You've all heard the saying; “opinions are like as… I'll say belly buttons for the sake of being PG. Everyone has one! But it doesn't mean we all want to hear yours. LOL Fortunately there are companies out there that do want to hear from you and pay you for your two cents. In some cases that's literally all you get. Well Vindale Research is one of those companies that are willing to pay you for your opinions and claim to pay a lot more. In my Vindale Research Review we'll dig deeper to see if it's worth your time to work with this company.
What is Vindale Research?
In a nutshell Vindale Research is a marketing research company hired by other businesses to conduct research studies on various topics, products and services. Some of the money that is paid to Vindale Research is used to recruit and pays its members to take surveys. Their program is Free to join.
How do you make money?
The great thing about Vindale Research is they pay real cash via paypal and none of that funny money points stuff that some people hate on. Obviously you get paid for taking surveys. The pay for this can range anywhere from $1-$5 per survey. But Vindale Research does offer many other ways to make money with their company as well.
They include the following:
- Product Evaluations
Basically you get paid to try various products/services. To try these products you'll usually have to provide your credit card info or pay for some minor shipping cost. However since Vindale is paying you to to do these evaluations you usually end up making more than your initial trial fee. But there is a catch to this which we'll cover later. In either case after the trial period ends you have to give Vindale your views of the products to get paid. This can pay $5 – $75.
- Vindale Videos
You can earn money by watching Vindale videos online. These online videos tend to be quick so they don't pay a lot. So expect pay somewhere near 10 cents per video watched.
- Reward Mail
This is where you get paid to read advertisement emails. You can earn up to $.10 per email.
You are paid to refer more people to Vindale with each referral earning you $5.
- Submit a Payment Photo
You can earn $5 by sending in your photo of yourself with your Vindale payment.
- Cash Contests
Vindale offers cash contests that can pay you up to $15
What are the Vindale Research Complaints?
So far it sounds all good in the hood doesn't it? But as always every company has complaints and Vindale Research is no different. So I'll do you the favor and lay out some of the big ones for you so you can make a more informed decision. Don't fall for the okie dok until you read these.
Poor Better Business Bureau ( BBB )History
Most of you already know how I feel about relying on the BBB as your sole source of determining a company's legitimacy. You shouldn't! But if you rely on it heavily you won't like the fact that this company has many complaints listed in their BBB report. Please note it's listed under their parent company name. But please believe it's the same company. In addition to the poor BBB reports there are a gang of complaints all over the internet here and here. Some of these complaints are by people that are habitual complainers and don't understand how survey companies work. But many are legitimate concerns that make you say “hmmmm” and not in a good way. You could probably stop reading the review right here if you wanted and know everything you need to know. lol
High Cash Out Thresholds
Many of my favorite survey companies have very low cash out thresholds which could be a few dollars or less. But good old Vindale Research wants to be special and have a ridiculous payout requirement of $50. Ouchie! Given that many of the surveys don't pay that high it's probably going to take a very long time to cash out and frankly I think that's done by design. They get tons of valuable research information and still get paid right away. And you're dangled a carrot of getting paid when you do reach that pay out amount many moons from now. If you have that type of patience you're better off building a business online like I do and see some real money in time! But that's none of my business.
It May Cost You!
Although it's Free to join and take surveys for Vindale, if you decide to take part in their so called “product evaluations”, many of them will require you to cough up some money for shipping or a trial period using a credit card. If you fail to cancel that trial period then you'll probably end up paying more money than what Vindale paid you. In other words you're taking an “L” aka a lost! That's because usually after the trial period is over the company you're so called evaluating will automatically hit up your credit card with a fee that is usually higher than what Vindale paid you. The company will continue doing this every month if you don't remember to cancel. Most people will forget because they won't think to organize which offers they signed up for, how to contact the company to cancel, etc. Vindale wins regardless because they'll still get paid once you sign up for these offers.
Like so many survey companies there are pre-qualification questions that people need to take before they can get to the heart of the paid survey. Allegedly this is to help the company determine if you're the right person they're looking for. I call this bull. When you first sign up, they have your demographic information so why would you need to provide similar information again. It's been suggested it's just a way for them to get some free marketing research without paying you.
