So you’re on the lookout for a new way to earn some extra bucks, and you’ve come across something called InstaGC. What kind of site is it? How does it work and who are the preferable candidates? Will someone actually pay you for your activity on Instagram?
Contrary to what you may expect, InstaGC doesn’t stand for Instagram. Alas, your dream of making money by double tapping through your Insta feed won’t come true. At least not today!
InstaGC is actually a rewards site where you can earn small amounts of money by completing various mindless activities – taking surveys, clicking through ads, watching videos, etc. The abbreviation stands for Instant Gift Cards.
Wait, gift cards? Isn’t there some kind of reward that can actually pay your bills – at least in part? Before you huff with irritation and close this page, let me tell ya: yep, you can also earn money here. But more on that later!
First, let’s try to dig up some dirt on the company. We won’t do it out of spite. On the contrary – we are going to do it so you don’t have to. Before you trust a site with your sensitive info, you’ll always want to determine whether the company and the site are safe and legit.
Company Overview – What’s Behind the Scenes?
The company behind this panel is called Day Online Solutions, LLC. It’s been around since 2011 – not exactly the oldest in the industry, but definitely old enough to care about their reputation.
And their file on Better Business Bureau testifies to that reputation. They are accredited and hold an A+ rating, which should definitely account for their legitimacy.
Another thing that confirms that they are legit is the fact that registration and usage of their panel are completely free.
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As for user reviews, take a look at their ratings on TrustPilot. 3.5 out of 5 stars isn’t brilliant – but it’s still significantly better than most other get-paid-to panels can say. As of this writing, 51% of all users have said that the site is not average, not great, but excellent. Another thing I like is that they are very prompt in responding to people’s complaints. And it looks like they are resolving them too!
And if you still need proof, take a look at hundreds of payment or redemption proofs on their Facebook page. Most of those were posted by actual users such as you and me. So, I think it’s safe to say that InstaGC is – safe.
How to Get in and Start Earning?
A giant signup box will be staring you in the face as soon as you land on their homepage. Sign up with your email address or your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. Once you verify your account from email and log in again, your dashboard should look like this.
See those 10 coins in the upper right corner? They are yours as a bonus just for signing up. As you’ll see, they only amount to $0.10. But it’s still nice as a small gesture of welcoming their new users.
What’s next? Completing tasks for money, of course! Here are the types of tasks they are offering:
- Taking surveys
- Making phone calls
- Watching videos
- Clicking through ads
- Browsing the web
- Shopping online
- Completing offers (free trials, software downloads, etc.)
From your dashboard, you can filter out the offers and choose your clicks, tasks, videos or whatever else you prefer. Every offer should also show the number of points you can earn if you complete it.
As you can see, all of these activities are idiot-proof easy. But does it mean you can make hundreds of bucks each month without breaking a sweat?
How Much Can I Earn on InstaGC?
Let’s first say a word or two about their currency. As you can see, the rewards you get for completing tasks aren’t dollars or cents but the so-called coins.
But how do these coins translate to dollars? It’s simple. To earn $1, you have to accrue 100 coins. So a coin is equal to a cent.
As for their tasks, there is no exact rule as to how much they are worth on average. You can expect to get anything from 10 to 150 coins per task, depending on its duration and complexity.
Note that most of the tasks available aren’t hosted on their panel. The panel works more like an aggregator of microtasks that are hosted elsewhere, in places such as Figure Eight.
But what about the earning potential on InstaGC – how much can you hope for on a daily, weekly, monthly basis?
Alas, there can be no exact prognosis on that account. It all depends on your location, demographics, as well as patience. Be that as it may, I wouldn’t recommend anyone to rely on this or any other get-paid-to panel to provide a significant income. A couple dozen bucks every month is usually all you can earn.
- You can choose from over 300 gift cards. Including some very popular such as Amazon, Adidas, Airbnb, American Airlines, Apple Store, Bath & Body Works, and more. PayPal is also an option, but not very feasible one if you’re not persistent. Which is why I’ve listed it in the Cons – scroll down to see!
- There is an abundance of various earning opportunities. Some other GPT panels will offer you a survey or some other activity every once in a while. This panel, on the other hand, appears to never run out of tasks.
- There are various bonuses. If you’re active on a regular basis, you can earn up to 5% off your weekly earnings. Plus, their social media pages sometimes release promo codes that will boost your earnings a wee bit.
- Very low cashout threshold. As soon as you accrue $1 worth of coins, you can start redeeming the $1 gift cards. Compare that to the $20 to $25 as an industry standard and you’ll see why it is a huge advantage.
- Anyone can join, wherever you happen to reside. But a great thing is that even 13+ years old teenagers can register if they acquire parental consent.
- Cashout via PayPal is only available when or if you earn and redeem $50 total in gift cards. Naturally, we would prefer it right away, so that’s an obvious con! Especially for users who aren’t exactly big on surveys and similar activities.
- The surveys can be a bit hard to qualify for, especially if you reside outside of the US. That’s a regular issue across every single survey site I’ve ever tried, but it’s still worth mentioning. If nothing, you should know that you’re in for some frustration.
Conclusion – Is InstaGC Good Enough to Be Your Next Side Gig?
With all said and done, I think it’s pretty clear that InstaGC is a decent site for racking in some extra cash. I like that they are taking their business seriously and are accountable enough to respond to their users’ complaints. They have a variety of tasks and activities to keep you interested, and they are most definitely legit.
But like I said, you shouldn’t get too thrilled about this. It’s up to you to moderate your expectations if you haven’t already, because no survey site will ever qualify to replace your day job. If it were possible, I would be the first one to quit and spend the rest of my days taking surveys.