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Everybody has an opinion and now you can get paid to share yours through online
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Are Online Paid Surveys Legit?
Paid surveys are not new, despite all the hoopla. Marketing research firms
have been paying consumers to participate in surveys, focus groups and such for
some time. But the Web has granted them a more-efficient way to collect data. So,
many now conduct legit, online paid surveys and other types of paid, online marketing
But many questionable, "middleman" paid survey sites are poisoning the well, by
hyping easy money for participating in online marketing research from home. When
there's competition for selling an easy-money scheme working from home, you can
bet that there's also exaggeration, if not outright scams.
Many questionable middleman sites charge "membership" fees for access to lists of
marketing research firms that conduct online paid surveys.
But you can find many for free, by searching the Web. It's how this writer found
60+ to review for this article. It's also likely how the membership sites found
most they list. Regardless, some try to dupe you into believing their lists are
special. But, according to messages on scam forums, their lists are essentially
the same as others. Worse, some also list other membership sites, trying to dupe
you into buying essentially the same list over and over again. They include sites
that seem to be their competitors, because they earn referral fees or commissions
when you click the links or buy memberships. A couple mentioned in scam forums even
try to dupe you into buying the same list at other membership sites they own under
different domain names. So, natch, these sites have incentive to exaggerate how
much you'll earn from online paid surveys.
Other middleman paid survey sites provide free lists. But, many are effectively
in cahoots with the questionable membership sites, because they too earn referral
fees and commissions by hosting links and ads for membership sites. So, they too
have incentive to exaggerate.
If anybody is earning a living from online paid surveys, it's considerably more
probable to be middleman-site owners than participating consumers. Of the 60+ paid
survey sites reviewed, most "pay" only token rewards in the form of goods, services,
coupons or samples. Many pay cash only through sweepstakes. Even if you're lucky
enough to win several sweepstakes, it likely won't lead to early retirement. Prizes
at most reviewed sites range from $5-200 in cash or goods and drawings are only
occasional. Some pay with points that are redeemable for cash or goods. Typically,
you must rack up a bunch to redeem them for anything of significance. Most pay nothing
or only sweepstakes entries for completing screening surveys, that determine your
eligibility to receive certain paid surveys. A couple don't pay much of anything,
unless you recruit others as in pyramid schemes.
A few paid survey sites reviewed do pay relatively well in cash. But questionable
middleman sites hype hypothetical, best-case scenarios that can't possibly apply
to each and every consumer for each and every hour he or she participates. In the
real world, the likelihood that you'll often earn the higher of the hyped amounts
is slim. Besides the reality that most simply don't pay much, you must be invited
to complete paid surveys. To be invited, you must fit targeted demographics. That
alone limits your earnings right off the bat, as you can't possibly fit every demographic.
Consequently, despite what questionable middleman sites imply in their "dream job"
hype, it's unlikely that you'll earn a living from paid surveys and other marketing
research. You might, however, earn or win some extra spending money, or free or
discounted goods or services.
Most reviewed paid survey sites effectively promise not to share personally-identifiable
information or not to share it without prior consent. It's an industry standard,
by which legit marketing research firms are bound. But many membership sites reviewed
don't make either promise, or do so only in a limited or wishy-washy way. Unauthorized
go-betweens such as membership sites don't have to honor the marketing-research
industry's privacy standards.
Consequently, by joining, you might have also rolled out the red carpet for the
membership site or its unnamed "marketing partners" to solicit you. (Some who joined
membership sites reported in scam forums that they were swamped by spam only minutes
later.) Your personally-identifiable information is worth a small fortune to direct
marketers, especially since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission pushed for legislation
in 2002 to stop unsolicited telemarketing calls. Ask yourself if a few extra bucks,
iffy sweepstakes and other token rewards are worth the aggravation of dealing with
potentially dozens of pestering privacy invasions that offer nothing for your time.
All things considered, it's no surprise that some of the marketing research sites
reviewed disclaim any connection with membership sites. Real paid survey sites
pay you, not the other way around.
Avoiding Online Paid Surveys Scams
The bottom line is, if the hype for online paid surveys sounds too good to be true,
it likely is. That's the safest way to screen out "offers" that hype big rewards
for small investments of time or money. Don't be fooled by:
- Testimonials - Ropers and shills typically write these for scams, not satisfied
- Documented Proof - Some questionable paid survey sites provide checks and
other documental replications as "proof." But just because someone made money at
least once, doesn't mean that you will. Besides, with today's computer technology,
paid survey scams can counterfeit just about any document and make it look authentic.
- Guarantees - Don't believe guarantees that promise the Moon. Paid survey
sites can't possibly guarantee you much of anything, except that they'll
refund your fees if you're not satisfied. But good luck collecting your refund if
it's a paid surveys scam.
The "fine print" at questionable paid survey sites often contradicts much of what
their hype implies. (That's how they try to cover themselves legally.) Don't let
the hype alone sell you. Read all of the fine print too and ask questions if it's
vague or you don't understand it. Think twice about submitting your personal information
your suspicion in any other way. Also read disclaimers, terms, conditions and any
other fine print. Avoid sites that don't answer your questions in a satisfactory
and timely manner. Be wary of conducting business with sites that list only email
or PO box addresses for questions and other matters, as they might be fly-by-night,
paid survey scams.
Perform whois lookups to reveal if paid survey sites were registered by proxy. If
so, be wary of doing business with them too. Site owners might be hiding their contact
information behind proxy services, because they're running paid survey scams. Whois
lookups will also tell you if different sites were launched by the same owners (unless
they were registered by proxy). If so, be wary about that too. Owners might have
launched multiple sites to make their "industry" appear to be more legit, dupe you
into buying the same list of paid surveys more than once, or both.
Check with the BBB for complaints against specific
online paid survey sites and their owners. But, be aware that, just because there
are no complaints, it doesn't mean that all who have conducted business with the
sites are 100-percent satisfied. It just means that no one has yet complained to
the BBB about those specific sites. More about that is below.
Browse scam forums, such as Scam.com and
RipOffReport.com, for messages from consumers who think they've been duped
by online paid survey scams. But, proceed with caution. Some messages are posted
by ropers and shills pretending to "rescue" those who've been duped by paid survey
scams or who are looking to avoid it. For example, the "rescuers" might say that
all online paid surveys are scams, except for the "wonderful opportunities" they've
found. But, what they don't tell you, is they profit from recommending the "wonderful
opportunities". Scam-forum moderators typically remove such messages. But, natch,
they'll remain posted until the moderators screen them.
The same goes for sites that claim to screen out paid survey scams, or that rate
or rank paid survey sites. Be wary if they link to fee-based middleman sites or
display ads for same, as they're probably trying to earn commissions and referral
fees by duping you. Natch, sites that pay them the most receive the highest ratings
or top-most rankings. Some even go so far as to display phony award logos, hokey
rating stars and such.
For more information about avoiding scams, see the consumer advice from the
FTC and BBB. But, although
both have issued general warnings about easy-money schemes (such as work-at-home
and Internet business-opportunity scams), at this writing neither has specifically
warned about online paid surveys. That's likely because online paid surveys are
a fairly new easy-money scheme at this writing.
Regardless, this writer is willing to bet that it won't be long before the FTC or
BBB collect enough complaints to issue specific warnings. According to reputable
sources on the Web, local BBB offices have been flooded by complaints against paid
If you've been ripped-off by online paid surveys scams, as indicated you may file
complaints with the FTC
and BBB. You may also file complaints
with the U.S. government's Internet Fraud Complaint