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Is E-Rewards a Scam?

Updated on March 09, 2011

E-Rewards is a 'by invitation only' survey site that offers E-rewards dollars in exchange for participation in a variety of surveys. To join, you must get an email invitation from one of their sponsors which you can usually get by signing up for a sponsor's email service. For example, I joined when I received an email from Gamestop after signing up for their email service.

How does it work?

When you sign up, they will offer you a certain amount of reward money to fill out their 'get to know you' questionnaire. You will answer questions on your interests, employment etc. so that E-Rewards can 'match' you with the appropriate surveys. You can also choose how often you want to receive emails, however, even if you choose the maximum it's not a guarantee. After that, E-Rewards will send you email notifications every time you have survey to do. Upon full completion of the survey you will get a certain amount of E-Rewards dollars, usually around $5. If you start the survey but don't qualify, then you will receive a much smaller reward 'for your time', usually around 25 cents.

E-Rewards can be exchanged for a variety of things such as magazine subscriptions, frequent flier miles on your other accounts, coupons, and the occasional gift card. The price of the reward usually doesn't correlate with the amount of E-Rewards dollars it costs. For example, to get a $25 gift card to Gamestop, you have to save up 50 E-Rewards dollars.

So is it a scam?

This is a tough question. I've been using E-Rewards for a little over 2 months and so far I'm simply underwhelmed. The program doesn't charge you for anything and they don't sell your email address (I haven't received any spam mail yet). At the same time, I very rarely get surveys that I 'qualify' for so I usually only get the minimum reward. On some occasions I will spend 15-20 minutes answering very in-depth questions about a random product only to be told at the end of it that I don't qualify. I have attempted 27 surveys so far, and only 1 of those was 'completed' leaving me with the full reward (see table below for a summary of my survey and reward amounts).

So my conclusion is this: If you have the extra time, it's not going to hurt you but don't expect to earn free stuff left and right. It will probably take a significant amount of time to earn enough E-Rewards to get anything you really want so if time is an issue, you are probably better off skipping this program.

UPDATE 03/09/11: I Just thought I would update this article to say that I just received my first reward, a $25 Gamestop gift card. I checked the balance of the card online and it's legit! For those of you still on the fence, I urge you to give it a shot, especially if you have a bunch of free time on your hands.

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Date  
Survey  
Ammount  
1/11/2010
Do you work
$1.00
1/14/2010
Quick survey about the economy
$0.25
1/14/2010
Tell us about your reading habits
$0.50
12/2/2010
Study about consumers
$0.25
12/8/2010
Study about consumers
$0.60
12/8/2010
Study about consumers
$0.10
12/8/2010
Quick survey about life events
$0.10
12/9/2010
Study about food and drink
$0.35
12/9/2010
Study about food and drink
$0.25
12/12/2010
Study about consumers
$0.25
12/12/2010
Study about consumers
$0.10
12/14/2010
J. D. Power and Associates - Study about banking
$0.35
12/15/2010
Study about entertainment
$0.50
12/15/2010
Quick survey about consumer products
$0.35
12/22/2010
Study about consumer products
$0.25
12/22/2010
Quick survey about reasturants
$0.25
12/22/2010
Study about consumer products
$0.35
12/22/2010
Study about shopping
$0.25
12/22/2010
Study about science and technology magazines
$0.35
12/22/2010
Study about consumers
$0.60
12/22/2010
Study about consumers
$0.60
12/22/2010
Study about consumers
$0.20
1/9/2011
Quick study about education
$0.25
1/9/2011
Study about travel
$0.35
1/11/2011
Study about science and technology magazines
$0.25
1/11/2011
Telecommunications
$0.60
1/13/2011
Study about consumer products
$6.60

If you have tried E-Rewards, weigh in!

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      Dutchmaster803 6 years ago

      I used to work for Gamestop and I had a few customers come in with the $25 giftcard. I just think it will take a long time to build up 50 bucks worth of surveys.

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      BioMedGirl 6 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      I agree, I don't think it's a 'scam' it just takes such a long time to build up to something worthwhile it may not be worth your time. Thanks for reading!

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      Mystery13 5 years ago

      I think it would be a lot of really late night, I can't sleep work, or I have nothing better to do. Then again very tempting.....

