An Unbiased Toluna Review: Is Toluna Legit? Reviews Are VERY Deceitful

An Unbiased Toluna Review: Is Toluna Legit? Reviews Can Be VERY Deceiving

By Ian | Negative Reviews

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Toluna seems really refreshing at first. You’re presented with a massive amount of survey options, they reward you at a significantly higher rate than any other well-known survey network, and you even get 500 points just for completing the sign up process. Once you dig a little deeper, you realize that momentum builds up to a series of huge letdowns. I’ll explain why in this Toluna review.

I am not an affiliate for Toluna. Many people reviewing this survey network will highly recommend it because they’re paid a commission for everyone they convince to join – I am not one of those people.

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At the end of the day, Toluna is one of the most well known, but lowest paying and least legitimate survey sites available online. When you compare them to the industry leader (Swagbucks), there’s a dramatic difference in earning potential, even if spending the exact same amount of completing offers. Many users at Toluna have also complained about having their accounts suspended right before they qualified for a payout – something I’ve never seen happen at SB.

If you’re going to take the time to create an account and complete offers on any paid survey site, Swagbucks is by far the most legitimate and worthwhile site to join. Even if you spend the same amount of time completing offers, you’ll earn at least 2-4x as much in your time there, which is why we’ve reviewed them so highly.

 

  
 
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Toluna

free
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Swagbucks

FREE
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Toluna Review Summary: Looks Can Be Very Deceiving

If you don’t have the time to read this entire review, at least read this little section.

Toluna looks very attractive early on, mainly due to their great user interface and massive amounts of rewards points for relatively quick and easy surveys. The first time you stop into the rewards center, however, you’ll notice that their point-to-redemption ratio is 30x poorer than many of their competitors. A survey network like Ipsos i-Say only requires 100 points per $1 redeemed whereas Toluna requires 3,000 points per $1 redeemed.

Every survey network I’ve reviewed has turned up unfortunately low time-to-earnings rates, usually somewhere around the equivalent of $1-$2 per hour. Because of Toluna’s remarkably high rewards redemption ratio, even though it feels like you’re accumulating points faster you’re actually accumulating them even slower and earning an even poorer hourly pay.

It’s the poorest paying survey network I’ve reviewed by far and, along with the other reasons I’ve outlined in the review below, there’s just absolutely no way I can recommend Toluna. You’d get paid much better by securing a part-time job or potentially building your own part-time internet business.

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Very Quick and Easy to Create an Account

The one thing that I will say Toluna has going for it is the ease and simplicity of setting up an account. Everyone in this industry makes it easy, but Toluna makes it super easy and then rewards you with 500 points on top of that so you almost get a sense of accomplishment. Sure, that’s just the equivalent of $0.17 but you’re probably not far enough into the members’ area yet to realize that. 

Account setup complete

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So I just dove in and started taking surveys. Really quick and easy ones didn’t have any information about how long they’d take, but once you get into the higher “paying” surveys you see screens like this:

Survey information

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2,500 points for a 35 minute survey sounded GREAT compared to the other networks I’ve been a member of, and I started to get pretty excited that I’d found a high-paying survey network. That was before I made my way into the Rewards Center…

The Rewards Center: Where Your Toluna Dreams Come Crashing Down

When I started poking around the Rewards Center, I was actually pretty impressed. There’s a plethora of options to choose from between sweepstakes, “gifties”, and gift card options.

Rewards Center home screen

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If you’re wondering what “gifties” are (I know I was) here’s a brief explanation:

Explanation of "gifties"

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But it all came crashing down when I got to the most important section: where you can cash your points out for gift cards or cash through PayPal. This was the first time I paid attention to the redemption rate, and I was floored by how high it was:

60,000 points required for a $20 PayPal credit

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60,000 points for $20?! If we use the survey I posted as an example earlier (35 points for 2,500 points), I’d have to spend 14 hours to earn this $20 PayPal credit. That’s $1.43USD per hour. 

And this isn’t just the case for PayPal redemption options, it applies to all of the gift card options. After noticing this, I also noticed that even their sweepstakes entries cost a minimum of 500 points per entry, whereas other survey networks require as little as 1 point per sweepstakes entry.

All gift card redemption options are very expensive

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After noticing this, I very quickly realized I wasn’t in the best survey network I’d ever joined, I was in the lowest paying, worst possible survey network I’ve joined so far. I high-tailed it out of there and got to work on this review to hopefully save others from this horrible experience.

