Friday, June 26, 2009

RIP Micheal Jackson

Even several hours after hearing the news, I am stunned, and very saddened at the death of Micheal Jackson. My heart and prayers are with his family and friends. He made an impact in my life, as in so many others. He will be missed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Centercode Test Opportunities

Centercode has a new opportunity for people who own DIY (Do-It-Yourself) IP Cameras. A new community has been established to explore how people use these cameras in their personal life, what features they use and what they would like to see in future technologies.

A DIY IP network camera is easy to use and can be setup without the need for a professional installer. It is typically attached to a wired or wireless network and is used in surveillance or for monitoring activities in a home or small business. A normal DIY camera can capture and send compressed video over a network and be checked from your laptop, desktop and other Internet enabled device.

If you currently own one or more of these cameras and want to help drive the future of this technology, please click the following link and register to be a part of this panel.{0748E218-FCAA-4D0A-B38D-6BC473D284C3}

This is a new community. You will need to complete a new profile. If you have an existing profile with OnlineBeta or other Centercode service it will not work. These cameras are not "webcams" which are typically used for two-party calls with software like Skype.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Do you Twitter?

As many of you who do surveys know, a lot of the studies can fill up quickly. I think one way to help get the studies out quickly, so people don't miss out, would be through Twitter. I have an account, haven't been really active, but I think it might be a good idea, for those of you who already use it, or may want to get the head's up about studies quicker. If anyone wants to connect with me, my usrname is aliciacrego.

Do studies for UCLA

The studies for this program are usually very short. Pay ranges vary, as little as a dollar, usually around $5. They'll usually email you when a new online survey is available, but with these, you have to get in there quickly, as they fill up FAST. Their surveys are typically more interesting, though, than those you get from a lot of big companies that go on forever and ever. Anyway, here's the link if you wanna check it out!

ExpoTV Tryology Product Testing


We're excited to announce a new Tryology Program where you have the opportunity to try products for FREE.

One of our sponsors, Cheer, wants Expo members to try out their brightCLEAN liquid detergents and give their honest feedback on video.

We've got several varieties of Cheer brightCLEAN detergent - chances are we've got the one that's right for your laundry needs. Apply now to see if you qualify:

We only have a limited number of these new products to give out so the sooner you apply for the programs the better.

(Apparently they have new products to test all the time)


Just rambling...

I am soooo sick of being sick!!! I was in the hospital this past week, after being at the ER three times, not being able to hold anything down... yuck... too much info, I know! lol I have been doubled over in pain for two weeks, even on Dilaudid!!! They're not sure what's wrong (go figure... sometimes I really hate the medical profession!), and I'm just plain tired of it. I haven't had the energy to work on this, or anything else, for that matter! I'm supposed to get in to see a specialist this week, y'all send good thoughts my way, k?!!!

Things have been so wild since I arrived in Cali! I have treasured the times with my Dad, although, bless his heart, I've been either feeling deathly ill or so stressed that i would rather be deathly ill, through most of it! lol Fortunately, he's a patient man... Dad, have I told ya lately how much I love ya?!

Anyway, I've been here a little over three months, I guess. I had my car stolen, and then a few weeks ago, even worse, when my wallet was stolen. Ugh! That stupid little brown wallet that I just had to buy when I saw it at Big Lots, 'cause it was "so cute" and only cost five bucks! lol I lost, not only $80 in cash and about $200 in gift cards, but more importantly, my driver's license, bank cards, insurance cards, etc. The idiot tried to use my bank card not ten minutes after stealing it... but then, maybe he/she wasn't such an idiot after all... even though it was on video, the police won't investigate it... just not important enough, apparently!!! Sooooo.... some criminal has my id, my bank cards, insurance cards, etc. As my dad's girlfriend suggested, it could be an illegal, who wants to use the info for work purposes... who knows? What really has me upset it that they can do it.... I can't!!! I was born in the US... I haven't broken any laws lately, except maybe not coming to a complete stop at a sign... and I can't even prove who the h@#L I am! California won't give me a driver's license... or ID, because my birth certificate has my birth name and my social security card has my married name...

