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  1. 7 points
    Everyone, including Survey Police, THANK you for your perspective on this. I agree with so much of what has been sad. GOOD LUCK to us all and STAY WELL!
  2. 7 points
    This was a nice surprise Congratulations! Just for participating on Consumer Village in July, you have been selected as a Sweepstakes winner! A $10.00 bonus has been applied to your account and is available for cash out immediately, if you’d like. Thanks for being a valued member of Consumer Village! Your Consumer Village Moderators
  3. 6 points
    Yesterday, something amazing happened. You will not believe me when I write this. I qualified, completed & actually got paid for a SAMPLE CUBE survey! Yes, you did read that correctly, there is nothing wrong with your eyes. I normally just click them off when they come up but this time for some reason I just did it. They are still useless but I just thought I would let you lot know that miracles do happen. HA HA
  4. 6 points
    Folks, I would like to start a discussion for a Panelist Bill of Rights. This is because The conduct of the Survey and Marketing industry has is in serious deterioration and a decline that seriously impacts panelists. A bill of rights is not about getting a favored position, that's what negotiations are for. This is about how we are treated uniformly. Also Professional Survey Company and Marketing organizations are woefully inadequate for the Panelist. There are panels that cheat panelists with impunity. Here're some topics that I think would be relevant, this is not in any particular order, there are probably multiple categories besides rights here. I imagine Y'all have many more 1) Tell us when it's a survey or a router. 2) complete screening up front or pay a proportional fee the longer it takes to screen out, including full price if screened out at exit. 3) Surveys must have abort provisions, and when we quit, a selection list why it was aborted. 4) Show us our complete survey history, completed, screened out, aborted and missed. 5) Tell us up front the organization that the survey is for. Some survey companies are terrible, and we want to not undertake for any price. 6) Minimal trackers, tell us which ones are being used and pay us a share for the ones producing revenue. 7) Agglomerate our own multi-point reporting system based on the value, support, integrity, payout and so forth and publish it. 8] develop a Survey Persona and reputation system so panels are less dependent on CAPTCHA and other bot barriers 9) Access to all our "rewards" that have been earned. 10) when an account is restricted because of TOS/TOC violations, state the infraction, the relevant section(s) and remediation process, Don't just send the whole TOC document, that's FU support. 11) Is the survey it a single topic or an Omnibus survey
  5. 6 points
    I try to avoid JD Powers for the same reason that they are long and boring.
  6. 6 points
    Actually, I am worried about how many surveys we will be losing in the next weeks/months. We are taking an income hit with my husband not managing the After Care programs at his school since our schools are now closed. While we don't need that money to keep the lights on, it is a noticeable loss to our monthly bottom line. I'm trying to get thru as many as I can before the survey well dries up. I'm also seeing lots of surveys that have added questions on to the end regarding coronavirus.
  7. 6 points
    Usually the first thing I do when I come to Survey Police is read the reviews. I find many of them entertaining, and it gives me ideas as to which survey companies I may be interested in signing up for; and which survey companies to avoid like the plague. I’m already signed up for the top five survey survey sites for 2020. Plus I have a couple of additional companies I am doing okay with. When I read reviews from others on many sites, there seems to be a recurring theme. Many of them have been with the survey site for at least a year, some for many more years than that. I am seeing people that have been loyal to a particular survey site 15-20 years, getting royally screwed. Unlike most businesses, survey companies do not appreciate your loyalty. It means jack squat to them. I find this appalling and very disappointing. People that have been with a site a long time are getting arbitrarily removed for no apparent reason, and being accused of cheating, rushing, or even being a bot. These survey companies are absolutely disgusting parasites. There needs to be a lot more regulation by the government of these survey sites. I know, nobody likes big government, me included. But what these survey sites are pulling is criminal. And it seems like the majority of them are doing these sketchy shoddy practices. Complaining does nothing. They go right back to being terrible. Make no mistake - these sites are raking in huge amounts of money off the backs of all of us taking surveys. There should be some type of minimum wage for survey takers. Oh, but we’re not employees, just “independent contractors”, so we have absolutely no rights or recourse. I spend on average of 4-6 hours a day, seven days a week doing surveys. It is actually something I consider a hobby, that I enjoy despite my constant complaining. I get pretty passionate about all my hobbies, and start noticing patterns and such. Yep, life ain’t fair, but I think we survey takers deserve a lot more respect and compensation than we are getting. Just me venting, which I believe I can do on this thread. Thanks for listening to me rant.
