I have been a member of Valued Opinions for over a year now and have found it to be an ideal way of earning money completing surveys which then add up to an amount to be able to claim a reward. Rewards are for gift vouchers from several high street shops and I have earned quite a few over the year. Most gift cards are for £10 but you have to earn £10.50 before claiming, the newly added 50 pence is to go towards admin costs so I believe. The surveys are of various lengths and recompense but usually anything from fifty pence to one pound and sometimes for over thirty minutes you can earn over a pound. I tend to stick to the shorter surveys and build my money up that way as it seems better than spending thirty minutes filling out long surveys for little more than a quid.
Most of the ten pound rewards are for Marks and Spencer, Boots, Sainsbury's, Argos, Dorothy Perkins etc and there is also the option to obtain fifteen pounds to claim an Amazon voucher, which is worth filling in a few extra surveys to achieve. Once a reward has been claimed it is usually sent out quickly. I usually claim either Marks and Spencer or Sainsbury's as I like to use the gift cards to buy presents and I practically funded Christmas present buying last year with the gift cards I had earned and saved for the occasion.
All in all I would say this was a good way of earning enough to claim a few gift cards throughout a year and I have never had any problems with this site at all.
Valued Opinions used to be a good organisation with many opportunities to add to your credits. However, in the last year or so it has become about as useful as a condom dispenser in a nunnery. I used to get 3 or 4 a week and even though the individual payments were usually small (normally .25p or .50p rather than the £1 to £2 advertised) I was usually accepted for most, but not any more.
I get about 1 a week now and 75% of the ones that I do get, I get kicked out of. To add insult to injury, a survey can suddenly pop up when I am looking at my list of new emails and when I instantly go to it, it tells me that they have already had the required number of responses. From arriving newly in my Inbox to being rejected, less than a minute.
Then there are the ones where I am not among the class of people being targeted and get rejected. I remember having to fill in quite a detailed profile upon joining, so that theoretically they would only send me surveys that were relevant to me. What on earth was the point if I get kicked off surveys because I don`t match the profile group ?
Sending for and waiting for, a voucher via the overland mail is a trial. It can take several weeks before it plops through my letter box. In comparison, when I send for inks for my printer from a stationery company which is based in Switzerland, the merchandise comes via Belgium and I have it in my hands within a week from ordering to delivery. So why can`t Valued Opinions which sends things from the U.K. deliver at least as quickly ? It is almost as if they have some old dear in a back office somewhere sending out vouchers by hand.
There are many other, better companies out there. Valued Opinions should be the last resort.
Well earlier this year I started having some financial difficulties and began saving up to go on my and my boyfriend's usual holiday much earlier than we had before. I started taking on a few more hours at work and decided to look into other ways of earning money including survey sites. Valued Opinions is a survey site where you usually get 25p - £1 for each survey completed. My friend referred me otherwise I don't think I would have heard of VO at all as it isn't as known as say Toluna or YouGov (I'm also a member on there sites).
From the time I signed up I did every survey they sent me (or almost all) and I tended to be disqualified a lot. It took me almost 5 months to earn £10 which is the threshold for vouchers.
The surveys are actually very boring or at least the ones I did - about supermarket shopping, banking, politics, etc.
Overall I earnt £20 with valued opinions over about a year. I cash out with Sainsbury's vouchers to go towards the food bill. I wish they did cash but this helps out.
The vouchers usually come in between a week and 10 days. The vouchers for sainsbury's come in the post on a little red voucher card.
I decided to leave valued opinions when I realised the surveys weren't coming as much anymore. I still have £5 in my account but I won't go back until the site picks up a bit.
Thanks for reading.
I've been a member of Valued Opinions for about three months now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it.
In terms of how much money you can actually make from this, I'm quite happy. Currently, 3 months on from when I signed up, I have £50 worth of Amazon credit, and about £4 in my Valued Opinions account. From different sources which I've read, that's quite a good return.
I've read a lot of people really blasting Valued Opinions, for "not getting enough surveys" or having "surveys crashing all the time." From time to time, the surveys do seem to come pretty slow and on occaision I've been 5 minutes into a survey and it's redirected me back to the site.
