Paid Surveys – do they really pay you?

04/22/2011 - 11 comments

We were watching Comedy Central last night and guess what we saw?

A commercial for online survey taking.

“Become an online survey taker and earn cash for your opinion” – I’m paraphrasing but that’s pretty close to what they say in the commercial.

Have you seen these commercials?

Wondering if it is legit?

Wondering if you can actually be paid for your opinions?

Well, the answer is two-fold.  You CAN be paid for your opinions but all does not pay you.  They provide a list of companies that do, but not before collecting your personal information.  You give them your name, email and some personal data and they give you a list.  A list very similar to this list:

Online Paid Survey companies

In fact, that list likely has way more companies on it than theirs does and I didn’t ask you to fill out a form first.

Here is their site:

NOTE: BigSpot has updated their website since this article was first published, but their system does not appear to have changed.

There are two key things, aside from my experience with online paid surveys that indicate that is not as their commercials imply: does not pay you to take surveys.  They simply give you a list of companies that do pay you.  In exchange for your personal information.


If it’s not worth the risk for you, I have my own database of online survey companies that is free and you don’t have to enter any personal information for access.

Free Paid Survey companies database

Also, if you want to read more about, I have some previous posts I wrote here:

A word to the wise – Big Spot Surveys

Big Spot Surveys revisited

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  • Reply David 01/17/2014 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for the insider info and the link to the online survey companies that are free.

  • Reply Mason 05/27/2012 at 7:31 pm

    All the stuff on the commercial is really kind of weird.

  • Reply Jenny Ham 08/22/2011 at 7:25 pm

    My guess is some of these survey places are real but I am not sure how you find the real ones without signing up for lots of bad sites.

  • Reply Sarah 08/22/2011 at 5:04 pm

    I have seen these commercials thank you for posting about it, I won’t be using them!

  • Reply nenny 04/29/2011 at 2:56 pm

    I was wondering if how u get money? or even how this works i really cant work so this would be a great way to make a little cash or am i wrong? ple. and thanks for help!

  • Reply Lorie Shewbridge 04/25/2011 at 11:06 pm

    I always wondered how that worked because I have the time to do surveys and find it a pretty easy way to make some money, but I have found that there are a lot out there that are just a PITA!! You have to jump through a ton of hoops to get $0.50.
    I have found that Pinecone Research is great, their surveys aren’t very long and they pay right away ,.

  • Reply Jesse 04/24/2011 at 8:38 pm

    I’m so glad I found this before I even joined! Thanx!!!

  • Reply Henrietta 04/24/2011 at 7:49 pm

    This commercial always makes me snort in disgust! I used to take lots of surveys from legitimate places and the fact that they are just trying to get your info to give a list of sites you find for free anyway is very frustrating! Especially for people who don’t know any better!

  • Reply meredith c 04/24/2011 at 1:47 am

    wow great article! its sad people actually fall for these kinds of things

  • Reply Jenna @ For The Love of Baby 04/23/2011 at 9:41 am

    I can’t believe they actually had a commercial for that kind of thing! I really hope people haven’t actually signed up for that and given all their information out.

  • Reply CanCan 04/23/2011 at 12:14 am

    This is a worthy public service announcement!