The new money-making app… or maybe scam app

The new app Temu causes many mixed reactions.



The logo for the Temu money-making app.


Temu is Chinese e-commerce application that is steadily climbing the ranks of popularity amongst other e-commerce platforms, with a pull of giving its users free money. Naturally, people gravitate towards using the Temu app, especially Lakewood High School students.

Temu is an online shopping platform that sells everything from clothes and toys to electronics and kitchen gadgets at an extremely low price. A lot of things about Temu are like Amazon except for the offer of free money or products at super low prices.

“It’s like a regular shopping app like Amazon,” freshman Jamaal Caldwell said.

Temu gives its patrons free money, which is one of the main reasons why Lakewood High School students gravitate to this app. But you don’t just go onto the app and get free money: there’s a catch. You must share it with your friends to make money.

One of the main reasons Temu has gained so much popularity is because of this marketing strategy. Most people hear about it from others who are trying to make money on the app by sharing it.

“Somebody walked up to me, and asked me to do it,” Caldwell said.

The way it works is the person who uses Temu will send you a text with a link that prompts you to download the app and from there you sign up. Once you sign up the person that sent you the link receives money on the app.

Caldwell has been able to purchase and receive foam runners from the website using the Temu money.

But this still doesn’t address people’s concerns. Some of the people who have bought things on Temu aren’t receiving their packages or aren’t receiving the money that has been promised.

“I think it’s a scam,” freshman Adilynn Staleira said.

Staleira had tried to redeem the free money that Temu promises to her CashApp and wasn’t able to which a lot of people have experienced. The majority of Better Business Bureaus complaints focus on money and packages not being delivered.

Along with this most students at Lakewood High School aren’t spending the money they are redeeming but still have plans to.

“I plan to door dash some food, because I’m hungry,” freshman Kristopher Mooris said.

Temu’s low prices and promises of free money almost sound too good to be true. They are a perfect way to reel in unexpecting teenagers looking to make quick cash. There is a number of red flags, so people should be cautious when connecting this app to their financials.