It was a glorious sun filled day when I discovered that I could join this website and transfer over 15000 dooyoo miles and receive a cheque for £15 rather than wait to reach 50000 dooyoo miles and get a £50 cheque from dooyoo. Yes I was very pleased about this and so I joined the website surfmiles.com transfered my dooyoo miles and even surfed the net to make some money using the surfmiles scheme. So what did I do? I reached a good amount of dooyoo miles and transfered them to my account with surfmiles. From there I ordered my cheque for £15 and waited patiently. I waited and waited and still no cheque. So I got a little anxious about it and decided to pay a visit to there website. HAPPY DAY when I got to their website I soon discovered that they had no money left and have decided to do a runner with everyone's money. Of course they left an E-mail address to contact them which I then used but to no avail because the E-mail address was a big great fake. That's right it didn't even exist, I sent them an E-mail and I got one back saying that the address I sent the E-mail to did not exist. So lets take some time to revise for a moment and recall what we have learnt about surfmiles so far. Ok they are dirty rotten cheaters whom steal your money and run away with it. They even claimed to have sent an E-mail to all the members telling them that they would be closing down the site. Isn't it funny however that I did not receive this E-mail. I suppose it get lost in the post or something. Yeah right. To receive the E-mail I had to send them an E-mail to their address that they left and they would forward it to me. Of course they were telling lies as the E-mail address is fake and does not exist. If you don't believe me visit the site yourself and just for fun try sending them an E-mail. I bet it doesn't work! So what can you do? Complain via dooyoo review of course as their is nothing much else I can do except tell trading sta
ndards. What did surfmiles use to do? They used to "pay" you for surfing the internet. Not very much at that but it was better than nothing at all I guess. When you went through surfmiles to purchase things from websites you would get some surfmiles back for doing so. At the end of the day when you reached 1500 surfmiles you could order a cheque for £15 and it would be sent to you in the post. Of course this was all a big lie as they really just wanted to take your money in and hope you would forget about the cheque they owe you whilst they run away to Mexico or something. I know what you're thinking and yes perhaps I am being too hasty maybe's they we waiting until the end of the month to post my cheque and it hasn't arrived yet. I don't see why it should take this long though and I believe that they have ran away with my money! If I do receive the cheque however I will inform all by updating this opinion. However if I do not I may update this opinion with great hatred toward them. If they do send the cheque finally however I will also expect an apology with it! Voice was heard??(Update) --------------------------- Well everyone I don't know if dooyoo complained or if Surfmiles felt some big law suits coming there way but they actually sent me a cheque for the dooyoo miles I transfered. Sadly enough they did not compensate me one penny for the money I made on their site. So they're still cheating monkeys. Two days after my cheque I got an E-mail saying about a new account that would be set up for me and I was to be given 0 points for the cash they owe me. That is quite disgusting however I'm a bit more callous about it now since I've got my dooyoo miles back anyhow.
LATEST UPDATE 11/06/01. Oh well, it appears I may have been slightly strong on Surf-miles, as I have now recieved a cheque for the £9.20 for my Dooyoo miles, whether the cheque will bounce though is anyones guess. UPDATE...Oh well, it appears I was right, as the Surf-miles web page seems to have bitten the dust now, they've done a runner (and with everyones CASH, the Dirty Cheating FU%$ERS)... -------------------------------------------- So what is, or should I say, what was Surfmiles.com? Surfmiles.com, is another one of these paid-to-surf programs, well at least it WAS, as whatever has happened to them is anyone’s guess, they used to offer you a pay-rate of 30 pence an hour, for a maximum 7 hours a month, which wasn’t bad actually, as you could earn your maximum, in a day or two, but about 3 months ago, I received an email off them stating they were no longer paying for the use of the bar, but we could still use it, now who in the right mind, would actually still use a pay-bar, if they are not actually getting anything out of it? Surf miles, is also one of these programs that offer cash-back awards on purchases made through links on their web site and they claim this is now the only way of earning surf-miles, I never ever bothered with these, and have no intentions of doing so in future. They where also, another source to cash in your Dooyoo miles, which was useful, as instead of waiting to amass the necessary £50.00 worth of Dooyoo miles, you could convert £15.00 worth and then claim the cash, well that what I thought anyhow, and this brings me onto my story. My Story: Around about early March, I had amassed 9,200 Dooyoo points (£9.20 worth), and thinking I would not be using Dooyoo that much decided to swap them for Surf-miles, so I came to Dooyoo and done just that, I had already amassed 560 Surf-miles (£5.60 worth), so with the Surf-miles and Dooyoo miles, my total equall
ed 1,480 surf-miles (£14.80 worth), and with the minimum payout being £15.00, I thought, yeah, I’ll be able to cash them I next month, so I carried on my usual surfing. Then about two weeks later, I received an email stating “The surf-miles awarded for April are being checked out, as there has been a fault with their cheat-busting software, and they had to check everyone’s account), then a few days later I received another email stating “in future, we will no longer be awarding surf-miles, for using our pay bar, March’s surfing will be credited to everyone’s account, so I thought, Oh well no problem, I’ll get past the £15.00 barrier and then pack it in. That was nearly THREE months ago, and my account has still not been credited with March’s surf-miles, thus leaving me stuck on 1,480 surf-miles (£14.80), and it doesn’t look as if it is ever going to be updated, so it looks as though I have lost this money, I have sent them about TEN emails, without a SINGLE reply, which tells me, they have NO INTENTIONS of honouring my account and paying me up, which is really annoying, especially so, because I am now reaching £30 in my Dooyoo account and the £9.20 would have went a long way to helping me reach the required £50.00. I have even sent an email to Dooyoo, who were one of their partners, and even they where unaware at Surf-miles demise, and the only thing they could suggest was to change more of my Dooyoo miles, to bring my account up to the required £15.00, to which I replied “No Thanks”, as if they are not going to reply to my emails, they probably have no intentions of settling my account. So, let this be a warning to anyone reading this, that also uses their Dooyoo miles to swap for Surf-Miles, don’t trust Surf-miles with your Dooyoo miles exchange, just keep hold of them, or you may never see them again.
