Can you really earn up to 500SB for watching videos on Swagbucks?

Staten Island, New York
January 18, 2016 4:09pm CST
I recently joined Swagbucks and after browsing it to see the different ways I can earn on there I stumbled upon the Watch section that lets you earn SB (SwagBucks) for watching videos. When I went to the Watch section to see how much watching videos pays I saw this message "you can earn up to 500 SB a day for watching unique videos." I thought that it would be interesting to do this. I will get to watch interesting videos and earn lots of SB, which I can later redeem for PayPal cash. After browsing the videos available for watching I noticed that all of them pay anywhere from 1SB to 3SB to watch a video playlist. With such a low payout for watching a single video playlist how is it possible to earn that much in a day? Is there something that I am missing...?
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• United States
19 Jan 16
You would have to watch videos day in and day out to make that much, they are only worth a a point or two. I use swag to search only and and recently they have been giving up to 50 points - I got 50, and 40 and 49 in the same day, that's very unusual.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
19 Jan 16
I've tried Swag Search, and it only paid me SB's for one search. After that, they paid me nothing even though I continued searching. There must be some secret to this, because SB users just rave about it. I haven't even come close to finding anything to rave about yet.
• United States
19 Jan 16
@Raelove I probably search 10-12 things a day. I am always searching for something and the more you search the more times that box will pop up.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
19 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill Doesn't work that way for me. The box pops up for the first seach. Then, when I do a completely different search, nothing happens, and my SB balance doesn't change anymore after the first search. I just tried it again, and same thing.
@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
18 Jan 16
I doubt it. I've tried it, too, just letting them play while I do other things. For watching 10 videos, I get 2 SB's. I'd have to let it run all day and keep going back to it all the time to start a new set of videos. I can't be bothered for that little return.
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• Staten Island, New York
18 Jan 16
If on average the video playlist pays 2SB, we'd have to watch 250 videos to get to 500SB. Do they even have that many videos to watch? Also watching many videos just to get 1SB is crazy.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
19 Jan 16
@lovebuglena Yup, which is why I do it only when I'm totally bored and have nothing better to do, which isn't very often.
@kevin1877uk (36976)
19 Jan 16
Thats what I doing now. I open my account and did very little with it for a few years. I read how people here doing well there and I start to view the videos. I can do about 50SB's a day but that does depend on my things. I'm currently at 732SB's and hope to get to 900 so I can get £5 about $7.50 into my PayPal account.
• Staten Island, New York
19 Jan 16
With videos it's tough because sometimes they don't load or you watch the entire video but for whatever reason it doesn't say Watched on the video and you have to let it play again. To earn around 50SB you'd have to watch a lot of videos... especially since each playlist has a number of videos in it. I am not sure I'd have the patience for that.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
19 Jan 16
@lovebuglena Some are longer than others, I looked around and in travel I see short video set or the videos aren't long before the next one, so far today I'm at 21SB's. I guess it's the same as anything else if you don't put the time in you won't get out. I guess it all depends on the time you can spend at your computer. I let the video play in the background.
• Staten Island, New York
29 Jan 16
@kevin1877uk It doesn't seem like all the video playlists would add up to 500 SB because if each video pays 1-3 SBs you'd need to watch hundreds of video playlists to get there and it doesn't seem like there are that many in existence.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
19 Jan 16
I am a member there, but I havent't been doing it as much as I should. I use my swagbucks app on the iPhone, and I do let it go for awhile, but not all day. I know there are some that get that much each day. I have never made that much in one day or even one week, but then I need to do it more than I have been, now that it is a new year. I am cerainly going to give it a chance though, and see how it goes. I am enjoying it so far. It would be nice if we got more SB for the videos though. Oh well, as long as they pay, that is all I am worried about it.
• Staten Island, New York
19 Jan 16
Today, I looked to see if there is an active swag code I can use to get me some SB. That is when I discovered there is a swagbucks app. I wonder what it does and if it is worth getting. Videos should definitely give more SB than they do. It is just too little, especially when we have to watch many videos in the playlist to earn them.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
19 Jan 16
@lovebuglena I use the app, and I believe you have to watch 5 videos to earn SB. I know it seems slow, but I have over 500 SB right now. It will take me a long time to get to the firs payout, but I will get there eventually. I just run the vidoes at night for a little bit, and then wait until the next night, as it uses a lot of battery on my phone, so I am careful not to do to much.
