Well, hello! This continuing survey series has documented my personal and candid experiences with survey sites so you know which ones to embrace and which ones to run from (here’s what I thought about InboxDollars, Harris Poll, Opinion Outpost, Toluna, Springboard America, and OpinionSquare).
In a Nutshell: Ipsos i-Say is the most consistently non-functioning, non-qualifying survey site I’ve ever used.
When Ipsos i-Say sends me surveys pretty much every day via email, I can potentially earn up to 200 points per survey. If I accrue 500 points, I qualify for the $5 gift card cash-out. . . but only if I make it that far.
The Good: The $5 (500 point) payout is mercifully low.
Unlike some sites that keep you on the hook forever (I’m looking at you, InboxDollars, with your $30 payout), I (theoretically) cash out pretty quickly with Ipsos i-Say, at a rate of about a $0.01 per point. Also:
There are options to earn PayPal payouts and Amazon gift cards. Assuming I ever earn enough to cash out, I can score anything from a $5 Amazon gift card (500 points) to a $15 PayPal payout (1,530 points).
The website’s design is clean and simple. The site is slick, pretty, and easy to read.
Highest payout opportunity: A 200-point survey (worth $2).
The Bad: Of the 60 surveys I tried, I completed 5.
Five, my friends. For those who can’t math, this is less than a 10% completion rate. Less than 10%! I have better odds of accidentally lunching with George Clooney. Also:
The site is a glitch-fest. I haven’t seen anything work this little since my last boyfriend. It’s a shame something with such an attractive interface just doesn’t work.
I spent an hour qualifying for at least one survey I never even finished. I was 59 minutes into an hour-long survey, just to have the site time out and freeze.
Customer service is the worst. When that arduous, hour-long survey just quit in the last minute of the survey, I did what the site recommended: I reached out to customer service via email. Twice. The respondent first told me I must not have qualified. When I immediately followed up to ask if it was normal to spend an hour to not qualify for a survey and if those responses were kept for marketing purposes anyway, I got zero response. Thanks, guys.
I get the same dozen or so prequalifying questions every. single. time. This is especially tedious, since I never seem to complete over 90% of the surveys I try to qualify for. It would be better if this site operated as Springboard America and other sites do, by pre-qualifying users and sending out only those surveys I’m pre-vetted to take.
My Ipsos i-Say Strategy
My secret to working with Ipsos i-Say is getting in and getting out as quickly as possible, because the more I participate, the more likely I am to want to stab myself in the face repeatedly with a rusty spork. Assuming you have the intestinal fortitude to give this site a shot, here’s what I recommend:
I cash out at the $5 level. Assuming I ever make it that far, there’s no advantage to staying in for the higher payouts.
I only take short polls. Since the site shows survey time length in addition to payout, I skip anything longer than 15 minutes—especially since I fail to qualify over 90% of the time.
With its slick, sexy interface and clean website, along with its promises of decent point values and reasonable-length surveys, you’d think we had a winner on our hands. Words just can’t express how depressing this site really is.
Have you had a different experience with Ipsos? Sound off below and share your experiences!