Last year, Tina Wang, 55, started doing online work, judging search results for eBay, to kill boredom as she recovered from back surgery. An hour's work would earn her about 66 Swag Bucks, a virtual currency that can be redeemed for real items from participating merchants.
A $5 gift card from Amazon.com costs Wang 450 Swag Bucks, or almost seven hours of work. She's earned enough to buy her grandchildren an $80 rocket ship and a doll house. For Wang, the work is hardly about a paycheck.
"People don't do Swag Bucks really to earn money," said Wang, who lives in Alpine, Utah. "I started out just doing it for fun. But then I started getting enough Swag Bucks that I could get Amazon gift cards."
I hope others are as underwhelmed by this prospect as I am.