“ We all know that dooyoo is your favourite online price comparison and review site... But what do you think about these sites in general? Give us your tips, favourite uses, or pet peeves. „
Samsung 32" tv (customer no.02802915) bought from Laskys. com for my 80 year old mother. Went wrong after just over one month. Waited a week for repair man to call and then when he did come he couldn't repair it. An appointment made for a week later but then they cancelled it because the parts out of stock. Company wont make another appointment until parts are available but wont say how long that will be. I have requested a replacement or refund but they wont agree.
My mother who is a vunerable 80 year old widow could be without a TV -her only contact with the outside world (apart from the phone) for months-trading standards say I am right to demand a replacement as the company cant repair within a "reasonable time" but it seems I might have to take the company to the small claims court-which will mean being without TV for a long time-I cant afford to buy another TV for her.
Dont use Laskys even if items might seem cheaper-it could cost you a lot more in the long run-they didn't deliver on the day they said they would and their after sales service is unacceptable.
HII ordered a camera in good time for Christmas, Simply Electronics promised delivery between 7-10 days, but after 14 days, they had not even started to process my order.They agreed to cancel the order and refund my money which they took via Paypal in record time.Three days later, i am still waiting for my refund.DO NOT USE THEM
ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE OF A COMPANY (RUDE AND ARROGANT STAFF) WE HAD RAN INTO SERIOUS PROBLEMS TRYING TO RECOVER OUR FULL REFUND BACK OF £693 AS PER AGREED WITH THEM IN A WRITTEN EMAIL AND VERBALLY WE HAD ASKED IF THEY WOULD TAKE MORE OF THE PRICE DUE TO THE MARKS AND WERE TOLD NO A FULL REFUND WILL BE GRANTED AS THEY COULDN'T BE BOTHERED AS THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY!!!
WE RECEIVED TWO COSMETICALLY MARKED (Sony Bravia KDL32W5810U 32-inch
AT THE BACK AND TOP FROM THIS COMPANY OFFERED US A FULL REFUND WHEN BOTH MARKED TV'S WERE RETURNED.
THEN THEY WOULD NOT ADMIT AND DENIED US A FULL REFUND AFTER PHONE AND EMAIL CONVERSATIONS.AND DESPITE PHOTOS SENT AS THEY ASKED US TO I HAD TO GO TO A LAWYER FOR ADVISE AND SETTLE FOR £60 LESS THAN THE FULL REFUND THAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD GRANT.THEY TOOK £60 OFF FOR THE RETURN OF BOTH COSMETIC MARKED TV'S AND TRIED TO BLACK MAIL US INTO NOT TO WRITE ANYMORE REVIEWS REGARDING THIS OR WOULD TAKE £120 FOR RETURN INCREDIBLE EVEN THE DELIVERY DRIVER WHOM WE SPOKE TO WAS SHAKING HIS HEAD!!!.
I CONTACTED SONY AND THEY TOLD US THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE GRANTED THE 3 YEARS WARRANTY DUE TO THE WAY WE RECEIVED THE TV AS THEY POINTED OUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN PERFECT CONDITION AND IT WAS THE RETAILERS PROBLEM AND BLUNTLY TOLD US THEY DO NOT SUPPLY EITHER (B) GRADED OR SECOND HAND GOODS VERY CONFUSING AND STRANGE WHY WE RECEIVED THESE TV'S IN THIS STATE!!!
PEOPLE BE WARNED YOU WILL REGRET IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG AS THERE IS NO REASONING WITH THIS COMPANY!!!! I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS THIS IS VERY INTERESTING AS THERE ARE PREVIOUS REVIEWS OF THIS COMPANY SENDING OUT DAMP WET BOXES AND WHAT WOULD APPEAR TO BE SECOND-HAND (B) GRADED PRODUCTS HENCE THE POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THERE PRICES AS I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE VERY STRANGE!!!
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN SHARING STORIES WHO HAS HAD BAD DEALINGS AND FEEDBACK FROM THIS COMPANY I WILL ONLY BE TOO HAPPY TO SEND THE PHOTOS AND SPEAK WITH ANYONE AS THIS HAS BEEN A TOTAL NIGHTMARE TO SAY THE LEAST.
MAYBE IF THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE WE CAN GET TOGETHER AND PUBLISH EXPERIENCES WITH (BBC WATCH DOG)AS I HAVE ALREADY CONTACTED THEM AND WILLING TO SHOW PHOTOS ETC THE SHOW STARTS UP IN JAN 2010.
I WOULD SERIOUSLY URGE PEOPLE TO LOOK ELSE WERE YES THEY HAVE LOW PRICES BUT BEYOND REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AS I SOON DISCOVERED WITH SERIOUS COSMETIC MARKS ON BOTH TV'S AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE REALLY BUYING EXAMPLE AMAZON HAVE A MUCH BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE AND FRIENDLY HELPFUL STAFF AND DECENT PRODUCTS MOST IMPORTANT VALUE YOUR CUSTOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED BE CAREFUL USE AT YOUR OWN PERL NO WERE IS PERFECT BUT THIS COMPANY ARE REALLY SOMETHING ELSE IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE THEN PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH I WILL ONLY BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS ALL!!!
AS FAR AS I AM AWARE IT APPEARS THERE PREMISES ARE RESIDENTIAL HOUSES RATHER THAN A WAREHOUSE THAT THEY CLAIM AS IT WAS THERE EXCUSE NOT SEEING THE PRODUCTS THEY ARE DISPATCHED AFTER ORDER CLEARLY WE COULD SEE THAT THE SECOND TV WE RECEIVED THE BOX LOOKED AS IF IT HAD BEEN ALREADY OPENED LOOKING AT THE WAY IT WAS SEALED!!!
