rajukurup wrote: No hope that this curse will be lifted as the support here seems to me as the worst
Well the good news is that support should not matter in how good the site would be, that is just one element. I've freelanced before for a company that had just as HORRIBLE support, but their earning opportunities were great. You see, as long as you do not require help or come into issues requiring support, that's usually the preferred outcome for any given company, most support issues can be self supported on forum (users helping other users), unfortunately, member account issues can only be resolved by an official support person. And believe me, this site does not have the worse support, there is far far worse, I've experienced it and I don't want to name names
feel sorry that he sold such a nice site to prodege which has no loyality to the members here
It was probably his best option $$$$$ wise, I don't think another single owner or small GPT would have afforded the asking price
So it is only logical that a big company with spending power buys the small company, that's how it usually happens, the big fish swallow the small fish ......Also I have reason to believe that Prodege had its eyes on CS for years now, one of its admin has been a member on the forum since 2014, mind you this is just a theory and not a fact, but if it is true, you'd think they would know what they were getting into and what makes its members tick
But I will leave this one for the conspiracy theory experts here
Thought earlier that this site would be as good as clicksense within 2-3 months after the change but nothing good is seen to happen
The psychic friends network denied any refunds, they are nowhere to be found for comment, they left the building
But I keep asking the Swedish Chef for his opinion on a daily basis, but I somehow cannot understand what he's saying, he keeps throwing stuff in the air, what's he trying to say
For surveys some countries are doing well, some members are doing well, more or less like CS, maybe better, maybe equal, depends, unfortunately for other members / countries less to no surveys, I don't know why, - and for tasks, it is the same, it did not change, as tasks are entirely dependent on F8, and the transition from CS to yS has not changed anything for tasks, luckily that remained intact. For surveys things are different because they must outsource them through different companies.
Have they bought clicksense to destroy it or is it really a curse of clicksense ?Whatever may be it is a great blow to most hardworking members here
I don't know - I've done some extensive research on acquisitions, and unfortunately I have found disturbing information. There are many cases where acquisitions have worsened the experience for the company being acquired, and in some cases ran the business to the ground! There are many examples of that here in Canada, companies that have been acquired and run to the ground and business completely destroyed but these were mostly retail chains.
As far as rewards site, most acquisitions have worsened the experience, here are some examples which I already gave in other topics:
*Greenfield Online - It was a great direct survey panel, I did many surveys with them, support was great, payment was fast, by check, and the survey values were high too, not cents but few dollars, and quite a few high value projects like $50-$75 1 hour focus groups. They were eventually acquired by Toluna, one improvement was that Toluna supported PayPal, but where things became worse are the MINIMUM requirements to get paid (60,000 points) I think that is equivalent to $50, and the rate per survey became much lower, and there is a long delay for a survey to approve and receive points. This is when I quit Toluna direct panel, but fortunately Toluna outsources its surveys through ThinkAction, a company that it operates and runs branded routers like OpinionSurveys, Give2Cents, etc, and you get paid instantly through those, but for the direct panel experience it's worse than Greenfield. Their direct panel support is also bad. Their survey inventory though is great, Toluna is a good provider, BUT unfortunately its direct panel is not as good as Greenfield.
*Opinion Outpost, that was probably one of the highest paying direct survey panel, I was also a member of that for years, they too paid by check, promptly, great support, high pay rate, most surveys were $3-$4, sometimes more, the surveys were fun, and mostly short. Unfortunately one day, and suddenly, they were acquired by SSI (Survey Sampling International) another great provider of surveys, BUT as a direct panel they pretty much suck, so after acquisition, they too added PayPal and gift cards, BUT their survey pay rate went down big time, to eventually most of their surveys are 60c on the direct panel, very few are a little higher. Their support is HORRIBLE, and the frequency of surveys has gone down BIG time, so I left SSI, and now do their surveys through their routers, OpinionWorld, where I have a better experience than the direct panel. So these are only a few examples among many, where rewards site have been made worse after an acquisition, I'm not aware of any that closed, at least not the ones I was on, but they did substantially worsen .... In my research, 100% of the survey panels / rewards site that were acquired were worse off on many levels, and better off on SOME levels, but mostly worse.... This is a research and statistic, it does not mean it will happen here necessarily, but so far, it's on point, experience has worsened for some, and few elements are better, for some.
BTW the research I did was long term, it was not in the months after acquisition but YEARS later those survey panels that were acquired are still in the same situation, in fact SSI's own panel has worsened year after year, it was my favourite though, even after they acquired OpinionOutpost, but eventually as months / year progressed their surveys are less and payment rates reduced to mostly 60 points (60c) per survey, and horrible support Most of the good direct panels I was on got acquired and worsened, so this is when I joined CS and another panel for surveys, which are far better than direct panels. To my knowledge the one remaining survey panel remaining that is still decent is PINECONE research, they pay a FIXED $3 per survey, most surveys are quite short, they also send food, beverage and products to your home for testing, and they support a massive rewards store, including PayPal cash, and yes you can withdraw your FULL balance, they use denoms there too, but you can set the quantity, and payments are processed within 1-2 days max. Unfortunately that panel only accepts members on special invites or special campaigns, it's hard to get on, sadly, I was banned from the panel due to inactivity, not responding to new surveys, because I was busy with other projects, only open to US and Canada though....But I imagine if one day they get acquired, the rates will be much lower.
So as far as here, the future is a big question mark, unknown, even after 3 months there is still no clear indication, the more months go by without anything significant, the more they may lose some of their most active and committed members - it's harder to find NEW active members than maintain the committed ACTIVE members IMO, they should really think about that and invest in that. You are not in a bad situation though since you have a good source of income outside site, unfortunately for some, the site IS the sole income for now, so worse case scenario if site goes belly up, you will not lose much, though many will, hopefully things turn around for you and other members who are not doing well here, though in my opinion, I cannot honestly see any hint or indication that things will improve, as the communication has clearly diminished big time.
But who knows right ? People win the lottery sometimes, and miracles do happen
I'm assuming you are also a member of NB right ? Are you doing well over there like some others claim ?
I only stopped Neo since they lost their PayPal, skrill and neteller are not good options for Canada, and unfortunately Fernando (the admin) does not like the idea of Payoneer, maybe we should try to convince him
I wish this site was just as good in terms of communication and support, on that site, the admin is active and communicates, only thing is that their topics get closed quickly , it's time for their site to shine now, they have a huge opportunity.......But nobody lasts forever, one day that other site will go through the same faith, get sold or shut down, although the admin shows no clues as to wanting so, but still, nobody lives forever, but if one day they do decide on selling it will be tough, they are a PTC, they will have to get rid of PTC and convert to a full fledged GPT....