How is it this panel calls itself E-Rewards, yet the actual rewards are so lame? Use to be this site offered rewards I actually used, like Borders certificates or Target gift cards. The vast majority are now airline or hotel points, which might be fine if you travel for business or are retired and constantly on vacation, but that's got to be maybe 10-15% of the population? Most the rest of the rewards require you buy something first, in other words you need to spend 20 dollars and up at some site or restaurant just to get the reward. Then there's the magazine subscriptions, about the only thing I use, but the selection could use more broad based titles like Smithsonian or Entertainment Weekly than narrow niche publications like Cigar Aficionado. E-Rewards REALLY needs to hook up with Paypal or such and start offering cash payments or prepaid cards.
On the plus side, the site does send out a fair amount of surveys per week and the amount given is worth the time spent. Oh well, points never expire, so guess I'll just keep taking surveys and sitting on my $700 plus points until they come up with something worthwhile rewards wise.
There are a number of things this company does that I think are shady if not straight up fraud. It would be a good matter for a class action attorney to look into, because it seems to me that it may be actionable.
First, they frequently decline to credit your account for the amount promised when you agree to do a survey and actually complete it and give them your data. Instead, after you answer tons of surveys questions, giving substantial data on your purchasing practices, vendors, opinions and personal information (way above and beyond screener questions) and complete the survey, you get a message that says you don't qualify or something to the effect that they have already reached their quota. Thus you do not get the promised compensation for completing the survey, even though you have done so.
Second, the value of the points are listed in dollars, so it's represented that you will earn $10 (or whatever the survey offers), but in actuality these "dollars" don't correspond to money What you actually get is worth much much less - pennies on the dollar. I for one, was so mislead that I didn't know this until after I'd given them tons of valuable data (which they are selling and making money off btw) when I tried to collect my reward funds and found that they were worth next to nothing compared to the dollar amount my account shows I have accrued.
Like other reviews this survey place used to be good, but is not anymore.
Like many have said, you will spend half an hour filling out a survey only for it to tell you that they already have their quota of surveys filled for it, or that you don't qualify.
I just got done a few minutes ago filling out a 40 minute survey which it never gave me any credit for. What a complete waste of time.
They are getting free surveys completed by asking all the questions first then telling you that they already had enough people for the survey or other reasons. Its pure theft.
Normally the surveys that ask you all the personal information first are more likely to be the surveys you will get nothing for.
At first this program seemed legit. I could pick how many surveys I wanted each week, they email me with opportunities, I could make a decent amount on each survey, all saving up toward my student loans (which is another sore topic so I won't begin down that road).
So I begin this journey 4 months ago thinking that this is my "gift from Heaven" to really help me out of a hard time. I clicked to receive 7-10 surveys a week and began to go to work...
I had my first eye opener immediately, when I realized that most surveys were worth NO WHERE NEAR the amounts that they said that the surveys could add up to. Most of which I spent 5 minutes on, then was denied saying that the survey was "full" or I did not "meet the criteria", so they gave me 25 cents for my time. Gee, thanks! I even went so far as to complete one over 80% of the way before they told me that they met their quota for the survey and kicked me out!
Eye opener #2; teasers. During my four month journey, I was teased by two surveys saying to be worth $25 bucks. I Jumped right to it!...just to find out that the first one was full already (within an hour of receiving the email) and the other asked me just a few questions then gave me another whopping quarter. These were the first two surveys to offer me over $7.00 and I didn't even qualify for them.
Eye opener #3; time periods where emails stopped coming. Yes, there were SEVERAL WEEKS at a time that I did not receive ANY survey opportunities. I even logged in to my account just in case they were just not sending me emails for whatever reason or in case I just wasn't receiving them for whatever reason. This was not the case. When I signed up for 7-10 opportunities a week, it did not mean that was what I was going to get. Even if I did get that many opportunities, they sent the same surveys to a million other people, which caused them to fill up quickly, or I did not qualify so I was receiving a quarter for every, say 85%+ of every opportunity I did get. Which leads me to...
Eye opener #4; it's not worth it, get a job. Plain and simple. I'm a numbers guy so bare with me while I think out loud. Over four months I "earned" $120, which is $30/month or about $7.50/week. I spent about 3 (or so) hours a week on these surveys, an hourly wage of $2.50. Oh and did I mention that when I went to redeem this money I could only actually redeem $50 of it!!!! Where is that other $70 going???? I can take some pretty good guesses at that, but I'll leave it up to your imagination as to where that money is going. So I earned $120 over four months but I can only use $50 of it toward my thousands of dollars in student loans!?!? That is 5/12ths of my earnings that I can use...not even HALF of what they said I had!! So let's try this again now...$12.50/month, roughly $3.13/week, with an hourly wage of $1.04!! How crazy is that!? What is minimal wage in the US now...$7.85 or something? I'm better off finding a second job to help me pay off these loans. I could even work as a waiter and tell the restaurant to keep my tips and I would be making more than I am on these stupid surveys. It's not worth it, get a job. Plain and simple.
I must apologize for this long rant, but this promising vision of help in hard economic times is nothing more than a mirage in the hot desert that teases you while you lay dying on the 100 degree sands. This money making monster puts on a mask of refreshing much needed water only to take it off when you get close enough to drink it. I hope you all don't make the same mistake that I did with these surveys for four months. I'll be putting in my applications to find a second job after the weekend is over.
PS. The only reason I gave it 1 star is because I did make $50 that I wouldn't have had previously. I'm not a total pessimist.
Recommended from a friend, I joined about 6 weeks ago and was getting a good amount of surveys and suddenly they stopped about 10 days ago, just short of $4 to redeem $50. I wouldn’t be as concerned about if were just me they stopped sending to, but the friend who recommended e-rewards to me has not received any either and a few of her friends also are not getting anything. Perhaps they are going out of biz…I don't know, but I’d really like to redeem the $50 I have, which was at least 15 or so hours spent in my time. Also, I tried the mobile version and that don’t work either. Is it a coincidence that 5 of us are no longer receiving surveys?
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