Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Its that time of year again....

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chitchat Research - $80 focus group in Brisbane - Main Grocery Buyer

Chitchat Research is seeking those able to attend a group discussion on MONDAY 6 DECEMBER at MILTON. The discussion commences at 12 NOON and goes for approximately 2 hours.

Participants must be the MAIN GROCERY BUYER for their household and purchase pre-packaged green salad products (those in sealed bags) AND loose leaf salad from a green grocer (fruit shop)

Participants of this research will be paid $80 CASH for their opinion.

If you or anyone you know fits the above criteria and would like to take part in any of these discussions, please respond to this email and a Chitchat team member will contact you ASAP. Alternatively, please call Chitchat Research on 07 3325 1000.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Survey Village goes Focus Group :)

Survey Village have announced that they are now offering their panel members the opportunity to participate in focus groups, interviews and telephone surveys.

My kids will be pleased...I convert my points from Survey Village into EB Games Vouchers.

The first offering I have had from them is to participate in a 30 minute phone survey for 1000 points. Thats equivalent to about $20 an hour, so I guess that's not too bad.

You can read my review of Survey Village here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Business Owners - Brisbane - earn $110 for having a chat

Chitchat Research is currently seeking the people to attend in-depth interviews on Tuesday 30 November or Thursday 2 December in Brisbane City at 9am, 11am or 2pm.

The interviews will go for approximately 1.5 hours and participants will be paid $110 cash for their opinion.

We are recruiting the following –

Small business and/or residential/commercial property owners who

• turnover over up to $2 million per annum

• have an understanding of how GST, capital gains tax and income tax is applied to various property transactions such as buying, selling, developing, renting or leasing

• are register for GST

If you or anyone you know fits the above criteria and would like to take part in any of these interviews, please respond to this email and a Chitchat team member will contact you over the next week. Alternatively, please call Chitchat Research on 07 3325 1000 to register your interest.

Please note: If you do not wish to receive further emails from us, please visit and log into your account to update your details. Alternatively call us directly on 07 3325 1000.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Is My Opinions a Scam?

The Internet is the new frontier of the scammer - individual and organisations alike. Beware Dear Reader - they are everywhere and anywhere.

Some things start out with best intentions, some start out with the deliberate intention of scamming you and anybody else they can get into.

And some times allegations get thrown around for no real reason at all.....If you read some of the blogs around you find some negative feedback about just about everything and anything.

Which brings me to my point, I was reading recently about how 'My Opinions' was just another internet scam. This seemed quite strange, especially since I was just about to get my $60 payment from them thru paypal.

For the record, in Australia, at least, I get about 3 or 4 surveys do to from My Opinions each week, they are usually worth between 150 and 500 points (which roughly equates to $1.50 to $5) the surveys are generally pretty easy and quick to complete.

So where does the bad feedback come from?

Maybe they thought they were going to make a fortune filling in surveys?
Maybe they got screened because they put in stupid answers in the surveys?
Maybe they were trying to scam the survey panel?

I really don't know.

I guess the lesson in this might be:

a) don't have too high an expectation of making money with doing online surveys....seriously its pocket money, an extra part time (tax free) income at best.

b) sometimes the scammers aren't the company but the people who try to rip the company off....

Of course don't stop being suspicious and sceptical of anything you see or read on the Internet or anywhere else for that matter.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mystery Shopping Assignment - Brisbane CBD

AMR Interactive are a sister company of HOED Mystery Shopping.

AMR are looking for a friendly, competent and reliable individual who will be trained as a face-to-face interviewer for this particular project. The successful applicant will be well presented and have a professional manner.

 The project will run between Monday 27th September and Friday 1st October 2010 in the Brisbane CBD – Qld.

Hours of work are between 9:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday. Times are flexible depending on personal circumstances, however a minimum of 3-4 hours are required each day.

70 interviews need to be achieved (i.e. approximately 15 per day)

 Rate of pay is $24.47 per hour
 Travel $0.69/km OR public transport remuneration, if no car

You will be supervised on the first two days of fieldwork. Support will be provided via telephone correspondence for the remaining days.

