Thursday, September 22, 2016

Where I am Waiting For Payout (September 2016)

Showcase PTR: There are 18 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.15 is 14 day(s) old.

Homestead Mails: There are 3 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.14 PayPal is 32 day(s) old.

Hot Rods PTR: There are 9 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.34 PayPal is 33 day(s) old.

These three sites are owned by the same person.

Life in the (Crappy) Phone Lane

So a couple of months ago I lost my cheap gubmint LOL phone (more like free!) and I went to Safeway to replace it. I should have just waited a few days since the cheap gubmint phone got delivered to my door by Owl Taxi because I had accidentally left it in one of their cabs when they took me home from work.

Even though the phone only cost me $20.00 due to my employee discount at Safeway, it was just about the worst $20.00 I have ever spent, and then of course I had to get a plan for it ($40.00 per month, AT&T phone, ZTE brand).

There are a LONG list of mistakes--all mine, unfortunately, so there is no one else to blame!--relative to ever even buying this phone, and here they are.

1) Going to Safeway to purchase the phone was my first mistake, as they sold only the phone and no airtime cards for it.

2) My second mistake was thinking that 3000 MB of data per month actually meant that I could access the internet using this worthless paperweight of a phone. Oh I can access a limited number of sites, but there is no list as to what sites I can successfully access, so I get good and frustrated trying to determine which site(s) I can actually get to. The only site I know that I shouldn't even try to access is Yahoo home page because Yahoo will kick me clear off the phone altogether so that I land on the power up screen.

3) My third mistake was thinking that the 3000 MB per month of data also meant I could download apps, hardy har har. If you get the idea that I can't download diddly squat, you win the gold star!

4) The fourth mistake was thinking that I could access my email using this phone. I either get "service temporarily unavailable. Please try again." or Gmail refuses to allow me to connect even though my login details are correct. I know that my login details are correct because shortly after I try to login, I receive an email from Google telling me that the login was denied.

5) The fifth mistake was buying a phone with a camera -- yes I can take pictures, whoopty doodle do. I have no way of uploading said photos anywhere because there isn't a removable SD card, there isn't a cord/port to connect the glorified paperweight of a phone to a computer to upload the photos to said computer, and of course I can't upload the photos to Facebook because 1) I can't access Facebook DUH RALPHY and 2) I can't download the Facebook app. All I can do with my photos is send them in text messages to my friends. Whoopty do! LOL. I can do that with my computer and/or my tablet (and I don't have to pay $40.00 per month for the privilege of doing so, since my roommate pays for internet access at home and I can use wifi all over town as well).

7) The seventh mistake I made was discussing the phone with my roommate, who already thinks she is the most intelligent person in the whole damn world especially when it comes to electronics (although she can't even figure out how to use the electric can opener). She wanted access to the phone to 'figure it out for me' since apparently I was "too stupid to figure it out for myself." I don't give her access to anything (phone, computer, tablet, etc) for very good reasons.

Where I've Been Paid (Mid June 2016 through September 22 2016)

June 1-19: $16.98
June 30, 2016: $5.96 (Logi PTC)

June 2016 total: $22.94

PayPal July 2016 through September 22 2016):

July 5, 2016: $15.52 (Clix Sense)
July 13, 2016: $12.32 (Polar Bear Clicks Family of Sites)

July 2016 total: $27.84

August 25, 2016: $12.10 (Laf384's family of sites)
August 25, 2016: $2.61 (Heather Conzett)
August 26, 2016: $8.99 (Clix Sense)

August 2016 total: $23.70

September 6, 2016: $3.26 (Anything Goes)

September 2016 total (through September 22, 2016): $3.26

Amazon Gift Certificates (Mid June 2016 through September 22 2016)

June 21, 2016: $15.01
August 24, $2016: $25.00
September 7, 2016: $10.00 (My Points) $10.00

Total Amazon Gift Certificates 6-21-16 through 9-22-2016: $50.01

Total Received Mid June 2016 through September 22 2016: $110.77

Total Payouts for 2016: $271.41

Total (after taxes) Paychecks from Safeway through September 22, 2016:

January 2016: $793.06
February 2016: $848.00
March 2016: $909.64
April 2016: $800.24
May 2016: $1237.85
June 2016: $1391.03
July 2016: $1070.25
August 2016: $1071.13
September 2016 (through 9-22-2016): $880.37

Total: $7930.44

Not to beat the same old drum about PTR/surveys/GPT http://suellenjillroley.blogspot.com/2016/06/this-needs-to-be-updated-where-is-your.html but in 9 1/2 months I have earned $271.41 from online activities (average of $30.16 per month) while earning $7930.44 at work (average of 881.16 per month). Do the math--a difference of around $850.00 per month every month.