Apparently Vindale Research has also received complaints from people that have completed their product evaluations but Vindale Research can't verify this so they don't pay you! Now this could be because of technical issues such as the type of anti-virus software or other browser plugins you're using that mess up their cookie tracking. Or it could be that Vindale is just pocketing their money and not sharing. I can't say for certain. I just know there are folks that are missing out money that was due to them! So that's a risk you're taking and have to be cool with.
I could go on but I think I covered the big ones. But feel free to fill in any I missed in your comments down below.
So Is Vindale Research a Legitimate Company?
Personally I wouldn't mess with these guys. I've never been big on survey companies that won't guarantee I will get paid for every survey I take. The product evaluation survey hybrid thing is sketchy in my mind. Don't get me wrong there are legitimate companies that will pay you for trying products and services. But they don't mix the whole survey aspect to it. Anytime you're doing get paid to try offers you really need to be organized. And I think most people go into it blindly so I don't necessarily blame Vindale Research for that. Putting that aside I really just don't like the other complaints I've read. So again I would pass on this opportunity. But you may be a different dude or gal.
What is an alternative to Vindale Research Surveys?
Ultimately you can't rely on surveys for consistent income and large sums of it either. Don't believe the hype that you're going to earn hundreds or thousands taking surveys. You're not! The only way I've been able to make that type of money with surveys is by referring other people that have more patience than me to take them. And that's just real talk.
So if you want to create a website around referring people to surveys or other opportunities that pay you for referrals then you can check the company that taught me how to do that here.
Or if you're just looking for a way to to make real money online, willing to work hard and have the patience to see it through, then follow my lead and look into My Top Free Work At Home Recommendation! You'll learn how to build a real income online that isn't dependent on if you qualify for a survey or not. And when you do get it rolling the money is consistent and pays way more than you could ever make just taking surveys. But that's for you determine. It may not be your cup of tea. However you won't know unless you try and you have nothing to lose since it's FREE unlike some of those product evaluation surveys Vindale is trying to get you to fall into.
Well you've heard enough of my opinion about this company. Pun intended. Now I want you to chime in and share your views down below. I know some people are making money with this and that's great. So you guys chime in as well.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Eddy with a y signing off!
18 thoughts on “Beware Vindale Research May Be A Scam!”
Thank you for the review and sharing. I thought I am the only person who disqualified and didn’t get thru the survey all these time…. Not even once I qualified! After wasting two weeks of my time trying almost daily for the survey, and receiving telemarketing calls for donations and stuff, finally I decided to check this Vindale company online and here I found your review.
And thanks for those who shared their experience here. Really appreciate it. I will unsubscribe and close my account with them right away so that I don’t waste my time checking the useless emails now.
Hi Eddy, Ditto what everyone else said about Vindale…always disqualified.
That being said the only survey site I do is Paid Viewpoint. Yes, the price per survey is low unless you get one of the longer, time-sensitive ones which are usually a couple bucks.
Thanks for your vigilance, as always, Eddy!
I obviously love PaidViewPoint as well and it’s one of the few survey sites I still do. I also like ICS & Fusion Cash as well. None of them make you a lot but at least I know I’m always making something when I’m bored and want to take them.
Thanks for chiming in. I always appreciate the feedback!
I tried this websites twice – 2 years ago and then again last summer. NEVER got paid! Accumulated some silly points, but NEVER the amount I was told with each survey. NOT WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT.
Thanks for sharing your experience with this company!
Hi Eddy with a y,
Great review. I need to add a little bit to it, if you don’t mind. Did some surveys for them a couple of years ago. First off, you are right about the cash out threshold being ridiculous, but they are not the only one. Cash Only has also a $50 threshold if you want some cash. If you are under 50, they offer useless magazine subscriptions and online shopping cards for stuff I never buy. But back to this outfit here.
Their surveys are super long, and about 40% cut you out just before you are finished. Hence, now credit.
