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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 12th May 09, 11:06 AM
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    Survey sites guide discussion
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    • 12th May 09, 11:06 AM
    Survey sites guide discussion 12th May 09 at 11:06 AM


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    • cally6008
    • By cally6008 12th May 09, 7:30 PM
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    • 12th May 09, 7:30 PM
    Jenny -

    Lightspeed - pays out via Paypal for as little as 1

    It's Your View - 50 points = 50 cheque (as far as Im aware)

    Ciao - Dont diss Ciao, it may pay low for some surveys but you get a payment at just 5 and you get 1 when one of your referrals completes a survey. I actually quite like them to be honest

    Edit to add - Article bookmarked and saved as you do mention some sites I'm not a member on.

    It's definitely a good idea keeping track of everything as well.

    Here's my current list -

    Ciao Surveys ... 1.20 ... 24 draw entries ... (5 to bank) profile complete

    Global Test Market ... 135 points ... (Redeem 1000 points in cheque, 1 point = 5c) profile complete

    Harris Poll Online ... 100 points ... 1 draw entry (2500 points = 25 paypal) profile complete

    Home of Research ... 50 points ... (2000 points = 20 cheque) profile complete

    In Your Opinion … 0 cash … 120 tickets … (20 Euros = Paypal payment) profile complete

    It's Your View ... 0 points ... (50 points = 50 cheque) profile complete

    Lightspeed ... 100 points ... 455 draw entries ... (345 points = 3 paypal) profile complete Earned 6

    Mindmover ... 25 points ... (2000 points = 20 cheque) profile complete

    My Survey ... 50 points ... 1 draw entry … (2000 points = 10 Amazon Voucher) profile complete

    MyVoice … 320 points … (2000 points = 20 cheque) profile complete

    Onepoll ... 5.45 ... (40 to bank or paypal) profile complete

    Opinion Bar ... 10p ... (10 bank) profile complete

    Pureprofile ... 2.10 ... (25 to bank) profile complete

    Toluna ... 7540 points (700 points pending) ... 1 draw entry … (60,000 points = 12 Love2Shop voucher) profile complete

    Valued Opinions ... 3.50 ... 76 draw entries ... (10 tesco gift card) profile complete

    YouGuv ... 2.50 ... (50 cheque) profile complete

    Websites I’m Not Using

    Opinion World (10 paypal) - you have to email to request your draw entries total and it is hard to see where your Survey totals are.

    Websites I’ve applied for

    Pinecone Research (3 paypal per survey)
    Last edited by cally6008; 12-05-2009 at 7:32 PM. Reason: more info

  • thefenman
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    • 13th May 09, 7:24 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 7:24 AM
    I have to say that some surveys are extremely tedious and here and there I've given up before utter boredom set in. I had one the other day from Valued Opinions which didn't work properly, just got stuck. I have complained but it hasn't reappeared.
    • cally6008
    • By cally6008 13th May 09, 7:31 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 7:31 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 7:31 AM
    I've had three like that lately from V.O.

  • purplegaily
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    • 13th May 09, 7:31 AM
    Pinecone
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    • 13th May 09, 7:31 AM
    The first rule of Pinecone is that you don't talk about Pinecone

    .....but - it's better than even Martin said - It's 4 per survey, not 3.

    If you do some surveys you can get product samples to test - I've tested at least 5 over the past few years, and you get paid for completing a further survey at the end of the testing period.

    Quids in - if you can get an invite.
    Always on the look out for a bargain. Thanks if you've helped me bag one.
    • DonnySaver
    • By DonnySaver 13th May 09, 7:37 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 7:37 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 7:37 AM
    Sounds great....but how do you get an invite? How did you get yours? Where do you find these secret advertising banners that 'let you in' ????

    Sounds more difficult than joining the Masons !
    • Ammie
    • By Ammie 13th May 09, 8:02 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:02 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:02 AM
    The first rule of Pinecone is that you don't talk about Pinecone

    .....but - it's better than even Martin said - It's 4 per survey, not 3.
    Originally posted by purplegaily
    New members with Pinecone get 3.00, us older members still get 4.00

    I'm surprised Toluna was listed as bad, I've never had a problem with them, all though I agree the payment takes awhile to get to you, that's just me though.

