Newest Review: ... survey sites. Valued Opinions is a survey site where you usually get 25p - £1 for each survey completed. My friend referred me otherwise I... more
Member Name: Blu_lily
Advantages: Regular stream of surveys and a good variety of places to cash in your vouchers
Disadvantages: You will get screened out quite often
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.
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Summary: One of the best survey sites I have tried so far