Posted by William Charles on April 9, 2014
Reward Program Reviews

Published on April 9th, 2014 | by William Charles

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ShopKick Review – Is It Worth Signing Up For?

[Shop Kick gives you 2,500 free kicks ($10) for each friend you refer. Instead of posting our own link we will allow our readers to leave helpful comments with their referral link. Comments which are just the link or provide no value will be removed. We also did something similar for Plink]

ShopKick is a mobile app based loyalty program that gives you points (known as kicks) for visiting stores and scanning specific items. At the time of writing there are 6,000,000 people who have downloaded shop kick for their mobile device. It’s currently available on android and iphone devices.

shop kick logo

ShopKick will also let you know of specials that a store is currently having, some of which are shop kick only specials. They also show you which stores are participating and how far away each store is and how many kicks you’ll receive for entering the store. ShopKick makes money on the premise that when a business gets a customer inside a store they are able to sell them products they might not have otherwise purchased. They charge businesses to get additional customers in the store and then give some of this money back to consumers through the application.

How To Earn Kicks

You can earn kicks a few different ways:

  • Entering a store: Stores that are partnered with shop kick will pay you 30-100 kicks to enter their store. Usually you need to wait near the entrance for a few seconds with your shopkick application open to earn the points

walk-in

  • Scan specific items: Stores will also pay you to scan specific items with your shop kick app. Generally you’ll get 10 kicks per scan and can scan multiple items per store (although usually these items aren’t very close together)

scanning items

  • Purchase an item: You can also earn kicks by purchasing items from participating stores. The exact amount of kicks you’ll earn is dependent on the item you’re buying and from what store.

kicks for purchasing

  • Surprises: You can earn kicks by looking through the look books of each participating store and you’ll “randomly” earn points on different pages.

tap for a surprise

  • Refer friends: You’ll earn half the kicks any people you refer earns within their first two weeks of account use. Up to a maximum of 2,500 points.
  • Link your credit card: When you link one of your credit cards you’ll receive up to 200 bonus kicks.
Like ShopKick on facebook.

They regularly post about specials and competitions in which you can earn bonus kicks. Click here to like them now.

Redeeming Kicks

rewards-mall

Kicks can be redeemed at the rewards mall for gift cards and items. In general 1 kick = 0.4¢, this means you’ll need 1,250 kicks to be able to redeem for a $5 gift card. The redemption rate will be slightly different for items, but your best value is usually gotten from redeeming for gift cards. The minimum you can redeem for is $2 or 500 kicks. They offer the following gift cards:

  • Target gift cards (starting at $2 or 500 kicks)
  • Aerie gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • American eagle gift card (starting at $2 or 500 kicks)
  • Arden B. gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Fandango gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • Game stop gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Papa johns gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Sports authority gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Toys ‘R’ Us gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • iTunes gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • Lowe’s gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • Nike gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • Sephora gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • Old navy gift card (starting at $10 or 2,500 kicks)
  • 1-800 flowers gift card (starting at $25 or 6,250 kicks)
  • Customized gas gift cards (starting at $10 or 3,400 kicks, note this values your kicks at 0.29¢ each instead of the usual 0.4¢)
  • Restaurant.com gift card (starting at $25 or 875 kicks this values your kicks at 2.87¢ each – but restaurant.com gift cards are easily purchased for 20% of their face value)
  • Shutterfly gift card (starting at $25 or 6,250 kicks)
  • Best Buy gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Macy’s gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Starbucks gift card (starting at $5 or 1,250 kicks)
  • Coach gift card (starting at $300 or 75,000 kicks)
  • Kate spade gift card (starting at $300 or 75,000 kicks)
  • Tiffy & co (starting at $300 or 75,000 kicks)

Our Verdict

At most you’re going to get 40¢ per store you walk into. This certainly isn’t going to make you rich any time soon, for those with a lot of free time you might find this worth whiled. Most people will only find value on this if they are able to generate large amounts of shopkick points for purchases that they’d usually make anyway. I think the only way I’ll actually use this app is if I can find a participating store that I’m already using as part of my manufacturing spending strategy.

