HCD Surveys

This post is my HCD Surveys review. Please note: I haven’t received any surveys from HCD for a long time, and currently they are not accepting new members.

HCD Surveys ReviewHCD Surveys Panel was created in 2005 by HCD Research, a marketing and communications research company that was founded in 1991.  The company combines classical and sophisticated research techniques with innovative on-line applications that enable HCD Research to obtain comprehensive, meaningful data for customers.

Join HCD Surveys Panel

Survey Rewards
Points redeemable for Cash (paid via Check).

You earn points for every online surveys participate in. 100 points = $1.  On average, you will earn between $1 (100 points) to $5 (500 points) per study. If you disqualify for a survey, you will get 10 points which worth $0.10. A minimum of 1000 points ($10) is required to cash out.You can redeem your points for cash.

Age Requirement

At least 18 years old

Open to Countries

United States

My HCD Surveys Review;
HCD surveys is one of my favorite online paid survey sites. They don’t send out many surveys, however their surveys pay quite well, and I do like the fact you earn 10 points if you disqualify for a survey (which is nice and fair in my opinion) They seem to have more current events and political surveys, which are interesting, easy and short. Those surveys usually involve watching a short video and giving your reaction and opinion. They also have more health related surveys that pay quite well.

You do need to answer HCD’s surveys fast though since their surveys fill very quickly (due to the fact that surveys are interesting and pays are good.)

They use a point system, and points add up pretty quickly. Once you have 1000 points (which is quite easy to reach), you can request cash payment. They pay via check and usually take 6 weeks to receive check payment.

Following is a check payment I received from HCD.


Other Notes
1. HCD Surveys has a referral program, where you are rewarded 50 points for referring each friend.

2. HCD Surveys no longer accept P.O. Boxes as valid address – update your mailing address if you have a PO Box, otherwise you won’t receive payment check.

3. HCD Surveys also have two specialty panels for physicians and health-care professionals.

Overall I think HCD Surveys is a very good online paid survey panel, and I definitely recommend it!

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October 19, 2009

Just saw this on HCD Surveys website homepage about a Scam Alert:

“HCD Research, Inc. (HCD) has been made aware that an unidentified third party has been mailing out false checks that require you to submit personal information in order to win a cash prize. These checks and requests are not real and are not from HCD. For your own protection, do NOT give away any personal information as it relates to this fraud.

We take matters such as this very seriously and are investigating the situation. If you are a recipient of this information, please contact us online or fax the letter to us at 908-788-7179.

HCD Research, Inc. (HCD) has learned that unknown persons have been mailing out fake checks to individuals with offers requesting participation in surveys, secret shopper, mystery shopper, or investigative shopper opportunities in exchange for the individual keeping some money after wiring money to some third person. The letters typically request that you deposit the check and wire money through money transfer companies such as Western Union or MoneyGram in order to participate. The information and the checks are NOT from HCD or any of its affiliates. Please do NOT cash these checks as it relates to this scam. We are in the process of investigating this matter. If you believe that you have received a check or letter with the name HCD Research or HCD Surveys that may be related to this scam, please contact us online or call 1-888-404-9393. For further information, please see www.fakechecks.org for information regarding check scams and prevention.”

UPDATE 2019: I haven’t received any surveys from HCD Surveys for a long time, but I can still log into my account. And currently they are not accepting new members.

24 thoughts on “HCD Surveys

  1. Second (maybe) survey I received from HCD research so far this year! It’s health/medial condition related and I didn’t qualify.

    Dear Panel Member:

    HCD Research would like to invite you to participate in an online survey. We anticipate the study to take roughly 25 minutes to complete. In exchange for your participation, you will receive 1,500 points ($15) for completing this study. All of your information will be kept and held in the strictest of confidence. We appreciate your participation in this important study.

  2. Wow! Just received a survey today for 1000 points ($10), health medical condition related. Of course did not qualify. It’s been six month since last one!

  3. It’s been a while since I did a survey for HCD! But today HCD has a 1000 points survey! Topic is business study. Disqualified of course!!

