A couple of years ago I joined an online survey site. (Actually, I joined several but only stayed with one.) I earn points by completing surveys. Then I convert the points to an Amazon gift card and buy vintage books and magazines.
I don’t accumulate points quickly. I’m often screened out of a survey because of my age, my demographics, because I’m not buying a new car this year, or because I’m not in debt. Most of the surveys I take have to do with groceries.
A couple of weeks ago I took a survey on toilet tissue. I’ll spare you the details. Even mentioning toilet paper may be too much info, but I figure you also buy and use it. The questions were really quite entertaining, such as “Do you feel pampered when . . .” Well, never mind. At the end of the survey, they asked if I would participate in a study to evaluate their product. Sure – I agreed.
Before the first t.p. arrived, I participated in another t.p. survey, not exactly the same as the first. It seemed a little odd – kinda like the battle of the t.p. companies. It really felt like Company A got wind of what Company B was up to and quickly organized a survey of their own. At the end of the survey, they asked if they could send me some t.p. to evaluate. They said I might not be chosen for the survey, but if I were, would I participate. Sure, once again I agreed.
The t.p. related to the first survey arrived – two large rolls. Use roll “L” first for four days, read the instructions, then use roll “M” for four days, and then answer the questions at the survey site. Okay, I could do that – and I did -- no problem. Yes, Mike used it, too, but he’s been so busy I didn’t even bother him with the details. And by the way, I could tell no difference between roll “L” and roll “M.”
The other day the UPS guy delivered another box, and I set it aside for Mike, thinking he had ordered something. No, he didn’t, he said, but he would open it. “It’s a box of toilet paper,” he exclaimed. “Dear Household Member Who Agreed to Participate in the Toilet Tissue Study,” he read aloud. So then I had to explain about my participation in the Great Toilet Paper Study.
Folks, that box contained twelve rolls of toilet paper, not quite as wide as standard but plenty adequate for use. I can already tell that I prefer this paper over rolls “L” and “M.”
[On this moderate February day, Mike sits in the sun at the back of the house to work on the new bicycle he’s constructing. Inside the house, important t.p. testing takes place.]