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Surveys2Cash Review – Avoid This Scammy ‘Survey Site’

Surveys2Cash is promoted as an easy way to make money online taking paid surveys, but it's really NOT at all.

In fact, I think most people reading this will consider Surveys2Cash a scam after seeing what's really going on here.

Wondering what I'm talking about? Keep reading and in this review I'll go over exactly what happened to me when I joined.

What Is Surveys2Cash?

At first glance it looks like any other paid survey site. They tell you that "your opinion can change the products of tomorrow, today"--and what they are talking about is that by sharing your opinions on things as a consumer, you can influence what types of products/services companies provide in the future.

This all checks out. Survey sites collect opinions for market research purposes. There are plenty of survey sites out there that are legit and that do pay, such as Opinion Outpost and Gift Hunter for example.

HOWEVER, Surveys2Cash is not one of them. In a nutshell, this place doesn't offer paid survey opportunities and is only interested in collecting information from you so that they can sell it, as well as shoving promotions in your face.

The 'Scammiest' Signup Process I've Ever Seen

When you first land on the website everything seems normal. They tell you that you have to sign up, complete a questionnaire to build your profile and then you will receive offers. 

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This all sounds normal. Usually paid survey sites make you answer a bunch of questions about yourself so that they can build a profile for you and better match you with surveys. 

HOWEVER, this is not what actually happens!

First you will be prompted to enter your name, email and birth date--as well as check a box to agree to receive emails from them.

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Next up you will have to enter your street address and phone number--AND you will have to check another box--this time giving consent to receive "phone sales calls or SMS text messages".

Are you kidding me? Now this is when it starts to seem a bit scammy and when things start to take a turn for the worse.

I'm definitely not looking to get a bunch of sales calls and I'm sure you aren't either.

But anyways... let's proceed...

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After the initial part of the signup it's time for the questionnaire to build your profile... or at least that's what I think it's supposed to be.

But the reality is they they just ask a bunch of dumb questions and try to get you to sign up for things you don't want to.

The first part of the "questionnaire" asked me to select magazines I want to receive from RewardBee... what the heck??...

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Then there was a bunch of random questions asking about health insurance, if I want free samples or not, credit card offers, and a bunch of crap like this...

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I just answered "no" to all I could and tried to get through this ridiculous signup process as fast as possible.

I was expecting to answer profile questions like what my job is, education level, income level, hobbies, etc.--not asked to sign up for offers and view a ton of ads.

Scammy? Yes... but wait to you see what's waiting for you on the inside...

What You Get After Signing Up

You would think that you are signing up for an opportunity to make money by taking online surveys, would you not?

After all, this place's name is Surveys2Cash and they tell you that you will be able to share your opinion via surveys to make money.

HOWEVER, as you might be expecting... this place is not what you would call legitimate, and it's full of lies and deceiving information.

After the ridiculous signup process I was then matched with the "top paid matches", which included...

  • Win a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer
  • Make up to $100 Per Survey from Home!
  • Find Fedex jobs near you...
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Now I don't know why the heck they would think that I want a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. At no point in the signup process did I indicate I wanted something like this. And I don't know why they would think I want to work for Fedex... I have no desire to do so.

The "make up to $100 per survey from home" offer is more like what I'm searching for--but this sounds incredibly scammy because I know there is no way in hell I'm going to be making $100 per survey. I've reviewed plenty of paid survey sites over the years and normally it's more like $0.50 - $2.00 per survey.

But anyways... I tried clicking on the offer with no luck. The page that opened for me just tried loading endlessly and never actually loaded, so I don't know what's going on there.

That said, I know it's a scam because the offer was for a survey site called Opinion City, which has an absolutely horrible reputation and serves no real purpose. It is nothing more than an extra hoop to jump through, and makes money referring people to real survey sites.

I then clicked on the Fedex offer to see what that was, which sent me to a website called StartACareerToday...

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As expected, you have to enter your information again--your phone number, email, name, etc.

Also, notice how I have to agree to receive calls and SMS messages from their "marketing partners"...

