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Is CashCrate Legit? My CashCrate Review

cash crate logoCashCrate is an online survey and offer completion website. Before I dive into the specific aspects of what I like and don’t like in my CashCrate review, I’d like to answer the most important question first:

Can you make money with CashCrate?

Yes. Sign up for CashCrate here.

Income Proof – My CashCrate Earnings:

Cash Crate Earnings

Join CashCrate Here

I only write reviews for companies once I’ve actually tried out and been paid. That way you know that the review as based on my actual experience.

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How To Make The Most Money From CashCrate – In Depth Review


I like to start my reviews off by covering the basics which include the sign up process, payout minimum and more. After that I’ll get to the good stuff which outlines how I make the most money using CashCrate.

Sign Up Process: To join CashCrate you click this link and then enter your personal information including your name, email (always use a spare email address), password and address. After that, you take a brief profile survey for your first 25 cents and then you’re on your way.

Payout Minimum: You need a $20 minimum to cash out which is paid via paper check on the 15th of the month and the checks should arrive by the 24th of the month. So in the below example I was emailed on the 1st of the month about my check for $46.99 which I got later that month:
Cash Create Payment Notification

Survey Invite Rate: You can expect to receive 2 to 3 emails a day inviting you to a specific survey; however, there are roughly two dozen surveys available within the CashCrate website that you can take. I’ll get to this a little later, but with CashCrate I actually preferred doing the free offers that were available on their website instead.

My Personal Survey Qualification Percentage: I qualified for roughly 80% of the surveys I attempted. CashCrate was one of the first companies I tried before I started logging every single survey I attempted. One thing to remember is that you’ll never qualify for every survey you try to take.

How To Make Money With CashCrate

CashCrate is unique in that they offer a variety of different ways to earn money on their website besides just surveys:

Cash-Crate-Tabs

Let’s start with my favorite method on CashCrate.

1. Offers Tab:

Most of my initial money with CashCrate was earned by taking free and paid offers. On the offers page CashCrate makes the distinction between free offers and paid offers by denoting a “$” icon next to the offer if it costs money. Free offers won’t have an icon next to them.

1a Taking Free Offers:

These free offers are provided by companies that will pay you to sign up for their website to try their free service such as Credit Sesame:

Easy money (takes a few minutes to sign up)

Keep reading this review and I’ll show you how to sometimes get paid more for these offers… hint hint

Or you may sign up to receive coupons or recipes via email. The free offers vary but all you need to do is complete the requirements outlined in the text by the offer.

I recommend going to the offers tab and sorting by payout. Skip past the paid offers and then look for the highest paying free offers as well as the offers that look easy. I signed up for one company, got paid $2.40 and it took me less than 5 minutes to do it.

Most of my free offer money came from signing up for companies that took only a few minutes to sign up.

When you first sign up for CashCrate sorting through top paying offers should be your first step – it’s exactly what I did in the beginning.

1b. Taking Paid Offers

The highest paying offers on CashCrate are the offers that cost money to claim. Naturally they can afford to pay you more money if you have to pay money first.

Warning: Most of the paid offers are monthly recurring payments and most often you need to pay for at least one month of service or CashCrate won’t pay you.

Here’s an example of a paid service I signed up for and got paid $12 to try out:

Don't touch most paid offers

As a gamer, this was one paid offer I was happy to try out

I paid $5.99 for one month and got paid $12 to try the service out. Net gain of $6 for less than 5 minutes of effort (I later canceled after one month via the web interface didn’t even need to call in).

In my case, I signed up for GameFly because I play video games and there was a $60 video game I wanted to play that I knew from reading reviews was an amazing game (Dishonored), but it only took about 15 hours to beat. So rather than pay full price for a short game I tried out GameFly for one month then I canceled and I was able to play a game I would have otherwise bought.

Ultimately because I was in the “research” process of writing this review I signed up for a few other paid services just to see if any of them would try to make it difficult for me to cancel later but I didn’t run into any problems. If you stick to well known company names there isn’t much risk at all so if you quickly scan for something you might need anyway then you can make some extra money that way.

