or this promotion."

My reply to ??????? topic:

Posted: Thu Jun 11 2015 8:13 pm
Post subject: Re: ???????

"So the company behind the Disney World site is RMM Media, LLC.? Was the name of the corporation at the bottom of the page? I just need someone to confirm this for me please.

You may contact me at diyfreebies@gmail.com

Thanks,

wozniack"

LuvsTheMouse:

Posted: Wed Jun 17 2015 8:21 pm
Post subject: Re: ???????

"Here's some good advice on these contests:

www.disneydining.....cebook/

Pam"

My reply to ??????? topic:

Posted: Wed Jun 17 2015 8:21 pm
Post subject: Re: ???????

"Pam,

Before the Disney World sites when down, did you view them? I ask because I need confirmation that the company behind these sites is really RMM Media, LLC. If it is, then the name Arnold Rucker and the address holds some value.

I run a blog that warns people about online scams. There are some good companies, however, that do pay. I received 2 $500.00 Visa gift cards in the mail back in January, which you can read about here: DIYfreebies.com (my blog). But RMM Media, LLC. failed to pay a friend of mine, and some of their sites have malware; my Norton detected the malware after I clicked the "X" button on the download.exe file that popped up.

Anyway, if one of you could confirm this for me, I would greatly appreciate it. I will mention you in my blog if you'd like, and can even post a link you may have to help you out.

Thanks,

wozniack"

LuvsTheMouse:

Posted: Wed Jun 17 2015 8:30 pm
Post subject: Re: ???????

"Hi W,

I'm so sorry but I don't have other info to share. I just happened to see Jerry's post here, then later saw the link and posted it. I don't know anything further but thought DisneyDining gave some good advice.

Sorry I can't be of any help!

(I don't work for DisneyDining but like their little lists and articles.)

Good luck! Pam"

My reply to ??????? topic:

Posted: Wed Jun 17 2015 8:35 pm
Post subject: Re: ???????

"Pam,

Thanks for the site. Very informative. I may add it to my blog, and send it to a few people I know. :)

Have a great day!

wozniack"

Sources for thread-- Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.arts.disney.parks/8_UrfH1MNeI - JLA FORUMS: http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=221113793

The JLA Forums and Google group member DisneyWizard the Fantasmi copied the "ACTUAL SMALL PRINT," which are the front page requirements for RMM Media's gift sites. But I cannot confirm that he/she copied those requirements from a RMM Media, LLC. site without proof. They would have to tell me they copied the text from the front page for BESTJULYCOUPON.COM, the Disney World site. For all I know, DisneyWizard the Fantasmi could have copied those requirements off an RMM Media site other than BESTJULYCOUPON.COM; and what makes BESTJULYCOUPON.com so special is that its registered to an address under Arnold Rucker. The BESTJULYCOUPON.com Disney World site is gone or else I would have checked it myself. Below is the whois info containing the street name "18345 NW 925 St." and another address along with two e-mails for Arnold Rucker.

whois with 18345 NW 925 St. street name:



There are no results for the street address 18345 NW 925 St. Charlotte is a city in North Carolina, and "FG" is a province known as Foggia in the Apulia region of Italy. 27566 is fake according to a zip code search, and Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea. Arnold Rucker, or whoever registered these domains, created a nonexistant street name and zip code, then added the Foggia province and Curaçao for good measure. gildathomas30@yahoo.com is a working e-mail address but I am not holding my breath on a response.

whois with another address:



There are no results for the street address 18523 NW 189 St. Charlotte, North Carolina of course is real, but the zip code is for Pine Level, North Carolina. I feel better about this address but both street names aren't showing up. The e-mail on file for this domain is jessikafugate801@yahoo.com, which gave me a mailer damon message. Please note that the domain for the first whois report is "premiungiftcards.com." That is, the word premium spelled with an 'N.' I almost missed that! I had visited "premiumgiftcards.com," which looked too professional. So I checked the whois report again and saw that the word premium was misspelled. None of the current domains under Arnold Rucker are DIY-oriented. So it will be hard for me to tie Arnold Rucker and the addresses to RMM Media, LLC. unless one of the JLA Forum and Google group members confirm that the RMM Media front page requirements were on the Disney World site.

