Sunday, September 18, 2011

Is Slice the Pie a Scam Now?

There is trouble in the "Making Financial Cents" paradise lol...one of the sites I used to recommend for making money online is refusing to pay me $10 that they owe me. If you're not familiar with Slice the Pie, it is a website that pays its users to rate songs. You get a few cents per song and once you have at least $10 in your account you get paid. I used to recommend them. In fact, I have been paid by them several times...but apparently that is no longer the case.

I recently attempted to log in and the site told me my account had been suspended. WTF? So I contacted them and asked them why. I never heard back from them the first time around...so I e-mailed them again. I did get a response the second time and they claimed they had e-mailed me the first time but I never received an e-mail from them the first time (and yes, I check my spam folder).

But anyway, apparently they are refusing to pay me because my ratings aren't "constructive". I have been using Slice the Pie since the beginning of 2010 at least and I rated all those songs in the same exact manner that I rated these last few songs. If my work wasn't "constructive" it seems like someone would have mentioned it before? Or maybe they would have paid me what they owed me and THEN suspended my account (because then at least I would have been paid the money I was owed). But no, apparently they are simply going to suspend my account AND not pay me.

You know what's funny is that this reminds me of those oh-so-well-known scams that people do that deal with data entry. You know, where you sign up, do the work and then you're told your work isn't "satisfactory" and they refuse to pay you...

You wouldn't be allowed to work at McDonald's and after putting in a hard days work THEN have them tell you that you didn't do a good enough job and they weren't going to pay you.

If they ever end up paying me I will update this post saying so...but it looks like Slice The Pie is going the way of the typical scam...

It may only be $10 but for those of you that are familiar with the site, I'm sure you know that it takes quite some time to accumulate that much money. This is a shame too, because Slice the Pie was a fun little way to make extra money.

So if you're on the fence about using them, here are the facts...
  • They used to pay me and they paid me several times in fact.
  • But now they claim my work isn't "constructive" (even though it has not changed) and they refuse to pay me the $10 they owe me (which took a while to accumulate, by the way).
So there you have it. As of writing this they have stopped responding to my e-mails and I do not expect to ever see a dime of that money. If you're interested in getting paid to listen to music, then I recommend trying out Hit Predictor (which doesn't pay in cash, but you get points that you redeem for prizes) or Music X Ray (which I haven't been paid by yet and I can't confirm whether or not they pay, but the payment structure is a lot better than Slice the Pie...if you'd like to learn more about both sites click here to check out my article on Hubpages about them).

72 comments:

  1. Slicethepie has seriously gone downhill. If you look at their Facebook page, several people are complaining, including myself. When they switched to the new system, I was actually able to earn more, up until about December, when they started having all sorts of technical errors. Then, come January, they introduced this new button "No suitable tracks for you to review" which is impossible, considering the amount of songs that are uploaded. Several other people have gotten this. It is possible to maybe make $2.00 a day on there now, and even that, may be a stretch. They shut down my account without a warning when I withdrew $10.00. Yep. Nice.

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  2. At least they let you withdraw your $10 before shutting down your account (although that is still extemely dirty)...but they wouldn't even pay me at all. It's such a shame too...slice the pie used to be a really fun site...I don't understand what happened. At least it was fun while it lasted.

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    1. You are right. I was paid several times and now they shut down my account permanently for rating everything the same on the scale. I liked the fashion and songs I was given. This time it's closed. All of us need to send in petitions to them and demand our money back. They should at least give a warning. That takes time and concentration to do the reviews. May be file a complaint at the Better Business Bureau. Maybe they should not recruit people here in the US. Maybe we can all file a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. If anyone wants to email me my name is Di. Email is dannab20747@yahoo.com.

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  3. I got an email back telling me my reviews weren't long enough or I was using multiple browsers (such as Firefox and Internet Explorer) and those are the only reasons the account would be deleted. They let me get the account back and I am writing longer reviews, but I am not really holding my breath. If you take a look at their Facebook page, several people are disappointed.

