How Much Will That Email Submit Reward Really Cost You?

Written by Zac Johnson
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A few days ago I wrote a post on “Are Zip and Email Offers Worth It?“… to follow up to that post, I went to check out a couple of the latest email/zip offers out there. What I wanted to look at, was what they now require of a new subscriber to receive their prize. The offer in particular that I was looking at was the “Free LG Washer and Dryer”. Even without going through the form process (bypassing a million coregs and subpage offers), you can see what is required, by looking at the terms and conditions, which state:

“Eligible members can receive the incentive gift package by completing a survey and two sponsor offers from each of the TOP, PRIME and PREMIUM offer page options.”

So the next and most important question is… what exactly are the Top, Prime and Premium offers that you have to complete? The terms and conditions page also provides this information and shows the following offers for each section.

TOP OFFERS: (Quick & Cheap Offers)
Netflix: Two-week trial period. Thereafter membership subscription costs a minimum of $8.99 per month, based on subscription selected, until you cancel your subscription.
Onlingo: For free trial, pay $6.95 for shipping and processing to try kit for 14 days. If not cancelled during trial period, subsequent kits will be automatically shipped about every 30 days until cancelled for a discounted price of $69.95.
Columbia House DVD: Buy 5 DVD’s for $0.49 each plus $1.99 shipping and processing per unit (if you buy an additional discount ($14.95) DVD, shipping is FREE). Buy 5 additional DVDs over the next year at prices as low as $19.95 or more plus shipping and processing. You may cancel at any time after doing so.
Federal Grant Network: Pay $3.87 for the 10 day trial period of the Grant Consultant Kit and access to the directories and training. Thereafter you will automatically be billed a $49.95 reoccurring monthly fee for the Grant Consultant membership. You also receive membership to Network Agenda for forty days on a trial basis, after which you will be billed $23.88 per month for continued access. These programs can be canceled at any time during the trial period or anytime thereafter. Monthly membership fees will be billed to the credit card used by Member to complete the signup process unless/until Member cancels membership or changes billing method. You can call our Customer Service department if you wish to alter the terms of your membership agreement.
Green Tea 1000: Free 10-day trial of Green Tea 1000 capsules; pay only $4.95 for shipping and handling. After 10-day trial, you will be enrolled in the “Value Direct Program”, where you will be sent a 60 day supply of Green Tea 1000 capsules every 60 days for the discounted price of $89.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling until you cancel.
Purity Mineral: Register for a $1.00 trial of Purity by Mineral Science to receive a full two-month supply of the Purity Mineral Collection. You pay only for shipping and handling ($7.95) & the cost of the trial. You will have 14 days to evaluate the product. If you like the results you will be charged $59.99 at the end of your 14-day trial period, unless you cancel during the trial period. When you register for the trial offer, you will also receive a FREE membership in the Purity Beauty Club. That means 45 days after your sign up date you will be shipped a fresh two-month supply of Purity Mineral Foundation, Mineral All-Over Glow and Mineral Rice Finishing Powder. And so you don’t run out, you’ll continue to get a new shipment every 60 days for the discounted club price of $29.99. Cancel anytime. Please keep in mind, once the order is submitted, trial shipment cannot be cancelled. Trial charges are not refundable.
Ivory White: Try a free one-week trial of Ivory White; you pay only $4.87 for shipping. After the ten-day trial period, you will be sent a month’s supply of Ivory White for $78.41 per month, unless you cancel.
Experian: When you order your free report here, you will begin your free trial membership in Triple AdvantageSM Credit Monitoring. If you don’t cancel your membership within the 30-day trial period, you will be billed $12 for each month that you continue your membership.
This offer is not related to the free credit report that you are entitled to under Federal law. To obtain that free report, you must go to www.annualcreditreport.com.
Myomed Pain Reliever: Try a 3 ounce tube of Myomed Cream for free; you pay only $3.97 for shipping and handling. Thereafter you will be sent a 3-ounce tube of Myomed cream each month for $59.95, plus $6.95 shipping and handling, until you cancel. You will also be added to a monthly newsletter and will be billed $4.95 once per month until you unsubscribe.
Ultimate Green Tea: Try a free sample of Ultimate Green Tea; pay only $3.97 for shipping and handling. After 10 days you will be sent a month’s supply of Ultimate Green Tea once a month for $79.95 per month until you cancel.
Overnight Genius: Membership subscription costs $78.41 plus $6.95 S&H per month. You will be charged the monthly fee after your trial period until you cancel.
Disney Movie Club: As a Disney Movie Club member, all you need to do is buy 5 movies at regular Club prices in the next 24 months (starting at $19.95 per DVD), plus shipping and processing of $3.95 for the first title in each order, and $1.00 for each additional title in that same order. You may cancel your membership at any time after purchasing the 5 movies. By agreeing to purchase at least 5 regular-priced movies in the next 24 months, you qualify to receive 3 Disney DVDs of your choice from the list of titles currently available from the Disney Movie Club for $.99 each. Shipping and processing is free.

PRIME OFFERS: (Membership / Medium Cost)
Cordiaburn: Try Cordiaburn for only $1. When you order the $1 Trial of Cordiaburn your credit card will be charged only $1 for a 1 Month Supply of Cordiaburn plus $4.95 shipping and handling for a total of $5.95. You will have 15 days from your original purchase date to decide if Cordiaburn is right for you. If you are enjoying Cordiaburn do nothing and at the end of your 15-day trial period you will be charged $38.95 for the bottle you received. If you find Cordiaburn is not right for you, simply return the unused portion within 30 days of original order date and you will not be charged. Approximately 30 days from your original purchase date and every 30 days thereafter you will be sent another fresh 1 month supply of Cordiaburn and your credit card on file will be billed the Member’s Only price of $39.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling for a total of $44.90, until you cancel.
Pimsleur Language Program: Try the Pimsleur Language Program free for 15 days; pay only $3.95 for shipping and handling. If you like the course, keep it and you will be charged $59 per month for 5 months.
Gevalia Coffee: With the free trial, you will receive four 1/2 lb boxes of Gevalia Kaffe and a 12 Cup Programmable Stainless Steel Coffeemaker & Set of two Stainless Steel Travel Mugs. Thereafter the next shipment will arrive approximately one month later with the selections you chose for your initial shipment. After that, shipments will follow approximately every 6 weeks until you cancel your subscription. Prices of coffees and teas vary, ranging from $5.55-$7.45 per package. Prices of coffee and tea pods are $7.95 for Regular and $8.45 for Decaffeinated. You will be charged S&H.
Investor’s Guide: Free CD and report pay only $4.95. You will also be enrolled in a free trial of the VIP Club Training and Insider Auction House discounted property lists for 14 days. Thereafter you will be charged $39.95 per month for access to these services until you cancel.
Poster Pass: Get 4 posters for $2.00 each, plus $31.00 shipping. Each month, about 30 days after introductory order, you will be sent 2 posters and billed $44.00 until cancelled.
Discover Miles Card: Requires signing up and being accepted for the card.
Great Fun: Join Great Fun and try the service for the first month for $1. The $14.99 membership fee, or then-current monthly fee, will be billed automatically each month to your credit card, which cannot be a debit card, unless you call toll free during your 1-month trial to cancel. You can call any time to cancel your benefits and will not be billed for any additional months. The $10.00 ExxonMobil Cash Card is yours to keep.
Offer for U.S. residents only. If you enrolled in and cancelled a Great Fun membership within the preceding 60 days, this offer is not available and your enrollment will not be processed.
Hoodia Water: Try a one-month supply of Hoodia Water for only $1 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. You will have 20 days to try the product. 30 days after the original purchase date and every 30 days thereafter, you will be sent a fresh 1-month supply of Hoodia Water for the discounted price of $39.95 + $4.95 for shipping and handling until you cancel.
Internet Career Kit: Pay a $1.97 setup fee for a 14-day trial of the eCommerce and Auction Management Platform. Thereafter you will be charged $69.95 per month for subscription to the service until you cancel.
SeattleCoffeeDirect: Pay initial payment of $9 plus $25 one-time handling fee. Thereafter, you will be billed $12.50 for each 12-oz. bag of coffee, plus a shipping and handling fee until you cancel.
Magazineburst.com: $27.00 for 5 one-year subscriptions. Thereafter annual subscription will be at the preferred rate then available until you cancel.
Blockbuster: Your first month subscription will be for $9.99. Thereafter you will be charged $19.99 per monthly subscription until you cancel your membership.
Discover: Requires signing up and being accepted for the credit card. No annual fee.

PREMIUM OFFERS (High End Purchases)
Angel Beds: Make a purchase that is a minimum of $1500.00 before taxes and shipping costs. Keep beyond trial period of 90 days from receipt of item(s).
Club Furniture: Make a purchase that is a minimum of $1500.00 before taxes and shipping costs. Keep beyond 30 days of receipt of item(s).
Rail Europe: Requires purchase of a travel package for two with a minimum value of $899.00 per person.
Round Square Hosting: Requires purchase of a one-year platinum hosting package for $840.00.

As you can see from the listings, the higher level on the list, the more it’s going to cost you to complete an offer. The “Top” and “Prime” offers are all decent and not to extravagant, but the “Premium” offers at minimum will cost you, $1739, since you need to complete at least two of the four listed.

It would really be interesting to see the backend numbers on these campaigns, not only for how much they make off the massive amount of coregs and offers leading to the final offers page… but how many people only complete 1-5 of the offers out of the six that are required. I would imagine the amount of actual rewards they send out, is miniscule to the amount of leads they receive. Either way, it’s still a legitimate business with a very interesting concept. For any customer that was actually interested or in need of any of the “Premium Offers”, spending a few bucks more on the other TOP and PRIME offers to get a free washer and dryer isn’t a bad deal.

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22 Replies to “How Much Will That Email Submit Reward Really Cost You?”

  1. This is an interesting business idea. Where would you start when building a site like this? Seems like a lot of contracts and deals would need to be made.

    1. I would assume most of the offers are all setup through affiliate programs and tracking. The coreg placement can also be outsourced. You can setup the same type of web site, you just need the form process and tracking in place. All the fulfillment of rewards are held by the providing company, which is where the legal papers and database tracking comes into play.

  2. I was thinking, if you REALLY wanted the washer and dryer, you should probably focus on a premium offer that is resellable. Either the Angel bed or the furniture, and keep it wrapped up and try to sell it as brand new for the best price you can on something like Craigslist. That might make it more worth it.

  3. These type are also offset by the random deals that are much better of a deal. Like the 4 (easy) offer macbook I did a couple years ago. Cost me about $20 in offers and shipping for offers and I had a new macbook a month later.

    Of course once the word gets out and the hype is built they change the requirements to make it not worth it anymore but still get some "suckers" lol.

    So the trick is finding a new site that has really low requirements with decent offers and get in before all the freebie communities kill it. It's kind of the slow season again right now since the "freebie enthusiast" really did some work on some of the sites but after a few months again there should be some more great deals.

    The freebie enthusiast help to build the hype the sites need but they are also great at actually completing the sites which is obviously less profitable.

    Next time I find one of the great deals early, and after I get in lol, I'll let you know Zac so you can post about it and get some affiliates some freebie love too 😉

  4. This is kind of the same reason companies do "Rebates" instead of price drops. With a rebate, a lot of people don't turn them in. With the offers, people that don't know how the web works might not cancel their offers or might sign up for too many.

  5. These sites are easier said than done to setup. Most of the companies that pull these off the right way have a full sales team getting direct deals and not just relying on the affiliate networks.

  6. Thanks for breaking that down Zac, it just goes to show nothing is free. The LG washer and dryer would be nice, but those premium offers don't seem like very good values. It would probably be easier and cheaper to buy the washer and dryer outright.

  7. Actually, it's more expensive than that according to what you've written. Looks like you're using the $899 Rail Europe number and it actually requires you to buy at least TWO of those and the Round Square hosting for $840. So the cheapest path looks to be really $2340.

  8. Email and zip submits are promising. People are doing over $1000 a day by just running few of these. It's all in the traffic. The more the better.

    1. A coreg is basically a checkbox portion of a form process, where "if checked off" your information is sent to the advertiser as a person requesting more info, or to join their service.

      Back when I used to focus on freebie sites and sweepstakes many year ago, I did some coregistration with some sites.

  9. These offers I just don't even bother to look into them anymore. My mind has auto-censored them. Haha! I guess if you were planning on redecorating your house with furniture, beds, dishwashers, well, I guess the offers would be useful.

  10. I hate this type of sites. Most of them are full of spam, sending your personal information to other spammy companies who will send spam to your email.

  11. Edited: It really works for me as well, I promoted a free ZIP offer from Neverblueads that pay 1.75$ per lead and guess what! I spent 100$ on PPC campaign and I got 175$ from NBA. That mean it's a 75$ benefit in 2 days.

  12. They are SCAM SCAM SCAM.

    They committed me into their membership or whatever without me granting my authorization and they could charge money from my account at will.

    You need to return the product (and you pay for the shipping!) or if you keep it, they'll keep sending you stuff and charge from your account.

    I talked to the bank and they said they can't do nothing about it. I can't prevent them taking any more money from my account. So think twice or thrice before you commit to buying their stuff!

    I got charged from

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