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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DIY link list announcement-- please read

Hi everyone, I have an important announcement. RewardZone USA recently disqualified someone for signing up for a RewardZone USA site on this blog. This used to not be an issue, but now we have Nuitech and RewardZone USA who are against blog links. I don't want anybody else to be disqualified, nor do I want these DIY companies upset with me. So I am removing the link list from our blog. This blog still serves a purpose as it gives DIY updates and payment reports, so it will stay. We just can't keep something around that gets people disqualified and puts our blog in danger of shutting down.

I hope you all understand. Thank you for your time.

wozniack

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nuitech's "invitation only" sites + inactive business names, RewardZone USA's new rule and members receiving gift cards with zero balances + Omnicard.com discussion, payment reports...

Nuitech's "invitation only" sites, and business names showing "inactive" in Florida's Secretary of State; RewardZone USA sending out gift cards with zero balances and new rule; Omnicard.com discussion, payment reports. Let's go outside and breathe in some fresh, spring air...



Our first topic is Nuitech's new "invitation only" sites. Late last year I discovered through readers, and Nuitech themselves, that their sites are now "invitation only," meaning you will only receive valid links through their e-mail advertisements, pop-up advertisements, and/or web page banners. Links obtained from friends and blogs are not valid and you will not earn a reward. Since it would take forever to remove all the links from 2008 until now, I will just remove the first two pages of Nuitech links from this blog. So please do not sign up for anymore Nuitech sites on my blog.

Here are some of the conversations between myself, three members, and Nuitech, which may give you a better idea of what is going on...

Conversation with member #1:

Interesting Nuitech exchange

Member

9/3/16

Hello,

I sent Nuitech an e-mail asking them what the gift card for the 10 offers for $1,000 was for and they replied by saying that their gift sites are invitation only and that I cannot complete the site unless I received an e-mail from them with the link. I'm assuming others have asked them about the same site since I did not offer up any information where I found the link.

I also have been trying to ask them if there is any way to use a fresh e-mail address since the one I used to use has been closed and they keep ignoring me :\

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

9/11/16

Hi there,

Sorry for the delayed response, I just have had a lot going on.

Hm, that's odd. I haven't done Nuitech in years but my last site was not "invitation only." I found it elsewhere on the web, then signed up, completed my offers, turned in my paperwork and I was done. I wonder how long they've been doing that? Would you mind sharing their e-mail response to you with me? I asked a good friend of mine who does Nuitech all the time. He hasn't responded back yet though.

As for the e-mail, their terms and conditions state the following: 'using multiple email addresses to circumvent the Program" -- I would wait until I got a response out of them before starting a new site. They need to understand the reason for you needing to use a new e-mail so that they do not think you are trying to break the rules. Have they answered you yet?

Thanks,

wozniack

Member #1's reply:

member
9/11/16

I'll forward you their response once I'm at a computer. And nope. I've e-mailed them 3 times over the last 3 weeks asking about the e-mail situation and no reply.

member
9/12/16

"Please send us the email you received for that gift card, so that we can tell you what it is for. Remember that our programs are presented to customers by invitation only. This means that you will only receive valid links through our e-mail advertisements, and/or Web page banners. Links obtained from friends or other venues usually are obsolete and will not enable you to qualify for gift redemption."

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

9/14/16

Hi member,

That is very interesting. My friend, who does Nuitech all the time, said he finds his links online and that he never gets them through e-mail. Nuitech has always paid him for doing these sites. I also have never heard of that happening. Would you mind if I shared their e-mail to you with my readers? I promise to keep you anonymous.

Thanks,

wozniack

member
9/14/16

Sure, you may share it. It's the least I could do after you sent me that link :) I don't have any faith in them ever responding to me to allow me to do one of their sites again anyway. Do you know off the top of your head if I-deal requires the same e-mail address for every gift?