Then credited surveys miraculously disappear from your account. It took me about 6 months to get to $25 before I had enough. They refused to pay me the 25 bucks, so I had my lawyer send a threatening letter and finally got a check, which bounced. Took 2 more letters to finally get a prepaid visa card with $22.00 on it. They took out 3 bucks processing fee.
Cash only refused to pay until I reach $50. I tried a few times, but now they never had a survey for me. To hell with all of them
You don’t play! You sicked the Lawyer on their asses. Applaud you. So you’ve just confirmed one of the major complaints about this company. Again it’s very shady and unnecessary. Other survey companies will pay you something if you disqualified or always pay you for a survey you take because they won’t invite you unless you qualify. That’s the way all of them should work. But clearly Vindale research doesn’t and unfortunately a lot of people will find out the hard way. Folks are making money with it but you better be willing to jump through hoops and have a lot of patience. Thanks for sharing John!
I just stopped working for Vindale because I was always disqualified for surveys about half way through taking one. Also as you stated the payout is too high. I am glad you are warning others of this.
Thanks for confirming that Bev! That disqualification stuff drives me nuts especially if they won’t even compensate you for the time you took for the screener questions. So that alone makes this company no good for me. It’s something they can easily remedy if they wanted to because other survey companies do it.
Thanks again for your feedback Beverly! I appreciate it!
It is not a scam. I have been doing surveys and receiving REAL CHECKS. I totally disagree with you!!
You must be an agreement with me because I never said they were a scam. I know people are getting paid with this company. Granted it’s probably taking them forver if they’re just taking surveys and not referring people. But I know people can and have got paid. That said, I still wouldn’t recommend this company given all the complaints that I listed. But if you could look past those things yes you can make some money with this company.
But this wouldn’t be one of the survey companies that are on top of my list. That said, I’m happy you’ve made money with it! It sounds like you have the perfect that type of patience to start your own business. So that’s something you may want to consider as well.
I used to do surveys for Vindale research but found out they don’t pay much and you do get disqualified alot.
The one that I do a lot of is Fusion Cash and you do get credit even if you don’t qualify. I have made money on the site.
They are one that I do a lot of. I like them and you can cash out at any time. I cash out every 180 days.
That seems to be the consensus about this place and many other survey companies. I agree with you about Fusion Cash and why it’s one of the very few I recommend for surveys and other ways to make money. I don’t even understand how these survey companies can still exist without guaranteeing some type of compensation for your time. But I guess not a lot of people know they have choices and don’t have to deal with that crap.
Either way, thanks for chiming in. I’m glad you’re enjoying one of my recommendations.
Eddy, thanks again for a heads up. I would not mess with this company and for two reasons: the high cash out and those miserable surveys with the qualifying questions. At one time, a few years ago, I was heavy into surveys ( after I retired and was bored). After awhile, I became so disgusted with ten minute qualification questions and then told I did not qualify, that I stopped all together. With your help, I now have two sites for surveys. No qualification questions, low cash out and I am happy. Thank you for your time in doing the research.
You’re very welcome. I have to agree with you those pre-qualification questions are the worst. That’s why I cut down my survey time to a few sites that are quick and guarantee me money every time I take them. So I’m there with you. Thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it!
I don’t trust any survey place. They lure you in with the offer of money. You go to the survey, you answer question after question, adding the money to what you already have, calculating how much more you need before the goal to cash out is reached, then you get the message that you have wasted your time, you don’t qualify for this survey. WHAT? Now you are pissed and you vow, NO MORE SURVEY SITES! That is where I stand now. Survey sites are a waste of time.
I agree with you so many of the survey sites have these long pre-qualification surveys that you take and then you end up discovering you don’t qualify. So you basically just wasted your time and they probably still use some of the information they’ve gathered. That said not all of them are like that. There are a few that always pay you for your time but obviously they tend to pay less. Ultimately I don’t think surveys are the way to make consistent real money online. They’re cool once in a while if you work with the right companies. But it’s nothing I would ever depend on for consistent income. Thanks for sharing!