I'm getting disgusted with surveys

@dragon54u (31635)
United States
February 18, 2010 9:16am CST
I used to make $15-25 a month with surveys. They were fairly quick to do and fairly brief, usually only about 15 minutes. My favorite was Survey Spot. Recently that site has been sending me surveys that take 20-45 minutes and offer only an "instant win game" for sweepstakes entries as a reward. What the hell are they thinking?! Does anyone really spend all that time for a game that gives you sweepstakes entries?! They've also gone to a points system that isn't equal to the cash rewards they used to give. There is also a trend to partner with other sites. Toluna partnered with Greenfield and went to a points system. Now their surveys award decent points but they are 20-45 minutes long most of the time. I'm about ready to give up on most of the survey sites I used to make good money with. Most of them are no longer worth the time required nor the "rewards" that are offered. How about you?
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I have been having good luck with saynation. I have gotten 2-$10 Walmart E- cards from them in the last 2 months. I am also doing ok with Pinecone. I have been using surveyhead and just cashed out for $25. I disqualify for alot there but very quickly.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I never heard of saynation. I better check into that one. I love Pinecone too. The surveys are so easy and you alway know what you'll get paid each time. Focusline is just like Surveyhead so you may want to check them out too.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I wish I could do more with saynation and surveyhead but I think they're looking for a younger demographic that is either employed or has children at home. I don't mind not qualifying as long as it's quick, as you say! And those two are good about that. Did you get to try the rug product from Pinecone? I love that thing! I got paid and got the product for free, I love Pinecone!! It just seems so many survey sites are now giving very small rewards while expecting a lot of effort on the survey takers' end.
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@livewyre (2455)
18 Feb 10
I started with Ciao, and they did the same, started off good, but got really lousy - they would start the survey with 'are you......', you answer 'yes', and then they say 'sorry you do not fit the criteria' eh?? waddya send me the survey for then??? Then they would have surveys that asked fifteen questions before telling you that you didn't qualify... I am all done with survey now - I did dNeero for a while, they were fun and really short, but the money is just not there any more... I have two survey programs left that I take any notice of 'YouGov' and 'PureProfile', but honestly, if I ever reach payout on them I will probably dump them right away... I have blogged about the survey companies I have used here: http://www.munny4hunny.com/2009/04/surveys-that-pay.html Even YouGov is trying the sweepstake surveys now - I just delete them straight away...
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I like YouGov just because I get to tell someone how lousy I think things are right now. You're right, it'll take forever to reach the cash award but for some reason it's fun. I'll check out those others, I can use any little bit that I can earn!
@coffeegurl (1470)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I used to do $5 surveys for Pinecone research, but if you don't do their surveys right away-or get busy with your career and don't have time, they just cut you off forever. I miss the cute blue $5 checks in the mail. It was nicer than the light bill. Anyway, Hotspex is a survey site that doesn't pa cash-but they have drawings for cash and give out free ipods sometimes. The only reason I do the surveys is they say they plant a tree in the rain forest for every survey i do. So far I have planted like 300 trees! LOL!
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I had decided that a long time ago, but recently, on the strength of what others have said here, and on another site, I started doing some again. I have more time now than I had in the past. It is difficult to find just what I want to do, as I want to control my time, not the other way around. I am not getting anywhere very fast with survey's either. I am taking what you post very seriously here, because you and I are in the same demographic group, more or less, except for where we live. I am not a member of too many survey sites just yet. I like it when I get them through some of my incentive sites, because even if I do not qualify for the surveys I get points at the incentive sites and that takes me a little closer to those payouts as well. It is something more than just the sweepstakes entry, then.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I get a lot of survey offers from mypoints but those are by OTX and just a waste of time. I don't get the points and I waste a lot of time! Opinion Outpost is a good source of revenue for me. If you haven't tried them, you should sign up. Even at my age I complete at least one per week and they pay well for short surveys!
