Ref4Bux Review – Poorly Managed PTC | Site to Avoid

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Update: Ref4bux has been moved to the Not Recommended list. They have reset main and purchase balances on all accounts, as well as rented referrals and shares. Moreover, the forum has been removed. The administration of Ref4bux have already proven that they can hardly manage a PTC site without making resets repeatedly. We would recommend to keep away from this site, otherwise don’t be surprised if you find your balances reset to zero again.

Update October 1, 2013: We are moving Ref4bux to the Suspect list. The administration of Ref4bux announced that they will pause their activities on Ref4bux for a period of 30 days, supposedly due to script error in the referral system. They didn’t mention anything about payouts, so I don’t know if payouts will be processed during this period. One thing that I don’t like about this site is that they are constantly making changes to the membership details, like increasing then decreasing the personal and referral click rates, already 3 or 4 times, increasing/decreasing the referral limits few times as well, constantly changing the withdrawal fees, removing old memberships and introducing new memberships etc. There was database corruption as well, account balances and ref4points were reset and advertising credits lost. I was thinking to move Ref4bux to our Not Recommended list and not recommending them anymore, anyway I will give them one last change before doing so. So Ref4bux will remain on the Suspect list for these 30 days, but if improvements aren’t made during this period, it will be moved to the Not Recommended list.

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(Review History) Things we initially liked about

Paying – Ref4bux currently is paying. Payments are processed twice weekly. On the links below you can find payment proofs from other users:
Ref4Bux Payment proof page
Payment proofs on RefBux Forum
Ref4Bux Payment proofs on eMoneyspace Forum

Fair Affiliate Program – Standard members can refer up to 250 people in their downline and this is a good opportunity for members that are able to refer such number of users to the site.

Free Worldwide Service – There are no restrictions, individuals from all over the world are allowed to join the site and earn. Users are not obligated to invest in order to receive payment.

Low Minimum Withdrawal – The minimum payout is set to $0.25 and does not increase after each cashout. Great cashout options, there is no stepped cashout system or high minimum cashout requirements. Note that you are required to make a minimum of 250 clicks on the past 7 days to use cash out option.

What we do not like about

Database was corrupted, balances reset – Back in October 2012, Ref4bux was hacked and their database was corrupted. They restored 18 days old but clean database. Earnings, ref4points and advertising credits were reset under the assumption that most members had cashed out within the period of 18 days. Certainly, there were members that didn’t cashed out within that period. Those members lost their balances. Later, Ref4bux offered compensation package 100% to 200% deposit bonus to all members that have been affected.

Takes Time to Earn a Decent Amount – The earnings are similar to Aurora sites. Ref4bux pays in fractions of a cent from $0.0002 to $0.001 and referral clicks even less. For members without referrals it may be hard to earn and it will take time to reach the minimum payout threshold.

  • Important Info About the Site
  • Changes and Updates
  • Number of Ads: 100+/-
  • Avg Daily Earning without referrals: $0.02 +/-
  • Pay per Referral Click – 1% from your referral clicks. You need to view at least 10 advertisements today to earn clicks from your referrals the next day.
  • Paid to Signup Offers – You can earn by signing up on other sites. For completed sign up, you will be credited anywhere between $0.01 and $2.50.
  • Points – You will receive a certain amount of points for different actions you make on the site. You can use the points to upgrade your account.
  • Virool Videos – Watch videos and earn 10 points (0.01) per watched video.
  • Prizes – Ref4Grid – They have game called “Ref4Grid” which you can play daily. Standard members get 10 chances to win. How to play the game? There is a picture on a grid and you have to click the square that has the prize. When you click on a square, a new window will open. You will be shown an advertiser site with 10 seconds timer. After the time passed, if you win, you will be shown a frame telling you how much you have won. You can win up to $1.00.
  • Auto Traffic Exchange – You can surf other people’s links and they surf yours, each link you view gets you 1 Traffic Exchange point, you can create your own traffic exchange ad, fund it from the credit you earned and other members will view it. 1 Traffic Exchange point equals one visitor to your website. During the automated traffic exchange you will have the ability to earn prices which will updates instantly. Prices will be not be announced but will be added instantly to your account. You can earn advertising credits or cash.
  • Cash-out Options and Conditions – Payments are made through Paypal, Payza, Perfect Money, EgoPay and SolidTrustPay. The minimum payout is set to $0.25, but please note that the withdrawal fee is also $0.25, so make sure to request cash-out when your account balance is above $0.25. You are required to make a minimum of 250 clicks on the past 7 days to use cash out option. Your registration mail must match your withdrawal one.
  • Inactive Accounts Suspension – Cash balance will be resetted after 15 days of inactivity and account will be removed after 60 days of inactivity.
  • Script: PTC Evoltion
Ref4Bux terms of serviceRef4Bux frequently asked questionsRef4Bux upgrade options and prices
  • November 2, 2013 – Moved to Not Recommended list due to resetting balances.
  • October 1, 2013 – Moved to Suspect list. The site will pause its activities for a period of 30 days.
  • September 27, 2013 – Click rates and referral earnings changed.
  • September 23, 2013 – Direct referrals imit increased to 250.
  • June 13, 2013 – Minimum payout reduced from $1.00 to $0.25.
  • April 20, 2013 – Moved back to the Legit List.
  • April 6, 2013 – Traffic Exchange added.
  • October 20, 2012 – Ref4bux is back online. They are working on restoring the database. Moved to Under Test/ Pending Status list.
  • October 17, 2012 – Ref4bux has been hacked today. Apparently now the hackers have control of Ref4bux.
  • July 8, 2012 – They have implemented a new earning feature called RewardTool in which you can earn more and even faster Ref4Points.
  • June 25, 2012 – Review completed, site added to the Legit List.

General Conclusion:

Honestly, I have the impression that Ref4Bux administration seriously lack of managerial skills to run a PTC site. I mean they are constantly making changes to the program, as described in the review update above. In the eyes of members and advertisers, that is making them to look as unprofessional and unstable business program. We do not recommend using such poorly managed sites like Ref4bux.

Review Published: 25 Jun 2012

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