Opinion Place Review: Should You Join This Survey Panel?

by Spencer Mitchell on January 28, 2013

I joined this site a few days ago and thought I’d post my “Survey Spencer approved” Opinion Place review to give you the lowdown on this panel.

But first, a little back story on the site to give you a better idea of what you’re signing up for. First of all, the panel started in its current online form in 2000 (actually they used to be part of AOL back when that was how most people got online. They wisely switched to a world wide web-focused site a few years ago…although they still have a presence on AOL for the 7 people that still use it).

While age alone doesn’t tell you a whole lot about a survey panel, it’s an important indicator (that’s because most fly by night survey site scams shut down after word gets out about their scammer ways).  I also noticed that the site was free to join.

Digging deeper I noticed that they’re owned and operated by a parent company, USamp. They seem to be a legit company as they’re listed in both the Inc. 500 and Forbes Most Promising Companies list.

Although there’s definitely a few more things I could have looked into to stay on the safe side, my gut told me this site was at the very least safe to join. So if you’re asking yourself “is opinion place legit?”, you have your answer.

Here’s What Happened When I Joined Opinion Place…

When you go to their homepage you’re treated with a cartoony page that looks something like this:

Opinion Place Screenshot

I clicked on the “get started” button and was asked to choose my rewards right away. I have to admit I’ve never seen this before. I’m not sure why they want me to pick my rewards before I’ve taken a single survey.

Another interesting sign-up wrinkle: I was able to opt-out of email survey invitations. Personally I love getting invitations sent to my email because it saves me time. Before email invites were the norm I had to sign into all of my survey panel accounts one-by-one and see if I was eligible for any surveys that day. Needless to say it was a pain!

That being said, maybe you have an overflowing inbox and don’t want to make it worse. If that’s the case then make sure NOT to click on the “Click here if you want to receive emails when new surveys are available for you.” box when you sign up.

With most panels you confirm your email and read a bunch of boring terms and conditions legal jargon. This wasn’t the case with Opinion Place!

Before I could even say “I’m in!” I was already taking a survey.  I was also informed that they abide by the guidelines of “major U.S. survey industry organizations”, although oddly, the link they posted to the organizations they belong to didn’t work.

Then it was time to open up a bit and let them know my household income, how many kids I had, whether or not I was the primary decision maker of the household etc.

Once I did that I was asked to promise that I’d make an effort to complete the surveys they send me accurately and honestly (no problem!). Oh, and they offer this nifty feature called Quick Start that basically gives them permission to save your demographic information in their database. In case you’re concerned about your personal information, they assure their members that everything is kept confidential. This way, when you’re invited to a survey, you don’t need to fill out the same information over and over again.

Unfortunately I wasn’t matched to any survey. As a consolation prize I was able to enter on of their sweepstakes drawings and told there may be something available for me tomorrow.

Rewards System

As I alluded to earlier, you choose the rewards you want during the sign-up process. However, this decision isn’t set in stone. If you later want PayPal credits (not cash) or American Airlines Miles, you can send them a message and they’ll change it up for you.

I found the payments to be pretty fair. I received an invitation a few days after signing up that was worth $5 and took about 15 minutes from start to finish.  Not bad! Even better, they estimated that it would take around 20-minutes…which is right on the money!

And I was absolutely floored to find out that the site doesn’t have any minimum whatsoever! I know that’s nothing to get too excited about, but it’s a feature that I’d like every panel to adopt (nothing’s worse than being a few dollars or points away from cashing out and not receiving an invitation for WEEKS). However, it takes about a month to receive any of their trio of rewards options.

Problems With This Site

I don’t want to be a negative Nancy, but I’d be doing a disservice to my Survey Spencer readers by not pointing out some of Opinion Place’s shortcomings.

But I do want to be clear that although the panel isn’t perfect there’s definitely no Opinion Place scam to be worried about. The site isn’t going to steal and sell your personal information or trick you into paying a membership fee.

Unlike buzzing panels like iPoll and MySurvey, the invitations at Opinion Place very, very sparse. I’m talking once per week! And I usually qualify for more surveys than most because my wife and I are homeowners with 2 kids. This is an issue that I’ve wrestled with as a member of Pinecone Research.

Bottom Line

I’d be hard pressed to recommend this site considering how sparse their invitations are. In fact, considering they have a policy in place that says you can only qualify for a survey once per week I’d recommend spending your time elsewhere.

However, I’ll update this Opinion Place review if things change and they increase the number of invitations that they send out.

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