What I've found is, if you fully complete your profile, then Valued Opinons can not only send you out more surveys, but surveys that are of relevance to you. And as far as surveys crashing goes, the site mainly acts as a hub for other companies to connect to. If your survey has ceased to work, it because the of the companies actually setting them, not Valued Opinions.
All-in-all, I'm more than happy with Valued Opinions. I say give it a go, you'll be racking-up those coins in no time!
4 month update:
£60 Amazon credit
£3 in Valued Opinions account
£4 pending (from KitKat product testing)
£50 pending (from 2 week online forum participation)
For many years now I have been doing online surveys as I spend a couple of hours a night surfing the net and doing other various things (!!!....like competitions and dooyoo!!).
Online surveys are pretty straight forward. Complete surveys about anything from shopping, energy companies, mobile phones, drinks etc and you will be rewarded. These rewards can be anything from cash to points.
I have pretty much tried them all, however I am new to valued opinions. I have been using e-rewards and myvoice to get myself some Avios points and vouchers to spend. These sites are pretty good but to be fair, it does take a pretty long time to build up the rewards.
Toluna however, what a pain. I have wrote about them in another review, and you just do survey after survey and feel that you are not going anywhere.
It is a US company which luckily recognise the UK consumer and are based in the UK.
Signup via their website by inputting your details. Choose a username and password. It will be a good few days before you start to get emails asking you to participate in surveys. The emails will tell you what the survey will be about, the duration that it should take to complete it (in minutes) and the amount in £ as your reward.
You can update your account to show your interests, what mobile you have, whether you exercise etc. By telling them this information, they use will see what surveys will suit you.
The surveys could be anything from £0.50p to £2. Some vary from 10minutes to 30minutes. Of course depends how quick you are with your fingers and if you are not distracted by the TV.
I have completed 7 surveys so far and my account stands at £7.75. So whilst I am not setting the world alight, it all helps in the run up to Christmas. I might get a couple of emails per day pointing me to a survey. You do need to be quick though, because by the time I log on in the evening, that survey may have closed.
You can cash out at £10 and exchange it for vouchers. You can spend them at: M&S, Argos, Sainsburys, Amazon and Boots.
I am warming to this site very quickly. Great to see your balance rising, knowing that you do not have long to cash out. The surveys are not complicated and the time stated to do them is accurate.
Word of warning:
Just because you get an invite to complete a survey, does not mean you are eligible. If the survey is about smoking and the first question is "Do you smoke?" and you say "no" then the survey will be over before you know it. No credit.
Go with it folks for some extra cash.
I have been a panellist for a couple of years and one seems to average about £100 per year in vouchers. On the whole it is OK, yet I am increasing getting frustrated by the number of surveys being sent out where one has completed 25 - 75% of the survey only to be told that you no longer qualify and receive no reward. Valued Options claim that they do not use the information and are not paid for incomplete surveys. This maybe the case but it is still extremely unfair as one should be compensated for their time. I have therefore argued for partial points to be paid so at least one receives something for their time, yet the company is dragging its feet and will not introduce the idea. I hope others on reading this blog might agree with the idea of partial points and join the argument for something more fairer.
Valued Options is part of a Group that owns another online research company called e-Rewards which is much fairer and offers maximum points for a fully completed survey (from 100 points to 1,000 points) and 10 - 50 partial points should one find they are no longer qualified and the survey ends before fully completed. This is much fairer.
I suspect the problem is Valued Options does not limit the number of panellists on its books and consequently the pool of panellists is continuing to grow. Therefore the model they currently use to reward panellists for their opinions favours an unlimited number of panellists, i.e. a pool of quantity over quality could perhaps skew the results of a survey and therefore does not necessary give Valued Options clients the best answers to questions asked in the survey.
As mentioned in my previous review of Slice the Pie, I like to earn a bit of extra money online which is the reason why I originally joined dooyoo. It's a better use of my time on the computer than wasting away hours doing essentially nothing! I have found a few good websites that I use and Valued Opinions is one of them.
Valued Opinions is an online survey website - their tag-line is 'rewarding time'. You simply fill in opinion surveys about all sorts of things from healthcare to cars to shopping and you get paid more money for longer surveys. They're mostly around 15 - 25 minutes long and you get between £1 and £2 per survey. The reward is in the form of vouchers for different shops - there is no cash reward.