• Staten Island, New York
30 Jan 16
@rosekiss I am a bit over halfway to my first 2500 SB. Can't wait to finally reach it. I'd probably have gotten more SBs already had I been more active or had more luck with qualifying for surveys. And doing the offers thing probably would have helped to get me there faster but for some reason I can't bring myself to do any of them. I should try shopping from swagbucks. I do need to get me a few things... that can help increase my SB.
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@bostonphil (4398)
• United States
29 Jan 16
I asked the same question myself and I have been with swagbucks for several years. It is very hard to earn very much watching videos. It takes a long time to earn 50 swagbucks by watching videos. I also have constant problems with the videos. When I am trying to watch 20 videos at a time, my computer keeps crashing.. A lot of members are complaining about all the problems with videos.
• Staten Island, New York
29 Jan 16
It doesn't seem like there is any way to earn that much SB in a day just for watching videos unless there is something that I haven't discovered yet. It is frustrating though when you watch a whole playlist but for whatever technical reason it doesn't count every video and you don't get credited the SB you actually earned.
• Staten Island, New York
31 Jan 16
@bostonphil For videos that play over and over... I've tried to refresh the page, I've paused and played again and nothing changed. Surprisingly though I've managed to watch I think 4 or 5 playlists and got credited for them all.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
29 Jan 16
It might be possible some videos on sites are worth more than others usually the kind of videos that ask you questions afterwards which is usually to make sure you watched it. Some of the videos like the one i am talking about can be as much as 25-300 points/credits its nice to get the swag bucks and get the gift cards but getting the points isn't always easy.
• Staten Island, New York
30 Jan 16
Where do you find such videos? I've scrolled through lists of videos and never found any that pay that much. The most I've found are those that pay 4SB, maybe 5SB.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
31 Jan 16
@lovebuglena I was saying in general I haven't been on swagbucks in a long time but other sites i use videos sometimes are valued differently good luck
@DianneN (77925)
• United States
29 Jan 16
Swagbucks seems to have gotten crummy lately, especially this month. I used to earn $250 a month. Lately, they won't let me use my iPad for videos, increased the amount of time and points for videos, limited good NCrave, and have made it more difficult to qualify for surveys. In the past, I would let an old phone run all night and wake up to pleasant surprises. Hoping they will get their act together.
@DianneN (77925)
• United States
30 Jan 16
@lovebuglena That irks me the most!
@much2say (39145)
• United States
19 Jan 16
This is the maximum they allow, but I don't ever have to worry about hitting it - I'm never even close. I only do that on the side while multi-tasking other activities . . . the SBs don't rack up fast on those Watch videos alone. I suppose if someone actually sat there for hours upon hours to do it, maybe it's possible, but it's not worth the time. I did decently with nCrave, but for whatever reason it doesn't seem to be available to me anymore.
• Staten Island, New York
29 Jan 16
It is definitely not worth the time... because it pays so little. And it could be time wasted for nothing when all the watched videos do not say "watched" on them and you end up not getting those SBs.
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@much2say (39145)
• United States
29 Jan 16
@lovebuglena I do them as I multi-task with other "activities" online - then I don't have to look or think about them. And I only do the low video amounts - like 3 or 4 videos for 1SB - I don't want to waste my time with 20 if they may not credit!
@sharon6345 (125365)
• United States
19 Jan 16
My mom does about 400 most days. But she does sb's full time. Nothing else for her just swagbucks.
• Staten Island, New York
29 Jan 16
Are you referring to SBs earned from videos or for everything she does on swagbucks on those days?
@sharon6345 (125365)
• United States
29 Jan 16
@lovebuglena Just the encrave section nothing more she does.
@aju007 (1471)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
19 Jan 16
It seems too difficult. I have earned about 127 SB till now after I joined. I haven't tried out the videos yet. But from what you say, I think it's a waste of time.
• Staten Island, New York
19 Jan 16
From my personal experience watching videos is a waste of time... And I can't say I am very excited about watching the videos that are offered either. But that is just me.
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