If you are interested please contact Thomas Nagy (02) 9020 6761 OR send resume to:

Kind Regards,

Thomas Nagy

Account Manager

Tel: +61 2 9020 6761
Fax: +61 2 9020 6789
Ogilvy House, 72 Christie St
St Leonards, NSW 2065

$200 Focus Group about Overseas Travel

Taylor Research is looking for people to participate in some PAID market research activities:

Job Reference # 13010

Incentive: $100 + $100 for homework

We are looking for people aged 22-59 to participate in a 2hr group discussion about travel to an overseas destination. These will be held at one of the following times and places:

Sydney CBD:
Tue 14th Sept, 6.00pm
Wed 15th Sept, 6.00pm or 8:15pm
Thurs 16th Sept, 6.00pm or 8.15pm
Fri 17th Sept, 2.00pm

Brisbane CBD:
Mon 20th Sept, 6.00pm or 8:15pm
Tue 21st Sept, 6.00pm or 8:15pm
Wed 22nd Sept, 6.00pm or 8:15pm

If you are interested contact: Taylor Research Services

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Focus Group $90 for 2 hours - New Home Buyers - Brisbane

Paid Market Research Opportunity - $90 for up to 2 hours

Is this you or anyone you know?

We are looking for people who have either purchased a new home (in a house and land package) in the last 12 months or so or are intending to purchase a house/land package in the next 6 months to take part in a focus group about house and land packages.

In either case this must be the second or third home that you have purchased and must be a new house and land package rather than buying an established house.

The focus group is up to 2 hours in duration and will be held at Milton on the evening of Thursday 26th August - you will receive $90 as a thank you for your participation.

Please be assured that we are not sellimg anything and there will be no follow-up of any kind. Its just research and most people enjoy it!

To register your interest please email including name and daytime phone number OR phone 33857252 and leave a message including the same information if we don't answer immediately.

Thanks for reading this and please forward on to anyone you think may be interested and eligible.

Warmest regards,

Sally Eberhardt
State Manager QLD - Taylor Research Services

Friday, July 23, 2010

$125 for doing a Business Loan Mystery Shop

Coredata is currently looking for Australian small business owners that are considering a business loan for a series of Banking mystery shops, follow the link in the email below to do a pre-shop screen survey:

Last time I did 5 of these and I made $625 for about 10 hours work.....

Hello Nigel

Are you shopping for a business loan? Get paid for it!

If you are looking for a business loan or planning to refinance, then you stand to earn up to $500 extra while searching for a suitable loan provider.

We are looking for people who are actively seeking a business loan to carry out mystery shopping assignments in your area.

The shops are only available to people who:

1. Are in the market for a business loan or for refinancing AND
2. Are able to complete the shops by Monday 18th August.

Each successful applicant will be assigned up to six different lenders and be rewarded $100 for each completed shop.

To register simply answer a few questions so we can match you to the shopping assignments we have available.

Please complete the pre-shop survey here - this will take less than 5 minutes to do. If the link doesn't work, copy and paste the following to your web browser.

This will then return the application request to us for final approval.

Shops will be allocated on the basis of most qualified and time of application.

If you have any questions, please email us in the first instance. Please do not reply to this email as it is an unattended mail box.

Yours faithfully,

Emma Senior
Project Assistant

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

$75 CASH for a 15 minute road traffic survey

Got an email from MyView on Tuesday morning inviting me to a short screening survey for a road traffic interview. Got a phone call later that day to set up an appointment. The interviewer asked me some simple questions about road traffic and tolls. It took about 15 minutes and I received $75.

One of the best reasons to belong to many survey panels is that you sometimes get invoted to focus groups and products testing.

LightSpeed - Join a Top Survey Panel and Win a $2000 Travel Voucher

I have done many surveys and attended quite a few focus groups from being a member of the LightSpeed Online Survey Panel.  During June and July 2010 everybody who joins goes into the draw to win a $2000 Travel Voucher.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mystery Shopping Assignment: Earn up to $360 for two days work this weekend!!!

