What are you going to do when you go to a paid surveys website that looks unoptimized as if we still live in the 1990s? You’re probably going to wonder if those guys are actually serious about selling their story to you or anyone else. That’s exactly the case with Quick Rewards.
Let’s see what awaits you if you are willing to go past this first issue. After all, it might just be a problem of aesthetics and functionality. Maybe nothing is wrong with the system and they are totally legit. If you don’t want to judge the book by its cover, you will probably try to dig a bit deeper.
However, as soon as you try to enter the system, Quick Rewards may redirect you to another website called Opinion Router, which doesn’t even require registration. All you need to do there is just type in your email address associated with PayPal. No questions asked, no strings attached (or so it seems). Do you really want to do that?
But first, we need to see an overview of the company behind Quick Rewards – or at least, whatever information we can dig up on them.
What Is Quick Rewards?
Quick Rewards Inc. is a New York based company that specializes in market research. The “About Us” section on their website says they operate from 2002, but according to their LinkedIn page, they are only six years old and have in between 2 and 10 employees.
The number of employees doesn’t encourage me to believe they are a very developed business – assuming the info is up to date. But whatever the truth is, this discrepancy in information doesn’t seem very promising.
They offer a few ways of earning money, and you can opt for any or all of them.
- Doing online surveys. You should earn $1 per survey completed, and will be able to take on up to three surveys per day.
- Shopping. They integrated some cash back options with their system. It means you should be able to get back a certain amount of cash (or points convertible to cash) when you shop for certain products.
- Playing games, watching videos, solving captchas. Just in case you’re not familiar with them, captchas are those weird, deformed mixes of numbers and letters that some online forms need you to decipher in order to determine whether you’re human or a bot.
The money you earn should be available in up to three days, and you can choose from cashing out via PayPal or different gift cards such as Disney, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Applebee’s, Olive Garden. More nice information coming from their website: the threshold for cashing out is extremely low – just 1¢! The gift cards threshold is at least $5.
If that is true, it’s very nice news considering that the majority of rewards programs out there have a pretty high threshold – and most of them don’t offer actual money at all.
The company is not accredited with Better Business Bureau, but they have an A rating there. That, however, still doesn’t sound too reassuring when you see that this rating is based on a single customer review – which may as well be fake.
What Happens If You Get Redirected?
As I already mentioned, a number of users report that they are being redirected to something called Opinion Router. Once there, they are only required to enter their PayPal email address – no forms, questions, conditions, qualification surveys, nothing.
Usually, rewards programs restrict their users to the US (or US and Canada) citizens. This one claims everyone is welcome – and I am not inclined to see that as an advantage. Paid surveys platforms research the market on behalf of different companies and brands – and which serious company wouldn’t target customers by location, demography, income?
The fact that you only need to enter your email address associated with PayPal makes it even more suspicious. Normally, these platforms will try to accumulate at least some information about their users by having them complete the registration process, so they could sort them out. And if someone is only after my email address, I will think twice before hitting “Submit”.
Their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page claims that the process is 100% free. They warn users, however, that PayPal may charge a fee for Business or Premier accounts – hence a Personal Account is recommended with PayPal.
Let’s see what happens when you start doing surveys. If you’ve ever done it before, you will be familiar with that notorious message that often pops in when you’re almost done with a survey. It usually reads along the lines of “We’re sorry, but you don’t qualify for this survey. Try the next one!”
It happens with Quick Rewards (or Opinion Router) too. All of a sudden, you get an error message informing you that you can’t proceed with the survey or that you aren’t eligible. However, there is a cure: you “just” need to screenshot the message and email it to them within 48 hours. But the problem is that they aren’t promising anything. They just say “we may be able to issue one manual credit” if everything works out okay. Now, imagine yourself collecting an assortment of these screenshots and sending them out. That’s what I call wasting even more time.
Even if you manage to get through your survey, it just might happen that you don’t get paid. They have an explanation and advice for it: if you notice that a survey doesn’t credit, stop doing more surveys immediately and – again – report the problem to their customer service within 48 hours. Cleaning your cookies or trying from another browser might help.
If you don’t report the problem within this time frame, forget about redeeming your money. If you do it, however, they “may be able” to offer you courtesy manual credit for one survey, along with troubleshooting the problem. One survey? That’s up to $1, thank you very much! That is, if you even notice and report it on time, since it may take up to 72 hours to get paid.
I Didn’t Get Redirected. What Can I Expect?
If you didn’t get redirected to Opinion Router, the process is pretty straightforward and seems legit. Just like the majority of their competitors, they will prompt you to fill out a form with your personal info such as name, address, household members and income. Confirm your address and that’s it, you’re good to go.
Apart from doing surveys for cash, you can also get a few bonus coins each day for completing a list of simple and short daily tasks such as visiting their partner websites or playing games online.
The problem is, you won’t get directly paid for all of these tasks. Some will pay in points or tokens. As soon as you collect 5,000 points (a pretty high threshold), you will need to email customer support to convert those points to cash, since they didn’t automate the process. Another problem with these daily tasks is that you will often be prompted to shop online. Why would you do that just because they ask you to?
If you opt for earning via cashback, just choose your preferred stores and you’ll see how much cash you can get back.
Final Verdict? Is Quick Rewards Scam or Legit?
Assuming you didn’t get redirected, Quick Rewards itself seems to be legit. The only thing that looks scammy to me is the redirection problem, but not everyone reports it. If you don’t encounter this issue, I would say there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give Quick Rewards a try.
Many customers have reported earning with them, but the general consensus is that they have a pretty low earning potential. This is a common issue with most market research platforms, though.
When all taken into account, there are many things they need to get right in order to earn full confidence of their customers. It seems that they are currently in the process of updating the system. Hopefully, it will get better functionality along with the looks. Most importantly, they should fix the redirection issue, since it is really suspicious and affects the already fragile trust. If that should happen anytime soon, I will happily update this Quick Rewards review. Stay tuned and let me know about your experience with Quick Rewards!