Paying a fee to take surveys

@Barb42 (4225)
United States
June 24, 2008 3:15pm CST
Has anyone paid a fee to take surveys? If so, what is your experience with the company? I signed up with ExpressPaidSurveys.com. I found out you have to pay them a fee in order to sign up with other companies to take surveys. EPS is only a company that gives you names of these companies. In other words, you are paying them. I decided right then that I had rather not take a survey if I was going to have to pay a fee to do so. There are too many survey companies out there that you don't pay fees to. I had once read somewhere that you should never pay any company to take a survey and I've stuck with that. I have no idea how much their fee is, since I can't find it on their website. But, I am sure things would change once you paid the fee. And there would be no guarantee that I would ever get paid a dime since they clearly state it is up to the company doing the survey to decide whether you qualify for their survey or not. And too many times I haven't qualified even for the free ones.
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11 responses
• India
25 Jun 08
Paying money to get money... isnt this funny?? you wont have to pay money if really deserve money. Just learn to earn for your talent than to go beyond these cheaters.
@SweetTrix (1071)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I have never paid for taking surveys and probably never will. I have neard good things about Survey Scout, but not sure if I want to spend money to make money. I would need a really good review in order pay for a survey site, and I don't mean one of those short to the point reviews, but an in depth one. I am a member of a bunch of survey sites and I never had to pay for registration. I get about 8-20 survey invites a day, some days are better than others though. I have been slacking lately and not doing the surveys that I get, I guess its just a lazy week for me. I have heard of express Paid Surveys but they don't look very legit. The whole look and feel of their website is too flashy and exaggerated, if you go to a legitimate survey or research companies site, it will be a simple layout not a whole bunch of flashy lights or animated people talking. This is usually because the legit ones are paying people for their opinion not the look of the site. websites like Express paid surveys charges money for a list, thats it, they don't have to shell out any money to panel members or focus groups.
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I had not thought of the flashy look of the survey sites. But I do agree with the fee. They make the money whether you make any from a survey or not. Most of the survey I've taken are ones to send you to other survey companies. To me, that isn't a survey. A survey should be about a product or a company or something like that. It seems like most are trying to sell something for someone else in order to make money themselves. Then, if you don't mark at least one of those offers, then you don't get points or the money promised.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
24 Jun 08
i have not found any that i have to pay for and for the little cash that you get, i dont think i would pay for them. do the ones that you have to pay for the privilege of filling out surveys, do they pay well? i am just curious.
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I have no way of knowing what these surveys would pay since I never went as far as to pay their fee. And, I don't intend to. I always thought that filling out a survey was helping th the company with my knowledge, not my pocketbook.
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
2 Jul 08
I find that very interesting-I once paid for some assortment of surveys and discovered that they were scams-they swallowed my 50 hard earned dollars and since then, i have found surveys very difficult things to indulge in especially if i have to pay for them
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
2 Jul 08
It is terrible that these scam companies can continue to operate on the Internet.But I guess, as soon as one is closed,another one will pop up under a different name, but same old game.
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
1 Jul 08
Do not pay for surveys! I paid out $40 for a list of survey companies that paid. One of the names on the list also suggested I pay another $30 for a special list of survey companies. I thought, "Well, there's no such thing as a free lunch, if I pay, I should get the rewards." What a load of carp! I registered with about 40 - 50 companies, only about 20% send me surveys, I've not been paid by any of them, I get points or entries in a monthly draw. Quite often, I get screened out after 20 mintes of answering questions. There was so much positive information about people receiving payment - I read everything to be sure I was doing the right thing. After nearly 6 months of getting zip, I contacted the guys I paid the money to and told them what I'd gone through and asked for a refund. I didn't hear back from them. I emailed again and insisted I be paid a refund but again, then was nothing. Don't pay anyone, anything to do a survey.
