Back when I was taking paid surveys for extra cash, Global Test Market was one of the first I ever bothered with. While they were never my favorite panel to answer surveys for, they were legitimate and they did pay me.
In today's post, I'm going to list for you the pros and cons of answering paid surveys for Global Test Market. But before I begin, you should know a few things about paid surveys (assuming you're new to them):
- They are good for extra money only. It's not a job.
- While easy, it can be a frustrating and very repetitive/boring way to earn money.
- Some survey panels don't pay in cash — just points you can redeem for gift cards.
- Sometimes you'll get invited to take a survey via email only to find, after answering five or so questions, that you don't qualify to complete it and you won't get paid.
- You should never pay a fee to sign up for a paid survey panel. If you're asked to do so, then that means you're getting ripped off.
Now that that is out of the way, here are the positive and negative things about answering surveys for Global Test Market — a legitimate, older paid survey panel.
Global Test Market Pros
#1 – It's possible to get your earnings in Paypal cash. There are a lot of panels these days that are opting to only pay out in gift cards. Global Test Market will still send you cash money. If you prefer, gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, etc. are also available.
#2 – If you don't like Paypal and don't have a Paypal account, you can request that they send you a paper check instead.
#3 – Global Test Market is open worldwide.
#4 – Teens can take part! The minimum age to sign up here is 14. See more online jobs for teens if you'd like other options.
#5 – It is possible to opt in to answer survey questions via your mobile phone if you have access to that more often than a computer (US, Canada, and China only for mobile). They send the Q's via text message when they have something they want you to answer.
Global Test Market Cons
#1 – They have a high cash out threshold. You need at least $50 accumulated (1200 points) to redeem for a Paypal or check payment. It can take a while to get there, just depending on how many surveys you receive and qualify for.
#2 – From my own personal experience, they send a lot of survey invitations, but screening out happens very frequently. I probably got to qualify for and complete maybe 20 percent of the surveys I was invited to try.
#3 – Some of the surveys will only pay you in sweepstakes entries, which I think is practically the same as getting nothing since chances are so slim you'll win the prize draw. Always notice what reward you're being given (redeemable points or sweepstakes entries) prior to accepting a survey invitation.
#4 – If for any reason you need to contact their customer service, it can take quite a while to hear back from them (if you do). I can't recall trying to get in touch with them personally, but this is one of the top complaints I see from users, that they are just not that responsive.
#5 – They operate on a points system, meaning that they give you so many points per survey taken, which you can then redeem and turn into cash or gift cards. I personally prefer panels that tell you exactly how much money each survey is worth so I can decide before jumping in if it would be worth the time.
It has been more than five years since I was an active member here. I hung in there long enough to redeem and get a $50 check (which I did receive), but after being paid I didn't bother with them much anymore. That was in part because they weren't one of my favorite panels since I screened out so much, and also in part because at that time I was finding other, more lucrative ways to earn money online.
How to Sign Up
If you want to try Global Test Market out for yourself, you can go here to sign up.
And, if you're interested in learning about other survey panels, you can get the eBook I wrote with details on 50 reputable ones. It's just available at Amazon, or you can read it free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.