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This will probably get me ToS'ed even if I don't post it here, but I don't care if it does: I'm posting it here. This is the feedback I left PaidViewpoint via their Contact Support form just now:

I think it's rude how PaidViewpoint sends multiple email reminders within 24 hours to take a single trait survey, then removes the survey from view by the time I log into my account to take it because whoops, I didn't jump at it fast enough. I doubt if most survey takers are so hard up for money that they cling to their email breathlessly awaiting word from you, as though we all need the TEN CENTS each survey pays that badly. I check my email at least once every 24-36 hours and if that's not good enough for you folks, then take my name off your list. This site is ridiculous, anyway; you can't cash out until you make over $20 [* - this was inaccurate; see below] and it takes forever to make that much, not to mention it takes even longer when you people are yanking both trait and formal surveys away from us left and right if we don't jump at them fast enough. And how many times are you going to ask me the same exact personal questions in trait survey after trait survey to ensure I wasn't lying the last 22 times you asked me the same questions? I can't be the only one who's becoming extremely annoyed with this behavior.

That's it, I've had it. *sound of me washing my hands*

I've made $9.96 with them since last November. I need to make $5 more to cash out - yes, that part of my note was wrong, but I don't care, because I'm so used to being able to cash out at a mere $3 or $10 on the other survey sites I use that waiting this long to make a few bucks more is starting to feel like torture. My trait score? 3726. I'm sure it'd be a little higher but hey: life flows (I know: what does that even mean?).

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Since starting with Opinion Outpost in mid-August I've taken 1,040 surveys and completed just 393 of them, netting $452.50 to date, which computes to an average of $90.50 a month and $1.15 paid on average per survey. The least I've ever made on a survey is one prize draw (no money, in other words, just one entry into the $10,000 quarterly giveaway); the most I've made is $7.00. It's nothing near the $70 per week I envisioned making on OO in my first post, but the money's come in handy for everything from covering (or helping to cover, depending on how high-priced the item in question is) monthly bills to buying crap I wish I didn't need at WalMart.

My total time on Opinion Outpost each day varies and in late December/early January completely sucked because I spent over a week too sick with a cold to mess around online too much. When I began taking surveys I didn't make enough to cash out my first $10 until the last week of August but pushed on to a $50 payout by the last day of that month. In September and October I was not every-day about it yet despite that, sometime in October your brilliant hostess got TOS'd for speeding, then spent a few days waiting to get re-instated after contacting them about it by phone, then went on strike for about a week over getting TOS'd. In November and December I managed to keep my monthly payouts high (and to accumulate over 600 prize draws, winner to be announced) despite the TOSing, my brief illness and the holidays taking up a lot of my free time.

Which reminds me...if you're reading this as a survey-taker yourself, please don't speed. Everything I told y'all in my first post about how to quickly get through surveys? Do none of it, ever, if your intent is to not get TOS'd. I learned my lesson and have slowed way-the-hell down as a result. Problem is, I'm fighting my own nature to do so because I'm naturally quick and my Internet is so fast I fear they still suspect me of speeding although I'm not consciously trying to. Web pages load pretty much instantly in this house, a "problem" most survey takers don't have.

OO Payouts From 8-2013 to 1-2014

  • August 2013 - $50
  • September 2013 - $60
  • October 2013 - $100
  • November 2013 - $100
  • December 2013 - $110
  • January 2014 - $30 (but the month is still young, today's just the 12th - ETA, 2-4-14: made $100 for the month)

You can only cash out for PayPal in minimum $10/100 points increments, which explains the discrepancy between the $452.50 accrued and the $450 accounted for on the list.

Taking surveys is not a bad way to go after some spending money, I guess, but sucks 2-3 hours out of each day, hours I'd rather spend reading/coding/writing/designing/spending time with the fiance or doing dozens of other things. Most of the time I spend on surveys is taken up disqualifying for them (known as dq'ing) or finding they've already "had enough responses" after spending anywhere from 1-25 minutes taking part or even all of each survey in question. Which is, as any devoted Opinion Outposter might tell you, très-the-hell frustrating. But in a pinch being an OO panelist is not a bad way to make money if you have insane patience and a few 'extra' hours each day that you're not required to be away from a computer.

On the other hand, taking surveys, even on Opinion Outpost - one of the best-paying survey sites in the world, as far as I'm concerned - is never going to replace a full or part-time job, despite their big claim to the contrary. Hogwash, folks. That said, Opinion Outpost will still pay at least 2-3 times better (and much more reliably, and with instant PayPal cashouts for every $10 you make) than most other survey sites around that I know of.

Something survey takers who don't use Opinion Outpost might not know is that OO is a survey aggregator, offering few if any surveys directly from their own website(s), so you'll spend the majority of your OO survey taking time on Ipsos, GfK, SurveyMonkey, PineCone Research and other survey panels without having to join those websites as one of their panelists. OO will pay just as much, if not more, to take these offsite surveys and will pay much more quickly than those panels normally would if you were to just join each one of them yourself. This fact has pretty much ruined my desire to take surveys anywhere else but on Opinion Outpost.

PCR

As mentioned in my first post, PineCone Research made me a panelist around the same time OO did. PCR is a reputable survey panel but their surveys come infrequently and only after you complete pre-qualifying questionnaires that take about ten minutes each to fill out; a survey pays just $3 once completed. To date I've made $15 with them, with my first cash-out November 21st. The check they mailed took over a week to arrive but was accurately cut for the $6 I'd earned by then. Shortly after that, PCR switched from mailing checks to letting you cash out with PayPal, which is a huge improvement, but on average it still takes 5 days for PCR's money to clear; 2-3 for it to transfer to PayPal and another 2-3 days for it to transfer from PayPal to my bank.

