But THIS is different. At Swagbucks you can download a search engine toolbar and you receive points randomly when you use it. No contests, no extra work, no gimmicks. Plus they have a hard-core anti-spam policy. They don't spam you, unless you ask for it.
So as you go about life on the Internet, you use this Swagbucks search toolbar instead of the one you usually do, and your points slowly add up. Eventually you can trade them in for gift cards to useful places (such as amazon.com), or even merchandise or electronics.
There are other ways to obtain points, too - like trading in old cell phones or referring friends - but if you're like me, that also takes too much work. Using the Swagbucks toolbar is a nifty way for lazy people to get free stuff. :)