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  1. 5 points
    Surprise! just had one of the variable point ones and it worked. Got 250 points. Also , did a j D Power one a day or so ago that went on for 20 minutes and looked to be nearing the end (demographics started) then was DQed. Left a message for support and they said that Ithe survey did DQ me , but they also noted the time spent doing it and awarded 500 points.
  2. 4 points
    A few weeks ago, I got something in the mail from Wisconsin DWD Unemployment Insurance. They said they received my application for unemployment insurance. I was confused, as I have been retired for good for over a year, and am drawing a pension. There is no reason whatsoever that I would want or need unemployment. So I called them, and they escalated me to their fraud department. I repeated to them that I have been retired and I never applied for unemployment. They stated that whoever did this already got some benefits. I was absolutely floored to hear this. They figured something was wrong and flagged it for fraud. They stated they were investigating it. So since someone had my personal information, I went through the steps of someone who was the victim of identity theft. I filed a report through the FTC, the Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection, put freezes on all three credit bureaus, put alerts on all my accounts, and got LifeLock, the deluxe version, to monitor all my accounts. I felt violated. I have been having minor problems with attempted hacking of some things since I started doing surveys. I really worry that someone got hold of my personal information indirectly from a survey company. I think of all the personal information we give them on a daily basis. Of course, they say look out for your privacy and won’t use your information to sell you anything or sell your information to someone else. But I think they lie and this is exactly what they do. I thought since I have anti virus, anti malware and that on my computer that I would be safe. I guess not. This has made me rethink whether I just will stop doing surveys altogether. I don’t know if it’s worth it for the return I get on investment. I used to think of survey taking as a calculated risk. Now I think it’s a risk, nothing calculated about it. I have enjoyed doing online surveys as a hobby for about six years now. But sometimes hobbies need to be jettisoned. It’s sad, but I have little trust in anything anymore, and have to protect myself. I’m alone, and vulnerable. I just had to vent a little. Thanks for “listening”.
  3. 4 points
    I just cashed out on Wednesday and got paid on Thursday(Paypal)- I think that is the quickest I have ever been paid by them.
  4. 4 points
    I’m in a mood today for some reason. I think it’s the heat. Very hot and humid, and that kind of weather makes me irritable. Anyhoo, I thought I’d post some survey companies I think are good, some middle of the road, and some badder than bad. First the good: 1.) Prolific - This survey site is top notch in my opinion. I don’t get screened out of surveys through them. The pay for most of the surveys is excellent. There is a mix of very short surveys, some longer ones, and ones that may go an hour but pay really good. The minimum you need to cash out is only £5.00. They have PayPal, and they get it in your account usually within a day of cashing out. At this point, I make more money through them than any other survey site. Highly recommended. 2.) Paid Viewpoint - This one is a little different. It took me like a year to get my trait average up to 10,000, the maximum, and took some time to get to the $15.00 minimum to cash out. Once I did though, on average, I can cash out once or twice a month through them. I don’t get screened out of surveys with them. Their surveys are very brief, and don’t pay a lot, but some days I might do 6-8 surveys, and it adds up pretty quickly. Highly recommended. Noticing a theme here? JMHO, but I think the top sites are those that don’t screen you out and waste your time. I do not like having my time wasted. Okay, now middle of the road (runs hot and cold) 1.) PointClub - The longer you maintain a consecutive streak of logging in every day (and I do mean every day, including Christmas!), the more of a bonus you get on top of points earned. Now the max was 100% bonus. Those were the days. I usually cashed out twice a month. Cash out threshold is high, 25,000 points or $25.00. And the surveys you take will pend for weeks until they approve them and add the points to your account. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, they unfortunately reduced the maximum bonus to 10%. So I can usually cash out about once a month. I have contacted them many times when I think they are too slow in approving my points or getting my cash out to PayPal. They take 3-4 weeks to get it into PayPal now, and it’s starting to irritate me. And I have filed one complaint with BBB over them trying to rip me off after doing a $2.65 survey, and them screwing me out of the points. But they do respond, so I guess that’s better than nothing. If you keep at this every day, it should work out okay. Middle of the road. 2.) One Opinion - Now owned by Dynata, who we all know sucks. Cash out threshold is high, $25.00. I used to be able to cash out twice a month, but since the slow down, only once a month if I’m lucky. They have a stupid useless AI. If you are having issues, demand to the AI that they escalate things to a human. That usually gets results. They have quite a few surveys, and send quite a few emails. They run hot and cold. Before COVID-19, I usually made about $50/month. Middle of the road. 3.) Forthright - This used to be my #1 money maker. That ship sailed some time ago. No minimum cash out, and they get it to PayPal pretty quickly. They have a lot of surveys, but it’s difficult and takes time to get one that you can successfully complete. I don’t spend anywhere near the time I used to spend on this site. Most of the surveys are partner surveys. The range in pay is anywhere from $0.50 to $5.00 per survey. They run hot and cold. I used to make about $80-$100/month from them back in the day. Not so much anymore. 