Earn Free Pogo Gems

April 20, 2010 · 154 comments

Free Gems -- a legitimate Pogo offer!Pogo just put out a news article warning people not to fall for scams that promise free gems and tokens in chat rooms or in emails; they mention that all legitimate free gem offers will come from pogo.com or their partner, Peanut Labs. Today they’ve got an ad on the right side of their News page for one of these Peanut Labs promotions to earn free gems. (See, you can tell this offer is legitimate because it links directly to pogo.com.)

Be aware, with most of these offers you’ll be asked to either sign up for something or purchase something; as a reward you’ll be given free Pogo gems. This works out well for Pogo because they get referral fees for sending you to the advertisers or merchants. Caveat emptor.

Feel free to help out your fellow community members: share your experiences with Pogo’s free gem offers in a comment below. Thanks!

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1 Lura April 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

So, I’m really interested to hear some of your experiences. As someone who is always leery of ‘free stuff!’ — because really, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is, right? — I’m not even comfortable starting the process.

Did I get the scenario above right, that you sign up for things and Pogo rewards you with gems? Of the offers listed right now, are there any that a non-committal person like me could try out without fear of getting roped into a subscription I’d have to cancel?

Also, thanks to Kiki, Kathy, Beth, and Cheryl for sending in this news while I was squinting at Clue.

2 Richard April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

If Pogo is warning people about this, why is it that they NEVER do anything about it when people complain? How about free Gems for a bounty on these people. You would think that when someone has the very same name except for a number change at the end of someone who has tried this that Pogo would wake up. I have seen the same name with ONLY the number change at the end over and over. Pogo needs to do something instead of trying to solve the problem after the fact.

3 Cheryl aka HoneyImHome116 April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

I had to sign up and gave them a yahoo email I have and just some basic info and received 23 gems. I also signed up another where I had to give address, phone number, etc. I wasn’t very comfortable doing that and ended up with a blank page. I finally X’ed out of it. So watch which ones you fill in.

4 Snowyjoke April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

Surveys and Offers is currently available only to the residents of US and Canada.

So now I can buy gems, but cant take this offer, how stupid it can be.

I will write the helpdesk, because I live in the Netherlands and don’t get this offer ;-(

5 kathy April 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

i checkout the free gems.. i did the two surveys that i qualified for..
i anwered the pre qualified questions i did not qualify… i hope there will be other surveys…good luck to all.

6 kiki April 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

I did the survey ones and got 21 free gems immediately. I am extremely leery of the offers – they appear to be exactly the same as any other “free” offer. You might spend an hour or more filling out various forms (while they capture your information…) and signing up for free trials that require you to cancel within a certain narrow window of time. You don’t keep track of things like that and pretty soon Netflix is socking you for 9 bucks a month. My advice: avoid these. They’re rarely worth the trouble. If you are simply curious and/or willing for whatever reason, make a spammable free email address through yahoo or gmail or something because you are going to get deluged with crap. Do not use your primary email!

I can attest that there is some sort of filter in place because the ad for free gems does not show up when I sign into Pogo on various names (paid or free) or use different browsers. One might employ the use of a proxy and give that a try. I won’t explain about those, but you can certainly Google and learn more. IMO, not worth a few free gems.

In the end, I’ll do those quick survey ones for a dozen gems, but nothing more. I’ll bet Pogo makes out like a bandit, but I hope they understand that the teeming masses will undoubtedly blame THEM for the unending bags of Gevalia coffee they ‘did not order’. Multiple exclamation marks. Heh.

7 Richard K. April 20, 2010 at 10:40 am

Agree with #6 kiki, After reading and doing a couple, it is really not worth just a couple gems. (my opinion).

8 tcfox April 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

I am so disheartened to see this. Everyday brings me one more reason to step further away from Pogo. I get that it is all voluntary but sheesh, is there no one they will not whore it’s members out to anymore? *sigh* And to think, I was so “sunshine & lollipops” in the weekend thread……LOL

9 kiki April 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

Well, I give them credit for trying to find ways to increase their operating capital without raising subscription prices. Really, it’s no different than any site that uses some form of advertising to do so, including this one. If this Peanut Labs thing and the existence of gems means our rates stay lower, I’m all for it. As the dust bunnies under my bed can attest, I am utterly capable of ignoring anything I don’t want to see, lol.

10 Barb April 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

I did it and filled out a survey on pretzels. Took about 20 minutes, and for a product I do regularly buy, it was kinda fun. I hope to see some of the new flavors in my store soon! Got my 34 gems which I’ll probably use to buy Clue episodes. Can’t answer to the spam question yet, but I did use one of my “lessor” e-mail accounts. It was the only question that really was an “identifier”. They didn’t ask for anything else that was traceable to me. (Well, I guess they have my Pogo screen name)

11 Karen April 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

For fewer than 25 gems they want to grab your e-mail address so they can spam the daylights out of you for crap you don’t want? Then they probably sell your address to other vultures.
That’s not enough gems to buy two badges or any mini item–are they kidding?
I’ll tell you what. I’ll give Pogo 25 of my gems to get rid of chatroom scavengers.

12 Genevieve April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hi, I rather buy my gems than to get involved in these offers, sometimes it is really hard to end the trial period. But this is just my opinion. I am very cautious when it comes to these type of programs. Why doesn’t Pogo just give us the opportunity on their own than getting involved in something like this. But as I said this is just MY opinion.

13 Tom94121 April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

I did do the first offer for 23 gems (Yes, I got them right away). later on down the list was Gevalia Coffee, so I did that one too– BUT, when I finished filling it out, at first I couldn’t get my credit card to go through (I typed it in and forgot to indicate it was MasterCard, typed it in again with the spaces, finally typed it in w/o spaces)– then the wheels began to turn, but it all was for naught, the page requested was not available… As directed I went back to the original page (Back to here and the details of the Pogo offers)…THEN a different Gevalia offer was offered, so I didn’t complete it- wanting to be sure that I wasn’t signing up for a double ration (lol). Overall, I’d say OK, internet glitches happen. I think it’s good– people sign up for these kinds of offers all the time anyway and Market Researchers need love, too. ;)

14 beth April 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

well i fell hook line nd sinker, been there once guess i will do it again, its awfull trying to get rid of un wanted spam mail, wish i had read kiki’s post here b4 i done it about making a LESS used email addy lol….oh well live and learn and no its not worth the 23 gems i got, but about mid way thru this flight, i seen it was like another free thing i clicked on once and went thru and erased my email addy and started hittin NO to every offer lol till it all ended, took me like 30 mins of my precious pogo time lol, and like most of you all cant believe pogo has stooped to this level…oh well @ least all they got was a phone # that my computer stays hooked to with pogo 24/7 so maybe they will enjoy the BUSY signal….

15 Mia April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

I tried to do one for the 20 plus gems.. entered my email and I’m not sure what to do next.. Some are saying it works.. it would be nice to have gems for a clue epoisde

16 Jamie April 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I tried to do the survey ones but after about 5 questions, it said I wasn’t qualified to do the rest of the survey and didn’t get awarded any gems. At least I gave them a non-important e-mail address for them to spam ;)

17 Kevin B. April 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ve been trying to keep up with things.

I tied these surveys to an e-mail account which is sort of my dumping ground for stuff I rarely read. But… I couldn’t resist trying one of the surveys and got 34 gems for the pretzel one. Not bad, considering I’ve never purchased Pogo gems, and probably never will.

All in all, a positive experience with little potential for more aggravation in life. And that’s a good thing these days. Take care, everyone.

