Here’s what makes a good survey company in my book:
- Easy qualification or rewards for completing the screener. Many companies ask demographic questions (the screener) before they dive into the full survey—and if you don’t fit the profile they want, you’re disqualified. Shady companies will drag you through the whole survey, getting all the info they need, and then disqualify you at the end.
- The rewards have to be something worthwhile or useful. I prefer checks or gift cards to stores I like to shop at. The checks help me save up for Christmas and the gift cards can be for Christmas or a treat for me! One company only offered Blockbuster gift certificates and airline miles, which I don’t use, so I resigned from their panel.
Company: MySurvey (also called National Family Opinion)
Date joined: 2006
Earnings to date: $540 by check
Company: Lightspeed Consumer Panel
Date joined: April 2009
Earnings to date: $70 by PayPal
Organization: Vanderbilt University eLab
Date joined: July 2009
Earnings to date: $45 in Amazon gift cards
These are the panels I joined and quit because they were too hard to work with or otherwise didn’t meet my criteria above.
American Consumer Opinion
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