Money-for-surf company pays up

The 'infomediary' AllAdvantage, which pays people to surf the Web, appears to be paying its New Zealand members promptly after an initial delay.

The "infomediary" AllAdvantage, which pays people to surf the Web, appears to be paying its New Zealand members promptly after an initial delay.

The California-based AllAdvantage Affiliate Programme derives its income from advertising - using a "Viewbar" window that delivers "personalised instant adverts" to members, who earn money by using the Internet or by signing up others through a referral scheme.

The scheme pays people who download and install the Viewbar software at an hourly rate for up to 25 hours a month. The hourly rate in New Zealand is $1. Payment is triggered when a minimum $40 is earned. The company has released a new Viewbar customised for Australia and New Zealand users, along with systems for local payment.

New Zealander Brian Garbutt, who joined last April and started "earning" in January, told IDGNet last week that although he had earned $50 he had yet to receive a payment. He said he had received an email from the company saying it was having trouble with the payment and that it would be delayed.

But Garbutt got his $50 this week. Other local members also report receiving cheques for similar sums in New Zealand dollars and have no complaints about the company's scheme or its service.

One member, Malcolm Young, contacted AllAdvantage to ask about the delays and was told that while local payment systems were being established, the company had decided to raise the minimum pay-out amount, because cheques in US dollars attracted local bank fees that could amount to a large proportion of the sum being paid.

Another member, Graham Saywell describes the scheme as "a great bonus when you are surfing the web anyway - particularly for families as it's a great way of helping to pay the phone bill. The viewbar can be at the top or bottom of the screen depending on what you prefer - but what surprises me is how after a short time you don't even notice it."

AllAdvantage says it has a roster of around four million members in 25 countries. It was founded in February last year and is privately held. It is financed by Walden Media and the Information Technology Fund, among others. It can be contacted on the Internet at http://www.alladvantage.com

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