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What I'm seeing here is a series of endless hoops to jump through. You are taken to offer after offer and enter your information again and again--while agreeing again and again to receive emails and calls from sales people.

Privacy Policy & Terms

Most people don't bother actually reading the Privacy Policy or Terms & Conditions for sites like this, and I'm guilty of this too, but if you would read them you would notice that something is up--something isn't right.

Privacy Policy

In their Privacy Policy they state that they may share, sell, rent, or lease your personal information to third parties--which include direct marketing service providers, email marketers, telemarketers and more.

I've read quite a few privacy policies in my day (for similar sites) and it's rare to see one that specifically states they are allowed to share your info with places like this--but I guess we already know this since you have to agree over and over again to receive sales calls and what not when going through the different scammy offers they give you.

Terms & Conditions

In their Terms & Conditions they state that "Surveys2Cash may cancel your account and/or terminate your access to the Surveys2Cash offerings at any time and for any reason, in its sole discretion".

That sounds pretty scary does it not?

That said, survey sites often state something along these lines that gives them authority to do pretty much whatever they want. However, I was looking at Swagbuck's (popular survey site) Terms and they at least give a list of reasons why you may have your account terminated. This place just says they can do it "at any time and for any reason".

So maybe they will terminate your account if they don't like your name, or maybe if they don't like where you are from.

I guess it really wouldn't be such a bad thing though--if terminating your account means you get your name taken off the lists of marketers that are going to be blasting you with emails and sales calls then this is a good thing.

Conclusion: Is Surveys2Cash a Scam?

Basically Surveys2Cash is a website that lures people in with the hopes and dreams of making super easy money taking paid surveys only to suck the life out of them by taking them in endless circles entering more and more personal information and agreeing again and again to receive sales calls, emails, SMS messages and more.

This place is only in it for themselves and is trying to make money any way they can. You are bombarded with promotions and ads in the signup process and will continue to be bombarded with such if you give this place any information.

Obviously I'm not going to be recommending this website. It is very scammy to say the least and I think most people would call it a flat out scam.

If you want a legitimate paid survey recommendation from me I would go with Swagbucks, which is well trusted and has been around for years. That said, don't expect to make much at all. You are pretty much guaranteed to make less than minimum wage after doing the math, which is why I don't really care for paid survey sites and don't use them myself.

If you are looking for an opportunity to actually make good money online in your spare time then I would highly recommend this program that I use (and have been using since 2015) to make a living working online.

Alternatively you can take a look at this list of work at home ideas, all of which are better than paid surveys.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Hopefully you didn't enter your email and give this Surveys2Cash place much info because if you did you are likely going to experience frustratingly high volumes of sales pitches. Leave your comments and questions below--I like to hear from my readers!

What Is Gift Hunter Club and Is It Worth Your Time? – Read Before Joining!

Gift Hunter Club is a reward site that you can earn cash and gift cards with by doing simple things like taking surveys, completing tasks, Etc.

Overall It is a decent site of this kind, but definitely not my top pick–because it is lacking in ways to earn money, available rewards, and is somewhat frustrating as I will go over in this review.

Overview of Gift Hunter Club

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There are hundreds of different reward sites out there that do what Gift Hunter Club (at gifthunterclub.com) is doing here–which is paying members to do things like…

  • Watch videos
  • Take surveys
  • Read content
  • Share offers with friends
  • Complete offers
  • Sign up for things

Once you have enough money in your account you will be able to cash it out via PayPal or choose to have them send you gift cards. They also claim that you can get paid with Bitcoin, but in my experience it didn’t seem that this was an option (more on this).

Signup Process

The sign-up process is pain-free, as it should be. They say that it takes less than 1 minute and this is actually the truth.

All you have to do is enter your email, create a username and password–and you’re good to go.

Once you log into the dashboard for the first time there’ll be a popup called ‘Gift Hunter Club safari’ that shows you around the site. This is a big help because it can be hard to know where to start out at first.

