What is Quick Rewards?
(Updated November 2017)
Quick Rewards is one of those websites that encourages you to make money by taking surveys. No matter if you’ve done this before or not, the first contact with this platform will probably make you think twice about whether you should introduce your PayPal address in there or not. I’ll also point out at this point that whilst you may come to this website via the name of Quick Rewards, it then forwards you to their set up known as Opinion Router.
It has to be said, that makes it look a bit shady to people who may not be familiar with the site. And, as opposed to SendEarnings (which doesn’t look impressive on the homepage, but after a click takes you to a more detailed section), this one has absolutely nothing else to show you. What you see is what you get. It’s one of the simplest websites out there that:
Promises you earnings of up to $1 per survey;
And multiple survey opportunities on a daily basis.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, you know what they say about that.
How Quick Rewards Works
So you aimed for Quick Rewards but somehow landed on Opinionrouter.com, and you are puzzled. It looks too simple, for example:
No registration is required
You simply need to enter your PayPal details (so you can be paid at some later juncture)
It doesn’t matter what country you are from
You will get paid within 24 to 72 hours.
These are bold claims, and it can make one suspicious: is this legit or is it a survey scam? Therefore, you will probably turn, as I did, to the FAQ section where, surprise surprise, you read exactly the same things. This is simplicity taken to a new, and confidence sapping, level.
As long as you have a valid PayPal account in good standing, you can enter their survey routing program without any fee. The only charges that might apply refer to PayPal’s own rules, especially if you have a Business account or a Premier account. Watch out for the fees.
According to their FAQ section, every survey can pay anything between fifty cents and one dollar upon completion. Plus, they claim to send you multiple surveys each day, depending on your country of origin and therefore relevance. Even so, one can only take up to three surveys each day at a maximum.
How do you meet the algorithm and fit the profile for receiving these surveys? Quick Rewards won’t, or can’t, tell you since the surveys that they send to you come from third parties. That’s also the reason why you might find yourself wasting minutes with a survey that will eventually tell you that you are not a good fit. There are no other explanations, you’ve simply lost out on the chance to up your earnings.
While the Quick Rewards premise seems simple and plain, if you delve deeper and try to analyze the offerings, you will see there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious about this whole thing. I’m saving these explanations for later, when I reveal my personal experience with this rather puzzling survey website.
How Easy Is It To Use Quick Rewards?
The how it works section of the website shows just how simple it should be. The problem is, however, that it all seems too simple to be possible and to be believed. Have a look at any other survey website, and you’ll see they proudly shout about their millions of loyal users. Be it Toluna.com, InboxDollars.com or the previously mentioned SendEarnings.com – none of them makes it as simple as Quick Rewards, in that they all make you go through a registration process. So how is this anonymous website operating under two names, and on which you cannot find anything relevant other than traffic reports online, pulling it through?
I honestly don’t have a clue, but what makes me wonder, however, are two things that are stated on the FAQ page:
The first relates to the errors that, according to them, sometimes occur during a survey. It goes like this: after you have introduced your PayPal address and took the first survey, you are officially registered to their database. That means that they will notify you periodically about new surveys (and you should be able to unsubscribe at any time).
When you get a new survey notification and you start working on it, aside from the common problem, “Ooops, looks like you are not qualified to take this survey”, there’s another thing that can happen. An error might interrupt the whole process and stop you from both finishing the review and getting the money. Is that convenient, or reasonable?
When your enthusiasm and excitement that you might earn a few cents is so abruptly ended by such an error, who would pause, take a deep breath and hit the print screen button on the keyboard in order to obtain the evidence of their work for submission to the site?
I for one would start hitting the table with my keyboard. Or I might just shut the whole page and go and do something more interesting and less frustrating instead. In any case, I don’t think I would have the inspiration to meticulously gather evidence of their faulty system, maybe that’s just me?
The Quick Rewards team seems well aware of this potential problem, so what’s their solution? As hinted at above, they require you to screenshot the error and email them a message together with that evidence within 48 hours of the error occurring. Under these circumstances, they claim that they “may be able to issue one courtesy manual credit”.
I don’t like that word ‘may’, as it implies that they cannot even guarantee the compensation. Secondly it seems that they might do it once, but if the error happens twice, then their help may be rather less forthcoming.
Something else in the FAQ section stuck in my throat. Here’s another outrageous situation: sometimes you might discover you are no longer being paid for the surveys that you took. Especially if you aren’t clearing your browser cookies often enough (what does that even mean?), or if your browser is set to block third party or session cookies.