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      yshashikant 5 years ago from Mumbai

      I have also been doing a lot of survey's lately, but haven't really got any profit from it. I have a lot of free time but have not been able to find a lot of survey site's which take in Indian nationals. I think its only the US, ENgland thing for now.

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      veryhip4u 5 years ago

      100% scam, after working 20 hours, I got $4 off a $20 order with pizza hut.... I do better with coupons. 100% A SCAM!!!!!

      AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      BioMedGirl 5 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      @veryhip4u Like I have stated in my article, it certainly takes more time than the rewards are probably worth, but I have earned, received (in a timely manner I must add) and used a $25 gift card to Gamestop. And I highly doubt I put 20 hours worth of effort into it, I only filled out surveys during commercials while watching TV. So worth your time? Questionable. Scam? I don't think so, at least not in the sense that it steals your money or promises false rewards.

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      Patrice 5 years ago

      I have been using it for a little over 2 years, and I have received 2 target gift cards, and $30 in Border Bucks, and $25 in FTD purchases. It's not a scam, but can be time consuming sometimes. But overall I like the free gifts for just giving my opinion.

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      Nate 5 years ago

      Nope...not a scam at all! I've been using it for just shy of a year now, and I can honestly say it's legit. Some of the surveys are longer than they should be, but I have qualified for most of them, and the rewards are real. To date I have won no less than four $25 gift cards for Ticketmaster, and am now working on a fifth. Plus, I have earned a free one-year subscription to Reader's Digest. Nothing fake about this service.

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      BioMedGirl 5 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      I agree Nate, I have so far received 2 Gamestop gift cards and a magazine subscription as well. I was really skeptical at first but then the surveys really started picking up and I started actually getting the full amount. I still think the pay-out for your time is low, but then again all you are doing is filling in surveys so I can't complain.

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      InduswebiTech 5 years ago from Rama Road, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi, India

      Not to say a word

      Yes.

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      frankcia 5 years ago

      had been doing e-rewards for last 18 months until recently when too many times find myself at the end of a survey only to get a 'we have all responses needed from your group' message---which is crap as they establish or should upfront what your criteria to participate is. so this way they get the info for free. it's happened too many times in last month to be a random thing----this is a screw 'em tactic---they don't care if you leave, they'll just recruit others and lather them up for awhile before repeating the same.

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      BioMedGirl 5 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      Frankcia, this has happened to me a few times as well, I'm glad I'm not the only one! It seems to only happen occasionally for me, usually I'm either immediately ineligible or I get the whole way through but it's rather irritating when it does happen. It makes me feel like e-rewards doesn't do a very good job of screening the surveys then send us to on the website..

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      Debbie 4 years ago

      Rewards on E-rewards are now basically a bunch of crap. Magazines that I have no interest in, "gift cards" that you still have to pay for in the end or are out of stock---basically coupons, and a bunch of hotel discounts. I have built up over $100.00 now and am left with nothing. I keep hanging on hoping they will get back some real gift cards, but I think I will try to use the "money" I have for FlexPerks just in case E-Rewards goes belly up and I really get screwed

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      BioMedGirl 4 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

      The magazine options change pretty frequently; so far I have ordered Shape (didn't like it) and Cooking Light (love it) from them and they both started arriving a month or 2 after I ordered them. I just looked again and right now I don't see any magazines that I'm interested in but check back in a week and who knows?

      The only gift card I ever see offered is the $25 to gamestop and I have ordered that one twice. Both times it was in stock, delivered in a timely manner, and redeemed without problem.

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      NYPeter 4 years ago

      I'm a small business owner and the first few surveys I filled out, I received credit for them. For the past 2-3 weeks I get a couple of emails a day to complete the survey and after answering 5-10 questions, it responds with "We have received the maximum number of replies" (so no candy for you!). Why did I have to complete 5-10 questions for no credit? If it's full, then why let me in to begin with? Also, I usually click the survey within minutes of receiving it so I'm not convinced that they actually did receive the maximum responses. I've contact E-rewards member services about this - I'll let you know what they say about it. If a satisfactory reply is not received, I'll be contacting all of the companies that I've takes surveys for (some you can figure out, like the banks) and let them know they are wasting their money with E-rewards.