Another good example would be this offer for GoDaddy. If you’ve never purchased a domain name and wanted to you can essentially get paid just to buy a domain name:

godaddy paid offer

So there are some one time payment paid offers that you can more money from than they cost just make sure you cancel after the first month if you don’t want to use the service.

2. Surveys Tab:

This is where you can take surveys using CashCrate. The difference between CashCrate and other survey companies is that CashCrate isn’t a survey company first and foremost – so the surveys CashCrate offers are done via a partnership with another company.

The problem with this strategy? Lower survey earnings (in my experience)

I found I would get paid more for taking surveys directly from companies like iPsos, Opinion Outpost or some of the other survey companies I’ve tried out.

So ultimately while I did take some surveys with CashCrate to try them out, I found the most success with offers.

3. Top Surveys Tab:

This section is similar to the surveys section but they appear to be pulling in a feed of surveys from a third party company.

I had to fill out a profile to see these surveys at first. Ultimately, these surveys weren’t as high paying as some of the surveys found with other companies I tried so I’d suggest not spending time doing surveys in this section either.

4. Referrals Tab:

I've made a little over $100 from referrals at the time of publishing this review

I’ve made a little over $100 from referrals so far

CashCrate has a two tier referral system with multiple different levels and payouts for each of those levels. The starting level pays 20% of offer earnings and then 10% of the second tier offer earnings as well. So if you refer someone and then they refer someone you can earn money from their referral as well which is pretty cool. There are other bonuses like $3 when you referral makes their first $10.

See the full referral system details here after you sign up for CashCrate

5. Videos Tab:

This is a section where you can play a video and get paid 2 cents. It’s a video for an advertisement and based on the time it takes as well as the payout, it’s not worth it. I watched some videos for purposes of this review but I’d recommend not spending the time in this section.

6. Bonus Surveys:

This is yet a third section where you can take more surveys. Of the three survey tabs, the first “Surveys” tab is the best of the three with Top Surveys and Bonus Surveys being on the bottom not worth doing. So again, don’t bother with surveys here use a company like iPsos, Opinion Outpost or others.

7. Bonus Offers:

The bonus offers tab in CashCrate is again likely provided via a feed from another service. If you’ve been reading through this entire review then you’re likely thinking that I’m about to tell you that you shouldn’t bother with this section – wrong.

The “Bonus Offers” area interestingly sometimes has the same offers available under the “Offers” tab, but at a higher payout.

You can get $1.50 more signing up for Credit Sesame via the "Bonus Tabs" Note: These amounts are subject to change at any time or be removed entirely.

You can get $1.50 more signing up for Credit Sesame via the “Bonus Offers”
Note: These amounts are subject to change at any time or be removed entirely.

The reverse is also true sometimes as well where the payouts under the “Offers” tab are higher than those under the “Bonus Offers” tab.

Sometimes offers are better in the "Bonus Offers" section and other times they aren't

You can get $1 more completing the GoDaddy offer via the “Offers” tab instead.
Note these amounts are subject to change at any time.

So again, I’d suggest sorting through the top paying offers and then scrolling through both the “Offers” tab as well as the “Bonus Offers” tab. If you find a company you’d like to sign up with for free (or a paid offer) you can potentially earn more money depending on which section you sign up with. This may change in the future of course though but it’s worth checking.

8. Cash Tasks Tab

I’d avoid this section as well. It’s a really low paying job system where you get paid 5 cents or less to do some work – completely not worth it.

9. Shopping Tab – No Longer There

There used to be a shopping tab. I’ll update my review to reflect the addition of the shopping tab if it comes back. Basically you’d get money back when you purchased stuff you were planning on buying anyway. There are other services that do this that I’ll review that are better.

Overall CashCrate Assessment: Should You Join?

Yes.

Sign up for CashCrate here

I found doing offers on CashCrate were the best use of time in my experience. The surveys in the “Surveys” tab may be worth it, but I’d recommend signing up for other survey companies to actually complete surveys as well.

