Online surveys from home may be a scam but not always. If you’re seeking something that’s legit, You need to look close.
If you’re looking at surveys as a good work from home job, you will be disappointed.
It is true that there are dozens of companies offering to “pay” you for your opinion.
Your best response might be, “forget about it.”
Not all survey companies are equal.
SwagBucks has done a good job of being honest and straightforward.
To use the word honest with a survey company is rare.
Swagbucks got their market boost via social media. They tell you upfront what to expect and how much you’ll earn. It pays in SwagBucks that can be exchanged for gift cards or rewards.
It is a business model popular with millennials. They do it for fun with low expectations.
What to expect from most
Most offer discounts and coupons for taking surveys. Some sites offer $5 just for signing up. There is a ‘but’. You don’t get $5. You do get $5 worth of discounts or coupons towards offers.
There is another “but”. But you must earn at least 2,500 credits within your first 60 days to receive the $5 credit. The plan will offer you to take surveys and polls in exchange for credits.
You may be allowed to use the credit to receive gift cards from a major retailer like Walmart or Amazon.
Is it worth your time?
The short answer is probably no.
There are sites offering to pay cash. Their honesty comes into question. Many of the “Consumer Opinion” or “Review” gigs, offer a perverted form of compensation.
An example is, you pay $40 for a product you will review. You are compensated $10 (for doing a review). A similar product is available at Walmart for $10. The online survey companies calls that “getting paid”.
There is one more possibility. It is the ugliest of all.
The survey company may have an affiliate relationship with the product you are buying. That means they are paid a fee (commission) when you buy online using the link they present to you.
You buy the product for $40. They get a $20 commission and pay you $10..
The concept is a little more than disturbing.
What about pay with points
To be fair, there may be value to taking surveys. It’s not work. The compensation is given in points.
Example: A one minute survey asked two questions.
- Do you use a streaming service such as Netflix? Yes or No
- Do you prefer streaming services over cable? Yes or No
That’s it. It pays 10 points. In this case, each point is worth one cent. 1,000 points are required before you can redeem for a reward. Rewards would be valued at $10.
In one survey, the offer was worth 250 points. A nice number in trying to reach 1,000. We tried but were turned down. We did not meet the profile they were surveying. We were given 3 points for applying.
We hesitate to call surveys a scam. But in some ways, that is exactly what they are.
To make the point, look at this graphic.
One of the survey opportunities we received, sent this email. They pitched a $150 survey opportunity.
Here is the Email
This Is The Offer After Clicking on the Email Above
Read the small print pointed out by the red arrow. A purchase is required.
We may also note a wording error on the image. ‘Do you ever been unemployed?’ They probably mean, Have you ever been unemployed.
We do not know what they were selling. We do know they were building a data base. Collecting names and other personal data. (we were using a real person, name, address, phone number)
The $150 offer is most likely an “affiliate pay for sign up” for yet another company. Note also that the pay for doing the survey is 100 points, not cash.
Pay for sign up | How it works.
An affiliate is paid a fee for each sign up. When the affiliate sends a prospect to a sign up page, and the sign up is completed, the affiliate is paid a small fee. Generally around $2.50.
Many online marketers are affiliates. Some do “pay for sign ups” as a business.
The offer above is likely to be an email “pay for sign up” affiliate offer.
This is one case.
Taking surveys is pitched as a wonderful way to earn extra income. They go so far as to say, some are doing it full time and earning thousands per month.
We checked it out. There is a signup fee. Paying real money to get a job online is a red flag, we went ahead to see how they do it.
Don’t you do it.
After paying to join, we had access to the Click4Surveys website. We found it was a collection of dozens of other survey sites anyone can join for free by doing a simple Google search.
In the Click4Surveys model, to do surveys, we needed to join some, or all of the sites on the Click4Surveys website. Click4Surveys has no surveys. They are a middleman.
Review: We signed up expecting to earn cash. The Click4Surveys collected our fee. For that fee, they provided access to dozens of sites that are available for free.
This is a partial screenshot of a Google search for taking surveys
It doesn’t end there
Click4Surveys likely collects a fee from the sites on their website. They get paid every time someone signups (like us) to the other sites.
The fee they earn can be $2 or more for each new sign up. (remember, they suggest we sign up for all the sites)
To clarify. The Click4Surveys cost money to join. What you are paying for is available online for free.
Click4Surveys, earn additional fees every time you give your email address to other survey companies. Remember, there are dozens of them.
The offer from Click4Surveys comes with a money back guarantee. We made our refund request just hours after reviewing the product.
There are survey companies that are legitimate. Don’t confuse legitimate with legal. All are legal. Many are misleading, and a few are exactly as they claim.
Two site you might trust
Two survey sites that we can recommend are SwagBucks, they pay with points. and Vindale Research, who pay with cash. You won’t get rich, but you may like doing surveys while watching television. A Walmart gift card could be your reward.
We do not recommend surveys as a way to earn extra income. The two sites mentioned are a form of entertainment. You’ll be doing surveys instead of playing Candy Crush.
We have an affiliate relationship with a company that offers survey opportunities. If you want to give it a try, with no cost you, you can sign up here:
Click here for SwagBucks Surveys
Click here for Vindale Research
Doing surveys from home online, for most, will end up looking like a scam. If you wish to be entertained, and earn something along the way, the surveys may be legit. Just pick the right survey provider.
As always, if you have questions or comments, put them in the comments section below.