Mobile Future

Get paid to shop? Yes, please….

Shopping. It seems to be one of those things people either love or hate. But regardless of whether the words “shopping mall” send your heart racing with anticipation or anxiety, everyone loves finding a deal. And as of today, you can actually be directed to and awarded for thriftiness all from the comfort of your smartphone.

Shopkick—which just launched for iPhone with Android capabilities not far behind—rewards users simply for walking into participating stores by awarding “kickbacks”, or points, for certain behaviors. Once inside, Shopkick offers a customized shopping experience, directing you to specific bargains and rewarding you for handling items, trying pieces on, and of course, for purchasing. Amass enough points, and you earn store credits, gift cards, and redeemable coupons.

By simply switching on Shopkick and “checking-in,” users can locate deals in their area and even earn points just for their own curiosity without ever even entering a store. And if you’re feeling charitable, the app allows users to opt out of personal benefits to donate to one of 30 participating charities.

Shopkick is currently available in the wider New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco regions, with more locations promised shortly.

For more information, check out the NYT profile of Shopkick here.