    The Ciao surveys are ridiculous. I get offered 10p for 30 and 60 minute surveys, I never do those ones. I've earned around 7.00, requested my payment about 6 weeks ago and still waiting.
    Last edited by Ammie; 13-05-2009 at 8:04 AM.
    • sylviesinc
    • By sylviesinc 13th May 09, 8:36 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:36 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:36 AM
    Also, Pinecone now pay via PayPal if you wish. They are the best and I have been with them for years so I can't remember how I got my invite. I also have made lots with Toluna. You just have to log in regularly and complete the mini polls. It soon mounts up.
    • cally6008
    • By cally6008 13th May 09, 8:49 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:49 AM
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    • 13th May 09, 8:49 AM
    Just had a survey invite from Toluna, started it and then a message flashed up saying that the survey hasn't been started yet and to try again later

  • thefenman
    I have to say that some surveys are extremely tedious and here and there I've given up before utter boredom set in. I had one the other day from Valued Opinions which didn't work properly, just got stuck. I have complained but it hasn't reappeared.
    Originally posted by thefenman
    I finally got this to work but it was indescribably tedious and life has more to offer than wading through the rubbish they were asking.

    One question, which had to be answered, was "At what time of day do you drive a car or ride a motor cycle?" - I couldn't answer never, I own neither, so I put "24:00-06:00". In fact most of what I did complete was totally arbitrary. Not the right spirit and I don't normally do that, but . . . . !

    It said it would last 60 minutes and if completed, it would be worth a fiver.
    • Ammie
    • By Ammie 13th May 09, 9:09 AM
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    Just had a survey invite from Toluna, started it and then a message flashed up saying that the survey hasn't been started yet and to try again later
    Originally posted by cally6008
    That's been happening to me a lot lately. I use Firefox and sometimes if I switch to IE it works, no guarantee though. Most of the time the survey never goes live.

    Also I've been getting surveys in foreign languages even though my profile states English only, when I go back to it a few hours later it's in English.
    • blackaqua
    • By blackaqua 13th May 09, 10:14 AM
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    I have to agree great list.

    Although you may have missed out some of the speciality survey sites, often for the younger age groups which offer good returns such as Headbox and Dubit.

    You can easily earn 300+, this year I have declaired closer to 500 on the tax return.

    As for Toluna, I have to agree and if you actually calculate the money for each survey its just as bad as Ciao aka greenfields. However both of these do offer better paid surveys if you weed out the junk.

    Opinion world may be one to keep an eye on. They are shortly introducing a points system like many of the other survey companies. They also periodically send out paid surveys to your paypal account. I earn ~5-10 month from these and you get paid within 6 weeks via pypal.

    itsyourview, as a student I get very few, however I do get on average 50/year.

    As for the focus groups, many of these survey companys will also invite you to them for anything between 20 - 200. Headbox are the best if your a teenager/young 20's for this sort of thing although I have been invited (and qualified) for focus groups from Globaltestmarket, Valued Opinons and Lightspeed research. In such cases you are normally paid cash/cheque instead of the usuall redemption options.
    Last edited by blackaqua; 13-05-2009 at 10:21 AM.
    • muffin_man
    • By muffin_man 13th May 09, 10:15 AM
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    Pinecone is great; I think I actually managed to sign up via Rpoints, so got a little bit of cashback as well, although that was about a year ago now...since disappeared.

    I have been known to receive emails asking me to invite people to join that meet specific criteria e.g. child under 3 etc. and although its not guaranteed that you will be accepted to join, it at least allows you to apply. So, keep an eye out for people posting things like that on here if you're interested in joining.

    Lightspeed are great for low payout as well; as someone mentioned above, paypal as little as 1, and the good thing is that there's no penalty for a lower payout i.e. the points needed per pound is the same at 1 as it is at 50, so no need to risk having your points stowed away. I usually hang aroung for the 5 gift vouchers as they are (slightly) better value.

    Just a question regarding the HMRC self-employment point...that doesn't still apply if you take your incentives as gift vouchers does it?
    • blackaqua
    • By blackaqua 13th May 09, 10:18 AM
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    Just a question regarding the HMRC self-employment point...that doesn't still apply if you take your incentives as gift vouchers does it?
    Originally posted by muffin_man
    I fairly sure you do, if I remember correctly the rule states that incentives are counted, especially when they have such an easy compairable value to cash
    • deadleg21
    • By deadleg21 13th May 09, 11:15 AM
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    ciao surveys doesn't work for me- dunno if its a mac thing?
    I click Yes its me and just loads a white screen.
    • Flickering Ember
    • By Flickering Ember 13th May 09, 11:30 AM
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    Great guide.

    From my experience:

    Toluna: I make about 40 a year from them and they always pay but are very slow to pay. I'd still recommend them though, despite the overall guide not doing so.

