Posted by Chuck on March 21, 2017
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Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Chuck


Dollar Shave $22 Moneymaker with Swagbucks and Amex

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[Originally posted on 3/17. Repost and update on 3/21 since the offer got $2.25 better. (HT: Elias)

The Offer

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Swagbucks is offering the following bonus for signing up to the Dollar Shave Club:

  • 700 475 Swagbucks (worth $7.00) for the initial signup
  • Another 1,500 Swagbucks (worth $15) after remaining a member for 2 months

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There’s also a targeted Amex Offer at Dollar Shave which we’ve reported. There are two versions:

  • Spend $10 or more at Dollar Shave and get $10 back as a statement credit
  • Spend $10 or more at Dollar Shave and get 1,000 bonus Membership Rewards points

The Fine Print

  • Must use email address that is associated with your Swagbucks account to earn SB
  • Initial 700 475 SB will appear as Pending for 3 days
  • After first month, normal Dollar Shave rates apply
  • Must stay subscribed past 2 months for additional 1,500 SB to award
  • Please allow at least 75 days for additional 1,500 SB to award
  • SB may be revoked for invalid or canceled orders
  • Swagbucks members will only be awarded (1) one time per user for the offer that is completed
  • Members will not be eligible to receive SB on this offer if a previous Dollar Shave Club offer was completed via Swagbucks, or for any future Dollar Shave Club offers on Swagbucks once this offer has been completed

Our Verdict

With the Amex Offer, you can get the Dollar Shave costs down to $0, which leaves the 2,200 1,975 from Swagbucks which are worth a minimum of $22 $19.75.  In the past, Swagbucks had a similar deal, but if you did that one you are not eligible to do this deal again (though you can still take advantage of the Amex Offer deal).

If you use the Acorns app, you can get an extra 10% (?) back on all your Dollar Shave purchases which will be $3 in our example below. (HT: AMAnd if you’re a member of FoundersCard, you get free $18 there so this should stack.

Just bear in mind that some people have had problems either with the portal tracking or with Swagbucks deactivating their account for reasons which aren’t clear, so keep the risks in mind.

If you are signing up for a new Swagbucks account, I’d appreciate if you use my Swagbucks referral link. You’ll also get a $3 + 2 bonus at the end of the month if you earn 300 SB.

Step by Step

Here’s how I’ll go about doing this deal:

1) Go through Topcashback and buy a $10 Dollar Shave gift card with a registered Amex card; select ‘Other’ to get a $10 card (double check that the gift card amount is $10 before clicking Purchase; trust me on this one). Use Safari if Chrome is glitching out.

2) Repeat step #1 with a second Amex card; repeat step #1 with a third amex card

Do not create a Dollar Shave account yet. You’ll do that later.

I’ll now have $30 in Dollar Shave gift cards which I got free after Amex credit. Hopefully, I’ll also have $3.60 from the portal cash back, though based on the comments it’s more likely this won’t track.

4) Go through Swagbucks and signup with Dollar Shave for an initial $5 fee; during the signup, they’ll allow you to apply a gift card to pay, you won’t have to use a credit card at all. At this step you also create your Dollar Shave account. Make sure you use the same email that you use with Swagbucks; I forgot to do this, though it seems to have worked anyway.

5) After completing signup, go back to your Dollar Shave account and apply the other $20 in gift cards so that you won’t be hit with any fees for the next two months of service. You need to leave your Dollar Shave account open for two months to get the Swabucks.

After the initial $5 cost for the first month, the next two months cost are $9 each. Since you have a $30 account credit, that’ll more than cover the $5 + $9 + $9, plus some sales tax. (It’s possible that you can get away with paying just $5 + $9 and cancel before the third fee hits, but assuming you have three Amex cards you might as well be conservative and apply them all to avoid any doubt.)

At the end of the day, you’ll have some razors stuff + $6 left in Dollar Shave credit + the 2,200  1,975 Swagbucks.

6) Remember to cancel your Dollar Shave subscription (Link) during the third month if you decide you don’t want to use Dollar Shave anymore. Mark it down on your calendar. After the three months of fees, you can also downgrade the account to a cheaper package of less than $9 until you use up your Dollar Shave credit. If you have the Amex Offer on many cards, you can keep getting razors for free for quite some time.

The truth is that using our method here there isn’t any major need to cancel since you never gave them your credit card, only gift cards; when the gift cards get used up they’ll probably auto-cancel the subscription. That said, it’s probably worth cancelling the subscription for the avoidance of doubt.

Hat tip to reader daxihe

83 Responses to Dollar Shave $22 Moneymaker with Swagbucks and Amex

  1. Justin says:

    Thoughts on switching from The Executive Blade ($9) to The Humble Twin ($3) after the first month?

