I have never had a Cryptic account so I can not comment on that portion of your rant....
As for "FREE ZEN", well nothing is free (as the saying goes) however you seem to be missing something. I have received over 1000 free Zen in the last two weeks completing surveys. I did not spend a single GPL, Lobi, EC, Dil, or Canadian penny.
The suspect software I have *had* to download was the launcher... I suspect of it being indirectly responsible for having less time in the day and less money in my pocket.
The only hoop I had to jump thru was the one where I tried to decipher your message well enough to respond
I have completed numerous surveys so far. There are glitches from time to time but generally I have done well with them.
The surveys run thru Peanut Labs portal, and you have to click thru to completion of each survey. At the end you usually come to a screen that tells you your points will be awarded soon. Check you ZEN balance under "My Wallet", below the heading "Charge Zen" at the top of this page.
You can also check your Zen Reward, surveys, and offers status by clicking "Need Help" at the top of the list of offers currently available to you.
Free Zen I 'm fine with:
Surveys - if you don't hit the right target group, it takes time to find a survey. If you find one, it takes 10-15 minutes (if you read it that is) to fill. rewards 70-something Zen. Did only one so far, not worth the time imho.
Videos - Watch them (several Minutes), hardly any reward. You don't have to watch them, you only need them to play through to claim reward.
Free Zen which are not really free, but nice adds:
Special offers for buying at certain sites or trials - High Rewards, sometimes 4digits.
(Got me 2 items I wouldn't have paid for otherwise).
Free Zen I couldn't care less for:
Newsletters/Lotteries - Tons of Mailspam (sometimes scam), most of the time you don't receive any reward, hard to provide proof you did everything right.
Got no other offers so far.
Finally: You should use a spamable adress (not your primary mail for example).
How long does it take to grind dilitium enough to exchange for 48 C Points?
I just did a survey, took 15 minutes, for which I was rewarded with 61 ZEN. This converts to aprox 48 C-Points in game.
At time of this message..... Dilitium is exchanging for 350/C-Point. Given 8000 Dilitium refinement a day, I just earned 2.1 days worth of Dilitium. Put another way I earned in fifteen minutes what it would normally take Hours to do in game.
To date, I have earned over 1100 free ZEN (880 C-Points) , spending 15 minuets here, twenty minutes there over the last couple of weeks. YMMV of course, given Geographical limitations, and/or demographics. Still, I'm not in one of the higher demand demographic groups and I seem to be doing ok. I suspect that these surveys are geared more toward North America, and then largely major Urban centers.
EDIT: Note when you are on the "Earn ZEN" page, if you do not see the "Earn ZEN through Surveys" Heading below the Peatnut LABS Logo (Above the heading Earn ZEN through Offers), then you do not currently qualify for any surveys.
Last edited by wilsoncutter001; 07-02-2012 at 11:54 AM.
You can earn zen, but not worth. You can get more c-points refining dilithium and converting to zen/C-points later.
Surveys - Is a spam in most time. You have to finish a survery well to get your free zen, but a lot of times the website fall or lost the conection for "unknown reasons", and you can't do the same survey again and lost your time or zen.
For most time, earning free zen is more a painfull form to get free money without any security or support. If this kind of option is serious, you get this by a more well structure way.