The positives are that you can get £2 for filling in a 20 minute survey - that's nearly national minimum wage! So it's probably one of the best paying websites out there in terms of rewards compared to time put in. You only have to save up £10 before you can claim your reward and that can be earned in a week if you're lucky enough to get sent the well-paying surveys that you qualify for.
The surveys are all different and so you're doing something different each day - some of them are quite interesting and some of them are quite boring, but it's varied.
You can choose to get an e-mail when a new survey is available - this is useful so you don't have to keep checking the website - you just go on it when you get an e-mail.
One negative is that you can only get vouchers - I like websites like dooyoo where you can get vouchers, but if you save enough you can get cash. They do, however, have a wide range of shops you can get a voucher for. I usually go for Amazon vouchers, but I've also had Boots and Argos. There's also clothes shops like Topshop and many more so there's something for everyone.
One other negative is that there's usually only one or two available surveys a day so you can't really do as much as you want - it's very limited.
My real frustration with this website is that you start filling out a survey and can spend 5 minutes answering questions before it says you do not qualify for the survey and you don't get paid - for instance if you answer questions about your shopping habits and you don't shop in the shop the survey is about. I know they can't pay you for a survey if you do not meet the criteria they want and there isn't really a way around it, but it does get very very annoying!
Overall I give it 4/5 - you can build up money quickly and it means you can treat yourself to something, but the annoyance of not qualifying for so many surveys is very frustrating! It looks like I've written way more negatives than positives, but I definitely think the positives outweigh the negatives and it's well worth signing up. I can give you a referral if you'd like to join - just send me a message.
Valued Opinions is a website where you are able to take part in online surveys about different things such as technology, financial products, food and drink and personal care (along with many other categories). It is an excellent way to earn some extra cash, only redeemable at certain places including the following:
Marks and Spencers
You can also choose to donate your money to charity which is a feature I have not yet used but many members do this.
Sometimes you do not qualify for surveys which can get frustrating at times and some surveys can take some time. You answer questions which create your personal profile which defines the types of surveys you get sent to your email address. When you do qualify for surveys you can earn, usually a minimum of 50p and some go as high as £5 depending on the surveys. The ones where you get a lot of money for take a lot longer to complete (E.g. 45mins) or you get sent a sample of something that you try out for a specified amount of time and then fill in a questionnaire at the end of the period.
Some of the negatives about this website include the fact that some surveys get boring after just ticking boxes for half an hour. In addition to this, you can also get annoyed when you don't qualify for surveys or the survey may have already closed (the date they are available to is shown on the email invite). It can also take a long time to reach the £10 minimum required to claim a voucher.
This website is good because it is an easy way to get some money for things on websites (Amazon) or high street shops (Topshop etc.). It is a very simple and easy website to use as the invites can be sent to your email address and there is also a downloadable add on to your desktop where it tells you when you have a new survey without you having to check your emails. Over my entire time on this website I have claimed £145 worth of vouchers, mainly for amazon when I purchase books.
I would fully recommend this website to everybody as it is good to get money just for ticking a few boxes on a screen.
I'm a member of many different survey sites and I find Valued Opinions to be one of the better ones.
* Surveys come through quite often. I usually get offered a couple of surveys a day, which are all emailed to you so you don't have to remember to check the site every day, and I would say I qualify for at least 50% of them, which is quite a good hit rate compared to a lot of other sites.
* The rewards are fairly decent. They range from 50p- £5, although the highest paying one I've had so far is £1.50 I think. I did get offered a £5 survey once which involved filling in a 40 minute survey and then keeping a diary via text for a week. The survey went through, but the text part of it didn't work and then I couldn't find any trace of it, so I didn't get paid anything for this.
* Rewards are shown in cash value instead of points which makes it easier to work out how much they are actually worth. Because all the various survey sites use different types of points systems, it can be quite confusing working out if 50 points from one site is better than 2,000 points from another site. So when they are shown in cash value, it's much easier to work out if it's worth it.
* Payout times can vary. It took me about two months to get to the £10 payout threshold at one point, but then I got straight back up to £3.50 within a couple of days. Once you do get to the payout threshold and choose your reward, it lands in your email inbox instantly, unlike some other sites where it takes a few days.