Email from ShopAngels:
Sent: Tuesday, 22 June 2010 2:42 PM

We are looking for someone to conduct a project this weekend on behalf of the Child Support Agency which will involve conducting one on one interviews (approximately 30 mins – 1 hr each) with customers about their perceptions of communications with the CSA.

We need someone residing close to the Mount Gravatt area who is:
• Mature – as you will be dealing with sensitive topics
• Has one on one (in-depth) interviewing experience if possible
• Is available this Thursday evening to be briefed in person by a someone from our office (at a Brisbane hotel where the representative is staying) – approximately 1 hour
• Is available 9am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday to conduct interviews
• Can commit to BOTH days.

The pay rate for this project is $24.47 per hour. You will get paid for the entire time you are rostered to interview excluding a half hour meal break i.e. 9am-5pm even though there will be times between when you are waiting for the next person to show up.
A local venue in Mount Gravatt has been hired out where you will be stationed and people will come to you – so no travel is involved.

Please contact us urgently at if you are interested.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mystery Shopper SCAM Alert !!!!!

Daily Telegraph reports that there's a mystery shopper scam to beware of, read article here:

Gets me to thinking, it seems hard to believe anyone would fall for a scam as simple as this one. But they do, and if we are honest there has been a time when we have either fallen for, or nearly fallen for a scam. Whether it was sending money for a chain letter or buying something that didn't turn out to be what you expected....

So what is your, 'I have been scammed story??????'

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MyView - Looking for Mums with kids 0-3 to participate in product tests

MyView is an honest little online survey panel, you won't get rich, but expect to get a gift voucher pretty soon :)

I just checked my account and found I have enough points to order a $20 Coles Myer gift voucher.

They are currently looking for Mums with children 0-3 to participate in products tests.

Check out my review of MyView here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Some News from Ciao Surveys & I transferred $21 into my paypal account

I got an email from Ciao Surveys today, seems they have been taken over by Toluna. Prompted me to check my account balance with Ciao Survey, nice surprise I had $21 to transfer to my paypal account. You can read my review of Ciao Surveys here.
Email text:

Dear Nigel,

Ciao is pleased to announce that we are now part of Toluna, a leading social community platform where people just like you are empowered to express their opinions in a variety of ways! In addition to influencing next generation products and services, we are delighted to introduce new, innovative programs which will allow you to engage in polls and debates with fellow community members.

Over the coming months, you will see many upgrades to both the appearance and structure of the community website, as well as, being introduced to some exciting new features and activities that are designed to create the best possible experience for you.

The most exciting news we have to share with you today is the launch of an all new rewards program! Beginning in July 2010, we will be expanding our current incentive program, with a goal to reward you throughout the entire survey experience. As we grow and evolve, earning opportunities will no longer be limited to survey participation. Your active role within the Toluna community will propel your earning potential forward! The new program is being designed with choice in mind. You will have the power and flexibility to redeem points for a reward that is meaningful to you, such as:

- Vouchers
- Prize Drawings
- Cash Payments
- Charitable Donations
- With more exciting options to come!

And that’s just the beginning! As we get closer to the launch date we will provide more details on our exciting updates and what they mean for you. As our re-launch starts moving, keep your eyes open for fantastic new earning opportunities and the wonderful new experiences you will have as a Toluna member!

Again, until our launch date, your Ciao account will remain the same, and if you are already a Toluna member, you will continue to reap the rewards from a community dedicated to making your voice heard!

If you have any questions about our new rewards program, please feel free to contact us at TolunaRewards_AU


The Toluna team

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tax Focus Group Paying $80

See contact details in email text below.....

Ref: Job 12946
Paid Market Research Opportunity - $80

Is this you or anyone you know?

We are looking for people in employment who are in a married or de facto relationship with a partner who receives an income less than $8918 annually to take part in a focus session about calculation of the Dependant Spouse tax offset.