18 Chelle April 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

haha many of these offers are exactly like the ones you get if you click a banner that says something ridiculous like “click here to test and KEEP a brand new *insert some really expensive new gadget here*” You’re sent to a page to fill out your information and then to another page where you can choose from like 20 different “offers” for survey sites, product testing, insurance quotes, etc., and then you click next and you’re sent to yet ANOTHER page full of offers. I don’t feel any safer being led to them by Pogo than I do clicking a banner on some other site.

19 Gecko April 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Well I’m stumped. I’ve tried the college match on 3 different browsers and it tanks on me each time. I’ve got nothing better to do and was totally willing to do all the surveys, but not if they are going to crash.

20 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I have had my survey’s freeze before completetion. If pogo keeps this crap up I will have to cancel my subscription!

21 Ulmia April 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I’m really quite annoyed by this. I signed up for the surveys and was told I qualified for an “Entertainment Survey” about what I like to do for fun, and now I’ve been dropped into an hour-long survey about how satisfied I am with every niggling detail about my electric company. Ugh! This is so not worth 28 gems….

22 Legittx April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

i tried but said i qualified for one but never got the gems … so phooey lol

23 Pat April 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I only took the survey for getting grocery and store ads for cheaper stuff that said no credit card required. I made sure everything else was “NO” . There was one survey u really had to watch–had 2 columns–if ya hit no in first column, it put a yes in right column. Had to get over across to change to no on each and every part. At the end of the survey, it asked to fill out free thing. There was a place to unsubscribe. I did this and still got 23 gems. I will be so careful to look at email subject lines and just delete any junk mail.

24 heart April 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I would suggest opening a yahoo account just for this. So you do not have to worry yourself over spams, junk mail and scams. i also did not like the telephone question so i put an old number in. i have gotten 42 gems so for. I wish I knew how long pogo was going to do this. I would love to rack up on gems but I really don’t want to spend the day doing it.

25 Kat F. April 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I simply cannot believe that Pogo has stooped this low. As if the Players weren’t confused enough about offers for Free Gems and Tokens!! Pogo just HAD to jump on that bandwagon!! Geesshhh!!!

How does this seperate them from the low-life scammers roaming the halls of Chat now? OH!! Because it’s Pogo sanctioned?? Yeah, right!! Every offer I tried either said I didn’t qualify or the page couldn’t be found!! Does that sound official to you?? NOT!!

Good going Pogo!! Hope this causes THEM more headaches than the Players who ARE gonna get scammed eventually!

Take care, be safe always and have a great day everyone!

(((Hugs to ALL))) , Kat F.

26 Dreams April 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm

At first it said I qualified for the movie and a shopping one. When I started the surveys, it said I had been disqualified? Whatever!!!! I am not even going to bother. Pogo is doing the same thing many games on facebook have been doing; completing offers to get game points to get certain things in the game.

27 MomsBassetHound April 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Here are my thoughts on this….it costs me $2 for 35 gems and my time is worth more than a few gems. In 1 hour today I saved $75 and earned enough coke reward points for a year of Pogo ($40).
WalMart had diet coke on sale for $5 a case and I bought 30 cases.
In the hour it would have taken me to do a survey I earned $115, and won’t have to go soda shopping for awhile :)


28 Monica April 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I had the same thing I preqaulified for the movie and shopping one and then after I started answering the questions it said I didn’t qualify for either of them

29 booboo April 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm

My time isn’t worth all the BS I would have to put up with for gems. I’ll pay if I want them. I get enough without giving up my information so no thanks pogo but hopefully they get enough suckers to sign up so I can keep playing on my next wave of Subway winnings.

30 sheljin April 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Well, I must be missing something or am just plain dumb (a definite possibility! lol), but I haven’t gotten any gems yet. It said I qualified to take surveys, which I believe said I would get 18 gems – nada. Then of course, that line disappears! So, I look to see what I would be willing to do otherwise on that list — not too much, because I’m not giving out my real info to any of these things. I did do the college match which just wanted an email address – I used a dummy one – it then matched me with a bunch of choices………with nothing else to do on the page. I closed it and still nada. I tried another one – still not getting awarded anything. Unless I have to go check that email address — which I guess I will do later.

I agree with most that it is not worth my time, especially if I’m going to end up spammed or buying something inadvertently, etc. I will say – FWIW – I love Netflix. If you like movies and convenience, that is a lot of gems for that one. Unfortunately, I already subscribe, so…..

I don’t know if this is how those other “bad” gem pushers work, because I never tried it. I have to say I’m kind of disappointed in Pogo too. I appreciate them trying to find other sources of funding. But to offer something to their members, which says all over the place “Pogo not responsible…..” is really pretty bad I think.


31 synthsnake April 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I just spent a good 30 min clicking and answering questions, confirmed all the email from a yahoo address I don’t use and so far I got no gems. I agree that it’s insanely ironic that Pogo warns us against these things and then offers us this.

32 Ban April 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm

It’s not worth your time, most of the time your disqualified anyway.
And I really hope no one would really spend gems on CLUE, will show pogo that not EVERYONE is made of MONEY.

33 Pat April 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

the very first one was the one i checked-a shopper’s survey for grocery coupons. It said no credit card needed and 23 gems award. After that, everything else was a NO. I made sure all was no before I confirmed anything. At the very end, there was the shopping info form to fill out with info. I told them to delete all and never gave them the info. That became the end. I was sure I would not get the gems, but, I had checked my balance before started. Sure enough, I was awarded them when I refreshed my home page.

34 Mary L April 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I signed up for 2 surveys did not Qualify for either what a rip off, bad pogo. lol what do you hafta do to qualify and got no gems to.

35 Frank April 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Peanut Labs is a very legitimate site when it comes to surveys. I used to be a survey addict, since I don’t have any qualms being PAID to give my opinion. I’ve done Peanut Labs surveys when they had an affiliation with another website I’m a member of. Their surveys vary based on demographics. Hate to say it, most manufacturing companies are seeking the opinions of employed, educated, Caucasian males between the ages of 18 – 34. Because of that, I don’t screen out of too many surveys.

I took a survey worth seven gems earlier and they’re already credited to my account. It was pretty fast and had me watch and rate a series of commercials.

So, feel free to sign up to see if you’re eligible for any of the Peanut Labs surveys. If anybody here values my insight on marketing research, then please allow it to benefit you in the payment of gems.

I’m just leery about “free” offers (DVD memberships, audio downloads, book clubs) since you generally have to abide by a minimum purchase requirement for that site (think of those horrible “free” CD clubs from the ’90s from Columbia House and BMG).

36 Mamabear April 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Like Frank I used to do a lot of survey’s, but not so much anymore~I’m becoming more selective :) I did sign up but didn’t qualiy for anything yet. I won’t do the “free” offers and I don’t drink coffee and don’t want their Gevalia coffeemaker~that company is one big rip off IMO. I’ll check back from time to time but won’t be a priority. I use a throwaway email for things like this and just pick n choose what I want to respond to. I did notice they won’t sell your email addy to a 3rd party~which is a big plus, but that doesn’t mean that one you sign up with won’t sell it. My best advice is to read the fine pint first. I’d really love to get a few extra gems for badge books.

37 Cinner11 April 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I did 3 of them and earned 51 gems. The last one I did didn’t return any gems although somewhere I read it could take up to 24 hours, so I’m hopeful.

I agree that it took quite a bit of time- about 2 hours to go through and find those that I qualify for (Some of them take you to other sites).

And I know there’s going to be LOTS added to my Spam filter! But this allows me to get gems. Can’t wait for the next sale!