* Occasionally you'll do a survey and the reward doesn't get added to your total right away. I have no idea why this is but I've had a pending credit for £1 about five weeks now. A couple of others were pending for a few weeks and they eventually got added on, so I'm hopeful that this one will too, eventually.
* There are quiet a lot of options for rewards, all of them gift cards for specific stores so you should find at least one store you like, or you can choose to give a charitable donation to a selection of charities. It would be better if PayPal was an option so you can take the cash, but I do a lot of shopping on Amazon so I'm happy to take the Amazon gift card.
If anyone's thinking of joining Valued Opinions, I would say go for it.
- VALUED OPINIONS - SUMMARY: 4/5
Valued Opinions is an online site where you can take part in online surveys or trialing samples.
Just log in through their website to take part or click the link in their emails they send to you.
They send you from 1-6 surveys on average a week and will try and send you only the surveys that are relavent to YOU, (the more information you fill out about yourself the more relacent surveys that should be sent to you.) Your online money every £10 / $10 you earn can be exchanged for certain money vouchers, some are printable, others will be mailed to you.
- Sign up information:
Valued Opinions are available for several countries including, United Kingdom, USA, Autrailia, News Zealand and Canada.
When signing up make sure you select the country that you currently live in, you can select this from the drop down menu, right at the bottom on the homepage or selecting the appropriate ending of your URL for your country.
UK - www.valuedopinions.co.uk
Canada - www.webperspectives.ca
Australia - www.valuedopinions.com.au
America - www.valuedopinions.com
New Zealand - www.valuedopinions.co.nz
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 5/5
There are certain age requirements for certain contries too, listed below.
Australia: 14 years old or older and a legal resident of Australia.
United Kingdom: 16 years old or older and a legal resident of the United Kingdom.
America: 13 years old or older and a legal resident of USA.
Canada: 14 years old or older and a legal resident of Canada.
New Zealand: 14 years old or older and a legal resident of New Zealand.
PRICE AND EARNINGS: 4/5
It is completely FREE to join and you can earn online money that can be exchanged for useful money vouchers to spend in popular stores, these vouchers vary, they sometimes change from time to time to give more variety, but YOU choose out of a selection of vouchers from printable vouchers, online vouchers or many are sent to your door. You can even donate your money to selected charities, if you prefer.
You can redeem money when you have made £10 / $10, you can view all your pending money or money made when you sign into your account via the website.
Most surveys are worth 20p - £1 / 20 cents - $1 although there are some trials where they send you samples to try which can be worth around £5 / $5 to around £20 - $20 same with diaries they ask you to keep over a week or so period.
EXTA REWARDS: 5/5
If you refer a friend through the refer a friend on their website and your friend joins via the link you get an extra £1 for every friend that joins, you get paid for 5 friends who qualify (per 3 months).
They have to of completed 2 surveys within the first 6 months of joining.
EASY TO SIGN UP: 5/5
Easy sign up with entering a few of your details, you can add more details to YOUR PROFILE to help them sent relavent surveys to you.
QUALIFYING FOR QUESTIONS: 3/5
If you fill in your profile you are more likely to qualify for the questions they send to you.
They will generally ask you around 3-10 questions to make sure your qualify for the survey.
On odd occassions they may let you get 10 minutes in and decide that you are not eligable but this only happens on occassions, it is less likely to happen if you do the survey as soon as you receive them. But sometimes they give you a small reward for getting so far.
Some surveys may not let you continue after a question, this is very rare but can happen.
SURVEY LENGTHS: 4/5
Surveys can vary in lengths, they let you know in the email along with the survey link, roughly how long the survey will take you. These are generally between 5-20 minutes long although there are longer ones.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT: 5/5
The few times I have had to contact Valued Opinions they have got back to me within the few hours or days of sending, they have always been polite and extremely helpful.
You do not have to complete a certain amount of surveys a month to stay active - complete whichever surveys or trails that best fit you and your time. I have participated in a few and am now near to £40 over the last few months considering I rarely do surveys.
WEBSITE DESIGN: 4.5/5
There website is very easy to navigate and has pretty much all of the information you need to know, including all the terms and conditions, rewards and about the site. It is all there for your easy use.
The interface is kept clean and simple with a green interface and their purple logo.
A friend recommended I join Valued Opinions in 2011 and I did the odd survey but not every one until December 2012 when I realised I had £17 in my account, so I started to concentrate more on attempting every survey I was send from them.