Participants must prepare their own tax returns and ideally use TaxPack or any other paper form rather than eTax.

Regretfully we cannot invite you to participate if you have taken part in paid research at the ATO on any topic in the last 6 months.

The focus sessions are 90mins in duration and will be held in the Brisbane CBD during business hours on Thursday 27th May or Friday 28th May - you will receive $80 paid direct to your bank account as a thank you for your participation.

This research is to help the ATO make their processes more user-friendly - please be assured that your personal details are not required for participation. Its just research and most people enjoy it!

To register your interest please email including name and daytime phone number OR phone 33857252 and leave a message including the same information if we don't answer immediately.

Thanks for reading this and please forward on to anyone you think may be interested and eligible.

Warmest regards,

Sally Eberhardt
State Manager QLD - Taylor Research Services

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

$20 EB Games Voucher.....from Survey Village.

Arrived home late last night and checked the mail box at around 9pm.

It was a nice surprise to pull a letter out with a $20 EB Games Voucher in it.

Now $20 isn't a whole lot of money I know, but for my 2 boys it means they can each buy a Playstation 2 game. EB Games have quite a good selection of PS2 game still for $10 each.

This is the third voucher I have received survey village since joining in October 2009. They don't send me a lot of surveys, but the ones they do send add up to a $20 voucher quickly. You can Register for Survey Village here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

We're Hiring Blog Posters NOW! @RealWritingJobs

A real opportunity for your writing & blogging skills? is the leading source for online writing jobs. Partnering with 1000s of well known employers, users will be able to work from home doing short blog posts, write short articles, check websites for inappropriate content, maintain company social media outlets and more!

If anyone has tried this and would like to provide feedback, please do so....

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Get Paid to Play Video Games

Only 4 Gamers, is a web site that is telling me I can get paid up to $30 an hour to Test Video Games, sound too good to be true?

Well getting paid to play video games is something I could live with, and heck I could have made lots of money in the decade I lost to Diablo and Starcraft back in the 90's....

Anyway I am giving it a try and the review is here:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Like to Mystery Shop the Hard Rock Cafe?

The Hard Rock Cafe is famous all around the world. Mystery shopping them is a great experience...

I have been lucky enough to get this assignment a few times, and I would have to say it has been one of my very favourites.

If you are interested in free dinner for 2, drinks, and a gift shop purchase, plus getting paid $40 (US) then you should register with the Market Research Company that conducts their Mystery shopping.

Their name is Freeman Group Solutions. If you are interested contact them here with an email that says you interested in doing mystery shops and tell them the Hard Rock Cafe that is in your area. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mystery Shopping Hints & Tips: What to Do with the Free Products?

When you do regular Mystery Shopping assignments you tend to start accumulating products that you have purchased and been reimbursed for as part of the evaluation of a retail store. So what do you do with all the free products?

Well, you could eat, drink, wear or give them away, but you might also consider whether you can on sell them to someone who might be interested.

I have been doing assignments for liquor stores assessing their staff's ability to be able to recommend and sell various wines. The payment for the assignment is between $10-15 and you get to spend $15-25 on a bottle which you get to keep.

Rather than just drink the wine, I guess that's an option, but I have been finding friends, family etc that like wine and on selling them for half price. They get a bargain and I get between $7 and $14 extra for the assignment. The assignment takes you about 20 minutes, so you can really up your hourly rate return with this extra money.

If you are interested in Mystery Shopping read about it here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AmpSurveys, an example of what to AVOID?

AmpSurveys looks at lot like the kind of survey panel I would recommend avoiding. You do surveys and maybe you win a prize...

Open to US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia.

They say that if you join their panel you will get opinion surveys and contests, no mention of cash. The company (Ampario) is owned by OTX Research who I know, and am reasonably positive about, from doing Movie reviews. Maybe it just looks bad?

Anyway, if you decide to try it, use an email address that you don't need to rely on, and let me know what you think. AmpSurveys.