On top of all this, I can't get my freakin' mail!!!! As y'all know, i depend on those checks coming in. Well, the wonderful California post office is either sending my mail to Sacramento... or sending it back!!! My replacement bank card, that I was waiting inpatiently for (they had to order the replacement from Oklahoma... couldn't do it here in CA, even though it is a Bank of freakin' AMERICA), was sent to Sacramento... and before I got that, I didn't even have ID to access my freakin' bank accounts!!!

Ok, ok, I guess I can almost laugh about it now... well, I laugh to keep from falling into another crying fit is more like it! lol But all of this, for some strange reason, got to me, and I decided, "I'm going home, where at least I can get another copy of the VALID driver's license I have! lol Sooo... I've been stressing all week, which is probably why I got sick in the first place, and then I stressed because I GOT sick, 'cause that meant I couldn't drive home on my own... ugh!!! lol Anyway, I think I finally made it thru the worst of the sickness (God I hope so!), and set a date to go home... July 1. But then.... (of course) after I told everyone I would be coming home on that date... I finally got ahold of my dentist office this morning, and the work I need on my teeth FINALLY got approved, so now, I have that appointment Wed. and I'm gonna have to find out how long it'll take to get it done, and probably reschedule my trip. Man, this is soooo hard... I've been so tempted, so often, to just go get in my Explorer and go! It's 24 hrs. driving time from here to Norman, and I'm ready!!!

Soooo... this week, I should have an appointment with the specialist, and I have an appt. Wed. with the dentist, so I'm gonna be busy (and miserable) for several days. With my upcoming trip, whenever it's gonna be now, I don't wanna leave this poor blog completely unattended for too long, so I'll do my best to get in here and post away until then. Thanks so much to all of you for the understanding!!!

Hope all of y'all are having a better year than I am!!! lol


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Schlesinger & Associates on Movies

Doesn't say how much, but this company usually pays well...

We are interested in interested in speaking with Males and Females 21-55 yrs old for an upcoming focus group on the topic of Movies.

If you?re within this age range and are interested in participating, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to go through a few qualifying questions.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might qualify!


Destination Analysts: Midwest Region Website Study

Thanks very much for your interest in this project. We are looking for persons to participate in a PAID online video interview regarding their opinions, behaviors and interests as it relates to a travel website. If your profile fits the project's needs, we will send you a Logitech web camera and a headset (both yours to keep), as well as compensate you $80 for the one-hour interview.

Please answer the following questions FULLY and ACCURATELY, as we are seeking a range of traveler types to participate. If you qualify, a staff member from Destination Analysts Research will contact you shortly.


Paid IN/HOME Electronics Survey in the Greater L.A. Area-$150

We have upcoming IN/HOME interviews for electronics in the L.A. area on either the 30th of June or the 1st of July at flexible times.These interviews will be conducted in your home and will pay $150 for the 1 hour interview.If interested, please answer ALL the questions below and return email to us. Thank you to all & PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS as we are swamped.

Complete Name:
Contact Phone #:
Home zip code:
Occupation,if any:
Do you have a HD TV(YES/NO)?
Do you own a BLU-RAY player(yes/no) and if yes, is it connected to the internet for video streaming(YES/NO)?
Have you purchased any of the following items in the last six months & if yes how much approx. did you pay for that item?
Plasma TV_______
LCD TV______
DVD player______
Blu-Ray player (separate, not in a games console)_______
Playstation 3_____
High definition Video Camera_____
If yes to any item above can you tell us which brand it was?

How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Strongly disagree

Neither disagree or agree

Strongly agree

I’m usually one of the first people I know to buy new technology.

When it comes to technology, the simpler the better.

TV is central to entertainment in my home

I only shop for electrical appliances like TV’s during sales events in order to get the best price.