PS Customer service is not something you buy but expect when spending any amounts into any online retailer!!!
Google earth there Address it appears there premises are run from home the picture looks more like a house in the country not the two acres of land warehouse that they make out
There Address is as follows Cheap Electricals, The Friary, Bakers Lane, Black Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8QS
MY EXPERIENCE OF REVIEW SITES
The first review site I ever joined up to was Ciao. I first heard about it when I was reading my magazine, and there was a page about ways to make money without neccessarily having a job. At the time I didn't think much of it. I had always got the impression that sites like these, which claimed you could make lots money out of them, weren't to be trusted so had never really looked into joining one of them.
The time I changed my mind and did decide to join up was when I was about 15. I was too young to get a proper job and didn't really fancy doing a paper round, so remembering what I had read in my magazine I started to search Google for these 'survey sites' and 'review sites'.
This was all ages ago now but I have been an active member on ciao ever since. I'm now an active member on here, too. I joined up to dooyoo after hearing about it from other ciao members. Over there its referred to as 'the other side' - some of you probably know this already.
I'm very happy with both sides and have to say my experience of review sites has definitely been a good one.
I use ciao and dooyoo all the time both for writing reviews and reading them. I have found both a fantastic way to make a bit of extra cash in my spare time, and I also find them a bit addictive. . . I definitely spend more time on the computer than I did before I joined up. And I also have more spare cash than I did before I joined up.
Its not only writing reviews and making money that I use these review sites for. I also use them all the time to read about products I'm thinking of getting before I actually buy them. It's great to get a real person's opinion on something you're thinking of buying and sometimes I end up changing my mind and not buying the product if I read that another person has had a bad experience with it.
Sometimes the reviews aren't that helpful (for example reviews written by new members) but there are usually more reviews on the same thing that have been written by more experienced members. I find these incredibly useful and really do believe that review sites are a brilliant idea.
By far my favourite review sites are ciao and dooyoo. I have looked around at others, such as reviewcentre.com but none others have really matched up to ciao and dooyoo's standards. I recommend them to everyone for reading reviews or writing their own.
Review sites in general - I've been a member of DooYoo since 2008, and during my time here I've also experimented with writing at other review sites. DooYooers often write about interesting sites where you can make money online, but unfortunately none of the other review sites come up to scratch for me!
Obviously the most popular other review site is ciao.co.uk (and for a long time, ciao.com as well). I'm a member, but I find writing reviews hard work with little reward. It's probably worth it to write extensive reviews and rate other people, but I found a lot of the other members to be very demanding and the amounts I received were too unpredictable. I guess it's because I rarely write reviews in the higher paying (or likely to be high paying) categories as they just don't interest me that much, or I'd have to write 3,000 words to cover everything and it wouldn't be the best use of my time. Similarly, the travel review site that gets recommended a lot isn't my cup of tea because I don't have clear enough memories or photos of the places I've been, generally speaking.
There are plenty of review sites out there that don't pay at all, the most popular being Amazon. Kelkoo and a couple of random others are up there too, but I don't really write for those. I tend to write reviews on Amazon, particularly if I buy something that hasn't been reviewed yet, to help other people. Also, the general shortness of them makes good practise for a proper, long DooYoo review. One day I hope I'll be invited to the Amazon Vine programme, and that's one of the reasons why I review there!
Over time I've come to appreciate DooYoo more, as I've realised how biased, unfriendly and low-paying other sites are. Even Amazon tends to have 3 star+ reviews for the vast majority of products - and it's not surprising when only good reviews will sell a product. Furthermore, I think they've become more biased with the introduction and prioritising of their Kindle e-book reader. Ciao has such a mix of rubbish short reviews and underpaid long reviews that it's a waste of time. So DooYoo is my first choice for both reading advice and rating. If I don't have much time or the product isn't listed, then I head to Amazon. Sometimes I think it's a shame there aren't more DooYoos around!
Of course, Dooyoo.com is my favourite comparison website.. But i'm not so happy about ones that claim to find the best deals for things such as car insurance!
The sites for general products, such as this one, are extremely helpful by including reviews and pictures. They also provide links to direct the customer to where they can obtain their chosen product. I have found that by visiting comparison websites i always find a bargain and i always seem to find out that i've been shopping in the wrong places for most of the products that i use.
Car insurance websites are a lot different than general shopping guides. Only a limited amount of insurers are signed up to the website and have to pay a fee to appear on the website, meaning the prices are going to be higher than they would be if you went direct to the company. Although it is a lot less time consuming and easier to type one set of details in to find a lot of different deals, you could help make it a lot cheaper for yourself by taking the time and having the patience to look individually at smaller companies to find better deals!
Overall, they are good. I'd just watch out for ones that include more expensive things so you can save time.. It's better to search for a bargain!
I think review sites are an excellent way of sharing your opinion as well as giving useful information to the public and even earning a bit of cash at the same time. The two main sites I know about are Dooyoo and Ciao. I much prefer Dooyoo to Ciao as I think it's a lot easier to use and the rewards are clearer and better.
You are able to share your views on a huge range of products such as books, games, DVDs, CDs, electronics, services, places, food, drink, cosmetics and so much more. You can literally review anything, and it's useful to the public. I have typed in searches on Google before and the first links have been to Dooyoo and Ciao for reviews on the item, which shows how the public will view your opinions.