    We had a track that was stuck during December that would just keep playing in the player. Of course, the staff was "off" as this was happening during the holidays. Then, they introduced a new thing "No More Suitable Tracks for you to review". I don't know how that's even possible with how many tracks get reviewed per day. If there's 8 million reviews on the site, surely they aren't of the same five every one keeps reviewing? Then, this random account deletion stuff that they're doing. No warnings, no anything. I mean, at least they gave the account back, but again, not holding my breath.

    There's also someone on their page from December who I guess was an investor that was saying they had scammed him as well. I am sorry they didn't give you your money. It really is a shame. The least they could do is tell someone HOW to better a review, if that's what they're in business for.
    But yeah, check their page. Plenty of complaints to go around:
    http://facebook.com/Slicethepie

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    1. Then why have they started scamming people left and right? As you can see, I'm not the only person complaining of them not paying me...

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    2. they lock my acct. yesterday at $7, reason multiple browsing :( and now they ask so much about me during email conversation.

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    3. They locked my account today, with $9.30. They play dirty. Take care and take your money asap!

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    4. They locked my account today I was at $9.70, only 30 cents left until payout. This site is crooked and I will go on every website to get the word out.

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    5. They locked me out today with $9.20. I don't know why. I started started a month ago. I was loving it. I cashed out twice. And then a few minutes ago, I was writing and it just wouldn't take the review so I logged off and tried to re enter and my account was suspended. ;(

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    6. Liz, that's what happened to me today. I was at $7.88 and I submitted my review and they said it took to long to process, so I resubmitted it, an error occurred, then I did it one more time and they said account had timed out, please log back in, so I went to log back in and my account was locked. I have just started this site about 6 days ago and today I had been on the site all day and they pull this.

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    7. i got 20 bucks then and havent seen the rest

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    8. Slice the pie is scam. Infact its organized online scam. After writing quality review they always come up with one flimsy excuse or the other not to pay up.

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    9. you laid it out plain and simple !
      slice the pie is a scam people ! listen to all these reviews from ppl just like you (trying to make a little extra cash) that are telling you THEY ARE BULLSHIT . end of the day you wont see not one penny of those pennies youre working so hard to earn .

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  5. They said the same to me.. but they will see this time, they came into a master.

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  6. Mine just today!Your account has been suspended because your actions have breached our Terms & Conditions.I already have $9.30. WTF slice the pie is scam.

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  7. These people also locked my account. They said that I copied and pasted some of reviews. What the hell?

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  8. Wow, I feel so bad for all you guys that have been scammed just like I was. But hopefully if anyone is considering joining the site they'll do some research and come across my post here and also see all of your comments so they'll know this wasn't some "one time" thing with me...they're screwing LOTS of people over. It's such a shame too because they used to be a great site. I made money there for years. But now they're just a sad pathetic scam site.

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  9. I got locked out too, without getting my money, but you can bet they're using our reviews. Bunch of scammers. It's a shame cos there are a lot of sites advertising them as genuine, so no doubt a lot more people are going to get ripped off.

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  10. I also got locked out today. Wit over $32.00 still left in my account! Waiting for a reply from slp but not holding my breath! Gutted!

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  11. This site is a total Scammers!!! DO NOT JOIN SLICE THE PIE!!

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  12. 100% scam site. Beware of the fake account slice likes to user like satisfied users of their site. 100% bogus. Don't be fooled by affiliate program, paying people to lie and say they get paid so they can earn affiliate money, NOT reviewer money. Affiliates get paid, reviewers don't

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  13. I joined slicethepie.com a month ago, and my account was closed last week with $13.73 left in it, and I have sent them 7 emails since then asking why. It took me 11 days of writing constructive reviews to make that $13.73, and they just shut me out without a legitimate reason. For those that are considering joining up with this site, please read the reviews about slice the pie, because they are some dirty little crooks.

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  14. I tried to log in to slicethepice.com today, having joined just over a week ago, and they said my account had been suspended for a breach of the terms and conditions.

    I had earned around $38, I guess I'm not going to see that.

    I suppose I should email them to see why they've booted me off the site but seeing how they conduct their affairs, I wouldn't be too inclined to write reviews for them anymore.

    It's left a bitter taste in my mouth, it's dissappointed me, and left me feeling kind of depressed.

