One of the worst things about online survey panels is that many of them have very high cash out thresholds. And this is unfortunate because in general, paid surveys don't pay very much at a time.
So if you're answering a survey for 50 cents (or 50 points), and the cash out for that panel is $20 or $50, it can take months or even a year depending on how many surveys you get, to ever get paid.
Some survey panels send out surveys so inconsistently that your points/cash may expire before you can redeem! This is awful. But it's true.
I think most will give you a year, but some are just six months. And if you don't get enough surveys to reach the threshold within that time, you've basically wasted time. Your rewards expire and there's nothing to be done!
With this in mind, I created a list of paid survey panels with cash out thresholds of $10 (or the equivalent in points) and under. Join these knowing you shouldn't have to wait months and months to cash out. They're all legit and researched, so join with confidence!
9 Survey Panels With Low Cash Out Thresholds
#1 – Pinecone Research
Pinecone pays $3 per survey. This is mailed as a check to your home address within a few days after you answer the survey.
#2 – Opinion Outpost
Opinion Outpost will let you redeem for Paypal cash with just $10 (100 points) in your account. You can get Amazon gift codes with as little as $5 (50 points) in your account. Also, this is a fast paying survey panel. In most cases, your cash and rewards will show up within a few minutes after you redeem.
#3 – Epoll
This company specializes in more “fun” surveys about celebrities and entertainment Epoll has many different options for cashing out — including Paypal. You only need 3750 points ($5) for most of the options. One drawback with Epoll is that they do take a while to deliver your rewards once you redeem. While it doesn't always happen, it can take as long as six weeks to get something you redeemed for.
#4 – LifePoints (formerly MySurvey)
LifePoints lets you redeem for your cash and rewards at just $5 (5,500 points) in your account. You can redeem for Paypal, Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, and other gift cards. This is a legit panel that most of you survey-taking veterans will know as MySurvey. They've just rebranded.
Go here to sign up for LifePoints.
#5 – Mindfield
Mindfield is another, old and reputable panel, and they pay in cash (no points). You only need $5 in your account to redeem. They pay via Paypal cash, or you can redeem for gift cards to Amazon and other popular retailers.
#6 – Harris Poll
Although Harris Poll only pays out in gift cards (no cash option), you can redeem for Amazon codes and cards to other popular stars that you probably frequent. Also, you only need $10 in your account (1,250 points) to redeem. It usually takes a couple of weeks for Harris Poll to send your rewards once you've redeemed.
#7 – Tellwut
Like Harris Poll (above), Tellwut doesn't offer a Paypal cash option for the surveys you complete. However, you can get Amazon codes or Visa debit cards (these spend just like cash). You need $10 (4,200) points in your account to redeem. It will take a few weeks in most cases to get your rewards after you've redeemed.
#8 – Toluna
Toluna pays out in Paypal cash or a variety of different gift cards, your choice. You can request your reward once you have $10 (30,000 points) in your account. It will usually take a few months (sometimes longer) for Toluna to send your rewards once you've redeemed.
#9 – Crowdology
This panel offers Paypal cash, Amazon codes, or you can enter sweepstakes instead. There is no points system at all with Crowdology — they pay entirely in cash. You can redeem once you have $8 in your account. Also, Crowdology pays quickly. They will usually send your money within a few days after you redeem.
So that wraps up our list! We recommend signing up for all of the above panels if you want to take paid surveys but would prefer to cash out a little more often.
Good luck, and please comment below if you are aware of any other survey panels with low cash out thresholds.