38 SooZen April 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I took a few of the surveys and got 44 gems in total. Not so bad for about an hour of my time and since my budget this month is shot. (taxes and insurance!) Also I have a really good filter on my email addy so that takes care of the spam and stuff you get. I clicked NO on most of them and still got awarded. :o)

39 nessa April 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Tried and still wondering about all the surveys you all get. I just get 2, I refreshed and refreshed page and still got same 2, one that requires a credit card wich I’m not going to give and second one requires to download and install something and all I get is 3 gems, so not going for that one either. Guess no free gems for me :(

40 sog April 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Hi e1, 1st thing I did of course was go look at the “free gem” offers. Any that even mention money, only 3 things I would look at: discount on my internet, my tv, or pogo. I live paycheck to paycheck and am also a collector of coke reward points. So that left mostly the surveys.
Well I am glad I spent that time reading this thread. Oh, and checked to see just how much gems cost, since I simply didnt know. Well , I wont be chasing any ‘free’ gems. I would rather spend the 2 bucks for 30 gems.
Now I need to finish my personal badge.
By the way, to all of you who did get gems, WTG!!!

41 Frank April 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Oh, as a word of advice, be sure to register for surveys or offers with the e-mail address utilized on your Pogo account. Don’t use a throwaway e-mail account that is different from your Pogo preferences. If you use a different e-mail address, your account may not be credited with gems.

Also, one may “pre-qualify” for a survey but that was just based on the loose profile (those preliminary nine questions that were asked). However, it’s very easy to screen out once you reach the actual survey. That’s due to qualifying for the front man’s pre-screener but not meeting the host company’s requirements. This is especially true if you answer differently than the pre-screeners. There’s an extensive outsourcing that marketing companies do with surveys. Corporations will contact a survey firm who, in turn, will create the survey and then outsource the survey to another company, such as Peanut Labs.

It’s the typical tradition of passing the buck: Get paid to do something and then pay somebody else to do it for you. It trickles down until it finally reaches the consumer, who will make a few bucks off of it.

42 Laurel April 20, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I used to sign up for offers using my normal credit card but after some issues I stopped doing this.
Even for Pogo purchases I now use a prepaid disposable credit card for all online purchases. that way if any nefarious person does latch on to the information there won’t be any effect on my credit. I buy the $100 cards which is more than enough for my onthly Pogo gems needs and some left over for any other online stuff.

43 laurie45678 April 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Deep Breath, where to begin…. wow…. Um well I tried a few survey’s after 20 minutes into one hit submit and says webpage cannot be displayed, went back and the survey is not on there anymore(didn’t receive any gems)…. Tried another survey page after page after page of questions then takes you to another page that says something about having to complete 6 platinum offers etc. In my opinion ALL of this was just a HUGE waste of time and TOTALLY NOT worth it!!! jmo! And CLUE is just not that great of a game to actually spend $ on imo either, I think Pictureka is much better!

44 Sandi April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

Laurel I have chosen myself to use PayPal for ALL my online purchases. They have always been so great. When first started using online to purchase got caught a couple times and PayPal was right there getting my money back. I have Never had a problem in the 5yrs been using them and again they have saved me from ignorance even. I love doing surveys and shall look into this after reading all the comments; Time I have if I can get some free gems.

45 Jenn April 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

I filled out a survey for 14 Gems, it said 15 minutes, it was closer to 30 and I put no for 98 of my answers. The free coupons you can print for shopping are valid and I’ve never had a problem with them before. (Little did I know I already was a member of the site I took the survey for already). Anyway, sign up in less than a minute for the coupons, or 30 minutes for 14 Gems. It depends on if you don’t mind taking the time. There is no charge involved in this survey at all. So, no worries there.

46 tigger April 21, 2010 at 1:23 am

well i went to the page to do some surveys and offers, i would click them, they disappeared, so much for that :( bummer cause i wanted gems for episodes from clue lol

47 ksetch April 21, 2010 at 1:56 am

I got 127 gems today! I completed the pretzel survey, and I did two surveys where I reviewed a variety of TV commercials. I also completed a few of the miscellaneous offers. I did use my regular email, but I did not confirm any of the requests that came through the emails. I also unsubscribed to all of the informational emails that I received. So far, I don’t have any interests in the product offers. Will I keep trying for free gems when offered by Pogo? Sure, why not… I keep collecting coke points!

48 CountDracula82 April 21, 2010 at 2:14 am

I updated my profile on pogo with an old email address off of netzero that get’s infested with junk mail and then I completed 5 free deals that require no credit card information. I have earned 58 gems so far, so this is a great deal, anything free rocks! Only 42 more and I basically can get all of the new Clue episodes for free =D.

49 Vida April 21, 2010 at 2:37 am

I did the NetFlix one and even gave my information which was probably dumb on my part but it said you could get over 300 gems. And of course, I got NOTHING. No gems whatsoever! Then I filled out the grocery coupon survey and of course, nothing. What a freakin rip off. Why in the world would Pogo affiliate with this crap? Seriously! I’m just gonna buy my gems and screw these “affiliates” GL to all who wanna try

50 Pixie April 21, 2010 at 2:57 am

Hi everyone, so glad I have BH, Lura and all you wonderful folks to consult – this site has truly enriched my pogo experience!

I clicked on the link listed under Promotions to get the “free” gems and found that I had to agree that I was aware I was leaving pogo. That was all it took for me to stop. This is exactly the same type of scam they are running on FB where with one click you are off site and you have handed over all you information to “who ever they are” because it does not even tell you where you going.

Everyone, please take care and play safe – a few gems are not worth the risk to your private info. I am still jumping for joy over finding out I can replay mix n match and premium badges and earn extra tokens – another wonderful piece of info from the week-end thread!!!!

51 Ardenwolfe April 21, 2010 at 4:55 am

Unless you love getting spam from your e-mail, snail mail, and over the telephone, I strongly recommend you avoid this. It’s the most generic way companies get your information and then sell it to other companies to continue the spam and electronic phone calls.

52 Ardenwolfe April 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

And, in case you doubt it, my generic, hotmail account got spammed after completing one survey.

Beware the free lunch!

53 Mamabear April 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

GM everyone~I’ve gotten 37 gems so far and without too much fuss I might add.

I was concerned when I got the 404 error and then saw the offer had disappeared when I went back~but after refreshing the offer was back so give that a try those that saw the offer was gone.

I’ve gotten 2 emails from Pogo confirming the gem awards and the first one took about an hour or more to show up even after Pogo said it was there~so hang in there those that didn’t see their gems instantly.

One of the survey sites that I signed up for even has given me $7 for two survey’s I took~have to have $50 to get a check though, but I”m betting that’ll go quickly b/c it has with other survey sites I’ve been a member of for many years~they also have a PayPal option where the money will be credited to you same day.

I used my yahoo account which also is the same account I use for Pogo and I’ve not gotten anything I didn’t want so far, but it’s not a big deal for me as it’s just a couple clicks and it’s in the trash.

Good luck to those trying to get gems~hang in there you’ll get them I’m sure~just not instantly.

