InstaGC is a website that pays you to complete offers, search the web, take surveys, watch videos, and do other similar tasks. It’s categorized as a GPT (Get Paid To) website, because you can earn a few pennies for doing different tasks. It has been around since 2011, and has maintained a positive overall reputation.
Owner: Andrew Day
How Does instaGC Work?
InstaGC (for “Instant Gift Cards”) pays you for doing certain tasks, and for using the instaGC search engine. The payouts are low, but that’s to be expected with any GPT site. You won’t be able to replace your job with this website, but some members have reported earning over a thousand dollars from it over the course of a few years. However, you’d have to be super active to reach $1,000. Even getting to the $50 mark takes a huge amount of time and effort.
The instaGC currency is called “Points”, and one Point equals $0.01 (a penny).
The Signup Process
Although the signup process is quick and easy, it does require more information that other sites like Swagbucks for example. You need to provide a username, password, email address, your first and last name, and let them know how you discovered instaGC in the first place. Signing up with invalid personal information can result in your account being deactivated. You can sign up here.
You can also sign up for instaGC using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account.
Following is a list of ways to earn money with instaGC:
This is probably the most common way to earn more points, and can be one of the fastest as well. Offers range from visiting websites, to downloading and playing certain games, to buying products, and more. Most also require your email address, and some even need your credit card information. I would avoid any offers for buying products, because most of the time you’ll be spending more on the product than the amount of points you’ll get in return.
Use the instaGC Search Engine
Earning cash for searching the web is one of my favorite ways to make money online. Although the pay is never high, you’re being paid for something you already do anyway. The only catch is that the search results won’t be exactly the same as most search engines, but at least the results are still completely relevant. Keep in mind that the rewards for searching the web are random, and you won’t be getting them for every search you do. I did around 10 searches with the instaGC search engine before finally getting rewarded 1 cent.
Taking surveys is a great way to earn points quickly. As always, you won’t qualify for every survey you try, and some will even kick you out after you’ve already spent a long time on them. However, I had a good experience, and earned 105 points ($1.05) for a thirty-minute survey. As you can tell though, the amount you earn for the time you spend is awful, averaging around $2 per hour.
Another way to earn some easy points is by watching videos. Although it’s easy money, it’s definitely not fast money. Depending on the playlist, you can earn anywhere from 1 point every three videos, up to 1 point for every 10 videos. The videos all have ads before them though, and usually last a couple minutes. To me, earning a penny for watching a bunch of videos I don’t want to watch anyway is not worth it, but a lot of people really enjoy the videos and gladly spend their time doing this.
Enter the “Decimal Pot”
Sometimes members will end up having fractions of a point in their account, and by entering that fraction, or decimal, into the decimal pot, you can win a bunch of points. For example, right now I have 134.80 points. If I entered those 0.8 points into the decimal pot, and my name was drawn as one of the winners, I would get a percentage of all the decimal points people donated into the decimal pot.
Redeem “Point Booster Codes”
Every so often, instaGC will release some point booster codes on their social media pages. You can enter those codes into the point booster code box to earn a few cents. InstaGC has it set up where any member can create a point booster code if they pay, so occasionally you can find these member-created codes on different websites.
Earn Points for Referrals
By referring others to instaGC, you get 10 points as soon as they sign up, and 10% of what they earn thereafter. It doesn’t cost your referral anything – in fact, your referral will also get a 10-point sign up bonus when they join through your link. If you can get a lot of referrals, this would be a great way to earn a lot of points quickly. The great thing about having a bunch of referrals is that you will be earning passive income, meaning you don’t need to do any tasks in order to earn points.
Save Money with Coupons
InstaGC has tons of coupons available for many different kinds of groceries. For example, I saw one for $3 off a pack of Huggies diapers, and another that was for $0.75 off Kraft cheese. Although you won’t technically be earning money with these coupons, you will save money with them.
How Much Can You Expect to Earn with instaGC?
Not much. If you take advantage of all the features they offer and are a regular user, you can easily make several hundred a year. But if you’re just a casual user like me, and only have time to try a few tasks every so often, you won’t be making very much. At the rate I’m going, I’ll probably earn a dollar or two per month.
How Does instaGC Pay?
InstaGC pays through gift cards, direct deposit, eCheck, and PayPal. Gift cards seem to be the most popular of these options though, because the minimum cash out amount is lower. There are hundreds of different gift cards to choose from, the most popular being the $1 Amazon gift card.
Is There a Minimum Payout Threshold?
Yes. You need at least 100 points in order to redeem a gift card, and at least 5,000 points before you can cash out to your PayPal account. Keep in mind that they’ll ask for your phone number during the cash out process in order to verify your account.
As with any business, many users have had a bad experience. Here are a few of the most common complaints against instaGC:
Takes a while to earn anything substantial
You should be aware that you’ll never replace your job with instaGC (or any GPT site for that matter). If you’re looking for a real work from home opportunity, don’t bother with these kinds of sites. You’d be much better off starting your own website, which you can learn how to do right here.
Poor customer support
A lot of members are complaining that the customer support takes several days or more to respond to support tickets, and when they do, they are curt and emotionless.
If you don’t have a phone number, you can’t cash out easily
For those without a phone number, cashing out can be an annoying process. You have to provide personally identifying information such as your driver’s license before they’ll allow you to cash out.
InstaGC Pros vs. Cons
- 100% free, no upsells
- Available in every country supported by PayPal, excluding China and Vietnam (full list of countries supported by PayPal can be found here)
- With their search engine, you can make money doing what you already do
- Literally thousands of different tasks available to earn points
- You can make your own “booster codes” for other people to use (I personally think this is a really cool feature)
- Hundreds of different gift cards to choose from when you’re ready to redeem your Points
- InstaGC has been around since 2011, which is a long time for a GPT website.
- Slow and curt customer service
- You need a phone number to cash out your earnings
- You’ll disqualify from many surveys you attempt
InstaGC is a legitimate way to earn money online. You won’t earn much, but then again, you won’t earn much with any GPT site. InstaGC is best used while doing other things such as watching TV, otherwise the pay is simply not worth your time.
If you’re an active user and regularly spend time taking surveys and doing different tasks, it’s definitely possible to earn a small side income. Like I mentioned earlier, some users have been able to earn more than $1,000 over the course of a few years.
If you think instaGC looks like a good opportunity for you and would like to get 10 Points when you sign up, consider helping Work From Home Journey out by joining through my referral link. Otherwise, you can just signup at instagc.com.
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If you’re looking for real work from home opportunities, I wouldn’t suggest wasting your time on GPT websites.
In order to earn a full-time income online, you’re much better off building your own online business. That way you’re in control, and the amount you earn is dependent on the amount of effort you put in to building your business.
This is what I do, and if you’re interested, click the link at the bottom of this article to see how it’s done.
Have you ever used instaGC before? What do you think of it? Feel free to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions, I’d love to help out!