I did that 8 offer $500 Kroger card for rewardzone. All my offers were "Success" about a week ago and I requested my gift but haven't heard anything. I just got a "Thanks" page when I entered all my information. Is that typical?

diyfreebies@gmail.com
9/14/16

member,

You can use multiple e-mails on I-Deal sites but you can only use one e-mail per DBA. For example. If I signed up with diyfreebies@gmail.com on a site under their Top Notch Media DBA, I couldn't sign up with a different e-mail on another Top Notch Media DBA site. If you sign up with more than one e-mail under the same DBA, you risk disqualification. You can find an I-Deal DBA at the bottom of each gift site. It should say something like "an , Inc. website" next to the copyright.

Yes, that is typical of RewardZone USA. You may have to e-mail them though to make progress: info@rewardzoneusa.com -- Tell them you completed all of your offers. From there, they may ask for a copy of your photo I.D. and they should send you your electronic forms to fill out shortly thereafter.

Thanks,

wozniack

Conversation with member #2:

My e-mail:

-------- Original message --------

From: diyfreebies@gmail.com

Date: 9/9/16 8:54 PM (GMT-05:00)

To: member

Subject: Nuitech questions...

Hi member,

Somebody sent me this the other day but I'm confused... Nuitech sites are 'invitation only'? When did that happen? Also, can they use another e-mail? Below is the e-mail I received from this individual.

"Hello,

I sent Nuitech an e-mail asking them what the gift card for the 10 offers for $1,000 was for and they replied by saying that their gift sites are invitation only and that I cannot complete the site unless I received an e-mail from them with the link. I'm assuming others have asked them about the same site since I did not offer up any information where I found the link.

I also have been trying to ask them if there is any way to use a fresh e-mail address since the one I used to use has been closed and they keep ignoring me :\"

Thanks,

wozniack

Member #2's reply:

member

9/23/16

Hey Woz,

They only want their customers to come from the ads they send out in emails. I read somewhere in the past that they said the same thing to somebody. Maybe you could complete a small site and see what happens. Or due to the gift rule of one per year, maybe you would want to gamble and complete the larger gift site. I never visited their sites through a link in an email before. Also, does their terms and conditions say it? If not, you should be good.

You can only use one email address at a time. Only persue your accounts with them with one email address. If they find you signed up in the past using a different email address, they might contact you to remind you of the rule.

Hope that helps. And hope you are well!

Member

P.S. Where I'm coming from regarding their invitation only comment, is that they were a well rated company in the past with the BBB and they always worked with their customers to resolve things according to their rules as you know. Things can change but if it's not in their terms and conditions then you still have some leverage.

Conversation with member #3:

Hi Wozniak,

I wish I had kept the email but I deleted it.

I wrote to Nuitech about the links you provided (I didn't say where I had got them from) and they said to me that they are not valid even though the page loads.

They mentioned they are from 2012 and 2013 and that I specifically need an email invitation from them, probably through another site, in order to do the promos.

The links you have listed load the webpage but are not valid. The copyright info has old years.

Nuitech--

http://www.hotgiftsnow.com/rd_p?p=346351&t=23174&c=&a=#MBID# - 6 offers, no refs/$250.00 Best Buy gift card

http://www.offersgonewild.com/rd_p?p=339833&t=23158&c=&a=#MBID# - 10 offers, no refs/$1,000.00 gift card. I'm assuming it's a Visa since it says "$1,000.00 gift card," but I would ask Nuitech anyway.

http://consumergiftcards.com/rd_p?p=352466&t=25030&c=&a= - 8 offers, no refs/$500.00 Macy's gift card.

Their customer service rep was upset with me because apparently I asked the same question last year and the response was no, even though their website will work and log the sponsors it is not valid.

I would hold off posting their links on your blog as others might not know they're invalid and go ahead and do the sponsors not realizing they won't get a gift.

I did the Gadget link and that worked, also DealZingo, that worked and I sent off the redemption form.

Regards,

Member

Member's second e-mail

Feb 26

I got the cheque last week! Waiting for an iPad Air from gadget center

Any chance of providing us with new links!

Nuitech don't like ppl signing up from your links because they're too old. They told me I had to wait for an email invitation. How am I supposed to get one?

