Product Report Card Review: Is this Surveys Site Legit?
Do you like paid surveys? And do you want to know if they are legit or a scam. I came across a panel called Product Report Card, and here I will give you my review.
Firstly, Product Report Card is a market research company that seemed to have a decent and credible reputation. It is foremost a typical surveys site, but there is the chance to also to upload photos of products and review them.
Okay then, what more can you tell me?
Actually, it was hard to trying to work out much information at all from the site. The only thing I can assume is that the company is based in the United States. There wasn’t much info regarding the company, how long they have been running for, and if there are any parent companies etc.
The company says as a panelist, they will allow you to partake in research projects, which include short surveys, products test, bulletin boards, clinical trials, and also phone consultations.
Phone consultations? I’m not too sure about that, but we shall see.
The above image shows the many profiles you many profiles for you to complete. This is the ‘home page’ when you log in. It will the many survey profiles as thumbnails.
The signing up process
The sign up process, although a little simple took a good while to reach my email. The site said you should get a response within five minutes. It took quite a bit more time than that, as I was wondering if I would receive a confirmation email from them at all.
I decided to check the junk mail folder, and no luck. Finally it did arrive in my main folder and I clicked on the verification link to join.
As I succesfully registered, a pop-up box appeared, as the site was immediately asking for a ‘phone verification’. I thought I had verified by clicking the verification link form my email, so why would they need my phone number for? Is it for extra security purposes?
I decided to read in detail what the purposes were for. As it turns out, the company needs it so the ProductReportCard team can call or text you regarding online bulletin boards, phone interviews, or product reviews.
Make of that what you will, but I decided to try and enter in my phone details anyway.
However, I tried this, and failed.
I put many different combinations of my phone number in including with, and without the international call code, with spaces and without, but it just wasn’t registering, so I couldn’t verify as the above image shows.
So, I just gave up doing this.
As this site is US based and I reside in the UK, I thought maybe this has something to do with this. But I thought this site would have been elligible to people in the United Kingdom, I don’t know.
My guess is that they could trying to minimise trying to create multiple accounts, but hey it’s just a guess on my part.
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The PRC team have left their support email should you want to contact them for help.
Once I got that out of the way, I went ahead navigated throughout the site.
It is quite easy on the eye, with completely no ads or nonsense offers that you forever see on GPT sites.
There are tabs on the top right-hand side which are Profiles, Studies, Product Registrations, Product Reviews, and a logo image that is basically your account information.
The profiles tab is literally what you will see when you log in to the site. As explained earlier, this will have thumbnails of profiles for you to complete.
I clicked on Studies, and this was empty. It said there are no studies, check back soon.
The really interesting part of PRC, as the name of the company denotes, product reviews.
The concept looks great in hindsight, but executed rather poorly.
When you go the Product Reviews tab, and also Product Registrations, you are kind of dumbstruck as to what you have to do.
In Product registrations you basically need to register from a pre-select group of products ranging from home appliances, baby and kids wear, mobile phones, and electronis etc. You will have to fill out manufacturer details and a whole bunch of other information.
In product reviews this is already done for you. You look at the photos, description, pricing, company etc. And still you are left wondering what you have to do here.
Instead, after scrolling all the way down and reading all that information there is a review section for you to fill in located at the bottom. Bearing in mind, there is previous reviews left on the prodcut page.
You would think that PRC have left maybe a little tutorial video for you to see what this is about, or receive an email on it.
In the end, you realise its not needed. Simply you are armed with all the knowledge, info and description, and users own reviews on the product – so you can bascially write your own, on a product you don’t have ir never owned.
This concept seems okay but you realise its a pointless part as you could easily be writing a lot of filler and fluff for a product you don’t have.
The good and the bad, or shall I say the bad and the bad?
Product Report Card was, in my research a good reputable company. The payouts are okay. When you compare the standards of paid survey panels, they are not the best but they certainly were not the worst either.
The current threshold by the way is $25, and with a lack of surveys this could take a bit of time to reach.
However, as time goes on, and I have a more thorough look into PRC, I find that PRC isn’t that favourable anymore.
So read on to find out what I mean.
Remember when I mentioned earlier that they wasn’t one of the worst survey sites? Well, they are now certainly becomming the worst survey sites.
There have been many complaints against PRC. One of the main issues seems to be revolved around not being paid for the surveys. It is a 50-50 split with one party saying they receive payments, and the other half of people sayign they don’t get their payments.
Their rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) has gone down too. Previously, the ratings for PRC were positive.
Personally I don’t rely much on the BBB myself, the reason being is that some of their ratings people have found to be biased in favour of such business entity of one has a membership with them.
You can see what the BBB are about in more detail here.
Regardless of the ratings PRC are now given, this doesn’t take away the fact that people are not being paid by them. And so one has to lose credibility.
Has a new business owner took over the company, and changed the rules?
Maybe the company decided not to reward their audience and keep all the money for themselves?
Product Report Card Review: my conclusion
So is PRC a legit surveys site?
While they were reputable company some what, because of the fact that people are not being paid they lose a bit of their reputation.
I’m not going to be calling them a scam just yet, as they were legit surveys site once upon a time. Instead, I will be giving them a really low rating.
The Product review concept on products is simply a pointless feature as they already have enough info on it, anyone can just copy and paste the info for their own review.
That’s my review on Product Report Card, and while it was a legit surveys site, it is not now.
What do you guys think, please leave me your comments?