So, I decided to join one of those online survey programs called Vindale Research. It looked legit. I was wrong.
About Vindale Research
Vindale Research is an online research program that claims to offer rewards (including cash) for filling out surveys. I assume they are contracted by various companies or organizations to do the surveys. The pay is very low (a few bucks per survey), but hey – money is money.
Why Vindale Research Sucks
Vindale Research is, if anything, a rip-off (not of time specifically, but time I will never get back).
Here’s how it “worked”. I received emails for six different surveys, ranging in “price” from $1.06 to $6.00. Not a lot, I’ll admit, but money nonetheless.
In each case I was lead to believe – up front – that I qualified (based on what criteria, I do not know). I went to their webpage, click “start” on the survey, and started answering questions. After a few questions, in each case, I was suddenly informed I was not qualified (with no explanation whatsoever). The message told me all of my data would be deleted and I would be dropped form the survey.
The last one I tried I finished the entire survey before this happened!
So, how is it that I was approved up-front yet disapproved in the end? Is it a bait-and-switch technique used because they really can’t properly analyze their membership on the front end? Or, is it because they (or their clients) are trying to skew the results in some fashion? Or, are they actually using my answers without having to pay me for them (even though they claim to delete partial surveys)?
I would definitely NOT recommend Vindale Research. To anyone.