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GLG... are these guys legit, or scammers?

ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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I'm curious... does anyone here belong to GLG (glg.it), and filled out some of their IT surveys for them? If so, did you actually get paid for them?

I signed up, but I'm starting to think that it's a scam. So far, I got two survey invitations saying that they're going to pay me $40 to complete an IT survey for them. They then ask me about 20 questions about myself and where I work, only to tell me that I "don't qualify" for the survey.

So, basically they collected a bunch of good demographic information on me, and I didn't get shit in return. And then they have the gall to ask me to invite my friends for a referral bonus... screw that. Pay me for my time first, and then I'll think about inviting my friends and co-workers.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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$40? Your privacy goes cheap :^D
It's not really uniquely identifiable stuff. More like what industry you're in, how big the company is, and what your job role is.

Something tells me that if I lied and said that I was the friggin CTO of the company with a 500 million dollar annual budget, I might actually "qualify" for the survey and get paid.
 

KB

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They said they would pay you then didn’t, thats definately a scam, even if they only scammed you.
 
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ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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They said they would pay you then didn’t, thats definately a scam, even if they only scammed you.
Well... they said that they would pay me if I "completed" the survey. Technically, they didn't let me complete it.
 

lxskllr

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Just me musing... $40 is a lot of money /per person/. Is that kind of data more valuable than they can buy from facebook for pennies? I'm sure it's more valuable, but $39.90 more valuable?! I'm skeptical. Sounds like a get money for nothing scam to me.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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Just me musing... $40 is a lot of money /per person/. Is that kind of data more valuable than they can buy from facebook for pennies? I'm sure it's more valuable, but $39.90 more valuable?! I'm skeptical. Sounds like a get money for nothing scam to me.
They want specific stuff, though... like "Give us your thoughts on BrandX network switches"
 

Ns1

No Lifer
Jun 17, 2001
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Just me musing... $40 is a lot of money /per person/. Is that kind of data more valuable than they can buy from facebook for pennies? I'm sure it's more valuable, but $39.90 more valuable?! I'm skeptical. Sounds like a get money for nothing scam to me.
there are a lot of legit survey companies out there that do pay real money. So it's certainly possible, but I'd imagine the $40 payment is limited to people matching very specific criteria.
 

GagHalfrunt

Lifer
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there are a lot of legit survey companies out there that do pay real money. So it's certainly possible, but I'd imagine the $40 payment is limited to people matching very specific criteria.
That. The legit survey companies that pay only pay for really useful information from people with informed opinions about very very specific subjects. No unemployed dog groomers are getting paid $40 to randomly click buttons on the pros/cons of setting up an Asian subsidiary for advanced data mining of the mid-east banking sector. Any legit survey company is going to have really really strict criteria so that only qualified candidates participate. The fact that you're getting weeded out is, if anything, a good sign that they are legit. If they were interested in milking you for free info you'd qualify for everything, take 100 surveys and then not get paid.
 
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Ns1

No Lifer
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No unemployed dog groomers are getting paid $40 to randomly click buttons on the pros/cons of setting up an Asian subsidiary for advanced data mining of the mid-east banking sector.
this would probably pay 75 cents through e-rewards.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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there are a lot of legit survey companies out there that do pay real money. So it's certainly possible, but I'd imagine the $40 payment is limited to people matching very specific criteria.
I'd like to think that my time is worth something, though. I don't want to spend 10 hours filling our surveys only to find out that I "qualify" for 1 or 2 of them and get a whopping $4-8 an hour for the time. That takes away from my quality neffing time here!

For example, the G2 Crowd used to give out $25 Amazon gift cards for reviewing Enterprise software products. That was worthwhile, since I could write a good product review in under 30 minutes.
 

Ns1

No Lifer
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e-rewards tells you the amount you can earn up front, and then there's usually a quick 30s prescreener to see if you're eligible, then the real survey.

Of course the caveat is that you don't actually get cash with e-rewards, just redeem for points or gift cards.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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Update: I was finally able to complete my first server (on server hardware, something I know well).

I wonder when I'll get my $40...
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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OK, I've lost my patience with these jerks. They sent me another "15 minute" cloud services survey with a $30 reward where they asked me about 25 multi-part "qualifying" questions, only to tell me that I didn't qualify.

I call bullshit on that one. I basically completed that survey for them for free. The next time these guys send me an e-mail, it's getting marked as spam.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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Get a real job
I already have one! I was only trying to do this for some extra spending money. I think that I tried filling out 6 surveys in total, only "qualified" for 2 of them, and only got paid for completing one of them. So, yeah, don't waste your time with these guys.
 

Not So Mild

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So let's see:

You've been working on this for 13 weeks now. Going with a standard work week of 40 hrs/wk, and given that you made $40 for all of this, you've earned ~$0.077/hr taking surveys. Yeah, you weren't constantly taking surveys, so I'd say this was an easy $0.07, but for that pay (and assuming you actually GET paid), I'd consider this a huge scam.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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So let's see:

You've been working on this for 13 weeks now. Going with a standard work week of 40 hrs/wk, and given that you made $40 for all of this, you've earned ~$0.077/hr taking surveys. Yeah, you weren't constantly taking surveys, so I'd say this was an easy $0.07, but for that pay (and assuming you actually GET paid), I'd consider this a huge scam.
I'd say that my actual time spent taking the surveys (including reading the e-mails... I got a lot of crap I didn't even remotely qualify for) was about 5 hours. So, yeah, I made about $8 an hour total. I probably would have been better off trying to collect cans on the side of the road... at least I would have got some exercise.
 

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