It makes much more sense to concentrate on my brick-and-mortar job than on online activities, because no matter how much I click, surf, take surveys, download apps, etc, I am not going to make an extra $850.00 per month every single month (maybe if I get into MLM but that appeals to me NOT).

In addition, I get paid every week at the brick-and-mortar job whereas you cannot depend on most online sites to pay you even once a month. I waited nearly a year for one site to pay me a whopping (less than) $6.00.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

UPDATE REQUESTED....YA HAPPY NOW?

THIS NEEDS TO BE UPDATED !Where is your brain,on vacation or maybe permanent sabbatical?
Just got the above as a comment on a post from September 2015.

My brain happens to be neither on vacation or on a permanent sabbatical. My brain is working damned hard every day, just not on updating this blog or my other one http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1291

There are posts on this blog up unti December 2015 when I just happened to get a REAL JOB. By REAL JOB, I mean working as a cashier at Safeway for the last 6 months.

For some strange reason, after anywhere from 20-48 hours a week slapping groceries around, PTR and all who sail in her (thanks again for the use of the quote, LOL, Dana Stabenow who writes the Kate Shugak mystery novels) slipped right on down the old priority list.

I've been clearing anywhere from $80.00 to almost $500.00 PER WEEK at the REAL JOB. That kind of makes the $25.00 (or less) to $100.00 per MONTH that I make from PTR, surveys, and other online GPT sites seem almost ridiculous.

But just to keep the above unhappy person happy (although why she/he should care is beyond me) here's a list of the piddling payouts I've received over the last 6 months or so, starting with a post copied and pasted from this very blog.

Who Has Paid Me in October 2015

Gift Hulk: $10.00 PayPal
Hits 4 Pay: $25.00 PayPal
Heather Conzett: $5.53 PayPal
Mars Mails: $1.00 PayPal
Mango Clicks: $1.05 Serve
Shoe Money: $1.00
Sheila Tomkinson: $2.66
Awesome Emails 4 U: $.67
Pinecone Research: $6.00

Total For October: $52.91 (as of October 27, 2015)

Additional earnings in October 2015 equaled $7.00 for a grand monthly total of $59.91

Who Paid Me In November 2015

Pinecone Research: $9.00
Fast PTR: $2.04
Road to 51: $2.00
You've Got Ads: $2.64
Clix Sense: $7.95
Calendar Days: $1.00
Renee Vorbach: $6.31

Total for November 2015: $30.94

Who Paid Me In December 2015

Dream Mails: $2.61
Pinecone Research: $6.00
Amazon Gift Card: $25.00
Anthony Bishop: $4.59

Total for December 2015: $38.20

Who Paid Me In January 2016

St Cash Unlimited: $2.61
Clix Sense: $8.91

Total for January 2016: $11.52

Who Paid Me In February 2016

Pinecone Research: $6.00
Clix Sense: $14.60

Total for February 2016: $20.60

Who Paid Me In March 2016

Mars Mails: $3.00
Renee Vorbach: $7.39
Pinecone Research: $3.00

Total for March 2016: $13.39

Who Paid Me In April 2016

Easy PTR: $5.91
Amazon Gift Cards: $50.00
Clix Sense: $27.77

Total for April 2016: $83.68

Who Paid Me In May 2016

Instant Cash Sweepstakes: $2.01
Clix Sense: $12.46

Total for May 2016: $14.47

Who Paid Me In June 2016

Polar Bear Clicks: $5.22
Clix Sense: $11.76

Total for June 2016: $16.98 (as of June 19, 2016)

So from October 1, 2015 through June 19, 2016 I made a whopping $289.69 from PTR, surveys, and other GPT sites. That would be an average of less than $33.00 per month.

In that same time frame I earned nearly $7000.00 (yes, SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS) working at Safeway. This is an average of 1161.31 per month.

DO THE MATH.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Patriot Group Sites

Now, I've considered not writing this post, and I've considering writing it.

I've considered being a jerk about it as well, but that doesn't help matters in the long run.

I have obviously decided to write it and let the chips fall where they may.

Let me start off by saying that I have no problem with the owner of the Patriot Group Sites and most of the time we get along well.

But after I contacted him regarding not being paid at Mars Mail things started slowly going sideways.

See this post: http://suellenjillroley.blogspot.com/2015/08/not-paid-in-july-or-august.html

I never received a response to the first request so a few weeks later I sent a second request asking why I had not been paid.

This request was answered, but

.... 1)I was told that I had requested after the cut-off date which was the 14th of July

and 2) I was told that I had been paid often at sites where I had not done the required number of clicks.

I responded to the reply with the facts as I saw them: I stated that I track when I request payouts--from any site--by means of this very blog.

I go to the site I request at and copy/paste something similar to this "There are 0 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.57 USD Paypal is 21 day(s) old."

and by copy/paste I mean I copy straight from the site and paste straight into the blog post. The only thing I edit out is my email address and I do not add any text.