54 jtreegirl April 21, 2010 at 7:53 am

I just signed up for the free gems and took the first survey. It reminds me of a survey site I go to to earn cash. Sometimes you will be the type of person they are looking for but most times you won’t. It really is worth a shot though. Taking 2 minutes of time for a chance for some gems is worth it to me :)

55 MsTish5720 April 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

GM all BHers n GL on all your badges today! Also, tyvm for the head’s up on this “gems” thingy! I see it sitting there all the time and have paid no attention whatsoever. Not touching it with a 10′ POGO stick! LOL. I already have Netflix, which in my opinion, is such a great deal, just re-upped on my 6 new DVDs and $9 to me (for some1 collecting disability), is not all that much for 6 movies and my coffee pot is just fine the way it is. And, no way, will I give a credit card # to some1 or something so unfamiliar to me. WTG for those of you whom have gotten your tokens. I so do wish I could finish CLUE, but, laptop can’t handle it, also I forgot to add, to my last post, Lura, I got a full screen on finding the hidden objects, also, the “find the differences” showed right next to each other, I had to do nothing ‘special’. But, I DID enjoy the new game very much. HAGD all, GBU all. Carol C.

56 Dannie April 21, 2010 at 8:28 am

I posted on the Pogo Forums about my problem with this and was answered by someone at Peanut Labs BUT…. my problem has not been resolved. I needed a gift for someone and the $25 worth of Cookies for $12 looked perfect. I ordered the “discount” coupon for $12. It was immediately removed from my funds. I then got a “wrong code” message at the cookie website. I emailed them and Peanut Labs answered via the forum that it would take a few hours. I tried again today and still got the bad code message so BEWARE.

57 Ardenwolfe April 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

Yeah, I just got a call from the University of Phoenix . . . beware, beware.

58 Lisa April 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

Hello To All,

I checked out the free gems…I did not qualify. So I decided that it’s not worth my time.
Why can’t Pogo just give us Gems, why do we have to input our personal information.
(my opinion).
Good luck everyone!

59 CMCole April 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

cannot even begin a survey – comes up with US as the default, so when I enter my postal code, it says it’s invalid

60 kissbabykiss25 April 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

looks ok only one thing though as i dont live in the usa i dont have the chance at this seems to me pogo good at taken our money but gives very little in return if you live outside the usa

61 CountDracula82 April 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

#57 Ardenwolfe, I was afraid of that myself, so I used an old phone number, try to call that colleges =).

62 tigger April 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

well i finally checked into things more and was able to sign up for netflix, but still no gems…

63 Travlr April 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I signed up and did a survey. Shortly after, 15 gems showed up. I can’t see that there are any other surveys available to me, I am Canadian so that is probably one of the demographic considerations. There are some other offers, but they require a credit card so I won’t bother with those.

Does anyone know how I would be advised future surveys? Would it be thru the email I used to register? Looked at what I could do with 15 gems, mix and match all require 16 gems, lol. Thanks.

64 Cinner11 April 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

It took awhile (several hours) but on 4 surveys I earned 90 gems.

Yes, I’ll get a lot of Spam…. that’s what the ‘delete’ and ‘report spam’ buttons are for.
I may get some phone calls, but I never answer my cell unless I know the number or a name shows so I can screen them.
And I may get lots of snail mail offers, too. That stuff makes a great fire starter!

But I now have 90 gems I wouldn’t have had! >>sigh<< and no sales to spend them at!

65 Barbara O April 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I went and did some of these offers.. I did a survery and got the gems right away.. Then, I made a purchase on SimplyInk.com (I needed a cartridge anyway for my printer) and I should be getting my 113 gems within 24 hours! Then I did the Vista print offer.. I ordered a FREE stamp and paid $6.31 for shipping and I already recieved the 177 gems for it! I don’t see any problems with it so far… I am staying away from ALL offers that you have to join and then remember to cancel.. That is way TOO confusing and TOO much to remember. I would strongly recommend staying away from those…

I hope that I don’t get slammed with phone calls.. The junk email I am not too worried about, I can just hit delete over and over…

What does everyone else think? They cannot get into our accounts right? It should be secure.. I don’t believe that they are going to be able to get into our POGO account, right?

66 kiki April 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Barbara #65, I can’t see how they’d have access to our Pogo accounts – you’re not using that information or that interface for the surveys or offers.

I used a throwaway email that I use for all spammy-type things (not the one associated with my Pogo account), and my work’s fax number for all phone number requests. Hey, it’s a legitimate number and if by some miracle they get through, they’d just be told that I’m not there at present. I’ve received all the gems I’ve tried for, so the email difference doesn’t seem to be an issue.

So far, so good for me. A few surveys and a few no-credit card offers made me about 100 gems richer with no headaches whatsoever. I’ve been planning to buy two cookbooks so I may consider checking out that deal as well and get myself some gems in the bargain. Remember, not only may there be a lag time, but you may need to refer to that email account you used and confirm things before you see results. I’ll be checking that area regularly – good for Pogo for having something OPTIONAL that can keep our memberships reasonably priced!

67 PurplePlum1 April 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Tigger #62:
My friend rec’d her 300+ gems *after* the first CD ships out. That could be the cause for your delay. Did your CD ship yet?

Barbara O #65:
I wouldn’t think they would have access to our accts.; however, they have to know something, somehow to award us our gems, no? Unless, the info is forwarded to Pogo and Pogo credits our acct. with gems??? Hahaha – that would be an awful lot of work for Pogo! I can’t see ‘em doing that. But that’s just my 2¢…

Just a thought – Wouldn’t most (if not all) the sites have access to knowing our IP address? That’s another way of finding out info about us, location at least.

I didn’t sign up for anything, and probably won’t. But I think this is Pogo’s way of giving us what we asked for (via the survey) for more gems (I think most of us meant by having a better chance during JP spins, though). We should have told them we’d like it hassle-free, too. Oh well, gotta be careful for what we wish for in the future…LOL

GL all and Happy Gem’ing!

Take care,

68 tigger April 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

purpleplum, no i hadnt tried that, will do that :)

69 anbcustard April 22, 2010 at 12:09 am

I also signed up. It said I qualified but when you went to do the survey it said I was not qualified..what a hoax. Never did get any gems. I am really bummed with pogo.

70 Laura April 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

Skeeved me out so much that I went kind of crazy and upped my Gem total to the max via PayPal. SHAME on Pogo for trying to exploit people who might not have the funds to buy their gems.

Pogo is getting far away from what it used to be, IMO. The Facebook stuff is another example of the marketing money machine at work. I despise Facebook.

71 Frank April 22, 2010 at 7:29 am

In defense of the surveys, they are purely optional. Even if they knew your IP address (which they will, as some surveys on the Internet will know you already took them based on IP location), the compensation is based on willingly giving information about the survey taker. That information is aggregated and remains anonymous. The demographics are to find target audience, which is why it asks for specifics such as age, zip code, income, employment status, education level, number of family members, and ethnicity.

The reason why they’re asking for such information is based on marketing to the correct group. Many people will screen out (and not receive credit) because the survey’s target audience wouldn’t be for you. As a flippant example, these companies wouldn’t want to interview a man on a survey on super-absorbent tampons. Why? Other than the respondent not needing such a product, the data would be useless to the company that desired the consumer input. Ditto for surveys on alcohol. The advertiser wouldn’t want a survey company to interview elderly, tight-fisted Puritans, since the target group is generally younger single males with disposable income.

Another way of being screened out is if you select the “REFUSED” option on a drop-down menu on some of the surveys. This is because the respondent’s answers will not be able to be properly analyzed by the survey company and the advertiser. It’d be a blind opinion and would fall in that nefarious “other” category; these companies prefer measured results — not ambiguity.

So, overall, if you’re comfortable giving your opinion with the knowledge that it’s anonymous (i.e. not using personal identifiable information), then take the surveys. If you’re even a wee bit apprehensive, then don’t be shocked when you screen out. Pogo isn’t giving out a free lunch (nor are those other companies); those gems will either be for the cost of your time to sit at a computer filling out a survey or the financial cost incurred with registering with an affiliated partner.