A Look Inside

The first thing you’re going to want to do after logging in is complete your profile, which it will tell you to do–the reason being because the more information they know about you the better they will be able to match you up with appropriate tasks, surveys, Etc–and ultimately the more money you will be able to make.

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Above you can see a screenshot of the main dashboard. The Top Offers are displayed right in the middle and usually include things like short quizzes, surveys, Etc.

As you can see, at the time of me writing this I had two quizzes available that paid out 5.36 cents–in which required me to get 100% correct answers and then share my results on Facebook–and only would require a minute or two to complete.

Over on the left hand side of the dashboard you have a menu of different ways to earn…menuAnd I’ll go over some of the main way to earn on this menu, starting with the OfferWalls section…

OfferWalls

The OfferWalls area is where you are going to find by far the most variety of ways to earn. You will be able to click on different offer providers and then view the different ways they’re willing to pay you.

As you can see below I clicked on the offer provider called ‘OfferToro’ and the first two offers that popped up for me where to download a game app on my phone and reach a certain level, which would then pay me 210 cents ($2.10).

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And this other offer provider below called ‘RevenueWall’ was offering rewards for playing a game and taking surveys…

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So you can just go down through the list and click on all the different offer providers to see what offers they have available. Usually these include things like…

  • Play games
  • Dowload and use apps
  • Take surveys
  • Take quizes
  • Sign up for other rewards sites

And you can even find some decent paying offers like opening up a trading account and depositing money into it for the first time–which of course require you to do more. There are lots a variety here.

Surveys & Daily Surveys

There is also a section for Surveys and Daily Surveys. You will find survey offers in the OfferWalls section that I just went over above, but these survey sections are exclusively for taking surveys and making a bit of extra money.

Some of the surveys can be taken on a daily basis over and over again, While others are just one time offers.

The pay will vary a good bit, but usually you will make less than $1 for most of them, and usually they will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

It would be nice if Gift Hunter Club hosted all of these surveys directly on their website, but unfortunately you will get redirected to other websites to complete most of them.

Watching Videos

The option of making money watching videos may sound appealing, but believe me, this is a massive waste of time.

Ya, it is super easy, but you will have to spend a fair amount of time watching videos and will only make a few cents from it.

A lot of people will try to cheat the system with opportunities like this, and somehow set it up so that the videos play even when they are not watching them–so that they can earn a bit of extra money without actually wasting a bunch of time sitting in front of some stupid video–but I don’t know if it is possible to do this at Gift Hunter Club.

Referring Friends

And of course they have a referral program, in which you can earn 10% of what your referrals earn and also a $0.75 bonus when they are in their first $1.

Other Ways to Earn

Some other ways to earn that are worth mentioning include contests that they have to refer friends and complete tasks–where people who refer the most friends of complete the most tasks over a specific period of time earn a reward.

Getting Paid

I was reading over some older reviews and apparently this place used to have a confusing point system, but has since done away with it. Now you get paid in cents (may vary depending on your country) which is nice because you don’t have to deal with any conversions.

When you make $0.50 taking a survey, you know that you just made $0.50. You don’t have to try to convert 1,408 points into the appropriate dollar amount.

As far as Cashing Out goes, I only had two options available to me:

  1. Amazon gift card for 1000 cents
  2. PayPal cash for 530 cents

 

rewardsThey claim to offer rewards in other ways, such as iTunes gift cards and even Bitcoin, but this was not an option for me for some reason. I don’t know, maybe it depends on where you live.

Pros v Cons

Pros

  • Free to join
  • Simple layout
  • No confusing point system
  • PayPal and Amazon gift card available (2 best options in my opinion)
  • Can login and earn at any time of the day or night

Cons

  • Could be better organized – The OfferWall has so many random ways to earn. It would be nice if they categorized this area better so that you could easily find specific ways to earn.
  • Survey offers often redirect you to another website
  • Very low earning potential
  • Not many cash out options

Conclusion – Worth Joining or Not?

