(please bear in mind that this review was written in 2008. Some things, I suspect, have changed with GlobalTestMarket, so please do your own research before deciding to join)
(it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so here goes… and a one, a two, a one, two, three, four…)
In a nutshell, GlobalTestMarket.com is a program that pays you to complete online surveys.
Now I don’t have the foggiest clue when I joined it, but it feels like quite a while (like before Brad and Angelina were a sopple – no misspelling – ‘sopple’ means ‘soppy couple’. I’ve been going through an ‘invent a ridiculous word’ phase recently. Another word invented by yours truly: tinyminutinisationism. The art of tiny.)
REWARD PER SURVEY…
For every survey you attempt to complete, you get a certain number of ‘marketpoints’. I say ‘a certain’ because they really can vary. Sometimes, I get invited to a survey that can earn me b/w 5-35 points. Sometimes, it’s b/w 5-50 (and even higher, but never lower than 5. 5 is the absolute minimum). (UPDATE – JAN ’10: Marketpoints seem to have decreased to 30-35 points max per survey.)
HOW MUCH IS EACH MARKETPOINT WORTH?
A REWARD IF YOU DON’T QUALIFY…YEAH, BABY…
If you try to complete a survey and you don’t qualify, you’ll get rewarded 5 marketpoints (worth 25 cents) each time, (UPDATE – JAN ’10: This no longer exists; instead, if you don’t qualify, you get a free entry to a prize draw.)
HOW OFTEN ARE SURVEYS SENT OUT?
It depends on where you live. It also depends on the ‘profile surveys’ you complete (i.e., telling GlobalTestMarket more about yourself so that they can better determine your eligibility for certain surveys.)
I’m in the UK. I used to delete a lot of the surveys they used to send me ‘cos, to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered. I also had a job in the offline world that paid well. When I started taking the program a bit more seriously and actually attempted most of the surveys I received, they seemed to send more. I also noticed that when I surpassed the halfway mark, I’d start getting about 2-3 surveys a day, almost as if they were willing me to reach payout.
WHEN IS PAYOUT?
Once you’ve accumulated 1000 points. You can then exchange it for a cheque worth $50. The cheque will be sent in your local currency. However, if you live in the following countries: Lithuania, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine …it’ll be sent in US dollars.
GLOBALTESTMARKET: THE PROS…
– it might have a high payout threshold, but it does mean you get a bigger chunk once you reach it
– the surveys are far from boring. I’ve been sent a couple of films and videos to survey which have been cool.
– it can take a while to reach payout.
– it can take anywhere b/w 4-6 weeks for the cheque to arrive if you live in the US, and 6-8 weeks if you’re outside the US.
– it would be great if they could pay via Paypal.
TIPS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM…
– do make sure your name in their ‘Account Details’ section is the same as you’d like it to appear on your cheque.
– as tedious as it may seem, try and complete all profile surveys as it might increase the number of surveys you get. I found that it didn’t make a difference for me as I’d only ever completed 3 and I still reached payout. However, there’s no harm in completing all of them.
VERDICT’IONARY (here she goes again with the word playing. Arrest her, officer. This instant. Handcuff her. Spank her. Feed her ice cream. Til she begs for a chocolatexorcism.)
I’ve read mixed reviews about GlobalTestMarket. Some complained they hardly ever received surveys (or qualified for them), while others said the company had given excuse after excuse when they’d reached payout (and subsequently didn’t pay up).
I’ve reached payout, so we’ll see.
If you do join, do come back and let me know how it’s going for you.
Big Mama has left the building…