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      21.03.2011 21:18
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      Definitely worth a try.

      Hi all, now I have search many sites looking for easy hassle free ways to earn money online and I hope to let you guys know which are the good ones to save you having to waste your time. So, I'm going to start by giving you my views of Vindale Research.

      If you don't know, Vindale Research is one of the many online websites that offer a way to earn a little extra cash - much like this one. As you may have read on other reviews of this site Vindale offer up to $25 rewards for evaluating websites/services (bingo, credit card etc), however you do have to give up you bank details and spend some of your own money before earning - which is a downside (for example £10 deposit on bingo). However, there are other ways to earn - you occasionally get sent pay per clicks whereby you get paid just by clicking on a link they send you and they also pay $1.50 for each survey completed (ordinary surveys similar to MySurvey and OpinionOutpost - which I will write about when I get time). However, from my experience pay per clicks are rare and surveys can be up and down - somedays you'll have a good few to work through and then there is nothing for days. Oh and you have to qualify for them first - which can be annoying after answering 10 or so questions to find out you are no longer eligible and don't get paid. They do also pay $5 per referral.

      Vindale do pay you through paypal which is always good, however you have to earn $50 before you can withdraw. Now I have read some of the other reviews on this service wondering whether it's a scam and do they pay out? Well I can tell you that they are legit, I have withdrawn $50 already and a currently $27. The downside is tho, if like me you don't want to part with any money then you may have to wait a while before you reach the $50 marker with just surveys and pay per clicks. Also, if you don't fancy a particular task they send you, it does take a long time before something new comes up. This is why I say it has the potential to be a good earner because it does, as long as your willing to sign yourself up whatever they ask of you (and pay a little out too) I'm sure more keep coming.

      So if your looking for another way to earn a little extra, it is definitely worth a try. It's not a 'get rich quick' scheme but it all helps add to the pot. Also, take a look at some of the other reviews - this is after all just my experience of Vindale. If there is anything else that I haven't thought of (that you think will be important/useful) or you have any questions give us a shout.

      Review also on Ciao under the same username.

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        02.03.2010 19:35
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        Still not sure about this one!

        I have been a member of Vindale Research, a market research company whose aim is to get feed back from the consumer on various products and/or services for a few months now. You receive $2 to get your account up and running on registration.

        They are a little bit different from most survey sites in that quite often as well as filling out a simple survey you first have to evaluate a particular product or service, often gaming sites, bingo sites, loan sites etc. This at first did put me off a little but I just chose not to do particular ones because I didn't want the hassle of becoming a member of a particular service or receiving something I didn't actually require. However I did complete a couple of the gaming ones where I had to put a deposit down but the fee for doing this covered my outlay and I did actually have a win with my deposit that I succesfully withdrew into my bank account so that was a bonus but obviously you might not win anything but if completed correctly you will hopefully get the money from Vindale to more than cover your outlay.

        You do have to wait a couple of days before Vindale verify that you have completed the evaluation and survey adequately enough to receive your fee and confirm the credit to your account. Be careful because if you click on a survey but do not complete it the fee you get goes automatically into your acount so can appear misleading as you cannot withdraw this money until it is verified. However, their pay out is only $50 dollars and as these evaluation surverys often carry a payout of about $20 to $25 this is easily achieved quite quickly but only if you are prepared to lay some money out in advance.

        One annoying element is that even if you just click on a survey the amount that would be rewarded on completion is automatically added to you account (although it shows as pending until completion) but I would prefer the amout to show my actual earnings so that I did not have to go into the breakdown section to see how much I have actually accrued.

        I did see something on line saying this site was a scam which was a bit of a worry and as I have not been able to request my first payout yet I cannot confirm whether or not you will get paid. People are rightly suspicious of sites who ask for money upfront but I can see that in order to evaluate gaming sites for example, you need to have a go on them to be able to evaluate them adequately to be able to complete the survey that follows.

        UPDATE: 10/05:

        Since writing the above review, I am $1.80 away from being able to redeem $50. I was receiving many click emails whereby all I had to do was to click on the email and then on the advert it contained and I would receive 10 cents. However, as I am almost at pay out I seem to have stopped receiving those and I have not received any new surveys recently which has made me a little suspicious. I do have some surveys available in my Vindale inbox which would take me over the threshold but they are not ones that I would be willing to participate it. So to reiterate, I still have no reason to believe this site is bogus but I am struggling to get to the payout threshold due to a sudden lack of new surverys etc. I would be very grateful to hear from anyone else who is a member of this site as to whether they have received a payout from them.