What this really comes down to is what type of opportunity you are looking for. What you need to be aware of is that with a place like Gift Hunter Club you are going to make very little money–pocket change–which is why I usually say these places are best for earning a bit of extra money in your spare time, such as maybe on your lunch break.

That said, if a little extra pocket change is all you are looking for I still wouldn’t really recommend this place all that much. They are legitimate and all, but in my opinion more popular rewards sites like Swagbucks are better by far. Not only does Swagbucks offer more ways to earn money, but they also offer more rewards, have more organized website–and are pretty much all around better.

So ya–I’d recommend Swagbucks over Gift Hunter Club any day. And if you are looking for a way to earn good money online then I’d suggest taking a look at this program I use to make a living working for myself online–and have been using since 2015.

What do you think? Have you tried Gift Hunter Club? And if so, what was your experience like? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below 🙂

Also, here are 45 apps for making extra money–something else you might have intereste in!

How Much Money Can You Make with Opinion Outpost? – Read Before Joining

Of course it is promoted as a good way to make extra money online, but how much money can you make with Opinion Outpost? — better said — how much money can you realistically make?

The last thing you want to do is join an opportunity like this and waste your time. You are obviously looking to make money online and the worst thing that could happen is that you don’t make anything at all, or very little.

In this article I’m not going to be sugar-coating anything. I’ll be breaking down how much you can realistically expect to make as a member, not just trying to get you to sign up like it seems is the hidden agenda behind many other reviews out there.

Overview of Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost is one of many paid survey sites out there where — Yes — it is true that you can actually make money by taking free surveys. The company is owned by a larger company called Dynata, which specializes in market research and also runs a number of other paid survey sites, some of the more popular ones being…

  • iPoll
  • MyOpinions
  • OpinionWorld
  • QuickThoughts
  • SurveySpot
  • YourVoice
  • And more…

You may be wondering — how can Opinion Outpost (I’ll be calling it OO for short) even afford to pay people to take free surveys? Where does the money come from?

It’s all about market research. They collect data that is useful for big brands. For example: your favorite beverages along with thousands of other peoples’ would something that could be useful for Coca Cola or Pepsi. Brands pay big money for market research because they want to know the market as much as possible.

‘Opinion’ Outpost is all about getting your opinion on things — because your opinion matters to them. Well, it kind-of matters anyhow. But let’s be honest… They just want your honest opinion so that they can get paid.

Different Ways to Earn

Surveys – The main way to make money with OO is by taking surveys. These surveys can be on all sorts of things. You might get one that has to do with movies, another about vacations and everything in between. They typically take around 10-15 minutes on average but can take longer.

When you are logged into your account you will be able to click a button to “take a survey” and this will direct you to a few preliminary questions. They will also send you survey invites to your email. After answering these, which might take 5 minutes, you will hopefully be give a real survey.

Some surveys you will get kicked out of because “you didn’t qualify”. This actually happens a lot and you are bound to encounter it no matter what survey site you use. So some of your time will be wasted only to get disqualified.

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It’s supposedly possible to earn up to $5 for a survey but this is something you definitely should not count on, as it seems to be incredibly rare (and something I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing).

Product Testing – Apparently they also provide product testing opportunities, although these are rare and something that not everyone is going to be able to participate in. I for one have never gotten the chance to test a product.

The types of products that are commonly given out for testing include things like laundry detergent, dish soap and other home cleaning products as well as some personal care products. Usually you are given a small sample, which you get to keep.

Referral Program – Just like every other survey site out there, you can get paid for referring other people to join OO. For each person that signs up with your referral link you will earn $1. The catch is that they have to complete at least 1 survey for you to get the bonus and there is a cap at $5, which is a real bummer.

If you are looking for a survey site that you can make some semi-decent money with referring other people there are much better choices out there. This is actually one of the worst referral programs I’ve ever come across. A cap of $5 is very low and disappointing.

Sweepstakes – The most money anyone is ever going to make here is if they, by some lucky chance, win one of the quarterly sweepstakes for $10k. From what I understand you get entered into these sweepstakes contests automatically if you are disqualified from a survey, which is nice. You can also buy entries into the contests – one entry for every one point.