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@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 10
I hear you. I haven't reached the 'disgust' part, but I've noticed the same thing. Last year, I made a couple of hundred without really trying. I was making an average of $30 a month. This year's a lot different. I noticed quite a few survey sites are paying less and extending the length of time for each survey. I guess the recession's hit everyone - the companies that need feedback about their products perhaps don't have as much bulk in their budget as they used to - is therefore having a domino effect. On the good site, because I'm with several survey sites, I've noticed that one or two dormant ones are starting to wake up. (e.g, focuslinesurveys.com and pureprofile.com). Could you perhaps pick your top 2 or 3 and stick with those and drop the rest?
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
I'm ignoring quite a few of them. Like you, I was making decent money with them last year. Beginning last year, though, I noticed I was kicked out of a lot of them when I said I wasn't hispanic or of latin decent. Since we are getting quite a few Hispanic immigrants here (legally as well as illegally) and they will make up about 40% of our population within the next few years, surveys are being geared towards them rather than generic Americans. I'm going to look into pureprofile. I'm part of focusline but rarely get anything from them. Clear Voice Surveys is also good--if you don't qualify they at least give you a ten cent credit!
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
By the way, Pinecone is accepting new members but only when recommended by current ones. If you aren't part of this and want to be, send me your email address and I'll send you the invitation. I don't get anything for referring people but it's a great site that pays well and you get to test new products.
@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 10
Hi, I'm already with Pinecone, but thanks :-) I think if there are more Hispanics (or any other group) taking up residence where you are, then it makes sense that companies will seek their opinion as they're now potentially part of their consumer makeup. Hmm...Clear Voice Surveys - is it open to UK residents?
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Everytime I am just about ready to stop I get an interesting one that brings in a few dollars, It does seem worse since the new year began.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Yes, I think the survey companies are feeling the pinch just like the rest of us. Have you tried Opinion Outpost? It's a great site and pays well. You don't often disqualify on one of their surveys.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Are you part of Pinecone Research? You get $3 per survey and free products to test. If not, I can send you an invitation because it's by invitation only, I just need your email which I think I have. I don't get anything for referrals but I really love that particular survey site.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Thank you, I do belong to both Opinion and Pinecone. I think my age is somewhat against me. But I take whatever I can get.
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@bucklord (349)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I have noticed a trend for longer surveys and smaller rewards. I have dropped out of a number of survey sites. The low qualification rates at some of the survey sites is extremely frustrating.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
22 Mar 10
Survey Spot, one of my favorites, has recently gone from a cash award to a points award. And it's harder to qualify, most of the time the surveys only offer a sweepstakes entry. Why in the world would anyone spend their time for that?! Opinion Outpost remains the most lucrative. I make about $15 a month with this one!
@bucklord (349)
• United States
22 Mar 10
Opinion Outpost is my favorite as well.I have $15.80 in checks coming so far this month.
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• United States
21 Feb 10
i've gotten real tired of surveys.some that were paying formally seem to do anything to kick you out now,which is a total waste of 15 minutes. epoll does have a points system,but i still can redeem them even tho it takes an awful lot to get something. toluna just bought another one i used to do..myview i think. but i quit them a long time ago.whereas i used to qualify for things,all of a sudden,nada.not worth the time.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Wow, I never got the notification that you replied and it's been days! I think the survey sites are gearing up to get the younger set's opinions because they are the ones who still don't know how to save money. They don't understand the concept of self-denial and long term goals and they are the people that companies want to appeal to. We older folks are more conservative with our money and don't do the business world much good as we struggle to prepare ourselves for the worse times that are coming.
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• United States
25 Feb 10
mmpf..the same people they target for credit cards.come to think of it..that's probably why some have those "sign up,you can cancel later" thingies. and a lot of people forget to cancel.. don't know about you,but it'll be a cold day in hell before i get one of those.
@sushie93 (1359)
• France
18 Feb 10
I only take surveys where i can earn money or points to withdraw in gifts. In the past, i have taken surveys from Lightspeedpanel (FR version) and they only reward use with sweeptake entries, i was with them for about one year and never win anything with them! So now, they continue to send surveys but i never take them cause i don't want to lose my time for nothing! o
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I make money with Lightspeed. You only need 575 points for a $5 paypal deposit. Their surveys are a little longer than most but I qualify for 80% of them. Try it again! Retailers are getting desperate for dollars, I've noticed that I get a lot more surveys as the economy gets worse. You're the first person I've talked to from France! How are things there? Is your economy as bad as ours? What a beautiful country you have!
