Comprehensive list of online survey sites/ market research and mystery shopping

by Kylie on July 27, 2010

I have mentioned earning money online and survey sites, mystery shopping etc… a few times on here. Many of them are Aus, but lots also have global equivalents or links to other country options on their sites.
Recently I have discovered some new ones, so thought I would share an updated list. Also some of the sites have changed their rewards since last time I posted. I’ll start with the new ones and the ones that pay cash. Some open in new windows, some don’t.

SwagBucks used to just be for Americans. I have not been doing it long but managed to earn enough pretty quickly to cash out which surprised me. There are a few ways to earn points such as the daily poll or using them to search instead of Google.
Spidermetrix gives the options of donating to charity, evouchers or getting cash. It’s easy to earn points and you don’t need heaps to get paid.
Pure Profile has been pretty good. Every time you get $25 or more you can cash out straight to your bank account. You get paid to do surveys and click on sites. Pretty simple money really and for me it has been reasonably steady. I log in regularly to see, as the more I do, the more I seem to get. Plus there can be new things put up throughout the day.
Rewardscentral and Myopinons are linked and pay cash. You can transfer your My Opinions points to Rewards Central.

Basically RC (Rewards Central) will have web clicks every day worth 2 points, often they have between 2 – 3 bonus web clicks worth 2 points each as well. They have a survey of the day a few times a week, worth 3 points. Even if the survey is not up if you click on it you get entered in the $10,000 competition.

They also send emails worth 5 – 10 points and they have lots of shopping partners you can shop with and earn points, including eBay!

My Opinions is a survey site you get points for completing surveys as well as an instant win each week where you click on a square and can get between 0 and 500 points. You can transfer points to RC once you have 100 or more.

You need 3300 points for a $30 cheque or 10100 points for a $100 cheque.

WDYT pays in gift vouchers for Bunnings, Target, Kmart and Myer. You need 2000 points minimum to cash out. If you sign up as a premium member you will get up to 5 emails a day. Some you get points, others are offers to sign up to things for points (such as credit cards and dodo internet). If you log in regularly to the site they often have banners you can click on and earn 10 points, so you can get to that 2000 points much quicker than you’d think!

YourVoice has been an easy one to get vouchers from for me. I get surveys from them a lot and have cashed out for movie tickets (though I don’t think they offer these any more) as well as shopping vouchers for places like Target.
I know paid survey bank, cash emails, grocery clicks etc… are all scams. I did receive payment after much mucking around and as soon as I reached the payment threshold email payments dropped right down to 1cent, so avoid those ones.

Market research
Incase you aren’t sure what market research companies do, I’ll explain it a bit. You sign up for free, answer some questions, then when they have clients (ie companies) who need your age group/genders opinion about their product they get in contact with you. Sometimes it is a 1 hour focus group, other times it is an all day thing. Some just send you stuff to try and fill out a survey for them on your opinion of the product. It’s pretty easy and can pay quite well.
Red Galah is a market research company you put your details down with and they will contact you when something comes up.
Farron Research is the same.
Vibe village is a site you sign up to and then register to be a “party host” when things come up. I recently got accepted to host a Cadbury party and a Masterfoods party. I got sent a box of new Cadbury chocolates to try with my friends and review as well as a dvd of the new show Offspring, which is about to air. I’ll get sent some Masterfoods sauces to try in the same way soon.
Soup is another site you can review products and things. They will email when they have something that suits your profile then you fill in a survey and get sent whatever they want you to trial. It has been pretty good. I especially liked doing a nappy trial when my daughter was born! I got like 100 free nappies.
Neilson homescan is one I can’t do but other people do it and love it. Basically you have a scanner and scan everything you buy. You can get free products and things to try through them.

Bargain sites (for Aus)
Here are some sites for Aussies where you can get a bargain. Coupons are everywhere in the USA but here, we don’t get much. I’ve used these sites and scored some good freebies/discounts.
Buckscoop is good, but you need to keep on top of them. I did some cashback offers with them and had to email them a fair bit to get my payment. They take 3 months to pay you after completing the offer and they missed me, twice, so it took more like 4 adn 5 months both times. That aside, I have found some great bargains and sales through them.
Scoopon lets you know about great deals.
Spreets is the same, as well as Jumponit, Ouffer and Our Deal .
Free Samples is exactly what it says, a site where you can get free samples!
Oz Bargain is another bargain site.
My Savings is another site you can get freebies, coupons for discounts and freebies etc… I’ve gotten quite a few good ones from here. Things like perfume/after shave, baby lotions etc…
Comping Club is a great place to find out about competitions and enter. You never know what you might win!

Mystery Shopping
Is where you sign up with the companies and they will email you to let you know what shops need to be done. You can choose to do them or not. You usually have to go to the shop, assess certain things without being obvious, possibly purchase something and fill out a survey when you are done.

I’ve listed the companies I have personally used here, but there are plenty more.
Capeesh is great for things like pizza. You buy something and they reimburse the cost to you the following month.
Integrity Shoppers has been good for flowers for me! I haven’t used them a lot. There is more, but the floristry comes up a lot.
Gap Buster are worldwide and pretty good.
Hoed are an Aus and NZ mystery shopper site, with a fair amount of shops available.
Market Pulse is another one.
Shop Angels often have things different to your usual fast food and Coles.

Remember you don’t have to do every shop. Pick and choose the ones close to you or where you regularly go. It can be a great way to get paid to do your usual shopping or banking or even get free take-away.

There’s lots of companies out there. Usually you sign up, they email when jobs are available, you log in to apply for the jobs you want then do the shop. There’s questions you’ll have to answer and you’ll need to keep all receipts and things from your shop.

It gets easier as you do it. You can even get awesome things like flights, accommodation and attractions to mystery shop.

Generally you pay for things, then get reimbursed the following month. I have made a few hundred each month at various times. I’ve gotten slack lately though!

Not all shops require you to buy something, sometimes you are just making an enquiry. Make sure you keep records of everything though.

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