3 Companies That Pay People to Watch Movie Previews, Clips and News

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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 more than $300 a month with the three companies below…

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

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    If we told you that you could get paid to watch movie previews on your computer, you’d probably laugh. It sounds 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 a preview for the latest and greatest superhero movie, and the next you might watch someone whip up a pan of 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 something easy you can do while you’re already on the couch tonight wasting time on your phone. It’s possible to earn up to $225 a month doing this.

    And 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. Check out our full review of InboxDollars.

  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!

    Why? 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.

    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.

  3. Add $225 to Your Wallet Just for Watching the News

    It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

    And research companies want to pay you to keep watching.You could add up to $225 a month to your pocket by signing up for a free account with Swagbucks. They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.

    You just have to answer honestly, and Swagbucks will continue to pay you every month. This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $429 million. We talked to one user in Pennsylvania, 52-year-old Carolinda Hendrickson, who earned $1,200 in a year.

    It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news