This is not intended to be a detailed analysis of Surfmiles and what it is. I just want to relay my experiences of their Shopping service. With only £6 in my account, I know that I have virtually no chance of ever seeing any money from Surfmiles. If the only way I can earn is by shopping through them, then it'll take me years to reach their £50 minimum payout. Therefore, I don't especially make purchases with any of their partners. However, there have been 2 occasions when I have made purchases by clicking on one of their partners' links. The only reason for this being that I had shopped around and it was coincidental that the cheapest price happened to be with a company listed at Surfmiles. The first occasion was last year. I bought a printer with Dell.co.uk. Now I could write another whole opinion on how shoddily they treated me. To cut a long story short, they took weeks to deliver the goods, and they didn't send me an email confirmation of the order, despite me pleading with them over the phone to do so. In case you don't know, you must forward an email of your order to Surfmiles, to receive your reward miles. So, I kept emailing Surfmiles, telling them that I had no email copy, but I had a paper invoice that I could scan and send, or photocopy and post. I typed out all the details, like order number etc, and emailed them. I never heard anything back from them. They had received their commission and they didn't care about me. Once bitten, twice shy, eh? Nope, not me. Because of all the trouble I had had with Dell.co.uk, I didn't blame Surfmiles. I assumed that Dell had probably mucked them about, too, and I just forgot about it. Then recently, I made an order through Amazon.co.uk. Once again, I logged into Surfmiles, clicked on the link and made my purchase. The Amazon transaction was fine. I got my email confirmation and sent it on to Surfmiles, with my username. And.....
, I am still waiting. Over a week down the line... nothing. I even requested a read receipt on the email and I haven't received that. Either they haven't bothered to read the email or they clicked 'no' when it said I wanted a receipt. My conclusion? Well, I don't want to make any libellous accusations about Surfmiles, so I'll just say that I will NEVER click on a link at Surfmiles again. I'm not going to line their pockets when they can't even do me the common curteousy of replying to my emails or crediting me with miles that I have earnt. Well, I feel a whole lot better now I have that off my chest!
A lot of these so-called internet reward schemes do not pay the member who have used the program/scheme in good faith and whilst I have seen other opinions stating that Surfmiles have paid out, three months after I requested payment, I still haven't received a penny from them. Naturally, I am "disapointed" (or words to that effect). What is Surfmiles? ================== Surfmiles jumped on the band wagon of advertising agencies who "streamed" adverts to the user's computer. The user recieved payment for the adverts being there. In Surfmiles case, the user was awarded for five hours use per month, which was later increased to seven hours at thirty pence per hour. Once the payment threshold of fifteen pounds was reached, the user could elect to receive the payment in the form of a cheque. It was possible to increase earnings by having referals, with a smaller payment made which reflected their useage. Like many other schemes, there is a cashback option for other users, awards for using search and other portal facilities. Whilst one would not become a millionaire overnight, some extra "pocket money" was possible and the other portal features were useful, too. What went wrong with surfmiles? =============================== The situation changed in March 2001, when the company stopped offering the "pay to surf" feature. The founder program, AllAdvantage.com had "collapsed" (I doubt it did, just done a runner, which I shall write about later. Groan) and emails were sent to members stating that part of the program had ceased as they didn't want to follow the same course, which is understandable. Now, at that point, if they said to members that they would be willing to send out cheques to members who wished to resign from the program, even if they had not reached the payment threshold, that would have been decent. But they didn't. In early
February, I had passed the payment threshold and I requested payment. A few reminders went to them and eventually I received a bulls**t reply from Surfmiles, citing "we are checking every account to fraudulent entries" and so on. The actual Surfmiles site had stated they could tell if multiple accounts were in use (presumably an easy enough trace using IP addresses and CLI, "Caller Line Identification"). As I said, bulls**t. Now, the staff at Surfmiles do not respond at all - and that is not just to myself. As you will be able to tell, I am not best pleased with Surfmiles. Here's another problem. Whilst I have not checked out the rewards page on the revamped dooyoo site, the "old" site had the option to receive payment in Surfmiles. Whilst, at the time of writing, I do not have enough dooyoo miles to warrent conversion, I would be unwilling to accept the risk of being, effectively, robbed again from another "fake" rewards program. Now, where is that "thumbs down" icon...
