Brandarama / Sponsor offer gift card scam
After completing 8 different trial offers from 8 different companies (most of which were scams in and of themselves), I was supposed to qualify for a $500 gift card from Brandarama. I usually don't fall for these types of scams, but $500 was hard to pass up. Unfortunately I didn't check the web first as there are hundreds of complaints posted about Brandarama and their various scams.
Anyway, I bought all the trial goods as directed, which cost me ~$150 in shipping and handling fees, not to mention hours (literally tens of hours) of dealing with unscrupulous companies that did not want to end my trial membership. Each of the "sponsors", or companies with which I participated in some sort of trial offer, were supposed to confirm to Brandarama that I completed the offer so that I would qualify for the gift card. It has been over 3 months now, and only 6 of the 8 sponsors have supposedly reported my participation.
As directed, I sent Brandarama the backup confirmation emails that clearly show I completed the offers, but they claim they cannot qualify me for the gift card until the sponsors confirm, and that they cannot force the sponsors to confirm in any specific amount of time. Being in the marketing world myself, I know that Brandarama probably gets paid by those sponsors for every confirmed participant, so why on earth would they leave an open-ended timeline for the sponsors to report participation?
The only logical conclusion I can make after 3 months of waiting, and after reading the other complaints, is that Brandarma is not only scamming me and other consumers like me, but is also likely scamming the sponsors who advertise with them. I have no desire to work with any of the sponsors again after the headaches I've been through to try and complete this process. So if the sponsors are paying for Brandarama's service, they are completely wasting their money as it is counterproductive.