72 Laurie April 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Sorry, but I disagree, I think it’s a Great idea for Pogo to make gems available to us via alternate means than buying them outright, Plus it’s fun to do surveys. As far as Facebook, I am a new user to that because of my Pogo friends who were bugging me to sign up & I’m so Glad that I did. It’s a great sister site to Pogo where you can play games & earn badges in between the weekly ones that pogo offers us & fun to keep in touch with friends & put a real face to our Pogo mates Minis. Thank You Pogo, yours is the first site I log onto each day, & sometimes the last site I am on before going to bed.

73 Dannie April 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

An update on my problem with Peanut Labs and the coupon they sent me for $25 worth of cookies for $12. I finally went to the Cookie site and emailed their customer service and they got the problem corrected by Peanut Labs to my satisfaction. I want to do the printer cartridge one but am a bit wary now. I normally do online coupon sales for almost everything I purchase but to get gems while doing it did catch my eye.

74 Barbara O April 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

Laura #70.. What is the max amount of gems that you are allowed to have? I don’t remember seeing that there was a max anywhere..


75 Barbara O April 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

Danny #73

I ordered a ink cartridge yesterday afternoon from that Simplyink site.. I did not get my gems yet, but it says it could take up to 24 hours.. So, I will wait and see.. I have not yet recieved the cartridge either, but it was only yesterday.. I don’t know about you, but my cartridges are normally $80 each and on the site it was only $26.95 plus about $4 for shipping.. So, I figured I would give it a shot! If it works, it will save me a bunch of money! Good luck!!

76 MomsBassetHound April 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

For Barbara #74 – The maximum # of gems you can have in your account is 800.


77 Barbara O April 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

MOMS #75
Thanks so much for the information! I didn’t know that! Have a great day!!

78 Holly April 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I am not trying any offers where you have to pay, but I did a survey on skin care and got 28 gems instantly. And that was nearly 24 hours ago and not a single spam email yet!

79 Jan in Denver April 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

My husband and I were discussing rejoining Netflix this summer anyway, so getting 340 gems was a huge bonus. Big smile on my face when I saw that! The original membership had been under his name so I was able to use the Pogo promotion under my name and claim the gems. I think that Pogo allowing these offers of gems for surveys/promos is a good thing. No one has to participate, but it gives options for those who either enjoy giving their opinion, have the time to spend, and/or have a limited income that doesn’t allow for gem acquistion through purchase. This will allow some to get more badges/minis/Clue episodes who might not otherwise. Seems win win to me.

By the way, it did say that I wouldn’t get my gems until my DVD shipped. It must have shipped quickly because the gems were there in less than 24 hours.

80 GoodGrief305 April 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

The Gems are Not Free, If You have to purchase something when taking the survey.I will not take part in this.

81 tigger April 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

for #80- there are some offers-surveys that dont require a card number…i gave up on it, too much crud to go through and i was rejected on all offers :(

82 MomsBassetHound April 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

If you are just taking a survey there is nothing to buy. These are other offers that people are posting about.


83 Zerp April 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Pogo will always discriminate. So many who may not receive their offers once they have any.

84 Bryan April 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm

How many surveys are there?
I heard about a pretzel survey or something like that, but I haven’t seen it. I have only seen one survey that is “available to take” (which I completed and got 7 gems). Do they give more surveys daily, or what?

85 Stacy April 23, 2010 at 10:47 am

I signed up supposivly qualified for like 4 survery’s. Started answering questions to all them and the only one I actually qualified for was worth 7 gems haha

86 Lynne April 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I am disappointed in the “free gems” opportunity. I took the surveys and did not get the gems because I answered yes to the question “Is anyone in your household employed in advertising…….etc” and my husband has an advertising company. 0 gems :(

87 Chris April 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Re: 86 same thing happened to me but I answered yes to does anyone own or sell liquor (or whatever it said) we own a liquor store. It disqualified me. I don’t know about these surveys thought I only got approved on one and get 7 gems. That is the only thing I will do, I will NOT do anything under the offers category.

88 Barbara O April 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Does anyone know how to reach Peanut Labs? I did the SimplyInk deal.. I needed a new toner for my printer anyway and thought I would give them a try and get 113 gems in the process… My item was paid for and shipped 4-21-10.. I have still not recieved my gems. I contacted SimplyInk and they said to contact POGO or Peanut Labs… Pogo site says that they are not responsible, so I don’t even want to bother them with it.. Does anyone have any suggestions?

BTW, I did the VistaPrint and got my 177 gems right away, have done other surveys and got those gems pretty quickly too. I also did not qualify for some of the surveys.. I have earned 212 gems so far… I would like these other 113.

Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks!!

89 John April 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Ok…. My 2 cents worth!!

I have done offers like this in the past. It can turn into a nightmare trying to get out of a ‘free’ offer. It took me 3 months and many phone calls and emails to get back the $60 that I was billed. That being said, I think it is wrong for Pogo to push it’s subscribers toward a site just to be able to collect more money on the tap of their members. Come on Pogo, Don’t you get enough money from us? I’m a big fan of the game Clue. Although I don’t care for the format of ‘hidden pictures’ as it has no connection what so ever to the original game format. Clue is just that.. A BOARD GAME!! I also think it’s in poor taste that, in order to advance in the game, you have to purchase extra puzzles. When will this end Pogo?

Thanks for the time so I can vent.

Good luck to everyone with the ‘free’ token offers at Peanut. I won’t give them the time of day. and SHAME ON YOU POGO for making even more money off your members under the guise of a ‘free’ offer.

Have a Great Day!!!

90 MomsBassetHound April 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Here’s the link to the Pogo Help info on Peanut Labs…it contains all the info on how to contact Peanut Labs about offers your participated in.


If the link does not work go to Pogo Help and type in Peanut Labs. The article will appear in the list of search results.


91 lazaro April 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This frustrating. I’ve tried to do several surveys and have been disqualified, getting “web page not found” or shut down for taking too long.

92 Jenni April 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

It is getting a little tiresome to spend time filling out these surveys just to be disqualified. I don’t mind it if it happens in the first question or two, but after spending some time with it? Ugh. To date, 7 whole gems added to my account.

93 Andie April 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Hi everyone. I just wanted to share my experience with the free gem offer. To date, I have received 176 free gems on one of my Pogo accounts and 90 free gems on another. I haven’t purchased anything, nor have I submitted my credit card. I just filled out a few surveys. I am finding that if I check the free gem page on Pogo frequently, every one or two days, new ones are added. Good luck!

94 plyjustpeachy April 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I love it about time pogo did something nice for the players. Kudos to you pogo

95 Frank April 24, 2010 at 6:57 am

I just had something peculiar happen with the Pogo Gems discounts. I tried one of the offers for Cherry Deals (which is an affiliation of Peanut Labs). Essentially, Cherry Deals is something like “deal of the day” and you buy a coupon from them and use it on another website that is offering said deal. Anyway, I got a $25 coupon for shopping at the clothing vendor for spending $50 in goods (i.e. 50% discount).

Well, I just went shopping since I wanted new t-shirts and did the checkout process. The coupon wasn’t for $25 off a $50 purchase. Instead, it was $50 off!!! I don’t know if they goofed, but the transaction was in my favor. For three t-shirts, I just spent $11, with half of that being shipping charges.

…I also got credited with 95 gems.

