You know how the saying goes: no two survey sites are created equal. Okay, maybe it doesn’t exactly read that way, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There are thousands if not hundreds of thousands survey sites and various GPT (Get-Paid-To) platforms out there. Whereas the scammy ones are very similar to each other, the legitimate ones always differ more or less. Today, we’re here to determine if a panel called Jobs2Shop is legit, and what’s in it for you and me.
On the surface, it looks pretty acceptable and yes, even respectable. Their website looks quite modern, unlike so many of their competitors’. But we aren’t here for the looks. Let’s see if it can prove to be a valid way to earn some extra bucks and pennies.
Jobs2Shop appears to be quite a new player in the market research game. It was founded back in 2012, with headquarters in Port Washington, NY. Their website says it’s a community of people sharing “their opinions and insights about products and services by participating in market research surveys and evaluations”. They have also included some compelling numbers: over 1,7 million members to date, over 7,2 evaluation surveys. And most importantly, over 1,2 million dollars paid. Were I not a wee suspicious of these numbers, it would have been music to my ears.
And my suspicion doesn’t necessarily scream “scam”. It only means that the numbers might be a bit exaggerated, given that the company has a comparatively short history.
Let’s look elsewhere for more info, then. Nowadays, social media are mirroring not only what we do, but who we are. The same goes for companies. In the case of Jobs2Shop, their Facebook page has over 69 thousand followers. However, they are not very active, which might mean they have other ways of attracting and interacting with their audience.
How Does Jobs2Shop Work?
Whenever I write a review of a GPT platform, I try to gain a first-hand experience. This platform was no different. But as soon as I provided my name and email address, a huge, insurmountable problem popped into my face. The site isn’t accepting new members at the moment.
Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re out of business. Maybe some of you will get more lucky. In case that happens, here’s what you can expect. (The following is based on a detailed research of other people’s experience and reviews.)
First, only US residents are welcome to join, with the maximum of one account per household. The registration is simple, with just a few demographic questions that should instantly bag you $5 as a welcome bonus.
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If you manage to join, you will get several ways of making money on this platform.
- Online surveys
- Offers (trying out new products, websites, services)
- Mystery shopping
- Referring friends ($5 bonus per successful referral)
- Cashback rewards (coupons, deals, sales)
User reviews are very mixed when it comes to this panel. Some of them report that an average earning per survey can be anywhere between 20¢ and $2, which varies in accordance with the survey’s length and difficulty. In other words, you’ll never know exactly how much you’re in for. Also, your first survey will likely bag you $1.50 flat, and it seems to be regular for most users. Along with the $5 welcome bonus, that’s already $6.50 in just a few minutes.
You can cash out your earnings via PayPal, which is awesome. However, when it comes to cashing out, there are two rules. You have to meet the $25 threshold – which is an annoying but still pretty standard requirement. But that’s not all. At least half of that ($12.50) must be earnings you made by filling out surveys (evaluations). Plus, your payment will be processed by the 20th of the following month. So, if you cash out on the 1st of the month, you might have to wait nearly two months to get your money. That’s a lot of requirements, and I absolutely understand if you find them off-putting.
Mystery Shopping and Offers
If you like to do mystery shopping, you will get different assignments, with all the details and instructions. For example, they might want you to visit a certain store to buy a select item or provide feedback about the service. The assignments will also vary in compensation, but you will always get reimbursement for any expenses you might have. Just make sure to keep the receipts. An average assignment will pay anywhere between $15 and $40, with toughest ones ranging from $50 to $100.
As for offers, there are free and paid ones. The former will bring you less than half a dollar per offer. But then again, they won’t take more than a couple of seconds. You will be required to subscribe or sign up for a free trial, for example. Paid offers, on the other hand, will mostly require your credit card number. It might be safest to just skip those. Not just because of safety concerns, but also because your card will be charged if you forget to unsubscribe before the end of the designated period. Should you decide to try out these offers nonetheless, make sure to set up reminders so you wouldn’t end up paying instead of making money.
- They pay in cash. And via PayPal, for that matter. Gift cards might be alluring, but nothing beats cash.
- They offer various ways of earning. It’s always nice to have different options that ensure you won’t get bored.
- Users say that the panel never lacks in surveys and other assignments. In theory, that should mean you should be able to earn decent amounts if you’re diligent enough.
- There is a welcome bonus and a paid welcome survey. $5 in bonus and $1.50 for the survey sounds like a pretty good deal. Plus, $5 per friend referred has a nice ring to it.
- You don’t have to accept every assignment. Choose from the ones that are available, and only pick those that work best for you. If you don’t want to trust anyone with your credit card number, just skip the offers that require it.
- It seems they currently don’t accept new users. I bet some of their old users are happy about it, but it doesn’t sound fair to those of us who would like to give it a try.
- Their payout policy is lousy. The $25 threshold, half of which has to be earned via surveys, doesn’t sound very enticing. In fact, most common user complaints revolve around that. Plus, you have to wait up to eight weeks to get your money. Imagine this situation. You’ve spent four months on accruing those $25. And then you have to wait up to two more months to get your earnings. Sounds pretty frustrating to me.
- Some assignments require your credit card number. Even worse, they will charge you if you forget to cancel a subscription or trial. Sure, you can always set up a reminder. But it’s one more thing to keep in mind.
- Games seem to be pretty scarce. If they exist at all. Some users claim they have never got a chance to earn that way.
Final Verdict – Worth Your Time?
Provided you manage to get in, I think this panel is not the worst out there. If it worked correctly, I would even say it’s among the better ones.
However, it’s still far from satisfactory. Which is more than just a regular fact of life. If you aren’t absolutely cautious, you might even end up paying for a product or service you’ve never wanted. So, if you decide to give it a shot, I would heartily recommend you to skip any offers that require you to enter your credit card number. It’s on the verge of scamminess on this otherwise legit survey panel.