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Service: Ipsos i-Say
Ease of Use: 8/10
Realistic chance of making money: 6/10
Overall rating: 6.5/10
What is Ipsos i-Say?
Have you ever been frustrated with online surveys that cut out on you half-way through or never end up paying you for the work you did? Unfortunately, Ipsos i-Say is not a whole lot better than them but it does still have a couple of advantages over the out-and-out scams.
Of course, being the best of a bad bunch doesn’t say much about them, but if you want to earn money from solely surveys then this is most likely the site for it.
i-Say is a part of the larger company, Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm. Ipsos was founded in 1975 and is the third largest survey-based research firm. Ipsos i-Say is an online survey site that offers regular surveys which gift you i-Say points for completing surveys that can be redeemed for online gift vouchers.
The amount of points you earn generally depends on the length of the survey, which can be anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour. You can also be invited to take part in testing new products or recording spending diaries for extra points.
Ipsos i-Say review: Signing up/joining:
Signing up is very simple, all it takes is basic information like your name, date of birth and country of residence. From there you just need to enter a valid email that you can be contacted through to receive news about the latest surveys and opportunities to earn points. That is pretty much that as far as the initial sign up is concerned!
Ipsos i-Say review: Pros and Cons
Like all online survey sites, there are a host of pros and cons that go with Ipsos i-Say, but I’ll only mention the most important here.
Pro No.1: Professional feel
i-Say has a great site layout that makes you feel much more comfortable than those dodgy backwater looking sites that are full of ads, which is always a bonus.
But seriously, it is clear from the beginning that this site is what it says it is.
Once you have signed up and got going, i-Say is very easy to navigate and you will learn where all the important features are very quickly.
You have a panel that clearly shows you any surveys you have available and what they are worth in points, which is more or less all you need, and a menu tab above that allows you to manage your account and redeem points for money.
Pro No.2: You actually get surveys
A lot of other survey sites out there never even send you any surveys. You sign up, connect your email, and just sit around waiting for ages with no results. With i-Say, you get consistent surveys sent out to you every couple of days. They won’t be flooding in, but you’ll get them often enough to keep you satisfied.
The length and value of the surveys you’ll get will definitely fluctuate- you can get surveys for 200 points sent to you in the same week that you get a survey worth 20 points.
Pro No.3: You get compensated when you don’t match for a survey
I can’t tell you how much of an advantage this is over the competitors!
There is no feeling more annoying than signing up to a survey site and waiting weeks to get a survey sent to you only to get kicked off the survey halfway through with nothing to show for your hard work because of some excuse like ‘we already have enough participants with similar profiles’.
Anyone who has given surveys a go will know exactly what I am talking about- it happens to us with 99% of the surveys we take. i-Say is a little bit different. True, you can still get declined from surveys once you have started them, but with i-Say you actually get points for your effort.
Sometimes you can literally spend 30 seconds on a survey before you are declined, but you might still be rewarded 15 points for your interest. And these points really do add up over time.
Con No.1: Not enough survey opportunities
Sure, as I mentioned you get surveys consistently, but that doesn’t mean you get lots of surveys. In fact, you really don’t get a whole lot of surveys at all.
It’s fine if you forget about them in the first place so that anything you get feels like a bonus, but if you’re sat around waiting for surveys then you are going to find yourself disappointed.
I would advise you to sign up but not hold your breath waiting for them. That way they actually seem to come more often.
Con No.2: You get declined from surveys
This goes hand in hand with one of the pros really. Although you do get compensated nicely for your efforts when you are declined midway through a survey, the fact still remains that you will often get declined midway through a survey.
It can be frustrating to be stuck with 5 points for ‘your interest’ in the survey rather than the 100 points you were promised to get if you did end up completing the survey.
Con No.3: No points for completing surveys
This was the main annoyance for me. After a while with Ipsos i-Say I was still receiving regular surveys, but the reward for completing surveys changed.
Instead of being rewarded with real points (AKA real cash) I was rewarded for my work with an entry into a prize draw.
This just felt insufficient and annoying for the work I was putting in, as I knew it was likely I wouldn’t actually end up winning anything. These surveys seemed to stop after a while for me though- maybe i-Say detected that I wasn’t as interested in them.
Con No.4: Bad customer support
I found Ipsos to be a decent site, however many others have had difficulties that customer support somehow failed to fix1 such as:
Closing down accounts before they were able to cash out on thousands of points. (Doesn’t seem coincidental to me).
Failing to reward people for surveys.
Failing to reply to complaints and questions over emails.
Con No.5: Surveys take longer than they should
Sometimes a survey might be predicted at 15 minutes but end up taking 30. You’ll still get the same amount of points, which is frustrating as it can work out to measly hourly rates.
So definitely be wary and make sure you know what you are getting into before you sign up!
Ipsos i-Say review: My personal experience:
I had already used survey programs like SurveyCompare and MySurvey but both of these were becoming more and more fishy the more I used them.
I actually can’t remember where I heard about Ipsos i-Say but I had a look into it and was impressed by its professional feel so gave it a go.
My initial thoughts was that this was going to be the same old story (looks good at first but eventually falls through and is an obvious scam), but I found over the next few weeks that they did seem to be legitimate.
Over the last couple months or so I have made £20 with Ipsos i-Say. Not earth shattering amounts, I know, but for me it is a confirmation that this site can work and does pay out on their promises.
I personally have enjoyed using i-Say, and based off of my own experience I would recommend trying it, however don’t think that you will earn much.
Ipsos i-Say review: What do other people say?
However, what was surprising was what a lot of people online were saying about it. I hadn’t had a bad experience using it and I thought it was definitely the best option out there, but it seems like a lot of people actually have had really terrible experiences with using i-Say.
Many people were actually really wronged by this company, which again came as a surprise. I guess the best thing to do would be compare my review with what other people are saying, and in the end just try it out yourself. Here are some links to some other good reviews of Ipsos i-Say out there.
Ipsos i-Say review: Final thoughts
Overall, it appears that Ipsos i-Say isn’t everything it is cracked up to be, however is definitely a site that will pay out once you earn the sufficient points. Since it is so easy to sign up, I would recommend creating an account and seeing what happens.
Could be that you end up earning loads of points in barely any time, or you might not receive a single email notifying you that a survey is available. You don’t have anything to lose, so why not give it a go?
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