  8. 6 points
    Usually I pass on the webcam surveys because I haven't combed my hair. But I've done a few that have you watch a TV commercial (usually), and record your facial reactions. The webcam is only activated for a short time while the commercial or whatever plays, then it's the typical survey questions. Of course, I may be sorry one day when my face shows up on some porn site.
  9. 6 points
    I hate peanut labs, think they are a total scam. If I get any of their surveys, I will simply X out. They are just ridiculous and should not be in business at all. The way they treat survey takers is downright criminal. I’m boycotting them. Fortunately, I don’t see too many of those in the survey panels I belong to. Before I knew what they were about, I’d try in vain to complete any surveys through them, and never really got anywhere. They just suck.
  10. 6 points
    We've all had them. Sometimes I can't believe these questions were approved by a group of adults. In taking a survey about frozen french fries, one of the questions was "which brand helps you spend more time with your kids?" What does that even mean? These are the types of surveys that I really hope companies aren't using to make decisions. People (me included) are clicking anything to just get thru the nonsense.
  11. 6 points
    Thank You He made it through surgery which took 6 hours he had an Annereusym repaired He is in ICU and is doing okay
  12. 6 points
    Do You blame her if she quit lol
  13. 6 points
    I had a product test a few weeks ago for a 7-up product & when the product arrived at my home it was infested with ants...the worst thing I've ever seen..looked like ants were laying eggs all over the product.. I contacted the company & sent them pictures...then I get a phone call from them & they try & give me the third degree on the phone like I was the one putting the ants in the box..like really??? somehow they came up with the answer that it was from their warehouse where they ship the product from...needless to say I never drank the product & they sent me another one a day later & this time it had no ants in the box...found it very classless that they would try & accuse me of doing something to the product...like HELLO! I'm trying out your product & getting paid to test it so why would I want to do something so awful as that..
  14. 5 points
    Got paid today which is great however the payout was higher then I thought they said it would be.I was paid a gift certificate to Amazon for $150 - wasnt the pay suppose to be $50? I would hate for them to come back to me and say I owe them $100 - especially if I go out and spend it.
  15. 5 points
    Pretty sure in-home product tests will be going away for a while, but I bet they will be back. I think a lot of companies will be interested in how this virus affects purchasing going forward, so we may get a lot of discretionary spending type surveys to see how our responses will compare to pre-virus. Pretty sure the air travel and cruise-ship business are in for a hit, they'll want to know how bad. Also surveys on how our habits will change long-term afterwards (or not). So maybe the survey business will not be affected. Maybe it will increase a bit longer-term.
  16. 5 points
    Today, three of the surveys I took were on COVID-19. I made more money today than in any other single day. But I feel like some others on here that surveys will decrease. The economy is already taking a big hit, and these survey companies will get less from companies as they trim their budget.
  17. 5 points
    As the economy slows down, there will be less market research done as there will be less things to create surveys on, and besides companies will need to prioritize how they spend. We'll see an uptick in COVID 19 surveys of course, but I wonder if those surveys reflect too high a level of dissatisfaction they too will be cut. It looks like the survey panels themselves already mostly work remotely, so they may not be effected,except they will get fewer surveys to administer.
  18. 5 points
    I may just be a debbie downer, but I fear that with the stock market tanking, the potential unemployment rate going to 20% in the next few months, survey corporations will want to hoard all the funds they have. This means not only fewer surveys to take, but more unscrupulous failure to pay out on the surveys that we do complete for them. Already they use flimsy excuses and dishonest practices to conveniently derail our compensation, so I can see it only getting worse.
  19. 5 points
    The last thing I need for someone to see is me without makeup, undone hair, and a scowl on my face. I don't want that look biting me in the behind down the road. Nope, not doing them. I don't think my camera works anyway.
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    As soon as I see a JD Power survey, I treat it like a virus and X out of the screen.
  22. 5 points
    Peanut Lab, Ipsos, CINT, Sample Cube, are all lame scamming garbage sites. As soon as I see them on my dashboard, I click the x button, do something else and come back.
