What is the Ipsos Unex International Postal Survey?
UNEX is an international postal survey that aims to measure postal transit times between different countries. It is similar to the TNS Postal Survey in that it involves sending, receiving and recording mail; it differs, however, in other respects which I will highlight in this post.
What does taking part in this survey involve?
The pre-stamped parcels include a transponder, a scrunched up sheet of brown paper and a short generic letter which explains that the parcel is a test item. After you post one of these parcels, this will need to be recorded on the UNEX website. Additionally, you will receive parcels from other panellists which will also need to be logged on to the website.
I find it quite exciting to receive these just to look at the foreign stamps – some of them are very unusual! The website is extremely efficient and user friendly – it takes about 10 seconds to record a sent or received parcel.
What are the rewards?
UNEX operate a points based rewards system whereby you earn 10 points for each logged parcel. Additionally, they reward good performance with an extra 30 points per month. You can redeem these points for gifts or gift cards in a dedicated online shop. I usually wait until I have accumulated 260 points and claim a 20 Euro Amazon gift card.
Is it worth it?
If you visit, or pass by the Post Office often and are able to receive parcels, you will likely benefit from this survey. However, I doubt that the rewards are sufficient to cover the costs and inconvenience if you need to go out of your way to take part.
How do I join?
In addition, Quotas are looking for business panellists to take part in a new survey. It would involve sending roughly 5 letters (no parcels!) a week. You will need a franking machine or a PPI account. See here for further details.