How can you get paid for your opinions?
It’s easy! Here’s how it works:
- After you register for our database, we send preliminary surveys to your e-mail.
- Preliminary surveys are short, they ask you about what products your normally use and how often you use them. We also ask some demographic information, like your age, and household income. We use this information to see if there is a paid survey for which you might qualify.
- If you qualify, we’ll tell you how much money you can make if you sign up for a survey and you can choose the dates and times you come in.
We know that answering these preliminary surveys can be a bit of a pain, so from time to time we like to do something fun. Several times per year we offer contents and raffles that let you win prizes just for being a member of our database.
Questions? We’ve got answers.
- Why do you need my email address?
- How often will you call me?
- How long will a product evaluation or survey take?
- Can I bring my kids?
- Will I get paid on the spot?
- Will I get paid by cash or check?
- Do I have to give you my social security number?
- Can I say no?
- What do you do with my answers?
- Who sponsors these studies?
- What is a database?
- Why do you ask personal questions?
Why do you need my email address?
We need your email address for two reasons. First, your email address allows you to log on to our site to update your account information, and to see if you qualify for any studies for which we are currently recruiting. Secondly, we know your time is valuable so we want to keep you informed when we have new studies coming up and to keep you up to date on other general announcements without you having to constantly check the website.
Be assured that we dislike spam as much as you do. Plus we are quite selfish – we want to keep you all to ourselves. We will never share or sell your email address to anyone, period, unless it is part of a study and you give your express written consent.
For more information, please review our Respondent Bill of Rights
How often will you call me?
We will call you when we are conducting a study that, based on the information you provide to us, is appropriate for you or that may interest you. Due to industry guidelines; there are certain limitations as to the number of tests one can participate in. However, we want to use you in as many research studies as these guidelines will allow, so there will be many opportunities to participate.
How long will a product evaluation or survey take?
Test length depends upon the type of test and the number of samples. Some tests are very short and others may be lengthier. Tests involving a number of samples will take longer. When you are screened for a study, the interviewer will tell you upon completion of the survey approximately how long the test will take.
Can I bring my kids?
No. Unfortunately, we do not have childcare services at our location.
Will I get paid on the spot?
Yes. You will be paid upon completion of the study. On occasion we complete multi-day studies in which you must participate on all of the days in order to be paid. You will be paid upon completion of the final day of testing.
Will I get paid by cash or check?
You will get paid by check. We will need your social security number for tax purposes. You will only get a 1099 form at the end of the year if you earn $600 or more.
Do I have to give you my social security number?
Yes. Prior to your first product evaluation, we will need your social security number for payment purposes. However, the income will not be reported to the government for tax purposes unless you make $600.00 or more. If you earn $600.00 from us, then you will receive a 1099 form.
Can I say No?
You are free to accept or decline participation in any study. During the screening process, if you are uninterested, simply tell the interviewer that you do not wish to participate in that study. This will not hurt your chances of being contacted for future studies.
What do you do with my answers?
Ultimately, your opinions are included anonymously with those of the other survey participants in a report to the company that sponsored the research. Your responses help that company do a better job and make a better product for you the consumer.
Who sponsors these studies?
Both large and small consumer product manufacturing and distributing companies sponsor these studies. As for specific names, we are sorry but that information is confidential and we are not at liberty to disclose that information. We work for some of the biggest and most successful consumer product companies in the world.
What is a database?
A database is a list of people. Spectrum Discovery Center’s database is a listing of more than 40,000 households around the country who have agreed to let us call their homes from time to time to gather their opinions about products and services, and who are willing to participate in market research studies.
Why do you ask personal questions?
We only ask personal questions to get a cross-section of consumers from the surrounding area. The information you provide to us for our database ensures that we only call you for studies which may be appropriate for you or that you may find interesting. For example, if we are doing a study on men’s shaving products, we will only contact men and not women for that particular study. Likewise, if we are researching feminine perfume products, we will contact only females.