@sushie93 (1359)
• France
19 Feb 10
Yeah but Lightspeed in French version don't give us money only sweeptakes o
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I don't like the survey sites that give points instead of money.Alot of them do that.I'm tired of doing surveys anyways because alot of them ,I'll be doing for ten to fifteen minutes and then it says that I don't qualify for that survey.In the mean time I thought I was doing the survey.Lately I haven't bothered doing any surveys.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
18 Feb 10
It sounds as if you've been doing a lot of surveys by OTX! That company hires Global Test Market, Survey Spot, Greenfield and most of the others to do their dirty work--they keep you on the hook, collecting info for 15-40 screens before telling you that you don't qualify. The survey company gets paid, OTX has valuable demographic information and you've just wasted 15-30 minutes! I won't do OTX surveys no matter how much they promise they'll pay. In the 4 years I've been doing surveys, I've only completed one OTX survey. It took me 40 minutes and I made one lousy dollar! Have you tried Opinion Outpost? They're very good, very few OTX surveys and generally pay about $1.50 per survey! I have a referral link if you want, but you can go there on your own by typing the name in your browser bar!
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@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I do not seem to qualify for the OTX surveys, but they are one of the ones that I get through my incentive site that I am shopping, so I always get points there. I do not mind them, because I do not have to spend a great deal of time on the site to find out if I qualify or not. It is an okay thing.
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I'm slowly getting fed up with surveys and certain communities I'm under contract to not tell anyone about. Bit by bit they're either paying less, less often, or not at all. I think it's because of the economy, but all the same...I don't really have patience for the internet much...so this doesn't help. Thankfully, mylot's still a good option. ^_^
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
25 Feb 10
MyLot has business sense. They know we enjoy interacting with people but also that we need to make some money. I wish the survey sites would realize this. Why in the world would anyone spend their time giving their opinions for a stupid sweepstakes entries?! I guess there are enough people like that to justify it but I sure feel sorry for them being that dim.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
22 Feb 10
I still do surveys but I'm selective in the ones that I do. I get survey emails from some sites that say they are only for a sweepstakes entry and I just delete them. I don't do surveys unless they pay and even the ones that do pay, if they don't pay enough, into the trash they go. All of the survey sites I belong to always say in advance how much the survey pays, either in cash or points that convert to cash, and also how long the survey is expected to take. I look at the time required and how much it pays and if it's not what I think it should be, I don't waste my time. If more people did that, the companies would realize they need to pay more to get responders. Most of the surveys I get are 20 minutes or less. Occasionally I do get some that are 30 or 45 minutes but they have to pay really well for me to devote that much time to one survey. Mainly because I don't want to get tied up that long and then have the survey or my computer crash and lose it all, which has happened to me, so I like to stick to the shorter ones. A lot of them still pay fairly well though.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Me, too. I have no idea why Survey Spot is still in business. They pay in points now and 95% of the surveys they send me are for sweepstakes entries--who in their right mind would fill out a survey for a remote chance to win a sweepstakes?! Opinion Outpost is the most lucrative survey site I've ever found. I've made $11 just this month on that site. If you're not a member, go there and join!
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Feb 10
I am finding it difficult to reach pay out on surveys. Most of them always say that they are sorry and unfortunately I don't meet the qualifications. It is taking longer for them to pay. One it stays confirm for 6 weeks then after confirmation, it takes 6 more week before it goes into my Pay Pal account. Another one is for points and it takes me forever to get the points I need for payout. But I still keep hanging on in hope that things get better. Or that I will come upon something that is really worth the time and pay.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Me, too. I just cashed out at Lightspeed--that one's alright, it gives a lot of points per survey but they are so LONG!! Are you part of Pinecone Research? I just got an email from them that I can email to others who want to join--it's invitation only so if you want to join, give me an email address to send it to. You get $3 per survey and free products to test. I just got done testing a carpet treatment product worth $20 and I get to keep it, plus I got $3 for filling out the survey! I don't get anything for referring people.
