Times are hard. People are trying to find ways to earn a little extra cash these days to avoid the inflation we all feel in our bank accounts. But as more consumers look for ways to supplement their income, so does the number of scams to be aware of.
This brings us to Survey Junkie – a site that offers people money in exchange for taking surveys. but Survey junkie is legit?
Can you really make money answering questions, and can it really be that easy? I signed up to find out, and here’s what I learned.
What is a survey junkie?
Survey Junkie pays you to take surveys online. Each survey is point-based—the longer the survey, the more points you earn.
After signing up for Survey Junkie, I immediately received 25 welcome points, and then another 25 points after verifying my email address. I was bombarded with a few “get to know me” surveys filled out on some of my profiles.
Suddenly, I was 30 minutes in and already had 136 points. I’m not even sure where the time went. If you’ve ever been exposed to the Pinterest effect, where you start scrolling through Pinterest and then BOOM! You’ve lost half a day and have nothing to show for it – that’s kind of it.
If you have a lot of free time and know that you will not get rich quickly with this site, then click and answer the questions. Over time, it seems that you will be able to accumulate some extra cash.
But here’s the catch—you’ll only be eligible for one out of every five surveys, and you’ll have to answer a set of questions first, before finding out if you can complete them. So, some time can be wasted while participating.
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Does Survey Junkie work?
According to their site, Survey Junkies pays members $40,000 per day, and they have over 20 million members to date.
Survey Junkie also has other areas to participate in, and you can sign up for them during the initial profile setup. You can get paid by participating in online focus groups, in-person focus groups, product testing, research and phone surveys.
All of them pay between $5 – $100 per session.
Will I get real money for doing Survey Junkies?
Although I didn’t earn enough points to earn money, the Survey Junkie site says you can earn money via PayPal or bank transfer. E-gift card options can be from stores such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, Sephora, Starbucks, and more.
The app is very user friendly. Although I can see that it will take some time for you to collect enough points to get paid. Each survey gives you a point value and an estimated time it will take to complete (but that’s the time you have the ability to complete).
Every point you earn on Survey Junkie is worth one cent. Once you get 500 points (or $5), you can cash your points and get paid.
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Common complaints with survey junkies
Now you can’t trust every review, because there are a lot of trolls out there, but here are some common complaints from Survey Junkie users across the board:
1. You often miss surveys. (Remember the catch?)
2. They ask for your photo ID. (Personally, I haven’t applied for this yet, but other users have mentioned it.)
3. Technical problems when trying to unlock points. (This can happen with any site with multiple users.)
4. You leave too much personal information. (This is what surveys are for collecting data.)
5. People who have problems in receiving salary.
Is Survey Junkie Legal?
The Better Business Bureau (aka “BBB”) doesn’t credit just anyone. Survey Junkie received official business accreditation in 2017. On Survey Junkie’s BBB page, they have a customer rating of 4.32 out of 5 stars out of 1,700 reviews.
This rating is important because it means that Survey Junkie is real, and does what they say, that people are being paid to take surveys. They wouldn’t be able to keep that ranking high if they weren’t paying people to advertise.
Read these reviews wisely!
Is this the best way to earn extra money?
Probably not. To make money, you have to have time – lots of it.
I’m sure you can make more money babysitting, being an Uber driver or maybe even buying and selling in the market.
But, if you’re already scrolling through Facebook, Instagram or sites like Pinterest, you might as well try something like Survey Junkie where you can get paid for your time – even if you just do it. Don’t get rich.
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