Internet survey companies are a dime a dozen. Some are “fake” in that they serve only as a front for collecting valid e-mails. Others are valid data collection agencies, but without any true benefit to those surveyed. Finally, there are some that provide benefits to both their customers – the companies seeking information – and also to their members – those contacted to complete a given survey.
Let’s examine one known as “HarrisPoll.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for at least five years now and it has been an average “partner” in the survey process in some respects than many other companies.
Depending upon your demographics, HarrisPoll is a relatively infrequent visitor to your inbox. You might receive perhaps three to eight invitations per month. For the most part, the surveys are very well-designed and offer an amount of points consistent with the amount of time required to complete the study.
HarrisPoll doesn’t necessarily penalize members for screening out of surveys – you won’t receive any point rewards, but you will a “chance to win” some lottery prize or another.
Regretfully, a member is unable to turn in accrued HarrisPoll points for cash or Amazon.com credit. Instead, a panel member is able to choose from a wide variety of merchandise “priced” along a point tier system.
As I indicated in my initial article, you are responsible for signing into your account on their webpage and requesting your earned merchandise. After 5 years, their website indicates that I’ve received merchandise that they’ve valued at approximately $300.00 – an slightly inadequate return for the frequency of surveys offered and the “point cost” of the available merchandise.
Thus, HarrisPoll is not a scam. Their company is well-known, BBB-approved and reimburses participation with adequate gadgets. However, one can always hope that they begin offering a cash alternative.