The thing I most enjoy about review sites is sharing my opinion on things, so people can read my reviews and understand my view. It's like advertising in a way, as they may take into account what I say when buying a product or visiting a place or using a service. I must admit that the cash rewards are also quite inviting as you can share your opinion from home and the quality of your reviews is rewarded too.
Dooyoo is an excellent review site as you are rewarded with 50p for writing a review over 150 words. I admit, the word count must be full of useful information so it's not too easy, but I can write that myself in a couple of minutes. You also get 1.5p for every member that reads your review. The members of the community are fantastically friendly too, which gives friendly atmosphere around the site. I'd recommend this review site out of all the others as it's got a great layout, is very easy to use, the community is very friendly and you can earn some good rewards along the way!
Thanks for reading,
Review sites are a great way to make yourself a little extra pocket money for whatever it is you are saving for or just for the little extra luxery items that make life worth living (chocolate!!!! lol).
There are two review sites that I use like many other people in this site they are Ciao and Dooyoo ofcourse. These websites are good as you can publish your reviews twice on them by copy and pasting them over, so you mite as well make every penny's worth off your review on both sites. Though they are both good sites I find that Dooyoo is a much better website to write on for a few reasons which are as follows:
1.) Dooyoo has a better community feeling on it, I have been a member of Dooyoo for around 7 months and have a good few people in my circle of trust and am trusted also by a good few people (I havent counted though). I have been a member of Ciao for about a month and a half now, and I am not yet trusted by anyone, it makes you kind of feel out of place compared to when you are on Dooyoo.
2.) Dooyoo pays by cheque, I dont really like putting my bank details into the internet, and if I didnt already trust Ciao from reading reviews from members on Dooyoo I wouldnt have dreamt of putting them into the Ciao website in case it was a scam.
3.) Dooyoo is more straight forward where payment is concerned, is it just me or does anyone else feel that they never really know how much a review will make on Ciao, I just get what I get and accept it as I dont really understand the whole payment process at all.
4.) Dooyoo members arent as harsh as Ciao members, on Dooyoo many of my Very Useful reviews have gotten Useful or Somewhat Useful reviews on Ciao, I think that this is really annoying and shall not rant much further about the matter.
Basically I tend to write for Dooyoo and worry more about my Dooyoo account, all I do is copy and paste reviews over to Ciao and ofcourse rate a few reviews that interest me while I am over there.
Though Ciao ofcourse does have some good points too, I am not slagging the website completely:
1.) The payout minimum is lower on Ciao than it is on Dooyoo, on Dooyoo you need £50 to cash a cheque whereas you only need £5 on Ciao to get money transfered to your account, though I think that it takes longer to make £5 on Ciao than it does to make £5 on Dooyoo.
I think that both sites are worth using as its good to collect all the pennys you can these days, though Dooyoo does fair out better in my opinion.
I love writing on these review sites though because I think it is improving my writing skills and it is a great place to relax and write and get your opinion out about different products you have used. Making the money from it is just an added bonus, though I kid you not the prospect of making money was the main factor that attracted me to these websites.
Reviewing websites are also a great place to learn about other products that you could potentially buy, I find myself searching Dooyoo when I am looking to make more expensive buys now for everyones opinions on what a camera, phone or tv etc. is really like, as shops and advertisments can be so misleading.
I must say that I find these sites great and always helpful when looking for the best prices on products / services.
One the very many is moneysupermarket.com,and this site really helped me when i was looking for the best rates on credit cards, to get the best possbile deal available.
Also, when travelling, I often visit travelsupermarket.com or kayak.co.uk, which is also great for comparing prices.
These sites compare prices on your requested product / service from many different retailers, therefore allowing for you to identify what the best deal would be, or whom the "most reasonable" retailer is, in reference to your search criteria.
You can compare many different things like gas / electricity prices, travel money, flights, hotel, car rentals, credit cards, financial accounts, etc.
When browsing though these many different price comparison websites, I find them very easy to navigate, user friendly, desciptive and really assists you in choosing the best option current on the market.
I am sure that there are many others whom have used these websites some time or another in the past. I have not really heard much bad experiences about them from others. Some sites, however, can be a bit time consuming when wanting to compare prices, as some sites require much more detail than others, also depending on the product / service you require.
In response to all your remarks and comments. I have spent lots of time and energy (and had lots of fun, too!) in order to provide much more information so you can hopefully make an informed choice on which of the survey sites you might like to join. Please give me a shout if I can help in any way, it should be fun and sharing, survey taking, just like the dooyoo community in fact!!
Here goes.....are you strapped in and sitting comfortably, then we'll begin.....
1. www.ACOP.com - this site is American based and pays in cheque form, approximately £2 per survey
2. www.boots-viewpoint.com - a new panel for Boots consumers, and all the surveys have prize draw incentives for Boots Advantage card points, up to 20,000 per time!
3. www.Brandinstitute.com - an American based panel who pay in dollars, either into your paypal account or in cheque form. Bear in mind if you live in UK, you will get a cheque in dollars which you will have to pay to have converted to £ sterling.
4. www.Ciao-surveys.co.uk - Ciao are a review site too, but their survey arm is owned by Greenfield online, and they pay cash directly into your bank account when you reach as little as £5. Most surveys pay about 10p, but some pay much more, like £5 or £2.50 depending on your profile. Very regular invitations.
5. www.consumerjury.co.uk - this survey site is owned by GfK (Growth from Knowledge) and they are very very good. You simply tell them everything you have bought for the month, then get entered into the monthly prize draw when you finalize your buys for that month - they used to be called whatIbuy.co.uk but changed their name. I have won quite a few Ovation gift certificates from them which are redeemable for paper or online vouchers.
