BigSpot.com is a paid survey site that has been advertising on television lately. They are free to join, as all good market research sites should be, however, they function a little differently than most other paid survey sites.
Instead of providing you with surveys and then compensating you for the work you have completed, Big Spot acts as a portal website that, once your information has been submitted, merely gives you a list of other free paid survey sites and encourages you to sign up at a variety of those companies.
Since BigSpot.com doesn’t actually give you surveys, they aren’t responsible for paying you. Instead, each individual company you sign up with will various policies and regulations about how you will be compensated, how often you will be compensated, and what kind of compensation you will receive.
Big Spot is honest and upfront about market research surveys being a good way to make extra money, though not for “getting rich,” and they say in their Terms page that Big Spot will never ask you to pay fees or charges at any time to them.
So What’s the Deal with Big Spot?
Well, since BigSpot.com doesn’t actually provide you with any surveys themselves, they aren’t actually a paid survey company or a market research company. Rather, if you look around through their various policies, you’ll see that Big Spot makes its money from giving your information to advertisers and salesmen.
Big Spot claims that they do not give your information out to third parties unless you authorize them to do so. In general, Big Spot will ask for this authorization by saying that you have been chosen for a special offer or would you like more information regarding certain opportunities? Once you say yes to that, your information has been legally sold, which results in many of the complaints about Big Spot centering on receiving spam and contact from people that users claim they never agreed to.
The truth is that not only are there a million free paid survey websites out there, but there are actually free portal websites out there that will bring you to one place where you can sign up for a variety of companies and who won’t sell your information to anyone. So if you’re looking to make money taking surveys, BigSpot.com probably actually isn’t the best place to go.