Do you shop on Amazon?
Me, too — and I especially frequent the site as the holidays loom closer and closer.
That coffeemaker I wanted to get my mom but waited too long to order? Well, Amazon is the only place that’ll get it to me on time. (Thanks, Prime! Sorry, UPS!)
But did you know your Amazon shopping could pay off? Probably not pay off your purchases, but we found a tool that will actually pay you to shop…
…at least, that’s how my brain likes to see it when I get my bank statement at the end of the month.
How Can You Get Paid to Shop on Amazon?
This is such an easy, passive way to rake in an extra $36/year.
ShopTracker is operated by The Harris Poll, a survey company that measures U.S. public opinion.
In this case, it wants to see what products Amazon users purchase. When you sign up for ShopTracker, it keeps your private information, well, private.
All it wants to see is your order information, including the order date, product title (i.e. Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker), category, ISBN number, release date, condition, seller, list price per unit, quantity and other details.
Can You Sign Up for ShopTracker?
Before you start the simple download process, let me give you the basic requirements:
- This will be a waste of time if you don’t shop on Amazon.
- You must be 18 and live in the U.S.
- You’ll need at least a Windows 7-compatible PC. If you have Windows XP or a Mac, it won’t work.
All good? Time to download.
How to Download ShopTracker and Start Earning Extra Money
The download process takes 3 minutes — tops.
Navigate over to ShopTracker, and enter your full name, birthday, street address, zip code and gender. This is the most personal the information will get.
Next question: How often do you use Amazon to make purchases? The Harris Poll is just making sure you qualify, so no need to lie to yourself on this one.
Second question: What type of Amazon account do you have? If you don’t have anything special, no worries — just select “None of the above.”
Finally, does your household have more than one Amazon account? If the answer is no, you won’t be disqualified. My whole fam shares a Prime account, so go ahead and be honest.
That’s the end of the questions! The next screen will let you know if you’re qualified to sign up.
If you do qualify, it’ll outline the details: You’ll get a $3 Visa gift code in your inbox each month. Once you accept it, the app automatically syncs to your Amazon account — so you don’t have to do anything, really.
Next step is to continue the download process. You’ll install the app and log into your Amazon account. Within 48 hours, you’ll get that Visa code, which you can accept.
If you keep this going for a year, you’ll get an extra $36, which can buy you a Crayola craft pack, a Harry Potter-themed version of the Clue board game or in my case, a holiday gift basket of whole bean coffee — to go with that coffee maker, of course.
Your Turn: What will you buy with the extra money from ShopTracker?
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.