6. www.Engage-panel.co.uk - this site is run by toluna, and they have fairly frequent survey invitations, depending on your profile. You can exchange just 500 points for a book token, Boots paper voucher, or an HMV paper voucher. I have 495 so nearly there! You get an average of 50 points per survey.
7. www.E-Global-panel.com - they have twice monthly onsite surveys which enter you into a prize draw to win £150 worth of Amazon vouchers.
8. www.Focus4people.com - this site has wonderful opportunities to go to various venues in London for market research and can pay up to £100 per person within a specific target group (say if you read a certain magazine or have diabetes) - all you do is fill in your profile and they send you invitations, or you can visit the site for regular invitations which are available and sign up for them. Well worth going for.
9. www.gfk.co.uk - this site asks about your TV viewing habits and is really fun. You do a TV survey every day and a radio listening one too if you like and get to say exactly what you think of programmes and their presenters - heaven! I have won quite a few Amazon vouchers from them, and they have huge cash prize draws too, fingers crossed!
10. www.globaltestmarket.com - American based, primarily, but they are really an international panel and each point is worth 5 cents. I find their surveys really easy to do and you can get up to 10 invitations each week, with points incentives up to 100 each, and when you reach 1000 in your account you can cash these in for a cheque in your local currency, which means no exchange rate...if the dollar is strong, you are laughing!
11. www.globalopinionpanel.com (Synovate) - You have to reach 9000 points for £5 which takes quite a while, but the surveys are fairly frequent and you earn about 500 points each, so in theory it doesn't take too long. I have also won £50 from one of their sweepstakes.
12. www.greengaugepanel.co.uk - a fairly new panel on green issues I joined very recently and am a little uncertain as to how it will pan out. I have high hopes that it will be very lucrative, and hopefully will be able to win some of their prize draws, I think the incentives will vary with the survey, though.
13. www.Harrispollonline.com - they have been around for ages and are well worth joining. Lots of techy surveys, but they vary. You earn around £1 for each survey and 30p if you do not qualify to take the whole thing, and when you reach £25 you can specify which paypal address you have the money sent to.
14. www.Homeofresearch.org - a really good panel who have recently reinvented themselves by having a great new website and lots of different internal panels you can join such as "Home of finance" and "Home of Parenting" - there are 22 in total and all worthwhile. When you reach £20 you can ask for a cheque to be sent to you. Each survey is worth about £1 or £2 but there are some fabulous opportunities for focus or discussion groups that can pay up to £100 a time.
15.IPSOS (www.iap-interactive.com) - I love them too, they pay really well. You can get lots of surveys regularly and you can cash in your points as follows 750 - £5 boots voucher, or Amazon voucher and 1380 for £10 boots or Amazon voucher.
16. www.itsyourview.com (Newvista) - they send out regular invitations for approximately £1-£5 per survey and when you reach £50 you can ask for a cheque. I am at £49 right now so nearly there!
17. www.justtheanswer.co.uk - they have fairly regular surveys, and you can earn up to 300 points for only one survey but the best thing about them is that you only need 500 points to redeem your points for a voucher = Amazon.
18. www.knotsclub-eu - they are an European panel and have regular survey invitations, in a light hearted and quirky kind of fashion, lots of fun. The site is very funky and well worth a visit. Great little guys! You can earn lots of points per survey, about 200 a time sometimes, and you can redeem these in regular "redemption campaigns" they have about three times a year. They are redeemable for something called globogift certificates, which in turn can be exchanged for lots of different store vouchers, depending on which country you live in.
19. www.uklightspeedpanel.com - one of my favourites, I have to say. I have had so many wonderful redemptions from them. They are based in America and have one of the most comprehensive and impressive point shop redemptions shops I have ever seen! You can get anything from electrical goods to paper or electronic vouchers to, well, you name it!! If you order an Amazon or HMV electronic voucher for only 550 points (the average point earning per survey is about 110) you will receive it almost instantly to your inbox. Once you start doing these regularly, you will find that if you log onto the site and do the onsite polls, it increases your chances of being chosen for the next surveys, as the onsite polls are a way they have of "recruiting" from their members on a particular topic for an upcoming survey.
20. www.myvoice.co.uk - I have just redeemed my 2000 points for the first time with them, for a £20 Boots voucher. I like their surveys, worth an average of about 100 points each, but having said that I just did a really good one for 300 points! They have regular invitations, and are very innovate with lots upcoming too.
21. MyTNS/ http://www.uk.my survey.com - another one of my personal favourites just because they are so incredibly generous with their rewards. The surveys are well designed and easy to complete on a variety of different topics and my children have completed personal diaries on hair care routines, etc., for amazingly generous points rewards, and you can redeem 1000 points for an Amazon voucher, or have your points directly transferred to your Nectar card if you have one - this is done automatically on the site once you enter your card number and if you live near Sainsbury's you are laughing as you can redeem Nectar points for Sainsbury's vouchers. Help in the credit crunch! Surveys are worth about 1-300 points each and its fairly easy to build them up. TNS also run a wonderful paper food diary, toiletries diary which I complete once every quarter, and receive £15 in Capital Bonds vouchers per time for this, after you have completed your allocated four per year, you will receive an extra bonus of £15 Capital bonds vouchers, making a total for only four diaries of £75 in one year - pretty impressive! It is lots of work, but interesting and fun too, and I can recommend anyone who is interested, or give them further details.
