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 “NPDOR.” I’ve been a member of this company’s survey panel for five years now and it has been more a predator than a partner in the survey process.
Depending upon your demographics, NPDOR is a relatively infrequent visitor to your inbox. You might receive perhaps two invitations per month. Their surveys all have to do with the extent of your household’s shopping behaviors at specific stores. You enter the information – no trips at all or a shopping spree’s worth – and then receive the same amount of credit. There is, apparently, no way to screen out of this given study.
NPDOR apparently doesn’t award any real prizes at all – money or points for redemption. What you are “awarded” are points to submit for the chance to win monthly prizes. Forgive me, but I’ve never won the QE2 Cruise, much less the $100 drawing, so I can’t tell you if they actually delivery what is one or what is required to claim your prize. I can state that the teeny tiny rules do indicate that winning is an improbable activity.
After 5 years, I’ve earned a total of $0 – a grossly inadequate return for my time and trouble. In fact, I stopped taking them and began deleting the emails on site about a year ago.
Thus, NPDOR is not a scam, per se, but they aren’t exactly leading the way in fairly reimbursing their participants – or reimbursing them in the first place.
It’s your choice. Now, it’s your informed choice.