I can’t keep quiet any longer – I belong to several GPT sites – Swagbucks, iRazoo, CantBeatFree, GiftHulk and Superpoints – and it’s the same on all of them – few available offers for Canadians on the offer walls compared to those available to the U.S., and too much ” this offer isn’t available to your country”.
Did Canada somehow offend the gatekeepers of the offer walls? Did we make fun of Crowdflower (tasks) once too often? What exactly is the problem here?
I knew that we Canadians got fewer offers, but I didn’t realize the extent until I was reading the shoutbox on CantBeatFree – people were talking about some amazing offer on page 19 of the SuperRewards wall – so I went to take a look, and to my disbelief saw not 19+ pages of offers, but….wait for it…FOUR. That’s right – only 4 pages of offers available to Canadians, while those in the U.S. had at least 19 pages! Another offer that was spoken of was said to be on page 6 of the Radium One wall – guess how many pages *I* have on that wall? One. ONE. One lousy page! Just last night I saw someone from the U.S. mention they had 42 pages on the Matomy wall. How many pages do I have? Ten. TEN. Ten crummy pages, and most of the offers on those pages are mobile offers that nobody in their right mind would ever do.
What the heck?!
I was in contact once with a company that puts up offers, and when I asked why their offers weren’t available to Canadians, the response was “I didn’t know we could select another country besides the U.S. when creating the offer”. Duh.
I have also been in contact with Crowdflower, and when I asked the same question the response was “the client determines the countries that the task is available to”. So, Mr. Client – do you have something against Canada because we eat poutine and ketchup chips? Or because we say “eh” a lot? Or are you annoyed because we inflicted Justin Bieber and Celine Dion on the world? Or maybe you think that citizens in a country that refers to its currency as toonies and loonies can’t have a whole lot going on between the ears? So now you wring your hands in glee each time you post a task, muttering “those Canadians aren’t going to do THIS task! hee hee ho ho ha ha! No task for THEM!”
My take on this? I think for the most part, it’s a simple case of indifference on the part of the GPT site owners. They get their money from the advertisers – probably 90% of the users on their sites are from the U.S. – what do they care if Canada is left out in the cold (pun intended)? SHOULD they care? YES! We may be in a different country, but many of us do cross border shop! One of the offers that I attempted to do, but was unable to because “Sorry, this offer is not available in your area” was a Walmart Shoppers Survey. Hello!! Canada does have Walmarts – tons of them – and when we cross the border to shop, what is one of the stores we head to? Walmart! We spend OUR money in YOUR Walmarts, and our opinion is worthless to you?
Another offer I was shut out of was “GSN – Wheel of Fortune” – “Sorry, this offer is not available in your area” – seriously? We get the Game Show Network (GSN) in Canada!!
And more – “Heart Test” (we have hearts!), “Headache Treatments” (I get a headache every time I see “Sorry, this offer is not available…), “Your Dream Kitchen” (really? do I need to say it?), “Kelloggs Gold” (I had Corn Flakes for breakfast), “New Tire Study” (you think we drive Flintstone cars??), “Special Shoppers Club” (We’re not special enough?), and on and on it goes.
I think it’s appalling that the offer wall companies (Matomy, Radium One, SuperRewards, Gambit, PeanutLabs, PaymentWall, SponsorPay, SuperSonic and Crowdflower) have so little regard for Canada that they can’t put in a little extra effort in drumming up a bit more business so that the users in Canada aren’t constantly stuck with crap offers day in and day out. It’s not like Canada is on a different planet – our economies are tied together – many of the companies in the U.S. have a presence in Canada – so do the job that you’re paid to do and include Canada rather than ignore us.
We’re fairly intelligent human beings – we don’t live in igloos and we love our neighbors to the south. All we want is the opportunity to try some of those Fisher tasks. We want to be able to do at least a reasonable portion of the bazillion offers that those in the U.S. get to do. We want to be recognized as equals on the offer walls! Is that too much to ask?? Think of the good karma and the goodwill towards mankind – maybe that’s not much of a reward, but just because you’re not rewarded for doing good, doesn’t make the good you do any less appreciated.
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