@Juduka (118)
• Finland
25 Jun 08
Paying to be able to take surveys? I'm all for mlm, but taking surveys as a business? Not likely. Paying usually gets you more quality, more service, more options. But thats not always the case with internet. I've signed up for a few Finnish survey sites and time to time get offers to join this or join that survey site, but if they ask me for to join in I always pass. The only way having to pay for it would make sense to me would be that they use some very expensive own program/toolbar etc which in my mind isn't a very good reason to pay for (might be for some serious surveyer, but not me) or they are paying for referrals and have somesort of actual mlm complan behind it. Still I can't see it as business...
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Years ago I used to do surveys for this company (can't remember the name now) and I got surveys, not this sort of thing where 'if you chose at least one of these, you'll get paid or get rewards' sort of thing. You actually did the survey and never was discriminated against. There was no age limit or they never disqualified you. If you past with your information when you joined, you got the surveys. That's the kind I would love to do now - legitimate ones. I would like to be able to finish one knowing I was going to be paid rather than telling me, after getting all the answers, that I didn't qualify to finish the questionnaire. In other words, you aren't going any farther; you'd done the job, now get because we are not paying you! I think I will be unsubscribing from most of those survey sites.
@zhuuraan (967)
• United States
25 Jun 08
No, you should never pay anything to take surveys. They should be paying you always. I don't do survey sites anymore though because most of them don't pay and/or have ridiculous payout limits and/or it takes forever to reach payout, even if it is low. Also, as you said, it is nearly impossible to qualify for the surveys. I have only found two that are reliable in their rewards and pay but one of them has discriminated against me so I will never ever ever use them or recommend them to anyone.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I decided today I wasn't going to do some of the survey sites anymore. And, I decided to unsub from them all.Well, I went to unsub from the first one and found I had earned almost $8,so I thought I'd stay with that one until I got a pay out. But their payout is $30. That's the only draw back.
• India
25 Jun 08
I could have lost my money If I was not seen some of articles and some blogs about the online surveys, they suggested on their blogs never pay for single money for get paid surveys, because you can get this all survey sites without paying single penny, thanks a lot for them who really saved me by scammed from some of sites. After that I got many sites free of cost and joined few sites, but yet I don't get anything from these sites.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I'm very protective of my money. I don't like to give it away without knowing what I'm getting. And, it looks as if these companies that want a fee want you to sign up and pay before you know what you are getting into. I don't like that idea, so I will certainly stay away from those that require a fee to get surveys.
@dfollin (12391)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I paid a fee once about 5 years ago.I got access to their site members area where there was a list of many businesses that would pay you for doing surveys.I sent emails to several of them.One of them was local business to me.I called them.I was told that I had to come over and apply.I had to fill out an application and go thru and interview.I never got one survey from any of those places on or off line.I tried to go back to the site that I had paid my money to and it was down.I have done some surveys at a site that doesn't have alot,but at least they pay and have surveys often and will even include surveys to your family members.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Why would a company make you fill out an application just to take their surveys? You would think that that would have been taken care of by the company to which you paid the fee. Looks to me like most of these paying ones are scams, made to get a person's money and never give you anything!
• India
25 Jun 08
The thing is fact that some sites take fees for signing up and take surveys. We should think os some things before paying them the money and signing up the site. They are 1. Is it worth it ? 2. Do we earn more than we pay as fee? 3. Do we profit in less time? 4. Is it reliable to join in the site? 5. How many surveys can be taken daily and how much they pay for each survey? These things help in understanding the site very much and its a must before Joining in the site by paying some fees.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I didn't see a place where they told you what the fee was or any of the other answer I would have liked. To me, it is not feasible to pay for a list of survey companies. There are too many out there that do not charge for taking surveys.
• United States
25 Jun 08
That's ridiculous! I've been doing surveys for about 20 or so years and I've never had to pay anyone once. I even had to do surveys as part of my graduate school work, so I've been on both sides. You don't want people to pay because you don't get the right kind of sampling because only the people who had the money and the time would pay. But, you do want to pay people for taking the surveys as an incentive. I'd bet you were only paying for a list of companies and not really for taking any surveys.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Yes, it amounted to paying them to tell people who had surveys to take. And that can be found anywhere on the Internet. I opted out of that one.