  23. 5 points
    Folks, The new incarnation of SurveyHoney has proven to even worse than before the resurrection. SurveyHoney fields "surveys" for other survey companies, and they are almost exclusively routers. I had an extended dialogue with "support" about this misrepresentation and the pat response was "we have no responsibility for what the companies we field for do. I suggested two ways to counter this panelist abuse, use the fielding contracts to identify routers or debrief the panelists and ask them if they were exposed to a router. Both suggestions were ignored. This apparently also includes bluntly unethical behavior from the external survey companies. Such as the following, I clicked a 25 point reward for completion for a 13-minute survey. Well, it turned out to be more like 45 minutes and three back to back surveys. One survey on medical conditions, another detailed survey on commercial medications I was taking and then an extremely detailed survey on why I wasn't using android smartphones and what it would take to get me to switch from iPhone to Samsung. So I started digging on SurveyHoney and found they are also Centiment LLC. I had a very poor experience with Centiment a year ago with Tap Research, another extraordinarily incompetent survey provider. Tap Research was so awful, inappropriate or no responses to support tickets I had to report them to ESOMAR to obtain a real human and resolution. So I dug some more, I think that SurveyHoney/Centiment is a "FlyByNight" panel, their addresses are a WeWork coworking space or an Apartment complex in Denver Colorado. Next I'll dig into the corporate filing and see where else the register managers and principles appear. ESOMAR needs to be apprised of all the individuals involved in sham panels. UPDATE 1: i decided to try to see if I determine if there were ANY surveys fielded by SurveyHoney/Centiment. So I opened a "survey" link from the dashboard and sure enough it went to a router. I aborted the router and returned to the dashboard and tried another. This happened 4 times back to back and on the fifth attempt I was blocked because I wasn't finishing surveys. So there, SurveyHoney only fields routers. UPDATE 2, FEB: As I gather information on conduct for my ESOMAR report complaint, I now will be adding professional incompetence to the report, see section 9 of the ESOMAR Code, links have been posted to the forum previously. I undertook a 13 minute 26 point survey. I started at IPSOS, bounced through survey cube twice, CINT twice and some others. I ended up on a tedious 40-min car survey from Yuno and when I completed the survey I was shown the following message " Survey already taken As you have already answered this survey, this transaction will be considered invalid. I imagine Y'all have been through this too and the time and effort to be credited can take many exchanges, can consume as much time as it took to complete the survey and there is a strong chance of being ignored, diverted, such as "not our problem" and more.
  24. 5 points
    Mainly it's been me beetching and moaning about points not received after taking a full survey, crappy customer service, rewards and things of that nature. There have been times I have mentioned the site and more or less said I'm not the only one ticked off about this, if you don't believe me, check out Survey Police, we are legion. Lo and behold it's worked sometimes, I get my way. So maybe we have some pull. I'll remember to copy and post one next time it occurs.
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    Me! (Not true even in the remotest sense of the word, but I just could not resist!)
  27. 5 points
    I think we all need to take a break from the surveys and do something else for are own sanity they definitely have not been profitable lately I hope they will pick up soon.
  28. 5 points
  29. 5 points
    A little more progress today but we have a long way to go but I do feel blessed and I'm hoping for a speedy recover
  30. 5 points
    God bless you both. I just saw your post. May his recovery be swift.
  31. 5 points
    I’m glad to hear he is doing okay. You both are in my prayers.
  32. 5 points
    Sometimes I think that the people who make up surveys are a pack of lunatics.
  33. 5 points
    These are some of the thing I put in when asked those personal questions depending how I feel at the time. I am not comfortable giving you that information. This one lets me continue most of the time. I don't want to give you that information. I wouldn't want you turning it over to the gov if they ask. And I especially don't want you to have this info for free, you are not paying for it and if I dq you get my info and I get nothing. - this one always get an instant dq I am not comfortable giving you that information.I also think it violates my privacy and you are not paying for the info. You are violating GDP by asking this.
  34. 5 points
    I don't think a strike would be effective. Because the turnover these survey companies have is just too much and they often claim millions of members. So a 100 or thousand strikers would not be noticed. There's no easy way for a person to affect these survey companies and they know it. To be noticed, you have to be entrepreneurial, think bigger and use leverage. I've use the professional organizations like MRS, ESOMAR and others to send complaints, so that's a letter writing campaign. If you get the attention of management this way, it's usually upper level. You may also have to make contacts at the state level regulatory, like for the survey lotteries and drawings, those are regulated by gaming laws. However, I doubt that many of the people doing surveys think it's worth the effort, you would like to be an activist to pursue this course. Perhaps the best way to gain a following would be to find a journalist that covers surveying, at least a couple of articles written and attached to a news organization and persuade the person that there's a story here. Another thing that can be done is write survey reviews at SiteJabber.com, at least there they don't throttle you for being accused of "griping".