22. www.mediatransfer.com - they are fun, but not too regular with their invitations. Most of the surveys involve lots of graphics and shelf-displays in which you have to pick out relevant products, and are fairly time consuming, but you get the equivalent of 12MTs (media transfer points are called MTs and you need 100 = £16 Amazon voucher). If you only partially qualify, you get a bonus of 3 MTs.
23. www.myonlinepanel.co.uk - they are relatively new, but fun. I have already completed my first product test with them for some toilet cleaner, a full sized bottle which I got to keep and worked really well too! I don't have much in the way of information about them as they are so new, so will see how they pan out.
24. www.mindmover.co.uk - they are really new, but my best ever survey invitation I did through them was an insurance one, in which I had to make just six phone calls to obtain insurance quotations. I received £50 for this!!! That is what I can an incentive! You can cash in your points when you reach 2000 points and you will receive a cheque for £20 - I have nearly managed that for the first time and have just been with them since June 2008.
25. http://www.netverdix.com - they are quite regular with their invitations depending on your demographics and are American based. They pay you in dollars, by paypal account and there is a huge index of profiles to be completed on lots of different topics on the site to increase your chance of qualifying for further surveys.
26. www.one-poll.com - my absolute favourite, I suppose because I won £200 from them, but I have managed to attain £40 too, and am nearly £30 as we speak! I have done a separate review of them because I like them so much and they are changing and growing all the time - definitely one to watch.
27 www.opinium.co.uk - I have been with them for a year now, and enjoy their simple straightforward format. They average about 50p per survey but there are rarely more than 20 questions and they are all very straightforward, on all subjects. When you reach £25 they will send you a cheque. I am nearly halfway there.
28. www.opinionbar.com - they are international, mainly American, but you earn in GBP and they will make a BACS transfer when you reach £10 which I nearly have. Their surveys are very nicely set out, intriguingly so at times, at the end of one of my recent ones they said that the company wanted further information and did I have webcam and a microphone so I could tell them what I thought of the product, for an extra incentive of course, but as I didn't have either, I never found out what that extra would have amounted to!! Still, its an imaginative format and the surveys are worth about £1 each, sometimes more.
29. www.originpanel.co.uk - quite a new panel, very imaginative and prize draws only but with a lively forum just for women. As the name suggests, this panel is for only women, us being the "origin" mentioned in the title. I think this will go from strength to strength and its good to get in on the ground floor. I have yet to win a prize from them, but have high hopes, the prizes being mostly £40 Arcadia vouchers. I love to shop with vouchers instead of real money!
30. www.pineconeresearch.co.uk - one of my favourites, too, they send out invitations about twice monthly and have lots of product tests on everything from washing powder to bathroom cleaner to chocolate biscuits and shampoo. I have done lots for them in the past and they are thoroughly reliable, but very hard to get into. You cannot join just by going to the site but they have regular recruitment drives, and send out member invitations to invite other interested parties. They pay in paypal or luncheon vouchers, you choose - £4 per survey.
31. www.opinionworld.com - I still have not made up my mind about them, I have to say. I feel that they are pretty good, and they recently joined up with Surveyspot and do sometimes pay per survey but usually its just donations to charity or a chance to try for an instant win after each survey. As I say, the jury is still out on this one. I have never made anything from them in monetary terms.
32. www.opinionhealth.co.uk - I have high hopes for them. I have not been with them long, just since May 2008 but have done quite a few surveys. As the name suggests, they are all health related and you build up your points - 125 points = £25 cheque.
33. www.opinionate.co.uk - I have been with them for a year and have yet to receive one survey invitation so I can't honestly give an opinion, although I think they are small and are just starting out. Maybe things might take off, but slowly.
34. www.opinion-people.co.uk - been with them since April last year, and have built up 17 points. You need 150 points for a £15 BACS payment. You need international bank account number, whatever this is, but when I get nearer redemption, I will sort this out, apparently the number is on your bank statement - a BIC and a SWIFT code. You get extra bonus points if you complete all your profiles, too. The surveys are fairly irregular but lots of them seem to be aimed at teenagers.
35. www.onlineopinions.com - they, I thin, are quite new. I already have £4 of the £50 I need for redemption but they are quite slow to build up. The surveys are straightforward and enjoyable and lots of fun. One to watch, I think.
36. www.pureprofile.com - I like them a lot too. You complete a profile with them which takes quite awhile and you can set up alerts to have information sent to you on certain subjects, but if you bypass all that, you get fairly regular invitations to survey at roughly 30p-£2 a time, and when you reach £25 you get a BACS payment.
37. www.panelbase.net - I have just completed my first redemption with them, and it was swift and super. I made £10 over about 15 surveys and redeemed my payment by BACS. The surveys are very interesting with lots of graphics and sometimes ads to watch. The site is interesting and detailed and there are fairly lengthy profiles to complete but it increases your chances of further survey invitations if you complete them all in one go at the start when you join.
38. www.Postofficepanel.co.uk - this is an independent panel about the post office and very enjoyable. They have regular surveys on post office products and prize draws to win high street vouchers or one4all vouchers, nice format surveys, short and sweet.
39. www.responsepanel.com - they are based in Sweden and I have done a few surveys for them. I received a £5 credit for joining and when you reach £30 you can redeem this for cash or vouchers. You can have individual incentive surveys too, it says on the blurb onsite, but this has not yet happened for me, although I am nearly halfway to redemption.
40. www.surveys.com - I have been with them awhile and they pay in ipoints. I love ipoints, you can get so much with them. You get an average of 100-300 points per survey and they are always easy to do and the format is very simple and straightforward.