I printed up the on-screen confirmation. If there’s an error and they dispute it, I have proof of their miscalculation.

96 Rock April 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

This definatly is a BUYER BEWARE SITUATION.
I too did not qualify for any…… because Im White, over 21 and have no kids living at home.
Guess you must be Black, Purple or green and between age 21 and 21 1/2 and have enough kids that would look like an orphans home and live in timbucktoo?
anyhow they can put thier gems where sun never shines.

97 Sharon April 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

Wow, every survey I tried to fill out said that I did not qualify. All the others you had to buy something. What a waste!!!!

98 tigger April 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

i agree sharon, although i contacted netflix last night about my gems im supposed to get..they are in contact with peanutlabs and going to hopefully get my gems, if they do, i will be shocked at this point, due to being denied for every single survey they have offered..kinda ridiculous to me to have these up and only half the world or so, maybe not even that, qualify..if they want us to have gems, why not just give us them and say kudos to u for being a member of club pogo, or somethin like that

99 Geri April 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

Wow, for everyone of those free surveys i try, i did not qualify. But if i wanted to buy something, no problem… BIG JOKE. I dont think i have stupid written on my forehead.

100 Dawma April 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

As an attorney (retired) and reading some of the requirments by the advertisers I personally suggest you know some of the FAQ and be aware of info they collect from you, such as where you live, your IP address and your credit status etc, PLEASE read carefully one of there
FAQ below.

Q: How do I correctly complete a survey or offer?
A: To ensure that you complete the offer successfully, please use accurate information and complete each offer in one sitting (without refreshing the page). Advertisers validate your information and do not award users who provide incorrect information. With false information, the advertiser will not credit you even if you complete the rest of the offer (including making a payment).

101 PurplePlum1 April 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Tigger #98:
You still didn’t receive your gems? When you signed up for Netflix, did you select a few DVDs to add to ‘Your Queue’? Once the DVD is placed in ‘Your Queue’, it will ship usually within 24hrs. The friend I mentioned about before was awarded the gems (when it shipped), and she already rec’d her first movie at home.

I already belong to Netflix, so I couldn’t take advantage of the special offer. We’ve been a member for over 2 yrs. now; I could tell you (from my experience), it’s a reputable company…even when/if you want to cxl your membership – no questions asked.

I broke down and tried only the surveys. I didn’t use the same e-mail addy, though; I setup a special addy just for this thru gmail. Hopefully, it’ll still be okay (even though I read otherwise from some of you). I only qualified for one survey worth 7 gems…(better than nothing).

Take care,

102 Laura April 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I was able to complete a couple of surveys and was awarded 41 gems. My daughter, who is on a completely separate Club Pogo paid account, also completed a couple using my computer and was awarded 85 gems. Now when she clicks on an available survey it says:

We’re Sorry!
If you’re seeing this message, it means that our system has determined that you are ineligible for this offer, or that you have been flagged for engaging in suspicious activity.
If you think you’ve received this message in error, please write us at error@support.peanutlabs.com to let us know.

Anyone have thoughts on this?

103 Sandra April 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

why do u have to give out credit card information,to do a survey,i just do not get it.

104 Mamabear April 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

#100 Dawma~great advice~as a paralegal (retired)~ it’s a great caution to read the fine print.

#103 Sandra~you don’t have to give credit card info for a survey~only when you’re going to buy a product.

I’ve not tried anymore of the survey’s since I got my gems the first time, but might look and see if there’s anything I might be interested in. I’ve been a member of a number of survey sites so I can’t take advantage of some of the survey’s they send ya to darn it, but I’ve found over the years that I don’t qualify for some survey’s so I just move along and take another one if I have the time. Good luck to all trying to get gems.

105 Cheryl April 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Believe me, I am a very skeptical person so I read and reread a lot of the offers before I tried anything. So far I have accumulated 570 free gems!

I did a few surveys but most of the gems came from Netflix (been wanting to try it) and I bought the 3 boxes of coffee for $3.00. I have written on my kitchen calendar when I need to call and cancel the memberships so it’s not like I’m going to forget and get stuck with them and I made sure I have all of the cancellations numbers ready. The coffee was a good deal because I like flavored coffee and have to drink decaf so I was able to pick what I wanted, as soon as I get the coffee, I will cancel the membership. The dvd rental worked out good, I will get to watch maybe 4 new movies in the 2 weeks free trial and then cancel so I will not be out any money there.

I am definitely a bargain shopper and think I did very well for myself and appreciate Pogo giving us the opportunity to collect some free gems. I mainly did it too so I could buy the Clue episodes but now that I look at my huge total of gems, I am getting stingy and want to keep them all…lol. But I did buy 2 of the episodes and will probably go ahead and get the rest when I have a chance to play quietly and enjoy, in other words, Monday when kids go back to school and hubby back to work ;)

I did run across a lot of surveys that I was disqualified for and it was aggravating but I just check a few times a day and try the new ones each time I see them. Some work and some don’t. Some were extremely long surveys and wished I hadn’t started them but I finished and got the gems.

Good luck if you decide to try it but definitely read and reread the offers first.

106 M Ramius April 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Laura (102), you and your daughter might be using the same IP address which could be giving you the ineligible error.

I think I’ve gotten around 64 gems so far just be completing surveys. Haven’t taken Pogo up on any of the CC offers yet and not sure I will.

107 metalted April 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I just tried the surveys for gems every time i clicked on a survey no web page was found and then survey was gone from list. Don’t think i’ll waiste ant more time on them.

108 rock April 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Cheryl #105
Hun, I wish you best of luck on your gems, But I am sure when you try to cancel out, that pogo and there vendors have a way to protect them selves from that.
those vendors are paying pogo for blocks of gems at discount price, they most unlikely will have pogo take them from your account when you try to cancel and/or you may not be able to use them? remains to be seen.

Like Dawma says above, READ THE FAQ

the advertiser will not credit you even if you complete the rest of the offer (including making a payment).

109 rock April 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

good people, you do not get something for nothing,
like they say if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

lets take the Disney club for example,
408 gems = 3 DVD’s for 1.99 ea. plus S&H
Plus you agree to purcase over the next 24 months
3 DVD’s for 19.95 ea. plus S&H.

Thats a TOTAL of 65.82 (not including) S&H

you can buy from pogo 350 gems for 19.99
you can buy from pogo 80 gems for 4.99
TOTAL 430 gems for 24.98 and no S&H fees
plus your 12 gems more than the OFFER

so which is best? 408 gems for roughly 80.00
or 430 gems for 24.98 and no ex fees.

110 Lorraine April 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I’ve been doing only the surveys and so far, I’ve made 124 gems. I’m one of those people that can’t afford to buy the Premium Badge Albums and Mix-n-Match badges, so I think this is a fantastic idea for people like me. I was able to buy a Premium Badge Album yesterday and I didn’t have to spend much time to get it. I’m a member of a GPT (Get Paid To) website where I earn money by completing offers and surveys and these surveys are no different than those are…in fact, they’re actually easier. The offers that require a credit card are the same offers I’ve seen on my GPT website (some of which I’ve done there). I hope Pogo keeps this feature because I’m really loving it. We asked for more ways to earn gems and they’ve listened.

111 Laura April 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Just an update on my earlier post. When my daughter got home and used her own computer, she was once again allowed to take surveys and won more gems. So I guess two people in the same house can’t take the surveys even if they are different accounts. We couldn’t even use two different computers in the same house.

112 Lorraine April 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm

One thing to keep in mind when doing these surveys is to clear your cookies in-between each survey. The same thing applies when doing the offers. This will help with your approval rating. I clear my cookies with a free program called CCleaner.

