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 “Valued Opinion.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for two to three years. It has always been a somewhat fairer “partner” in the survey process with better-designed surveys, higher reward points, and easier claiming of points/cash awarded.
Depending upon your demographics and the state of its business, Valued Opinion can vary in the frequency of its visits to your inbox, but generally runs from three to five times a week. If you screen out of the survey, you supposedly are entered to win yet another one of those unwinnable prizes.
Valued Opinion surveys are well designed and to-the-point. They are rarely too lengthy and I’ve never encountered a survey error that prohibited my completion of the study.
When you finally accrue a minimum of $20 in completed survey rewards, you are able to log onto the Valued Opinion website, and request a $20 check, the same amount via PayPal, or the same amount as an Amazon.com certificate. In addition to the points that you may exchange for money, you also receive lottery entries for opportunities to win larger prizes. As I’ve never been the recipient of such a prize, I can’t speak to that aspect of their offered program.
Thus, Valued Opinion is a valid survey company that for the most part fairly reimburses their members. In some cases, however, it may take up to 8 weeks for the company to “credit” your account with points for completed surveys.