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 “Ipsos i-Say.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for perhaps five years now, although it’s difficult to remember as the company did undergo significant changes about 18 months ago and it has been a much fairer “partner” in the survey process.
Ipsos i-Say is an average visitor to your inbox. You might receive perhaps two invitations per week. The company offers a fair number of points for the length and depth of surveys offered. For both the surveys you complete and the ones you screen out of, there is a game you have the opportunity to play in order to win prizes. I have never won any of the noted prizes and cannot speak to the legitimacy of this offer.
When a member has amassed 1000 points, they can be exchanged for $10 cash via check or PayPal. As I indicated in my initial article, you are responsible for signing into your account on their webpage and requesting your payment. Although they know your email address to offer your surveys, they’ll hardly inform you that you have cash you can claim. I’m unable to provide you with an educated estimate as to what I might have earned during participation due to the major company change. However, my Quicken records indicate at least $180 in deposits under this company.
Thus, Ipsos i-Say is not a scam, have improved over the years, but are still not leading the way in fairly reimbursing their participants.
It’s your choice.