Their advice, apart from clearing cookies regularly, is:
you should stop doing any other surveys the moment you notice this problem (but then again, who would continue voluntarily?)
And, again, notify their customer service.
We come again to their much loved rule of reporting the problem within 48 hours. And then they once again state that they “may be able to offer a courtesy manual credit for one survey total”. There are too many ‘mays’ for my liking.
This got me wondering – if you are supposed to receive up to 3 surveys a day, and payments can take between 24 and 72 hours, that adds up to three waiting days!
You need 3 days to notice that you weren’t paid for that previous survey, and of course there’s the question of how many other free surveys could you have taken in the meantime? Just to draw a short conclusion on this chapter – working with Quick Rewards is incredibly easy. That’s the good side. You just need to hope and pray that none of their notorious errors will happen to you.
My Experience Of Quick Rewards
Everything that I shared with you above is my personal analysis of the platform, but if you avoid errors and don’t mind simplicity I’m prepared to accept you may have a different experience. It didn’t look good to me from the moment I found it, with one site clicking over to another, and it actually started to look worse as I was going through its several pages and several rows of information.
I’m an optimist, however, so I thought I should let the wider world give me their opinion of Opinion Router, also known as Quick Rewards. So that’s exactly what I did, and the results were less than illuminating. The only results that I got were related to some websites that scan other websites to see if they are legit or not, and that in itself doesn’t fill me with confidence.
I believe in balance however, and on the face of it there are positive aspects of the Quick Rewards platform. If you’re looking for ease of access it certainly has that in abundance. Making up to three dollars a day should be easy according to Quick Rewards, and you can then claim your money and have it with you within three days. Compared to many similar websites that really is quick, but then they have a reputation and history that engenders trust.
Let me tell you everything that seemed less than enticing about this moneymaking website:
First of all, I couldn’t find a single reference to anyone making money from it. That’s a big warning sign with red flashing lights.
Secondly, the process, as they describe it, contradicts the whole idea of making money out of surveys. Usually, big brands pay big bucks to survey websites just to give them access to their huge database of subscribers and receive direct, honest and relevant feedback about their products. Big brands don’t just want to pay, they want to pay for the opinions of the users that are closest to their customer segments!
You are not required to complete a profile and describe yourself, so that the company will know who you are and whether you’re relevant to them. How and why then would they even bother letting you take the survey? It doesn’t make sense. It may be possible that preparatory questions help them obtain some clues as to who you are. Every reputable survey will vet you this way, and yet the website behind it will still require you to have a full profile with real information.
Thirdly, the Quick Rewards website seems to come with a lot of red tape and caveats attached. They inform you that you will receive many surveys every day, but you can only take a maximum of three. They say that, sometimes, errors occur, and you should be vigilant enough to collect the proof when it happens. They also say that you might even take the survey and not get paid.
You may say that they are being cautious, that these are sensible measures for a company to take, but allied to the site jumping and simplistic layout it really put me off wanting to spend too much time to fill in their surveys. It seems as if they are protecting themselves, when good survey websites know that they should put their loyal users first.
Their basic deal sounds enticing, with the promise of up to three dollars a day and quick payments. Those three dollars can soon add up, but not much else about the Quick Rewards website experience seems to. At the end of the day it’s a case of caveat emptor, buyer beware, but taken as a whole this is far from the most professional looking and sounding website of this genre that I’ve seen and used.
I have no intention whatsoever of telling you categorically whether to use this website or not to use it. It has to be said that I found a few things that set the alarm bells ringing, but that’s far from saying that Quick Rewards, or Opinion Router, is a scam. In truth however, it’s a website that I wouldn’t want to try again in a hurry.
I’ve used more than a few moneymaking, survey completing and review submitting websites online, but it has to be said that this is one of the most intriguing, and in fact disappointing, examples that I’ve faced.
Even so, as mentioned earlier, the quick pay out may well be a very attractive feature to some, and of course who wants to spend more time than they really have to registering for a website before they can use it? Of course, that’s if the site works just as well as it claims to do.
I wondered at first whether the difficulties I encountered with Quick Rewards were because it was new website? It is an old enough website to have an Alexa rank and yet there are still no relevant mentions about it online. That, whilst saying nothing on one level, really says a lot about Quick Rewards. We also did a comprehensive review on Project Payday, do check it out.