If you have ever wanted to make a little bit of extra cash but do not have the time or inclination to get a second job, what are your options? You can start taking online surveys for gift cards while you are sitting on your own sofa.
You can complete surveys to earn money while you are stuck in traffic, on your lunch break at work, before you go to sleep at night, or on a boring evening when you don’t feel like doing much of anything.
No, you absolutely will not break the bank with online surveys but you can earn either Paypal cash or some free gift cards plus you also get to help improve products, services, and marketing for both. Everyone benefits and that’s pretty cool.
Are surveys for gift cards legit?
Yes, at least on the majority of survey sites. There are some scams out there, so definitely be careful especially with the sites that seem less than reliable.
Why Survey Sites Pay you To Complete Online Surveys
All of those online surveys are important to the companies that request them and their marketing teams for one reason: to improve their sales. They need to know what is good and what is bad about their product. What parts of their messaging are falling flat with the target audience?
The best way for these market research firms to get this information is through surveys and focus groups. Getting people to participate in either can be a challenge and time is money, so they incentivize the process.
Market research companies give money to the survey sites to reward the people that take surveys. They get the information that they need, the survey takers get rewarded for their time by earning a gift card or other rewards.
Scam Site Warning Signs
Here are some quick tips for spotting the scam sites that promise easy money but are only after your information.
- Promises of huge payments for a single survey. As tempting as it might be, please ignore the $750 survey lure. It’s not real.
- The site asks for way too much personal information right upfront. No site is going to need your social security number, your driver’s license information, or your mother’s maiden name.
- They ask you to pay a fee to get on their survey panels with the promise that you will earn that fee back quickly. The best sites have free accounts and you can start to earn real money the same day you sign up.
How can I do surveys online for gift cards?
If you have a few minutes of spare time each day you can get gift cards for your favorite stores if you answer surveys, watch videos, play games, and do other tasks. To make the most of your time and earn rewards even faster:
- Start a free account at several survey sites at the same time. The more surveys you are offered, the higher the chance that you be accepted.
- Be sure to see the other ways that you can earn points on each site including referral points. You can refer your friends and earn a portion of the points they earn plus the referral bonus.
- Some sites may have special bonus point days, seasonal giveaways, or other ways to increase your points balance.
- Sites may also have discounts or sales on the available gift cards allowing you to get a card with fewer points.
How do you take gift cards for surveys?
To earn gift cards by taking surveys start by signing up for an account at any of the available sites. There may be a few restrictions such as age or location. Once you create an account and confirm your email address, you are ready to get started.
Earning gift cards can be as simple as:
- You log into your account and find a survey in your dashboard or you are emailed a survey opportunity.
- Take the pre-screening survey which helps find the right demographic for the survey topic.
- If you are the right person, you will complete the survey. Information about how long the survey might take and how many points are available will be listed. Additional information such as if the points will be delayed will also be listed.
- Complete the survey, wait for the points, and watch your balance get higher and higher.
- For some sites, you may be awarded a small number of points even if you do not qualify for the survey at that time.
Is Amazon giving out gift cards for a survey?
The best answer here is maybe. It is not typical of Amazon to do this directly as they usually have third-party companies handle this. Sometimes, the company will give a gift card for taking part in a survey related to a customer’s experience on the Amazon website.
How do you know if a survey company is legit?
There are a lot of ways to tell if a company of any kind is legit or not but the easiest is to look at reviews. You can also look at the information they are gathering during the creation of your account. They should be asking for name, email address, and maybe age but nothing more at this point.
Reviews can give you great insight into the survey company. Try to look at reviews from more than one site. If you see a string of negative reviews with identical or very similar wording and generic photos/user names you are probably looking at fake reviews that were written and placed by a competitor. It happens more than you think!
Have a look around at the site before you join. Get a feel for the way the surveys are offered as well as the types of gift cards that are being offered. A site that is offering 80 different gift cards at a variety of denominations is probably legit. A site that only has a few gift cards to places like Bill’s Tire, Lube and Crabs To Go may not be a site you really want to deal with let alone give any personal information to.
Which survey company is legit?
There are hundreds of sites that let you take paid surveys. They range from “okay” to “awesome” in terms of ease of use, the selection of gift cards that are available, and the additional ways to earn more money. Here are the top five sites. All are completely free to join, are available for computer or mobile device, and will either pay cash or gift cards when you earn enough points to cash out.
Join Swagbucks and get a sign-on bonus to get you started. You must be at least 13 years old.
- The average survey payout is between$.40 and $2. You can get a gift card when you have earned enough to buy one. Right now you can get one of the Amazon gift cards for as little as 110 Swagbucks.
- You can also save up for the higher value gift cards or take a PayPal payment when you reach $25.
- Additional ways to earn cash like watching videos or trying new services are also available.
Inbox Dollars require you to be 18 or older.
- The average survey value is “up to $5”.
- The minimum payout is $15.
- There is a signup bonus of $5.
#3. Branded Surveys
- The average survey value is between 5 and 300 points.
- The minimum payout is $5.
- The average survey value is $2.50
- The minimum payout is $5.
- There is a signup bonus of $10.
#5. Survey Junkie
- The average survey value is $1-3.
- The minimum payout is $10.
There are other sites like Harris Poll Online, Pinecone Research, and others. Start with the top sites and get that cash without having to run from one job to another.
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