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I discovered a new way to sample free products and earn rewards in the process. It’s called CrowdTap, and it is a place where consumers and brands collaborate to: share opinions, ideas, and market through social sharing. This company has a two-part reward system. Those who earn a specified number of points get a reward. There are opportunities to team up with brands to test products in exchange for reviews. Successful completion of brand missions get points, which in turn helps tappers get more rewards
I signed up and answered a series of questions. Some were personal to get to know my preferences. Others were general questions about brands. When I signed up, it said I needed to earn 500 points to get to my next reward. It did not say what the reward was, but I decided to get to 500 to see if the reward was worth it. You get a countdown that tells you how far away you are to the next reward. It took a few days, because some of the questions award as little as 2 points. There were some that rewarded 20-30 points as well. Once I reached 500 points, my PTS TO GO number reset to 500 again. I read it can take 1-3 days before your gift arrives. Less than three days after reaching 500, I received an email.
It was an email saying I won a $5 gift card for Amazon. We shop at Amazon all the time here, especially my husband who takes full advantage of our prime shipping. The last time I got a $5 Amazon gift card (from another company) I gave it to him. This time, I decided to keep it. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.
I purchased two 50 piece 4-packs of GOGOONLY 50 Clear Tips Fan-shaped Nail Art Display Chart Acrylic False Tips Practice Tool on Black Friday. That gave me 400 tips to paint my nail polish swatches with. After painting all polishes, including base and top coats, I am almost out of tips. If it were not for having a few duplicates on base and top coats, I would already be out. When it comes to color polish, I never hang on to duplicates. My plan was to purchase a 50 piece set, because I want to slow down with purchasing nail polish. None of the 50 piece sets were for the same brand I ordered. While I do believe these tips are mostly the same regardless of brand, I want my tips to match. This 50 piece 4-pack set I ordered is the smallest package I can purchase from this brand on Amazon.
It retails for $9.99, but I used my free $5 gift card from Crow Tap to get it for $4.99. I ordered this on 08/23/16 knowing that it would still arrive before my newest Julep polishes arrive. Since I had time to spare, I changed my Amazon prime free 2-day shipping to free no rush shipping when I saw that it was offering a $5.99 to Amazon Market Pantry. As long as I use that credit before it expires on 12/07/16, I will get all of this money back plus an extra buck.
The offer changes, and it looks like Prime members get a $1 credit for select digital items if they delay their shipping now. That offer does not seem as good, but I’d still be willing to select it if I am no hurry to get the items I’m ordering. As promised, the $5.99 credit arrived right after the product shipped. It took a few days before the item shipped using this method, but it still arrived faster than many other companies I order from.
One thing I really like about this specific set is it comes with rings and screws. These are actually two different ways to put these sets together. The rings hold more than 50 nail spoons, which is a good thing because I have a lot more than 50 purple polishes. They all fit on a single ring though. I used the screws for polishes with fewer colors, like browns and blacks. Now that I have 12 rings, I think I will transfer everything over to the rings to keep it uniformed. I can save the screws if my collection grows, and I need more than one ring per color.
I am still pretty new to Crowdtap, so I am learning the ropes. Getting into a mission to test products does require an application, but it is a really fast process. So far, I’ve only applied for one mission, and I was accepted. Crowdtap said I would get notified when the product ships, but I have not heard anything yet. It has been less than two weeks since I applied. It usually takes longer than that for free products to ship with other companies, so I am not worried. If I complete that mission (not sure what I have to do yet), I will get 160 points toward my next reward. The day this article published, I earned another 500 points, so a new reward is already on its way. After the first two rewards, the PTS TO Go reset at 1000. It is likely the points requirement keeps increasing over time.
I cannot say for sure whether I’d recommend this yet. It does take a lot of work to get 500 points without missions, so I worked hard for this $5 Amazon gift card. If you have a lot of time to spare, it is probably worth it. Those who are busier may not get a lot from this type of program. There is a bit of satisfaction knowing that you are helping brands with feedback, which is why I like participating in studies as well. There are easier programs for free samples I take part in, but this is one of the few that sends products (if you qualify) and rewards to anyone who earns the points.