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Vindale Research Surveys - real deal?
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Old 28-08-2010, 10:07 PM
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Default Vindale Research Surveys - real deal?

I was browsing a job site and found a link to the following website:

Ive been filling in surveys for almost 2 years now, and am a member of sites such as Valued Opinions, Onepoll, Lightspeed, Ipsos, Consumer Pulse, etc. etc. But have never heard of Vindale Research. I have come across many scam sites but this one doesnt seem anything like them and is actually quite "legit" looking.

Has anyone had any experiences with them?

The website looks pretty professional, with FAQs etc.

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Old 28-08-2010, 10:31 PM
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Old 28-08-2010, 10:35 PM
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This is based on a 6 second look at the main page, so I could be completely wrong.

I spotted this on the main page

Popular surveys

  • Evaluate a book club and their choice of book offerings for children.
    Payment - $65.00
  • Evaluate the sign-up process of a popular web site.
    Payment - $30.00
  • Evaluate a new cell phone technology.
    Payment - $5.00
Looks to me like it's not getting paid to do surveys, but getting paid to sign up to things and giving your opinion.

And I think you will have to pay to sign up to those things.

How it works

  1. Request the product or service. You decide which products you want to review
  2. Evaluate the product. Try it out, then fill out a short survey based on your experience.
  3. Get paid. We add money to your vindale research account.
Sounds to me like you join/buy something through their affiliate link and they say they will pay you for doing it.

But I bet you have to pay out more than you make.

And then there's this

Review products and take simple online surveys
Make a difference by sharing your opinion
Earn great rewards
Keep the products you review
Review products, but do you have to pay for them first? Keep the products that you review, how do you review a book club, and keep it?

I would approach this site with extreme caution.

Sorry for the disjointed post, I had 3 things in mind but typed them in the wrong order.
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Old 28-08-2010, 10:38 PM
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Thanks Karna, i though the pay was too good to be true. But i must say, the design of the website is amazing for a scam site. Im used to poor designs, not this.
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