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Recently, I have seen many commercials for the website - BigSpot.com. According to the website, many companies want to pay for consumers opinions on various products and you need to get your share! My sister-in-law asked me for my opinion of the website, so I decided to check it out and put my opinion here.

First, I visited www.BigSpot.com. There was a short form to fill out with my name, age, email address and a few other things. After I entered in the requested demographics, it asked to sign me up with Ispos I-say and MyPoints, both of which are legitimate survey companies, so I agreed.

When I went to the next page, I had the option of signing up for some other survey sites and some "offers" which I try to stay away from. Some of these offers included a chance to get free samples, an opportunity to save on new AT&T phones, free shipping on an Overstock order and more. I didn't check the box next to any of these, not even the survey sites, because I wanted to see what would happen next.

Next, I was brought to a survey database page at www.SurveyPayoff.com. I thought it was odd that the URL changed. The list of recommended survey companies were NPD Research Panel, SurveySpot Panel, i-Say Survey Panel, Global Test Market Panel, Lightspeed Research Panel, My Survey Panel, Valued Opinions Panel, Quality Survey Panel, E-Poll Research Panel, Greenfield Survey Panel, eSearch Survey Panel and Survey Savvy Panel. I'm sure that all of these survey companies are legitimate, except for the Quality Survey Panel, which says Quality Health on the website. The Quality Panel (or Quality Health) may or may not be legit; I have no experience with them. The rest of the survey companies that I listed are legitimate.

My first question when I saw this website was "How do they make their money?" Well, I found the answer to that pretty quickly. First of all, the page with offers is one way they make money. Anytime someone completes one of those offers, whoever owns that website gets some type of commission. Second, I noticed that when I clicked the links for the recommended survey companies, the URL contained a referral code. So, anytime someone signs up for that survey company through that link, they will either get money or extra points they can redeem for money or prizes later.

Final Verdict - You can sign up for the survey companies via BigSpot.com if you want to, but don't bother with the "offers". Those aren't worth your time. You can find links to these legitimate survey companies in many places, including Home Jobs for Mom. At least BigSpot.com and SurveyPayoff.com didn't charge for the list; I see that very often on other websites. You should never pay money to sign up with survey companies or to get a list of websites.

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-- 1/21/10 -- how long does it take to get started and get paid? ~Barbara T.

-- 1/22/10 -- Barbara, I really do not know. The purpose of this page is to communicate my opinion that survey sites are a decent use of your time, whether or not you find the survey companies on BigSpot or not. Sites where you get paid to complete offers are not usually lucrative for most people. I have a very complete and informative list of survey companies here - http://www.homejobsformom.com/surveys You would be hard pressed to find a more extensive list anywhere else. ~Sarah Hoffman

-- 10/28/14 -- You can actually take surveys with Bigspot.com. They pay better than 95% of all the survey sites, although you have to accumulate $50 before you can cashout with paypal. You can cashout for amazon gift cards after you accumulate $25 dollars... good site. ~Gary

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