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Is Toluna Legit? Final Rating: F

 

  
 
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Toluna

free
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Swagbucks

FREE
Do they deliver?
Do the surveys pay well?
More than just surveys?
Hassle-free payouts?
ACTUALLY pays members?
Will friends be happy?
Best offers in the industry?
Industry-leading payouts?
Maximum EPM?
Scam-free?
Protect your information?
High-Paying Seasonal Offers?
Satisfaction guaranteed?
Best in the industry?
Free to join?

Do you want to earn $0.70USD per hour? If the answer is yes, Toluna might be a good fit for you. If you’re a sane person that values their time and the answer is no, then avoid Toluna at all costs. It looks really great early on, but once you start digging you realize that your time is going to be wasted for pennies per hour here. Most people pay their kids better allowances than Toluna pays their members.

TolunaDescription: Toluna is a paid survey websites that pays almost as poorly as their overall reputation.
Written by: Ian P.
Rating: 1 out of 5

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(38) comments

Ruvie April 21, 2016

I don’t really know anything about Toluna and I’m just here to learn. What I do know though, is that the math in this article is wrong. The hourly rate is $20/14hr = $1.43/hr the reciprocal of the $0.70/hr stated in the article. Still a horrible wage.

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    Ian April 22, 2016

    Ha! Thanks for catching my unbearably horrible math, Ruvie. I’ve updated the review 🙂

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Toluna Team June 2, 2016

Toluna, like all other survey companies does not replace, nor claim to replace an hourly wage. With regards to incentives, all survey companies who offer points have a different conversion, and this cannot be accurately compared from one to the next – In the US, Toluna points equate $1 = 3,000 points. Also, the information in this review is at least a year out of date based on the images provided. If you would like to discuss any issues with us directly please feel free to contact us through the form at the bottom of our website.

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    Phoebe August 31, 2016

    I gave it a try and agree with your article. Initially its great – until you spend hours on surveys that dont award points.
    shame for these guys, I run a facebook money saving group with 14,000 members.
    Ill be telling everyone of those 14000 members that its essentially wasted my time.

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    Amy September 18, 2016

    You bet Toluna. Have you ever Googled “Toluna reviews”? Many, many, MANY people say it is not worth the time. The last time I checked, customer reviews are all you need if you are looking to find out information about a survey site or any product. So, I for one was going to sign up, but after ready so many bad reviews, I certainly will not waste my time on your website.

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    Laura September 26, 2016

    3000 points = $1 is the most horrible pay rate I have encountered for surveys. I have been a member of Toluna for well over a year and I’d say 75% of the surveys only give you 1400 points and there are a TON that disqualify you or say it is full AFTER you have completed the ENTIRE survey (30-45 minutes). Payouts are also EXTREMELY slow. It took me forever to reach the minimum 90,000 pts to redeem $30 in paypal which is now the new minimum not $20/60,000pts. It has been 10 days and I still have not received my payment but once I do, I will no longer take surveys with Toluna. Ipoll is the best I have found! Their surveys pay money amounts and not points so you don’t have to do math to figure out what you are getting and most surveys are worth $1-1.50. Once you complete enough surveys to become a valued member, surveys start paying out more. I have completed at least 5 that were no more than 30 minutes long and paid $2.50. And when I cash out, the money is in my paypal account within 24 hours. I will be actively against Toluna from now on. It’s a waste of time!!!!!

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    Christine Hamilton October 20, 2016

    I had been a member of Toluna for several years. But a couple of months ago I was blocked – the reason given I was completing surveys too quickly. I appealed successfully and then got blocked again, this time because my opinions were in consistent. I had always given thoughtful and truthful answers, had never rushed through surveys without due attention and maybe my thoughts and opinions did change due to circumstances, events and timeline. The number of inconsistencies was quoted more than 2000 – that is an impossibility, I think something has gone wrong.
    I am very angry about this as I enjoyed the variety of surveys and the thought that I may be shaping the future. I I wasn’t in it for the rewardsI so why should I rush my answers or give false information. I’m sure I wasnt at fault and think after being a member for over 5 years I have been badly treated.

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    Man December 31, 2016

    How long you take to reward people is a bloody disgrace Toluna – a Disgrace!!!!!

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    calen April 6, 2018

    How about paying your members who are owned and implementing faster payments rather then going around wasting time replying to reviews i still havent recieved my payment from march 2nd or march 23rd

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    Ozzie November 1, 2018

    Gee, I would love to contact Toluna. But today, right after I completed two surveys, I got a big online page notice in my face saying “Sorry, an error has occurred. It’s us, not you!” Boy, did you ever get that right! Then I went to the Toluna home page, but I got the same web page notice. Maybe I’ve been frozen out of the website? Who knows, but it’s beginning to look just like the crummy evaluation set out on the above page.

