Have you been a victim of survey discrimination?

@apples99 (6561)
United States
June 15, 2009 10:50pm CST
Is it just me or are most of the survey sites online discriminating against people who dont have kids or earn a x amount of dollars, it seems like in the year 2009 they would have more universal survey sites that are meant for everyone, there should be more legit survey sites for single people who dont have kids and dont earn a bunch of money as well as for people with familys, I mean its like there saying oh you dont have kids well your lame please leave, oh what your not a making thousands of dollars a year well you suck get lost LOL, but instead of saying those exact words they gussy there words up with sorry you do not qualify for this survey, would you like to take another, and I'm usually thinking what for I'm probably not gonna qualify for that one ether. I mean what am I chopped liver? lol. Have you been a victim of survey discrimination?
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I wouldn't call it discrimination. If you bother to read the fine print when you sign up on those sites, they say you may not qualify. Its not discrimination if they tell you before hand. Additionally, the surveys tend to come from companies looking for specific data. If I was specifically looking for how African American males, aged 30-50 felt about a particular product; I would definitely not be taking survey results from anyone outside of that select group. The only thing about survey sites that annoy me is how you can take them for like a half an hour only to find out, a half hour in, that you don't qualify. Even then, you are usually told that may happen in the fine print as well.
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@maezee (40973)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I like your answer. This is totally true! Research companies have the right to look for very demographic-specific data - after all, usually, the products that the surveys are about - also have a very specific set of consumers. It only makes sense to get relevant data.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Jun 09
I used to belong to a lot of them, and while I had kids at home, it was ok. But once I'd updated my profiles (BIG mistake, lol) and I no longer had kids at home, I got fewer and fewer surveys. Like DUH! Just because I'm older now and don't have kids driving me up the wall, doesn't mean I have no experience as a consumer and therefore can't contribute! In fact, I'd say a woman my age that has lived a full life, raised a family etc., should be considered a valuable source of survey info, wouldn't you? So yeah, I've been discriminated against and it's really not nice, is it?
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@apples99 (6561)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Yes exactly just becuse a person isent married or they dont have children dosent mean there not worthy consumers, and I think that a lot of these survey sites need to change there practices and make more surveys for every consumer.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Jun 09
You got my vote! LOL
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• United States
16 Jun 09
I've worked for market rsearch companies and I know they target the surveys to get infomation about specific demographics that they want to market to. It is not meant to slight anyone, but if you are not a parent you probably are not the audience they want to gear their diaper commercials too. If you're over 50, they are not likely to need your input when it comes to who they market birth control products to. If there is a product that they want to market to people i n your particular demographic, they will be VERY interested in getting your input.
• United States
16 Jun 09
There is one market research company I can think of that you may like, Pinecone Research. They used to pay five bucks for doing a survey and they generally have something for everybody. I haven't done surveys in some years, but I think they are still in business and they are a reputable company.
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@tosha33 (265)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I have tried to do surveys also and I am fed up with them, I never seem to qualify for them and I just waist time even starting. When ever I find A request for any survey in my mailbox I just throw them away, hopefully I wont have to do this much longer.
@apples99 (6561)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Yes I know how you feel I'm getting really annoyed with all these discriminating survey sites, its like if you dont answer yes to having children or say you make a lot of money then your chop liver or somthing, and its just isent far, but like you said hopfully I wont have to do them much longer ether.
@roseyroser (1061)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I think I might be victim of survey discrimination. I may be your average 23 year-old white chick, but come on people, there has to be a survey that I qualify for. I'm a member of Opinion Outpost and I've heard very good things about it. I have never qualified for a survey (well, maybe one when I joined) and I'm tired of it. I don't even start any surveys because I know I'll just waste my time because I won't qualify for it.
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• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Actually yes over the phone since i am working as an outsource representative. can you be my friend?
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@apples99 (6561)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I have happily accepted your friendship request, but if your selling anything I would not be interested in buying anything, but I would love to read more of your thoughts on online survey discrimination.
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• United States
18 Jun 09
I don't like doing a survey... Of course there are a lot of things that I have to do and as a result I find that completing a survey can be a distraction to what I still have to do. Tell me more on NPR is on right now, and I still need to hear the voice of our Sparks, so then there is the court order and the writing of my thoughts on what has gone on this week in our world, (Current Events)... So much to do...
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@maezee (40973)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I'm glad that you wrote this in a light-hearted tone. I thought you were seriously considering survey companies to be discriminating. I wouldn't ever really think of it as being "discrimination", although of course I've come across my fair share of those 'Sorry, but you did not qualify..' pages. I would also like them to be more "to-the-point", because it's annoying when you don't know WHY you didn't qualify for a certain survey. I haven't really experienced the "universal"-type surveys that you're talking about. I do know my fair-share of survey sites. In fact, 99% of the survey sites I know and use have paid me - the only two obvious scams I know of are AWSurveys and SurveyHead. Otherwise - there are PLENTY, if you ask me. Inbox Dollars, Survey Spot, Treasure Trooper, SurveySavvy, MySurveys, Lightspeed Consumer Panel, and I could probably go on and new a dozen or few more. So there are plenty of legit survey sites!