There is a RMM Media link floating around that I wanted to warn you all about. I discovered it on an affiliate offer site while looking for RMM Media gift sites. A box appeared that looked similar to this...



The red "click here" button took me to a page with a "download.exe" file pop-up window. I clicked the "X" because I didn't want to download the file. After I did that, the page started blinking and my Norton anti-virus appeared; it detected malware. I ended up reformatting my computer due to issues I was having after visiting this site. If this happens to any of you, please check out this Virus Removal Guide: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/awardhotspot-com-removal/ -- This Virus Removal Guide was made especially for the awardhotspot.com pop-ups ads. Taken from this site: "awardhotspot.com is not a malicious domain itself, however cyber criminals are using malicious programs to display ads from this domain, and thus getting pay-per-click revenue." RMM Media may or may not be to blame for this. Who knows who these "criminals" are. It could be anyone. Avoid "awardhotspot.com" as someone was scammed on one of the RMM Media (awardhotspot.com) gift sites, and now there is adware associated with the domain. I hope this new information leads to something. Arnold Rucker, the e-mails and the two addresses are what I'm working with.

Now let's talk about RewardZone USA and Amped Media. A member sent me an e-mail inquiring about Amped Media, RewardZone USA, and Nuitech. One of their questions--perhaps the most important one about IPs--was answered by RewardZone USA. Their response can be found below as well as the information I provided on Amped Media and Nuitech.

from: member
to: diyfreebies@gmail.com
date: Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 10:13 PM
subject: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Hi there..

From your blog site, you said to shoot you an email on this one..

If you could send that, that would be great..

Also..

How trustworthy is Amped Media and also Nuitecj/YR Central for their offers (which you had on your site as well.. I was hoping to do all 3 in time)..

Thanks again

My reply:

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com to: member
date: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 1:54 AM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com

My reply:

Hi there,

I have spoken directly to Amped Media's CEO Jonathan Gies in the past. He was always friendly and answered all my DIY-related questions. His company is not a scam as there are payment reports from several members. From what I understand, Nuitech own the domains and handles Fulfillment; and because of that, Amped Media links to them from their survey properties because they handle Fulfillment. But your reward is coming from Amped Media since they are offering the incentive, I hope that makes sense.

As for Nuitech, they have been around for years and are reputable, however, you may experience some difficulties. Below is my back and forth exchange with a member who did them last year just to give you an idea.

"Hey Wozniack, I regularly read your blog, when updated, & have followed the stories of many who write regarding their horrible issues w/payouts from these companies. Although I always wished I'd never have to go through what they did, alas, I am here now with my own issue w/Nuitech. I started their $1000 Visa promotion on x/xx/xx & completed all offers that day. However, it is now Jan. & I still have received nothing, even though my offers have been verified & they sent me the W9. W/the offers, they prolonged the process as long as they possibly could, asking for foolish things such as cancellation proof for offers I explicitly stated I canceled, "clearer" copies of bank statements, & often re-requesting evidence of me staying on offers past 1 month when I clearly faxed them earlier. This charade literally lasted 24 days from when they initially asked me for proof of completion, around xx/xx. After this, they provided me the link for the W9 & I signed & faxed. They said they never received the fax & asked me to resend it. Now, it has been 5 days since I refaxed the sheet, notarized, & since saying the same excuse repeatedly seems deeply suspicious, they simply have decided to not reply at all. This is infuriating & if they are doing this to me, who else may they be ringing around? I'm looking at legal options & plan to get my money one way or another."

"Hi member,

So they are still requesting your w9 even though you sent it again 6 days ago? Did they respond today or no? This is something that should have been taken care of 3 months ago, and you should have your gift in hand as their terms clearly state: "Upon our receipt of your properly completed Gift Redemption Voucher, it will take six (6) to eight (8) weeks to ship your Gift."