I only need the basic functions from my TV

I consider myself more of a trendsetter than others I know.

My household appliances reflect my status/style to others.

I prefer to buy products from a company that is socially conscious.

I’m willing to pay more for good customer service.

I seek out a TV with the most advanced functional features.

Thank you again to all.
If you wish to be removed from our database, please indicate such in a return email to us.

email: John Taylor

Centercode - Office Environment Test

Our client is interested in learning more about what you use at your office. In their effort to design more effective products they are conducting a short test to help get information about your work environment. What tools do you use at your desk? What is valuable and what collects dust? Our client wants to help you have a productive office environment.

If you work in a small or medium sized office and use a laptop, you are qualified for this project. Click the link below to learn more about this test.

The Centercode Team


50.00 peri menopause

AARG is conducting research on female issues via a 45 minute Internet survey and is looking ONLY for PERI-Menopausal women (currently in-menopause) to participate. The research will gauge your opinions on various topics to help refine a product that is currently in development. Compensation for your time is $50.00 via check by mail. Keep in mind that this is STRICTLY MARKET RESEARCH and that NO SALES will be attempted during the study. All respondents have the option to opt out of research at any time.

Interested parties should use the link provided below for screening and eligibility.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Vietnamese, Filipino, and Chinese participants for an upcoming research project

Q & A Research is currently seeking Vietnamese, Filipino, and Chinese participants for an upcoming research project. Qualified participants will be invited to our facility in Walnut Creek, CA sometime between June 16th and July 3rd for a 1-hour survey, and will be compensated generously for their time.

At this time, we are screening for pre-qualification. Please call our office at (925) 210-1525 or reply to this e-mail and answer the following questions:

1. Name:

2. Phone Number:

3. Age:

4. Gender:

5. Were you born in the U.S.?

6. Have you traveled outside of the U.S. in the past year?

7. Have you sent money outside of the U.S. in the past year?

8. Do you have children? If so, how many?

In addition, if you know anyone else who would be interested in participating in this upcoming market research study, please forward this e-mail. We will pay you for each person you refer who qualifies and participates in this study.

We will contact those who potentially qualify via telephone for further screening.

Your willingness to participate is appreciated!

Thank you,
Q & A Focus Suites

Sunday, June 7, 2009

In Person Focus Groups

Man, moving to California has been rough! lol Part of me feels like I'm just not "tough enough" to make it out here... had my car stolen after about a month out here, and had my wallet stolen not even two weeks ago! To make matters worse, my driver's license, which was one of the many things I lost in that ordeal, is from Oklahoma, so trying to get any form of ID with my current name has been soooo awful!!! I bought a new (used) vehicle yesterday... it's soooo nice, but I'm so freakin' paranoid, with everything that's already happened! Even though it has an anti-theft system, I put a "club" on the steering wheel, and ordered more security stuff tonight, 'cause I'm so scare of it getting broken into or stolen!!!

Anyway... didn't mean to get off into all that! lol There is a positive side to California financially! When you do paid surveys, and especially focus groups, it helps to be in such a large area. I'm close to SanFran and Berkeley, where there are focus groups held every day of the week. Not only can you sign up for all the market research companies and have them email or call you when a study is available, it always helps to keep an eye on blogs that focus on these, or message boards, etc. That's how I've learned the most about upcoming studies online. If you are in, or near, any major city, though, you can usually find lots of great studies by checking . Click on your city. Look at the area for job listings, and check the "etc" and "part time" listings. A lot of major focus group companies will list studies that are needing participents. It's a great way to, not only have your voice heard and help shape your favorite products, you can also earn some quick cash!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I just found this on Craigslist. I'm not gonna do the referral thing, but maybe some of you can. Anyway, here's the post... good luck!

Date: 2009-06-01, 3:46PM PDT

I need people who are NOT heavy Internet users and would likely not be looking at “ETC”
on Craigslist. So I’m willing to pay you $25 for each referral you send me that I can use for a study. I have 6 months of studies coming up and I need lots of people.