I’ve gone ahead and installed this application on my phone, but I honestly don’t know when I’ll use it next. I’ll update this page in the next month or two with any progress I’ve made.

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bart
bart

Several times I went into a store (JCPenny, Macy’s, Office Depot) and the walkins promised did not add to my award total. The thing did not work. I tried to find out from store managers how to get the kicks and none of them new anything about shopkick. This happened irregiularly and I finally complained about it after the fourth or fifth time. I tried to contact shopkick about the issue. They told me I would not be able to get the kicks added even though they admitted” maybe their wifi router was not working properly.” Too bad. No help. I was finally told I’d have to send them a copy of a receipt from the store showing the store logo, date, address and time. The walkin kicks do not require a purchase so unless I made a purchase there was no way to do this. I complained about that as well.
Then one day when I tried to use the shopkick again I got a screen which read in HUGE letters “TOO BAD!” and went on to say: “Unfortunately your account history indicates that you have not followed the shop kick rules…You will not be able to collect or redeem any more kicks.”

When I emailed about this I eventually received the following email:

“Due to activity outside our terms, which you can find in our previous message and within the app, we will not be able to re-open your shopkick account. It is our policy not to share more specific information on this issue. You are welcome to continue to use shopkick to find great offers and deals with our partners, but you will no longer be able to collect or redeem kicks. This will be our final communication on this issue.
Regards,
Ruby”

and they confiscated the 1971 kicks I had legitimately accumulated. They would not let me collect them.
And now no more response.

They just do NOT feel the need to respond to any questions or to treat people fairly. The app doe not work about half the time. If you complain, they just shut down your account and confiscate your awards.

Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis

The same thing happened to me just yesterday. They will not respond to my emails either and I have sent several. I think it is a way for them to get your kicks without doing the work themselves. Think about it , if they send the same message to who knows how many people they earn a lot of gift cards. SCAM-SCAM-SCAM!!!!!!!!

Tasha
Tasha

I also received the same message yesterday after using shopkick did for years. I have sent emails asking if they could explain to me which rule I did not follow since I have been using it the same way for years and they told me they didn’t have to explain and there would be no further communication on the matter

Tink79
Tink79

I was having problems with getting my kicks entering stores. For instance my Walmart has 3 entrances, but only one of them has the shopkick device. So you only get the points by entering in that specific entrance. You may just need to experiment with individual stores.

Matt
Matt

According to what I’ve read online Walmart doesn’t use the shopkick transmitter devices. They use GPS for walk-ins only.

Lee
Lee

I’ve read this same complaint by other users as well. I will not be DL this app with the kind of Customer Service this company has a reputation for. They should be investigated.

J
J

Thank you SOO VM for sparing us of this SCAM BAIT !

Much LUV wish you the best!

Christy
Christy

So far, I am enjoying shopkick. It’s a win-win for the developer, retailers and consumers!
I’ve only had it for a few days, but I’m enjoying going through the look books and getting surprises. There are great products I probably wouldn have even thought to buy without looking through those books, too.
One thing you mentioned is points for linking your credit card. I’m having trouble linking one of mine for some reason, (it’s a visa) so I wonder if certain banks have restrictions??
On another note, you can purchase certain items through the app and get kicks. It doesn’t work with everything, though only items with “buy, get kicks” option on the product image. I wish that you could buy anything through the app and get kicks because while I might have liked to buy the item (for example, a throw pillow), but they were sold out of the color… Just seeing the image of the pillow prompted me to consider other throw pillows but they weren’t part of the buy, get kicks option.
All in all, it’s a great app!!
thanks for giving us the opportunity to add our link! Try Shopkick!!

Never mind
Never mind

This review sounds like it was written by an employee.

Heidi
Heidi

Yep lol. You can smell a paid review a mile away.