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stefani September 17, 2016

Please avoid this site by all means. Complete waste of time and you don’t even receive the awards! You’ll start a survey and about 10 minutes into it, it’ll redirect you and say you do not qualify. Unless you like to waste your time for nothing, I’d steer clear of this site!!

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Zuly vasquez October 1, 2016

Thank you so much I’m sad I waisted my time with Toluna I had bean doing so much and in time not acredites for the survey no money no freebies

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lois October 6, 2016

After several years with toluna and amassing a further two PayPal vouchers of£35 each, I received an email saying due to misuse I have been blocked and my account closed and all my points forfeited. No other details explained.
I do not understand the reason behind as I have answered surveys to the best and honestly as I could.

On writing for further details and requesting my back payments, they have agreed to pay but say it will still take another 8 weeks to do so and still no information as to why my account has been closed.

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    Toni June 16, 2017

    The same thing has just happened to me Lois. I have two pending paypal payouts of £35 each and they have just recently closed my account due to their inconsistencies. I have written to them twice to appeal and they have ignored my letters. I feel absolutely insulted that they doubt my integrity after being with them for several years. Knowing that they have dismissed several folk from the UK site in the past, i was very mindful of how i responded to their surveys. They have with held £70 from me, which equates to hours and hours of work. I say it’s not me who is guilty of doubtful integrity.
    Iam so angry and upset that i could SCREEEEEAAAAMMMM. :-((

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Ivan Stephen January 20, 2017

I’ve cancelled my account with them. They take every opportunity to defraud you of your rewards. Here in Ontario, it’s now illegal for companies to cause rewards to expire.

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Jann January 27, 2017

This is one of the worst survey site i joined. They cant able to fulfilled to provide you with your Rewards. I ordered form the reward points 3 months ago. They send mails to wait for few more weeks and i will get my rewards, when i sent to them one follow up.. After 3 months i can no longer find my order in their system and Yes i didn’t receive anything. This is not worth an effort. Very bad site.

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Geo February 3, 2017

I completely agree – this is a total scam and should be avoided. Even after accumulating points to receive a voucher it never arrived but the points still went from the account. The information collected is very in depth and worth a fortune at your expense. Avoid at all costs! Biggest time waster ever. Unsubscribe as soon as you can if you’ve been sucked into it.

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Grace February 17, 2017

You have asked us to compare Toluna with the industry leader (Swagbucks), however once I visited and joined Swagbucks – their upper banner on another page claimed that they were ‘Powered by Toluna’??

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    Ian February 18, 2017

    I’m not at all familiar with that. Swagbucks and Toluna are run by two entirely different companies. It may have been a survey section within Swagbucks, but Swagbucks on the whole is definitely not run by the same company as Toluna.

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Samra February 28, 2017

Thank you so much for your review. I completely agree with everything that you have said. I’ve had a similar experience, I was excited when I earned a lot of points at once in Toluna, but later I found wasn’t able to get anything out of it, it took away a lot of my time, and then they took away all of my points and I had literally 0. They are a major scam!

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Heather April 30, 2017

Hi all,

I’m in Australia and just signed up to Toluna today, spent about 4 hours on it this afternoon, got up to 9000 points then logged in just now have have only 20!!

I’ve been scammed.

Glad I didn’t waste any more time on this.

Thanks guys for putting information out there. Next time I will be smarter.

xx

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VOn May 5, 2017

just saw this 🙁 damn~ i wasted a lot of time in toluna, but now i try to signup in swagbucks the page cant load, please help

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    Ian May 5, 2017

    Hey Von! I’d recommend trying from a different web browser.

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Trent May 29, 2017

I’ve been with Toluna since 2010 and am not a regular survey taker. I find that most times I get screened out or as soon as I receive an email there is a survey available and open it I get a survey already full message.

However, that isn’t the biggest issue I have. I have never been informed or even noticed until I did a little review of my Rewards/Points and noticed Hundreds of Thousands of points missing because of “Reward Expired” !!! I read further and found out that they cancel your points if you don’t use them within a year of receiving them. I had no idea – I fully expected like other programs to just bank my points until I had enough to actually get something I wanted. I was actually looking forward to treating myself after all these years … thanks Toluna for being crooks.

If they did I certainly don’t recall them mentioning this when I signed up nor do they mention it when you receive your reward points. A little disclaimer at the bottom of the notification would have been helpful.

So,

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Kevin May 30, 2017

Hi Ian.