I can even prove that this was done at least for one month, since for some reason the copy took the background of the site as well as the text which was what I was trying to post.

see this post: http://suellenjillroley.blogspot.com/2015/08/where-i-am-waiting-for-payout-august_24.html.

In my reply I asked Joe how I could possibly have copied a date on July 7 (one day after I actually requested) if I hadn't requested the payout until after July 14 (the date he states was the cutoff date that I 'obviously' requested after).

I never got any response to that question.

I also said that I only remembered being paid at one site where I had not done the required number of clicks (Americana Mails) and that I was under the impression that random payouts which I'd received from his other sites don't require a minimum number of clicks.

And I said that I did not see what being paid at one site (Americana) when I hadn't reached the number of clicks had to do with being paid or not paid at another site (Mars Mails) where I always do the required number of clicks

I never got any responses to those issues either.

I did notice later that same day that I 'MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT' have had the required number of clicks at Mars Mail on July 6th when I originally requested, and I replied again to Joe telling him that I felt that might be the problem, rather than the date difference. Still no reply, but at that point I'd given up caring about the whole mess.

Of course, July was one of the few months where Joe didn't state so many cash out requests and how many were paid or not paid so I have no way of knowing WHY my request was deleted. And deleted it was, because I requested on JULY SIXTH (as opposed to 'sometime after July 14th')

. My 'normal' reaction to a site or owner that ticks me off is to drain their site and by that I mean, run their ptp to a fare-thee-well, click til my fingers drop off, and if I have an affiliate page, run that to a fare-thee-well as well. However, if I'm not getting paid anyway -- what's the point of this behavior? It's also putting negative energy out into my universe and I don't need any more of that, thank you very much.

So life goes on and I get paid by Mars in September and October ($2.00 and $1.00 respectively). I think all is well. I reach payout at Bird Crazy which is another of Joe's sites. This happened in November, I think; however the exact month is irrelevant. What is relevant is that for the months of September, October, and November I didn't do the required clicks (150 per month). In September I only had 80 clicks, in October I had only 115 clicks, and in November I only had 136 clicks (the 2 important months for Joe were September and October). So I didn't get paid which is fair enough since I didn't reach the required number of clicks.

The Bird Crazy situation combined with the Mars Mails situation --and the fact that I found a full time job--did light a fire under me in terms of leaving the Patriot Group sites

. 40 hours a week on my feet with no internet access at home means very little time to click.

I belong to nearly 100 PTR sites, numerous PTC sites, survey sites, etc. Of those close to 100 PTR sites, 17 of them belonged to Joe's. Each site has a 100-150 minimum monthly click requirement. All of the sites also only paid in increments of $1.00, $2.00, or $3.00 per month. I decided that I did not have the time, energy, or desire to click 1700 links per month for a maximum of $51.00 per month (and I wasn't reaching payout on a monthly basis with most of the sites anyway; it was usually only Mars where I got paid monthly).

Presto, change, redeemo: I redeemed nearly all of my earnings at 17 sites and put them on site inbox. I've slowly been finding the other sites that I was advertising the Patriot Group sites on and either deleting those ads outright or having the program owners change them. I've actually already left two sites, Wallaby and Downhome.

I plan on remaining at Mars as well as at the PTC sites that Joe owns (unless of course he takes exception to this blog post) but I don't plan on doing more than the minimum clicks at ANY site I belong to until I get internet access at home. Besides, I make $9.25 an hour at my job so I can certainly make more in one day at work than I can in one month doing PTR/PTC.

Where I am Waiting For Payout, December 2015 (Edition Two)

St Cash Unlimited:

There are 35 requests in front of you. Your request for 3.00 USD PayPal is 27 day(s) old.

Clicks Mania:

There are 0 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.57 USD Paypal is 21 day(s) old.

Anything Goes:

There are 1 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.34 USD PayPal is 21 day(s) old.

Where I am Waiting For Payout (December Edition, Version One)

Easy PTR:

Your cashout request of 5.91 (Paypal) from 06/17/2015 22:37 is in the queue position 4.

Waiting almost SIX MONTHS for this payout, with no movement in the queue.

A friend of mine who is a webmaster contacted the webmaster of Easy PTR a few months ago and has heard nothing.

I also contacted the webmaster of Easy PTR and have also heard nothing.

I just checked the Been Paid list and other people are being paid WITHIN ONE DAY of their request.

However, they are being paid in Perfect Money and Payza; the last PayPal payment was in September and the payee requested in June.

I just contacted Easy PTR's webmaster again.

I will not cancel the PayPal request until I know that I can be paid in Payza.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Go Fund Me Campaign for Mold Removal

Go Fund Me links like this one Go Fund Me are generally frame breakers. So I am (hopefully) getting around that problem with this blog post.

