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Paid survey South Africa - Why it's a scam !

Updated on November 14, 2010

I have been writing and making money online in South Africa for a little over 2 years now and have decided to share some of my findings with those of you who are just recently trying to make money online in South Africa.

I want to bring special attention to the Paid Survey market in South Africa and why i think it is a scam. I can say that I do make a decent income online as a South African and only do this in my spare time and it is definitely not from attending to a paid survey or any online survey method in South Africa.


It was during the Christmas holidays of a few years back and having just got unlimited bandwidth for my home pc, that I started to do some research and went about building my own website to help generate more leads for my day job. Needless to say though that I quickly began researching online paid surveys as a means to earn a secondary income form home in South Africa.

I must admit that I did try a few paid survey sites to start with and found that even though they are open to citizens form all around the world and try to rope you in with the promises of dollars. With our exchange rate and getting paid in dollars, I must say it sounded quite lucrative.

The fact was that there were surveys that were mostly designed to observe marketing brands and products that were not available in South Africa. You could say that they are not a scam and there will be some that argue that there is money to be made taking a paid survey.

However you look at it, there are so many categories to choose from whereby you agree that you have suitable reference and experience to give feedback in specific industries and you could quite easily lie.But have there ever been paid surveys for products in South Africa as far back as you can remember. Have you seen an advert in the Sunday Times or Sunday Tribune that would warrant you to risk your hard earned money to become a member with the promises of earning so many dollars each month, well no there isn't.

So, if you have read this far, then you are probably wondering what my angle is or why am I writing this.

The reason is that I got irritated by the amount of mis-direction there is online that it will take a good 6 months for a South African to weed through the making money form ideas to find one that is viable in South Africa and can make a decent living.

I confess that I do earn dollars and on occasion some pounds, however I always request payment in Rands. Why ? Because it costs about R 120.00 every time I cash a cheque at the bank if it's in dollars or pounds.

There are only two real ways to make money online from the pc in South Africa.

They are quite simply;

1. By writing simple articles like this one for people needing ghost writers or by writing them for yourself.

2. The second method is by selling products online and earning a small commission of usually around 3 - 10 % depending on the product.

The first method of article writing online allows advertisers to provide some advertising for whatever content you have decided to write in the hopes that you will view their products.

The second method of selling products is in fact very popular throughout the world and is referred to as affiliate marketing.

I hope you have found this enlightening in your search for more information on the ability to earn an income online in South Africa and are not duped into the Paid Survey scam that litters the internet.


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      KRISTOFA 6 years ago

      Thanks for being open about survey on line. If those who claim to have earned good money on line could be bold, please let them post their evidence and tell us how they are doing it.

      Certainly there are many advertised paying survey sites, what I cannot be sure of is , are all these scams? At least they do not ask me to pay but want to pay me.

      However I believe the possibility of having a paying survey company because they are making good money in advert income.

      Please i will ask you to introduce me to those sites that pay for articles. I will be very grateful to you.(

      Hope to get your response

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      Speak Asia Fraud 6 years ago

      Really information which i am looking for thanks for sharing it on hubpages.

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      Frode 6 years ago

      You should also read this: (you can delete this link/comment later)

      From the website:

      "On the 12th of each month, we will hand out gift certificates NOK 2 000 in total to those who write about being a member of Triaba Panel. Each gift certificate is of NOK 200, ie it will be handed out no more than 10 gift cards. If there are more than 10 contributions, we will consider whether the number should be increased or whether it should be a draw between the contributors. Our members outside Scandinavia will be paid an amount in local currency equivalent to 200 Norwegian kroner. "

      I dont know hove much this is in R, but it is near $35. Today there is only 2 contributors.

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      Dale Nelson 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Frode,

      In good faith, I will test the Triaba site even though it is registered in Norway and would not be subject to South African law.

      I note that the disclaimer can not guarantee any specific number of surveys and has a payment of R5 - R 35 per survey which may equate to 50 cents to $4.00 US currency. So, it may take forever to reach the threshhold of R 75.00 as mentioned in the payment section being minimum say 15 surveys.

      We shall see then and report back here. Comments on other Traiba users welcome.

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      Frode 6 years ago

      Hi Dale. You can join surveypanels in South Africa that pay by PayPal and not by cheque. Then you don't have to pay that much when you redeem your money.

      (If you need any example, follow the link to our surveypanel Triaba Panel. It is a part of the Cint Panel Exchange (CPX))