And on a weekly basis, I receive an email that reads something if not exactly like this:
"You need to compensate me for my time. If you don't start paying me, I'm going to stop taking your surveys."
"#%*& you. I've been taking your stupid surveys for a month and haven't won anything. Take me off your $#%&*@$# list."
Threats and swearing and endless berating. I hate opening my panel email account.
This is how I'd really like to respond every time:
"Yes, that was incredibly rude of me to ask you for 300 of your precious seconds each week and then giving you a 1 in 200 chance of WINNING AN AWESOME PRIZE for sitting in front of your computer and reviewing these new, interesting, sometimes wacky and entertaining, never before seen products. How quickly that sense of entitlement kicked right in. How quickly I all of the sudden owed you something. Well sir, you are not as special as your kiddie soccer team led you to believe and every participant does not receive a trophy. In fact, I have thousands of other respondents that are very happy with the current set up. You may leave."
But this is how I always respond:
"I'm sorry you feel that way. You may unsubscribe from the panel at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. Have a nice day!"
Can you tell I'm really trying to