Regards,

Member

My reply:

diyfreebies@gmail.com

Mar 3

Hi Member,

Congrats on getting your check!! I got mine at the end of January. Once I deposited the check, it cleared the next day! That's great about your iPad Air as well. I'm almost finished working on an I-Deal site that just so happens to be a gadgetcenter site. Someone said their son recently did it and got $700.00 in Visa gift cards instead of the Apple iPad! So I am hoping I get the same reward. Here is the link: http://www.gadgetcenter.us.com/?session_id=473d595cef4311e6a233e6da23d6de30

I wonder if they will send you a gift card too? I hope they are still sending out gift cards. A long time ago I did a Treo phone site hoping to get a gift card like the previous individual but I got the Treo phone instead. I knew I could possibly end up with the phone, but I took the gamble just to see if I could get the gift card. :)

As for Nuitech, I am trying to figure that out myself. I know they don't like the old blog links, and I will be writing about the Nuitech link issue in my next blog. I'm working on the new blog now and will add some links to it. The really good links like the 10 offer, no ref/$700.00 gift card I-Deal site I started last month I keep off the blog though. I do this so the good links stay around longer for everyone. But you can check in every so often to see if I have anything good, and I will send it right to you if I do! Some of the links I post, like from Amped Media sites, those are always $500.00 profit, so I don't really share them through e-mail. Nuitech handles Amped Media Fulfillment, and I think the actual offer processing. So they may only allow e-mail invitation on those sites (Amped Media). I need to get confirmation on that.

Thanks,

wozniack

Mar 5

Hi Wozniack,

Thanks for reply. The link you sent is one I just did! And got paid for but only $500 in visa g/c. No $700 :( Still, I found an iPad Pro on eBay for my wife and the iPad Pro pencil for less than $500 so it all worked out.

Looking forward to your next blog!

Member

Hi Member,

Awww, only $500.00?! Poor us! Well, at least there was no referral though... That's good that you got the iPad Pro and iPad Pro pencil for under $500.00~! Glad it worked out. :))

I have been sending out e-mails for tomorrow, three of which went to Nuitech. There are some new findings concerning their corporations and limited liability companies. As for their "invitation only" gift sites, I had an idea. Their Coolsavings site is still up and running. Perhaps when you sign up on Coolsavings, in addition to coupon e-mails, you will get gift site e-mails. I noticed that when you click "Free Stuff" the page in the middle loads all sorts of gift sites. It loaded a site from RewardZone USA, though Coolsavings is connected to Nuitech and not RewardZone USA. I can't remember what I clicked, but somewhere on the Free Stuff page it lets you check the status of your Nuitech site...

Anyway, I'm signing up for Coolsavings to see if I can get Nuitech sites sent to me that way. If they send us Nuitech sites, then we've solved the mystery!

Coolsavings site: http://www.coolsavings.com

Thanks,

wozniack

So far the only thing I have received from Coolsavings is a welcome e-mail linking to my account page. On my 'My Account' page, under 'My Deals Preferences,' I selected "Preferred Interest" on all interests, and selected "Daily" when asked, '"How often do you want to receive the deals newsletter from CoolSavings?"' under 'My E-mail Subscriptions.' I'm hoping we receive Nuitech links via the Coolsavings site. Now my brief exchange with Nuitech...

From Nuitech:

Offersgonewild Support usersupport-765292@giftrewardcenter.net via jax4ldpwww1m.bluehalo.myregisteredsite.com

11/9/16

Dear me,

Thank you for your inquiry. We currently do not have any Amped Media site. Our programs are presented to customers by invitation only. This means that you will only receive valid links through our e-mail advertisements, pop-up advertisements, and/or Web page banners. Links obtained from friends or other venues like blogs usually are obsolete and will not enable you to qualify for gift redemption.

*** 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

diyfreebies@gmail.com

11/10/16

to Offersgonewild

Hi,

4 years ago, the President and CEO of Amped Media, Jonathan Gies, replied to my question below regarding Nuitech and Amped Media sites.

My question:

"I asked OG Logistics/Nuitech, a company out of Florida, who claimed to handle customer support for rewarding promos and rewards-aisle sites, but they never responded. I am just trying to find out more about this particular gift site, and hopefully give my readers some peace of mind. Unfortunately I was unable to include the link to the site in this PM due to Facebook blocking it. Could I e-mail it to you?"

