Monday, September 1, 2008

Basking in The Laptop of Luxury

After receiving a recent influx of invitations to "make money completing surveys" I wondered if anybody has ever profited from this enterprise. One of my team members earned 30.00 from writing a few articles on the internet, but other than that, I have yet to meet these fire breathing entrepreneurs getting rich for "their answers to whether they use 1 or 2 ply toilet tissue. Granted, I have always been a skeptic at heart. Trust but verify. But how do you verify the value of an online survey?

People are not created equal. Some individuals have generated a passive income (which is the ultimate form of wealth) completing online surveys, while the latter develop red eyes, stiff necks and tired hands. I know this, because I completed one of those "short surveys" last night. And like the morning after a hangover, backwards pants a lost shoe and a dead cell phone; the answers I seek to augmenting my income will not be found in this sector of the transnational e-conomy. Because what I've learned from this experience, is that submitting wasted time, energy and opportunity for a "chance" to win a 25.00 gift card is fruitless. And no matter how compelling the enticement, such efforts are not exactly the true path to basking in the laptop of luxury.

10 comments:

Katherina said...

What a lovely perspective! I'm a big believer in earning your income, working hard and getting rewarded, and these online surveys type jobs just rub me all kinds of wrong.

RT said...

Hi, Katherina. Originally, I wanted to write about "get-rich-quick-internet-scams". But my thoughts took a detour and I found myself jumping to another tangent. I'm going to check out your blog. Thanks for checking out mine.

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Get rich quick schemes never work for real people rt.

And don't we all get of on a tangent sometimes, most distracting when you lose an idea.

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abby shumer donner said...

Terrific post. I've made about 60 dollars total but I did get some free cigs and a lot of undereye wrinkle cream!

RT said...

Pardon my errant thoughts, everyone. Prior to writing this weeks blog I spent several hours reading blogs unlike my own.

I often feel unduly influenced by other bloggers, whether good or for fun. That's the reason I don't read or watch movies before inserting my bloggoreah into cyberspace.

Paz said...

shortcuts are always the longest way round, and the easy money is never that easy. I remember a girl in college that spent a summer doing one of those mailing from home scams all she had at the end of the break were sore fingers and a sore tongue

RT said...

Paz, no matter what the latest scam involves, you gotta find diamonds in the system.

Paz said...

there is a pot of gold underneath every rainbow but often it takes a long hard wak to get there, good luck finding yours, any luck with the publishing?

Pasifik said...

This situation really happen to me. I've been working online to earn $$$ but it seems not that easy as how they look!

good luck bro!

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RT said...

Pasifik, I think these survey companies make money off the people who complete the surveys. Then, they turn around and sell our names to businesses looking for new customers. This is what it boils down to: SURVEY SITES ARE LIST BROKERS FOR BUSINESSES SEEKING TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS.