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"You can earn up to $75 per survey, sign up for FREE today!"
If you haven't seen an ad similar to this, you obviously haven't had internet access for very long. Just give it a few more days, young grasshopper. It sounds fast and easy, it sounds manageable, and half the time it even sounds fun. Let's be realistic. Most things you see on the world wide web aren't all they are cracked up to be. Take it from someone who has been an active member of MULTIPLE survey-related websites in the past couple of years, your odds of earning $75 for a survey are so slim they are almost nonexistent. Although, I will admit I am currently an active member of InboxDollars, I am going to reveal to you today why most of these websites just aren't worth your precious time.
The most common complaint I have heard about survey websites is the lack of work. I think we can all figure out the obvious reasons for this issue. So many people are wanting fast and easy cash, but too few companies are willing to dish out the dough for consumer market information, especially considering they could probably get that same information for free if they really tried. When a website is promising you that "thousands of people earn money by completing surveys everyday", they are trying to convince you that they are a reliable, established, safe company. While that may be so, the only thing I see from this statement is: "You will have thousands of people to compete with every single day." So, my point of view might be a bit pessimistic, but honestly, how well do optimists usually fare in the business world?
From my experience, a lack of surveys isn't the biggest issue with these types of websites. Most of the time I can find a sizable list of at least 6-10 surveys to complete. The real issue I have lies in what happens AFTER I have selected a survey. Usually, I can answer 5-6 questions and then, POOF! "Bummer, this survey was not a match." Excuse me? You assured me just a few seconds ago that I was a great match, and I wasn't having any issues with the questions. You see, the company receives information from me in this way, valuable information that they can and will use mind you, but they don't have to pay me because the survey apparently wasn't a match. Oldest trick in the online survey book, and I still fall for it every single time.
Now, I can't complain about something without at least trying to find a positive aspect as well. Luckily, I have found quite a few positive aspects of InboxDollars, annd I continue to use the website. I may not be so fond of their surveys or their PaidEmails (which they has stopped sending me for some odd reason), but I do love their search box, and their coupon section. If you are a thrifty person that likes to clip coupons from the Sunday paper, I suggest you go create an account on InboxDollars immediately, and you should probably sign up for Coupons.com at the same time, now that I think about it. There is a HUGE selection of coupons on these websites. Most of the time you will find similar coupons between the sites. The advantage of using coupons clipped from InboxDollars is that you not only get the savings from the coupon, you also get $0.10 per coupon you redeem credited to your account! I couldn't believe that they are actually paying you to save money, but I have honestly tried it, and I have determined it is legit. As for the search tool. If you set their search page as your homepage, you can search everything you normally would throughout the day, and get paid to do so. You can compare this feature to the Bing Rewards that has become so popular recently.
So that's about it. I just sent a request to cash out $30 from my InboxDollars account, but I also just spent 30 minutes completing a survey before I was informed that I wasn't a good match for the content and was abruptly kicked off. There is good and bad in everything, and online surveys aren't going to be for everyone. If you are interested in trying out a few sites, I would encourage that. Spend a few hours clicking around, see what you can accomplish, then weigh the pros and cons. You might like the concept, you might not, just don't let yourself be deceived by the misleading advertisements that you find floating around the web. No matter how nice a survey sit is, it isn't $75 an hour glamorous, and it isn't going to make you rich. These websites are free to join, and they really aren't kidding when they say "you get what you pay for."