Is this "get paid to evaluate items" a scam?
Hi there. I recently came across an ad on craigslist to try out new products and evaluate them and get paid.
I asked for more information and asked a few questions. This is the response I got:
The first thing to be aware of is that there is NO SIGNUP FEE or any other cost to get started doing this - I'll never ask you for a cent. You can basically start up and do this for as long or as little as you want since there are no strict schedules to abide by. I have actually been doing this for over 2 years and recently discovered that a simple post like the one you replied to is an excellent resource for finding people who can really benefit from this type of project. Like I said earlier I can pay you same-day payments if you want to use Paypal or I can send you money orders. If we go the money order route, please be aware I send them on the 1st and 15th of the month and those payments cover all earnings up to the day I send them out.
One thing I feel should be made clear right from the beginning here is that a LOT of people have figured out ways to scam these offer companies by making up fake names or using their friends' names to keep doing the same exact offers an unlimited number of times. Because of this, many of the more interesting offers will require that you prove your identity in some manner which might consist of providing a valid credit card that matches the name and address you are submitting to them. This is so they can instantly verify that you're a "real person" and not using a stolen or fake name. The terms will vary from offer to offer since each offer is owned and operated by a different company. Some of them will NOT require this at all, and you get to choose which offers you want to participate in so this should not be an issue. You never get told you must complete a specific offer and you always get to review their full set of terms and conditions before you decide to participate in any offer.
I'd like to take this time to sum up the 3 most common types of offers you are going to encounter on all of the sites that I do business with...
-First type: Offers that don't require ANY proof of identification from you, or any cards on file. These offers generally take up large amounts of your time and pay very little to the sites I work with, which means they'd be worth very little to you in the long run. Most people who try these very quickly see why the other offers are more popular among people who don't want to spend all day long on the computer.
-Second type: Offers that require you to place a card on file, but are still free and have no shipping charges. They do this so they know you aren't the same person who did their offer in the past under a different name. They only want each person doing each offer ONE time, ever. These are by far the most popular offers you will find because they're free and worth much, much more than the first type of offers I described above. (...and also take much, much less time to complete)
-Third type: Offers that require you to cover a small shipping or processing fee. These offers are also worth a lot to you, but are slightly less popular because many people don't feel they should have to cover any shipping or processing charges to make money... and you have the right to make that decision and pass up those offers if you so choose. I will say, however, that they're still much more popular than the first type of offer I described above and also take much less time to complete than the first type will take.
Alright, now for something very important – I want to be 100% clear that you are not required to keep any trials longer than their intended trial period. For example if you decide to try one that says it is 7 days, then you are simply required to keep active and really TRY it for around 5 days. As long as they see you kept active longer than half of the trial term before ending it, then you should be fine. The reason they are willing to pay for people to do this is that it's generating word-of-mouth advertising for them. Think about it – If a company pays 300 different people all over the US to try their product for a few days, then there's a pretty safe bet that at least some of those people will really enjoy the product and might mention it to their friends... and their friends might then go out and find that product to purchase. Many people think that the requirement is that you become paying members after the trial periods, but that is not the case at all. As long as you show that you really did give it an honest try, they'll be happy with that. This form of advertising WORKS and works in a very big way. More and more companies are joining in on this type of incentive marketing each and every day. Both well-known companies and virtually unheard of companies are using it.
I would like to know if this is a scam - if any of you have heard of
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