JennAnne
JennAnne

I totally agree…I will not be downloading this app due to the higher percentage of people NOT having success than the one “customer” who supposedly is having “great” success! I wanted to see reviews of this app BEFORE I downloaded (and apparently would have gotten frustrated with) this app! Thanks to those of you who commented honestly to help those of us who were thinking about trying it!

Leeee
Leeee

I’ve had this app almost since it was released. I am NOT an employee of ShopKicks or in any way related to this company! While it’s true that their customer service is extremely lacking, I’ve had great success with the app. Yes, there are some stores that aren’t easy to get walk-in kicks, but I avoid them after a few tries. To date, I’ve gotten around $250 in gift cards & once you redeem your kicks, the cards are instantly added to your account. There are TONS of various gift card options so you’re not limited to only 2 or 3 stores.

Jasmine
Jasmine

The gift cards are only worth like $2 😡

Demetrio
Demetrio

They are a fraud: Like the previous poster said: “They just do NOT feel the need to respond to any questions or to treat people fairly. The app doe not work about half the time. If you complain, they just shut down your account and confiscate your awards”.

Me and my wife had the exact same experience: no kicks earned for walkins at Office Depot and Macys. Complained from within the app and surprise:
“Unfortunately your account history indicates that you have not
followed the shop kick rules”….

When we reached their customer disservice they only kept accused us of not following the rules (they say we scanned barcodes from websites, which we didn’t)….There is no complain or dispute procedure in their terms, you even accept their decision with no right to fight against any damage they may cause you in a court or tort they could have.

Should have seen wikipedia page first (tells you a lot of customers are banned right before cashing their kicks, more revenue for shopkicks, they cash in your job from their partners and never shell out a dime).

Even their facebook page shows this kind of fraudulent behaviour:
https://m.facebook.com/SHOPkick/posts/10150600203514856

I made the time to reach them several times but they didn’t remove their ban, they didn’t care to check if this was a legitimate one or not….so knew this….when they want your earned kicks they take them and you are out, no appeal!

Be aware, don’t waste your time with these fraudster! They are becoming reach stoling from the app users!!!

Read also:
https://m.facebook.com/SHOPkick/posts/10150600090309856

http://en.paperblog.com/shopkick-ban-why-was-my-account-flagged-by-shopkick-745837/

Casey
Casey

This EXACT same thing happened to me! I didn’t even know it was possible to cheat their system, but when I complained that my kicks weren’t adding up (seriously, they cheat you – start keeping track with a pen and paper), they immediately shut down my account for fraud and refused to reply to my requests for help. I had over $75 worth of kick accumulated over years!

Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis

They shut me down and took my 3618 shopkicks said i wasn’t following thier rules I wasn’t getting my walk in points and some of the scans weren’t registering. Never got Kroger walkins.

Jamie
Jamie

I just downloaded shopkick today and have already earned my first Target gift card without spending a dime! 🙂 I highly recommend this app! Use the link below for bonus “kicks” (points) at sign up:

http://get.shopkick.com/argon44223

Happy shopkicking!

Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis

Jamie- watch out after awhile having it they shut you down especially if you have accumulated a lot of kicks and they want them!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

Wrong I’ve not spent a dime and gotten gift cards. At that time and I think that it’s still the case, only certain stores will give you points for purchases.

One in Best Buy. I know you can get points at American, Old Navy and a few other clothes stores. The apps is geared towards women obviously but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect a ton of points and I rarely venture into the stores directly.

Jasmine
Jasmine

I have had Shopkick for 3 years now and have redeemed for $55 dollars worth of gift cards. I will admit for the first 2 years, it was just a passive app on my phone, but in the past 6 months I have redeemed for $30 worth of gift cards. I don’t use it as a “get rich quick” deal, but it is great because I am a college freshman, who loves starbucks and I use shopkick to fuel my caffeine addiction.

Tamara L.
Tamara L.