4.) Pinecone - It took me forever just to get accepted on this panel. Most of their surveys are $3.00 each. You can get screened out though. Not a lot of surveys. Best to login every day to check and see if you have a survey. For some reason, there is no longer PayPal. I just put the money on a Visa gift card and let it accumulate. They are having some issues with their site, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. 5.) YouGov - Started out slow, but now is going pretty well. I cash out once or twice a month, and put it toward Amazon. Good surveys, not too lengthy. I can’t remember what the cash out threshold is, but they go by points. I don’t think I’ve been screened out of any of their surveys. 6.) Tellwut - The good thing with this panel is that people on the panel can submit their own “mini surveys”, 1-5 questions, and you can get a few points for these. Not too many points, but if you login every day, they do add up. Otherwise, the usual panel surveys and stuff. I like to put this towards my Amazon too. I’ve created three mini surveys so far on there. You can also comment on the mini surveys. I like the social media aspect of it, like to read others comments. Now the bad/ugly/total time wasters/survey panels that suck: 1.) IPSOS - Avoid this one. I was on there less than two weeks, and suddenly they booted me out, said my demographics didn’t match what they were looking for. Why the heck did they even let me in to begin with? I hear they are notorious for just kicking people out for no good reason. And when I get them as a partner survey, I will X out. Total waste of time. Avoid. 2.) Opinion Outpost - I did a bunch of surveys through them, took a lot of time. After about six weeks, I had enough to cash out. So I tried to cash out. No dice. I emailed their “customer service”, total joke. They sent a canned response telling me to clear my cache and browser settings, blah blah blah. So I did that, tried again. Still wasn’t working. So I copied and pasted the error and emailed them again. This time I got something back with step by step instructions, which I followed to the letter. Got the same error. Tried it several times, tried it in different web browsers and everything else. I emailed them again, and they never got back to me. So I sent another email requesting that they remove me from the panel and stop sending me emails with surveys, as I wasn’t taking any more surveys until I got my money. Crickets. Tons of emails from them. I finally blocked them. Avoid. Terrible. 2.) JD Power - Total scam. Another partner survey that I take through other sites. After spending 20-30 minutes on a survey and then saying I completed the survey, got something saying their quota was full. Happened to me several times. Now if I see one of theirs, I will X out. Time waster. Avoid. 3.) Peanut Labs - Partner surveys through PointClub. I tried a few of these, and always the same thing. No points whatsoever, and would get kicked out after spending 20-30 minutes on a survey, or their quota was full. Total scam. Avoid. 4.) Review Robin - Partner site through Forthright. Total scam and ripoff. They will boot you out at the last minute, and their surveys are always longer than they say they are. They are notorious for saying the quota is full after you spent 20-30 minutes on what was supposed to be a five minute survey for $0.50. Avoid. Whew, glad I got that off my chest! I know, these opinions of mine are subjective, don’t mean squat. That’s all right though. Take these all with a grain of salt. Different panels work for different people.
  5. 4 points
    I've been on survey vacation for a month. I only do prolific regularly and let the others pile up, the ones with dq points I take in one day. or if a survey with big points comes along I may take it. I feel so much better not taking so many surveys. I think I'll start back in another week or two.
  6. 4 points
    Truth is we really have no idea what happens to our data. It's floating around on the internet. I can relate to this. I trust no-one.
  7. 4 points
    I swear I've gotten the exact same academic virus surveys from a dozen different universities, word for word or nearly so. I'm just thinking of the tax/grant money wasted by having these duplicate studies. Ugh! And how many surveys about cell phone service, streaming services, cable TV, credit cards, etc. are really necessary? And all the ones about mayonnaise? Okay, just kidding about that. Carry on!
  8. 4 points
    Well it took 5 months to finally receive a small $35 Amazon gift cert from Qbord but I won my case with the BBB..they we're able to get my amazon cert today from the company & as soon as it came I redeemed instantly....what a hassle with QBORD...I'd advise everyone to stay away from this shady company that never pays on time... Thanks to the BBB I can put this case to rest... Green
  9. 4 points
    So because I don't need the money to keep my lights on, I shouldn't do surveys? America may not be the right country for you.