113 Sharlita April 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I think it just a money skaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam. If you continue to use your credit card to get gems. You will be in debt. They not only take money for the first month it a continuing cycle. So watch out.

114 Lorraine April 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You won’t get charged with a credit card offer if you read the TOS very carefully and keep track of when you need to cancel your membership (if it’s one of those type of offers). Some of the credit card offers will put a pending charge on your credit card. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be charged…it just means they want to make sure the funds are there to charge if you go past your trial membership. These credit card offers should only be done by people who have a genuine interest in the product. You won’t be sorry then if you get charged.

115 Frank April 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Thanks for the contribution, Lorraine. I’m in full sentiment. If you have no need for a specific product being offered through one of the affiliates, then there’s no need to purchase it. If a person is exceptionally wary about transactions on the Internet, yet are inclined to make a purchase based on incentive and interest, I suggest using a pre-paid credit card with a set amount of funds on it. That way, if something negative were to happen (and it shouldn’t because these companies listed are considered legitimate), the person will not be able to scam you into the poor house.

Oh, and there’s another thing I noticed about these surveys. Not only on the event that Lorraine commented about the cookie cache, but another point of consideration. Do any of you use ad-blocking software? Do any of you use screen-capturing add-ons (similar to WebSnapshot, et al.)? If so, you will want to DISABLE these. Some of these surveys contain advertisements in either print or video format. If you have ad-blocking software, you will be disqualified because your computer will not allow the images or video to be viewed. You can easily bypass it by temporarily disabling the add-on or program.

Likewise, I was screened out of a survey because I have an add-on for Firefox called FireShot, which captures everything on your screen. The host survey can detect that and will automatically reject your participation because it is under the impression that you will be using proprietary information to share with others (such as product concepts that have not been released on the market).

If you’re wondering how any of these surveys know about what software you have, it’s through the cookies. So, back to Lorraine’s point, clear those puppies out.

116 Cheryl April 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Rock #109
You forgot in your comparison about the 6 DVDs that you get to keep…..so it made it sound like you’re paying $80 just for 408 gems.

Subtract the $25 (the cost of 430 gems) from the $80 and that would be roughly $55 for 6 DVD’s, not bad once you realize you keep the DVDs. My children are grown so I do not buy Disney videos so that would not work for me but if you are someone that plans on buying Disney DVDs anyways, it’s a consideration.

I’ll be sure to let you know after I cancel my memberships and still have my gems.

BTW, did another survey and received 41 more gems today.

117 barb April 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I received the same the same thing as Laura#102 after i tried to do a survey. goes anyone now what that is about ?? so now im leery of trying again. tks for any info you can share.

118 penguin April 25, 2010 at 12:43 am

i am sick of pogo saying that scrabble and the free gem promotion is only for america and canada what about the uk and australia? they play pogo also

119 carusokat April 25, 2010 at 1:11 am

Phooey – just another gimmick – I tried everyone listed and was told I don’t meet their criteria! I assume they are looking for people with lots of money because they all ask your income. I didn’t think Pogo would stoop this low.

120 DAWG April 25, 2010 at 1:56 am

(Laura Post #111) I got the same message once after I 1st signed up. I ignored it and am still doing surveys now.

121 Fatima April 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

Be prepared for all the NEW SPAM courtesy of POGO in your Email
box, as thats what this amounts to. Thanks but NO THANKS Pogo.

122 Stacy April 25, 2010 at 8:49 am

yesterday I did a survey for 41 gems on hunger. I noticed at the top of the survey page this disclamer:

Important:Please enter valid information “especially in text boxes”. Invalid text is easily detected by our system and will result in the rewarded Pogo Gems being taken away

so far I got a total of 48 gems. Most of the survey’s I don’t qualify for which is stupid.

123 metalted April 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

I have done 2 surveys yesterday and got no spam. As for paople outside north america the products the surveys are about may not be in your country i’m from canada and can’t do some because usa porduct only.

124 tigger April 25, 2010 at 10:49 am

well im STILL waiting for my gems for signing up with netflix….this is really really not cool of pogo, if they want us to have gems and actually heard us in the survey they asked us to do, wouldnt ya think they woulda thought hmmm ppl want gems, make it EASY for them to get the gems OR just add some as a bonus…DUH pogo!!contacted customer support because peanut labs was of NO help, i got such a rude person on live chat, ugh, im soo disappointed in pogo..

125 Cheryl April 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Tigger # 124
Did you pick your movies you want delivered? You had to pick up to 6 and put them in queue. That doesn’t mean you have to get all 6, they send them out one at a time if you signed up for the $8.99 monthly membership, once they receive that movie back, they send out another one.

I signed up, signed in, added 6 movies and the gems showed up later that evening. That was either Thursday or Friday, I received my first movie Saturday.

Good luck!

126 tigger April 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

hmmm, ok…ive heard others say u dont have to recieve a movie to get them..oh well, guess i shall cancel lol..was only offer i qualified for lol..does that mean i can only sign up for the 8.99 membership then??nothing anywhere stated what i had to sign up for nor rules as far as how to get gems lol, i wish they would

127 Marie April 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I had a good and bad experience with Pogo’s new thing. I did manage 30 GEMS out of it. Didn’t do any of the “trial” offers. I did sign up fro two survey places…1 gave me the GEMS, the other did not. I did two offers for survery & a print coupons. I was cheated out of 14 gems on those offers, but did get 7…if ya got the time to waste, do it. But, if you don’t want to, then don’t.

128 PurplePlum1 April 26, 2010 at 12:18 am

Tigger #126:

As mentioned before, you have to pick out some movies and have the first one ship out to you before the gems are credited to your acct. Netflix is offering a two week free trial period. You have to sign up for (at least) the $8.99 membership. That will not be charged to your CC as long as you cxl the membership before the two weeks grace period. And, it’s NO hassle at all to cxl the membership; you do it online via the membership acct. link on Netflix.

I wrote more about this in post #101. Hope this helps.


129 PurplePlum1 April 26, 2010 at 12:29 am

Tigger #126 (cont’d):

The specs on the offer/surveys are listed on the top of the screen. Mine have been listed with a white BG and black text, with the same wording as Stacy listed in #122. Plus, any other requirements for that specific offer/survey. (That’s where you should find the info for Netflix.)

130 Kelly April 26, 2010 at 2:58 am

Really like the idea of free Gems. Surveys are kind of fun. Some of the promotions can be a hassle. The coupon one directed me to a different page and the site already had all my info and was asking for my social sercurity number. I don’t give that out to anyone for any reason. Then when I hit skip it automatically signed me up for this EmailBundle package to be charged to my home phone (it already had my number from the Clip & Go site). I was able to immediatly cancel it though.

Other than that I have really enjoyed checking out the surveys and getting free Gems. Have also looked into a few other promotions that worked out fine. Great Idea all around. Thanks.

131 Cheryl April 26, 2010 at 7:47 am

I believe it said that you would receive the gems once the first movie was sent to you.

You can sign up for any of the memberships but the $8.99 was the cheapest so I just picked that one just in case I didn’t get it canceled in time.

You definitely need to sign up for the membership to get the gems, then pick your 6 movies. Once you receive your first movie, watch it (or not), put it in the mail to go back, erase the movies from your queue so they don’t send you anymore then call and cancel your membership. That’s what I plan on doing.

Hope that helps.