I would have agreed with the positive comments of previous reviewers if it wasn't for the fact that a few months ago (December I think) I actually tried to cash in my surfmiles. Before this I had been using their cashbox software for quite a while, and had also earned extra surfmiles by shopping at Amazon via the surfmiles site. By the time I cashed in my miles they were worth around £15 and I duly sat back and waited for the cheque to arrive. And waited... And waited... It never arrived. I emailed surfmiles and weeks later I received a reply saying that I would receive my cheque by the end of March at the latest. Well, it is now nearly the end of April and I still haven't received anything. I would be interested to know if my experience is a one-off and if other surfmiles users have received their cheques. Otherwise, I will be steering well clear of surfmiles from now on.
I joined up to Surfmiles on the recommendation of a friend, after an advert he had seen on Dooyoo. I downloaded the SurfPilot and started clocking up "surftime". Within 5 days I had accumulated over 10 hours of online time with the SurfPilot active. "Great", I thought, I've earned my £2.10 already this month. It was the easiest £2.10 I'd ever earned, although I did think that surfmiles were being a bit "stingy" for only paying you for 7 hours active surf time every month. So, when I got an e-mail from Surfmiles at the end of last month, saying that a new version of SurfPilot was available, I was pleased, as it reminded me that a new month was almost upon us and I'd have the chance to rack up another 7 hours online. Not so. The second paragraph of the e-mail from Surfmiles, said that they were withdrawing the payment for surfing. I checked the website, and sure enough, there is no longer anything saying that they pay you for surfing. I even checked my account balance, a big fat 0. I have not even been credited with the points for my surftime from last month, although the account pages still say that points for surfing will be credited. In my opinion Surfmiles should have honoured the surfmiles payments for last month, and given us a little warning that they were stopping their payment scheme for surfing. I'm disappointed, and feel very very cheated.
Knew it wouldn't last, I signed up with Surfmiles surfpilot scheme last November on the advice of other Dooyooers, after negative experiences with Getpounds, All Advantage and GoToWorld. I thought I had at last discovered the premier Ad bar scheme. So several months and 1008 surmiles later it's sad to see that Surfmiles ared no longer paying you to surf due to lack of investment, quote: 'We regret that from April we are not going to be able to pay Members for surfing the web with the SurfPilot active. We hope you understand, but several companies have gone under because they were unable to match payout rates with ad revenue. We do not intend to follow suit'unquote So that just leaves the shopping incentives, mm not much good to me, unless someone can shed some light on wjat the other advantages are? It was good while it lasted 7 hours a month with prize draws for extra miles.Nice liitle ad bar that didn't crash my system lots of different skins and overall very reliable. So I'm closing the door on get paid to surf, I honestly believe it's not going to happen..
Personally, I don’t click on banners on any website. I don’t look up adverts. I don’t want to get paid for clicking on banners or ads. I’ve read so many Dooyooer’s opinions about signing up to pay-sites for clicking on ads I’m now at the stage of hating reading them. I won’t even click or search out the nation’s love-it-or loathe-it ‘Wasssup’ Budweiser ad! I don’t like drawing people’s attention to banners or ads. That’s the role of any company’s marketing or advertising department to get people to click on these banners not mine! Why am I writing an opinion on surftimes’s adverts? Well… I only have one banner on my website and that belongs to surftime. Anyone who has a website, surftime has specially prepared banners (linking to your username as a referral) and supporting html code. But it doesn't work very well
Effective 31 March 01, Surfmile informed its subscribers that it will no longer pay people to surf the web! (arrrr!). Full details are a bit schetchy as yet, but it appears that they are not fully closing down as yet (but going that way). Apparently they will still reward you with virtually nothing for shopping on the web (this is how they make their money – through commissions for you shopping), and probably if you have surfmiles you will retain them (I hope!). I expect they will continue in the dooyoo exchange program as well. As it was they were not one of the best paid for surfing the web programs, as for a start they only paid for 7 hours and paid relatively low amounts.
