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/
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.
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).