• Slovak Republic
19 Feb 10
I used to do surveys as well, I was spending 10 to 15mins on the surveys i did a lot of them but I didn't get paid. The site used to put the money earned in a pending balance and wait for the author of the survey to check and accept the results and then you will get paid for the survey. In the F and Q it says the process takes 5 to 7 working days and believe it or not is has been over a month and still no payment. The site is called survey scout. similar to your site.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
I wasn't happy with survey scout. I only have a few now that I do.
@illfavors (592)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Yeah the surveys really have gotten worse lately. The point system is annoying and half the time you don't even qualify for the survey. Even the part to qualify for the survey seems to take ten minutes just to get through. I don't do my surveys as much as I used to because they are just way to time consuming.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Have you tried Opinion Outpost? Very few OTX surveys and you rack up points for cash very quickly!
@GreenMoo (11842)
19 Feb 10
I´ve not been doing surveys for some months due to my lack of a decent internet connection, but I´ve noticed much the same thing. Surveys are rewarded with points, and seem to take longer. I´ve also noticed more which tell you that you haven´t been selected to continue, but only AFTER you´ve spent ages on them already. It really bugs me when the questions you have to answer are things the survey company has on your profile anyway. So if they knew you weren´t going to be suitable, why did they send the survey invitation in the first place and waste everyone´s time? One of my favourite survey companies has recently gone to offering prizes instead of cash or points. I disregard those surveys immediately. I really can´t imagine there are too many people who bother working their way through them for no guaranteed reward.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I don't know why they do that, there must be enough people who are desperate enough to do surveys for prizes or chances to win. People don't value their time enough!
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I know what you mean it sucks to get really really far into a survey only to not qualify when you are almost done with the surveys. Online earning takes a while with most of the sites I use and it can get frustrating but I don't have much other choice because I'm trying to save for the future. I'm going to keep trying but some of these sites get pretty frustrating sometimes.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Yes, it is frustrating. I think this economy has people scrambling for ways to earn and companies are trying to get as much free as possible.
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I used to participate in survey programs. Never stuck with any of them long enough to cash out and get anything though. I found myself losing interest each time i failed to qualify after answering three questions. I would get ticked off after answering that I was a male, then being denied a shot at completing the survey. I'm sure that's a slight form of sexism in action.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
You're right, they are sexist. That's because women seem to spend the money and they're the ones that companies want to please. I get disqualified because I'm over 50, have no children living with me and am not in a relationship. I'm also thrifty and don't spend much money so surveys often disqualify me.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
18 Feb 10
I agree with you Surveyspot is a waste of time just like most others. The only one I really like is Opinion Outpost they seem to be really good in sending their surveys and paying out. You reach payout at 5.00 dollars but I usually wait to get to 20.00 which happens pretty fast.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I love Opinion Outpost! It's the best site I've found. I qualify 95% of the time and they usually pay the equivalent of at least a dollar per survey and the surveys are rarely more than 15 minutes. I like Mindfield Online, too, but haven't gotten any from them for months. Clear Voice Surveys and Socratic Forum are great, too.
@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I mainly do Pinecone. I've dabbled with SurveySpot, but am rapidly losing interest in them. I've found that mypoints doesn't usually qualify me all the way through but I get 10 points for doing any of it. That's not the same as the 50 points if I get to complete one, but I NEVER expect to complete one & I only expect the 10 points, so I'm usually not disappointed. I'll be checking into all the ones referenced here & see what happens. I gave up on Harris Poll years ago as I, like you, found it difficult to cash out. I prefer to use the ones who pay through Paypal as my post office is a good drive from my house & the checks seem to come in after I check my mail. I tend to pick up my mail only once a week due to the inconvenience of the drive. So, if the check doesn't come in until the day after I check my box, I don't get it for another week. Most checks aren't large enough to make it worth checking every day as I'll spend as much in gas as the extra I bring in. If everybody stops doing the sweepstakes surveys maybe they'll stop offering them & go back to paying. Surely, the sweepstakes sites have earned enough to start sharing the wealth once again!!!
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I don't understand why people do surveys for sweepstakes entries. Don't they know the odds are against them and they've wasted time they'll never get back? I guess not. Mail just once a week? I'm spoiled! The last snow storm suspended our mail delivery for 4 days and I really missed it, even though I only get bills and junk.