There's a fine line between survey and scam. Who's going to test it? Well, I am.
Plenty of survey sites are floating around the Internet: All Woman Talk, Lightspeed, Opinions Paid, Pure Profile, Valued Opinions, That's What I Think and Your Voice, to name a few, with new ones cropping up constantly. The deal is, you earn points or receive competition entries for completing market research surveys, expressing your household grocery, banking, transport, health etc preferences for the sweet, sweet goodies at the end. Essentially, you sing for your supper.
To begin, I suggest consulting a free competition forum such as the Australian Competitions Club to sort the reputable from the rubbish. And that's exactly what I did. I selected All Woman Talk for my trial, which awards quarterly prizes such as Red Balloon Days vouchers, movie passes and cash for opinions on magazines (isn't it perfect for me?). It was easy to sign up, but unfortunately they have no open studies at this time. Poop.
Back to the drawing board. Another famous survey site is Email Cash, now known as RewardsCentral. Earning my first 100 points by joining and updating my profile felt like running a marathon. I sneaked a peek at how many points to earn the teensiest cash reward -- 3,300 for a $30 voucher. Hmmm. Apparently I will be sent regular emails with new surveys, so if you made it a habit and did the click-throughs and other daily points earners, a reward might not be so far away. You can also redeem points to shop online or donate them to charity. You can choose between the Red Cross, Guide Dogs, Amnesty International and the Fred Hollows Foundation to donate $10 by using 1,200 points.
All up, I'm not sure these survey sites are for me, but for those who don't trust their luck, it's a great way to work towards your reward and know when you've "won" your prize. But be warned, I've heard rumours some sites are reluctant to pay up once you redeem your prize.
So do surveys get my tick of approval? Yes, no, maybe...