I've tried a bunch of these sites. It seemed most of the time I'd answer a few questions about myself (age, sex, race, zip code, etc.) then be told I didn't qualify. I think people with kids and minorities probably qualify for more of them. I probably made somewhere around $200 in a year, which probably worked out to about 10 cents an hour or less. I didn't bother with the ones that just gave you entries into sweepstakes. I never win anything. With most of the companies, be prepared for a lot of spam.
PineCone Research is one company that is legitimate. They pay $3 per survey, which they will deposit into your Paypal account within about a week of finishing the survey. Once in a while there will be a survey that pays a little more. I also sometimes get products to test from the companies they do the surveys for.
The other company I deal with is My Points, which is not surveys so much as points for going through their site to shop on the internet with various companies. Since I do quite a bit of shopping online, I've accumulated enough points to get gift cards worth a $250 - $300 from them.
If you live in or near a large city, you may be able to get into some focus groups. They can pay pretty well.
In short, don't believe the ads that say you can make hundreds of dollars a week doing surveys.
If you have a question about a specific company, I did keep a spreadsheet and notes on the ones I tried or checked on, so feel free to contact me.
Edited by: JEAN1680 at: 5/11/2012 (18:38)
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