Formerly known as surveys.com
It takes so many surveys to earn enough points. The when you get enough points you send them to their reward partner. Lots of various rewards but no cash, check, paypal, or gift cards, only physical gifts.
Surveys were generally easy and it didnt really take me long to reach 2500 points. When I got to that point I was excited thinking I would be able to cash out for $25 in Paypal cash. Boy was I wrong! So I thought ok no paypal but they have to at least have Amazon. Nope! So I looked to see what other rewards they had and saw that they all require an astronomical amount of points for something I can get at the store for 75% less than what my points could get me. So needless to say I probably wont be redeeming points or wasting anymore of my time doing surveys for them since they wanna have crappy rewards! So I dont recommend this survey company at all unless you want a substandard magazine subscription which you can probably get free elsewhere online.
My experience with askGfK is basically the same as that of other members who have posted reviews here. Last night I finally had enough points to cash out. I knew gift cards were offered and expected Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks cards. I was very disappointed to find out that the rewards offered are completely worthless to me. I wouldn't want to spend all that time for a magazine subscription for instance. That's ridiculous. In the past, I was under the impression that this panel really appreciated my membership, because they once credited my account just for being active and sent me a nice e-mail for my birthday. However, that doesn't make up for their worthless rewards. There are more rewarding survey panels around.
I'm going very back first, when it used to be called Surveys.com, a website that was really crap (you could not find your competed surveys, then I could not login etc), but it was constantly sending me surveys to complete (still as Pam Hughes!).
It took me 1 year to get my points transferred to Maximiles. Then, finally a flimsy reply letting me know that they were having a website makeover and I could redeem my 'new points' directly with them!
So, their website looks much better BUT it does not allow you to see what exactly are these rewards!! Incredible! You first have to reach some redemption no. of points!
According to some feedbacks I read, their catalogue is crap. I emailed them and pointed it out adding that members and potential members have the right to know in advance what their rewards are. Their reply was not very helpful, they appreciated my feedback and will be 'thinking' over it !
I guess it is a good way for them to spend little: keeping respondents 'in the dark' (we don't know what we'll get), then after many completed surveys 'surprise'!
So gfk found a cheap way to refresh their respondents database, some members leave and new ones will join unaware of how badly their time is appreciated.
GFK loves taking advantage of members' time (like with their MediaVew panel).
Unless I know exactly what do I get for my time, it is not for me.
I might have made the error when I signed up for this group. I could swear that I read that the rewards mentioned Amazon gift cards. After a couple of months of taking surveys, I decided to check out their rewards catalog. Hmmm - no gift cards, Amazon or otherwise. Ok, what merchandise do they offer? Oh, there's a Dyson, exactly like the one I purchased at Costco a couple of months ago for slightly over $500. GULP... They want in excess of 400,000 points???? Let's see. I've racked up a little over 7500 points in a couple of months. Oh, GOODIE!!! I can get a $500 vacuum in as little as 114 months of taking surveys. I'm impressed. Not favorably impressed, but seriously impressed.
I gave them 2 stars because their surveys were fun. No one wants to take surveys that are tedious and boring. I don't know anyone interested in getting shafted for their time either.
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