Jonathan Gies's reply:

"Nuitech does handle our reward fulfillment, they are a separate entity."

I will ask Jonathan Gies directly about who handles fulfillment for the current Amped Media sites.

Thank you for the information you have provided.

wozniack

x Offersgonewild Support usersupport-765292@giftrewardcenter.net via jax4ldpwww1b.bluehalo.myregisteredsite.com

11/11/16

Dear Wozniack,

Thank you for your response. We noticed you referred to \"rewarding-promos\" in your email. We give service to hundreds of different sites, and in customer service inquiries are received by the site name not the parent company. Now we can confirm that we do handle fulfillment for \"rewarding-promos\" and he terms state \"Only one gift per DBA per person and/or household for one year after your registration date.\" We apologize for the confusion.

*** 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

I wondered how the "invitation only" rule affected Amped Media if at all. So I contacted Nuitech directly via their offersgonewild gift site. I also asked them the following about their businesses that are showing "inactive" with Florida's Secretary of State. You can see their response to my message below...

My message to Nuitech:

Hi,

Thank you for answering my e-mails from November. I have some questions though. Does the "invitation only" rule apply to Amped Media's gift sites as well since you handle Fulfillment for Amped Media? Do you also approve a member's offers in addition to handling Fulfillment? Or do you just handle Fulfillment?

Also, I tried visiting oglogistics.net but the site would not load. So I checked with Florida's Secretary of State and it shows that OG Logistics, LLC. is "inactive." The same goes for Coolsavings, LLC. Can't find anything for Leadmark Advertising, Inc either. What company name(s) are you currently under? I just wanted to know for my record keeping. I also like to separate the active from the inactive companies in my list.

I checked my records again, and forgot that this is also another business of yours: Q INTERACTIVE, LLC. Q INTERACTIVE, LLC shows "active" while SELLING SOURCE, LLC shows "inactive." Is your current company name Q Interactive, LLC.? Do you have any others? And, would your gift program be managed under Q Interactive, LLC. provided Q Interactive, LLC. is your other company name?

Thanks,

me

Nuitech's reply

Nuitech has still not replied. So I will just wait, and hopefully by the time my next blog is published they will!

Next up for discussion is RewardZone USA. RewardZone USA have been making some changes and we will talk about that now. The first change is how often you can receive a reward from them. Their new rule: "Incentives are limited to one incentive of any kind per household (persons living at the same address) within any twelve calendar month period provided you must wait 24 calendar months after you claim a Tier 2 incentive before you can claim another Tier 2 incentive." -- This means you must wait 2 years from the time you started your last RewardZone USA site before you can do another one. I was surprised to see this change as most DIY companies make you only wait a year max-- unless it is a "one site per lifetime" DIY company like Consumer Gain was. I think with Consumer Gain you could do two sites per lifetime before it changed to just one. The last time I did a Rewardzone USA site was in January of 2016, because I bought a new computer at that time with my earnings. So I can do them again in 10 months.

RewardZone USA site with new rule:





url: http://www.consumerproductsusa.com/?Flow=6b51d955-0748-462e-9eb5-0ccdd7eceb37&isPrePop=true&reward=bestbuy1000&o=205250&subaff1=50825&subaff2=178084&subaff3=55459&subaff4=bestbuy1000&DVID=&bckm=1

I need to update the terms for RewardZone USA, noting the change above. The other change is their rewards system. Recently paid members are now receiving gift cards from RewardZone USA with zero balances on them. However, there is no need to panic! Please read my conversation with a member below...

Member:

11/27/2016 9:09PM

Hey me, Have you heard of Rewardzone now sending your card with a 0 balance and asking you to call them to load money on your card. They did this to my brother and he can't seem to get a hold of them.

