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There are many online sites that promise easy money. Sadly, few of them deliver. Survey sites are one of the most common money-making opportunities, or so it would appear. Things are not always as they seem.
Market research is a legitimate business and there are many companies that will gladly pay for your insights and opinions. There are just as many that will waste your time without giving you a dime. How do you tell the good from the bad? Well, with E-Poll, at least, we can give you the facts.
E-Poll is not a new company, as they have been around since 1977. That fact alone makes them one of the more established and long-standing market research companies around. They were clearly around long before the internet and have simply adapted to modern technology.
This does lend them some legitimacy.
Their research is focused mostly on the entertainment industry, and they regularly conduct surveys on celebrities, entertainment, and related issues.
They are owned by Entertainment Inc. Their founder and current president, Philpott Gerry, has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, including television.
The website is bright, bold, and fairly easy to navigate; signing up is pretty straightforward. They promise rewards for all surveys in cash or gift cards, complete privacy, and the option to complete surveys from a desktop or mobile device.
Their clients include athletes, musicians, celebrities, TV executives, movie studios, and leading advertisers.
The site is free to join, and all that is required is signing up on the online form. Membership is currently restricted to U.S. citizens. A few simple personal details are required to register. Once the form is completed, you will be sent an email to confirm and then you are ready to start participating in surveys.
Upon registering, you will instantly receive your first 100 reward points so you have a start that you can build on with each survey completed.
How Do You Earn Money?
When E-Poll has a new survey that is relevant to your profile, you will be notified by email. The mail will give you a brief explanation of the topic as well as how much the survey pays.
The number of invites sent will depend on your demographics but will average around 2 or 3 per week. Some weeks will be more and others less, so do not count on frequent regular surveys. There will be times when you might not receive a survey for a few weeks.
It is important to respond quickly otherwise they will have enough respondents and close the survey.
As many of the surveys are entertainment related, you might be required to watch a specific TV program.
These are not that common but pay better than the average survey. The average length of a survey is about 10 to 15 minutes, while some can take up to an hour.
How Much Can You Earn?
Earnings are based on points accumulated. You will need to earn 3750 points before you are able to redeem any rewards. This is equivalent to $5. The points go up in value as they build up.
- 7250 points is worth $10
- 10,500 points – $20
- 16,250 points – $25
- 18,750 points -$30
The points earned per survey range from 100 to 1000 points, on average. The reward is based on the length and difficulty of the survey.
How Are Payments Made?
Once you have reached the minimum threshold of 3750 points, you can begin to redeem your points. You can convert point to cash via PayPal or opt for a range of gift cards. Gift cards include iTunes, Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, GameStop, Sears and Best Buy.
There are also sweepstake entries as well as the opportunity to donate to a few charities.
The one drawback is that payments can take between 6 to 8 weeks to be processed. Given modern technology, most of us expect instant gratification, and this long delay seems somewhat outdated by any standards.
There is a fair amount of feedback online, most of it negative. Most users complain about the low payments relative to the amount of time taken to do a survey, the low number of surveys available, and the amount of time it takes to receive payment.
There is some positive feedback from users that find the surveys entertaining and interesting, who are happy with the rewards they receive.
What We Think
The most important point is to have realistic expectations. If you are a TV and entertainment buff and are happy to answer a few questions now and then, you might enjoy E-Poll. Don’t expect to earn a fortune or get regular surveys, and you will not be disappointed.
The process is easy enough, but the surveys will take a bit of time. The other major issue is the length of time to redeem points. Provided you accept all of this, you can have a bit of fun on the site and earn a few dollars here and there.
The Bottom Line
E-Poll is a legitimate and well-established company. They pay what they promise, even if it takes them some time. The reality is these programs do not pay well. It is certainly not an income generating venture, but it can add a bit of extra spending money every few months.
If you are not a TV fan then you will find the surveys a chore, but if you enjoy entertainment chances are the questions and the experience will interest you. It is also worth noting that many of the shows to which the surveys are related are only available on cable, so if you do not have access that could be an issue.
Overall, if you have realistic expectations and watch a lot of TV, E-Poll is not a bad option. Just do not expect to make millions sitting in your armchair.