Vindale Reserch – Scam or Legit?

Is Vandale Research a legit survey company or is it a scam? In my opinion, they are absolutely a SCAM, here is why:

I signed up with them, just wanted to know the truth, here is what I found out and why I say they are scam:

One of the surveys available for me right after I signed up is their “Accelerated Training Tutorial” – which pays $5.00. Yes, you go through this training and get $5.00 credit in your account, sounds great? until you read this: the training is actually asking me go through the sign up process with eFax’s 30-day FREE trial (is this trail sounds familiar to you? of course I am not stupid) then do their so called follow up survey (apparently the “survey” is just a bogus survey from Vindale.).

OKEY, I don’t need to go on anymore – It is very clear to me that this is NOT a Paid Survey, this is actually a Paid  offer.

I also did a little research on web, and found out that people are talking about having to pay upfront fee (give out credit card numbers) to evaluate a product and do “surveys” – this makes it even more evident that Vindale Research is NOT a legit paid survey/marketing research company – REAL paid survey/Marketing Research companies NEVER ask you to pay for anything such as the product you are suppose to test and evaluate to give your opinion, it is ALWAYS FREE to do product testing and give your opinion on the products you tested by taking the follow up survey about the products.

So what are they?

Vindale is  a Paid To Do offers site, NOT a legit Paid Survey/Marketing research site/company.  You get paid for signing up offers, just like many other Paid Offer sites.

Should I sign up with them?

I have heard people getting paid by them, but many have issues with them such as not getting credit. Signing up with them or not is up to you. The point is do you want to spend time on them knowing that there is a possibility that you will not get paid? The sad thing is many GPT beginners don’t even know about this possibility, and they are easily fooled by sites like Vindale research.

Those days crooks and scammers like Vinale are getting smarter and using more creative dirty tricks. What they are doing is deceiving and unethical, and they should be put out of business.

If you are looking for legitimate paid survey sites that are free to join and pay, please check out my Free Lists of Legit Paid Survey Sites.

38 thoughts on “Vindale Reserch – Scam or Legit?

  1. I have been using Vindale for many years and have NEVER had a problem with them. They are NOT a scam and they DO pay. As with all websites and technology in general, glitches do happen. If you don’t get credit for something, just let them know and as long as you can show them you completed the survey, they will credit you. I have earned a few hundred dollars from them just for trying out various products, services, etc. or taking surveys. Just because you may be cynical and impatient and had a bad experience doesn’t mean they are a scam. Hell, they paid me $40 just to apply for a Discover card and then do a survey about the application process!

    • Thank you for your feedback christine. I am glad to hear that Vinale works for you, but for many others they don’t. For me the biggest problem is they are not honest and upfront about what their so called “evaluations” really are, which are really paid offers meaning in order to get paid for trying those product/services you have to pay first. They call those paid surveys/evalations because they created those bogus fake surveys/evaluations for those paid offers! Vinale and companies like them really give legit paid surveys a bad name.

      There are other sites have the same business model like Vinale such as cashcrate. I never consider cashcrate a scam because they are very transparent about paid offers and surveys etc and how it works.

  2. VINDALE IS A SCAM PURE AND SIMPLE.

    1. THEY PAY SELECTED INDIVIDUALS WHICH IS HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH THE PRETENSE THEY ARE LEGIT. KEEP A FEW PEOPLE HAPPY.

    2. THEY WILL LET YOU GET THEM REFERRALS BUT THEY WONT PAY YOU FOR THEM. I HAD 10 REFERRALS AND NOT PAID FOR ONE. THEY TELL YOU ITS BECUZ THE REFERRAL DIDNT COMPLETE A SURVEY YET.

    3. THE SURVEYS ARE A JOKE. THEY ASK FOR PERSONAL INFO REGARDING FINANCES ETC. YOU TAKE 15 MINS ANSWERING QUESTIONS THEN YOU ARE TOLD YOU DONT QUALIFY AND NO CREDIT IS GIVEN.

    4. YOU CANNOT POST ON THEIR FB PAGE. RED FLAG RIGHT THERE.

    5. THE SURVEYS THAT SUPPOSEDLY PAY FROM 10.00 TO 75.00 ARE A SCAM TOO. THEY WANT YOU COMPLETE AN OFFER GIVING CC INFO FIRST.

    6.THEY ARE SIMPLY AN INFO GATHERING SITE AND CREDIT CARD NUMBER STEALING COMPANY.

    • In all the years I’ve been using Vindale, never once have they asked me for my CC information. Their offer links direct you to other legitimate websites that have hired Vindale! A perfect example is Discover. I completed an online Discover application directly through Discover’s website (yep, gave them my SS# and everything) and I was approved! Not only did I get a Discover card in the mail (a legitimate one) but I got paid $40 just for applying AND my credit score jumped 15 points that month because of it!! I don’t know what Vindale you were using but it couldn’t have been http://www.vindale.com. The business located at THAT website is 100% legit.

    • That Discover card example you keep mentioning is not a real market research survey, it’s indeed a paid offer. Again you are one of the lucky ones that get paid, but many members are not only not get paid they won’t get credited for their so called “surveys” or “evaluations” or whatever they call it.

      The bottom line is Vindale Research Is NOT a legit market research survey company, period.