I agree with you totally Jasmine. I’ve had it about 3 or 4 years, originally I really didn’t get the concept. The app needs to have access to the microphone on whatever phone you use and bluetooth I think plays a part I just started using my bluetooth setting in the last 2 years. I’ve accumulated points by linking my debit card to the app settings, referral points, then there’s the surprise points (how I accumulated most of my points). I do know with Best Buy you have to tell their cashier that you’re using shop kicks and they use a number that generates inside of the app. Works good combined with the Best Buy reward program. NO I’m not an employee for any of these companies or the app, I’m a real estate agent. Since that seems to be the notion by any commenters that don’t get or don’t know how to use the App.

m.lee
m.lee

So is it like we are doing the work for them to get paid? I only have about 60kicks …

Jay
Jay

I have been using Shopkick for over three years (possibly four) and have redeemed over one-hundred dollars worth of giftcards successfully. At one point, I believe I had banked nearly 15,000 kicks that I held on to for months. Have never had any issues with the app.

Dana
Dana

Jay what part of the US do you live in? I am thinking it may have something to do with this. I have not downloaded the APP yet. There is many bad reviews on here. Just curious.

Dennis L
Dennis L

Ok so after 2 $25 gift cards all of a certian i was unable to scan in any store. I got my walk in kicks from target but when i tried to scan an item it says sorry you have to be in store. Been like that for 3 weeks now, i e-mail them and got your generic response . They don’t care. I haven’t been banned yet(still waiting for it) but i still complain about it. Get your card as soon as you can and use it before they take it from you. I use an android phone.

Dee
Dee

I can’t get the app to work on my Android. I went to the Verizon store and the employee checked all of my settings and everything was working properly.

Satin Holcomb
Satin Holcomb

I have been using shop kick for a few weeks and I rarely get the walk in points. I stand in the entrance, walk around the area and back to the entrance…but nothing. I file a report every time as I am standing at the entrance. I have lost out on nearly 500 kicks in just a few weeks. I live in a smaller town, so my only retailers I have to choose from are Walmart, JCP, and Kroger. Kroger has never worked and 1 of the 2 walmarts I have gone to has not worked.

http://get.shopkick.com/indiana44169

https://app/shopkick.com/r/1JoLrK

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

Walmarts have been problematic for me. One’s signal is so strong I get it out in the parking lot, but no points as it tell you to come closer to the entrance. Even then it still won’t work, but has worked on occasion, weird.

Scanning products always works in WalMart though even if cell service is patchy in most stores.

It does work at most Alberston, Ralph’s and Von’s stores now as well.

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

Wal-Mart now works, it was my phone. I am using a Moto E LTE that I picked up for $60 and it works better with Shopkick than my Jellybean phone.

Jason Tosh

I have been using shop kick for about two weeks and have about 2,000 kicks. I like that they have daily special locations near me that give up to 200 kicks just for walking in. I sure can’t go to all of them but if I’m in the area anyways it’s worth it. Give it a try. I will do an update in a few weeks. use my link if you would like to sign up. Thanks again.
http://get.shopkick.com/battery45378

Liz
Liz

I noticed that there are several Shopkick participating stores in my local mall. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to walk around shopping centers and window shop, or maybe you hang out there with friends anyway, then you can get a ton of kicks on a single trip. Feel free to use my link =) http://get.shopkick.com/sodium47228

Dee
Dee

The only problem I have had with ShopKick, is that it has said friends I have referred used a different link (when I know they’ve used mine.) I have told everyone I know about this app, and I can assure it is legit as I’ve redeemed giftcards at multiple stores. Feel free to use my link and comment with any questions, i’d be happy to help! http://get.shopkick.com/lincoln42991

My
My

LOVE Shopkick! It’s super easy.

Already got 2 target gift cards, which I used to roll gift cards, and 1 JCP gift card.

Linking you credit or debit card is worth the extra shopping kicks.

You get 200 kicks at sign up and 200 for linking your card. Plus invite 3 friends to join and get 2,000 kicks!