OO's cashout is much faster; money transferred from them hits my PayPal instantly but still takes the usual 2-3 days to hit my bank (the only way to speed bank transfer up is to transfer in the wee hours/early morning of any weekday followed by another weekday, in which case the money will usually clear by the following day or night).

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OO...oooooh.

Money...I'm not doing much to make any of that lately (for various reasons and/or over objections I have with the various paths I could pursue for it, I currently can't or won't) but after examining about 40 survey sites this summer and after tossing the mere idea of taking surveys around for years before that, I finally decided to go with one website - OpinionOutpost. And they are, so far anyway, the bomb (whoops...can I still legally use the word "bomb" in the US without attracting a terrorism investigation?).

It's not a replacement for even a part-time job but I am making about $10 a day for under two hours of surveying each go-around. Which is, uh, $70 a week, $280 per four week month, or $350 on a five-weeker. Which is another week's pay around here.

As bad as some reviews for OO have been lately (and I have no idea why, if it's sour grapes or just people paid or otherwise clearly motivated to knock OO for the chance to improve traffic to their competitors?), from what I could see through intensive, days-long Google searches and review-reading of All The Survey Sites, it still seemed like the most reputable, highest-paying, quickest-paying, and most reliably paying site out there. I tried Daily Survey and looked into Cash Crate and a few others but they pay and do nothing compared to OO and on those sites you actually have to "work" much harder to "make" much less.

While surveying can be so boring and repetitive sometimes I just, for a few brief minutes here and there, want to kill myself, for the most part I've had a blast. I get exposed to new products I'm definitely interested in that aren't even on the market yet and asked to imagine buying, using and living with them, and queried on how well others around me might respond to them. I'm also asked for my opinions on other topics and for my current, past and expected future usage of a broad range of both tangible and intangible goods.

Believe it or not, I learn new things every day just by taking surveys. I like taking them so much that unless I was extremely time-strapped I think I would keep on taking them - at least every now and then - just for fun, even if I wasn't so much after the money anymore.

OO has paid out each time I've hit their 100 point redemption mark, transferring money to my PayPal account as soon as I request it (literally within 1-3 minutes). From there, as with any PayPal payment, I can spend the money anywhere online or just transfer it to my bank account. Because my household easily spends $70 a week on items that are non-necessary in nature, I can feel good knowing that spending under 10 hours a week not even truly "working", just giving my opinions on and sharing my experiences with various products and companies, will cover the cost of most of those items out of hand.

The only downsides to surveying on OO? There are several.

For one, you will probably not qualify for a lot of surveys. You have to take short pre-surveys compiled by OO to find out, then you have to take other short pre-surveys compiled by the companies in question that want to poll you, but if you disqualify from those, you won't earn any points for trying. You can spend up to 10-15 minutes on a survey (technically the "pre"-survey part of it, but it can go on so long you feel like you're taking an_entire_survey) just to get booted for some mysterious disqualifier that sends you right back to OO without a single earned point in hand.

The only good part of disqualifying is, 9 times out of 10, you're still given an entry into OO's Eternal Sweepstakes (not its actual name, but apparently there is always a sweepstakes - or "prize draw" - going on). Which is a nice enough consolation prize for trying, I guess.

Another downside is at least once or twice a day you'll run into surveys so repetitive, so boring, so seemingly over-involved, so intensely, overly ridiculously inquisitive about the most petty-ass stupid things that you may at least briefly and quite blindly want to off yourself or whoever made the survey or even everyone else in the entire world because of course everyone else in the entire world is to blame for the fact that in order to be a good sport for OO and/or to make money for yourself, you're putting yourself through at least a few lousy surveys each day.

The remaining downside is how OO limits you to taking a certain amount of surveys on a daily basis. I don't think there's any hard and fast number of surveys you're limited to, not even on an individual basis, and since each individual will qualify for a unique array of surveys, there's no way to calculate what, say, the "collective average" would be, but I myself top out at 15-20 surveys each day max. Sometimes it's closer to 7-15 of them. Because each survey can be worth as little as 5 points (1 point = .10 cents) or as much as my all-time high of 70 points total for taking a single survey (because I'm a crazy-mad contributor to OO, so they wanted to thank me - I've made around 150 bonus points to date; on two surveys alone I've netted 80 of those), it can take a day or two to work up to your minimum 100 point cash-out (which equals $10).

Outside of those few quibbles, though, and some problems with a few surveys not loading properly or erroring out before submission back to OO, I'm finding few things to dislike. But I'm one of the lucky ones: by US standards, which are admittedly pathetic, I have blazingly fast Internet (25mbps down/5 mbps up) which allows me to take two or three surveys at once by accessing them through my email's Inbox, cutting time spent taking them down considerably. I'm also a) a fast and fairly accurate typist these days (though I still have no formal keyboard training) which helps because I spend a lot of time long-form writing out my thoughts, feelings, and experiences on various products and b) I'm getting better/faster at answering statistics-gathering-only questions, which is making the whole process much easier.

So I have a little money in my bank account now, an obscene amount of sweepstakes entries, all kinds of badges for being an uber-productive member of OO that I will never display anywhere because I Don't Do Badges, and as a side bonus, thanks to my regular and quite productive participation in OO, PinceCone Research came after me. And they are like, really the bomb. And really hard to get into, especially in the US. So I'm kind of excited about that.