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80 comments… add one

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thankyou so much for this review, what a brilliant idea.
    I tried surveys a couple of years ago and didn’t see any reason to continue.
    I didn’t do what a lot of people do like smoke, drink a lot, hire out a lot of videos plus other things and probably that is the reason I didn’t get as many surveys that I would have liked to have gotten. Have you any ideas of filling out survey company application forms before getting the surveys?

    I will give it another go and keep up with your emails on this project of yours.
    Denise

    Reply
    1. I recommend using your actual demographic info, since research companies are actually using the information for product development and market research.

      Once you have logged into to these sites however, I recommend filling out their profile surveys so they begin to send to you more surveys that fit your demographic.

      Reply
    2. Do you know a way to get referrals very fast without making a website or blog.

      Reply
  2. Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening.

    I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put
    this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of
    time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    Reply
  3. Hey Chris!
    I’m from Denmark and i just wanted to know if you can do this i Denmark?

    Reply
    1. Hey Frederik,

      I looked through their terms of service and it looks like it’s available to anyone. If you have trouble signing up, let me know and I’ll put together a list of sites that work for Denmark.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  4. Cashcrate has seriously turned my life around, I was a full time college student that was struggling to make ends meet, and I did not have any time for another job so I joined millions of others online. I am now able to have a comfortable financial situation, for less than an hour of work a day! This is all thanks to cashcrate. Don’t struggle to make ends meet anymore, start earning now.

    Reply
    1. Hey Matt,

      Thanks for the comment, I’m glad CashCrate has helped you so much.

      Sorry I had to delete your affiliate link. I would like to keep my comments focused around helping people and learning more about these companies rather than a place for people to drop links.

      Survey Chris

      Reply
  5. Cashcrate is an awesome website to use to get some extra cash at home. I end up using almost everyday for about 2 hours and I earn an extra 150 to 250 dollars a month just for daily surveys.

    Reply
    1. اخي انا من غزة سجلت في موقع cash crate ولم تظهر لي اي من المسوحات ارجوا الافادة

      Reply
  6. hai chris

    i am from bahrain and recently joined in cashcrate. i want to know how to earn money. pls help with any web link or video.
    kindest regards
    jijo vincent

    Reply
    1. Hey Jijo Vincent,

      This post is dedicated to helping you make money on CashCrate, including a video.

      Survey Chris

      Reply
  7. Hi chris i am wanting to sign up for cashcrate but i do not have a computer all my online things i have to do on my phone. Do you know if i am able to access it and receive everything i would if i were using a desktop?

    Reply
    1. Hey Lizzy,

      Yes, you should be able to access it from your mobile phone. It may not be the easiest website to navigate from your phone, but it should work.

      If you are interested in making money with surveys from your phone, I put this post together last month: Top 6 Paid Mobile Surveys

      I hope that helps,

      Survey Chris

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  8. Can I work From any country??? Like Bangldesh? Pls tell me. I want to work.

    Reply
    1. It should work from most countries, but the specific offers and surveys you qualify for are dependent on your demographic, which includes your country of residence.

      Chris

      Reply
  9. Hello I was wondering if canadians can join this cash crate? Also does this show on ur income tax refund?

    Reply
    1. Hey Cathy,

      Yes Canadians can join CashCrate. The amount of surveys and offers will vary based on demographic (could be more or less, depends). But if you make over $200 on surveys I believe, the companies will contact you for tax purposes, but you should always report your earnings on your taxes. I am no tax expert, so make sure to talk to one if you have more in depth questions.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  10. I’ve actually just gone over $1,000 in earnings in just over two years on the site. Even though that’s not enough to retire on, it’s come in quite handy. The site has never failed to pay me when I’ve had a check due.