41. www.Socraticforum.com - I found these guys by accident and they are based in America but pay in your local currency - when you reach 5 points you can redeem these for an Amazon voucher - my first survey I ever did for them was about printers I used at work, and I earned £10 for 30 minutes work. They are very professional and trustworth.
42. www.toluna.com (test & vote) - I think there are so many things to say about them that it would not fit all in one review. You have to go visit the site to see what I mean. You can have loads of fun and join in with the community and you will earn extra points and you can complete product tests by registering for tests on the site, you will also find that you can complete polls or write your own or opinions and you get extra points for these too, but the threshold for redemptions is quite high...you need 60,000 points for a £12 HMV online voucher or a £10 Amazon voucher - but when I tell you the surveys average about 10,000 points for 25 minutes you will realise you can very quickly build up the required points. I like this site lots and visit at least three times per week.
43. www.thats-what-I-think.co.uk - I have been with them for a short while and get regular invitations, mostly cinema related, entertainment related, TV related ones. You average about 500 points per survey and when you reach 1500 you can redeem these for a £5 amazon voucher. I have just redeemed two of these. The site gets them intermittently, so sometimes this option is not always available but if you are patient, it will come around again and you can get lucky, otherwise you can get a Firebox voucher or a donation to charity is available.
44. www.techsay.com - I have had one redemption just in time for Christmas, they are related to globaltestmarket, and very reliable. If you work in IT or have an interest in gadgetry and technology, go for it. The surveys are always worth 200 points, and 1000 points = $50 or the equivalent in your local currency - about £25 now.
45. www.valuedopinions.co.uk - I like them too. You get about three to four invitations per month and sometimes more and are worth about £1 a time, sometimes more, and when you reach £10 on the site, you can redeem these for lots of different vouchers. The redemption is instant and you get your chosen voucher right away.
46. www.what-i-buy.co.uk - they used to be called Consumer Jury and you basically record all your purchases each month and there are regular prize draws. I get lots of £1 and £5 vouchers as prizes in their monthly draws. The prizes are Ovation gift certificates.
47. www.yougov.co.uk - a highly respected panel with lots of press affiliations. You often hear them quoted in the press and on the radio and TV news. They are considered authoritative on lots of political and topical subjects. The surveys are always good and pay about 50p a time and redemption is at £50 in cheque format.
48. www.zoompanel.com - these are good, with 75 points approximately per survey and often food related topics. You get regular invitations and a huge catalogue of redemption options of all sorts, from books, dvds, cds, and vouchers to electrical goods and toys. Redemptions start at 1000 points upwards.
49. www.yoursaypays.co.uk - I have really taken to these guys, they are fun, lively and very generous. They have regular onsite surveys and pay about 50p a time. Redemption is by paypal when you reach £20.
50. www.zussizone.com - a very new panel, so I can't really comment, but I have done one survey for them which was very enjoyable and been entered for a prize draw. I have high hopes.
I hope you enjoyed this TOP 50 run-down of survey sites. Feel free to ask me any questions and enjoy exploring. You may find that you can beat the credit crunch without too much difficulty in 2009....I am having a darned good try!!
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The way that the site works is you enter a name of a book, textbook, keyword, ISBN, or author's name, and click search, and the site looks all over the web, comparing the book prices to find you the lowest price.
This site not only tells you where to get the cheapest price on any book (including cheapest shipping) but they also give you a list of all of the places that your book is currently being sold, and they tell you exactly how much money you are going to save.
The really great thing about this site is that every search is done live, they do not archive data and you are sure to always get the lowest price.
My experience of review writing sites is a fairly typical one, I started on Ciao, no real recollection how, I imagine I read something about sites that you can earn money on for writing, probably while researching a travel destination , saw the chance to make money, realised I was deluding myself, but stuck around anyway to make a few pence. Then I discovered Dooyoo where I could earn more for the same bit of writing and even though in my early days it was a rubbish platform when combined with a dial up internet connection. I stuck with it and now it is my go to review site. I have also dabbled in Helium a bit last summer and made good money for a reasonable amount of effort (read my review to learn how) and have checked out a few pretenders to the throne in the past few years but all have failed to deliver.
Over time I guess I have made a half decent amount of pocket money that has been spent on presents for myself or the ankle biters (I have always referred to them as ankle biters even though my oldest is now taller than me) and this year I accumulated enough to buy most of the Christmas presents for the family plus a rucksack for me.
Review sites can be broadly split into two groups, those that pay for content and those that do not. Amazon, lonely planet or tripadvisor would both be examples of the latter, people contribute for a number of reasons and as such certainly in the case of tripadvisor I find the information more reliable and useful however eve the reviews on that site I treat with some caution because it is not unknown for a hotel owner to post reviews on their own premises to gain publicity without declaring their connection.
Sites that pay for content like Dooyoo, Ciao and Helium are far more interesting to look at especially as an economist as they provide an insight into what is known as the function of price. In the economy price is said to fulfil three functions, rationing, incentive and signalling functions It rations scarce resources, sends a signal to produces that there is either excess demand or supply and provides the incentive to producers and consumers to either produce or purchase goods. You can see the price function in operation in the way that members on Dooyoo responded when the site changed the reward structure it pays on its reviews. When Dooyoo switched from paying 3p a member read to 1.5p per member read and a flat 50p payment for posting a premium review it certainly changed the way that members behaved on the site.
The initial signal received by many was that quality was no longer the main driver for Dooyoo, the business itself relies on click through from members of the public, priority positions in products search engines and advertising revenue from business customers. As such the focus was to increase the membership and increase their output. The result has been a significant increase in the volume of reviews posted on the site and also an increase in the number of members who write a significant number of reviews in a relatively short period.