  2. Jake N says:

    Any way to use SB for merchandise instead of the razors? Or is the best bet there just to use TCB and try to double dip with a GC?

  3. mishyq says:

    Does anyone know if DSC ship things by USPS or UPS? How many days does it take? And I presume it comes in a small box that can fit into a regular metal mailbox?

    Wanting to do this deal now, but away from home next week and dont want some random package sitting outside front door for days


  4. Onsale says:

    Dammit, I just signed up for DollarShaveClub yesterday with the Amex. You think there is any chance I can get the swagbucks promo now?

    • Chuck says:

      I don’t see clearly on Swagbucks that this deal is only for new DSC subscribers, so you might be able to do it (if you have enough Amex cards left) provided you never did a Swag/DSC deal before. Probably worth using a new email with DSC to avoid doubt.

      Just be aware it’s possible DSC won’t like that you have two subscriptions to the same house, etc. I don’t know.

  5. Lee says:

    This site is becoming to cheap,,, low level promotion.

  6. Gadget says:

    What sort of crazy person has 3 Amex cards to get all the $10 gift cards for free? This doesn’t seem worth the trouble if you only have one Amex card. Having to cancel the service at just the right time – then, worry about the SB being credited. I guess there are worse deals; best of luck.

  7. Gabriel says:

    can we just enroll for the blades and get the Swagbucks ?

  8. Stone says:

    CAUTION: There is a bug in their website that if you purchase two gift cards back to back, please retype amount number again, in our case “10”, when purchase the second one, or they will charge you for a $65 egiftcard by default even “10” displayed on page. I just got charged for a $65 giftcard and I am pretty sure it was display as 10 in the text box.

  9. Swagless says:

    Can’t for the life of me sign up for swagbucks. I am located in the US. I have tried 3 different browsers, 5 different email addresses, and with/without VPN. Errors out every time and then says email address has been used already.

  10. Durga says:

    Thanks Chuck!

    I have used your referral for Swagbucks and above instructions to place my first order on Dollar Shave club.

  11. captainsave says:

    So is it 2 months after the first month, 3 months all together? If i signed up today 3/18 when can i cancel? Thanks

    • Chuck says:

      You can cancel two months after signing up. I’m guessing the third subscription will have already gone out, and you’ll have paid $5+$9+$9.

      If you signup today, you cancel on May 20. Might be worth letting the third shipment go out out of caution, in case that’s a requirement.

  12. captainsave says:

    Can we downgrade it to $3 after the first month. So it be only $5+$3+$3?

  13. Christine B says:

    The offer was on 6 of my cards and 5 of my husbands. Followed your step-by-step instructions. Free stuff + cash back makes me happy.

    Thank you for writing about these opportunities. Ignore the critics…

  14. Anthony says:

    I can’t find anything against this but if i do this, then refer my wife to swagbucks to signup as well. Would they deny at either swagbucks or DSC for having two offers to the same address?

  15. Max says:

    My word of caution: Swagbucks NEVER get rewarded on their own. When it says “Wait N minutes/hours/days for SB to be awarded” I always wait beyond that and they never turn up on their own. I always have to contact SB support and then they apply it manually, to their credit.

    The only exception is those offers for which SB are pending instantaneously. Or just awarded instantly.

    So I don’t think it’s browser issues.

  16. TK says:

    TopCashback is offering 15% for shave items or 12% cashback on other DSC spending. My wife and I have 8 AMEX cards between us both. For purchasing the multiple $10 giftcards, a single purchase cashback is pending in my account for a $15 spend, %15 even though it is not for shave items gives $2.25. For a $47 spend at the DSC store, there is $6 of cashback pending. Even though the $47 purchase is reported correctly, the $6 cashback is neither %15 nor %12 of the $47. So perhaps there are caps on cashback for giftcards and other spending. Anyway, you can squeeze a little more out of this deal.

    Free shipping at DSC begins at the $15 level for all DSC store purchases, if I am not mistaken.

    Free shipping is available for small DSC store purchases within one hour of your joining with the Swagbucks deal. After joining DSC through Swagbucks, you can go through TopCashback to use whatever extra DSC credits you may have.

    Also, you can update your DSC subscription to once every two months to reduce costs and stretch out cancellation deadlines.

  17. Elias says:

    The offer is now better:

    Earn 2,200 SB
    Your $5 Starter Box includes an Executive handle, 4 razor cartridges, and Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter. Start TODAY & earn 475 700 SB. Stay subscribed & earn an additional 1,500 SB!*

  18. Isaac K. says:

    Hey, Love the site. Have used lots of info, so thanks.
    I clicked thought swagbucks to complete the DSC offer and the SW haven’t posted. My wife did and they posted immediately. Having a hard time figuring out how to contact them. Anyone?