One member I had helped get approved by Nuitech back in October is still waiting on his gift. They sent him the following reply.

"On Monday, December 30, 2013 6:53 AM, Rewarding-promos Support wrote:
Dear member,

Thank you for your inquiry. I am sorry to hear you are dissatisfied with our promotions. As stated in previous emails, this process can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks, however, IN SOME EXTREME CASES IT MAY TAKE LONGER.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will notify you when the gift is ordered.

*** DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. THIS MAILBOX IS NOT MONITORED *** Please use the contact form provided at our website if you have further questions.

Thank you,

Support"

Nuitech's terms and conditions state the following: "Upon our receipt of your properly completed Gift Redemption Voucher, it will take six (6) to eight (8) weeks to ship your Gift." I feel that the company should add an additional line to that sentence that states "In some rare cases a reward may take longer than 6 to 8 weeks," or "A reward may take longer than 6 to 8 weeks to ship depending on ::such and such reason inserted here::"

I've always found Nuitech to be a pain to deal with which is why I don't do them anymore. Contact them again and tell them you are re-faxing it, and if they still don't get it you may take it up with Florida's Attorney General. That may be enough to get them moving as they will not want to answer to the AG.

Please keep me posted on this issue.

Thanks,

wozniack"

"No, they requested my w9 again on 12/10/13 & they have not responded to me at all today. I think that is the next reasonable step because this can't continue.""

"I was paid by Nuitech, I got the check on Thursday."

Although they eventually paid her, she had to work for it. Nuitech always puts people through the wringer and they sometimes ignore e-mails. When DIY was more active back in 2007-2012, people were having so many issues with the company that I had to step in and deal with them directly and it was a nightmare. I could hardly keep up with the other companies I was dealing with for spending so much time on them. They no longer offer phone support, so you can only e-mail them. Their sites have 30/60-day cancellation limitations.

Taken from my Official T&C and DBA list:

You are required to keep all but two offers for 30/60 days. Be prepared to have ALL your “documentation”, i.e. confirmation e-mails, billing statements and/or invoices, but one of those per offer will do, to mail off. Also, all offers must be completed within 60 days upon sign up. Only one gift per DBA per person and/or household for one year after your registration date. Their offer categories are much like I-Deal’s offering a silver, gold, and platinum page per site. Please note that all of these steps, including mailing in your voucher(s), must be accomplished within 180 days of signing up. Once approved, your account will be updated accordingly, enabling you to print your “gift redemption voucher.” Upon your voucher’s arrival, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for shipment. You have to give Nuitech what they ask for and be patient with them, but they do pay out.

RewardZone USA site: http://www.electronicspromotionsusa.com/Flow.aspx

I think the site I did was for a $1,000.00 Wal-Mart gift card" and they sent me 2 $500.00 Visa gift cards. You will most likely get 2 $500.00 Visa gift cards as well.

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Thanks,

wozniack



member:

from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

The link for the $1000 seems to only take me to a $100 in products offer? Doesnt seem like the right one..

Thanks for the details on the other companies... interesting.. maybe ill stick with Amped Media as the second option then.. Nuitech sounds a bit more difficult, plus the part of keeping the services for up to 60 days.. not so grand i guess.. with Rewardzone i didnt go beyond 30 days.. it was easy on the first one i did..

That brings me to a question if you know.. Since I already did the $500 rewardzone, i know i cant do the next one, however my girl friend can.. i assume it has to be under her credit/debit card.. her home address (not mine).. and i'm assuming the IP matters, where its done on the PC.. I ran into an issue with Innovus.net once, as i did offers via my work machine and since the name on the bill at work didnt match me, they blocked the account.. wondering if Rewardzone is that strict.. i mean what if you did them from a coffee shop afterall.. the bill wont match up.. Just want to make sure its done right..

Thanks for the help,

member

My reply:

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 3:28 PM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com

member,

Sorry about the RewardZone USA site. It was working when I sent it to you but it now shows "expired." As for your question, I sent RewardZone USA an e-mail asking about IPs and locations. I didn't mention you or what you said, I just simply asked them about it. I'm interested in their response as I would like to know myself.

