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.

 

But wait! There’s more in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

 

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.

I’ve belonged to numerous survey sites, but none comes close to delivering the consistent amount of fail Ipsos iSay has.

My recommendation: Skip Ipsos i-Say and sign up for this survey site instead, (it’s my favorite)!

Have you had a different experience with Ipsos? Sound off below and share your experiences!

 

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