Surveys

@savypat (20246)
United States
February 27, 2009 4:42pm CST
I've been taking surveys where they show me products that are new. I finely found one at the stationary store and I was disappointed, The new item was already on the shelf and had a name. It was naive of me to think the information I was giving in the survey was of use to anyone. We had been asked to name the product for them. And since it was already on the shelf they couldn't have used that information. it made me wonder it they used any of our information. Would you be disappointed or just take the $2.00 and run?
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@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
Hi. I do lots of surveys as well for years. I would definatley take the $2 and be happy. A lot of surveys put your name in a drawing....I often wonder about that one....does anyone ever win....so, be hapy with the money. Happy surveying. Nadine
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Feb 09
don't ask me, I just know i never do. Thanks
@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
28 Feb 09
I do quite a few surveys and sometimes see products which are being presented as new products yet I know that they are already available. In the first place, marketers don't pay for surveys lightly. They are quite expensive to run and the results are certainly of value to them. Sometimes the object of the survey is to explore people's feelings about a product as if it were a new product. This may be because sales of the existing product are disappointing and the marketing guys are effectively asking 'What would make you buy this if it were new?' Surveys from reputable survey sites always have a perceived value (whether they have an actual value is another matter) because someone has decided that it's worth spending money on the research. The psychology behind market surveys can be complicated. Many of the questions we answer seem to have no point but then we are not party to the exact way in which the researchers want to use the data and what questions they want answered (or what points proved).
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Thank you that was very interesting
@Garmfay (29)
• Canada
27 Feb 09
I like it when they send me Granola bars :P I can talk about those now as that survey is over :P I only got one, my daughter swiped all the rest and hid the box. What a monkey
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 Feb 09
You have to watch those kids all the time. Thanks
• United States
28 Feb 09
First off, when did you take a survey and when did you get the same brand you were mentioning in your survey. You do know it takes some time before these tests are finished, plus sold to the companies and then stop making the product that was unpopular IF it is unpopular. You also have to take inconsideration that you're NOT the only person doing the survey. You voiced your opinion and you did get paid for it. Don't think that everything will go your way, that's not how it works. They just want answers to their questions, but that doesn't mean that they will discontinue manufacturing the product in question.
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@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
Well I have to say that I would have asked the survey company about it. I think it is great that we can make money online doing surveys but I think that you set a good example. There is no telling what these survey companies are using our information for. I think that there are probably companies that use our information to make up new ideas or to give them the one up on people who already have similar products out there. Personally I would still take the two bucks cause you put in honest effort replying to them and you deserve to have compensation for it. Good luck and happy mylotting.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I've noticed that happening with some surveys I'd done too. I think sometimes the companies are just looking to see what will work first. That way if the item doesn't sell well they'll have a backup name or formula for the product.
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@CatGods (4596)
• United States
28 Feb 09
the way I see it is I'm being paid for my opinion and what I think. It makes no difference to me if the product is already on the shelf or not. If a company wants to spend their money in a foolish way, that's not my problem or concern. The agreement is that I give my thoughts and opinions and I get paid for that. How they use the feedback even if it's after the fact, well I really don't care.
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@marina321 (4561)
27 Feb 09
The survey may have been to find out if the name they already had in mind was appealing or easy for consumers to identify with... Don't think they'd be paying for a survey for nothing I wouldn't be disappointed, yup take the $2 and run!
@Musicial (471)
27 Feb 09
Thats quite sad to hear cos the surveys are supposed to give the companies feedback from memebers of the public who will eventually buy/use the product/service. If I was you I wouldn't be too disapointed as long as they pay you for taking the time to do the survey, even if its a useless survey, they're the ones paying for it.