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    1. Please have you been able to get your money from the site? I mean the raw cash? If yes hw did you do it? Is there any fee attached to the process of get out your money? The reason am asking all of this is because I am new to it and I need to know and see evidence. Most site like this will never pay you they will only rise your hope showing you the virtual money but will never let you have it after all your work, time, internet bundle, strength. Please I want to know how real it is because am in a financial crisis. Thank you

      Reply
      1. For the US, they just send a check to your preferred address. I just got another payment last month, and there was no problem with it. I think there is also the option to get paid via PayPal after a period of time. I’ve not used PayPal. Outside the US, I’m not sure how it works.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this valuable information, was searching for a legit site. Gotta try it !!!

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    1. Thanks Sheela!

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  12. Dear Survey Chris,
    what would you say is the efficiency of profit earned per hour by completing surveys? How’d it work out for you?

    Much Obliged!

    Reply
    1. Hey Rock,

      It really depends on what you focus on and how many surveys you have available. What I like to do is combine different survey companies, so I’ll use Swagbucks TV app to earn money on my phone while doing surveys or paid offers. Paid offers pay off higher that surveys. But it really varies. With some good companies, you can get around $10-12 per hour, but there are some companies that are harder to join but pay off higher, like PineCone Research.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  13. Hi Chris. Are you penalized at all if you don’t accept any of the offers?

    Reply
    1. Hey Clarence,

      No you are not.

      Chris

      Reply
  14. Hello i am from Philippines, How it works.. please tell me

    Reply
    1. Hey,

      I’m not sure if CashCrate works for the Philippines, but you can give it a try.

      You can try these as well:

      Try Paid Viewpoint, iPoll, GlobalTestMarket and Ipsos i-Say.

      Chris

      Reply
  15. I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong. It seems like I’m spending 30-40 minutes going thru some of these offers. I wonder if I’m answering more than I need to. any insights?

    Reply
    1. Hey Clarence,

      30-40 minutes per offer? That is a lot longer than it took me. Is that because you are filling out all the details? Check out a tool I use called Last Pass that can auto fill information for you.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  16. Dear survey chris,
    Kindly help me out in survey and other ways to make money online. I do no understand how to use cash crate & ipsos i-say . Can I use this in Nigeria?
    Please help! you can send to me all necesary book and video. Thank you
    Sonny

    Reply
    1. Hey Sonny,

      I believe you can. The best way to find out would be to sign up with your honest information.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  17. It’s definitely legit, but it does take quite some time to complete surveys. Otherwise, there are other incentive options to shop through their participating vendors or building your referral list once you’ve signed up.

    Reply
  18. Is cashcrate available in the philippines? and how can i redeem my rewards? Plz really need your help chris.

    Reply
    1. Hey Young Bidos,

      They should be available in the Philippines. I believe they will mail you a check there. I can only speak from reading their terms of service and some research on them, so I’m not 100% sure.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  19. Hi Chris,
    I have tried CashCrate for the past 2 days now and have spent approximately 6 hours of my time trying to accumulate extra cash. So far, I haven’t met any of the qualifications for a single survey I’ve taken. Most of the time I’ve spent attempting surveys has been wasted answering a bunch of questions only to get a message stating “Unfortunately you do not qualify for this survey”, after already answering 10-30 questions for each survey I “don’t qualify” for. How could anyone possibly make any money? Unless someone is willing to dedicate nearly 20 hours per day, 7 days a week, I do not see how this is lucrative. It took me 6 hours to accumulate $9.89 over the course of 2 days.

    Reply
    1. Hey Hope,

      I mention in the video I mostly use CashCrate for the paid offers and offers section. I use other companies that offer better surveys for actually taking surveys. You can see my other recommended sites here: http://surveychris.com/survey-companies/

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  20. did you know of any other sites to make money online?

    Reply
    1. Hey Jessie,

      I have a list of recommended sites here: http://surveychris.com/survey-companies/

      Chris

      Reply
  21. How can you redeem the cheques you got?

    Reply
    1. Hey Sven,

      Yes, I am able to redeem the checks I get.

      Chris

      Reply
  22. dear Chris it seems its difficult to be offered surveys in my country-Zimbabwe

    Reply
    1. Hey Speniah,

      What surveys get offered to you depend on your demographic, which includes your home country.

