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My name's Holland1 and I'm addicted to Dooyoo
Member Name: Holland1
Advantages: The extra cash, nice community, find out about new products, helps to choose right product
Disadvantages: Easy to lose hours of your life once you've logged in, work hard for your cash
Last weekend, I saw my Saturday afternoon slipping away from me as I decided to "check in" on Dooyoo, and three or four hours later found myself wondering where my Saturday had gone. My partner, who was making use of the fact we couldn't face going anywhere because of the icy weather, had been draft-proofing the house all afternoon. At teatime, he came into the living room and was a bit in shock that I was still sitting on the couch nursing my laptop. I think it was at this point I decided my Dooyoo addiction was getting a little out of control, so I put the laptop away for the rest of the weekend.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has felt like this. I first joined Dooyoo after reading about it on Martin Lewis's website, and thought it would just be another way to earn a bit of pocket money online, much like the survey sites I was already a member of. Soon after joining, however, I realised there was much more to it than that, it's a community, and before I knew it I was bordering on obsessively logging in throughout the day, to see how many people had rated my reviews and whether I'd had any comments left for me.
When I read the rules at the beginning of my Dooyoo journey, I figured it couldn't be too hard to churn out reviews just over 150 words to get my miles accumulating nice and quickly. Like most people, I didn't really "get" it, and a fellow member had to explain the whole rating and returning rates thing. Once I clicked what it was all about, this meant I started rating other people's reviews, and this is when I realised mine were pretty sub-standard if I'm honest. Reading back over my earlier reviews makes me cringe a bit, although it wasn't long before I had this pointed out to me by some of the less diplomatic members.
I would say there are some tell-tale signs that give away your Dooyoo addiction:
1 You find yourself sneakily logging in at work, just to see what's happening. It begins by logging in every now and then, but before long you're logging in every hour on the hour, checking your watch in meetings because Dooyoo is far more important than anything your Managing Director has to say
2 In the supermarket, you try as many different brands as possible in the hope that you'll be able to find them in the Dooyoo catalogue to review. Your partner rolls his eyes when he hears you comment "And I can review it" at every item you place into the trolley
3 You spend half an hour trying to meet the high standards you've set yourself, then realise you've spent 30 minutes writing 2,000 words about a 9 pence tin of baked beans
4 At Christmas, your reaction to presents is "That's lovely, I wonder if it's on Dooyoo"
5 You're getting to know people and you're so busy enjoying the community spirit, sometimes you log in and forget to check how many miles you've accumulated, which is the main reason you logged on in the first place!
6 You log in to post a review, and before you know it the evening's gone
7 You've been reading and rating people's reviews for so long, your laptop is burning a hole through your trousers
8 Although you're looking forward to going on holiday, the thought of not logging into Dooyoo for a week makes you break out in a sweat
9 You never really used to pay too much attention to everyday products, but now you find yourself examining the contents of your yoghurt with a magnifying glass so you can provide an informed review
10 As much as you love your partner, you inwardly smile when he says he'll be out one night, because this gives you an evening of uninterrupted Dooyoo time!
Although I enjoy the extra pocket money I earn on this site, I find that by the time I've got to the 50,000 mark to get £50 cash, I look back at the work I've put in and wonder if it's worth it - it probably equates to about 10 pence per hour! But, like most things in life it's not all about the money, and I've met some lovely people on here, have read some amazing reviews, and also have a wish-list of products I never knew existed that I'm hoping to try when I've earned the cash. I am afraid to say my Dooyoo addiction remains as bad as it always was, but I might just try to reign it in a bit from now on, or at least get my weekends back!
Summary: There are worse things to be addicted to!