Advantages You can RESEARCH PRODUCTS and EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS (by surveys, reviews and comments on other reviews); develop (virtual) friendships with (opinionated) people and EARN MONEY!
Disadvantages make yourself vulnerable; never get rich
"Wanted - Opinionated People" - yes, that was the advert that caught my attention (did it catch yours?) on the17th of October 2002. It arrived in an e-mail from "MyPoints.com" and it was offering both a chance to earn money by answering surveys for "Ciao!com - the voice of the consumer" and to gain "points" with "MyPoints" - truly an offer I could not refuse.
Yes, that's right, I joined. The "Ciao!" member "jesi" started to receive regular offers of surveys to answer, and receive varying amounts of money for surveys started (sometimes 10p or 15p) - or larger sums for surveys actually completed. These are credited to an account in your username, and can be "claimed" at some point when your minimum balance exceeds £5.
As you are reading this review, you know what my response to that advert was.
I would answer the surveys quickly as they arrived while checking my e-mails; it was quite a while before I discovered that you could override "cookie-handling" on your computer and let your computer store a cookie* that would let you enter a previously "inaccessible" site. It was still uncomfortable reading the orange pages, so I generally ignored offers to login. In my first 16 months as a member, just doing surveys, I earned £9.85. As I never logged in, however, I was unaware of this figure.
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