App Review: Shopkick

Today’s post comes from Stephen’s wife, Rebecca, who works alongside Stephen to make full-time selling on FBA possible.

We’ve posted in the past about ways to get “free money” to use for sourcing, and I’ve also posted about how I incorporate sourcing into my day-to-day schedule running a household with four kids. Today I want to share an app I’ve been using during my regular sourcing and shopping for the family that is earning us gift cards at popular locations: Shopkick.

shopkick-largeThe basic premise of Shopkick is that you use the app on your smartphone to “walk in” as you enter stores or to scan items within the store, earning points called “Kicks” for every walk-in or scan. Once you’ve accumulated enough Kicks, you can redeem them for gift cards. The gift card options include stores like Target, Starbucks, Old Navy, JCPenney, Macy’s, Lowe’s, and ToysRUs.

Since I do most of the shopping for our family as well as helping with sourcing at stores around town, I’ve found that Shopkick is an easy way to earn rewards doing something that I’m already doing anyway. Different stores participate in different cities, but in our area of town alone (not including other parts of town where we also shop) I can earn Kicks just by walking through the doors of Target, JCPenney, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Kohl’s, Home Depot, or Albertson’s. These are stores where we regularly source or do our family shopping — it takes a matter of seconds to check in as I enter, so why not earn rewards while I’m at it? The rewards can rack up even faster during the before- and after-Christmas clearance shopping when we’re sourcing at retail stores even more than other times of year.

shopkickI’ve found that checking in is the easiest and most time-efficient way to earn points on Shopkick, but I’ve also done a little scanning to earn extra Kicks when I have a minute to spare. Within the app, each participating store has a list of products that you can find and scan to earn Kicks throughout the store. For example, right now at my local Target I could scan a wide variety of items including toilet paper, air mattresses, men’s and women’s clothes, food products, and health and beauty items.

For me the key to making the most of scanning items in Shopkick is to pick only products that earn a high number of Kicks and products that include several items on the same aisle. For instance, yesterday at Target I scanned three different types of toilet paper and three different types of hair care products that each earned a high number of Kicks. I skipped going to find the two clothing items in the list because one was in men’s and one was in women’s, and both of them were relatively low earning.

Stephen also pointed out to me that scanning items for Shopkick could be a way to get you out of your comfort zone in your regular retail sourcing and put you in an area of the store where you’re more likely to notice a good resale item that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. If you always head straight to the toy clearance at every store, scanning Shopkick items on another aisle might help you find a new resale item in the health and beauty category, for example. You never know!

shopkick_app_logoIf you use it strategically, Shopkick could help you earn “free money” while doing something you already do anyway — shopping. You could easily waste a lot of time running around a store searching for items for Shopkick, when you could be focusing your energy doing something more productive and profitable — so be careful. But if you’re already going to a store and you’re already on the aisle scanning other items anyway, it could be worth it to spend a few seconds “walking in” or scanning products to earn some rewards.

To find out more about Shopkick, just click here and download it to your iPhone or Android device. If you follow the above link, you’ll get 50 Kicks just for joining!

Have you used Shopkick? Have you found it to be useful or a distraction?

13 responses to “App Review: Shopkick

  1. Thanks for taking your time out to write a blog to share with myself and others

  2. Today I went sourcing and found some great stuff to resell… I also racked up about 150 kicks just for walking in and scanning a few things!

  3. My wife and I have used the Shopkick app for a couple months now. We love it. Getting free gift cards while we are out shopping anyway is great!

  4. I would love to hear some more opinions on this App. because there are lots of complaints about people not getting their points, the App using a lot of battery with the GPS, not being able to check in at stores, etc.
    Not trying to bash it, just want to hear some more opinions. ;-)

    • I’d love to hear some more reviews too! I’ve always gotten my gift cards without any problems, and no worries about battery power either. I’ve only had one issue, and that was not being able to check in to one Best Buy and one rural Walmart, but other than that, It’s worked like a charm for me.

      Anyone else out there like to post a review here? I’d love to read your comments.

  5. Thanks for the tip! I’m downloading it now!

  6. sounds easy enough but what is the intent of the app why are the stores doing this what data are they trying to collect from us is there
    anything we should be concerned about with them tracking your every move?

    • Patrick, the stores use this app to get you in the stores… and once you’re in the stores, to find the special items and scan them. They hope you’ll see the item, and want to buy them. It’s worth it to them and it seems to be working. I don’t think there is any concern about them tracking our data to use against us, rather it is data that should improve our shopping experiences.

  7. I had Shopkick for close to a year and then one day opened it up and my points were gone, completely gone. I believe I tried emailing or contacting some type of customer service, if there was one, and never received a response. I have been hesitant to reload, but may well try it. Just felt like a lot of wasted effort when the points disappeared.

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