  19. Melie C says:

    I noticed the new offer today after I referred my DH. Already did one a few days ago with GC’s I bought through Amex deal. Had 30 more and wanted to double up on swagbucks. I referred husband from my sawgbucks account, then went to set up the DSC account through the new offer. All was fine but on the final page to complete the order It would not let me do so. I thought it was because I already have an account shipping to my address from the first setup, but I tried a few addresses and could not checkout. Now I have a GC tied to the account and can’t order. Anyone else have this issue? I also got hung up a few days ago with the $65 bug. I only read this again after buying all my GC’s. A quick chat with DSC and they said they reversed the charge.

    • Sam says:

      It wouldn’t let me complete the order too.Did you chose add the credit card later? First couple time I chose not add credit card, then I tried to add credit card, finally the complete the order showed up, then I changed to not add credit card again, it still work! This how I fix the bugs without put my credit card.hopefully it helps!

  20. ted says:

    If you have only one amex card like myself, you can easily do 7$+ and free stuff. Follow the steps above except instead of buying 3 10-dollar eGift cards, buy only one using the card you are targeted for. Sign up through swagbucks, use the 10 gift card towards the signup offer and Cancel after a week once your swagbuck points have posted.

    • Yu says:

      I think even if you one have 1 amex card, you still get all of them almost for free if you stay for 3 months, though not MM. right? (fee: $5+$9+$9 and you get $7+$15 back )

      Am I wrong?

      • ted says:

        You’re not wrong, it all depends whether you want to actually use Dollar Shave subscription or not, I personally don’t.

        • Yu says:

          Is it because the quality of the Dollar Shave razors is not good? I meant we don’t really pay anything if we just stay here for 3 months.(assuming you agree 1 swag point is worth 1 cent.)

  21. MH says:

    I’m a double edge blade shaver using Polsilvers & Gillette Platinums. I did not like any Dorco’s which i’ve heard these are.

    How do these DSC blades compare to Schick Quattro or Gillette Fusions? Close or distant third? I head shave with Quattros and Fusions.

    Maybe I’ll get the GS’s to sell and keep the MR points.

  22. Jim Davis says:

    Just signed up with swagbucks, and when a try to log in a week later, I get a deactivated after having some CAPTCHA issues and trying a few times.

    Sent a trouble ticket.

    Whats the deal with these guys?

    • Chuck says:

      I don’t know, heard some horror stories. Maybe try support?

    • Jim Davis says:

      Full 24 hours or more and still haven’t heard why my account got trashed.

      I know the shave deal tracked because I looked at the account the next day.

      Hope these guys dont try to scam em out of my $20 , cause I’ll be costing them $2000 worth of bad publicity.

  23. Guillermo Lover of Life says:

    Anyone have experience getting the 1,000 MR credit twice, once on a Business card and once on an authorized user for said business card? Trying to see whether to try it.

    • Anup says:

      This is standard practice for Amex offers. The offer is redoable for each card. I have done it for several other amex offers, not this one as of yet. I will definitely do it though.

  24. Guillermo Lover of Life says:


  25. Shar says:

    is the points posted immediately?

  26. Chuck says:

    I still haven’t gotten the final $15 from Swagbucks. Should have come by now. I’ll file a case with them.

  27. Nancy says:

    I filed a ticket with Swagbucks today (first subscribed two months ago on 3/17). They responded and credited me the 1500 swagbucks on later the same day.

  28. Joe ReadNeck says:

    My offer was 600 + 1500 swagbucks. AMEX credit posted the next day, 600 swagbucks in about 5 days. I’ve got $5 credit left on the DSC account and I’ve downgraded to the $3/month razor package, but I’m still going to be short on three months. Should I pause my sub and hope swagbucks honors the remaining 1500, or is there another angle to work? (Maybe a referral code–would that be ok to post?)

  29. EO says:

    It took me two separate email exchanges, but I finally got the 1500 swagbucks I was entitled to. So don’t give up if you haven’t been paid yet. Just be persistent.

    • Jim Davis says:

      Can’t figure out what PROOF they need to pay me.

      Any suggestions of what to send them to get the money owed me?

      Way too much trouble with Swag.

  30. Matthew says:

    Looks like the offer is gone at the moment?

  31. Jeremy says:

    It’s back.

  32. paz says:

    “Please allow at least 75 days for additional 1,500 SB to award”. Is this 75 days from initial sign-up, or from the date that the subscription gets past two months? It’s been over 80 days since my sign-up at DSC, still no 1500 SB.

  33. Jim Davis says:

    Swagbucks is a joke.

  34. Jim Davis says:

    SWagbucks ticket complaint system is confusing and ridiculous. Clearly scammers

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