CheckPoints is another way to get rewarded easily for using your iPhone or Android. I actually got to try this one out for the first time yesterday, and it was lots of fun to do. Yesterday, I told you all about Gigwalk, which works a little differently than this. With Gigwalk, you get paid actual money for doing little odd jobs with your phone. With CheckPoints, you basically just visit the stores you would normally visit anyway and earn points for “checking in” when you arrive and scanning different products while you’re there.
Here’s Exactly How It Works:
Yesterday, my family and I were headed to Target. I went into my CheckPoints app before entering to see what I could do at Target. I saw that I could earn 2 points for checking in from my phone when I got there and additional points for finding certain products and scanning their barcodes with my phone. Some products gave more points than others. For example, I got 50 CheckPoints for seeking out a memory card in the electronics section of Target and scanning it, but only 10 points for finding a bottle of Seventh Generation dish liquid and scanning that. After I scanned each item, the points were credited to my account, and I moved on to the next item.
Every time I scanned something, I was also given a coin. You can use the coins for plays in little games that are accessible from your CheckPoints app. They are like lotto games, only the prize is more CheckPoints. When I got through scanning everything I could find (I didn’t have time to run around and find every single item — there were quite a few listed for Target), I played the scratch-off games with the coins I had earned and managed to win myself 80 more points. So basically, every time you visit a store, you can log in to your CheckPoints app to see if you can check in and scan things. Your points will build up over time, and eventually you can redeem them for some pretty nice stuff.
Unfortunately, you have to have a LOT of CheckPoints to get the really good stuff (Nintendo Wii, Birkin bag, etc.) but you only need 3250 points to get a $10 Amazon gift code, and this seems very doable to me because I’ve only been using the app for a day and already have a little over 500 CheckPoints. One thing I noticed was that the stuff you can get points for scanning doesn’t really change much from store to store. For example, we went to RaceTrac to get some gas before heading to Target. I got 2 points for checking in there, and would have earned more points if RaceTrac had had Edy’s ice cream and Seventh Generation dish liquid — basically the same stuff I got points for scanning at Target. Needless to say, RaceTrac didn’t really have any of that stuff, so I only got the 2 points for checking in there.
What I Don’t Like About CheckPoints
If you watch the little video on their website, they make it seem like you’ll get points for scanning anything you buy. This isn’t true because I didn’t buy any of the things I scanned. CheckPoints shows you from their app what you can earn points for scanning, and then you have to go out and find the stuff. While it’s true that you might end up buying some of it, using the app is more like going on scavenger hunt to find items for getting points. My main complaint with this is that I don’t always have time to do this when I shop. If my husband hadn’t been with me yesterday to push the buggy around with our kids and help me buy the things we actually needed, I probably wouldn’t have been able to go run around looking for all the stuff to scan.
However, if I had planned my shopping trip well I could have done this and sort of kept it in my head what I needed to look for to scan while I got my regular groceries, but I’m honestly just not that organized. Sometimes when I get groceries or go shopping I won’t have time to use the CheckPoints app as much as I would like to.
Another thing I should mention is that while you can refer others to Checkpoints by giving out a referral code (which not only gives you bonus points but also your friend bonus points), they only allow you to refer 50 people and then they cap off your referrals.
Checkpoints Sent Me an Amazon Code
I reached the required number of points to get the $10 Amazon code in July 2011 and requested it immediately via my iPhone. Checkpoints sent the code to me in less than 30 minutes after I requested it! Now that is fast! I am highly impressed and will continue to use this app whenever I get a chance.
Is CheckPoints worth your time?
I think it is because getting enough points to get that $10 Amazon code isn’t too difficult provided you use the app each time you shop. However, you may not have time to fool with it every single time you go shopping. I would recommend trying it out and seeing what you think. I’m personally going to keep using it. Update: Got another code in September. So far $20 in Amazon from CheckPoints and they delivered within 30 minutes each time!
You can go here to download the app for your iPhone or Android. When you sign up, enter the code “ktjones” as your bonus code. Doing this will be beneficial for both me AND you because we’ll both get bonus CheckPoints After you’ve signed up, you can refer friends by giving them your unique bonus code, which will mean you’ll get points and your friends will, too, if they use the code when they sign up.