My reply:

Never heard of this before. This must be something new that they're doing. What phone number(s) does your brother have for Rewardzone USA? Thanks 11/28/2016 7:33PM

Member:

Just the one above on his sheet. That's my guess too but wondered if you've heard anything about this. Thanks Me! FRI 9:20PM

My reply:

Hi Member, I'm guessing everything went alright with your brother's Visa gift card that he received from RewardZone USA? I bet they are doing this now since they always send the gift cards out in regular envelopes, and they don't want to risk somebody losing a $1,000.00 card in the mail! Would it be okay if I shared your brother's experience in my next DIY blog? I will leave him anonymous. Thanks. :) Quick question, the phone number on the Omnicard letter above is for RewardZone USA and not Omnicard, right? I ask because the number shows that it is for RewardZone USA and not Omnicard SAT 10:38AM

Member:

Yes you can share. As for the number above, that what his gift card came on for rewardzone. He had to call that to activate his card.
Quick follow up for you. Is there some serious issues with dealzingo now. I heard you may not have gotten paid along with some others. What do you know about it?
SAT 2:52PM

My reply:

Hi, Member! Thanks for the information. No, everything went well with my payment, and somebody contacted me about 5 days ago saying they received their check from Dealzingo. The problem has always been that they are slow to respond to e-mails, and they sometimes do not answer their phone. One guy told me they hung up on him when he asked if they were Dealzingo.

After so many weeks of trying to get a hold of someone via telephone/e-mail, they replied. They said they received my paperwork and would "begin processing me now"; I had my check five days later! A guy who had done his site a week before I did also got paid. I haven't received any negative reports on them yet.

An image of the letter this member's brother received:



I never liked how RewardZone USA would send out gift cards in a plain envelope with no tracking number. I like the thought of receiving a gift card with a zero balance-- never thought I would say that! lol... Seriously though, a thousand dollars is a LOT of money to lose in the mail; I am all for it!! Makes me wonder if someone's Visa gift card from RewardZone USA was lost or stolen. And if so, how did they handle the situation? Or perhaps they really wanted to offer their members some protection. While reading their Cardholder Terms and Conditions for the Visa gift cards, I saw something I did not like...

"5. UNAUTHORIZED TRANSACTIONS If you believe the Card has been lost or stolen or an unauthorized transaction has been made using the information from the Card without your permission, contact Customer Service IMMEDIATELY. We will ask for the Card number and other identifying details. We cannot assist you if you do not have the Card number. We reserve the right to investigate any claim you may make with respect to a lost or stolen Card or unauthorized transaction, and you agree to cooperate with such investigation. We may not be able to assist you if you do not contact us within 60 days of the unauthorized transaction. We will charge a fee of $5 as noted in the fee table above (subject to applicable law) to replace any lost/stolen Card, which will be deducted from the balance on the Card. A reissued Card may take up to 30 days to process."

The part that says, "We cannot assist you if you do not have the Card number." Major problem if the recipient was receiving the card from a company who did not have the card number themselves. What if the company just orders the gift cards in batches, like so many of them do, but do not have any of the card information? My guess though is, the sender would somehow have to get the gift card information, and/or report the lost or stolen card to the gift card web site themselves. I'd like to think that the gift card web site's customer support team could tell the sender if the recipient's gift card had been used, and give them the card's transaction history. While I understand Omnicard has to verify a recipient's gift card info, they should make it easier for those who are without a card number.
Some people cannot remember their gift card number off the top of their head, and if it got lost or stolen before ever reaching them, they certainly would not know it. Perhaps it could be found by order number, however, the sender would have to supply that information. Not the recipient.

Back to RewardZone USA. A member was having issues with one of their sites. Below is my correspondence with this member followed by RewardZone USA's response.

Member's e-mail:

Hey, Woz! How's the world treating ya?

I am finally able to do the below site you sent us awhile back, but it doesn't seem to be working properly and wondering if you can find out if the link is still valid. Everything is OK until you get to the offers page - each page on the way to the offers page shows the $1000 gift card at the top of each page, but when you arrive at the offers, the top of the page shows a $100 gift card.

If you can find out from RewardZone if this link is no good or what the problem could be, I would be very much appreciative.

Thanks a lot!

