So you’re considering Ipsos i-Say as a way to make some extra cash or rewards points that you can exchange for items/gift certificates in their marketplace, but is it really worth it? I’ll do my best to outline the pros and cons of this survey network with a lot of screenshots in this Ipsos i-Say review so that you know whether or not it’s a good fit for you.
I am not an affiliate for Ipsos i-Say. Many other i-Say reviews will earn a commission by convincing you to join, but I am not one of these people. What you’ll read below is my uninfluenced, unbiased review.
The punchline is this: Like most paid survey sites, Ipsos i-Say pays absolute crap. Earning enough for a payout frequently takes dozens of hours, and in the end you’ll average pennies per hour. The #1 site in this industry and one of Ipsos i-Say’s top competitors, Swagbucks, pays dramatically better.
If you joined both, I personally guarantee you’d find that Ipsos i-Say pays substantially less and has an inferior selection of offers and payout options. If you’re looking to join a paid survey website to make a part-time income online, Swagbucks is hands-down the best site to join.
Some people don’t have time to read an entire, lengthy review and look at all of the screenshots. If you’re one of those people, here’s what you need to know:
i-Say is one of the more legitimate networks out there as far as survey payouts and your ability to cash rewards points in for money via Paypal, but there are several drawbacks. Their system can be extremely sluggish and frustrating at times, making you wait 1-2 minutes while it loads just to find out that you don’t qualify for that particular survey (“But here are 5 pity points so you don’t get too angry!”). Also, most surveys that take 20-30 minutes pay less than 100 points, which means that you could spend a full eight hour workday completing surveys and make less than $15, an hourly rate lower than $2/hour.
This problem isn’t exclusive to cash payouts, because even gift cards and charitable donations have the exact same conversion rate (1,000 points per $10). So in the end, even though they’ll pay cash and their surveys have higher payouts than many other networks, you’re still much better off with another service that doesn’t limit you to surveys, but pays you for other activities online. You’ll make more money and ultimately be able to buy more things than you can with points or converted cash through Ipsos i-Say’s survey network.
Signing up with Ipsos was quicker and easier than it is on other sites (although it’s always pretty simple). Click Register, fill out a few simple details about your household, verify your email and voila! You’re an “official i-Sayer”.
Then it’s off to complete your first survey.
My first impression of i-Say’s members’ area was a surprising amount of initial surveys. Usually two or three are available immediately, but upon logging in the first time I had almost twice that many:
So what did I do first? Naturally, I completed the survey that had the highest point-to-time ratio, which was a survey that quoted two minutes and rewarded me with 45 points.
This was also the first drawback I noticed. Although the survey still took very little time, I immediately noticed that it was more complex than I was quoted initially and took about three times as long due to the large number of questions and survey setup (a lot of 1-7 “1 being strongly disagree and 7 being strongly agree” grids).
Still, I didn’t think much of it and quickly racked up my first 45 points – cha ching! Off to the rewards area to see what options I can begin working towards.
One of the things I liked most about Ipsos i-Say is that their rewards area wasn’t packed with a ton of sweepstakes or raffle entries. There were a ton of different redemption options, and you could even redeem points for several charity donations which I thought was a neat concept.
Most importantly, you can easily turn your points into cash if you have (or qualify for) a PayPal account.
It’s also worth noting that Ipsos i-Say’s redemption rate was much better than other networks. 1,000 points can be cashed out for $10, whereas other networks like MySurvey require 1100-1250 points for the same $10 payout.
Although i-Say’s interface is aesthetically pleasing (as you can see in many screenshots) it is extraordinarily sluggish at points and poorly programmed. For example, the second survey I wanted to complete required me to enter my zip code multiple times, and after waiting 2-3 minutes for the page to finally load (this had nothing to do with my internet connection – I have way more speed than necessary for a site like this) I was informed that they no longer needed respondents for this particular survey and was given 5 points for the inconvenience.
I didn’t think much of it and clicked to take my third survey, which said would take about 15 minutes and earn 90 points. After about 10 minutes of waiting on screens to load and answering various, highly-detailed questions (number of cars in the household, what types of products we had purchased within the last year across about 30 categories, etc…) I was told that the survey would only earn me 45 points. “Weird.” I thought to myself, but kept going anyways. I was prompted to enter my zip code (yet again) and after waiting another minute or so for the interface to load, I was told the survey would take approximately 2o minutes and earn me 90 points. What the heck is going on?!
So to sum up that extremely confusing process, I was quoted an initial time frame and 90 points. After spending half of that time answering questions, I was quoted half as many points as before. Then, after answering one more question, I was quoted five extra minutes and the same amount of points I was initially offered. I had already spent 10-15 minutes answering all of these questions and waiting on the system to load, and NOW I’m finally allowed to start the 20 minute survey?! There’s something extremely off about this part of my experience with Ipsos i-Say.
Many other people on i-Say’s network aren’t saying the best things about the site either. Just take a look at some of the experiences people have shared on SurveyPolice.com:
Long payment delays, a poor interface, and payment errors paint a very poor picture for prospects considering i-Say, even though it looked fairly promising in the early stages.
Ipsos i-Say showed a lot more promise than most of the products and services I’ve reviewed, particularly within the paid survey industry. But as I got further into the process, I became more disappointed with their system and the overall member experience.
In the end there’s really no way that I can recommend i-Say to someone looking to earn money online. You’ll only average a couple of bucks per hour and spend much more time on each survey than you’re quoted due to their poorly programmed and sluggish interface. In the end your time is much better invested in another part-time venture or just spending extra time with your loved ones. Life is too short to average less than $2/hour.
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