132 Syrinx2112 April 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

My first time posting here :) I tried the offer for free creditreport.com (which requires a CC) but you sign up for the 7 day free trial and get 395 gems. But only way to cancel is to call them by phone. Otherwise i signed up over the weekend and called in and canceled today (Monday). Everything is just peachy and i got 395 gems. So I’m happy, but that’s my experience with it. I guess it just up to each person how much or what info they are comfortable signing up with. I may try out some more offers, just so long as I don’t have to buy anything. I stay away from those.

Also Netflix would be a good one too. Although I already did the free trial last year so i can’t do it again now for pogo.

133 synthsnake April 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

All I got from Pogo’s “free gems” offer was a flooded email inbox, around 200 per day. Gem count is still 0.

134 Cheryl April 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Syrinx2112 #132
I haven’t seen the creditreport.com one yet…….I would definitely do that one.

Synthsnake #133
I used a yahoo email account on the ones I filled in and so far I haven’t gotten any more spam than I normally get on there. I just checked my spam file and it shows 80 which is about normal because it holds them for a few days unless I delete which I never do, they just go away by themselves eventually….lol

Did everyone see the ASPCA one? That was really easy. It just needed your first name, last name, email and I can’t remember if there was anything else but then you clicked on the “Pledge” button and it took you to another page to read about the ASPCA but you didn’t have to do anything else and you get 14 gems. Just make sure you use a junk email account.

I tried to share the wealth and was going to gift some Clue episodes to someone but you cannot do that yet…..I emailed Pogo but they said they may make it available in the future.

Good luck and happy gem hunting!

135 Cheryl April 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Ooops, forgot to mention in the previous post about the ASPCA offer of 14 gems…..the “Pledge” button you click on is NOT to pledge money but to pledge to be kind to animals (or something similar, can’t remember the exact wording). On the next page that opens, they do ask if you want to donate but you do not have to do anything else after you click on the “Pledge” button but of course, if you want to donate money, that is totally up to you, I do not mean to dissuade any one from doing so.

136 Put Off April 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I tried and got nothing, but, everthing says open, and really think it is all a scam, and Pogo is allowing them. to do on there site.

I think, for yours and my sake , stay away from all of this and buy your own Gems

137 Steve April 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I got the Netflix and 2 completed survey gems. However, the Gevalia coffee page I opened last night does not show up at all on my Free Gems page. I wrote to Peanut labs but no response. Any help on how I can get the page back? Thank you in advance for your help.

138 beth April 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

ok i have a question if any 1 can help me, it would be dearly appreciated!! i have done a couple surveys got 23 gems on 1 and like post #136 have 1 or 2 that says open, but i went to do the aspca survey and it said i muct enable cookies…what? i thought i had cookies enabled.. so my question is how do i enable cookies ( been so long since i done that) i just cant find it i have ie 7 if any one can help i would appreciate it, thanks in advance, beth

139 Rose April 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Hi Beth – I am not good on computers, but I found this info. under microsoft help. How it works for you.
Block or allow all cookies
Click to open Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Privacy tab, and then, under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or to the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click OK.
Blocking cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly.

To find out which version of Internet Explorer you’re using, the cipher strength (SSL) it is using, the product identification number, or to see when the latest update was applied, follow these steps.
Click to open Internet Explorer.
Press ALT+H, and then click About Internet Explorer.

140 Gina April 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

It works! I didnt beleive, but I tried it and got a total of 59 free gems today just for taking silly surveys!

141 Stacy April 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Ok I enabled all cookies and now when I enter my email addy (which I use for junk email :) and my password it say’s “invalid email or password” what in the world?? Also I keep trying to do this parental survey but it keeps timing out, me getting suspicous

142 ELL April 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

Another bad experience here. Did the NPD research one for 21 gems. Had to allow cookies. registered and picked survey to do. They emailed survey link and I fully completed it No gems and when I go in and look at offers it only says opened. What a waste of time.

143 Andrea April 27, 2010 at 5:28 am

Please be very careful, allowing cookies and such. I tried to get peanutlabs website up and eventually picked up malware and spent hours today cleaning, defrag, reboot, scanning and just about everything u can imagine and guess what? Now when I try to play games they take forever to load when they load at all. Ugggh…

144 Hayden April 27, 2010 at 5:32 am

Another bad experience here. Did the NPD research one for 21 gems. Had to allow cookies. registered and picked survey to do. They emailed survey link and I fully completed it No gems and when I go in and look at offers it only says opened. What a waste of time.

145 Cheryl April 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

ELL #142

It is my experience that when it says “open” it was not completed. That’s what it shows when I just open them and read what they are about.

If it went through, it says “approved” instead of open…..

Click on the View All Transactions just above it to the right and it will show if it was approved or disqualified.

146 Harold April 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

I tried several of these surveys and I have not recieved the firt GEM. Could this be another hoax

147 beth April 27, 2010 at 8:25 am

thanks vm rose #139, i finally remembered it, it had just been so long lol, but ty all so much:)
for ell post #142 that was happening to me on same npd, but once i went to my email and filled out survey it took about an hour and still didnt see my gems even tho i had gotten an email from pogo saying i was awarded them but i went back to news page and clicked on the gem thing and when the page came up my gem total changed, or when i clicked on the tabs for recent transactions, inbetween those 2 actions my gems showed up so try that and keep check on ur email for message from pogo, because they are a valid survey and it worked for me…..
i did have mega problems with the aspca survey, it was site that demanded cookies lol and then it would just say my name was already a member but i just kelp on hitting sumit survey (guess they got tired of it lol) and finally i did get my 14 gems there, even tho i did not donate (because i do donate food occasionally to my local shelter) but on this survey with aspca when the second screen comes up i was lost as to how to finish to get my gems because it was all about how to donate, so dont remember exactly what i clicked on because i clicked several links on that page and finally got to a page that had submit survey, reset answers etc on it and thats where i was repeadly clicking submit lol, gl all with the surveys….

148 geri April 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

i am sure this question was answered, but can someone explain when doing the surveys i cant, but says open?

149 Barbara Ruotolo April 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

I looked into the free gems and came to a place that I had to fill out all kinds of info. It was just things they wanted you to buy for free gems, I got no free gems.

150 Dannie April 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

Starting getting the spam offers and am going thru the website of the offer to remove me. I changed 6 random characters in this email address but I wanted you to see what the UNSUBSCRIBE link that obviously didn’t work as it is too big to put in the email: unsub–1__kAnQt5zerA7qxnoQK7m1njM6eZrSsZjL9JAsmtkBo_EOh7nKfnqZU8oWvXsXlmF9zpE_DivwlO2TG9pjS1DwS9___oZR0wtKep2q71FIqLO91MCXut3Pdnjbj7ahi9RnEWZJ_9Wa61A=__276959@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com
Like I said I changed 6 characters as I don’t want to go against board rules but if this isn’t deceiving I don’t know what is.

151 surgeryrn7 April 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

exactly, the only survery i wanted to do was the television one, and i clicked on it and could not continue, enough of that

152 ELL April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

Beth #147 When I looked back on the survey they sent me to do it said I had a chance to win 1000 .00 no mention of gems and nothing has showed up but ty

153 Laura April 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

I too was having problems with some of the surveys. The ASPCA wouldn’t complete and a couple of others kept showing errors. Also, I tried to order the printer ink and that wouldn’t work either. I finally decided to try going to pogo via Firefox and surprise, everything worked perfectly. Now I’m able to finish the surveys and am receiving the gems. So maybe a different browser will help.

154 Lura April 27, 2010 at 10:43 am

If you have any questions about or problems with the free gem offers from Pogo and PeanutLabs, consult their FAQ:


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