Program: Cashback Research
Rank: 70/100 – this survey site isn’t any type of scam, and will pay you minimal profit if you are able to earn the $30 minimum required for payout. Like their slogan says, you won’t get rich but you will get paid – it’s true. The overall payment isn’t worth the effort, though, as you will most likely only make a few bucks.
Cashback Research has been around since 2007 and currently has over 1.5 million members. With that type of history, you may think it is an awesome opportunity to earn some easy cash online. But is it really a great work at home “job” or all just hype? Let me explain the details within this review.
How do you earn money?
Cashback Research is a pretty standard survey company that pays money for taking mostly third party surveys. In other words, it’s basically a portal to other survey companies in which you will have to sign up with in order to take the surveys.
You’ll get paid $10 if you sign up with at least 12 partner companies (you can choose from their list). Chances are you’ve already heard of most of the companies on the list – Panda Research, Swagbucks, and Inbox Dollars – just to name a few.
You’ll also receive an easy $2.50 for filling out your profile surveys.
While those can get you an easy $12.50 – you’re going to have to earn at least $30 before you can cash out, and that last $17.50 can be very time consuming for most people considering each survey is only worth a few cents or maybe a few dollars at best. The $75 survey claim isn’t very realistic – the reality is you’re going to be working for far less than minimum wage.
How do you get paid?
The payment is either via PayPal or gift cards. You have to reach a $30 minimum to cashout your points.
Pros vs Cons of Cashback Research
- It’s entirely free to join, and there aren’t any upsells
- You get $2.50 just for filling out your profile surveys
- It’s relatively easy to do
Extremely low pay
Sure, companies may be willing to pay people for their opinions, but in 99% of cases it’s going to be a few cents or a couple of bucks. The earn up to $75 per survey! claim they like to use is highly misleading, because the vast majority of people are never going to be offered a survey paying that much, and even if they are they probably won’t qualify to take it.
Not an unlimited opportunity
While even if you’re willing to accept the fact you won’t get paid very much, another downside is there’s an extremely limited amount available to take. If you’ve never signed up for a survey company before, you may think from the advertising you could sit and take surveys all day long if you wanted to, but it just doesn’t work out like that.
I can’t speak for everybody, but I can only go by my personal experience and what I’ve heard others say. I have gotten rejected from at least 90% of surveys I’ve ever tried to take, and the surveys offered by Cashback Research were no exception.
The issue is, each survey is looking for a particular demographic, and often times you won’t fit it. For example, a survey about migraines may be looking for women in their 30’s who live in a particular area, or have kids.
No matter what your demographics are, you won’t be able to sit online all day and take an endless amount of surveys. There isn’t any type of auto screening before a survey is given, you have to spend a considerable amount of time, often times up to 10 minutes, to go through questions that most likely will screen you out from the survey before it even begins.
While certain people may have better luck than others, most will find it quite difficult to even find a few surveys they’ll be eligible for.
$30 is too high for a payment point
Because it takes so long to earn any type of money with this website, it’s unfair to set the minimum cashout requirement so high. Most other survey sites are set at $20, and in my opinion, they should have the minimum be much lower, or have no requirement. If someone takes the time to do surveys and earns $29, but never is able to earn that extra $1 to reach the limit, they will never get paid for their time.
Signing up for CR and other companies opens the door to receive not only spam through your email, but sometimes even unwanted phone calls. Make sure you always use a special email for signing up with these companies, and avoid giving out your phone number.
Final opinion – Why I don’t recommend it
While Cashback Research isn’t a scam, I find it not worth the time or effort. Their slogan states you won’t get rich, and that couldn’t be closer to the truth. Most surveys are only worth a few cents or a couple of bucks, and most people find they’ll only earn a few bucks per hour, at best. Good luck trying to find that $75 survey! I’m sure it exists, somewhere, but more than likely you’ll never get it.
If you’re okay with only making a couple of bucks per hour and find it a fun hobby, then by all means go for it. But for those looking for a real income opportunity, this company is no solution.
Cashback Research Summary
Program: Cashback Research
Verdict – Overall a legit survey program, but you really won’t get paid much at all. Surveys are only worth pennies and you’ll get paid a few bucks per hour at best, far less than minimum wage. If you’re looking for a serious income opportunity CR is not the best choice.