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Make Money By Window Shopping

Updated on July 23, 2015

All too often, I (as well as many thousands, if not millions, of others in the world) find myself window shopping. This is commonly done many reasons. Perhaps someone doesn’t have enough money to actually buy something or they are doing research to find out how much a specific item costs for a later purchase. Some even do this as a type of entertainment. Now, however, with the creation of a very simple yet effective application on your phone called ShopKicks, you can not only window shop but actually get paid to do so.

Shopkicks, put very simply, gives you kicks, or points, for doing various simple tasks that will be discussed in a bit. When you complete these tasks, the kicks that you receive can then be used to cash in for various items, such as an iPad or gift cards.

How do you get these kicks? First, just walk into a store (or in some cases, just the parking lot will do), and you can receive points. Second, you scan specific items that give you points. Third, you can get an instant surprise no matter where you are. Fourth, link your credit card to your kicks and purchase a certain amount of money; for instance, spend $75 at Target and receive 1,000 points. Fifth, refer your friends with a designated link, such as when you click here.

So with you getting all these points and rewards for free, how do the companies giving away free things benefit? They get people in the door, which is the most difficult and most profitable thing for many of them to do. For instance, if you enter a fashion store, there is a 20% chance that you will buy something with 50% for electronics and 95% for grocery just because you walked through the front door. So how do they benefit? More people come to their store, more people buy things, and in turn, the more money they make. It’s very simple.

How much can you actually make using this? Is it really worth your time? It depends on a few things, like how much time you put in. If you only use it when you’re going to a store anyway or are near the store and don't actually buy anything, you can make the equivalent of around $8 an hour. That’s not much but also not terrible, either.

So let’s all go window shopping or go actually shopping. Just make sure that you have your ShopKicks app with you so that the trip is not only making the retailer money but also making you some as well.


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