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While other businesses have learned that auto-renewal for credit cards with no warning is bad for business, SurveyMonkey has not. They do not tell you before charging your credit card and are unapologetic when telling you that you will not be issued a refund.
Fortunately, they have not kept up with the times or technology and the same service is available elsewhere for less money so moving on is easy. Just don't get sucked in to their auto-renewal racket.
I do a lot of surveys, mainly to earn money for charity (I assume it really happens). But I also try to answer honestly. But the designers of many of the surveys have no idea what they are doing. Questions such as "Q: When you come to an intersection do you usually turn right or left?" Or this gem: "Q: Do you agree? (a) yes (b) yes" And yes, these are real examples I have encountered.
If those guys would take a moment to think about what information they need to collect it would make it easier for everyone.
Not all features are available when you come on for Free and that is understood. But when you see a feature offered and you need it and it costs you an upgrade, when you do the upgrade you expect to get it. Not so here!!! So many expensive upgrade options that are hard to figure out what your are getting. The trap is to buy the whole year program for $300 to get some really useful features.....such a gimmicky site. Not the best. Can anyone offer an alternative to this?
If you have an issue with Survey Monkey regarding billing issues or mistakenly selecting the wrong plan- keep on at them. I did this and found that a happy solution to my 'issues' was provided but only after consistent persistence. So don't give up; request to escalate complaint if you are not satisfied the first time around.
I immediately contacted survey monkey after making a mistake. I thought I could pay for one month but that option is no longer available and instead I accidentally paid for a whole year. That's just one way they get you.
There is no confirmation box prior to the final stage of payment. Pretty much every other online product I use has a confirmation box - 'you're about to buy/purchase $xx' - not survey monkey. Press that button and the payment will be made.
In my immediate request for my money to be returned, I said that a confirmation sentence would have alerted me to the fact I was about to pay $300 and that I would have cancelled the transaction at that point.
There was acknowledgement that "I realise this is a little bit confusing.'
However, having received this response twice now, this must be a standard line "as I understand that this is not a response you were waiting for, please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.' Well, actually, no, there isn't. I JUST WANT MY MONEY BACK you $2billion company!!!!!!!
Survey Monkey has the worst billing and cancellation policies. For paid accounts the billing automatically renews but doesn't give you a warning that it is going to charge you again. Once I realized it charged me I exported my survey data (so as not to lose it), but was informed that I voided any opportunity to get a refund. When I mentioned that I work for a nonprofit, and I'd be ok with a prorated refund I was told that there was no way that it would be possible and I should have read all of the terms and conditions in full. Keep in mind, all of these details were relayed to me in an email because they won't speak with you unless you have a platinum account. While their survey options are great I will not recommend Survey Monkey to anyone. This is a terrible way to conduct business.
I have been trying all day, hanging out waiting for emails, in response to a targeted survey I wish to conduct for my company 'Spring Waters Online Sanctuary'. It has been extremely frustrating. As I've waited, I combed thru scores of complaints on the BBB website and am not wondering if their lack of response saved me from further frustration. It would be easier for me to hang out at a Yoga Studio and hand out paper surveys with 10 questions. In fact, I think that is what I'll do. If things change, I'll repost.
Stores your credit card information and doesn't allow you to delete it.
Worst part was I upgraded and immediately realized how deceptive the company is about what you actually pay for - which is nothing. Free features are fine but everything else is a total waste of money.
Best part when I emailed customers service (which was again horrible): "I've reviewed your account and I'm afraid that you are not eligible for a refund since this is an initial Basic to Paid upgrade to a Select Monthly account. Since we do not offer free trials, refunding you after signing up and experiencing pro features would essentially be like giving you a free trial. I am so sorry for any frustration here but I do need to stick to our policy." Seriously. I paid and within 3 minutes contacted customer service because the upgrade was not even WORTH the $25 spent. That's okay I will get the money back through the credit card company but what a terrible customer experience.
Yes there are better survey websites out there. But, what I like about surveymonkey is that 1) it has a very simple design and interface and 2) you can access a lot of its product for free. If you need fancier capabilities, you will need to pay, but so far I have been able to get away with just using the free options.
SurveyMonkey.com offers a web-based interface for creating and publishing custom web surveys, and then viewing the results graphically in real time. There are different plans the free plan allows you to collect 100 Responses and ask upto 10 questions in each survey. The free plan also provides detailed graphic reports of the data and email support is available too. However pro and platinum plans are much better. SurveyMonkey is used by many popular brands to conduct surveys and collect data from their targetted audiences.