Last night, after deciding that RedGage wasn't worth the time it took to earn money there, I won one of the 2 daily $50 prizes. Talk about a shock- I had barely any points into the daily raffle, so I stand by the fact that sheer dumb luck got me the prize.
The $45 will be nice (they take $5 out the first time you order a gift card, and thereafter, they take a 5% fee off the amounts you request to be loaded to your card). I do still stand by the fact that the ONLY way you can earn anything decent there is by being featured, or winning a contest- neither of which are things anyone can count on doing.
You are allowed to win up to once per week, so 52 times through out the year. However, with at least several hundreds of members as of right now, I find it highly doubtful anyone would win on a weekly basis. I don't doubt there will occasionally be people who win more than once, but it's not a site where you can expect anything.
Here at Gather, you know you are earning points, and you know those points are going towards cashing out. For the most part, people who are active earn more than $.075 a day (which is roughly 4 points here at Gather). While you do have potential to earn more at RedGage, the base rate is way too low to be worthwhile.
Like I said, you can't count on being featured, or in winning a contest. Some people will likely be there for weeks or months without either happening.
The more active you are, the more likely you are to attain one of those, but again, it's not something you can count on happening. There isn't a guarantee that says "You will be featured at least 5 times a month!" or "Everyone will win at least once a month here!"
I think I will still post from time to time, just to see if I can get lucky, but I won't be spending hours a day on the site, because it isn't worth it.