      For Zimbabwe, I’d try out PaidViewpoint, iPoll, Ipsos i-Say and GlobalTestMarket.

      Chris

      Reply
  23. Chris your site is so so helpful! I totally joined after seeing your video. It’s hard to tell what is real or not to make money from home. I am a stay at home mom now. I was on it and saw this advidtmrnt for earning 500 dollars if you do one of the offers. Do you know if that is illegitimate? Are all sites here okay ?? Thanks again !!

    Reply
    1. Hey Carolina,

      Thanks for reading. The sites I recommend are good. I haven’t ever heard of one survey or offer paying out $500, so I would be suspicious of that one. If you follow the guides here on the site, you should be able to bring in some extra money and avoid scams.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      Reply
  24. What an awesome in-depth review of Cashcrate. I am a member there and I have to say it is one of the best online companies that pays it’s members on time and always has the most surveys and offers. The more they have the more we make. Good stuff you got here.

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  25. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for the time that you have spend putting all this together. Clearly we have a passion for research and making a bit of money on the side. I have other ways of making money on line but of course it only makes sense to asses dollars for time. Question: Once systems are in place, (and I know that this does vary widely) how much do you make or can stand to make if you spend say 10 hrs a week or. 20hrs a week focussing on filling out surveys. Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Hey Sebastian,

      It really depends on how you qualify for things and what kind of ways you are making money. For instance, with CashCrate, you can do paid offers which pay out higher and quicker than surveys.

      I also use multiple sites, so I always have more surveys to take.

      The answer largely depends on those factors, along with your demographic because that determines how many surveys you qualify for.

      Chris

      Reply
  26. Hello Chris,

    I am from Philippines and when I join and log-in on cash crate this is nothing posted under Offers tab.

    Thank You,
    Ed

    Reply
  27. Why i cant change the country? All of the informations i typed are nothing but the truth. But it doesnt let me change my country. Im not living in Afghanistan duhh. Does it affect my payment?
    Hoku

    Reply
  28. Hi
    I am from india … can u plz tell me how to sing in ..? Its asking verify

    Reply
  29. OhHowdy!

    This is a helpful post AND your list of top survey sites is great!
    I’m guessing one would receive LOADS of email coming in, if using more than a couple of these sites?

    Do you recommend having a separate email address PER site; a separate email address just for taking surveys; or just simply using a regular ole personal email address that’s always been used? :)

    THANKS!!!

    Do you use

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  30. Hi Chris,

    Do you know if it works in the UAE ?

    Thanks

    Reply
  31. What an informative site, Chris. I made a new email address, but then had to go to PayPal and register my new address. Come to find they won’t register me as my credit card is listed with my other long standing account. So, I would have to apply for another credit card to open new account..uugghh. Something else I never had to do with old account was get “verified”. They want my social
    insurance number (don’t feel comfortable doing that) and they want my bank account information. What the heck. Do people give out all of this highly personal info to PayPal????

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  32. Hey Chris, I appreciate you for this write-up. I am Nigerian, how does cashcrate works in Nigeria, ‘cos i’d reg. wt cashcrate but unable to work for cash yet.

    Reply
  33. I am from India and I want to know that it works in India or not?
    If you can plz peovide me best global sites that works in mu country

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  34. Hey Chris

    Thanks for helping people.

    I’m living in Taiwan. But If i use my friends U.S address and information.
    Is it possible ? ( I think is it possible, i already sign up inboxdollars for my friend’s information)

    I don’t understand how to do this offers ?
    I tried to sign up also trial smthing.

    But if i’ll pay 5$ for offers.
    How to earn site offers money.
    How do they know i already sign up and paid for offers ?

    Thank you

    Reply
  35. اخي انا من غزة سجلت في cash crate ودخلت الموقع أكتر من مرة ولكن لم تظهر لي اي من المسوحات ، ارجوا ان تفيدني

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  36. Do I need a work permit for cashcrate.com

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  37. Cash crate is a scam, everything stays in pending for days, and when you get close to pay out time, you can’t get back on the website, and their emails, stop coming.