The quality of this increase has been variable, one of the aims of Dooyoo is to increase the number of products being reviewed, therefore there is a small price incentive, one penny, to suggest a new product for the catalogue, this will then generate a review and increase the catalogue size. One outcome of the flat rate payment though is a significant increase in the reviewing of the same products, without looking I'm pretty sure both Mars Bars and Twix have been reviewed hundreds of times and each time now Dooyoo will pay more than the cost of these items in payment to the writer.
To ensure quality Dooyoo combine payment with regulation, they set the minimum review length at one hundred and fifty words and they also pay £1.50 to any review that is crowned each week, in addition they have monthly competitions that can earn additional reward. The quality incentive works for some writers and not for others, some writers do not see the reward as being attainable and opt to post lots of short reviews to maximise their earnings that way while others write reviews that they think will attract member nominations and thus the chance of a crown.
This increase in reviews written is not the only consequence of the payment structure there are a few others that work against the sites best interests. The first from my own point of view is that I'm less trusting of the content on the site these days. There are a group of writers I trust implicitly particularly in the travel, book and movie category however there are also many writers I do not. When I was car guide I would often read reviews from members who claimed to own a set of cars to rival J.K. from Jamiroqui, or as a fellow former guide put it recently, "to have seen every new film release within a day of launch even though they appear to be on this site 24/7". Multiple owners of every Nokia phone or camera from Nikon are also common on the site as well.
Plagiarism has always been an issue on review sites however it is definitely on the increase, scanning the guide forum there is a daily list of those members caught plagiarising from other sites and these are mostly removed by Dooyoo but you may be surprised to hear not always. Some are so lazy they copy from other members of review sites or just go to Amazon or Wikipedia, these are easy to spot, others are more devious using only fragments of copied material or varying the sites they use, taking a bit from the Daily Mail, adding something from the BNP site and then finishing off with the Guardian, for these the devil is always in the detail when it comes to spotting them, or you get those members who take a review in a foreign language and run it through a translator and you end up with a load of waffle.
The price function works differently on Ciao.co.uk to drive behaviours. On Ciao payment is based on member rates and as such it is almost run on a reciprocal arrangement, the more you read rate and comment the more you are visible on the site and hence the more those members read your work in return and boost your earnings. The incentive or reward to ensure your quality is maintained is less clear as it is through a monthly bonus scheme however the same rule seems to apply, the more popular and visible you are the more top ratings you can attract and the greater your potential reward. This payment system promotes far more attention on the ratings given, members have been known to get rather aggressive over ratings given and the vitriol spills over into the guest books of members, then again you also get the members who spend all their time sending cuddly messages or morning salutations to others, a sort of viral marketing for the review writing scene. One of the sister sites Ciao.com has recently dropped from paying $1 per review to 25c and from reports received suffers from similar problems that blight Dooyoo but on Ciao.com there is an even greater incentive to over rate your friends' reviews.
The incentive function of price on Helium is rather more blurred, here you have a system of payment that does not rely on volume of reads but on some strange system that seems to link reward to the number of clicks from search engines your material creates, earnings per review are poor unless you are active at a time where hey are paying a flat rate for posting in certain categories, that is the time, often called a Rewardathon, when you can make money on the site.
Anyway I have truly rambled on long enough, easy to spot the teacher about to start his long Xmas holiday as I'm still talking about the function of price and even a bit of viral marketing.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
Two and a half weeks ago, I dived head first into the mysterious world of review writing. My motivations for writing, like most things in life, were part altruism (I enjoy sharing my favourite music, books and films, a bit like lending a favourite CD) and part selfish (Like every other human being, I love a tiny bit of recognition). To stop my new obsession from taking over my life, I recorded how long I actually spent online on Ciao and Dooyoo. Twenty-six hours to date if you're wondering, of time just burned up... You see, being the kind of person who loves reading about stuff, I get hooked into the circle of reading, rating, writing, reading, rating, writing...
Like most other newbies I launched my budding reviewing career first on Ciao - the Microsoft-owned big-brand name and presumptive market leader. Ciao is a vast and eclectic emporium whose review section updates as quickly as a New York Stock Exchange ticker tape. So I posted a few short reviews, scraping the 150 word limit. When one was quickly flamed down as "somewhat useful", I realised I had to raise my game. It wasn't about what I wanted to write at all, but the value that I could give another reader, a stranger who I had never met. So I made a commitment to write the best I could in every case. I started posting almost daily on Ciao and the pennies, with the speed of a stalactite growing, began rolling in.
But I pressed on. Of course I hoist my own petard by writing about the kind of products people really turn to Amazon to read about: books, CDs and films. To be honest, if I was here for purely monetary reasons, I would write about hot electronic and gaming products. Even worse, the vast majority of my posts were wilfully obscure. When half your book titles have to be specially requested because they're not on the site already, you just know you're not swimming with the consumer tide.
So, 26 hours later, here's the verdict --
Ciao is a professional site with some strong points, although as we shall see, I consider it the weaker of the market leaders.
1. It has the advantages of scale - a wider range of products and a slick statistical analysis function.
2. It has a community rating system that assigns a "community value" to its members. I was most chuffed when I progressed from a white dot to a green one.
3. It allows cash withdrawals direct to your bank account when only £5 is earned
4. The ratio of ratings to views is fascinating - it shows which reviews are high-traffic (interesting to non-members) versus those which grab the attention of active raters.
5. Contrary to some peoples' anecdotal experience, the readers who have mailed me or commented on my reviews are generally courteous and polite. You know who you are.
