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Valued Options don't value your time fairly
Author Name: Tigger
Advantages: a useful way to subsidise one's shopping with free vouchers
Disadvantages: one can waste time completing a survey only to find you no longer qualify
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.
Summary: provides companies with useful market research