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  38. Hey I joined about a week ago.. And I have a rep that does the survey for me.. But he needed my bank info for my payment like (direct deposit).. Do they actually do it like that? Cause I haven’t received not one payment and I’m getting ready to change my bank info…

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  39. What is the age limit???

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  40. Hey Chris, I decided to join cashcrate after your well written & detailed explanation. On average, how many surveys would one have to complete, even when completing the ‘paid offers’ questionnaires? And on average, well let’s say, in a good month, how much can a person earn?

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  41. Hello I’ve been a member since july 6 2015 and my first check was $68.88. I have recently got 22 referrals and 10 are active. When i check my earnings for referrels it says .34 and its been like that for a few days. Does that mean my referrals arent doing any surveys?

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  42. hi, your review is very nice. i want to ask that i am from india so can i make money from cashcrate?

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  43. Dear Chris,
    Loving your website.It’s very informative.Could you tell me if Cash crate will work for me in the UK?
    I will be signing up for your excellent book too.
    Take care
    Angie

    Reply
  44. Hey,
    Is there any way to get paid with Paypal instead of checks? I am under 18. I have my parents’ permission to signup, but I’m not allowed to give out our address. I will be getting a student paypal account, but most of the sites that use paypal don’t pay enough to be worth my time.

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  45. Hi Chris o live in south Africa and I already started with the survey now I’m not sure if I should continue with out knowing if its fine for me to play and will be able to be paid

    Reply
  46. Hey Cris,,am from Kenya and i would like you to give me direction on how to earn using paid surveys and the legitimate companies.Thanks

    Reply
  47. Hi Chris I went to sign up for cash crate but I keep getting a message that my email address is invalid. Can you shed any light on this. I have tried 3 different email address and I still get the same problem

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  48. hello there,i signed up for cash crate but i am not able to log in to complete surveys.What could be the problem?

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  49. Hey Chris,

    Thanks so much for making this review! I just have one question: What is the minimum age you have to be to sign up for CashCrate? I am only 13 and I was hoping to make some extra money, but am I eligible to do so? Thanks!

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  50. Hi Chris,
    I been waiting to try this website for a while but I’m scared is not safe. I’m 14 years old and I want to make money since where I live I can’t work at this age. Is cash crate a very safe website? Thank you

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  51. Chris, I saw your video and read some of the things you said here. I have been using cash crate since 2013. You may want to take another look at the videos section and how you say it’s a waste of time. Altogether, I have made almost $2000 on Cashcrate since October 2013. In just those 2 cent videos, I made $366 during that span. Cashcrate flat out says some videos will credit more than one. 99.9% of the time they credit more than once or twice. That being said, multiple tabs can change that waste of time theory you have and according to Cashcrate this is fair game. It’s a huge pool of videos at times and usually first come first serve.

    Sincerely,
    Tommy Cannon
    Cashcrate member since 2013

    Reply
    1. Nice thanks Tommy

      Reply
  52. Hi Chris!
    thank you for all the hard work you do to help all of us in the survey realm, I have a question/concern about cashcrate. I signed up with cashcrate about a week ago and have done offers and surveys totaling $13.95 but they all show as pending and I have only been credited $2.73 so far and that has been instant for samplecube survey daily and my profile survey. I am concerned as to why this has happened and im feeling cautious to proceed with doing anymore work until i see my work credited to my account. Do you have input on this?

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    1. Depending on the offer items will show as pending until they clear (basically they want to avoid fraud). Some items as you pointed out are instant like your profile survey and some other elements from within CashCrate. Just give it some time :)

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  53. i just joined cash crate and is it normal to not receive offers and surveys yet?the only surveys i got are the daily surveys.

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    1. You need to look inside the app for survey offers from Cash Crate. Some of the other companies I’ve recommended will send emails but with Cash Crate I primarily spent my time inside their website looking for stuff to do.

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