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Spedia ...the surfbar everyone loves to hate

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24.02.2001

Advantages:
actually pays, nice surfbar, also earn by signing up offers, do pay

Disadvantages:
naughty naughty  -  cancel members accounts, surfbar doesn't count accurately

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Spedia.net are one of the oldest 'Paid to Surf' bars still in existence - but iit is the company everyone loves to hate.

Why? Well they have a habit of cancelling users' accounts - just because they are due to get a cheque.
Customer service is non existent - just try emailing them and see how long it takes.
The Spedia Bar is notoriously 'glitchy', never counting your full time on line despite it telling you that you hsave to actively surf - i.e not stay on the same web page for more than one minute. Do that and the bar still fails to record your full time. After you've got 15 points it stops recording at all until - if you're lucky - you click on an advertising banner, then it might...repeat, might start counting again.

But despite all this people still use Spedia, the company do pay out cheques - I've received two from them myself and know others that have as well.

They announced back in September that they had INCREASED their current surftime rate to 60 cents an hour - astonishing compared to most of the other sites that have troubles and reduced rates to almost nothing! This was quickly clipped to 49c an hour (and bear in mind you don't get your full surfing credit!) and more recently at the end of January to 30c an hour.

In the light of the downturn in ad revenue all the 'Paid to' companies are experiencing, it's lucky that the company are still going at all. Users hate them, like I said, but many throughout the world stick with them, because basically what else is there? Competitors like All Advantage have gone bust, Desktop Dollars and Cashurfers pay around 5 cents an hour, UK Company Cashfiesta sternly refuse to show ads to UK members because they only currently have advertisers interesting in reaching US customers. Add to this new companies that spring up, offer big rates - and disappear just as fast. Remember Catpile, MValue, ePaybar, Guidespace, Surf something or other - you know the ones.

It's so disheartening for anyone looking to earn from the net out there at present - that's why Ciao is so popular of course.

But back to Spedia and I have logged up 1800 points this month and it has been converted to over $10 which is pretty good if you compare it the other existing PFS companies, I mentioned above. Minimum amount needed to get a cheque is $30 - they only pay in US $ - but they take off $4 for issuing a cheque to 'foreigners' like us.

There are other ways to earn with this program, like signing up for programs, but they never seem to credit you for ALL the ones you sign for. Another less than endearing point against Spedia.

So there you have it - without much competition, Spedia is the one - virtually the only one - that you could rely on to earn a cheque from. But then plenty of people will also tell you that you cannot use the words 'rely' and 'Spedia' in the same sentence! Good Luck

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JeffreyB 13.08.2006 01:21

I'll give them a miss.

ElizaF 12.09.2004 23:41

Ah, so that is what they are all about :) xx E.

Kink2000 25.04.2004 20:45

The points are all wrong...i've shuld have 2 hours worth but only have 30 minutes worth....any suggestions???

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This review of spedia.net has been rated:

"very helpful" by (98%):

  1. Fazel
  2. DJ_Deano
  3. caseyd

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  1. hamlet639

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