Advantages Free to join, good rewards on offer
Disadvantages 'Free' rewards hard to earn, limited earning opportunities
Webrewards.co.uk is another UK site that gives you ‘points’, or in this case, Web rewards (WRs), for completing certain activities very much like ipoints and beenz, which can then be exchanged for gifts and prizes. Basically, you are awarded points for shopping on sites that are WebReward’s partners, all with a British basis. Sadly, there seem to be limited opportunities for earning points just by visiting sites or clicking on ad banners, seems they expect you to buy something!You will need to register on the site, which is totally free of charge and very straightforward, and you’ll be awarded 10 points for doing so. You don’t need to give your home address and other details until the first time you ‘cash in’ your points! You just need a username and password, and you’re ready to go!
The site offers a fair few partners for you to visit and shop at to earn those elusive rewards. Sites that will give you WRs for shopping with them include Carphone Warehouse, Claripoint, Country Bookshop, Domain Registrars, Fig Leaves, Firebox, Moneygator, Pets Park, Sports.com, Teleflorist and others. A few sites will reward you just for registering with them or subscribing to services. Brandnewmusic.com will give you 20 WRs just for registering if you follow the links on the site. TheTeam@sports.com give you 25 WRs just for registering, StudentUK.com 25 WRS and toptable.co.uk 10 WRS.Although shopping online at the site’s partner sites seems to be the main way of earning, you can earn free WRs in a few other ways. For example, by sending SMS text messages! These are completely free to send (max. of 94 characters per message) and you are allowed to send one per day earning you 3 points each. A little ad is tagged on to the end of your message advertising the site, but hey, it’s free anyway! You can also earn an extra ten points for each friend you refer to the site, but they also need to spend some cash on one of the partner sites before your referral points are awarded!
Playing LuckySurf will also earn you a few points, you need to register with them and play the lotto game regularly but you’ll be rewarded with 5 points for matching just two numbers (as a special March offer!), provided you give your WR username and password. Matching more numbers will earn you extra WRs.If you do manage to collect a lot of WRs, you will want to know how to spend them! Just visit the Reward Shop at the main site and you’ll see there a number of options open to you, including donating your rewards to charity if you’re feeling generous! You can also search for ways to cash in your rewards under various categories, Electronics, Books and Magazines, DIY and Gardening, Food and Wine, Home Zone etc.
I checked out the Gadgets & Gizmos category, being a bit of a fan of all things novel and techie, to see what was on offer. Hmmmm, a condom holder could be mine for just 350 WRs!!!!! If that doesn’t appeal, how about a Nunzilla, a wind-up Nun (!) for an extra 25 WRS or even a pair of tiger pants?! These will set you back the huge sum of 800 WRs, and even the fact that they were modelled on an original pair made famous by Robbie Williams wasn’t enough to swing me….I decided to move on…..On to the Electronics category next, here I found I could choose from various items, ranging from an I-Zone camera for 1300 WRS (the lowest ‘priced’ item) to a Palm Vx for the paltry sum of 14450 WRs! There is a good range of ‘must have’ items here if you can earn enough WRs, to include a Sega Dreamcast, Webcam, Olympus Zoom Camera, MP3 Player and a cordless mouse amongst others.
There are also a few other features on the site you may want to check out. The Community Chest link gives you all the latest site news, horoscopes, the odd competition or two and the Soapbox where you can talk to other members and give feedback on the site. Hosted by Steve, the soapbox gives you the chance to have your say, and you can earn extra WRs if you impress him enough with your comments, anything from 100 up to 1000 for a particularly outstanding attempt. I can see a lot of Ciao members doing well here!Clicking on the My Account link whilst logged in will show you a summary of all the WRs you have earned and any recent transactions, you can also change your personal details and password here if you wish. I was informed that I only needed another 187 more WRs and I could claim a Club 18-30 holiday voucher, they obviously haven’t looked too closely at my date of birth! Ho Hum!
Overall, it’s a fun site with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour and very easy to navigate. Earning decent rewards isn’t going to be easy by a long chalk, but you have nothing to lose and there are some great items you can claim if you’re prepared to work hard enough. I personally prefer ipoints; they seem to have quicker and easier ways to earn rewards without having to lay out big bucks in the first place, but this site is still worth a look in my opinion.
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