Are you interested in testing products and being paid? Take a look at this PPOC.club review to see what it’s really about and if it is too good to be true.
Over the last few years, in my attempt to save up enough money so I can retire before death, I have tried various ways to make extra money. Some have been far more successful and enjoyable compared to others.
One of my favourite ways to make money is to be paid for testing products. There are several survey sites (such as i-say and Panelbase) that give you the opportunity to do this. The only problem is, they are few and far between.
But recently, I saw an advert on Facebook advertising beta.PPOC.club, a company that would pay you to test products. Usually, I give these things a wide berth. I find that paid adverts on Facebook are always something to be a little wary of and this sounded a little too good to be true. However, as it was a possible money-making scheme, I decided to give it a go.
What is PPOC.club?
PPOC stands for Product Proof of Concept. The general idea is to test and give your opinion on products. For this, you’ll either receive a cash reward or a free product.
Is PPOC.club legitimate?
The company is based in Houston, Texas and started in 2017. I used them for them a couple of months and always received my products and payment without an issue.
Signing up to PPOC.club
This was my first hurdle, which I failed. I answered a few (what I thought) simple questions, only to be told that I wasn’t suitable. It turns out that PPOC.club is actually looking for people to test products that they wouldn’t usually buy. When I figured that out, I tried a 2nd time and managed to be accepted.
My first job
Straight away, I had a task waiting for me in my account. I was asked to visit Amazon, type in a certain phrase and find a specific product. I then needed to provide PPOC.club the specific code of that product to prove I had found it.
Next, I needed to find some rival products and choose two of my favourites. I needed to briefly explain what I liked about these products and why I would choose them.
Then, I needed to buy the product. Obviously, I was a little sceptical about parting with my money. But then I thought, what’s the worst that can happen? If I don’t receive my refund, I can just send the item back to Amazon.
Within 2 days, I received my product and my refund!
What was the product? I have to be a little vague as mystery shopping companies don’t like you to reveal specifics, but the item was used for skiing and cost over £30.
Now, I have been skiing once and that was over 25 years ago. I really have no idea what is good or bad.
My 2nd product were some feminine hygiene products. Looking through these products made me feel like a skiing expert!
Still, the process was the same and took just a few minutes. My refund was received in under a day.
These jobs usually take between 10 and 15 minutes.
So… this is what it’s all about. The testing of the product.
Except it isn’t. Not once was I asked for my thoughts about the product after I had received it. There is an option to provide feedback. However, you can only do this once you have completed a course. But this course has never been available to me, so I couldn’t complete the feedback.
But ‘product tests’ aren’t the only way to make money through PPOC.club
These involve you searching for a product on Amazon. You will need to search using a certain term and when you find the product, you just add it to your basket and take a photo. You don’t actually have to buy the product. Gigs usually only take a few minutes. As long as you can find the product.
Here, you get to choose between 2 designs and you choose which one you think is best. This takes a minute at the most.
Although this is an option, I have never had the chance to complete a Brand Ambassador task, so can’t comment
For product tests, you are usually paid £2 for each purchase. That might not sound great, but you also need to consider you get to keep the product. PPOC.club isn’t keen on you selling your items on after you’ve received them. But then how would they know?
Gigs pay 50 pence and can lead to product tests. Votes pay 20 pence.
The pay per hour, excluding the product, probably works out at around £8. This will go up considerably if you are able to sell the products on after use (feminine hygiene products excluded).
You can be paid either by PayPal or bank transfer. When you withdraw money that you have earned, withdrawals over £25 are free, otherwise you are charged 50 pence. Refunds for products bought are never charges.
In my 1st month of being a member, I have earned £21 and received over £70 worth of products.
My PPOC.club review conclusion
This is a bit of an odd site. It’s a decent money maker, but it doesn’t seem as if companies are actually bothered about what you think.
My gut feeling is that all you are doing is pushing products up the search rankings on Amazon. So really, you’re not acting as a paid product tester but more of a promoter. But I can’t blame companies for trying to improve their standing at Amazon. Especially when you consider 86% of us in the UK shop there.
It’s not something that I would feel comfortable with continuing to do, but I felt I had to try the site.
Amazon isn’t keen on users being paid to test products and leaving reviews. However, they’re far more likely to punish sellers rather than buyers. Although I’m going to continue with PPOC.club, I think it’s important that you understand the activity may be frowned upon by Amazon.
Follow this link to find out more. However, it does seem that they only take on new members at certain times.
Another tip if you’re going to shop through Amazon is to sign up for an Amazon credit card. This will also you cashback for every purchase you make.