Opinion Outpost Review   5 comments

Opinion Outpost is one of the many online survey companies currently mushrooming on the Internet.

I have tried taking their surveys for which their offer 20 points (75$ or 50£) for a 20 minutes survey but the only issue was that these survey are not regular and you have to keep updating your profile to get some.

Unfortunately, I got my membership cancelled without any explanation. However, the coincidence was that I took a 40 minutes which would pay  60 points till the end, but on pressing the last “submit” button, I was met with a message “sorry there was a technical problem…”. I contacted the helpdesk asking them to credit my account with 60 points because I have spent nearly an hour completing the survey without a problem. They apologise and credited me with the 60 points. But to my surprise, the next day, when I tried to access my account to check what happened, I was met with another message reading: “Your account has been terminated”. I contacted them again; only to be told that they have terminated it and any credit in my account was lost in accordance with their T&Cs.

I tried again to get a reason why they decided to terminate my account and understand which terms and conditions I violated but there was a dead silence till now. I simply concluded that they were not happy with my claim about the above issue which was probably caused by themselves and which likely happened to many who have taken this particular 40 minutes survey.

It has to be said that these surveys can be an interesting way of making some petty cash online, but the companies who run them being commissioned by Market Intelligence companies, do not always play a fair game.

Posted December 26, 2011 by kavira82 in Reviews

Surveypolicy.com and Paid Surveys:   2 comments

Businesses are spending huge sums of money to collect useful Market Intelligence(MI) in order to streamline their products and services to accommodate  customers’ need and personal preferences by targeting specific niches of the population. This harrowing quest for precious customers insights  has triggered a tremendous rise in Market Research companies whose tasks are exactly that of channelling businesses quest for customer need  into the population through online, ordinary mail, phone interviews or even focus groups, to try to understand what specific groups think, need, prefer, react or even feel.

So now let’s come back to earth…I mean, facts. Here I will talk about my own exercise, call it experience if you will. I already take free surveys, however, I was curious to understand why some companies want to sell access to surveys when market research companies actually need people’s feedback and are even begging people for their opinion – at the end of the day, it is them who need our opinion, not the opposite – thus give surveys free of charge?

SurveysPaid.com

My curiosity took me to he above company. They have an eye-catching website but as you may understand from other online commentators such as http://www.complaintsboard.com/, it is most the times just too good to be true; they begin the whole thing by bombarding you with the idea that you can make thousands of dollars per month, take surveys starting from $5-75 dollars and that depending on the effort you put in, you may make hundreds of dollars a week. This simply does not exist yet; truth is that you can only make about $20/30  a week if you are really hard-working.

They charge a one-off membership fee of 34 dollars to their so-called database which they say is updated regularly with high paying surveys. Although, the whole thing seem too good to be true, I still wanted to pay the 34 dollars to get to end of the tunnel and see by myself what the fuss they are making. Unfortunately, even Paypal would not accept to pay them, saying they do not have a credible certificate for online transactions! Big warning sign!!! But I decided to soldier on twice, third time, same warning, Paypal will not budge! I dropped the whole affair, next one…

Surveypolicy.com

Oh, here I am, this looks more like it, same pattern: Surveys, rewards, prize, cash, focus group, mystery shopper and you name it! Great, finally, this is what I was after, got it! Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the website which was a bit simple, but, never mind, at least no too good to be true as with Paid Surveys.

Same fees but got a better deal 17 dollars, around 11 pounds, fine. Asked Paypal, no problem, payment accepted! Now the time for serious business. I got what they promised – access to the so-called database which was simply a list of about 20 miscellaneous companies, the majority of which are casinos, bingos, lottery syndicates, travel agencies which are actually asking a cash deposit going from $10 – 200 to earn $50 – 75 c, a sort of money buying money thing. The other disappointing thing was that many would-be high paying surveys links were simply nonexistent, broken.

The interesting thing you need to know with regards to the promised high paying surveys is that they do not offer them. They simply relate or link to the already known free surveys companies on the internet which answers the question WHY ARE THEY CHARGING people? You already know why, I have already tried it for you to know.

Last advice is that if you pay these companies for access their so-called surveys database, do not expect to claim your money back  – not only that you will not get your money back if not satisfied, you will not even be able to write to their so-called contact email : support@surveypolicy.com.

So friends beware of online predators but there are some good survey companies out there, it is just a matter of doing some good online research although many will ask astronomic number of points before you get a reward.

Posted August 1, 2011 by kavira82 in Reviews

Myplaceforhosting: Scam or Genuine   2 comments

While the Internet nowadays is offering fantastic opportunities for businesses to flourish, it has to be said that it can also be a place for lots of disappointments and one has to use proper judgement and do some routine research before committing.

I have been approached by this internet company called Myplaforhosting offering to set up an affiliate marketing website and hosting service for only $100. The person – I prefer not to mention his name – said they will connect my site to Sony and Amazon.com affiliate scheme which would generate a lot of revenue for me in less time. He asked if I had a credit card because the website was going to be up and running in the next couple of minutes. I started off by the normal questioning process of making an investigation first before deciding whether it was the right thing to do. My surprised was that he did not want me to continue with my argument and kept on pressing forward that I did not need to do this otherwise the Internet was not the right place for me. When I said to him that before committing myself, I would like to check this with Sonny and Amazon first if Myplaceforhosting was genuinely part of their affiliate programme, he was suddenly very aggressive saying that I do not need this. From this point I decided to thank him for his time.

A couple of days later in the same week, I received another call from the same people; this time a woman who wanted to convince me about the same programme. I quickly recognised that it was part of the same strategy, I replied that I already received a call earlier in the week from one of their colleagues whose name I gave to her, explaining to her that he did not want to be challenged and was aggressive towards me for asking questions. She apologised but ended up pressing on the same topic with a smooth and feminine touch this time round. I said to her it was a good idea but affiliate programme is no secret and you would not want to go through a third party to sell Sony or Amazon products.  At this point she strangely put me on hold for 30 seconds and escalated the call to someone else, who she suggested was higher.

This last person explained the same thing over again in a more detail, saying that they are a web hosting company called “Myplaceforhosting”. He led me around the website and then to an audio presentation of the programme through the website and even showing a prototype of website which has already subscribed. At the end of all of this I admired the programme. He came back nailing down what I heard on the audio : They would set up a website for me, connect it to an affiliate programme, host it for one year all for the price of $100 or 62 UK pounds.

Again, my question was why should people not directly contact Sony and Amazon for their affiliate programme instead of going through them? He at least accepted this was true but that they would do more in paying me a $100 commission each time someone else subscribed to the programme through my site. Then he pressed me to pay immediately, not wait in order to take advantage of the offer. I said to him to give me some time to think about it. At this point he suddenly asked to put me on hold for a moment. After about 45 seconds, he came back and insisted again asking me what was dragging me back to take this offer straightaway; I said to him if he were me, he would have reacted in the same way. He insisted whether it was a financial issue or else, I said I was not ready, that I wanted to think about it and if it is right for me I will come back. At this point he gave me some phone numbers(888 23000460 – 2303 or  customer support: 888234019) to call when I am ready.

My take on this is that Myplaceforhosting looks like a genuine free web design companies like WordPress, Google blogpost or others; however, putting too much emphasis on credit card and a decision straightaway, does not at all make it look genuine although there might be some truth in it. Please use your own judgement when approached by online marketers.

Posted July 13, 2011 by kavira82 in Reviews