  10. 3 points
    1957horses

    MoM

    Called MOM I wrote this about a year after my mom had a stroke and by then she was in her own little world To watch a parent a mother, your hero, who you went to for everything sadly isn't grasping what she is being told. It's hard to watch your mentor, the one who raised me, feed me, disciplined, helped make snowmen and snowball fights start slip away. To decline into herself not knowing the time of day. When as a teenager and were out to late she would be sitting on the front porch waiting for me to get home. Or a mothers arms that hugged you when you were sad, that now doesn't, even know. How it breaks my heart to see her like this. Hands that combed my hair I now comb hers, and gnarly fingers sometimes grabs my hand and looking at her I see an old lady smiling at me, and I wonder where is my mom at, why has time taken her beauty, her loving face and replaced it a silly toothless smile, and gray lifeless hair and a frail body with skin so thin I'm afraid to push to hard on it while bathing her. So now I give her what ever she wants to eat, I buy her little suprisiesys, and her delight as she looks at it. I have to changer her pants when they get wet just like she did mine our rolls reversed. I am grateful to my mom, because I am adopted. I was wanted, and now it is me to return the love she gave to me. I love and miss you mom.
  11. 3 points
    Hey SurveyPolice, I'm back!! Did anyone miss me?? Been a couple years and a lot has happened in my life.
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  14. 3 points
    Without naming the offender at this time many surveys crash on the last or close to the last question. My iPhone doesn’t crash at all during the day with any app, just the surveys apps. This is such a persistent problem. Occasionally the problem is resolved but mostly some lame reason prevents a reward armed. Let me get this straight. The surveys company gets paid by a client to conduct surveys for them. If the surveys taker doesn’t get paid for doing the surveys, then who gets the money? Anybody else have a similar problem?
  15. 3 points
    I've commented on this before, i-Say is fielding surveys with no rewards. Well the frequency is suddenly gone up, three in less than I week. I tested one, screened out and got no points. I opened a ticket asking what is going on and Sarah got it. Sarah is the IPSOS support deflection specialist extraordinaire, I think her mission is to just close tickets with grammatically correct gibberish. So I don't have a good idea what is going on. Have any of Y'all noticed this as well?
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  17. 3 points
    I have been doing them however it depends on how long they are.It will tell you that much after you click to enter the survey.I don't tend to do the ones that are more then 20 to 25 minutes.Hmmm our little secret, I purposely will try to get kicked off just to get the 50 points though.Especially on days that I don't have a lot of time to be doing surveys to begin with. Quick note not all of them will give you a time frame
  18. 3 points
    I do them and most end up as a DQ with 50 points. The DQ comes early , so no real time wasted. Can't recall if I ever got one that went to completion.
  19. 3 points
    I have completed a few of them and received 500 points and if I don't qualify I usually get the 50 dq points for it
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  23. 3 points
    It happens too many times.
  24. 3 points
    I am retired so I do them This was cute. I had to look a second time before it clicked it was a joke. "And all the ones about mayonnaise? Okay, just kidding about that. "
  25. 3 points
    Savanta.com does not field surveys, they use panels to insulate themselves from their atrocious content and conduct. I finished a long and very, very boring survey from savanta.com. It was so boring I fell asleep several times. This was the one on fashion accessories. I even provided feedback on the survey in the comments section and screened out after selecting the submit button. I will never do any survey of theirs again, meaning I will abort if it comes up FROM ANY PANEL, not just BizCoin. I think this practice of stringing the individuals engaging a survey until the very end is panelist abuse. I sent a link of this thread to Savanta.com, with a note that their clients can find this. Let's see if there is a response.
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    This statement was in the email from Pinecone Additionally, PayPal will be added back to the Rewards Site as soon as the issues have been resolved. So I went and tried to cash out $5.00 with Paypal and it went thru so I'm thinking it may be fixed.Guess I will find out in a few days!
  28. 3 points
    I usually opt for the Amazon Card, I tried for the Virtual Visa card and it's way too much work and subject to forfeiture. I have noticed recently that there are other oddities with PineCone. The invitation for a survey doesn't expire after following the email invitation, but remains "in progress" on your dashboard. Some lasted for a week extra and I came back several times a day, using different browsers & dumping history and cookies each visit. I was able to make an extra gift card in a week, usually it's every 6 weeks with pinecone for me. The next time you're at pinecone and was screened out, go back to the dashboard and check the status of the project, it maybe still active and could connect to another survey.
  29. 3 points
    Haven't had ID theft , but have had accounts hacked a couple of times , but the site caught it as the IP wasn't mine and came from outside the US. But , those were straight up account hacks. They had nothing to do with the standard demographics data the surveys request. That is why when I got the survey from Cornell with the "mother's maiden name" request , I at first just quit it and the next time , enter a bogus one. (Made no difference - it failed anyway.) That is a common account access question. If I get requests for info that a survey should not have a need for , I get out right away.