  3. :-)i too have been paid by vindale not once but twice!!! without any problems!!!!! [quote name=Roblee]I hate to disappoint you all but I have been paid from Vindale. i hit the $50.00 threshold in a short time and was paid via Paypal with no issues. They do send you emails daily of new surveys/studies that you can qualify for. The do offer more than a paid offer site you just have to go in their site and look for it. Good Luck to you all.[/quote]

  4. I havent found a true survey site but survey head seems to be the closest. I am close to payout so I will write back once I get that result

  5. I haven’t really found any sites that are truly surveys except for Survey Head. I have not been paid yet and am waiting for confirmation on some surveys. I will write back once I know how that turns out

  6. [quote name=Roblee]Yes they do but so doesn’t Panda, Mindspay, and many others. If you go into Studies you will find the “surveys” you’re looking for.[/quote]Panda and Mindspay are not real survey sites either. My point is they are not honest and upfront about those so called “evaluation” are actually not real market research surveys – those are paid offers. I understand they might have those low paying “daily surveys” but that’s not what I am talking about.

  7. Yes they do but so doesn’t Panda, Mindspay, and many others. If you go into Studies you will find the “surveys” you’re looking for.

  8. I hate to disappoint you all but I have been paid from Vindale. i hit the $50.00 threshold in a short time and was paid via Paypal with no issues. They do send you emails daily of new surveys/studies that you can qualify for. The do offer more than a paid offer site you just have to go in their site and look for it. Good Luck to you all.

  9. I JUST SIGNED UP WITH THEM. WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO TRY AND REMOVE MY ACCOUNT MY BALANCE WENT FROM $0 TO $2 …IM NOT ABOUT TO BE NO FOOL. FUCK THAT SITE !

  10. Took me a year, but I finally made it to their min. $50 payout. Only took 5 biz days to receive the PayPal deposit, though. But what it takes in time vs reward, it’s not worth an atom of energy. You have been warned.

  11. :evil: I hooked up with American Consumer Survey about 3 years ago & ALL they promise is that they will put you in their contests for money & they say that they will pay you for surveys, but what they do is send out small PRE-surveys which are actually the surveys they want you to do…& then tell you that if you are picked based on you pre-survey choices they will pay you for doing the actual survey. Thing is since you took the mini survey there is never an actual survey to do! But they will never tell you that & will never pay you & will never stop sending you emails. I unenrolled a year ago & am still getting surveys many times each week dispite them sending emails saying that if I don’t participate I will no longer receive emails!

  12. Also stay away from GlobalTest Marketing, Survey Spot and Survey Lot…..
    You can take hundreds of surveys and never get credited for them…….just more scammers!!!….
    I’m done with the whole survey thing. If anyone actually has a legit online business opportunity….let me know!

  13. Started to try them myself, got as far as the cc. and the request for pymts.Just did not sound on the up and up. Is there anything out there that is really a money making deal.

  14. I just got blasted with all kinds of spam from them. I’m so glad you’re out there warning people about this one.

  15. OH MAN! Popular Science in August 09 issue recommended them as a way to make money in these hard times.

    So I belived everything they said and provided all my info used real name as i wanted to be able to cash the Checks, was not sure if using a alias would work when I took checks to bank to cash.

    Oh, and I was getting a creepy feeling when they asked me to sighn up for BLOCKBUSTER and to stay with them for 20 days minimum and if I like them to stay as a paying member. And they offered me too little money to make it worth all the hastle it was $20 bucks, but that gives the my credit card info and I subtract the subscrption price.

    One has to be seriously demented to do this survey. And now thanks to you Gods Angels hear, I am 100% sure its a SCAM. And Popular Science a Legit Magazine should be held accountable for this.

    I am thinking about calling the Magazine to let them know how much of my time they wasted, and that they got my identity and private info into the hands of a SCAM company.

    I am one of the wisest smartest person, but with Popular Science recommending them, I let my guard down, so what is happening to all my fellow Mankind???

  16. I agree with most of the other people,it is a scam.I signed up with them,and when they asked for credit card info & to purchase a service or product to be able to continue to the BIG MONEY I cancelled and dropped them like a bad habit.I’m glad this site(my survey 123)exists to steer me away from pigs like this.Vindale was a big waste of my time but that was all I wasted. :woohoo:

  17. :sad: I saw right away that the tutorial scan would end up charging me for a credit report every month. This is no Paid survey. If you come to Snoped like I did for the truth, this is it, Vindale is a scam.

    • That was a product evaluating. Nothing wrong with it. As soon as you are not happy with that particular product u can cancel it. First month is free. They just want u to use the service, and take a survey about your experiences. They never force you to do evaluating. And they also tell you what you have to do in advance. :) I did that as well and got 7$.

    • Tamas,

      Sorry to say this but I don’t think you understand the difference between Market Research surveys and advertising “surveys” aka paid offers. What Vindale does is NOT market research at all, it’s called Paid Offers. They pay you to try out offers (and of course often times it’s not free) and their so called product evaluation surveys are fake bogus. Real market research companies NEVER ask you to pay anything upfront because they want your honest opinion on new products.

  18. TOTALLY agree!! I found out with my first survey that these people are all about selling! Unsubscribed ASAP! There are several sites out there that are all about this! What a shame-why can’t they just be upfront?? Go to Lightspeed and do their surveys-they pay out with points that are easily accumulated, and they give great gifts! That’s my fave!

  19. Hi Joyce,

    You are right – they are not upfront and honest their business.

    I am glad you find the info helpful! :-)

  20. Thank you for the heads up about Vindale. I noticed that when I opened their email, I was told I would need my CC. That’s a bad sign.

  21. I agree with you 100%, I came to this conclusion last week and have written basicly the same thing myself!

    I do want to point out though that although not technicaly a paid survey site, Bzzzagent does sometimes ask you to pay a small portion of a product you will be testing. I know this is NOT a Paid Survey site, but its one that most folks sign up for. and its MUCH better than PTC or PTR IMO. at least you do get free stuff, and points to redeem.

    Anyway, Thank you for all your hard work and I hope I have offended you, you are a wonderful help!!

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