Opinion Central

Name: Opinion-Central
Type of program: Surveys
Date joined: 12/26/2010
Referral program? No
Amount earned: 3575 points
Paid? No. Minimum redemption is 3,300 points. Points redeemable for merchandise only, and the merchandise selection is rather poor.
Recommended? Not at this time. The item at 3,300 points is a flimsy tote bag. Any type of quality merchandise is ridiculously over-pointed. For example, a $20.00 Hamilton Beach 5 qt slow cooker is offered for an absurd 19,000 points. After being a member for 10 months and earning only 3575 points, it would take me over five years just to be able to redeem for this.
My take is that while I won’t classify OpinionCentral as a scam site, they are definitely one of the lesser programs. I can’t add them to the recommended list simply because of how long it takes to earn points, the lack of a referral program, and the poor selection of rewards. I’ll keep doing surveys at this site, but it’s definitely a second-string site.
Should their rewards change, I’ll update this page.
Last updated: 10/19/2011

Cash4Offers

Name: Cash4Offers

Type of program: Surveys, Paid Registrations, Paid Emails

Date joined: 12/27/2010

Referral program? Yes, pays $3.00 for each referral who completes a survey or offer

Incentive to join: $5.00 sign up bonus for new members.

URL:http://www.cash4offers.com/?ref=411967

Amount earned: $7.37

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Paid? Not yet. Minimum payment is $35.00

Recommended? Updating my post to say No for now. I got an email from a reader stating this site has a bad reputation. Some examples of complaints on this site can be found at:
I’ll keep up with the paid emails and occasional surveys from this site, so that I have something to report for myself. I’ll also keep searching online once a month or so to see if anyone posts any positive reviews to contradict some of these others. For now though, I’d recommend not joining.

Last update: 03/12/2011

Survey Panel Group

Name: Survey Panel Group

Program type:  Surveys

Date joined: 12/20/2010

Referral program? No

URL: http://www.surveypanelgroup.com

Amount earned: There’s no way to tell! No dashboard or account history

Recommended? I’m adding to the Not Recommended list. You need to wade through tons of opt-out offers upon registration. Even once you’re registered and you log in, you get hit with the same opt-out offers you already said no to. There’s no way to check your balance. I’llcheck back in two months to see if anything has changed. For now, I’m not listing Survey Panel Group as a scam site, but it is definitely a waste of time.

Last update: 02/02/11

Opinion World

Name: Opinion World

Type of program: Surveys

Date joined: 12/20/2010

Referral program? No

URL: http://www.opinionworld.com

Amount earned: 0 points

Paid? Nope. Minimum payout is 1,000 points.

Recommended? Not for me. The majority of surveys I haven’t qualified for. Or if I did qualify for them, their quota was filled. Or if I did qualify for them and their quota wasn’t filled – the reward was a charity donation. Err, no thanks. Your experience may be different, but this hasn’t been worthwhile for me. They’re not a scam site, but they just have been a waste of time for me so far.

Last update: 01/20/2011

Read Bud

Name: ReadBud

Type of program: They have a series of articles that you read and rate. You get paid depending on the length of the article.

Date joined: 01/04/2011

Referral program? Yes, you earn $5.00 when your referrals cash out for the first time.

URL: http://www.readbud.com/?ref=5332036

Amount earned: $2.09

Paid? Not yet. Minimum payment is $50.00

Recommended? No. I discovered PTC Investigations, and their page tagged them as a scam site. Wish I had seen this site before I signed up! I’ll set a calendar entry to keep checking PTC Investigations once a month to see if there is any change in their recommendations. For now, I would advise not joining.

Last update: 01/11/2011