People often end turning to surveys because they sound like such an easy way of making money. After all, you need no experience to get started and there is almost no setup required. Jason White’s Take Surveys for Cash is one example of a site that tries to cash in on this trend – and it is more scammy than most.
Jason might call himself a king of paid surveys – but that doesn’t make it true. I mean honestly, it’s a completely made-up term. The term is also a really good example of manipulation, something you see a lot of on the Take Surveys for Cash site.
The video on the sales page offers ‘proof’ that Jason is earning large amounts of money from surveys. It doesn’t prove anything though. All it shows is him opening payments from a couple of survey companies.
They may well be legitimate letters (although some of the figures could have been changed), but even if they are unaltered, they don’t prove anything.
The fact is that yes, you can earn money from online surveys. I don’t dispute that. However, it is a time-consuming task and it doesn’t pay that well. For example, most online survey sites offer relatively few surveys at a time, and you can often end up waiting days or weeks to get a single new survey. At the same time, you really don’t earn that much from a single survey.
That’s not what Jason implies though. Instead, he suggests that you can make $500 from a single survey.
There are so many problems with this claim that I don’t know where to start. To me, it looks like what he needed to learn in order to make big bucks was something called PHOTOSHOP. lol.
For one thing – most survey companies aren’t going to send out a check for $3.00. That’s just a waste of their time and yours. Cashing out after a single survey is also a pretty strange approach. In fact, most survey companies have a minimum level that you have to reach before they will pay you out at all.
Here’s another piece of manipulation:
This makes it look like he is constantly getting sent invitations to high paying surveys. However, he’s cut off the date information, so we can’t see how often these actually come. Additionally, he could well be deleting any emails that don’t fit into his criteria.
What about the emails themselves?
I’ve actually seen similar emails when reviewing survey companies. They look great – but you don’t often get what they are advertising. Often the survey might give you $150 worth of sweepstakes entries, instead of actual money. Alternatively, they might only need a handful of people for the survey, so you get screened out almost immediately.
The funny thing is that Jason talks about getting $500 survey offers every day, yet there isn’t even a single $500 offer in the emails that he shows. I’m not surprised though. After all, the number 500 was probably just picked because it sounds good.
The whole idea here is that you pay $39 to get access to Jason’s program. That program offers these four ‘features’.
The first two basically mean that you will be recommended to other survey companies and you will end up filling out their surveys. Judging by the inbox that Jason highlighted, he probably has members sign up to a large number of different companies. After all, there is no indication anywhere that Take Surveys for Cash actually offers surveys of its own.
That’s the thing. You are paying to access surveys that you could have accessed for free anyway. Most survey companies are free to sign up, so why pay money? Especially when you don’t even know what Jason is really offering? Plus, I've seen this type of program offered through different portals…and they never really work out that well. Sometimes you get stuck in a “survey signup loop” where you spend more time signing up for companies that complete surveys.
The step-by-step instructions could be useful, but they might not be as well. Personally, I suspect that they aren’t very useful. After all, the entire site seems to be built on manipulation. Finally, the gifts sound good, but there is a strong chance that they aren’t actually what is advertised either.
When it comes down to it, the reality isn’t all that much demand for people to fill out surveys, but a lot of people wanting to fill out surveys. So, there are a ton of companies out there that offer surveys, but all of them have pretty low payouts per survey and there is a lot of work involved.
Even if you get a great company that offers lots of surveys, you still end up spending a lot of time for little reward. After all, you will find yourself frequently completing partial surveys just to get screened out of the main survey and earn nothing.
The worst thing about survey companies is that you have no control.
You can only do the surveys that the companies send you and you’ll often find yourself waiting a considerable amount of time for these. Likewise, you have to accumulate points to cash out, which can also take time.
The question is: why do any of this? There are more effective ways to earn money, ones that put you firmly in control of a real business. Starting an online business these days requires a lot less money and time than a traditional business, and you can learn the steps of how to create one from your computer at home. It's a much better use of your time since you can make great, consistent income rather than ‘pocket change' that survey websites offer.
I don't believe for a second that someone can earn $500 per survey. Do you?