Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More Microworkers Payment Problems

Some time ago I wrote a blog post about the Microworkers payment problems that I experienced when I first applied to get my online earnings from my Microworkers account paid into my PayPal.  It took a long time before I received my PIN number from them.  When the PIN number did eventually arrive however, after over two weeks, it obvious why - I live in the US and the letter had been sent from Slovenia

Anyway, after I posted about my experience, I received a comment from a reader called Simona who said that she was having problems getting paid as Microworkers had just withdrawn the PayPal option for payment.  Sure enough, she was right when I checked.  PayPal was the standard way for many of us to get our Microworkers earnings in the past, but now Microworkers are saying that workers have to open an account with Moneybookers, or Alertpay.

Ideally, I would prefer my money to be paid straight to my bank account, but I appreciate that can't always happen and PayPal is generally a reliable money site to use and one of the most common methods used to pay out online earnings by websites.  I don’t really relish the idea of setting up another account with a new website just to pay myself the $9 or $10 that I earn intermittently on Microworkers.  The Microworkers Support page states that more payment options (including presumably Microworkers?) would be available soon, but I have waited around for ages in the hope that PayPal would return as an option with no joy and there is still no sign of it happening at the time of writing.

I like earning money online with Microworkers - they are a smaller operation than MTurk but that is okay, I accept that they don’t have as many jobs and I don’t expect to build up my online earnings quickly - but sometimes they can be frustrating.  I emailed Microworkers a few days ago to ask them what is happening but haven’t heard anything back, as yet.  I will post their answer when they reply.

11 comments:

  1. I for one am very saddened that paypal is not an option, I was unaware of this until nearing withdraw (100+) it took 5 days for them to clear the withdraw request, only to find out that alertpay (the better of the two options available) has disabled bank transfers (for over 2 months now? they've been 'working' on it). The only other options are a check (3 days to cut, 12 to get to you apparently) or a wire transfer (fees from them AND your bank since their international themselves.

    This would result in literally $20.00 or so profit. Leaving clearly the only option/choice as the check withdraw which again, leaves you out a grand total of 20+ days of waiting, all because paypal isn't an option (making it 8 days grand total).

    This is horrible. Only now have I felt I need to seek an alternative, and I'm glad I found your post =)

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    1. Yes, getting paid by Microworkers can seem like a job in itself, as things keep changing. I got fed up with it all. Their help section was also hopelessly out of date too!

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  2. March 9th, 2012 - I joined Microworkers at the beginning of February and made $61.00 my first month. Because Alertpay isn't doing bank deposits right now, I signed up for a Moneybookers account. I made my first Microworkers withdraw request for $40 and got my PIN# in about a week. I entered the PIN and was paid the next day.

    Regarding Moneybookers. They are now an eBay payment option as well. To verify with them, they sent me a PIN to verify my address, that took about five days. For the first deposit into my checking account, I had to do a withdrawal of less than $15 so I chose $14. They then include a verification code with the deposit that shows up on your statement. I do online banking so it took just 2 business days for the $14 to show up in my bank account. In my online statement for that transaction was the verification code. I went to moneybookers and did a withdraw request for the other $26 and in step 2 it shows the box to enter the verify code. I did and my request was processed. Since I did this yesterday (Thursday), I expect the deposit to show up in my bank account on Monday.

    I did a little checking on Moneybookers and they seem to be a reliable online payment processor like paypal. The fact that it only took two days to get my money is good as Paypal usually takes 3-4 days. I would advise everyone to sign up for Moneybookers to get your money.

    I like Microworkers so far and am waiting for my second income withdrawal which I requested 2 days ago. I start my day with a cup of coffee and do a few quick jobs. Then a couple times during the day I'll check in to see if there are any +1 or comment jobs I can do. I am on pace to make over $100 this month from Microworkers.

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    1. They are a legitimate company and they do pay. I just get a bit irritated at times by their poor communication skills. It wouldn't be difficult to just have a bulletin board telling the workers what changes are happening. But it doesn't happen.

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  3. PayPAL is back on microworkers!

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  4. Sigh...I have $42 in my microworkers bank, and have been trying since last YEAR to get it out. No one will answer my emails or help me. They resent my PIN # easily enough. But I emailed back verifying the #. Then I tried to make a withdrawal for my money. Nothing. I sent them an email. Nothing. I waited them out, and then sent another email. Nothing again. I would just leave it, but that's a lot of money for me right now.

    Aerrrrgggggggg!!

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    1. The first time that I emailed then about something, I did get a reply, although it wasn't exactly professional in tone or content. The second and third time that I emailed them (regarding other matters) I received no reply at all.

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