        I can say however, that one survey I took did not register in my account and I contacted their customer service and on offering proof of my participation this was quite quickly remedied and the amount was added to my account and verified.

        At this time I would not recommend this to someone else until I get my first payout.

        Thanks for reading. x

        Also on Ciao under Ryanellaxx

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        20.07.2009 15:03
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        Not one of my favouvites

        Vindale research is a market research company that rewards you for taking part in online research. You are rewarded for website evaluations and online surveys. Sites like these are a great way to earn from the internet.

        Most people on the internet no about market research companies but they don't believe that you can earn from them or that they aren't real legitimate sites. Vindale research is a legitimate site and you can earn money from it. Its not going to make you rich but you do earn and it does pay you.

        Vindale research is around as companies around the world want to no what normal people (the consumer) think of there product, service or website they are sellng. They want to no to see if there is anyway they can improve or change there product.

        To join vindale research go to there website and register. When you register you provide some basic details so they no who you are so they can send you the surveys you are able to take part in. They send you the surveys via your email address. To start a survey on the email there will be a link click on this link and the survey will start. Vindale research is free to join. When you join up to the site you receive $2.00 free into your account.

        Vindale research though is different then other sites, you also earn from evaluating website, this isn't very good though as you normally have to sign up to the website and to receive money for evaluating the site you normally have to pay deposit to the site. The sites you usually evaluated are gaming sites or poker sites or even bigo site. Sites where you need money to play. Vindale reasearch isn't one of my favourite sites, if you didn't want to evaluated websites and pay a deposit then this site would take years to payout with just simple surveys. Which is very annoying indeed.

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        27.06.2009 22:53
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        Not the best research company, but well worth a look!!

        Since being made redundant from my job i have been trying to make a bit of extra money doing online research, such as paid surveys and blogs. Vindale research was one of the first sites i joined.

        One of the main bonuses is the fact that it is free to join and they send you the paying surveys direct to your inbox so you dont have to go hunting for them (as do many companies).

        Many of the surveys that i have recieved so far have ben for online bingo and gaming sites. To recieve payment from vindale you have to deposit a certain amount and use the site then review it. At first i thought i was getting a good return on my efforts, however i did not take into account the exchange rate (the site is in usd), i have spent about £50 doing thier research, with approximatley a £10 profit, (i had a payout of £60).

        It is a good company to work for and they are prompt with the payments, but for the higher paying surveys you do have to pay to the sites to get your credit. They do offer 'free surveys' but they are lower paid.

        I dont think that it is the best survey company out there but it is one of the higher paying ones, and you have the oppurtunity to win big on the gaming sites, so thats a huge bonus fi you do. However, personally i prefer to earn little and often without having to pay out first!!

        give it a go
        http://tryvindale.com/VpCqWlLR6

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          15.05.2009 18:12
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          Doesnt cost as much as you think

          I joined Vindale Research a couple of months ago and so far I have earned $120. Having read some other rather negative reviews of the site I have to disagree. First of all the surveys are clearly explained i.e. how much money you would have to spend and how much money you will receive as an award. Secondly after reading this carefully you can then decide whether or not you want to complete that survey. If you decide to complete the signup to the site being surveyed and then evaluate it you need deposit no more than the amount stated to qualify. For example, I signed up to a bingo site and deposited the £10 required and then once I had spent the £10 I no longer stayed on the site just went back to Vindale and evaulated the site. I received $30 for this. There is absolutely no need to spend more than you need to.
          I have experienced no problems whatsoever in receiving my payments from Vindale. Once you reach $60 you are told that you are due a payment (by the way keep checking back on their site for new surveys and also check your account balance to see if you are up to $60). Then just request the payment and they will send it to your Paypal account within at the most 2 weeks (I think payments are processed towards the end of each month).
          There is no need to give any card or bank details.
          I recommend this site as I have made real money with Vindale - give it a try.
          http://tryvindale.com/VBDJErP8k

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            28.04.2009 12:10
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            Not too sure it is worth it

            When I first saw an advertisement for Vindale Research I was astounded by the rewards they offer and thought the site must be too good to be true. It is a site where you test products and services, evaluate them by completing surveys and then you are paid for your opinions. They offer amazing rewards for taking part which range between $5 to $75! I know, amazing right? Well, believe it or not, there are a few catches.

            I will firstly say that Vindale Research is NOT a scamming site. It does pay out successfully, it's just that, to get there, you have to go through a lot of trouble and it's a lot more hassle than normal survey sites that pay you far less.

            Signing up is easy. All you have to do is visit the website, www.vindale.com, take a short membership survey to find if you are eligible and then you can begin taking surveys. You receive $2 for just completing your member profile. There is a referral scheme so, if after reading this, anyone does want to join, pop me an email and I'll send you my referral link.

            OK, so now you're thinking, let's get started and earn some mega bucks! You can choose what notifications you want to be sent by email from paid surveys (evaluating a product for $5 to $75), online studies ($1 for simple surveys), opinion polls (fun polls for 25¢), or the member newsletter. When you are eligible for a survey, you will be sent an email notifying you and you will then be directed to the Vindale website to complete the survey. However, these aren't just simple surveys - you first must test a product or service. To do this you will be redirected to the product's website. For most of the surveys, you have to request a product to be sent to you or you have to subscribe to something. The catch with Vindale is that you have to give your credit/debit card details over. For example, I once tested LoveFilm and I had to sign up for the free 2 week trial. To do this, I would not be charged anything, but I had to give my debit card details to LoveFilm for security reasons. Other evaluations charge you a small fee of about $2 for delivery of the product and the compensation you will receive from Vindale will be $7, so in total you will actually be receiving $5 from them.

            After you've tested the product/service and Vindale have received confirmation from the third party that you have successfully signed up, you then fill out a short survey evaluating the product. Don't try and just fill out the survey claiming that you have tested the product when you haven't, you have to sign up with the service or request the product as Vindale are made aware of this by the company.

            The need for credit card details does put a lot of people off and I can understand that. A lot of the surveys had a higher fee to pay or the free trail period was only a short time, so I decided against doing these evaluations. But some of them do offer good rewards. The only problem is that you have to remember yourself to cancel subscriptions before your card is charged, i.e. if I hadn't cancelled my LoveFilm membership after the 2 week free period, my card would then have been charged and I would have ended up out of pocket. As long as you're organised and up to date with the surveys and can be bothered to go to the hassle of finding out how to unsubscribe, then this is no problem, but if you're likely to forget, then this definitely isn't one for you. The services you need to sign up to are all legit and mostly well-known sites so you won't feel that you might be getting scammed.

            You can easily view all the surveys you have waiting to be taken on the 'my surveys' page and you can see how much credit you have in your account on the 'view account' page. The highest reward survey I've received is $40 for testing an online gambling site, but in order to receive this, I had to first put $30 into the gambling account so I'm only actually receiving $10 which isn't really worth it.

            As soon as you have successfully tested and evaluated a product, the reward can be seen in your account page. Once you have achieved the $50 limit, you can then request the money to be sent to a PayPal account. Once you have requested your rewards, your money will be paid into PayPal on either the 15th or the last day of the month and it will take a few days to be processed.

            As soon as I reached my $50 target, I requested payment and received the money in my PayPal account soon after. So they definitely aren't a scamming company and do actually pay out. However, since reaching this first payment, I haven't completed any other surveys as I thought it was too much bother. To cancel one subscription I had to call the USA and some of the product fees were just silly and would leave me with almost no reward. Out of the $50 that I was paid, taking away payments I made, I probably actually earned about $40 which isn't bad really. Even though I decided to stop taking surveys, I haven't actually received many other surveys which is a little strange. If I did receive any that offered a good reward though, I would take them but not if it includes too much hassle. Before you sign up with a product or service, definitely check any fees you'll be paying or how to unsubscribe first as it may be way much more hassle than it's worth.

            Their website states that 'Vindale Research has a zero-tolerance policy regarding SPAM'. However, as soon as I signed up to the site I began receiving loads and loads of spam emails into my junk account. It doesn't bother me too much as I just take a quick look at the titles to make sure they're not important and then delete them all but I do usually have about 10 junk emails every morning when I check my email.

