Projects with the word "Community Sampling" in the title require you to purchase specific items from a store in order to complete the assignment. You will pay for the product with your own money, and Survey.com will reimburse you.
The project instructions will provide the specific rules you must follow to get reimbursed. Generally speaking, you must include a picture of your receipt with the word "VOID" written on it. Your receipt must only include the items you were required to purchase. If you buy other items while at the store, make sure you divide the order so that your personal purchases are on their own receipt.
How do I request my reimbursement payment?
You request a reimbursement payment the same way you request a regular payment. The reimbursement must be approved by Survey's QA team. and then you request it through the app's Payment Center.
Please note that if your reimbursement is less that the $5 minimum to be able to request a payment, you won't be able to request it until you have a balance of more than $5.
When do I get reimbursed?
Reimbursement payments are processed the business day after your request, just like all payments.
Are there fees on the reimbursement payments?
Yes, but thanks to the commission, you still net more money than what you paid for the items.
For example, if you requested a $100 reimbursement, you would get paid $97.10 the next business day. The payment request would give you a $4 commission (added on the first business day of the following month), which nets you $3.88, so your $100 purchase ultimately nets you $100.98 (and you get to keep the products).
The commissions are automatically added to your account on the first business day of each month and they are based on all the money you requested the previous month. Please note that the commissions themselves do not generate a commission.
To learn more about fees and commissions, please read this article.
What should I do with the products I purchased?
The project description may give you specific instructions. In general, you can discard them, consume them, donate them, or give them away. The only thing you cannot do is sell them or return them. If you return the products, your account will likely get deactivated.
Can I sell the items I purchased?
No. You may not sell or list for sale the items you purchased during a buyback visit, or any other visit that requires you to purchase products. To be specific: You cannot sell or attempt to sell the items you purchased on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or any other online, mobile, or offline platform.
If you attempt to sell the items, your account may be placed on probation or deactivated.
What happens if I sell the items or return them?
Selling or returning items purchased as a requirement of a Community Sampling project results in permanent account deactivation.