The folks I need are less computer savvy then the average person (especially in the Bay Area) but do have email and stay in touch with family and friends, even if it’s not daily. They most likely can use a search engine, read the headlines sometimes but don’t live on the computer. People who typically use the internet to communicate with others.

Most of you looking at this ad will not meet these criteria, but you may have friends, neighbors, family who do and you both can use some extra cash. The more people you refer that I can use, the more money you make. I’m looking for MANY folks who fit this criteria and there is no limit to how many people you can refer.

You will get $25 for every person you refer that qualifies and completes a study. The participant will get $125 for their time and feedback. Studies typically take between 90-120 minutes.

Please respond with your name and contact information as outlined below and include a little background of the person/s you have in mind that might meet this criteria. I will get back to everyone!

Your Name:
Your Age:
Your email:
Your Phone#:

Referrals Name:
Age: (or approximate)

Why do you think this person would make a good candidate for this criteria?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

$150 Focus Foward 45 min Phone Interview

We are currently recruiting respondents to participate in a paid telephone interview to be scheduled at your convenience between Monday, June 1st and Friday, June 5th. Compensation for the 45-minute phone interview is $150. Please click on the below link and answer a few screening questions to determine if you qualify for this study.


If you appear to qualify based on your answers, a Focus Forward representative will contact you with additional questions.

GoToMedia - Search and Security Study - $50

gotomedia is seeking participants for a paid research study about online search and security. Interviews will be conducted via phone, and will last about 30 minutes. Participants will be paid $50 for their time and opinions.

To be considered for participation, please answer all of the questions in this short (5 minutes or less) online survey:

Due to the large number of responses, we will not be able to contact everyone. We will only contact you via phone and/or email if you are selected to participate in the interviews.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Schlesinger & Associates- MS

We are interested in speaking with people who suffer from MS for an upcoming interview.

If this describes you and you are interested in participating, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to go through a few qualifying questions.


Schlesinger Associates- Shopping

We are interested in speaking with Consumers for an upcoming focus group on the topic of Shopping.

If this describes you and you are interested in participating, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to go through a few qualifying questions.


Schlesinger & Associates Beverages

Schlesinger Associates, a national marketing research firm in the Dallas Galleria area, is looking for individuals to participate in several market research studies. Please read the following descriptions of current studies and copy and paste the appropriate link to answer pre-qualifying questions.
We are interested in speaking with people for an upcoming interview on the topic of Beverages.

If this describes you and you are interested in participating, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to go through a few qualifying questions.


Focus Fwd online Journal $400

We are currently recruiting respondents to participate in a paid journal scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 2nd. You will be asked to spend about 45 minutes a day on the journal assignment for 5 consecutive days, and will be compensated $400 for your time. Please click on the below link and answer a few screening questions to determine if you qualify for this study.


If you appear to qualify based on your answers, a Focus Forward representative will contact you with additional questions.

Thank you for your interest in Focus Forward.

Claudia Taylor

African American Men needed for Conflict Study - Up to $100

Are you currently employed? Would you like to learn more about coping with stress or conflict at work?

If so, you could receive up to $100 for filling out two online surveys and visiting an internet program about managing emotions at work. You must have an active email account, access to a high-speed Internet connection, and read and understand English fluently.

For more information about this research study or to see if you qualify to participate, visit:


Or call: 1-800-934-0626.

This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and does not involve any sale, mailing lists, or required purchase.

Schlesinger Associates $75 Survey on Health Conditions

Dear Respondent,

Schlesinger Associates, an International Market Research company, is looking for respondents who qualify for the following study.


Upon qualification and completion of the 30 minute telephone interview, we will be providing $75 for their time and insight.

If you meet the initial requirements for this study a recruiter from Schlesinger Atlanta will give you a return call to complete the screening process.


Consumer electronics phone interview, $50 gc

45 minute phone interview on consumer electronics. Offered through Loomis Group. Pays $50 giftcard. Link