How to Get Paid to Watch Videos

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Nowadays, you can make money through so many outlets that it's head-spinning. You can monetize YouTube videos, sell art online, win cash as a professional eater, earn dough painting dumpsters, sell your friendship, and even sell cuddles.

Yes, this is all possible.

Now get this: you can earn extra money watching movie previews.

I'll give you a moment to absorb that information if you were originally unaware of such a prospect.

Alright, has the shock diminished? Good.

Nevertheless, in today's society, you can earn some cold, hard cash just by watching movie previews. You're probably wondering how at this point, so let me explain it all for you, but first, allow me to tell you just how much you can make with such a gig.

How Much Can You Make Watching Movie Previews?

Alright, I'm going to drop a surprising fact onto you: you can very well earn over $200 per month just by watching movie previews. $200 can amount to ten movie trips to the theater… depending on the theater and the extras you may purchase.

After all, movie popcorn is just so expensive on its own nowadays.

There are two ways to go about this: become a "mystery shopper" or sign up for apps and programs such as InboxDollars or Swagbucks.

Mystery Shopper

Fortunately, movie theaters and studios will hire mystery shoppers to analyze a theater and its qualities. You'll report on the theater's promotional material as well as the previews displayed. You need to ensure that the right ones are displayed.

mystery shopper getting paid to watch videos

You can become a theater checker by joining employers such as Market Force Information. As a Market Force Certified Field Associate, you'll help theaters highlight any existing issues that need improvement. You'll also be able to become more involved while enhancing the in-theater experience for others. Doesn't that bring a smile to your face?

Nevertheless, you'll be paid for every field visit and even be reimbursed for both movie tickets and concessions for certain assignments.

Most importantly, you'll be able to choose the field visits. Sounds enticing, doesn't it?

These assignments are conducted on the weekends, meaning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Here are the types of assignments offered:

Trailer Checks: You'll be presenting your Letter of authorization to theater management, which allows you to watch and record all trailers on all screens shown prior to the feature film.

Open Checks: You'll be presenting your Letter of Authorization to theater management to count the patrons attending the showtimes of the assigned film. You'll also be collecting the box office information at the end of the day.

Blind Checks: You'll be covertly counting all the patrons during all show times of the assigned film on the assigned day.

Advertisement Checks: You'll watch and record all advertisements shown prior to the feature.

Sneak Checks: You'll be presenting your Letter of Authorization to management, which grants you access to watch a sneak preview of an upcoming release, collecting reactions and demographic info.

Comprehensive Checks: You'll be presenting your Letter of Authorization to management in order to collect a variety of information on new releases, such as the number of patrons, ticket prices, sound and visual quality, trailers shown, and more.

I mean, if you're going to the movies, you might as well earn some extra money on the side, right? It can't hurt.

There are several other market research companies that would hire mystery movie viewers too, such as:

  • MysteryShopperPros
  • Certified Reports, Inc.
  • Cirrus Marketing Consultants
  • Imyst

Remote Preview-Watching

getting paid to watch remote previews

If going to the theater is not your jam, then perhaps you rather just earn some cash while in your PJs. Well, you can watch previews directly from home thanks to apps like Swagbucks. You'll be paid to watch movie previews, commercials, and other videos. Another app is InboxDollars. InboxDollars pay you in pennies, whereas Swagbucks pays you with points. Swagbucks provides you with a greater variety of content, despite the points per minute rate being lower.

Here's how the video section of InboxDollars Works:

  1. You can click on an image from one of the company's trusted partners.
  2. Then you can watch all the available videos.
  3. Finally, you can earn cash for watching all the required videos or completing all the required activities available.

It's pretty simple, isn't it?

As for the Swagbucks video segment, it's pretty much the same thing.

Swagbucks, which has been featured on BuzzFeed, TechCrunch, ABC, TIME, and FOX, has awarded its members $172,606,208 to date. It's free to join, and you can earn $5 - $25 for your time by transforming your gained points into gift cards from Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more.

Videos (which are watched in batches) earn you a range between one and three Swagbucks per batch. 100 Swagbucks is equal to $1, so you'll need to watch a lot of videos in order to receive a gift card. However, you can earn bonuses thanks to various promotions.

There are, of course, other apps and programs that will pay you, though it won't be as much. One app that you can download, on either the iPhone or Android, is App Trailers. App Trailers grant you the ability to earn cash while watching videos. The rewards, however, aren't high. That being said, each video watched will earn you five points, no matter the length. So you can watch a shorter video while earning the same amount of points.

After watching quite a few videos, you will probably encounter a 25-second ad and a 25-second trailer. 10 points are equal to one cent. Once you exceed 500 points, you'll be able to cash out the points with PayPal.

It's a good way to make an extra $20, $40 or so for the month, which can be used on movie tickets, a video game, a good meal out, or whatever you'd like.

It's an option, but it's not the most reputable option. Apparently, you can be suspended without notice, but others have had a fair experience. is another major option to consider - in fact, it's considered to be one of the best mobile apps for watching videos. You can watch all sorts of videos with, ranging from "21 Golden Retrievers Frolicking Outside" to the preview trailer of "A Monster Calls." You will earn points, which you can spend on gift cards, deposits to PayPal, BitCoin, or other prizes. Generally speaking, 1,000 points is equal to $1. Apparently, the general consensus is that you can use up to five phones per account, meaning five times the earnings.

girl watching videos from her laptop

Watch Videos for Money Recap

Overall, there are ways to make some dough while watching some previews. So if you have a few minutes to spare while lounging in a waiting room or while on the toilet, then you should give these methods a go!

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