I suppose it was inevitable seeing the way other paid to surf's have gone. I have received the following e-mail from Surfmiles. Dear Kymm, We are pleased to announce the release of SurfPilot v3. We've added new functionality, such as news ticker with a live feed courtesy of Annanova. To download SP3, please go to http://www.surfmiles.com/CBdownload.cfm. Now for some bad news...Due to the downturn in the advertising industry in general, we regret that from April we are not going to be able to pay Members for surfing the web with the SurfPilot active. We hope you understand, but several companies have gone under because they were unable to match payout rates with ad revenue. We do not intend to follow suit. We will continue to offer Surfmiles for shopping to all our Members and continue to support and develop the SurfPilot with more functionality. We hope that Members will continue using our service and take advantage of the added functionality of SP3. Yours faithfully, The Surfmiles Team" You can still exchange your Dooyoo miles into Surfmiles and you will still earn Surfmiles for shopping with Surfmiles partners. I don't seem to be able to find any information on earning miles for using the Ask Jeeves facility. It's a shame that Surfmiles are stopping the paid to surf as the Surfpilot was the only paybar that I used regularly because it was very reliable. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
Surfmiles have been very good to me during the last few months. I managed to earn £25.60 through their very good surf 'n' earn scheme, shopping with Amazon and winning the lottery competitions. You sacrifice about an inch at the top or bottom of your screen to house the Surfpilot which calculates how much time you are spending on the internet as well as displaying the adverts that Surfmiles earns its money from. The only drawback is that you only get payed 30p for up to 7 hours a month. The other drawback is that I have been waiting since the 5th of February for my cheque. I will delete that last sentance when I recieve it.
The opinion that follows is virtually worthless now, as SurfMiles have just announced a new pay rate for surfing with their adverts showing at the bottom of the screen.... 0, nothing, zilch, nowt, nothing! And they have the cheek to say they hope we'll keep using the service regardless!!!!!!!!!!! ==================== I've just applied for my second £15 cheque from surfmiles.com, so I can verify they are for real. I have a habit of running the "Surfpilot" as they call it when I'm at home doing things like dooyoo and it causes me no problems at all. Sure, there's a bit of desktop lost but no-one makes you keep it open all the time and unless you're actively browsing the web there's no revenue potential anyway - so close it down when you're working and enjoy the full desktop again. The only drawback of this system is the seven hour per month maximum paid time, but I believe there's only so much time one should waste on the 'net anyway and I'm sure this reduces the number of wasted banner impressions and keeps the advertisers interested - you know, the people who actually provide that 30p per hour :o)
This was my first p2s advert bar i down loaded. And i have been pleased with it ever since. At first i had a few problems with it discontecting after a few minutes. But now i am entierly happy with it. The only down side to it is that it only allows you to be paid for 7 hurs of surfing a month. this is anoying, but you get a decent pay out of 30 pence an hour, compared to other companies which offer much less. There are other ways of get money. One way is my searching on ask jeeves, which gives you 1 pence for each search. This is use full for me as a student as i use the internet for a lot of research. But there is a down side for the searches it is much and i mean much quicker to go through the actual site. Also one added advantage is that you can convert your dooyoo miles into surf miles. This way you can get your money quicker, as you have two sources adding to one account. But also surfmiles have a £15 pay out level, compared to dooyoo £50 so if you open an account with them you can get your money quicker. I recomend this pay to surf scheme as it is exalent. Because of the 7 hour limit, and you surf the net allot you can belong to more than one p2s comany at the same time, but not have more than one account with surfmiles. up date!!! - no more p2s i've just heard 28/03/01 that surf miles will not pay people to surf any more because of the decline in advertiser. well it was good whilst it lasted. But they are still staying around as a web loyalty company like ipoints etc, so it is still worth a look.
Surf for up to seven hours a month and earn up to thirty surfmiles an hour while using the Surpilot software actively, one surfmile is one penny and their minimum check amount is £15 which is 1500 surfmiles (checks are sent out monthly). Surfmiles is only actively serving in the UK. You can also earn surfmiles by shopping with Surfmiles partners such as Amazon and CDParadise. Members earn one surfmile for every Ask Jeeves search they perform from the surfpilot. For referrals you get ten surfmiles for every hour they surf actively using the Surfpilot. Your surfing stats are not updated in real-time but calculated and credited to your account at the beginning of the following month, this applies to all surfmiles earned with the exception of the conversion of Dooyoo miles. There are different skins for the Surfpilot software, members can even create their own skins and upload for public use. Surfmiles is a sensible paid to surf company and has stayed consistent since the launch.
Surfmiles are the best pay as u surf company i have tried so far. They are easy to use and very helpfull when you need any help. All you have to do is register online, then download a free surfbar program which you install on your pc and off you go. All you do then is as you surf you earn cash. I was suprised how quickly i managed to build up my surfmiles Highly reccomended.. Try it it's free