  35. 5 points
    Hope you all had a good one.
  36. 5 points
    I've been getting more and more of these. I abort the router when these show up.
  37. 5 points
    Another major pain is the one (thankfully it hasn't cropped up for a while) where you're presented with 6 groups of 6 men (who all seem to range from early 20s to mid 30s, how diverse!) and have to answer ridiculous questions about their imagined responses to various products. I'd sooner work on an oil rig or down a coal mine than addle my brain doing this garbage.
  38. 5 points
    Oh yeah. Those totally suck. And don't forget the ones asking you questions about companies that you would have no reason to know the answer to, like how well they pay their employees, or whether they have a good company culture, or whether their leadership team has strategic vision.
  39. 5 points
    I have been a member of Survey Honey for 1 yr and have cashed out once. The only reason I received my money was because I wrote down the date I cashed out and waited and waited. I waited so long that I contacted them and they lied and said they already sent my payment in Feb. I then checked my Paypal and they had JUST sent it! I have another cash out for $26.37. I have contacted them several times to pay me what I'm owed with the answer stating they are going through an update. It shouldn't take long to send a survey taker their money for all of the hard work WE put in. If they can't pay the survey takers then they need to shut the business down. It's NOT fair that we have to wait and wait and wait even being ignored. SO I don't recommend Survey Honey or any other company that takes advantage of their survey takers. Always write down your cashouts, and the date when you did so, because they think that we will forget.
  40. 5 points
    NevadaJones, I'm so glad you got your payout. I'm not giving up on them completely but still going there less then before. So many signs point to them being another failing site. When they temporarily deactivated me, they gave me the same list of things to do. There's no way I'm clearing my cache every time I go there for a survey, and all their other suggestions are just ridiculous. Making a mental note to myself: Next time I fly to Paris for lunch I won't do any One Opinion surveys. lol
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    I assume so, but I had this image of a sheet over the PC and the window blinds drawn...
  43. 5 points
    It's all about filling quotas. The originator of the survey, i.e. the Market Research company that was hired by the original client who needs the data, will either build the survey themselves, or contract it out to another company. The survey is then offered up to various channels to fill the quota for completes based on the survey's required demographics. Often times they are first hosted on the companies native panels, e.g. IPSOS I-Say will use their own panel site. If the quota is not filled then it will be released on alternate channels, either survey routers or individual panels the company has a relationship with. Usually once it's released on alternate channels these channels take their "cut" and the incentive is reduced. As somelady says above, once in awhile the alternate channel will pay more than the original, but that's probably because the originator offered it to them at a higher rate in an attempt to fill the quota faster (higher incentive = more respondents). The annoying thing is that this can often turn into multiple layers of channels, e.g. Panel A -> Panel B -> Panel C. The more layers you get the more complicated it is to return a successful survey complete back to the original panel. I think this results in some the dead-ends we see when we complete a survey and it never returns back to the original panel that offered it (Cint comes to mind).
  44. 5 points
    Yeah, they all do that but what gets me is when another site pays more for the survey than if you took it on the site that made it. Or when I get mindfield surveys on other sites and qualify but I haven't qualified for a survey on the mindfield site in a few years.
  45. 4 points
    My lord people, we are nine pages away to 1000 on this section, so how about we 'belt' back a beer? And if that doesn't make you happy, how about buckle?
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    Merry Christmas everyone!!
  48. 4 points
    I often see some subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) bias in these political surveys. The way they're constructed, for example, steering you to answer a certain way or even the actual wording of the questions. That's why even though I do surveys, I disregard the findings. Think by now we all know how misleading/wrong surveys, polls, etc. can be. (Edit to include something else I just thought of.) These sort of surveys also can be factually flawed. Recently had two similar surveys asking whether I would support or oppose certain legislation in my state. Problem was that two of the pieces of legislation had already been proposed, put on the ballot, voted on, passed and enacted...as much as three years ago! I pointed this out in both the first and second survey (in the survey comments section), but I begin to suspect that when you're asked for comments about a survey, they often are ignored, wasting my time and very rudimentary keyboard skills.
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    Full circle (Look at the first word in this topic 800 some pages back).
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