2 Companies That Pay People to Watch Movie Previews

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We know it sounds far-fetched, but it’s possible to earn extra money watching movie previews.

In fact, if you’re really committed, you could earn almost $300 a month with the two companies below…

  1. 1. Earn up to $225/Month Watching Movie Previews

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    It’s too good to be true, right?

    But we’re serious. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch a preview for the latest action movie, and the next you might get paid to watch someone bake brownies.

    All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward.

    No, InboxDollars won’t replace your full-time job, but it’s possible to earn up to $225 a month.

    Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards. It’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

    It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started.

  2. 2. Earn up to $30/Day With “In-Theater Checks”

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    When he was just getting started, The Penny Hoarder CEO Kyle Taylor used to get paid to attend movie premieres. He got $30 to go to a Harry Potter premiere! (He would have totally gone for free.)

    Theaters and movie studios want to collect data about the audience that attends their movie premieres. They want to know how many people buy tickets on opening day, which screening time is most popular and which previews are being shown. And they want independent data from third party evaluators — that’s where you come in.

    Movie premiere secret shopping is called an “in-theater check.” To apply, you’ll need to fill out an application with the mystery shopping company Market Force Information.

    The application is just a few questions long, and nearly everyone in the U.S. and Canada is eligible.

    Once you’re accepted as an auditor, keep an eye out for email alerts for new assignments in your area. You can accept or decline any assignments — so if a movie’s not even worth watching for $30, you don’t have to see it!

    In-theater checks don’t come with huge paydays, but you’ll get a free movie and earn about $10 to $20 an hour for your time.