    It's based on a model of expropriation and exploitation anyway, I'm sure real music journalists don't get paid pennies for their writing - even if they are professionals.

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  15. I've recently joined slice the pie and I don't think there a scam they have continued to payout on time and sometimes even early. I've taken a look at they're facebook page an no one is complaining https://www.facebook.com/Slicethepie
    Seems legit to me. I WILL comeback if it turns out they are a scam like everyone is saying they are.

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    1. I'm back and guess what? THEY SCREWED ME OVER. Cause of a glitch in their dumbass system they said I breached the terms and conditions WTF. Don't join these scammers.

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    2. Yeah, most people aren't complaining so I suppose they are still getting paid but they screwed me over and based on the comments here they are screwing other people over too. Thanks for coming back and letting us know what happened to you.

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  16. i got 20 dollars then i did about 50 dollars with of songs within in 5 days and i got a email saying my reviews were not good enough and they are holding my money until they see improvement so i don't know i'm going to try to do ten dollars worth and better my reviews but if i still dont get my money im done.

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    1. Yeah, I'm sorry to say I doubt you'll see that money. If they really think someone's reviews aren't good enough then why would they let you do a ton of them (like in your case, 50 dollars worth) and THEN say "oh they aren't good enough so we aren't going to pay you". It's a bunch of crap. Good luck. I hope you get your money.

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  17. this site is a fucking joke, wont be surprised if they lock my account they sound like a scam, whats funny is i reached $5.00 RIGHT WHEN I REACHED THAT AMOUNT and halfway to the $10.00 i NEED to cashout, i am starting to get these annoying error messages on EVERY review i leave on a song, some bullshit saying my review sounds similar to other reviews....!!!!!!!! WTF

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  18. Ive run out of energy which is supposed to be replenished every 180 seconds. Its been roughlt 4176 seconds, and I have no energy to re review. Does not look promising. Shame cause I liked the interface.

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  19. I have read the negative reviews but I have heard that some people were able to cash out so I thought I'd try it since I've had the account forever and never used it (wish I used it when the site was good. I don't know why I didn't) well they locked my account too but because of you all's reviews I only did it when I had nothing else to do and luckily I only had almost a dollar. Too bad you guys spent more time on this site than me.

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    1. I'm so glad you didn't put too much time and effort into it only to get screwed over. They used to be such a great site (I used them for several years and never had a problem) and it was a fun little way to earn extra money. It's such a shame the site has gown down hill like it has. I keep hoping another similar site will pop up and not be a scam. There is music x ray but they hardly ever send me any songs to rate and hit predictor which only gives points instead of money...but I'd rather have money lol :)

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  20. Cash out as soon as you reach $10 always!! Got paid so far no probs 2 x $10. If you think about the hourly rate though you can only make about $2 per hour at best, so you will never make a fortune.

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  21. I had 2 dollars in 1 day and then they just locked my account for no reason. They are just some kids who don't want they're money to be taken.

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  22. They recently lower the amount they pay...but they won't admit it. I'm at almost four, but it's not worth getting to ten.

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  23. Thanks for the review and everyone's comments. Def. not going to sign up after reading this

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  24. I'm in need of cash and thought this would be a good way to make some money from home since I currently have no job/car/money. Guess its not even worth the effort. How disappointing. As a musician myself, I would have gladly wrote reviews on something I know about for some dinero. I do it for free everywhere else... *sigh* moving on.

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  25. I barely started on my account and after 8 reviews they locked my account. This site is definetly dirty. I am giving my honest opinion and I review music since 2010 as well so I know what I am talking about when they ask me to review a song. And also they didnt even notified that my account was locked. These scammers should have there site closed. Its pointless to lock or suspend a account because they dont agree with your review.

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  26. they stopped $7...wow website is a scam

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  27. SLICETHEPIE is the best scammer, they locked up my account and did not pay my $40 and mum's account $9..I will spread this shout all over the world so no one will waste time again reviewing their crap music.

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    1. my account is now saying account locked due to breach of terms, which i don't get i have done a couple payouts, and was real close to another, i have emailed them and will see what happens. Did you hear anything from them why they did this? I was submitting a review said page error i try to log back on and it wouldn't accept my info then says locked due to breach. I am polite with reviews even when the song was just weird or terrible.