OO gives away $40k annually, split up quarterly. But this is only for people in the US. They also have sweepstakes giveaways for Canadians as well but the prizes are not nearly as much.

Note: I’ve never actually heard of anyone winning one of these prizes, which is pretty strange. I looked into this and the reason is because the prize drawing is NOT just for Opinion Outpost members. It is for members of a number of different survey sites owned by Dynata. Who knows the actual sum of many members included in the drawing, but it’s bound to be an enormous number. You can find a list of eligible survey sites here.

Rewards

One thing I like about OO is that they offer plenty of different ways to be rewarded for your time. There is no reason that anyone should have a problem with their rewards selection. It’s true that they don’t offer that many gift cards, but they do have an Amazon gift card available (which you can buy pretty much anything with) as well as the ability to redeem your points for PayPal cash.

  • PayPal – 100 Point Minimum
  • MileagePlus – Need 105 Points
  • Prize Draw Entries – 1 Point Minimum
  • Alawar – 30 Point Minimum
  • Amazon Gift Card – 50 Point Minimum
  • App Store & iTunes Gift Card – 100 Point Minimum
  • American Red Cross – 5 Point Minimum

How Much Is a Point Worth

Opinion Outpost is straightforward with their point system, which is what I like to see.

It’s simple – one point is equal to $0.10. So this means that you need 10 points to have $1.

No messy math needed here and from what I have seen, one point is always worth $0.10. With some survey sites the value of a point will vary depending on what you are redeeming it for, but this doesn’t seem to be the case here.

So How Much Can You Realistically Make?

I’ve read some reviews claiming that you can make $10 or so per hour taking surveys at Opinion Outpost, and to be honest, I completely DISAGREE!

Some people explain that: since a 10 minute 10 point survey is pretty common, that you can earn $1 for every 10 minutes of your time, which equates to $6/hr if you complete 6 surveys back-to-back – AND, that you can do the surveys faster than the expected time, which means you can sometimes earn $10 or more per hour.

While this is possible – DON’T EXPECT IT!

What the people saying this stuff don’t tell you is that you will be getting disqualified without a doubt from some of the surveys you try to enter. That time will be a complete waste. They also don’t tell you that you can’t just complete survey after survey after survey. There aren’t unlimited surveys here.

Saying that you will be able to make an hourly wage on a survey site like OO is a joke. This is absolutely not a way to earn a steady income, but rather a way to earn some pocket change. And this is assuming that you earn anything at all – because I’ve read a lot of negative reviews on SurveyPolice lately from people complaining about having their accounts frozen for no reason, which means they weren’t able to get paid what they deserved.Opinion Outpost reviews

Realistically speaking there is no set dollar amount I can give you for how much you will be able to earn. You might be able to earn $10 one hour, but this is not something you can count on by any means.

Generally speaking however I would definitely say not to expect to earn more than minimum wage.

The only somewhat reliable way to make money on this site is by taking surveys. Product testing is something that most people probably won’t get a chance to do, the referral program is very limited, and the sweepstakes opportunities are something you definitely can’t expect to win anything from.

Is It Even Worth The Time?

The answer to this question completely depends on how much you think your time is worth. Personally, I would say that for most people it isn’t worth the time at all. But then again, I guess it could possibly be worth it if you had some extra time on your lunch break or something like that.

Just don’t expect to earn much and think that this is money you are going to actually be able to rely on. Also, — if you really do want to join a paid survey site like this then my top recommendation would be another site called Swagbucks, which is easily one of the most popular out there. I’d recommend Swagbucks over Opinion Outpost because they offer more ways to earn money and are more trusted.

Don’t expect to earn much there either though. These aren’t the old days — there are no paid survey sites that actually pay ‘good’ money. If you are looking for a better way to make money in your spare time online I would highly suggest taking a look at this list of my top recommendations.

Take care! And please leave any comments or questions below. I’ll get back to you soon 🙂