Here's yours truly (aka the author of this blog):



Here's the closet from hell (or as I like to refer to it, the walk-in closet that turned into a swim-in closet):



And here's the villain of the piece, otherwise known as the hot water heater from hell. This is the second time that this bad boy has caused problems in my closet, but at least the first time I discovered it immediately -- not after it had slowly sprayed water over the closet for at least a month:



The hot water heater is fixable so my next door neighbor is going to fix it (the water has been off since Friday morning and it's Tuesday afternoon now). But fixing the hot water heater doesn't get rid of the mold that you see in the pictures above. And that mold is the reason for the go fund me Go Fund Me campaign.

Mold is also a health risk, particularly for people who already have compromised lungs (like me).

Symptoms of mold exposure include:

Nasal and sinus congestion; runny nose
Eye irritation; itchy, red, watery eyes
Respiratory problems, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, chest tightness
Cough
Throat irritation
Skin irritation, such as a rash
Headache
Persistent sneezing

I had pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) in 2010 and choked on a pill which then went into my lungs in 2013. This means that the mold is even more of a risk for me than it is for people with normal lungs.

Please donate if you can, or share this link with your social networks Go Fund Me or do both. Sharing this post with your social networks would be wonderful as well.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Here We Go Again With Craig's List Bushwa

Bushwa is what my stepfather said when he actually wanted to say "BULLSHIT" but was afraid he would offend the virgin ears of his wife (my mother) and his stepdaughter (yours truly). He might have offended the maternal parental unit's sensibilities but fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your point of view) my father had unwittingly taught me nearly every bad word in the book (and maybe a few new ones to boot).

I now have co-opted the Bushwa word to deal with most of the Craig's List male bovine fecal material (another nice euphemism there, don't you think?) that I receive when posting ads.

I posted several quilts for sale, and haven't had any nibbles until I got this email (emails, actually, because I received the email 4 times on 4 separate items):
Hello,I will to come over and take a look at it,Please let me know if i could meet you around 6:30pm tomorrow.Where are you located?what is your contact Phone # to reach you? or email works fine - contact me at my email address below (elinaqwa@gmail.com). - Thanks


There are several reasons that I thought this was not a legitimate nibble. One of the things that Craig's List scammers are likely to do is to not mention the exact item in their email. Another thing is that very often the spelling, grammar, and punctuation is just slightly off.

My first reaction was that this was bushwa, bullshit, male bovine fecal material, a large steaming pile of what the bull left behind, but for shits and giggles I decided to play along.

Thank you for your interest in the quilts that I posted on Craigs List. I would be interested in showing them to you
I only replied to one of the emails, since they were all the same. Almost immediately I received this reply:

Hello Thanks for the swift response to my email... I am currently on a tight working schedule so I may not be able to come over to you..
I will be buying from you so please kindly withdraw the advert from so as not have people disturbing over the item and I will be giving you an additional $50 for keeping the item for me...
Please due my very busy working schedule , I will be paying with a Us Certified Check OR Cashiers Check from my Bank..
I will need the following details to mail the payment as soon as possible...

Name to be on the payment Check---------
Home address___
City____
State____
Zip Code_____
Cell phone #______
final price____

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your money.. I am completely satisfied with the Item as posted in the advert and the payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days. I am an Hard of Hearing so I only take calls on an hearing impaired device or text messages ** N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks


Yes, certainly she is going to pay $150.00 per quilt (a total of $600.00) plus another $200.00 for 'keeping the item for her.' I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday, so I take this with a grain of salt.

Again the language in her email is off. And in the first email she is all hot to come over and see the item, but in the reply she is all of a sudden 'on a tight working schedule' and 'may not be able to come over to you.'

'Please kindly withdraw the advert from' (from what?) 'so as not have people disturbing over the item.'

'Thanks for the swift response to my email' I took 4 full days to reply. LOL.

Again, she only refers to 'item' not the actual item. This is another clue that there's an attempted scam in the making.

'I will make arrangements for the pick up" -- why couldn't she pick the quilts up when she came over to see them as referenced in the first email?'

The final tip off to the scam is the request for all the details. The scammers do not use this information to actually issue a check but to try to steal your identity.

If a check is actually ever sent it will be either a stolen or forged money order/cashiers' check or will be stolen from someone else.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Not Paid ----- Frustrated

Fast PTR:
There are 2 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.04 USD Paypal is 33 day(s) old.

Clicked 400-500 links in September so that my percentage would be okay. Clicked so far in October another 428 links. If I don't get paid by this Saturday then I will have to click another 225 links minimum in November. This is a load of what the bull left behind, and a large steaming load of it at that!

Easy PTR:
Your cashout request of 5.91 (Paypal) from 06/17/2015 22:37 is in the queue position 4. Waiting FOUR MONTHS and TEN DAYS for this payout, with no movement in the queue.