Market promotes itself as a ‘rewarding experience’, a way to earn rewards for taking surveys. To make the process seem more appealing, the site highlights three specific benefits that it offers:
It’s true that you do tend to earn rewards for taking surveys, which is the whole point of signing up for the company. However, the idea that surveys are fun, or that you learn new things, isn’t really accurate.
Yes, surveys can be kind of fun if you do them rarely and if they aren’t too long. But, when you start doing a lot of drawn-out surveys, they start getting old fast – and to actually earn money from surveys, you do need to do a lot of them.
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For the most part, the site for Global Test Market looks and feels professional. However, there were a few little things that seemed a little odd. For example, the site had a link to learn more about the new website.
I assume the company changed their website recently. However, clicking on the link just gave me this:
When you use survey sites to earn money, you have to rely on the site a lot. Having to rely heavily on sites that can’t even get the basics right is a concerning practice, so issues like the one above are actually significant.
Another example from the website is the mobile app that it promotes. When they work right, mobile apps can be cool from survey companies. They can make the survey process a little less stressful and a bit more interesting.
However, in the case of this site, the links for the app off the site don’t actually work. That’s another indication that the site isn’t all that reliable. Now, the app itself does exist if you go to the Google Play or iTunes app store.
The app only scored three stars out of five, and honestly, I’m surprised it scored that high.
While the app works fine, it’s almost entirely redundant because almost all of the surveys for the company are available on the website only.
Money and Rewards
For most people, the point of signing up for a site like this is to earn either money or rewards. The site does offer a gift catalog, ranging from 110 MarketPoints and up. Now, these are points that you earn from doing surveys across the site.
The rewards list includes magazine subscriptions, gift certificates, and money in PayPal. The amount of points varies considerably, and the most appealing rewards tend to cost more. For example, it costs 240 points for a $10 PayPal reward, but only 180 for a gift certificate to MLB.com.
Additionally, the company has a minimum of around 1,000 points. Even though many of their rewards are less than 1,000 points, you still have to have that much in your account to cash out.
The rewards sound nice, but you still have to earn enough points to actually get one of the rewards. That’s where the challenge comes in.
In the case of Global Test Market, surveys have one of two outcomes. Either you get points from the survey, or you get entries into the sweepstakes. Sweepstakes entries are beyond frustrating because you don’t have any real idea of your odds of winning. You can’t even tell whether the company is being honest in the drawing.
With this site, you only get to see one survey at a time. That system gives you no chance to pick which surveys are the best in terms of time versus money.
On the plus side, the site does reward you with points or sweepstakes entries (depending on the survey) if you screen out of a survey – and you will end up screening out of many of them.
For example, I started this survey once I had joined the site:
I spent around five minutes filling out the different parts of the survey and then got screened out. Getting screened out early on makes sense, but getting screened out so far into the survey just feels manipulative.
I’m not the only person who’s had a bad experience with the site. Survey Police rated the site at just under three stars, across 339 individual reviews from users. Many of the reviewers found similar issues to me.
Overall, making money through surveys is always a challenging task. Even if you find a good company, it tends to be time-consuming and you are earning very little for the time you put in. Yet, there are ways of earning money online that don’t take as much time for so little reward.