My Personal BigSpot Review

by Spencer Mitchell on October 23, 2012

WARNING: I do NOT recommend BigSpot.

I highly recommend that you join Ipsos I-Say instead because it’s a MUCH better-paying survey panel.

Big Spot is yet another paid online survey site that has gained in popularity in recent years, mainly due to its TV commercials.  Having signed up for Big Spot, I will tell you that it’s free (as all legitimate paid survey sites are) – but that is where the similarities end.  Here’s what I discovered in doing my Big Spot review:

Does BigSpot Really Work?

Big Spot is not your average survey site in that they themselves do not actually host the surveys.

They’re actually a portal to other sites where you can do surveys.  These other sites can range from honest and legitimate paid online surveys to outright scams.  Big Spot collects and posts them all.  While that may seem convenient (all the survey sites in one place), there’s a steep price to pay for this convenience:  your personal information.

BigSpot makes its money (and can therefore afford to buy up airtime for TV commercials) by selling your personal information to advertisers.  After you create an account with them, they’ll present you with paid survey links.  You can spend time filling out these surveys, only to learn at the end that, for whatever reason, “you’re not qualified.”  Your time has just been wasted and you’ve gotten nothing for it, but Big Spot certainly has.  Many of these surveys ask for what advertisers consider a goldmine of demographic information, like your age, gender, where you live, how much money you make, whether you’re married or single, and so forth.

The Sneaky, Slimy Legal Loophole

Of course, it’s against the law to sell your personal contact information to others without your express permission, so how does Big Spot get around this?  They tell you that you’ve qualified to receive an exclusive offer of some kind, or they ask if you’d like to receive other money-making opportunities.  If you take any kind of action on these offers, you’ve essentially released your personal information out to the masses of hungry advertisers and marketers – who will then likely inundate you with spam and other junk.  Don’t be surprised if you start getting tons of telemarketer calls, junk mail and other nonsense.

Parents – Keep an Eye on Your Children

It’s also worth noting that many teenagers will look to survey sites as a way of earning some extra money.  Big Spot knows this and has targeted some of its ads to  TV channels popular among teenages.  Parents should be very diligent about monitoring their child’s online activity and working with them to come up with ways that they can make money other than by using Big Spot.  A thorough article from Examiner.com offers helpful information on avoiding teenage work scams and may be something you want to check out.

You don’t want your personal information (or your child’s information) being sold without your consent, or strange offers coming in the mail suddenly being targeted to your children.  What’s more, Big Spot only accepts applications from users 18 years of age and older. There are other, ethical paid survey sites Bigspot.com Logothat will accept users as young as 14.  Check out some of my other reviews to see which options are available for younger folks.

Users Not Getting Paid?

On some Big Spot review sites, users will offer their honest opinions about the service.  Many users had tried Big Spot and had earned money through its linked sites, only to find that, when it came time to get paid, their account mysteriously vanished.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Although there’s no way to say with absolute certainty that these people never got paid, Big Spot can continually play a “don’t shoot the messenger” game while acting as the innocent middle-man.   The only recourse that scammed, spammed Big Spot users have is to voice their complaints on sites like this, as well as other survey watchdog websites, and warn others.

You can see their poor reviews in this screenshot:

Bigspot review screenshot

Is There Any Reason to Sign Up?

Obviously, BigSpot would be shut down tomorrow if they were doing anything highly unethical.  They do tell you, in their terms of service, that doing market research surveys will help you make money.  But because they aren’t the ones hosting the survey or conducting it, you’ll soon realize that every site they link to has its own terms, conditions, rules, regulations and requirements.

For what little bit of money you can potentially make, I feel it’s simply too many flaming hoops to jump through.  There are far better paid survey sites out there that don’t sell your personal information and pay you for your time and honest work.

If you’re looking for legitimate work from home opportunities through paid surveys – whether for yourself or a loved one, I encourage you to check out my top rated survey sites, including Ipsos I-Say and Tellwut. You may also want to read this article from GSA.gov.  Each one compensates you fairly, offers a wide range of surveys to take, and gives you redeemable points or rewards that are worth working toward.

Survey Spencer’s Bottom Line:

With so many honest choices available, there’s no reason to honestly recommend Big Spot paid surveys on any level.  Your time and effort are better spent elsewhere with companies who truly do respect your time and value your opinion. I hope this review has helped you make a more confident decision!

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