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So I keep hearing about how quite a few people out there actually pull in a bit of decent side money by filling out/taking online surveys. Granted, it's nowhere near enough to live off of, but an extra $100 a month for just an hour a day at most filling out some forms could go a long way for a starving college kid.
The thing is, I'm fully aware that at least 90% of these are scams. I did some research on a few good free ones, but the pay turnout is really poor to be frank ($1 for a 20-minute survey? Are you kidding me?). Not to mention that the one site I've stuck with for the past few days has most of the survey dumping me out after a ten minute investment cause I don't qualify :? It makes me feel cheated and duped.
Granted, I have made a bit of money off of it, but that's mainly from completing personal profile options.
I am wondering, has anyone actually tried to do this sort of thing before? Maybe not even for cash, just for prizes; anything ranging from headphones to iPads. I wouldn't mind setting aside a little bit of time each day if there's even a little bit of payoff, but with getting rejected/not "qualifying" for a good amount of the surveys, I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble at all.
TL;DR - Do online surveys work in earning money/prizes?