Earnings – Online

Speak English? Earn!


Cambly pays native English speakers to chat online with folks who are learning English as a second language.

You’ll need at least 1.0 mbps upload and download speed. My very inexpensive, very low speed internet has enough download speed but not enough upload speed.Therefore I can’t tell you my experience with this site, but there is it if you want to check it out.


Another Online Earning Opportunity

Previously, I had assumed that the uPromise program I saw advertised at Publix Supermarkets was strictly for saving for college. Not so! I can earn cash back for myself just by registering my cards I use for shopping. They also give you earnings when you buy certain items at Publix. For details, see this other blog:  http://www.iheartpublix.com/2011/05/ask-i-heart-publix-what-is-upromise/

Breaking News: Online Earnings

I posted a while back about making a little money online, doing small tasks at https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome. I just came across a quick and easy way to find the most rewarding jobs on Turk. Check out the information at https://www.reddit.com/r/HITsWorthTurkingFor/

The site is visually a bit messy, but click on one of the live blue links and see a recommended Turk task. Some of them link directly to the task itself. I like this site, it helps me earn more efficiently.


Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.



Redeemed Reward from PrizeRebel

Recently I posted about how I earn little bits of money doing paid-to-click and survey activities online. PrizeRebel was one I had only recently joined, so I had no experience of redeeming my points with them. Well, now I have, and it was good. For 500 points I got a $5 Amazon gift code to use online, my preferred method. They have many other merchants also. So that was nice.






Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Earning Online: Selling Hair

Warning, there’s a certain amount of creepiness in this post.

From my book: “I’d seen articles on the Internet that made it sound as if there is a big demand for human hair. At first, I was excited at the prospect of getting lots of money for my very long hair. I searched for wig companies that might buy my hair, and none of them would. So I wondered: if the wig makers don’t want to buy my hair, where do they get the human hair they use?

I found out they get it from religious ceremonies in which Hindus have all their hair cut off, leaving it in the temple. As many as 25,000 people a day sacrifice their hair at temples in India. The temples collect it, sell it to a wholesaler, and use the money to help the poor.

If wig companies aren’t buying, where could I sell it? I looked for auction sites and found some. There were several sites showing hair for sale with final bids over a thousand dollars.


hair long June 2012

Www.buyandsellhair.com is an auction-style online site for selling hair. The ad cost me $14.95 for ninety days. To sell your hair on this site you have to be able to cut off at least ten inches. You need up to four good pictures to upload to your ad posting. Include ponytail shots to show the thickness. If you have used no chemicals or dyes, you can advertise your hair as “virgin” hair.

I listed my twenty-five inches of virgin wavy auburn hair at $500 or best offer. As described in the “Scams” section on the site, several responders were clearly all set to cheat me. Thanks to the warnings on the site, I knew to accept only http://www.paypal.com payments and to ship by my choice of shipper, not theirs.

I began to get emails. They said things like, “Would you be willing to go to a buzz cut?” (Why do they care? I’m offering X inches of hair.) One said, “You’ll get more for your hair if you let the buyer cut it.” (Why? Any pro can cut off long hair for sale.) I asked, “What if they aren’t local?” He replied, “The buyer will travel to you or pay travel expenses.” (That could be a significant expense–it makes no sense.)

Further research revealed that there is a paraphilia in which fetishists get off on watching a woman’s hair cut off very short, sometimes with her pretending to resist the cut. Buyers who want to watch or video the cut, or meet you somewhere and cut it themselves, are probably fetishists. That’s what the larger payments are for.

In the end, I did sell my hair on buyandsellhair.com for $125. The buyer wanted hair, not a hair cutting experience. I know of one person who sold her hair on eBay, to a doll maker. Another sold to an artist who was making his own brushes from human hair.

My experience with trying to sell my hair shows why I’ve done my best to try out anything I could that I put in this book. Sometimes things sound great in an article on the Internet or in a magazine. Then when you go to do it, it turns out to be more complicated.

The folks who write articles don’t always have the time to fully check out everything they’re saying. Take it with a grain of salt and compare it to common sense and your own experience. Use search engines to find out more about the things you read.”




Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Earning Online: Selling Things

From my book: “I made a very modest living for several years selling wigs on eBay. My late husband Cliff had a barbershop for years. He also sold women’s wigs he bought at a steep discount. Local demand for wigs wasn’t very high. His stock had built up to about five hundred by the time he decided to close the shop.

He suggested I sell them on eBay. They sold like hotcakes. I bought more wigs from a wholesaler and kept on selling. However, eBay flows in waves. More wig sellers came on board. More buyers began to expect super-low prices. By the fifth year, there was no longer any profit in it. With eBay sales, you make the profit when you buy the item, more than when you sell it. Before buying anything to resell, check the completed auctions for similar items. This is important because knowing what other sellers are asking for their items isn’t useful information.

What matters is what buyers are actually paying. Is the item selling, or are the auctions ending without a bid? What do the final bids tend to be? Can you buy the item you are considering for much less than those final bids? Or would you be working for little or no profit once all costs are considered?

The important thing on eBay is to always tell the truth, and fully disclose the condition of what you’re selling. One of the wigs in Cliff’s shop started out as a long Rapunzel-type costume wig. He had it in stock a long time. People had bought, worn, and returned it, and he didn’t always store it carefully. By the time the shop closed, that wig was tangled, raggedy, and half bald. I listed it as a living dead zombie wig and it sold immediately.

One way to find things to sell is to watch and see what products are being actively promoted on TV. Then see if you can buy it wholesale. Most wholesalers will require a business license. You can get a license from your county or city for a fee. One example is an exercise video series that sold well for me on eBay while the infomercials aired. Once they stopped, sales dropped off. Watch for fads, catch them at the peak, and get out before the slump.

Half.com is a part of eBay. It’s a good place to sell books, movies, and music. People buy and sell textbooks there, too. Many people I know of have used Half.com to downsize their collections of books, music, movies, and magazines. Www.amazon.com is another online selling site that is worth checking out. You can sell just about anything on Amazon.”





Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.



Earning Online: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

This one you have to actually do stuff, not just click.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

The idea is that there are tasks a human can do better than a computer can. The name comes from the story of a man who toured Europe in the late 18th century. He had a “mechanical Turk,” a supposed automaton (robot) dressed in a robe and turban. He claimed that the Turk was a machine that could play chess. Ben Franklin played against the Turk while he was in Paris. What no one knew until later was that inside the mechanical shell was a small real man, who was an excellent chess player. The tasks on http://www.mturk-.com/mturk/welcome are called HITs, Human Intelligence Tasks.

Turk has many different tasks. It can take some time and browsing to find the ones that suit you. When I first started out, I made a dollar or two in a day. Once I had a track record, the site started letting me do more. Slowly I found the ones that suited me best. I wrote down the names of the tasks that worked for me so I could find them again. I also looked around in general, because new types of HITS can come up at any time.

You can get started by searching the tasks for “survey.” The surveys are one-time jobs, they rarely require a certain rating, and they pay fairly well. You can look at the tasks without accepting it, so see whether you want to do that one.

None of the Mechanical Turk tasks pays well. Each HIT may pay just a penny or two or three. On the other hand, it’s not like there was something else I needed to be doing. Each day it was $1 to $15 that I didn’t have before.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.