Member

My reply:

Hi Member,

Dealzingo paid me about a week and a half ago! I see that now RewardZone USA has upped the wait time on their sites. It used to be where you could do a site once per 12 months, now it is once every 24 months. Luckily for me, I have already waited over a year, but I still have to wait until next January before I can do another RewardZone USA site.

Anyway, let me look into your RewardZone USA site and I will get back to you. Is this the site you sign up for from the e-mail I sent out? :)

"On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 12:23 AM, diyfreebies@gmail.com wrote:

Hi all,

I asked RewardZone USA if they had any promotions going on last week and they sent me this $1,000.00 Visa gift card site: http://www.Surveysandpromotionsonline.com/?Flow=6b51d955-0748-462e-9eb5-0ccdd7eceb37&isPrePop=true&reward=vsagc1000&subaff1=#s1#&subaff2=#affid#&subaff3=#cid#&subaff4=Visa1000&DVID=#s5# "

Have a good night!

wozniack

Member's reply:

Yes, the link is from the email you sent out on 1/13/16 - you should be able to see the email of yours I replied if you scroll down. But, if we now have to wait 24 months, I am probably not qualified, which might be the reason for the glitch. I did my last one in 9/15, so guess I gotta wait another 7 months?? Grrr! I sure hope Rewardszone will have a $1000 site come 9/17! Please do let me know what they say about the link.

Happy I can do a dealzingo site for $500, though, and the offers are better, too!

Thanks a lot ~ Member

My reply:

Hi Member,

RewardZone USA just now responded to your question. Below is their answer.

"Hi,

Thank you for pointing out that technical glitch. If you complete all of the necessary requirements you will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Regards,
RewardZone USA"

I explained everything to them about the site showing that it was for a $1,000.00 until you reached the offer pages where it shows "$100.00 Visa gift card" at the top. So I guess what matters is what the front page (not offer pages) was showing, which was a $1,000.00 Visa gift card.

Have a good night~!

wozniack

I sometimes get confused when gift sites show two different reward amounts. When that happens, I just never do the site. Makes sense though for them to give you the reward on the front page, as that is what you initially signed up for.

Since my last blog, I received a $1,000.00 check from Dealzingo, and $600.00 in Visa gift cards from I-Deal! My dad also received his $1,000.00 Visa gift card from RewardZone USA. I'm interested in doing another I-Deal site, but I may wait and do one over the summer. Then in January, do RewardZone USA again. It would be nice to have another DIY company or two come along so we could have more rewards coming in. Only being able to do RewardZone USA once every two years is too long!

$1,000.00 Dealzingo check:



$600.00 in Visa gift cards from I-Deal:



Thanks for the rewards RewardZone USA, Dealzingo, and I-Deal!!

My earnings: $75.00 check for shopping habits study from SMARI; $95.00 check for tea study from Winkle Americas; $5.00 Wal-Mart eCard from ePoll; $93.33 in Paypal from Quickrewards.net; $15.00 settlement check; $30.00 in Target, and $25.00 in Wal-Mart gift cards from Toluna; $30.00 in amazon gift cards, $10.00 Wal-Mart eCard, and $10.00 in Domino's Pizza egiftcards from mycokerewards.com.



I miss our freebie forums. I knew quite a few people that I have now lost touch with from A4F. I wasn't really active on FiPG. I mainly read posts over there, but the people were nice there too. A4F was my home though. I arrived at A4F in 2007, a year after I got into freebies. It was an exciting time to be doing DIY and trading. Back then, we all were earning a lot of free money and physical gifts from all the old school DIY companies. I had wondered, even back then, what DIY companies would still be around, if any. 10 years later, I-Deal and Nuitech are still here. Isn't that great?! To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Nuitech; I just think its cool that they did not go away.

Anyway, I will work on our link list this week. Just have to remind myself, "No more Nuitech sites" to avoid any conflict with Nuitech. I do think their sites being "invitation only" is rather silly. I-Deal sites are all over ofree.net and everywhere else, and do they say anything? What are some of your thoughts on Nuitech's invitation only sites? Feel free to write in! I love conversing about these issues with my readers. We work through them together and help each other out. :)

Take care,

wozniack