I have since claimed £40 in Sainsbury's vouchers from them and am over half way to my next one. The vouchers arrive in 7-10 days and are in the form of £10 gift cards. They are a real help with the food shop. Valued Opinions send regular surveys by email, approx. 4-5 a week. I qualify for 6-7/10 surveys that they send which is a lot better than other sites I am on.
The surveys are on a wide variety of topics and can be very interesting. Examples of topics I have had surveys on recently are food (bread), mobile phones, films and finances. The pay is 50p-£5 although I have never received one for more than £1.50. I have never had a problem with the surveys not crediting, my only problem being when they did not credit me after I referred my mum and she joined. A short email solved this quickly.
I enjoy being a member of valued opinions and it is my favourite survey site, although I do many others it is the first site that I check for emails from, and the first I would recommend to others who are new to completing surveys.
I have tried many sites and Valued Opinions is my favourite by far!
Valued Opinions is a website where you can take part in online surveys for companies in order to earn money (well, vouchers). It's easy to sign up for. You just need your name, e-mail address, gender and date of birth. You can edit your profile which makes it easy for Valued Opinions to pick you for a survey, because not every survey is suitable for everyone. Some surveys ask a few questions beforehand to see if you actually are suitable, and a lot of the time you won't qualify for the survey because you do not meet the needs of the company's desired audience. Each survey shows an estimated amount of time, usually ranging between ten and thirty minutes, along with the amount of money (towards your voucher) that you'll earn. The shorter the survey, the less money you'll recieve. The longer the survey, the more money you'll recieve. The lowest amount for a survey is 50p I think and even so, that's pretty good. Once you've taken part in ten pounds worth of surveys you can claim your reward voucher. There is a wide range of vouchers to choose from:
I haven't claimed a voucher as of yet so I'm not quite sure how easy it is, but my boyfriend has claimed his voucher on Amazon and he said it was pretty straight forward. I think he just got given a voucher code that he entered into Amazon. Sounds simple enough.
However, some surverys do seem a little monotonous and repetitive, and some surveys do take a lot longer than the estimated time. Having said this, you do get a chance to rate the survey at the end so it can help the company with future surveys.
There is an Android app for Valued Opinions. I downloaded on my phone but it doesn't seem to work as I can't access my surveys.
I think that Valued Opinions is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and also a good way to share your point of view.
Who are valued opinions.co.uk
Valuedopinions.co.uk are a market research site who work with small and large organisations to ascertain what makes customers tick, what will be the next big thing and consumer habits to name a few. Market research is invaluable to organisations. It makes sense to pay a lot less for consumer market research then spend a lot more on a product that no one really wants or likes. The great thing about valuedopinios.co.uk is that topics are diverse, so you won't be inundated with surveys on topics that you couldn't really care less about. You could be asked on anything from entertainment to fashion to holidays. I always enjoy survey topics that actually interest me and it helps when you're spending approximately half an hour on that one survey!
I became a member of valuedopinions.co.uk in mid-January 2012 after reading about it on various internet forums. The sign up process is simple and very straight forward; a monkey could do it with his eyes closed. There is an initial registration profile survey which you will get paid 50p for and this will be instantly credited to your account. Here is a breakdown of how many surveys I received per month and how many I actually completed!
There is a lot of vaguery₁ on forum boards about how much you earn and what not. It is my aim to be as transparent as possible and give an accurate perspective of the brand.
Month Surveys received Surveys completed Amount made (£)
January 5 1 0.50
February 13 0 0
March 11 4 3.25
April 6 3 5.00
May 17 8 7.50
June 22 7 8.00
Amongst the surveys I received there were a fair few that I was screened out of, almost half, otherwise I can assure you I would be positively ecstatic if I actually made the money I should have. Also I put my hands up and say I did not complete each and every survey, as if I got to the survey too late, target numbers would get filled up and the survey would close. As is evident, February was a dire month, when I simply did not bother to fill out surveys.
Survey format are usually tick boxes and relatively easy to understand and complete. On occasion you get invited to do a follow up telephone interview and you can earn a few extra pounds for this. I was also asked to complete an online diary for a week, a less common survey format. This was very easy to do and not inconvenient at all. I appreciate the information Valued Opinions provided me to complete this task, it makes me feel they are a genuinely upright company that value their customers. This earned me £4; the highest amount I have received so far for a survey.