    Globaltestmarket: It's slowed down a bit but it's a good site and I enjoy the surveys. I make about 45 a year from them.

    Valued Opinions: My favourite. I make about 50 a year from them. I'm currently involved in a long term project for them which will net me an extra 30. They pay out promptly and they offer really good surveys.

    Lightspeed: Another good site. I make about 40 a year from them. Easy to understand and you get screened out quickly if you're not suitable for a survey so dont' waste time.

    GfK surveys: Not on your list. Long and tedious, a bit repetitive but I've earnt 30 from them in the last year and won another 26. They pay out promptly.

    It's Your View/New Vista: It takes a while but I managed to earn the 50 and am already 9 into my next cheque.

    Onepoll: Not on your list. Takes a long time to earn the 40 but I have done it once and am not far off doing it again. I also won 100 from one of their survey prize draws so it does happen.

    TNS/My Survey: Good. Takes a while to earn but I've earnt nectar points and Amazon vouchers. Admittedly, it's the one I have gained the least from but it's still worth it.

    DooYoo: I have earnt well over 100 from it, but have had a lot of problems with very rude staff there because they've refused to honour my last 2 redemptions; a couple of reviews which Amazon accepted, they are saying aren't good enough. I am a Vine reviewer for Amazon, meaning I was actually chosen for my reviewing ability to be sent freebies from Amazon to use and review so I find that laughable. They've also accused me of revenge rating when I dared to give one person's review a "Useful" when he demanded I change it to "very useful" which it wasn't.

    Ciao: Don't bother. Literally pennies.

    PureProfile: As others have said, infrequent so takes forever to earn the 25. I haven't yet so can't comment on anything else.

    Harris Interactive: Once you've accrued 2500 points, you can swap it for 25 to be paid by Paypal. Decent site. Once they failed to pay and never got back to me when I emailed them though.

    Home Of Research. Same as Harris Interactive. Exactly the same!!

    Songpeople: Good site, really interesting surveys but the Music player doesn't always work. You can earn points and win prizes.
    Flickering Embers grow higher and higher...I need a break and I wanna be a paperback writer!
    • Flickering Ember
    • By Flickering Ember 13th May 09, 11:33 AM
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    Mindmover: I'm yet to redeem as I haven't reached the threshold but they seem decent.

    Saros research: Been to a couple of focus groups and enjoyed them. Got nibbles and beer/wine/soft drink and 50 for an hour or so of my time.

    Yougov, been nearly 3 years and still not reached my 50 target yet.
    Last edited by Flickering Ember; 13-05-2009 at 12:06 PM.
    Flickering Embers grow higher and higher...I need a break and I wanna be a paperback writer!
    • blackaqua
    • By blackaqua 13th May 09, 11:55 AM
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    Ahh forgot song people

    It probably averages ~ 20 every 3 months

    Any tns my surveys is also good, reasonably paid
    • stubbyd
    • By stubbyd 13th May 09, 12:54 PM
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    Not So Lucky
    I;'ve given up on these survey sites.

    I've been around on the internet for the best part of 20yrs and started off early with the likes of some of your supposed top payers - however I always seem to fall into the "you don't qualify" trap and consequently in all my years of doing surveys I've only once hit the threshold and then had to chase the payment of 25 and my wife has once been selected to trial a product which we had to return!

    Beyond that absolutely nothing.

    Just my 2p worth of input that yes it may work for some but be warned it doesn't for everyone. And it is a lot of effort for a lot of nothing IMO.

    S.
  • izzykender
    I have been doing online surveys for the past 2 years and have earned over 200 in that time. I even wrote an article for my local paper on the topic.

    I disagree with the Opinion World comment in the main article that it doesn't pay out much. On many surveys it does say, that it donates say 50p to charity if you complete the survey, but many I get through say, 1 for completing this survey, and within a week I get an email from PayPal saying I have received 1 for doing the survey. I don't see any harm in signing up, and then only doing the survey that pays. This year alone I must have earned at least 20 from Opinion World.

    Other than that Lightspeed is good but if the browser window times out before you finish the survey, you don't get credited with the points. This happened to me once on a survey that took me an hour to complete & supposed to earn 2 for doing it. I messaged them and obviously I didn't get the full 2 but they did credit my account with something. I have noticed in recent months that they are paying out less money in surveys too. It used to be about 90p/1 for a survey that takes about 20 minutes. Now it seems to be 50p.

    The three survey sites I bother with are Lightspeed, Valued Opinions & Opinion World. Many ones I signed up to aren't mac compatible, so can't do the surveys.
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