I will let you know how they respond, and will try to find you another site.

Thanks,

wozniack

My reply:

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:28 AM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi again,

RewardZone USA replied to my e-mail. You can find their response to my e-mail below.

My e-mail:

"Hi,

I had a question. Does the IP matter? When I go to do my next RewardZone USA site, must I do them from the same computer I used the first time? Or can I do them from a library, cyber cafe, anywhere else? I didn't know if my information (name, address) had to match the location's information I would be doing the offers from. Also, if I were to buy a new computer, must I inform your company beforehand? Because I will most likely acquire a new computer next year.

Thank you so much,

me"

Their reply:

"Hi me,

No, IP address does not matter. We will ask for proof of identity and address before we ship your prize, but you can purchase your prize from wherever you’d like, as long as it’s one year from the last time you earned one!

Thanks,

Maggie

RewardZone USA"

So IP does not matter. And since they request identity and address proof before shipping, everything must be in your girlfriend's name. Going to look for that RewardZone USA site now...

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks,

wozniack

member:

from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:14 AM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Very interesting to know, saves some hassle.. thanks for that info.. I'm assuming this question is obvious.. but like the other regular freebie offer sites.. you cant use a prepaid visa card for doing the offers with Rewardzone and Amped? Also i cant recall, but is amped the same as rewardzone where you have to do the offers within 30 days to get the credit i assume?

Yeah i had previously been given a $1000 rewardzone link by "Member" from anything 4 free.. but their site went belly up and i cant access the private message she sent with the link back in april. Seems there arent that many good trading forums left except maybe the freebie exchange one.

member

My reply:

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 9:38 PM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hi member,

You are not supposed to use a prepaid card on any DIY site.

I asked someone who did Amped Media about offers and they said: "For Amped Media they gave me the usual 60 days to complete offers. You could cancel 2 within 30 days. Nuitech handles the proofs and all of that so it is a typical Nuitech website to the person receiving the free gift. I say do it especially if the gift is $1000 or more and the offers provide the emails or invoices you need for proof. They also let you download apps on your phone now. You take a screenshot of your app, print and mail it as proof. If your phone cannot take a screenshot you download a screenshot app that will take it. This reduces the cost of your offers by a lot."

I logged into The Freebie Exchange the other night and I got this message: "Welcome, wozniack. You last visited: 07-17-2010 at 04:33 AM" -- Obviously has been a while since I was there!! I poked around a bit, and may drop in from time to time since it is active. What's your username on The Freebie Exchange?

Thanks,

wozniack

member:

from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Ok thanks for the info.. for the first rewardzone i did under my name.. i think i cancelled all of the 10 offers within about 25 days.. they had also shipped the "gift card" by then as well though.. i had just assumed once i had notification of it being shipped that i was "safe". Ill try to hold out longer with the Amped one.

On freebie i believe my userid is rapidprofits.. i never got very far there.. wasnt sure what to do to be able to post a cash for ref post.. i think i had to do something with the banks, which i thought i did but it never allowed me to post..

On anything4free i am (or more likely was, since its about dead) username

I want to get back into a forum somewhere.. i have about 4 train sites i'd like to finish off in addition to doing 1-3 more of these DIY..

curious though.. where does everyone find the links for these DIY offers? Is it only word of mouth, as i've never really found them except for the ones you have on your blog :)

member

My reply:

from: diyfreebies@gmail.com
to: member
date: Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM
subject: Re: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com

Word of mouth or ofree.net. But the best places are through affiliate sites like offervault.com. :)) Is it okay if I share our e-mails in my next blog as they answer our RewardZone USA IP questions. I will make you anonymous and omit parts of our e-mails. There are a few sentences that I feel should be removed for our protection.

