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Cash For Questions - An Easy $50 For Your Opinions
Member Name: wampyrii
Date: 06/02/03, updated on 19/02/03 (2670 review reads)
Advantages: Easy Money
Disadvantages: You might not like the nosier questions, It's in dollars
Go there and look around if you're interested in receiving a cheque for around $50 every 5/6 months for simply filling in a few 10-20 minute surveys around twice monthly or read on if you need more info.
Who Are They?
Oh just another one of those global market research companies which will pay you cash for your opinions. The difference here being they are one of the few who actually do PAY you cash for each survey you complete as opposed to putting your name forward into a prize draw, sending you products or gift certificates, or (amusingly) expecting you to spend 20 minutes answering silly questions for the fun of it.
How Do I Sign Up
Just toddle along to the site and look on the left and there's a link which will take you to the sign up page. You'll need to fill out some probing demographic stuff and give them a valid email address(one you check regularly as all online surveys are time restricted) and probably click a validation link(long time since I registered) and that's it. You're registered and will receive survey invitations. It's all FREE, you should never pay to join a survey site, after all, they get paid heaps by the companies who commision the surveys so if they want you to pay to join then its a scam of some kind. They're out there...this isn't one.
You do nothing. You carry on your normal daily life and then after a while(don't expect to get floods of invitations) a survey invitation or two will drop into your inbox. You're under no obligation to take part and it won't affect the likelihood of you receiving more invitations if you choose not to do a survey but if you do then you'll gain points which can be exchanged for cash when you reach a certain level.
Oh Points eh? I've heard that line before!
Yes me too but this isn't an "earn points no
w, we'll devalue them later" scam. I've been a member of this site for around a year now and the value of the points have never changed. Nor have the cash-in levels or anything else. This is a legitimate company which works on a points level basically it seems to save them a packet on administration costs. It's easier than sending out a payment for every survey completed - and better for you unless you want to keep cashing cheques for $3-$5 and incurring bank charges ever time! It also works in your favour because the more surveys you take, the higher the value of your points. They reward loyalty. 1000 points will earn you $50 for the first 9 surveys you have taken, but $60 if you have taken 10-19 and so on. There's a conversion table on the site, I'm not going to try to explain it here! Basically the more surveys you have taken in your time at the site, the higher the point value. Oh there's a referral scheme too which will gain you a few points, 20 I believe per friend referred.
So they do pay then?
Yup, it can take up to 2 months but they do definitely pay when you reach a cash-in level and request a cheque.Payent *is* in dollars so depending upon your bank you may incur charges for cashing the cheque and have to endure a stupid foreign currency form(which I get them to fill in at the counter :P) but money is money right? It certainly pays better than here or any of the UK based survey sites like My Voice which people once raved about...and some still do many years after waiting for that ellusive £20 voucher.
But are my personal details safe?
Yup. They promise that all your personal details supplied when registering are used solely to allocate surveys to those who fit the demographic profile required by their customers. The information you fill in on the surveys themselves is always pretty non-invasive I've found and where there is something more sensitive like a question regarding
house-hold income there's usually an opt out answer if you wish to use it. They promise not to sell your data on and I've not noticed an increase in spam etc. so again, this is something I trust them on.
But there must be some catch?
If there is then I'm yet to find it. There are some great market research and survey sites out there and this is one of them. No, you won't find your inbox being flooded with surveys so you can't give up your day job and it actually did take a time for me to receive my first one but there has been a steady stream ever since. I usually get 1 or two a month but some months I may get none and the next 4 will arrive so it's swings and roundabouts. It does take a while to reach a cash-in level as I said, but in that 6 months-ish you'll have spent the equivalent of around 3-4 hours filling in surveys so it's hardly a time consuming chore!
Sometime last year I decided I might like to look around and see what other survey sites were out there. I was a member of My Voice and YouGov and was finding both very slow going and Consumerlink which is good for ipoints but is competition based so has a low payout. I didn't realise there were so many other similar companies out there until I started nosing around and then erm, well to cut a long story short I ended up signing up to at least 50 of the things lol. Most seem to be either incredibly slow or dead as a doornail and I've heard nothing from them since but a few others are great and send regular surveys through, I'll review a few more of those for those who are interested when dooyoo adds them to their database(yawn) but of them all, Global Test Market is my favourite so far.
I've had a wide range of surveys from boring ol' box ticking to interactive movie trailer and game evaluations. The surveys are always nicely laid out and simple to do and they tend not to ask impossible t
o answer questions which have you spending more time trying to work out what the hell the question means than actually filling in answers! The one time I had cause to contact them over a problem my query was dealt with quickly and professionally and whenever I've asked for a cheque to be sent through it has arrived without quibble. I can't see you have anything to lose by joining up and everything to gain. Check them out unless you have a huge aversion to easy money.
That address again?
Can you tell me of many other companies like this one?
Sure, read my other recent reviews or go here: http://www.geocities.com/lazycatsurveys for more paid international surveys.