TLDR: Temu referral seems easy, really isn't. And the 24 hour time limit is hard and fast. Will lose all progress if not done in time.
I didn't see anyone else post about Temu Referral process, so I thought I'd share my experience, since it was so annoying! (and a failure in the end)
The app makes you choose two gifts (first one you can search, second one is from a predetermined list).
When you refer enough people and gain enough "money off" you get those gifts with free shipping.
It has all these annoying animations that tell you that Temu is giving you a head start. Basically, it seems like you only have to get $4 more off and then your gift is yours.
First person I refer gets me $1 off, and Temu doubles it. So only $2 to go.
Second person gets me 50c off, and Temu doubles it. So $1 to go.
Third person gets me 20c off, and Temu doubles it. 60c to go.
They don't tell you when you choose the gifts but you only have 24 hours to refer enough people.
Since they were so deceptive about the other aspects of the referral process (there is no consistency in how much gets taken off for each referral) I assume that the timer is also deceptive, in that they will give me another day (how can you make meaningful referrals in just 24 hours?)
I wake up the next morning, the timer is reset, and all three referrals now mean nothing.
At that point I give up.
Very annoying, I wish they just went "refer 5 people and get a free gift" but instead they utilise "gamblers fallacy" in saying "$40 free credit, you just need $4 more!" to get you hooked. But don't even give enough time to actually refer people.
Yes I could have maybe faked some referrals by using burner phones etc, but I didn't have them on hand.
Anyone, very frustrating process, especially with the lack of transparency. Has anyone had success?