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I'm aiming for my £50 by 2014...
Member Name: norton501
Date: 02/05/10, updated on 03/01/13 (93 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use and easy surveys
Disadvantages: VERY SLOW
I joined you gov in February 2010 after reading a review of it on Dooyoo. It sounded like one of the more reputable survey companies and I was promised no screening out of surveys and 50p cash per survey. The sign up was easy- simply fill in a few details, click a link in the activation email then you get to do the initial survey which earns you 50 points (=50p). The initial survey is very politics oriented, asking you if you voted in the last election and which party you vote for etc.,
When you reach 5,000 points you can redeem this for a £50 cheque. This sounded exciting and easy to achieve. I read you gov would email me surveys to complete, or I could check the website for "my available surveys". I recommended two friends immediately who also joined up and I was delighted to see I earn the same number of points that each referred friend does in their first three months. Even better!
This is where the glee ended i'm afraid. Since February 2010 I have only managed to get to 1300 points (£13). I check the site almost daily and I am quite disappointed by this turnout. I saw on Sky News they use some of their opinion poll results from you gov (amongst other companies).
I turns out my two referees (referrals) have only had sporadic surveys too. At this rate, if it is one survey per month even during general election time, it will take me FOUR YEARS to get to £50. So, this is definitely a slow burner. At present it is looking like I won't get the £50 until about 2020.
The surveys I have taken lasted 12-15 minutes each to do and it was a case of clicking some boxes and buttons- nothing too in depth like some surveys which can take you an hour to do. So the surveys, when you get them are easy to do and reasonably short.
As I have not been able to get near the £50 needed to request a cheque, I cannot tell you how quick they are to pay out of how easy it is to request your cheque as you don't get given this information until you have 5,000 points. Your only redemption option is a £50 cheque. This is fine by me as I prefer cash over vouchers.
Overall, I thought they were quite a huge survey company (if Sky News uses them...) and really thought that during an election they would be asking you pretty much daily who you were going to vote for to see if the opinions were changing! But no...
So, give this a try at your peril. It is a slow burner and I am not expecting my £50 anytime short of 2020 at this rate!
Summary: Slow Burner