How much do they pay?
The survey site is very upfront of what you can expect to earn per survey, how they can be claimed and what vouchers you can exchange your earnings for. Typically surveys will pay you between 50p-£5. From my experience I have only ever earned £4 maximum, but I'm not complaining. Valued Opinions surveys usually pay for amounts of £1-£2. Survey lengths can also vary, anything between 5-25 minutes.
What can you redeem earnings for?
Now, you can't convert the online pounds to physical pounds, but what you can do is redeem them for vouchers at your favourite stores. Valued Opinions have a very good selection of stores from whom you can select vouchers for. Vouchers can be bought for Boots, Argos, M&S, outfit, Amazon.co.uk, Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Wow HD, John Lewis, Marriot, Sainsbury's, Burton, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and Eventim. So you really are spoilt for choice here. Just so you know some of these vouchers are only for in store purchases. It beats amazon vouchers which is what countless survey sites opt for, not realising some of us actually shop on the HIGHSTREET as well as ONLINE.
You can redeem as soon as you earn £10. I have recently redeemed my earnings for vouchers and I'm waiting for them in the post. I will update this post as soon as I receive them to let you know exactly how long it takes to arrive.
The Valued Opinion smartphone app
Valued Opinions also have a very handy (and not so handy) smartphone app. They claim you can receive compatible surveys via this app. However I have not received one survey since downloading the app months ago. Now don't get me wrong, the app isn't totally fruitless. The app can also access a very informative breakdown of all surveys you have completed and how much you have earned so far. It's good for checking up on your balance, but not much else. I strongly suggest valued opinions sort this issue out as for most smartphone users this app just eats away memory.
In my opinion....
Personally Valued Opinions are by far the best survey site I have used (no I am not getting paid to say this, honestly!) Surveys are frequent, well paid and can often be quite fun to do. My only qualm is getting screened out of surveys, which happens in almost half the cases. Now this isn't uncommon in survey-land and research companies can have stringent consumer profiles they are looking for, so I won't push it. To make the most of this site I recommend checking your emails daily and completing surveys as soon as possible to be able to complete them and also qualify for them. Your not going to get rich or anything but it is rewarding and what you do earn can be used to help you save those few extra pennies.
₁ No, 'vaguery' is not in the English dictionary, but it emphasises my point.
This survey is also available on www.pressedformoney.blogspot.co.uk
I have been a member of Valued Opinions for about 6 years or more now. It was one of the first survey sites I joined and it obviously works for me since I am still an active member many years later.
I get emails notifying me when a survey becomes available and it always gives the estimated length (in time) of a survey and what the reward will be for taking part. It also tells you which category the survey is in enabling you to decide if you would like to participate or not.
The rewards are generally not credited to your account straight away and can range from 50p-£2 (on average) when your account balance reaches £10 or more you can choose to receive one of the many voucher options available. I used to always get Tesco or Boots vouchers as I knew that there would be plenty of use for them, but now, I always get an instant Amazon voucher code which is emailed straight to me within minutes and ready to use on Amazon straight away.
I find this the quickest way to get rewarded and enjoy spending my vouchers there. If you order a paper voucher it can typically take 28 days to arrive (and I'm rather impatient!)
Overall I think this is quite a fair survey site, you can see exactly how much your balance is and also the whole of your survey history and how much each was worth etc. If you enjoy surveys then I think this is a good site to join
Although Valued Opinions is one of the better survey organisations, they are not at all shy about letting you get 95% through a survey before telling you it's now full. This can only damage the quality of the research they provide as it encourages panelists to get through surveys as quickly as possible without giving proper thought to the questions and not fully complete each page just to get it done. In short they actively penalise panelists for accuracy.
This is shoddy in the extreme for both panelist and their customers. It also discriminates against those who may have difficulties reading or typing. I also believe it is against the MRS code of conduct as they are dishonestly using the time of people they have no intention of paying.
The response of their support team is "tough".
My advice to you if you decide to use them: be quick - a couple of random clicks and then onto the next page or you risk being dumped. Never, ever fully fill in a page which asks you to type anything. One response will do.