            Overall, Vindale is an OK survey site. It's pays out successfully and, if you're fine with the pains of spam emails and giving your credit card details over, then that's up to you. Just make sure you don't end up getting charged loads in the meantime!

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              24.01.2009 11:59
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              Website craftily billing itself as a market researcher...it isn't!

              Vindale Research bills itself as an online survey site...and therein lies the first problem. They're not really a survey site, nor are they a genuine market research company. They say they'll pay you to complete surveys and review products for them. Indeed their flashy website blurbs "Would you like to join the finest minds in research? Share your opinion? Get paid between $5 to $75 for each survey you complete? You've come to the right place!"....... WRONG! You've ended up in totally the wrong place...Vindale Research want you to sign up for third party offers, trials and campaigns - all of which earns them huge amounts in referral commission, and you'll possibly end up out of pocket.

              Let me explain further. Vindale offer surveys with payouts of $5 to $75, which is a lot higher than the majority of online survey sites. Sounds too good to be true? It is! What Vindale Research is doing is inviting their panel members to sign up for various product trials and passing on a fraction of their referral commission to said member once they're completed a survey. It's not illegal, but it is a little bit unethical and rather deceptive. It works like this - Vindale offer you $40 to sign up with an online dating site and trial it for a certain period. When you've completed your evaluation survey for Vindale Research, they allegedly pay you $40. The trouble is, the online dating site requires you to pay an upfront registration fee of $30, and you're going to have to use your credit card to do this. Thus you've only actually made $10 from Vindale due to the initial $30 registration with the dating site. Added to which, the onus rests solely with you to cancel your trial with the dating site...and they have all your credit card details.

              Moving onto the second problem with Vindale, is the confusion with some of these third party offers. It's down to you to make sure you carefully read the terms of agreement and the cancellation policy on the trial/product you've signed up with, or you may find out that you've registered with a programme that you never wanted and you can't cancel without jumping through all sorts of hoops.

              All in all Vindale is not offering genuine market research. What Vindale Research is doing is known as "sugging". This wasn't a term I'd ever come across before, but when I undertook further research into Vindale, I kept coming across this term time after time. Sugging is a term used to describe a company that tries to sell products under the guise of market research. The official definition from the US Marketing Research Association is:-

              "Sugging: The use of a marketing research survey to attempt to sell to the public. The misuse of the survey process compromises legitimate marketing and opinion research surveys conducted by professionals. It also causes distrust among the public and affects the reliability of all public opinion research. The government has legislation outlawing telemarketing calls selling under the guise of research. The Council for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR) is very active in the protection of marketing and opinion research and the public opinion"

              In a nutshell, Vindale Research claims to offer well paid survey work, but is, in reality, attempting to sell you something. Vindale is making massive commission/referral fees for itself when you sign up to any of its programmes, and they only pass a fraction of it back to their panel members.

              I was invited to join Vindale Research via a message in my private guestbook from another member. Having tried and tested most of the online survey sites around, I was keen to add Vindale Research to my portfolio. Their website looked good - professionally laid out and plausible, plus they were offering surveys rewarding you from $5 to $75 each. Regrettably and stupidly I didn't do any independent research, I just plunged in and signed up straightaway.

              Quite frankly, alarm bell sounds started to ring for me when I first signed up. I was taken through pages and pages of "offers" before I was able to complete my registration. Did I want further details on website x or programme y? No, I didn't...but I still had to trawl through 3 to 4 pages of offers in order to complete my registration, ticking a "no" box against every single offer it presented me with. I was also asked to supply details on my insurance expiry dates, the financial products I owned and all sorts of stuff that really wasn't relevant for paid survey work.

              I did, however, persevere - as I just thought they were compiling a more incisive and accurate profile on me in order to match me for more relevant survey work. I then received a series of emails (three in total) confirming my registration and what they describe as "an educational introductory series", which explained all about Vindale and the way they worked. Basically this was a load of old marketing spin - clever language disguising the fact that you'd actually be laying out hard cash and jumping through a complicated series of hoops before you'd qualify for any actual earnings from Vindale.

              However, once I'd received my third introductory email from Vindale, the paid survey work they'd been fan-faring finally started to arrive. Exciting stuff hey? NOT. What did arrive in my inbox, were survey invites asking me to sign up with various different programmes, so that I could evaluate them. Unfortunately, most of these programmes required registration with an upfront payment with a credit card...MY credit card. The promise was that once you'd signed up and "evaluated" the site, Vindale would send you a survey offering $30 or $45 to tell them what you thought of it. In the meantime, you're out of pocket and responsible for ensuring you remember to cancel your registration with the third party programme. The third party has now got all your credit card details, so if you forget to cancel they're going to carry on charging you.....

              In all I had about four "survey" invites from Vindale before I decided enough was enough and I pulled the plug on them. All four "survey" invites required me to sign up for a trial or evaluation, and they ALL required me to use my credit card to sign up with them. As I'd then be responsible for cancelling these trials or being liable for the costs, I backed away in alarm. I'm not interested in any survey work that may end up costing me money, so I declined every single invite. Just in case you're wondering, the sort of trials they try and get you to sign up with are things like dating sites, gambling sites, online DVD rental and so. As you're probably be aware, signing up to gambling sites always requires a cash deposit, so you have to give them a minimum of $10 and you may (or may not) hear back from Vindale with a survey invite for $25 to $30 in the future.

              Sometimes you might get a request to sign up for "free" trials for things like laser eye correction or "no win, no fee" legal help...but you can bet your bottom dollar, your telephone is going to start ringing as these companies start to pester you to make appointments for consultations.

              And what of the payments from Vindale if you do successfully manage to evaluate these sites? That I can't tell you, as I never signed up for any of their "offers". However, I do know that you needed to earn at least $50 before Vindale paid out, and that payment is made through PayPal. However, to add to the early warning system on Vindale, several forums speak of lack of payments from Vindale. Members have reached that elusive $50 payout level and then mysteriously found their earnings have dropped by $2 overnight for no reason whatsoever, taking them just below the payout threshold. Have a read of the user comments about Vindale (http://www.surveypolice.com/vindale-research) on the Survey Police website. Vindale is on Survey Police's unverified survey companies list, and the member comments are all rather damning.

              Oh and as for their claim on their website that they're 100% spam free, that smells suspiciously like a pile of horse manure to me. After I'd signed up with Vindale in late October, my spam emails seem to have increased by about 75%. My ISP Orange has to work overtime to filter them into my spam folder. Before October I was receiving about 6 or 7 spam emails a day; since the advent of Vindale, I get between 25 to 40 spam emails very single day. Call it a coincidence? I think not. It's funny how the increase in spam can be traced directly back to the date I first encountered Vindale!

              My conclusion, in case you haven't understood the tone of my review, is avoid, avoid, AVOID! Vindale Research seem to be rather dodgy. I reckon Vindale is selling on its member's personal information to all sorts of unscrupulous website sharks. They're being paid handsomely for all these referrals, and you're the poor mug who'll be out of pocket. They're not a genuine market research site, but they've very cleverly angled their campaign to make you think you're going to be undertaking well paid survey work. In reality, you're the one who is possibly going to end up out of pocket, as you'll be the one using your credit card to sign up for all sorts of trials and product evaluations. Unless you're very canny, and remember to cancel all these trials and product evaluations, you're going to end up with a lot of transactions on your credit card statement. Added to which, from reading various blogs and forums, some of these companies inviting you to sign up for "free product trials" via Vindale are a bit dodgy in themselves. For example, various users report it is nigh on impossible to cancel their subscriptions to some sites (i.e. book clubs) and you end up paying all sorts of dubious looking fees long after you've completed your free trial or received your "free" product.

              You might disagree, and you might have made lots of money from Vindale, but this is my personal experience of the site...and it seems I'm not alone in my analysis. If you don't believe me have a read of the links below. I really wish I'd read these before I signed up with Vindale Research. Although I'm not out of pocket financially as I deleted my account almost immediately, I still have to contend with all that daily spam.

              NOT recommended in the slightest. Avoid, avoid, AVOID!

              If you're feeling brave and you want to chance your arm (not to mention give your flexible friend a thorough workout), please find below Vindale's contact details:-

              Vindale Research
              Suite 541
              243 Fifth Avenue
              New York
              NY 10016
              USA

              Telephone: 1-877-484-6325
              Fax: 1-866-841-3898

              Website: http://www.vindale.com
              Email: surveys@vindale.com

              Further damning articles can be read at:-
              http://www.surveypolice.com/vindale-research
              http://www.zses.com/vindaleresearch.html

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