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  28. Awesome! Thank you for sharing this info. I actually just signed up for STP tonight -- how did I not even hear about it all these years? But I had trouble even signing up. Once I got to the "last sourcing" question, it refuses to get past it. I guess it's a way to weed out newcomers..

    I really appreciate your honest feedback for your readers, though. I so just signed up (and used your referral link!!!) at Hit Predictor. From what I've read from you, it sounds pretty nice. ;) Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for using my referral link. :) I really hope you enjoy hitpredictor. :)

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  29. Thanks for sharing I will not be signing up on this site.

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  30. Yep, they got me too. Closed my account with money owed me. This seems to happen when companies realize they're not going to make it and wanna snatch every penny they can. Regardless if it's theft.

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  31. Just found this site. It appears to be much better than STP ever was. You get paid, but just for listening, no writing reviews! http://www.musicxray.com?afid=e40e4b0037480131286112313d16f6be

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    1. Yeah, I've been using MusicXRay for a long time now but unfortunately I still only have about $10 in my account and you need $20 to get paid. I've never even had my first payment yet. I wish they had more songs to listen to but I like the fact that you don't have to write reviews. :)

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    2. musicxray sucks. Alicia Washington who's from Workers ON Board apparently makes good money on there but NOBODY else does because she refers them a lot of IDIOTS who sign up like myself. However, she did an example of her working on music xray on her youtube channel. Turns out she blurred out the song titles, turned down the music, so we're not even sure if she's reputable.

      Music Xray sent me two crappy songs and I've not seen anything

      I was getting paid via slice the pie when I had like 2 cents and etc. I was referred by workersonboard and I didn't realize they were SCAMMERS. So now they shut me out of my account and they have my money still. I've emailed them but they are in UK so I guess I shall hear back from them soon. We really need to compile a list of all SCAMMERS they should at least pay us.

      I was getting pretty good at that slice the pie thing too getting like 19 to 25 cents per song but the system sorta locks up if you go faster.

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    3. I have $15.58 in my musicxray account right now but I've had an account on there for years and they hardly ever send me any songs to rate. If I ever actually reach payout it'll be a miracle lol....I can't imagine how anyone can make good money on there, even with referrals, because even your referrals have to get songs to rate...so that's just amazing to me....she must have a gazillion referrals I guess? hmmm...

      And every time I turn around I hear about another person getting ripped off by slice the pie...I'm amazed they are even still in business at this point. It was such a great site for several years and then for whatever reason they decided to just start ripping people off left and right. It's such a shame too because it really was a fun site.

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  32. ok listen first of all qlmost any site tells you when to cash out I have tried a number of sites a lot of them have the problems like you but what I have found out and yes unfortunately one of my favorite sites kept my money which mad me very disappointed I was complaining just like you are when some one told me the trick....I don't know what to call it...you must cash out as soon as you can every time these places are not a bank even paycheck will not be accepted after a yea CASH OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE since then I have mostly good luck not always but more after i was told that. hope this helpsr

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    1. I agree, it's always best to cash out as soon as possible on any site. I always did that with slice the pie but then one day they just refused to pay me. But yeah, it's always better to learn something is a scam before putting too much time and effort into it.

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  33. scam they locked mines too

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  34. I'm at $5 and here they blocked me out stating I'm working off a proxy server?? My internet security options are turned off and my internet provider says I'm not connected to a internet provider...this is BS..All to continue to get the message out about these types of companies please also send your complaints to WorkersOnBoard to be taken off there site as well!!

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  35. They just blocked me with $15 in my account,saying my last review sounded familiar yet i kept changing it even though it wasn't like my other reviews,When i contacted them,they said unlike robots,they need their rest and will get back to me by the next business day.Well,they weren't resting when they blocked my account!

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    1. Wow, they really said that? That is so rude. I'm sorry you lost $15 but at least you tried to cash out before earning any more so you didn't get scammed out of even more money.

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    2. yep they did the same thing to me. Then you can't even change the wording and you have to just log out and log back in. I lost about 5 good reviews earlier today. