Why are the reward redemption levels so different on mypoints?

@shaggin (11657)
United States
February 24, 2011 9:08am CST
I have been a member of mypoints for at least 6 years probably even longer then that. I always choose the $50 walmart gift card once I have earned enough points. Look at all these different points you need to get these certain rewards : 6900 - TJMaxx $50 gift card 6900 - Sears $50 gift card 7000 - JCPenny $50 gift card 7000 - Fashion bug $50 gift card 6750 - Old Navy $50 gift card 7500 - Target $50 gift card 6950 - Kohls $50 gift card 7500 - Walmart $50 gift card 8800 - Paypal $50 I love mypoints this is my favorite site but I am just curious why the points vary so much between each reward. My two choices would be between paypal because then I can get the cash and use it for anything I want or wal-mart because I shop there all the time and it would just be using the gift card in place of cash. If I got a gift card towards any of the other places I would have to just get clothes etc which arent always what I need at the time. Since it is over 1000 points more just to get the money via paypal I guess I will stick with getting the Wal-mart gift cards. I only have 3654 points right now so it will be awhile.
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@stevieboi19 (1432)
24 Feb 11
That is quite strange but I'm guessing it''s down to their business plan with each company they probably get paid more for being affiliated with the different brands or they generally get paid more for referring someone to a particular brand. How does mypoints work? Also is the site open to UK members?
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@shaggin (11657)
• United States
24 Feb 11
My points is a site that you get points for doing things like taking surveys, reading emails, shopping online etc. Its awesome but I just looked at the site and it said that you have to be located in the United States or Canada to join that site :(
24 Feb 11
stevieboi19 sighs to himself after being disappointed to learn of location restrictions. I hate sites which either open to UK or USA only it's so annoying when it come to refferring people to good online earners. I guess I may look for something else then
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@Tina30219 (2607)
• Onaway, Michigan
12 Mar 11
I have a question I am going for a Amazon gift card on mypoints and I heard somehow you can earn points from using your gift card you buy through them is this true and if so how?
@dorannmwin (36611)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I think that the reason that the cost of $50 gift cards varies so much is because of their cost to acquire the gift cards. That said, I've been a member of mypoints for quite a while now as well. However, I've always redeemed my points for Amazon gift cards. The reason that I opt for Amazon is because of the fact that I get those from other sites as well and through the course of a year it all adds up and I am able to do the vast majority of my Christmas and birthday shopping on Amazon for little or no cost to me.
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@shaggin (11657)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I never use amazon to me its a little more expensive then ebay so I stick with ebay. Thats really cool that you use your cards towards holiday shopping. I dont save my cards up for special times like that. I just get wal-mart cards usually and then when I pay for my groceries just use the gift card. It saves me $50 on the groceries that I have to buy.
@Tina30219 (2607)
• Onaway, Michigan
17 Jul 11
I never use ebay just for the fact they only a certain type of payment and I don't have it yet. Once I do I may try it so I can get try shopping there as well. I have friends that shop there for a lot of things and swear by them.
• United States
24 Feb 11
I have been on mypoints for maybe three years now and enjoy this site so much. I never really get enough points and usually when iget enough points to get a resturants gift card i usually do that because i feel i need to be treated to a nice night out and i usually always get the chillies gift cards to use because me and the boyfriend enjoy that restaurant the most. I have been thinking about getting the other gift cards to clothes stores and give them out at gifts during christmas time and that might help me as well not spend so much money on gifts. Its a good idea and i really enjoy mypoints. I see that some sites on tehre charge more for points then other sites but i guess its up to the site to choose what they want to charge for points. I usually try to go with the store or food place that has used the least points. Walmart charges more than alot of other stores on there for there gift cards and takes more of our points away from us.
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@shaggin (11657)
• United States
24 Feb 11
I've gotten subway gift cards on mycokerewards but when it comes to mypoints I like to use the gift cards to save me money so getting walmart gift cards is like getting $50 free groceries. Its awesome and a huge help with my limited budget. I dont like to use my reward points for resturants because I can just stay home and cook and so it doesnt really save me any money. Thats an awesome idea to use your rewards to give gift cards out at the holidays.
@Tina30219 (2607)
• Onaway, Michigan
12 Mar 11
I use to use mycokerewards but now that we do not drink pop a lot it does not pay me to use my account.
@katsmeow1213 (24638)
• United States
24 Feb 11
I think it depends on what they pay per gift card (I'm sure they must get a discount on them or something) vs. how much they earn per points you get. Some of the stores offer more expensive stuff.. I notice more expensive stores do take more points to redeem. I'm saving my points for an Amazon gift card that I will use towards Christmas shopping this year.
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@shaggin (11657)
• United States
24 Feb 11
That makes sense. I just assumed they get the gift cards and add the money onto the cards in the amount they owe us. I didnt stop to thing perhaps they get the cards at a discount. That would make sense as to why the cards have such a range of reward levels. As for why they charge so much for paypal I have no idea. I wont ever be cashing out with the paypal amount its to many points.
• United States
24 Feb 11
I am guessing they get no discount at all for Paypal.
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I also wonder the same thing. I wonder if they get discounts on some of these giftcards and not on others. They can provide the ones that they get discounts on for less money. I dont know if thats true but its just my theory. I really love this site and its so easy to earn points. I dont even have to do a lot of shopping online.
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@shaggin (11657)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I love mypoints. Its my favorite site to earn rewards. Recently ebay stopped allowing us to shop through sites to earn points. So now when I shop on ebay I dont earn any points on mypoints like I would before. It realy sucks. Im at 7000 points on mypoints so hopefully it wont be to long before I can get a $50 walmart gift card.
@Tina30219 (2607)
• Onaway, Michigan
12 Mar 11
I agree with you I am going for $25.00 amazon right now over there it will be a while before I reach cash out I need 3,850 points to cash out for it.
@Tina30219 (2607)
• Onaway, Michigan
17 Jul 11
I wish I could help you out on this one I would also like to know. I like walmart, fashion bug, paypal which I may start going for and bath & bodyworks I like these options because I go to these store a lot. I have not cashed out anywhere yet for paypal so this will be something new for me. The best part will be that it will be cash in my pocket got to love that.