  30. 3 points
    Dawn, thank you for your comments. The ones with the tiny grids I've been x'ng out of. They hurt my eyes and I'm just sick of them. There are some companies, like CINT or Ipsos I immediately click out of. I never qualify. I'm beginning to think I'd have a better chance of seeing Bigfoot or a giant UFO than qualifying for some of these surveys.
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  32. 3 points
    Sorry to hear that, Dawn. Were you able to get information regarding what level of your info was used to open the account? The survey info we give out isn't usually enough for hackers to do that with. They are usually stuck sending us spam e-mails with the hopes that we will fall for a phony phishing message from a seemingly legit company. Amazon has a nastily realistic-looking one mimicking it going around that can trick people into giving their log-in info., for example. I don't know if you knew this, but a few years ago, a massive breach occurred where the Social Security numbers of 140,000,000 Americans got stolen. That's most people who are working, or used to. Other breaches have exposed our driver's license numbers, medical records, etc. It's pretty much all out there. Still helps to change passwords, though. And embrace double authentication, or demand it from all data holders. But we should all expect fake accounts to be opened in our names, at some point, even if only a fraction of us ever experience that. I'm happy that you are taking all the right steps, even if that's all you can do for now. I'm skeptical of even LifeLock now; not that they haven't helped or protected people. But they are not perfect, either. I'm lucky so far. Someone in a Dallas hotel room once charged a $4.00 mini-bar soda or bottled water to my old Citicard, but the company dealt with it immediately.
  33. 3 points
    I feel where you’re coming from. I find many of these surveys just so boring and mind numbing. With some surveys, I literally start nodding off and have to get up and wake myself up a little. It seems to be the same type of boring surveys - cell phones, video games, COVID-19, over and over and over. There are some where I see the same basic survey with the questions just reworded a little bit. But it’s the same survey. Don’t get me started on the way most of us get treated by survey companies. These survey companies are disrespectful, dishonest, arrogant, stupid, brain dead and totally out of touch. I’m being nice. There are other words I will not use on this site, but have muttered several of them out loud at home. I have nicknames for some of the companies, and I cannot mention those either. Yeah, I have been getting royally annoyed with these companies. I like the idea of taking a break. I don’t need the money. I like to get Amazon gift cards, as I love to shop on Amazon. Otherwise, I use what I get for little things and beer money. It’s not like I expected to get rich doing this. I just wanted something to fill my time and make a little extra. But I have been aggravated, and sometimes feel like I’m wasting my time on this hobby. Yeah, it’s a hobby, but when it stops being fun, that’s when to walk away for awhile. So yeah, good to see I’m not the only one who feels this way.
  34. 3 points
    I've been doing surveys for over 25 years & I'm finding it lately that I'll just shut down a survey I've started when I start seeing multiple pages across the grids..I'm not doing those anymore..plus I'm starting to look at the points per survey to see if it's even worth the time to complete..I love doing Pinecone surveys here in Canada..I've been with them for over 10 years & I always get $5 per survey to complete...& they're always interesting...Toluna pisses me off the most...like 2500 points for a 35 min survey which works out to be pennies...Though right now alot of survey sites that I'm on have slowed down the number of surveys due to Covid-19...so here's hoping they get back up to speed & more variety soon
  35. 3 points
    Thank you everyone for your answers. I'm going to start taking breaks. Just one day or two a week. I like the gift cards and the perks, but some of these surveys can be so mind numbing. Good article, Admin. Thank you.
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    Heard back from Cornell. Here is the response: Hi again! I've checked in with our web team who is running that particular survey, and they explained the maiden name question was originally included by the client as an intended unique identifier across many web panels (and therefore many participants). They have since removed this question. You should be able to participate now if you would like. Will see how it goes the next time it comes up.
  38. 3 points
    It can definitely be tedious sometimes. I take a break for a week or two about every 3 months. It helps a lot to get away from them for a time and when you come back you are refreshed. That's me anyways.
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    I think if they are not going to offer it any more they need to delete the page ,I mean I ordered like I always do and saw nothing about it being a problem ,till I got the email .
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    Hello there. My name is Charles and I'm from Kansas City. I'm about to become a student, so I joined this forum Nice to meet you all.
  44. 3 points
    A couple of years ago, before Dynata bought them, I was paused, and it took a lot of interaction to reactivate. I quit after reaching payout and told them I wasn't going to take that crap anymore. I still wince when OneOpinion comes up in routers. It's very disingenuous to hold a panelist's rewards hostage for no good reason, other than "we think you're cheating, now prove your not".
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    You have the worst luck with OneOpinion! I completed one survey through them today, which I consider a very good day with them. Most of the time, I get DQ’d for five in a row and then exit out. They are just a terrible site. Hope they are able to get you back up and running. Otherwise I’d consider dumping them.
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