Thanks,

wozniack

member:

from: member
to: "diyfreebies@gmail.com"
date: Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM
subject: RE: Rewardszone USA $1000 link
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Sorry on the delay. Yea its fine to post the info. No worries. I'm replying from my regular email. Just easier this way:)

member

RewardZone USA said IPs don't matter. So you can do your site from any location. As for Nuitech, my exchange with an anonymous member above shows just how difficult the company can be. While not everyone has had that experience, many have. It takes patience when dealing with Nuitech's processing proceedures. Please remember that Nuitech owns Amped Media's domains and handles Fulfillment. That is why their rules are the same as Nuitech. Since I never did a write up on Amped Media's terms and conditions, I have written one for your review. Please see below.

Amped Media-- You are required to keep all but two offers for 30 days. All offers must be completed within 60 days upon sign up. Only one gift per DBA per person and/or household for one year after your registration date. For phone app offers, take a screenshot of your app, print and mail it as proof. If your phone cannot take a screenshot, download a screenshot app that will take it. Please note that all of these steps, including mailing in your voucher(s), must be accomplished within 180 days of signing up. Once approved, your account will be updated accordingly, enabling you to print your “gift redemption voucher.” Upon your voucher’s arrival, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for shipment. Nuitech handles processing and fulfillment for Amped Media's gift program.

As mentioned in Amped Media's write up, Amped Media, as well as Nuitech, have phone app offers. These offers are visible by visiting your account page from your phone. Once you have signed up for an app offer(s), you have to take screen shots of the app within the app and print the screen shot as documentation of those offer(s). Next, print your screen shot(s) and mail them in as proof. If your phone cannot take a screen shot, download a screen shot app that will. Thank you, stickerz (kinneylamb), for the information on the phone app offers. That was news to me!

My earnings: $55.00 in Paypal, $25.00 Visa gift card, $25.00 amazon gift card, and $75.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards from MyView; $10.00 CVS e-certificate, $5.00 Brinker restaurant card, $15.00 amazon code from Media Insiders; $45.00 in Target eGiftCards, $10.00 Brinker restaurant card, $25.00 amazon code, and $100.00 in Wal-Mart e-cards from Toluna; $16.50 in amazon codes, and $99.50 in Paypal from SurveySpot; $68.50 in amazon codes, and $175.90 in Paypal from Opinion Outpost.

*links 'n such*

Amped Media--

http://everydayrewardsclub.com/go/to/07010c/key/5318424d4835a7aaa8345c39468ddfa0/aid/1717 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://platinumpromotions.net/go/to/dcae84/key/6062b1ba0037ebe95ce5c77d3e9e9c41/aid/10899/s1/1674 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://smartconsumerrewards.com/go/to/43e34c/ - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://giftrewardclub.com/go/to/71b9ba/ - offers unknown/$500.00 amazon gift card

http://giftrewardclub.com/go/to/71b9ba/ - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://smartconsumerrewards.com/go/to/fc9760 - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://daily-rewards.net/go/to/180d8b/key/8760584d2cf09520958fd21cbfd3cdaa/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

http://premiumpromorewards.com/go/to/2ca9a4/key/d4e3afa90929532b5d909ed4dbefb101/aid/4562/s1/PFTEST - offers unknown/$500.00 Visa

Nuitech--

I-Deal--

http://consumergiftcenter.us.com/?session_id=aa58f74c1b7f11e58391ff28f1ce3a32 - 10 offers, no refs/$500.00 Visa

::link list in progress::

Has anyone tried the Smart Panel app? Its a mobile app that pays you to share experiences about how you use the internet. You get $15.00 just for downloading the mobile app and keeping it installed for one week. Sounds good to me! I will check it out when I have time. I hope you guys enjoyed the anniversary blog. I'm happy it has lasted this long, and hope it continues to do well. It has been a great ride. If I find anymore links I will add them here. Please check back often. This will be the last blog I write until Christmas. I'm taking a break to pursue other hobbies and interests, but that won't stop me from checking out DIY sites and answering e-mails. By then, there should be new material and, hopefully, sites for us. In the meantime, you may contact me at diyfreebies@gmail.com

Take care,

wozniack

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!





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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...



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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