are there legitimate web sites which pay users to complete surveys?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone

             I have heard there are web sites out there which pay its users to take their surveys.  Personally, I find this either too good to be true or if it is true, there has to be some sort of catch.  Since I am basing my thoughts on conjecture, I am wondering what the true story is behind this.  

             Any shared thoughts or insights to this question will be greatly appreciated.

             Thank you

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Leslie BloomCorporate & Product Marketing ManagerCommented:
I have friends that have done this in the past actually. There aren't a lot of sites that will give you straight cash for completing surveys, most offer points which you can exchange for useful items.

Here are two I know my friends used in the past to get Amazon gift cards (which you can use to buy almost anything): - accepts anyone - they screen you to make sure you are the kind of respondent they need

Be warned though, there are a lot of fraudulent sites online like this as well. Do some research about specific sites you see to be sure they are honest in their approach... good luck!

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning

               Thank you so much for your shared views and links.  I will follow up further with the suggested two given here.  With respect to researching unfamiliar sites, what would be the necessary steps for accomplishing this goal?  What sort of things should I look for which would indicate the need to avoid them?

Leslie BloomCorporate & Product Marketing ManagerCommented:
Before signing up for a site that looks suspicious I would recommend doing a quick online search of it to see if there are any 'warning' reviews or forum posts that would provide insight.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I tried this, but found the amount of time required prohibitive for a paltry return.  A half-hour survey might pay $2 in points.  Now I scratch the dog behind the ears, which gives a much better return for the time invested.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
(see also Amazon "Mechanical Turk", serfdom in the 21st century)
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone

              Thank you so much for the shared suggestions and tips.  I would have to agree that earning money from taking surveys does not yield much with respect to earnings.  In addition to trying out the recommended sites listed, I am considering musicxray and surveysavvy.  Before trying out any of these sites, I do have a followup question about PayPal which does tie into all of this.  Many of the companies will give a pay out either by check or PayPal.  With respect to PayPal, I do have an account with a username and password.  While  I have made purchases in the past using my PayPal account, I have never collected money through it which brings me to the point of this followup question.  How do I go about doing this?  Is there a fee PayPal charges for the funds to transfer through?  Do the funds transfer over before any fees are collected by PayPal?  Finally, how long does it normally take PayPal to transfer collected funds over to my bank account?

              In closing, I apologize for so many questions.  However, this is a new adventure for me which naturally arouses many curiosities.  

GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everybody

              Thank you for your shared insights in addition to your links.  I did try the other day.  While I have not gotten any points yet, I have like over 250 entries built up into sweepstakes.  To me personally, it does seem like it would consume large quantities of time to have very little, any any, return.  Of course, I have only completed 3 surveys.  Perhaps it takes the completion of several to start points.   At any rate, I am more interested in participating in an online project which will yield bigger rewards in a smaller amount of time.

              Regarding my PayPal question, please disregard it.  I believe I can follow up further and figure that part out when the time comes for it.  

               Have a great rest of the day.

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