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Vindale Research Scam Or Legit?

February 10th, 2010

One of the banners on my blog is for a company called Vindale Research. I’ve gotten a few questions about this site but so in today’s post, I’ll attempt to cover the basics of making money with Vindale Research.

I’ll try to use screen-shots in my explanations so that it’s a bit clearer. All images are re-sized to fit my layout, however clicking on them will open a full sized version of the image in another window.

Vindale Research is a company that specializes in the evaluation of online products and services. They compensate their members for evaluating various products, services, and processes.

While Vindale Research is free to join, be aware that most of their “evaluations” (or surveys) do require a credit card to participate.

What is an evaluation?
Evaluations are like “trial offers”, where the members gets compensated for trying a particular product or service. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try “NetFlix”, but never got around to doing it, you can try it through Vindale Research and get paid. You will be required to use your credit card obviously. Some trial offers also have a trial fee, or shipping and handling cost, etc, while others are absolutely free and you will not be charged if you cancel the trial before the time limit given.

Does all the “surveys” require the use of a credit card?
No. While many surveys do require a credit card to complete the product evaluation portion of the survey, many survey opportunities and invitations do not.

Vindale Research has a few ways to earn.

If you look at the screen-shot below, you’d see how the site looks after logging in.

vindale research scam
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In the image above, you can see three tabs; My Surveys, My Studies, and Vindale Deals.

You can complete “surveys” (or evaluations), some of which are free, and others which require a credit card. In the screen shot above, the ones payout out more (more than $2 or so), usually require a credit card, while the ones that pay out $1 and $0.50 are usually free.

You can also click on the “My Studies” tab, and you’ll see a page that looks like the image below.

vindale research surveys
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These “studies” are surveys which are 100% free to participate in. Be sure to check often because the reason some of mine say closed, is because they’ve already gotten enough participants for the survey and do not need anymore.

And off course, you’ll see the newest tab on Vindale Research that says Vindale Deals.

This is like a “CashBack” option that Vindale has started where you get a portion of the money you spend at some popular retailers, back. It’s just another way that you can shop and earn with Vindale Research

shop and earn with vindale research
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So how are payments sent on Vindale?

Payments are automatically processed on the 15th and last day of every month. On these days, if your verified balance is greater than or equal to $50 USD and you have requested payment, you will automatically receive an email about the steps necessary to accept payment. Please note that transactions to and from PayPal always take a few days to process. Members who do not wish to use Paypal can choose to receive their payments via paper check. Check payments are processed on the same day as PayPal payments but may take up to 2 weeks to receive via US postal mail.

Now since I’ve joined this company, I personally have had so much going on that I haven’t been completing a lot of surveys like I should and so I haven’t personally met payout. However, I’ve done some research and found someone that did in fact get paid. Here’s a proof of payment from another blogger.

vindale research proof of payment
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This payment proof should answer all questions about Vindale Research being a scam.

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Reanna R

About Reanna R

My real name is Reanna but around the web, especially in the MMO (make money online) world, I'm referred to as TriNi. On this blog, I aim to teach people that it CAN be done; that there are legit and 100% free ways to make money online.

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