6. It has a partner/affiliate program which could come in useful on blogs etc.
7. In theory, Ciao could offer a better passive income opportunity because review fees are higher. In practice, I find most reviews generate a quick buzz of interest upon first posting which then permanently dissipates.
1. Compared to Dooyoo, I have found it very hard to obtain any traffic, or recognition. It was very disheartening when I spent an hour or more writing a serious review and only four people rated it. Ever. This has changed more recently - I guess in a busier marketplace it takes more time to build up your profile and gain a readership.
2. The economic incentives, if indeed there are any, are truly minimal. In a free market, the best way of obtaining high quality, considered and thoughtful reviews is to offer some kind of tangible reward. Ciao doesn't, alas.
3. The quality of writing is highly variable. Some reviews are stupendous, so-called "diamond-winners"; others add little value.
4. Reviews rated "somewhat helpful" or below can actually deduct points - be careful!
5. You can't (or at least are discouraged from) uploading a fun cartoon icon. Half the fun on Dooyoo is looking at the crazy cartoons people use as their online identities, from bears to Family Guy characters to muppets. Much more fun!
6. I don't like the surveys that are delivered to my inbox. They are incredibly time-consuming and do not offer any of the fun or interest of writing a helpful review for someone.
So I joined Dooyoo, which was a fantastic move. The site seems to have far more of a community feel , which is odd because I imagine Ciao and Dooyoo are like a Venn diagram, with most reviewers having a presence in each.
Doo yoo Advantages
1. I was struck by the thorough and high quality nature of many of the Dooyoo reviews. Logically, you would think a site that pays 50 pence per article would have more low content churners, but I have been genuinely and consistently impressed by the content of the Dooyoo writing.
2. I gained more ratings per article on Dooyoo, and much quicker. The level of comments is about the same, however, between both sites. Reviews that seemed lost in the hubbub of Ciao seemed to rapidly garner positive comments on Dooyoo.
3. The site design is fantastic. The colour scheme of green is far more appealing and the "My Visitors" photo profiles are an excellent feature.
4. I could upload a landscape picture that represented my online identity.
5. It goes without saying that 50 pence for writing a review is more gratifying than 0 pence. Let's just hope this pricing structure is sustainable.
6. I like the 72-hour delay in awarding dooyou miles which cuts down on fraud.
7. My suggestions for book and CD reviews were quickly acted upon.
8. The option of giving review earnings to charity is a good on and in keeping with the community spirit of the site.
1. I originally thought the 50,000 miles/£50 ceiling before cash-out was a disadvantage, but now I see this as a strength because it discourages casual reviews.
2. The product range is relatively limited, though as reviews seem to be acted upon quickly this is not really a drawback.
3. I have had no experience yet of receiving any payment by cheque: this is less convenient than direct payment to a bank account.
4. The crown system is still a bit of a black box.
Final Verdict: Both sites have their merits, but Dooyoo is a clear winner and "category killer".
So there you have it. Maybe if I still have any reservations, it's about reviewing in general. Twenty six hours is a lot of time, and my average earnings of 50 pence an hour are hardly retirement material. I still have occasional, lingering doubts about the whole premise of review sites. How many ratings am I genuinely getting because of the usefulness and quality of my writing, and how many simply because of reciprocal rating. Aristotle once said that "reciprocity is the foundation of states" and the psychologist Robert Cialdini has shown how it affects a lot of human behaviour. Maybe internet review sites too.
Still, I'm now totally addicted to Dooyoo and I won't be going anywhere in a hurry. Now on to that next review...
(c) Paul/ EasternStar 2008
DooYoo is the first review site I have joined with the intention of actually writing reviews myself. In the past I have often used review sites such as DooYoo and Ciao as a source of reliable information before I make a purchase. I thought it was time to give something back!
When I signed upto DooYoo this week I was unaware of what incentives if any they offered for people who write in reviews. Having learnt more about the reward system I think it definately encourages people to write more reviews. I think the minimum 150 words is a great idea as it stops people just writing small reviews to receive their points.
I have also recently joined Ciao but have yet to post, I think their reward system is not as good as DooYoo's, you do get 50p credit for referring a friend and 50% commission on all of their future surveys for a year.
I think the quality of reviews on each site is similar and I don't think one would be better than the other. Personally I'm going to write reviews on DooYoo because I came here first and this is what I am now used to.
Overall I believe that DooYoo and Ciao are the two main review sites available to UK users, I do also look at reviews on sites like amazon, play and the actual website selling the item but I would normally look at DooYoo and Ciao too. I think I favour DooYoo because they offer a good reward system and it is what I am now used to.
When it comes to review sites most people think about Dooyoo and Ciao, mainly because I guess most of us on here are members of bot of them and it was good to see that Dooyoo recently won an European website award voted for by internet users.
For me Dooyoo is the better from a writing point of view as it has the best rewards system by far and is also the easier to use with a good supportive community, Ciao seems to be less easy to navigate and is verty slow to load and the community is nowhere near as friendly. However when it comes to readng product reviews I tend to find little difference in the quality of reviews written, I do take with a pinch of salt some of the reviews written here especially when you see members reviewing the entire contents of the carphone warehouse stock list or ten high performance cars in a row or the entire cosmetics shelf at Boots, the cynic in me doubts that they actually own the product.
There are a few writers I trust especially some of the travel writers on here however I would never use either site as the only source of my research I would always check out other sites as well especially when it comes to things like travel.
There are other sites like Helium which I was not impressed with and to be honest that is more about writing about factual stuff rather than products.