Aprille Magille spends about eight hours a day watching videos on the Internet.
But the 56-year-old retiree isn’t bored or in need of a hobby. She’s actually earning rewards for every video she watches that she has used to buy a Kindle, a tablet, pots and pans, a rice cooker and even a counter-top oven.
Magille is a member of Swagbucks, a Los Angeles firm that offers virtual currency to people in return for watching videos, playing games or taking part in market research.
Think of it as a frequent-flier program for online video watchers. Members are rewarded “swagbucks” for watching videos online that they can redeem for rewards including Amazon gift cards. Each swagbuck is worth 1 cent and the maximum members can earn in a day is about 150 swagbucks, or $1.50. It is hardly a get-rich-quick scheme. The rate varies for people using mobile apps.