My kids think I’m crazy for walking in and then right back out of stores just to get kicks lol

Well worth having if your a shopper or couponer!

http://get.shopkick.com/clay38321

They also have plenty of chances to earn high (100+) kicks

Braxton
Braxton

Have you actually redeemed your gift cards and have they worked? I have a 25$ footlocker gift card I have just redeemed but I’m not sure if it will work and don’t want to go into the store looking like an idiot with a fake gift card number. Any help?

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

Like I said in my post, it works, just boot up the app, go to your purchased gift cards and tap on it. It will open up to bar code or an access number or both in the case of Target cards.

The cashier can easily scan this, it might take a minute but it works.

Megan

Have had all the same negative problems with shopkicks same with my husband. Whenever we were having technical issues or not getting our points we would advise them so that they would be able to fix the issues. At times they would reward us but today out of no where they banned is. Oth from their app saying we didn’t follow their rules. We both emailed them asking them to please explain which ones we don’t follow and never got response back from. They just took all the points we ha accumulated!! Horrible People who run this !! Scammers !!

david
david

shopkick sucks!!!! theyre a scam!!! no one should ever go there their fake,fonies, and frauds!!!!!

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

I’ve used Shop Kick for two and half years now. Earned over 94,994 kicks all time and bought several things via gift cards from Target and Best Buy. Scam? Hardly, Sucks? Hardly. Lots of things will depend where you are. I live in Los Angeles County and that affords lots of chances to earn points (kicks). It was even better before the recent rash of updates to the app that prevent double. triple and quadruple dipping. What I mean by that is for example – Best Buy is giving 100 Walk-In Kicks. I would go to all four area Best Buy stores and get 400 points. This is especially advantageous during heavy shopping seasons like Christmas and Back To School. I have made over 1,000 kicks in one day using this technique. I will agree that you need quite a bit of free time to earn what I did. I was unemployed at the time and used the bus to get everywhere. But I have paid for a month’s worth of cat food and cat litter with one $25 card from Target. All it took was taking the time to earn the points. Now with the changes to the app, it’s much harder to earn enough points for a $25 gift card a month which is what I was doing (6250 points = $25 Gift Card or $10 Gas Card). They also offered Amazon gift cards before they dropped them or Amazon dropped them. With the changes to the app and I will admit I didn’t always go out like I did before to earn points, so I likely left at least 600-700 points out there, but it took me since Jan 2015 to earn enough points for a $25 gift card. If you hustle you can earn more than enough for a $10 Gift Card (2500 points) in a month. I see they offer Walmart cards up to $100 for 25,000 kicks/points. I’ve heard more than $100 worth of $25 cards many times before. It works, it’s not a scam and the cards are digital, there’s a bar code on your phone that can be scanned. Best Buy employees are most familiar with this app and you can get kicks on anything purchased there. Just tell them you have ShopKick, give them the phone number of the phone with ShopKick on it and you’ll get your points instantly. You’ll… Read more »

Lee
Lee

Just bc it hasn’t happened to you (the frozen acts and kicks taken away) doesn’t mean it’s not real. It has happened to alot of people. And SK probably does it randomly and you’ve just not been a target. 6 million users, think about that? I’ve read maybe 10 reviews here and on the App site itself and almost 90% had their accounts frozen and the company’s “non-response” was the same. It’s sounds very shady to me. But you shouldn’t dismiss other user’s experiences just bc it hasn’t happened to you….yet.

Zach
Zach

I have been using this app for a while now and I only have good things to say about it! Please at least try it and follow my link. Once you join you get free kicks just for following my link! Thanks everyone!

http://get.shopkick.com/nitrogen53811

Ashley
Ashley

Question about bonus purchase kicks:

Okay, the Disney store offers 750 bonus kicks when you spend $75. Does anyone know if you were to spend $150 would you get double bonus points so 1500? Or would you have to do 2 separate $75 purchases?

Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)
Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

What does it say? When I spent more than $75 at Best Buy I get bonus points.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Mine has worked great! Walk ins and scans always register- sign up! http://get.shopkick.com/grand49965

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