Are Internet Surveys a Scam?

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I’ve seen a ton of websites that claim I can make money doing Internet surveys. Have you done these? Can you make money or is it all just a scam?

You can make money with Internet Surveys, but, not a lot. Most companies work on a ‘point’ system, where you need to redeem a certain number of points (by filling out surveys) which you then can convert into cash. They’ll set your payment limit at $50-$100, because they’re not going to send you checks or deposits for every little survey you do. It will take TIME to get enough surveys under your belt to receive a check. I think it took me about nine months to get $50 from Global Test Market. Yeah, that’s a long time, but when the check arrived, you can believe that I happily cashed it!

There are a LOT of Market Research companies that do online surveys. I list over 20 legitimate companies in my book…and people always ask me, “Well, what about “X” company?” The truth is, it’s really hard to keep up with all the companies that come in and out of business. The ones that I, and my friends and students, have made money with, I proudly recommend in my book. Naturally, your mileage may vary.

The thing to keep in mind is that no legitimate company will charge you for the joy and privilege of taking their surveys. Chances are, if they want money up front, they’re selling you something, not hiring you.

Good luck!


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