Sites for Earning Extra Cash or Merchandise

By Christine Durst

By Michael Haaren

May 23, 2013 4 min read

Many folks, regardless of whether they have a job, would like to earn some extra cash or merchandise in their spare time. Fortunately, the online world offers increasing and legitimate opportunities for extra funds and "swag."

Here are just a few of the many options to choose from.

—Get paid to take surveys: A number of sites let you earn a few dollars taking surveys. In the same vein, participating in focus groups can permit you to earn even more. Examples include American Consumer Opinion at, and Opinionoutpost, at

However, as you search for survey sites, be sure to keep your scam radar on. The survey arena is popular with scammers who try to lure consumers with promises of high payouts for a few minutes' work. Many also demand a "registration fee."

—Get paid to buy tickets: In the old days, when people had to stand in line to buy tickets, folks could earn extra cash by "standing in" for the actual buyer. has moved that process online.

Per their site, "We will pay you up to $50 per successful session to help fans get the seats that they want. You never pay us a dime or give out your credit card information!" For more, see

—Get paid to go look at things: If you want to do something in a distant location — rent a beach house, or buy something pricey on eBay — how do you know you'll get what you pay for? WeGoLook solves that problem.

Per their site, " is an online service that sends someone to make a few basic observations about a product, place, or thing, for individuals and industries who are unavailable to do so for themselves." You don't need to be an expert, and you can choose the projects you prefer. "Most assignments pay a minimum of $25.00." For details, see

—Earn merchandise by browsing: Perk is a browser that awards you redeemable points for searching and making purchases online.

Per their FAQs, "Perk Points are earned by shopping at our partners' stores and through web searches using Perk Search. You are then able to trade those points for things you love: Cash, Gift Cards, Airline Miles, Electronics, or make a Donation." For more, go to

—Get paid to review websites: Although you may have to get on a waiting list, several sites offer payments in exchange for brief website, mobile app or mobile site evaluations. Reviews may take 20 minutes or less, but pay $5 to $15 each.

Examples include, and

Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book is "Work at Home Now," a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on finding home-based work at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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