Have you ever been going through your mail (maybe looking for free stuff by mail?) and seen a large yellow envelope that just has the name of your town or city on it?
Chances are if you have, you either disregarded it or disposed of it entirely. After all, if it’s not addressed to you, it’s probably junk, right?
That’s not so, surprisingly.
These yellow envelopes are sent by none other than Shopper’s Voice, a consumer research group that mails out surveys.
They’ll send you coupons and discounts in return for filling out those short surveys, and the envelope has prepaid postage, so it’s nothing out of pocket to participate.
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They won’t mail you back for a couple of months, but you’ll get totally free stuff, samples and coupons when they do.
However, it’s not necessary to wait for this yellow envelope in the mail if you’ve never seen it.
Shopper’s voice is actually available online, too, at ShoppersVoice.com, which takes a lot of the strain off of participating.
The survey can seem long, but it should be able to be completed in 15 minutes or so and will offer you rewards that are far, far more worthwhile than the time it takes to fill out.
Shopper’s Voice releases a new survey 3 or 4 times every year, and I highly recommend doing the survey every time you get a chance. All those coupons and deals really add up to savings, especially if you’re being careful about which ones you take advantage of.
It’s just like the Driscoll’s Berry Survey program where for taking a few surveys the company sends you discount codes for their berry products, but here you get coupons from a wide variety of stores, both online and offline.
How Do I Get Started?
Simply visit ShoppersVoice.com and register for free. Then confirm your email by clicking on the link within the confirmation email they’ll send you.
By the way, they are also running sweepstakes right now for new members. So, by simply becoming a member you will be entered to win $10,000 cash in their Shopper’s Voice® sweepstakes and qualify for their draw for 1 of 12 monthly prizes of a $500 gift card!
I don’t have to pay anything, right?
Membership and participation are always free and the rewards are, as well.
Your participation is all that they require and they are willing to reward you for it.
Membership is automatically instated after completing the survey, and rewards are given every time you complete one.
Members might receive promotions, offers, coupons, or samples. In some cases, members will even be given opportunities at rewards from other companies.
It’s important to note that only residents of the US or Canada are capable of taking part in the surveys. Sorry to our international readers!
If you complete the survey through the mail, you’ll be a mail member and receive your offers and promotions through the mail.
The same is true if you complete the survey online; you will be an online customer and receive your offers online.
However, either type of member is allowed to provide the concurrent information (a mail customer providing their email or vice versa) and receive the offers both ways.
Will I get worthy coupons?
Coupons received through this survey can be pretty advantageous if you consider the cost of the product itself.
Just one example of a coupon that has been given through this company before is a $3.00 off coupon for Skintimate Shaving Cream. $3.00 is not an amazing amount of money, but if you consider that the product normally costs around $3.50, suddenly a $3.00 coupon is a really good thing!
Now imagine that you’re receiving a large volume of these types of coupons at once. If you make a few trips to the grocery store or the drug store with coupons like that, you’re looking at savings that are comfortably inside the double-digits, and that’s nothing to scoff at.
Shopper’s Voice also contacts you on behalf of their sponsors, sending you emails containing special offers, and often these emails will also contain coupons.
The coupons themselves make it more than worth it to fill out the survey, but if you begin to take advantage of the offers, then the worth of the survey increases even more.
The keener you are on taking advantage of the offers that get passed your way, the more worthwhile it is to do.
Now it’s important to note at this point that some samples and certain types of coupons are not a guaranteed result of participating. Sadly, samples and coupons are more likely to be sent to people who live near population centers. Those in cities will be receiving the best advantages.
So what are the drawbacks to this service?
The downside is that Shopper’s Voice differs from other types of survey businesses in an important way: they are not a market research firm/survey company in the traditional sense.
A normal survey company is happy to reward you for participating in their market research studies. They’re essentially paying you for your opinion so that they can gather data for their clients to help them improve their products and services based on that feedback. But they will never share your personal information with those companies. They just give them the feedback.
Shopper’s Voice, however, can and will share your information with their partners so that they and the partners can contact you with deals and the like to incentivize your business. That’s how they get coupons from all kinds of businesses to send to you.
What this means is that you will absolutely be receiving more advertisements in your mail/email inbox after you participate in the survey.
That might be a good thing, depending on what your interests are– after all, a savvy consumer might be perfectly glad to receive discounts on purchases if they were already going to make them.
However, someone who is in this only for the deals may find themselves overwhelmed by the number of advertisements and offers they receive, so this is something to be aware of when you choose to participate in the survey.
If you’re not someone who is comfortable receiving these things, you have been warned!
However, there is another option for those who are wary of giving out their information. You can sign up to be an email-exclusive customer and just use a dedicated email address for it, or maybe just set up a really good spam filter on your main email address. The email route is definitely the better one for the more cautious consumer.
The Bottom Line
All in all, Shopper’s Voice is a good service if you know what you’re getting into going in.
The only downside would be getting blindsided by all of the mail and advertisements, but now that you’ve read this article, hopefully, you feel prepared to avoid any aspect of the service that you don’t want!
At the end of the day, if you like filling out surveys for coupons and discounts, Shopper’s Voice is your best bet.