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      Jay 3 years ago

      It's a scam as far as their grandiose promises of large rewards for your time, getting you to answer several questions, and then after you've answered a significant number of questions, they suddenly "discover" that you're not qualified and give you the minimum reward. I just did a survey in which I answered several questions, then got one about agreeing to some copyright terms presented for audio they were going to play for me. I answered that I agreed to the terms and it disqualified me! I've finally earned enough to get a magazine subscription and I think I might cash that out and quit. This is just stupid.

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      Mr Superb 3 years ago

      It's not a scam, but like many have said, its very time consuming. However, in the long run I'm sure it will be worth it, especially if completing their surveys is something you do in your spare time. That's what I do. If your bored and have nothing to do, might as well get paid for your bordem.

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      jackie 3 years ago

      I just got an Invitation for this and boyyy AM I glad I came here to see for myself what the results a be like I think Ill pass for a while Ill keep the Invite but no thanks sounds too good to be true I love surverys But not surverys that I take my time doing and don't get nothing at the end that's not fair at all so no thanks . I'll just keep intouch on this site to see if everything is moving with perks

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      Alexandria 3 years ago

      e-rewards is time consuming and I do it when I'm bored, therefore I'm never disappointed. The best way to get surveys is to fill out your account profile in order to meet a demographic that's being researched. Even if you don't meet the requirements for the survey the little participation amounts can add up in time. I've been using the site for about 3 years and have easily purchased hundreds of dollars of free clothes at Express using the e-rewards gift cards all just by filling out the surveys in my spare time!

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      jim 3 years ago

      I use it and get a usually get a $50 iTunes gift card about 6 months some weeks ill get one survey then the next ill get five or six just depends. I wouldn't join and expect it and get free stuff every month. I like it but pretty much what every one else said just a way to kill time and get free stuff when im border.

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      shannon 3 years ago

      Not a scam whatsoever. I get AE gift cards all the time since they are the cheapest gift cards to get. Once you're a member for a good while surveys will come multiple times a week. Also get the phone app to increase earnings. Ive been a member for years.

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      Barada 3 years ago

      I never had an issue of filling out an entire survey just to be told I don't qualify. Only asks me about five classifying questions to tell I don't qualify and that is only 1/4 of the time I don't qualify. It happens less often too if you fill out all of their tabs for info. I usually get about 4 dollars in E-rewards currency per survey which isn't too bad since what I want is 75 in E-rewards currency. So about 16-24 surveys for my reward each being about 20-40 minutes long. I get about one or two a week.

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      Nana 3 years ago

      I've been on them for a long time now and honestly? The only thing worthy on that site is a gamestop card since they took down their better rewards like Amazon and Best Buy. Their custom service is poor, though. They reply to you with "standardized" emails so they don't even take time out to read your issue and reply with things that have nothing to do with your problem. Its ok for spare time but I suggest hanging on other gpt sites if you're looking to kill time.

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      jonesy 3 years ago

      I have been using e rewards for less than a month & I have accumulated over $65. most surveys are looking for certain types of people, ie: Hispanic, urbanite, age etc... the more info you provide to the site about yourself the more surveys you will receive. I personally get at least 1 survey a day.

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      LL 3 years ago

      I got the invite a couple of years ago, and I made sure to set my preferences for the max amount of survey invites a week, and my balance is up to about $400+ in survey credits. So, it is possible

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      Brooksidecourt 3 years ago

      I've been with them for 3-4 years now. There was a year or so when I felt the system ran great and was worth it. I seemed to receive surveys that were screened for me and didn't get the 'you are not qualified' bunk after answering too many questions useful for the company. I too answer the surveys immediately because of my iPhone so

