Earn cash and prizes for participating in online surveys. Surveys are worth between 150 to 300 points each, and receive 5 points even when you don't qualify to complete a survey. Redeem 1000 points for a $10 cash payment to your PayPal or Dwolla account, or for an Amazon gift code.
Not a bad company in terms of available surveys and relatively fast redemption. They do have a "pending" policy for approving points that can take up to a month before they become available to redeem, but it's a quick process once the points are released.
The problem with this company comes in with their complicated and somewhat confusing user interface and their customer service department. It's hard to understand their "dashboard", and relevant information is scattered around the site. Customer service can be frustratingly slow to respond, and will often just drop the ball, leaving it to the customer to follow up. I had a problem with using Paypal on the site that was especially complicated and was never resolved to my satisfaction, I gave up on it after 3 weeks of emails and redeemed for Amazon.
Surveys: Once you've filled out your profiles, there are two primary sources of surveys. Big ones, which are worth 100 points or more and are infrequent (they compensate you with 5 points if you do not qualify), and the funnels.
The funnel system, your primary source of points, is an automated portal that finds outsourced surveys for you to complete. Unlike big surveys, not qualifying for a funnel survey will not compensate you with anything; however, all completed surveys award points associated with that specific funnel (ex. 70-point funnel awards 70 points per successful completion). You can take as many funnel surveys as you like, and each completion awards points.
Big surveys aren't too rare; I've gotten one or two a day, and I have qualified for and completed several in the past week. If you want to qualify more, do not rely on email. Check the site regularly. By the time you get notifying email, the surveys will have been on the dashboard for at least an hour.
Successfully completing any survey shows the points on your dashboard, and points are categorized either as 'Approved,' 'Pending,' or 'Rejected.' All successfully completed surveys will remain in pending for two weeks, which gives the survey companies time to validate the data. This also means that from the time you register, you will likely have a two week buffer before your first payout. From then on, provided you remain active, you can cash out at least once a week, if you complete at least two funnel surveys a day and your daily polls.
A new poll appears everyday. Completing this poll awards 5-10 points. Each poll refreshes after 24 hours. I estimate the poll refreshes at 7 AM PST/10 AM EST. You do not get points for filling out older polls, only new ones.
There's also an offer section, with both free and paid offers that award points for completion. Both sections are lacking, but the site owner is working on weeding out bad offers, especially those that require installing software. Maybe this section will be noteworthy in the future.
100 points equals $1. When you first join, you get 200 points for completing your main profile after registration. There are several other profiles that altogether award 150 points, bringing your start-up to 350.
Cash out is at 1000 points. You can choose Paypal, Amazon, or Dwolla. They warn you that failure to use a correct email and/or verified Paypal account will cause you to lose your points when you redeem. It is crucial that you make sure your Paypal information is accurate and properly linked with the email you used for Mintvine. I suspect this is where the main issue people not getting their Paypal cashouts comes from.
I would recommend Dwolla for this site. The complications with Paypal don't happen with Dwolla. Mintvine seems so keen on pushing Dwolla that they offer a bonus 50 points for making it your chosen payment method (pending until your first Dwolla payout).
Support and Feedback: It's clear they not only want to streamline the occasional hiccups on their site, but are constantly looking to improve the site in general. Several times, I completed a survey but did not get credited. A simple report to customer support usually rectified the issue in 24 hours.
There's a feedback area with suggestions from other panel members. Many of these are taken to heart. Some are put under review, others are in planning, and others have become part of the site. Really good ideas merit points from the staff. These guys are serious about improving everything.
Following up, Dwolla is the way to go. Every 1000 approved points automatically enters your Dwolla account over 1-2 business days. It takes 1-2 more to wire that money into your bank account if you wish. On both points, it's faster than Paypal.
I am on disabilty and not employed. The initial profile questions do not have an option for this. I checked available options closely for "Not Employed" on which type of job I have and as far as I could tell (it was a long list) there was no "I do not work" choice available. Upon seeing this I immediately terminated my account. Plenty of other survey sites out there that have it together. I know have the unemployed option. 2/5 stars because at least the sign up bonus was decent.
8/15/2014 I eventually got enough points for ten dollar cash out after a couple months. The cash out was made to my PayPal account within two days. But the only reward option currently is pay pal. You get five cents credit when you are screened out or complete a poll (two to three times a week) initially once you had taken the background surveys you usually only got one survey you qualify for in a month and one or two poll questions a week. Now you get about one survey a week. They have also set up a "funnel" with partners for more survey offers. The downside is they don't tell you how many points these are worth. Perhaps even more significant is that it appears, unlike their own surveys, that you don't get a nickel when screened out of these. I sent a query to customer service three days ago but have not gotten a reply back. Customer service is below average. They notify you by email when a new survey comes in. It is okay if you are patient.
Mintvine started out good,but now you are lucky to get passed the "Yikes the survey has been paused."I try to qualify for a survey..If I am lucky I will get 1 every 2 months amid the 20 to 30 I try to qualify for..of which I receive 5 points.. .
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