I’ma Danish member of Toluna and i’ve never been cheated by them, Infact their surveys are some of the highest paid on the net, Not sure if same rules apply to all countries (I doubt it), But in Denmark you’re paid about 5£ for every 20.000 points you’re rewarded with (1 survey of 5000 points = 1.25£) that’s actually better than most other survey sites out there.

Sure it can take 4-6 weeks for them to pay you, But they do pay. All i can say is that Toluna.dk is honest (Might differ in other countries)

Best regards Kev

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    Ian May 30, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and insight with Toluna, Kevin! It’s greatly appreciated.

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    Eric December 12, 2017

    You, sir, are full of it, or a rep from Toluna.

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layla June 29, 2017

Toluna is an absolute scam. I spent an hour every day for a couple months and when I finally had enough to cash out for a 5 dollar gift card, I never got a gift card and when I contacted Toluna, they told me to wait and be patient. It has been over 7 months and still nothing. They also logged me out of my account and kicked me out of Toluna completely. All that time and effort completely down the drain. Not to mention, the surveys are 25 minutes long for 10 cents. Thats about 25 cents per hour.

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blue August 10, 2017

Worst company in the world, it is purely a scam company, do not sign up, you will be waiting months if you are lucky to receive any reward.

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Shey August 11, 2017

I used toluna for two months. I was accumulating my points until I reach 90,000 points which then I would be able to exchange for just $30 dollars. Well, when I hit about 87,000 points they just wouldn’t let login to my account so I contacted them. Their response was some crap about violating their terms and that my points were forfeited. I lost all my points plus all my time. Toluna is just not worth it.

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Stephen September 5, 2017

I can only reiterate what other people have said. I have today been blackballed due to inconsistencies in my answers. They have taken back ie stollen all of my rewards. Beware, a complete fraud. Seems to me that a lot of people are not consistent where there answers. Seems to be a hell of a coincidence.

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Rob October 5, 2017

I have to say that I’m a little confused as to why Toluna allow users to accumulate so many points then block them from the site. Surely Toluna are paid by 3rd parties to host surveys on their website – if the survey is completed to the 3rd parties standards then the user gets points and Toluna get their cut. It is for the 3rd party to decide what is acceptable, surely..?! If Toluna are withdrawing all points from a user then it HIGHLY LIKELY they are retaining their cut and essentially committing FRAUD. Those who have been blocked just before a redemption figure should contact a no-win, no-fee solicitor and let them take Toluna to the small claims court – I would…!

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Laura November 29, 2017

Unfortunately for me, Toluna has also turned out to be a huge disappointment. Last year, I finally had enough points to get a prize, so I picked a Target gift card. It never came! It’s such a disappointment and major rip off.

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    Ian November 29, 2017

    Unfortunately that’s what a lot of Toluna users have reported here and elsewhere online 🙁 I strongly recommend checking out our Swagbucks review if you haven’t yet — many members from Toluna and other survey sites that do this have found a good home there (myself included)!

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jacob carrigan December 22, 2017

Warning!!!

My account (of probably 10 years with no issues!) was closed when they said it was flagged due to an inaccuracy, they would keep all of my points, and would not provide anymore details.

Ironic, because I had saved up more points than ever before (for Christmas), they cancelled my account just so they don’t have to pay me what I honestly earned. Over 230,000 points! Such a dishonest thing to do. All of my surveys were accurate and honest.

No explanation offered. Because the explanation is you just want to steal the good amount of points I had saved up. Be warned of this dishonest company. At the very least cash out when you have the minimum, don’t try to save points- that is the perfect time for them to “flag” your account. Nothing more than stealing.

Also, their payments have taken longer and longer to clear- about a month. I’m guessing they are hurting financially.

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renee May 8, 2018

This site has taken information off my indeed job post and contacted applicants somehow representing themselves as hiring managers for my company and this is a complete lie and scam. I have contacted them and gotten no response. I would let everyone seeing this know that Toluna is a scam company and they should be hung up on or sent to spam box. Unbelievable a company can misrepresent themselves in this manner.
Renee
Practice Manager

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Jeanne Kazama July 14, 2018

I read your review this afternoon, and I am inclined to agree with every single word. To be honest, though, I considered signing up to try to get at least one Amazon gift card. But when I saw that payments can take two to eight weeks to process, I was like “what the…” well, you know. Therefore I thought twice about signing up. Besides, many users have had problems with the site such as failing to receive payment, account being terminated w/o reason, etc. I shall not be the next to experience the same thing.

So, yeah…no reason for me to spend my time on Toluna.

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NORMAN October 28, 2018

Thank you I almost began with Taluma

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