My geeky love of filling in questionnaires earns me the occasional tiny amount of money, by doing online surveys for Valued Opinions. Normally you'd expect to get 50p for a five-minute questionnaire, or up to a £1 for a longer one. So far I've got myself £25 worth of Amazon vouchers. But I really don't know how many people they're expecting to attract with this one:
"We have a new survey available for you to take. By qualifying and completing the survey you will receive £3.00. NOTE: During this survey, you’ll be asked for feedback on a 45-minute video. The feedback questions after the video should take no more than 20 minutes of your time. This survey is compatible only with Microsoft Internet Explorer. To ensure the best experience, please use Microsoft Internet Explorer to complete this survey."
I'm not a viewer, I'm a reader. Give me ten pages to read and ask for my feedback, I'd be there. But this - no thanks. If I had the patience to watch a video for forty-five minutes, I'd watch episode 2 of The Killing. (Which I actually really want to see; I don't fully understand why I don't just sit down and watch it.)
And no way am I going to the trouble of downloading Internet Explorer. A company that makes that sort of demand is more than a little behind the times. Or maybe by saying that they're hoping to screen out anyone who does more than email and YouTube on their computer. *is suspicious*