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Is Influenster a Scam?
The first thing that interested me about Influenster is the premise. It’s one of the first times I’ve ever encountered a work at home opportunity that claimed to be both a site that provided subscription boxes as well as a review site. Curious about how this was going to work, I decided to sign up and see what it was all about.
What Actually Happens
I haven’t been using Influenster for very long and I haven’t yet figured out all of the site’s secrets, but the one thing I have discovered is that what they’re really looking for are people to act as guinea pigs and volunteer as product testers. This is fine. I have done product testing for other companies and as long as I like the product, I don’t care if I get paid or not. This goes double if I can test a product that I would have likely spent money on anyway.
Based on what I’ve seen of the companies that use Influenster, there are some really great product testing opportunities. The only problem is that not only are they very popular, but there’s some pretty strict guidelines regarding who qualifies to work as a product tester for those products. Because I’m new to the program, I don’t qualify for many products yet. I have however, scored about a $100 dollars worth of free beauty products that are not only useful, but higher quality than what I usually purchase for myself.
What I Like
My favorite thing about Influenster is that not only do they have a lot of products that are in need of testers, but many of these products are actually practical things that every household needs. Things like dish soap or laundry detergent as common products they are offering. Each company that has submitted a product has done a very good job of outlining what they expect from each of person who participates in the testing program. Many do expect the testers to use social networking connections to help promote the product.
If you need to make cold hard cash you’re going to want to skip signing up for Influenster and focus on other money making opportunities. As of right now, Influenster doesn’t pay the people who volunteer to test the products. Another thing I didn’t like is that the site seems kind of hit and miss when it comes to inviting people to participate in certain products. I’m sure there have been some campaigns where I would have been the ideal tester, but I was never offered an invitation.
Personally, I think Influenster is a lot of fun. If you have the time to do some product testing, you should check it out. The worst that can happen is you score some free products to use around the house. Who would really turn down free stuff, right?
Update: I checked on if Influenster had an app yet – and I don't see that they do. They did announce in September that one would be coming. Hopefully that will be soon because apps make a lot of these programs like Ibotta and EasyShift so much more convenient and fun.