      am suspicious when I'm told that they've already received their quota. The company, themselves use to be responsive when I emailed with a problem. And they would investigate and credit me for any glitches with the system. I can't tell you how much money I feel I am owed at this point. They no longer reply with anything more than the auto reply that tells you they will reply. They don't reply. At least 90% of the time they don't. The 10% that they do these days, they promise a resolution and then I never hear back. Starting last January 2013 they upped the ante. We already had to earn more than the reward was for as it was. So say for a $25 Macy's card you had to earn $50 in rewards. What's up with that??? But then at the beginning of 2013 they decided to up that amount to $75!!! You now have to earn $75 in order to receive a $25 gift card??? Three times the amount? And as pointed out, so often you'll take, pretty much the entire survey and then get a message telling you that A) you don't qualify for that survey, B) they have their quota already, and now this past year I've experienced a constant new trick of their's C) click the submit button at the end of the survey and all of a sudden the survey supposedly crashes on you. Last page, or just about. All that info you gave them, and suddenly it crashes? Especially when it does so after hitting the 'submit' button? Yeah, right, and I have a couple of gold bars from Fort Knox I'll sell you for 25 cents a piece..

      I use to be able to earn one reward per quarter, which is the max., which I never understood. This year it took me all the way from January to November to earn one Macy's $25 gift card due to the increased amount required and the increased failures in the surveys. Four times as long! And then, I never got it!!! I tried to contact e-Rewards to have this mistake corrected, but as I expected, no living human beings ever contacted me. That was weeks ago. It was more than a month ago that I submitted the request for the reward. I'm hoping to get a resolve, and then quit. But I think I need to just go ahead and quit.

      The thing that makes me mad is that I'm sure that a good number of their respondents cheat. Save time by answering without thought, etc. But I read and pondered each question. I was honest with them, I just, simply asked that they be honest in return.

      My experience for what it's worth.

      If someone was the skills, it would be very smart of them to set up a competitive company who operates correctly; makes sure they screen the surveys to offer only surveys pertinent to the recipient instead of disrespecting people's time, offering compensation equivalent to the reward offered, and! responded to their survey takers in a timely fashion; say, within 24 hours. You know, a company with integrity! That would be a very smart business for anyone with the computer and business skills to set it up! And might I wish them well, in advance.

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      barb 3 years ago

      I've been involved with e rewards for over four yes now. I do it for game stop GC. I have teenagers so it is worth my time. Never been disappointed never been scammed and I have had to contact cust. service and was pleased with the results.

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      wl 3 years ago

      The key is to make sure you are ineligible as quickly as possible so you have to fill out the least amount of information to get the minimum reward. In terms of a "pay per minute" basis, you definitely earn more when you get disqualified in the beginning, but still get the $0.25, as opposed to spending 15-20 min and hopefully getting $4.

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      Stanley Armes 3 years ago

      I think the comments are valid. I concur that a person can go through a lot of the survey only to find out I don't qualify. THAT IS A WASTE OF TIME. this actually is a big thing that will disinterest people very quickly. If the people who want surveys really want to help they need to find out more quickly if the person qualifies.

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      Ashley 3 years ago

      I do surveys for e-rewards and it's not a scam. I get gift cards to American eagle. It is kind of a rip off for the amount of dollars you give ($70) to get $25, but they're easy surveys and I always do them when I am bored...and I get free new shirts or whatever I can buy every month. So to me..It's worth it. Free is great!!

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      James 3 years ago

      E-Rewards has been great, but like many commenters said takes a lot of time. Basically I've been doing it for 2 years. And I've made about $250 in e-rewards dollars. They now have a mobile app with little $0.25 and $0.50 surveys as well. I wait until I've accumulated $100 in e-rewards dollars, and I exchange it for 30,000 gamestop rewards points, which is basically the equivalent of a $30 gift card. Just don't plan on making it over night. I usually only get 1-2 surveys a week.

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      Rita 3 years ago

      I'm earned a great deal

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      Breigh 3 years ago

      I have only been using since November 2013 and have already earned almost $80.00. Not bad!

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      Reward Guy 3 years ago

      Just fill out the surveys as fast as you can so if you do get disqualified you've only spent a few minutes. I've been a member since 2003 and have redeemed probably 200-400 worth of stuff.