    HCD Research would like to invite you to participate in our online survey. The study should take 15 minutes and you will receive 1,000 points ($10) for your completion.

    Well at least I know they are legit and pay, and points never expire!

    • Well, they used to be pretty good. I recall they had plenty surveys during the election years (2008)…I am staying with them…you never know when they will be “coming back”. lol. My last cash out was Nov.2011 I think…I always try to take their surveys at least get 10 points if not qualify…

  4. I received a healthcare survey reward is 300 points – it asked me my weight and height, then disqualified me. I wonder what profile they are looking for. lol. Well I did get 10 points for trying.

  5. I received a 1500 points ($15) survey invite from HCDSurveys a few days ago (Feb.20). It’s health related, I didn’t qualify, but received 10 points.

    • They were very specific. They are looking for someone with a specific health problem. Thats why they were paying so much. But not a single normal survey from them since 2011.

  6. Received an email from HCD early this month.

    Subject: Making you aware of potential scam.

    Dear Panel Member,

    Our company name, logo and other information was used by an unknown entity to unlawfully send out fraudulent checks in an attempt to scam people out of their hard-earned money. These checks were not sent by HCD Research, and have nothing to do with HCD Research in any way. They were mailed by someone or some organization that used our identity for fraudulent purposes. However, they attempt to fool people into thinking the checks are from us. The checks are NOT from HCD Research, and have no monetary value.

    These checks are sent from a variety of locations around the country, and are sometimes accompanied by an email that is made to look like it’s coming from us. We can assure you, they are not. They sometimes mention “mystery shopping” and “customer feedback” as part of the deception. They also ask the recipient to deposit the check into their personal account and wire money through a money transfer service such as Western Union to a random account number. However, the check is fraudulent, and will ultimately bounce even if it is accepted by a bank for deposit or for cash. You will most likely, be held responsible for any money from a fraudulent check that you spend, withdraw or receive in cash from a bank or check cashing service. Therefore, any money that you transfer by wire will be your responsibility.

    HCD Research has never run mystery shopper programs, and does not perform any type of check studies in this fashion in which a check is sent prior to your providing research feedback.

    This type of scam is also being run using names from other market research companies. Please be wary of any check from a market research or research panel company that comes to you unsolicited and in a very high dollar amount.

    If you believe you have received a fraudulent check from HCD Research, please DO NOT attempt to cash it under any circumstances.

    Finally, please be aware that we at HCD Research are doing everything in our power to stop the perpetration and furtherance of this scam. If you have cashed the check, please contact your bank and your local law enforcement.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at support@hcdi.net.

    Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.

    The Staff of HCD Research.

  7. Update – I haven’t received a survey since Oct. 2011. I never received that many surveys from them anyway. I don’t have enough to cash out and the last time I did was 2 years ago. I just now closed my account. I haven’t had any problems with them.

  8. Hi Tom, thank you for your feedback. As far as I know HCD is very legitimate, and I have cashed out few times. My experience is very similar to your – they do NOT send surveys regularly very month indeed. So it’s true that you might not get surveys from them for a few months but be patient and I am pretty sure they will have more surveys coming up soon since 2012 is election year. 😉

  9. 🙁 I was very satisfied with the surveys sent to me until I got close to having enough points to be able to redeem. I got to be one survey away from being able to redeem my points and all of a sudden the surveys stopped coming to me. This was 4 months ago. I contacted them and was told the surveys are sent randomly. I don’t accept this as I was getting quite a few surveys every month and now none for over 4 months. This is very suspicious to me.

  10. Update – I receive 1-2 surveys a month and qualify for 0-1 of them, not as many surveys for me as it was in 2010. I haven’t had any problems with them.

  11. I signed up and tried to send a message to them. It looks like their messaging is down. I get a 500 internal error page.

  12. I had never heard of this survey panel before and I thought I knew them all. Thanks for this recommendation. I’ll give them a try.

  13. Update – I receive 1-3 surveys a month. I qualify for 0-1 surveys. Their surveys are unique as they deal with whats going on in the media. I havent had any problems with them or receiving the check.

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