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@o0jopak0o (6401)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
well almost all survey sites cater to the US area so if that means discrimination then that means im a victim too. ofcourse some survey needs people with certain characteristics. like a survey for men's perfume ofcourse that survey will need men and some certain age and such. That is why i don't usually use survey sites as an earner. because they pay good but not that often
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@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
16 Jun 09
I hate those kinds of survey too. I wonder what's the real purpose of the survey. Sometimes these surveys aren't really what they are. They are just a means or way to promote certain products or hard sell their service. I have had one from a particular bank and been held up for a survey. Let's just put bank XYZ. So this representative starts asking questions on my salary and all that, and asked whether I do have a credit card. I said no. And he said with my kind of salary, how come I don't have a credit card yet. Like he was so puzzled. Like my life needs to depend on that card. That is after I have filled the survey. Kind of a bummer to me. Since that day, whenever I bump into any promotional types of 'do a survey first', I run away. LOL.
@apples99 (6561)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Yea I think most of those surveys sites pick people that they think they can sell certain products to like familys with small children, or people that earn a lot so they can send them a bunch of spam emails and other junk mail offers and so they can milk people out of there money, becuse it seems like if these sites just wanted peoples opinions then no one would be turned down everyone would qualify.
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@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
17 Jun 09
You summed it up right. I hate it when victims are milked out of their signatures especially or getting into a legally binding contract. *shudders*... My main concern is the elderly especially. You are right, if people are just approached for doing surveys, a lot would be more than happy to do it.
• United States
16 Jun 09
I think I have been. I use InboxDollars and I honestly can not tell you the last time I was able to do a survey on the site. That's why I just gave up trying to do surveys on the site because no matter how many surveys I tried to take, it always ended in "We're sorry. You don't qualify." kind of stuff. I'm talking I would go through multiple surveys until I reached the point that there were no longer anymore available that day. And you can only do one a day anyway which makes it even more frustrating in a way. But yeah, like I said, I've just given up doing surveys on the site. I'll try every so often but not much. I just read the emails they send out. They at least give you two cents for every email. But I would rather have the surveys for fifty cents.
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@maezee (40973)
• United States
16 Jun 09
You should ditch Inbox Dollars. They kind of suck. Most survey sites will pay you twice as much to do the same surveys. Try Treasure Trooper or Firehouse Offers, for example.
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• China
17 Jun 09
HI Apples! A victim of survey discrimination?yes!I never thought about that,But I think I AM.Since I recieved many online survey's invitation to request me to participate in their surveys,but after I answered a few questions,They just shut down and told me that I don't meet the conditions of the investigation.That things happens 4 times in 5 .I feel confused and angry.Does the online survey only sevice for the upper class??I 'M really mad.
• United States
17 Jun 09
LOl, while I may write articles and speak truthfully on here... well, not on them. I usually just put whatever they want to hear. I wish I made what I tell them I do. I do have a kid though. That helps. I came to the conclusion a while back that they usually just aren't worth my time. They take so long and barely pay anything.
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@ethereal1 (217)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Yes, that happens to me all the time. I think most companies only value the opinion of working families who earn quite a bit of money. Being poor, single and early 20s, I don't seem to count for mush lol.
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@jtr115 (724)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I have been. The sites tell people to answer honestly, but I feel like I'm disguising myself when I take the surveys. For a while, I even created a second profile using a woman's name since most of the surveys rejected me when I honestly selected "male." I guess the survey sites would have to pay out more money if everyone qualified for most surveys.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
Yes, I don't have any children and I do not make that much money, and because of that, most survey sites or surveys do not want me. I don't take it too personally because I know that some surveys just want families and their information, and I just don't fit their criteria.
@carlas (201)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I feel the same way. Typically I just say I have a lot of interests, but most of the survey sites I have signed up for never have surveys to offer me.
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@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
i apples! YES YES YES! and i hate it! i received those survey invites and happy to received those but just ended up disappointed coz they usually said that sorry blah blah! i once think that what if i will pretend to have kids and earn bunch of $$$ maybe i will qualify on their surveys! hehehe but i didn't do that! maybe next time that i receive invites from them i try to do that... but sometimes its better not to receive invites from them that to be discriminated!
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@pickoy (733)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I never joined any survey sites coz my country is banned from the beginning, they won't even allow me to join. I've seen some international sites too but you have to pay for it, hello? why do I have to pay for doing a survey... they are the ones who need information and now they earn from you for providing viable information for "free" maybe you'll do earn, but i'm not sure coz I haven't joined one. I was lucky to sign up on 3 survey sites who accepts asians, the thing is, there are no available survey studies at the moment and I'd been waiting for two months already, lol, so I've given up survey sites.
@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
16 Jun 09
Well, I don't have kids and I still get surveys to complete. I do get where you're coming from, though, but I actually think most people don't qualify for most surveys. The desired demographics seem to be very narrow sometimes, and also some have quotas that fill up fast. I don't think there's some group of highly desired people that get to take all the surveys. I do agree that for a lot of topics it seems like anyone's opinion would be equally useful, but on the other hand wouldn't you hate to release a product that some big segment of the population that you never surveyed won't use at all?