- Jun 14, 2018
Back then, whenever I opened a door to someone conducting a survey for a certain product or service, I immediately thought: “Poor dear/dude. Doing this in the heat of the midday sun/chill of the winter wind/general boring circumstance of whatever season.” I had no idea they were getting paid (maybe sufficiently, maybe not) for knocking on my door and asking me if I can spare them a bit of my time.
Now, I know how it feels. Though I haven’t knocked on any doors (at least literally), I do know how it feels to fill out surveys and get paid for it! There’s a new paid survey site that I have yet to try though, and it’s called I-Say. Not sure what to make of it yet, but this Ipsos I-Say review will hopefully get to the bottom line of whether it’s a legit survey site, or if it’s a scam that shouldn’t be given the time of day.
First things first - what is it?
I-Say, powered by the global market research company Ipsos, is an online rewards site that aims to give its members “a voice”. This voice is all about opinions on their corporate partners’ products and services, which are available to be filled out via paid surveys. Members basically get paid to be opinionated by using the site’s point system. These points can then be redeemed for various gift vouchers available on their Rewards menu, or if you’re feeling charitable, as donations to your preferred charitable organization.
How long has it been around?
...long enough to have 10 million members (or so the site’s homepage proclaims). Its mother company, Ipsos, is itself founded in 1975, claiming to conduct more than 70 million interviews a year for thousands of clients in over a hundred countries.
As I said, impressive stats - so what do they need us for? Kidding aside, the site and others similar to it value members’ opinions because they help shape new products, innovations, and services for everyone else all over the world.
Does it pay well?
A hundred points earned in this site equals a dollar. You can get a cashout via PayPal for $10 once you reach 1000 points, which is pretty doable if you accomplish a couple of surveys in a day. If you can’t wait around for a cash-out, though, there are many more options for redeeming points via gift checks and vouchers. Amazon , Target, and Starbucks are just some of the more popular retailers whose GCs are available for instant delivery once you meet their target earned points (most can be redeemed once you reach 500 points).
Surprisingly, the site also gives the option of donating earnings to several charitable institutions such as Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, and other notable organizations. I think that’s pretty awesome.
Is registration free?
Yes, registration is free, and earned points will not expire as long as you are an active member (or panelist, as these sites like to call us).
How do I start earning extra income from Ipsos I-Say?
An Ipsos survey can earn you between five to 250 points, depending on its length and complexity. According to I-Say’s Rewards Highlights page, members typically average four surveys in a month, which, TBH doesn’t sound like a lot.
Still, there seem to be plenty of surveys for the picking. There’s a dashboard where you can see all the available surveys you potentially match with, along with the estimated times it could take to finish them, as well as how many points you can possibly earn. Of course, you probably won’t qualify for all the available surveys, and may even get screened out right in the middle of accomplishing one.
There’s also a loyalty program in place which rewards you extra points the longer you stay an active panelist, and the more surveys you complete.
How soon do I get paid?
You can expect gift cards and paper vouchers to be delivered to your doorstep via regular mail in about four weeks. Their electronic counterparts are immediately emailed.
Ipsos I-Say, hey hey hey hey yeah (what’s going on?)! Joking (and bad lip-syncing aside), the legitimacy of this paid survey site relies a lot on how long it’s been around. Aside from that, there are plenty of issues being raised by members and ex-members alike. These include not being qualified for most of the surveys, thus reducing the number of surveys (and points earned) in a certain period - along with getting screened out while in the middle of answering it which is always annoying. Another commonly raised issue among members is the seemingly random blocking of accounts. Granted, this is not new to a paid survey site, and I-Say does state in their website that they reserve the right to remove a panelist without further notice, in case any violation of their terms and conditions is detected.
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Are you currently a panelist over at Ipsos I-Say? How are you finding the experience? Please tell us more, and feature proof of payment so we’ll get an idea if it’s worth a shot!
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