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      Coupon Gal Friday 3 years ago

      It isn't a scam at all. Plus, I've never had to email them once. Redeem the reward and go spend it. Done & done. When they first began they had only awful magazine redeems but finally, now, you can get Macy's, Gamestop, AE, Express, Ticketmaster, iTunes, Starbucks and Best Buy (most everything else is awful, save for a few magazines or airline points). I've redeemed a ton of magazines (vogue, 17, entertainment weekly, golf, people, glamour, GQ) a few thousand air miles, did Borders and Target a few times (when they had it a long time ago, no longer), did Macy's $25 x 6, and a few Gamestops $25 for my son. Just answer yes to most things. Don't answer honestly. They're going to make money if you complete the survey anyway, why shouldn't you too? So answer how the questions are leading you. Do you smoke? Yes. Both cigarettes and cigars. Are you pregnant? Yes, twins. (if your a guy, change yourself to female). Are you planning on buying a car soon? Yes. A Fiat and say, a Pinto. Do you drink? Yes, and heavily. Also, fill out your profile and add a ton of things to it so you get more surveys. And if I'm busy and don't want to take a survey and want the 50 credit, I answer that I work for a marketing company right at the beginning so as to be disqualified immediately. So e-rewards does actually work, but it does also take "work", in the form of some of your time. And all things considered, e-rewards is ten times faster than most of the other survey sights -- swagbucks, mypoints etc... But still, you just can't expect it to be super easy!

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      pereubu 3 years ago

      Through E-rewards, I have already received iTunes gift cards and just recently a $50 Starbucks card! You can't look at it as a $ per $ reward since you can get a $5 credit by only spending 10 minutes taking a survey. Credit adds up pretty quick. In the past I've also gotten free socks, cologne, just to try and give my opinion on.

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      Bruce 2 years ago

      I have been ripped off several times by surveys on e-rewards that promise, for example $7.00 for a 20 minute survey. I answer a multitude of questions for 10 minutes or so, only to be told I don't qualify to continue. Hello!!!! I've completed half the survey already! Lately, this tactic is being used more and more. Qualification shouldn't take more than a minute or two. Allowing someone to complete half the survey is blatantly cheating the survey takers.

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      Barry 2 years ago

      I've been taking e-rewards surveys for more than 5 years. I have received no less than 9 magazine subscriptions, thousands of airline miles, hilton honors points, and I can't remember what else. I have participated in a very interesting upcoming movie survey, bathroom wipes trial and now this week I am doing a cereal trail. My balance is $230.

      I LOVE E-REWARDS

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      Scarjoglow 2 years ago

      I hAve erwards buts annoying-I'm wondering if they are scamming me cus I've been going for over a yeR and have been saving for the 50$ express (express bring so expensive) and finally got up to $143.60, just $1.40 short then bang-nothing. Not for 2 months.....I'm wondering scam?!?!?

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      Lynn 2 years ago

      What a waste of time, you build up points to redeem and they tease you with a $100 restaurant.com "card" offer. Then you jump through the hoops to get the certificate code you can use to get the "card" from another website. Only you never get the e-mail with the code! It took them from July 2013 to May 2014 to resolve the non-receipt issue with my first redemption. Then I find out it isn't a gift card but a list of "certificates that are only good for a limited number of restaurants!!. They tried to resolve the last two issues ( November 27,2013 and April,30, 2014 b offering me a lousy 10 point credit for 2 more $100.

      certificates. What a scam.

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      Amber 2 years ago

      I've been taking surveys through e-rewards for quite some time now and absolutely love it. I guess it depends on what you are a match for, but I've earned quite a few "dollars" for several surveys, especially ones where I've agreed to try a product and give my feedback. One involved toilet tissue; not only did I rack up on "dollars", I also saved on toilet tissue (I actually am still using it. They sent plenty!) I usually accrue $100 every three months or so and redeem them for 2000 southwest points, which contributes to my free flights more frequently. It's not for everyone, but I am very satisfied and happy I've participated.

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      Lucy 2 years ago

      I often get to the end and I get the message others have mentioned it is frustrating but I only do this in my spare time like on breaks at work or while I am on hold on the phone etc. I have earned 7000 hilton honors points in just a month or two doing this only a few times a week so this could add up quickly to get free hotel rooms

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      mkff 2 years ago

      It's not a scam. I signed up through Gamestop and was bombarded with surveys for a few weeks. After a little over a month I cashed in $100 for 30,000 rewards points with Gamestop. Totally legit.

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      Jacob Barnard 19 months ago from Gloucestershire

      Sounds good, but it just sounds like low paying.

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