Inbox Dollars Review

November 18, 2009 · 1 comment

Inbox Dollars Program Review
Click here to join.

Date Launched:
Minimum to Redeem: $30 (less a $3 check processing fee)
Payment Type(s): Check mailed by USPS
Earn Points For: Surveys, shopping, completing offers/signups, playing games, reading emails, 10% of referrals’ earnings from surveys other than profilers

Limit One Account Per:
US resident 18 years+, limit one account per household, per mailing address, and per computer

Daily “Free” (Non-spending) Earnings:
$.50 for completing a daily Greenfield survey and $0.02 for at least one daily email
1. Get $5 for signing up; upon confirming email address you’ll immediately be offered a profile survey for $.50.
2. Payments are processed on the first of the month (“generally” mailed by the 5th), 30 days after the end of the month in which you request payment.
2. Add to your allow list/address book; bounced-back emails will set your account to inactive status.
3. If a user fails to click to confirm reading ten consecutive paid emails, their account will be set to inactive status.
4. Inactive accounts can be reactivated by logging into your Inbox Dollars account and requesting/confirming a confirmation email. Account inactivity will void cashout requests. Be sure to keep your account active — they will send 3 or more paid emails per week. 6 months of inactivity will result in account deletion and forfeiture of earnings.
My take:
I was a member of Inbox Dollars at one time but apparently was deleted for inactivity — had to re-register to complete this review. In terms of a cashback shopping site, this one’s not very impressive, with only 58 stores to choose from and rates that are dismal. Just eyeballing a few: Walmart is 0.4% (vs. 2% at Ebates), 1-800Flowers is 4% (vs. 10% at Ebates), and is 2.5% (vs. 6% at Ebates). In terms of surveys, the same $.50 daily Greenfield survey is $1.05 at And in terms of offers — Inbox Dollars still fails to impress. Blockbuster by Mail is $4 at Inbox Dollars vs. $12 at FusionCash, Discover More Card is $15 at Inbox Dollars vs. $20 at, Disney Movie Club is $5 vs. $8 at, and they tie for RewardTV with FusionCash at $.50 each.
While I understand that Inbox Dollars has “satisfied millions of members while becoming one of Inc 5000′s Fastest Growing Companies for the past two years,” according to Peter Goldreich, their VP of Marketing, I don’t see how. But then again, maybe I do: Inbox Dollars keeps more of their profit for themselves and shares less with their apparently blissfully ignorant members. If you can get away with that, that’s a great way to grow your business. But informed consumers know: you’ll earn more, with a lower payment threshold, and with NO fees to cash out, at many other rewards programs. Skip this one.

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Joseph August 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

Inbox Dollars is a waste of time. Don’t bother unless you can’t think of anything else to do. They don’t pay for the larger sign up bonuses – they’re really cheap with the payments. You’re giving out your personal information for nothing and they c sell off your info for years and years to other companies and marketing lists. You get nothing back.


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