Sherry67 wrote:Not only is Vindale a total waste of time, but there are also lots and lots of spam emails that come from Vindale impostors so it can be tricky to know what you're clicking. Today I got 2 emails from the real Vindale and I don't know how many emails from the fake Vindale. It's like the fake Vindale people know somehow when the real Vindale starts sending emails and they piggy back on!
Anyway, they're (Vindale) not a good company to do anything for when there are so many better survey and rewards sites out there to deal with.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:I have been with them for quite a few months now. Since I am presently under-employed, I have a lot of time on my hands, so I'm able to devote a couple of hours a day to surveys. This one has actually been really great; I have made $200 in the past year or so. They have never been slow paying, and I've never had problems with their site. They have always been on the up-and-up. Since I belong to a less than optimal demographic (52 yo American Indian male, single, no dependents), I do have to be persistent. They also offer surveys, which is where I spend most of my time. The product reviews are OK if you want to try them, but I would check out the products on line elsewhere first, vis a vis customer reviews. I highly recommend this site.
RoundTuit wrote:Vindale Research appears to be a survey aggregator that functions as a middleman between survey takers and survey companies such as Samplicio or Global Test Market and others. They take the lion's share of each survey reward and leave crumbs for the survey takers. I have seen many surveys that Vindale offered $1 for on other sites for $5 and $10. They also offer "panels" that have you PAY to make a long term commitment (1 year or more membership) and offer to reimburse you for your sign up costs (usually the first months membership charge). Of course they say NOTHING about reimbursing you for the other 11 months you will owe.
In my first month at Vindale I was able to accrue a balance of around $75 with another $150 or so surveys that were mysteriously rejected after completion as "not qualified". I requested a check which I received about 1 week after requesting it. Since my balance was quickly approaching the magic $50 number again, I decided to hold the check until I got the second one I knew I could get on the next payment date. As I neared the magic $50 number to receive a second check, suddenly all the surveys that USED to be $1, now became 20 or at most 30 CENTS! I started to get rejected for more and more surveys with words like "over quota" in the http addresses of the rejection page. Luckily a few of the legitimate surveys I took that were sitting in "clicked" were cleared and it pushed me over the $50 needed to request another check because the "over quota" headers changed at first to "security" and then to "terminate".
Both checks have now been deposited. IF they do not clear, I will be contacting the NY Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission to bring criminal charges against this company, otherwise I will just chalk it off to lesson learned and not waste my time with Vindale again.
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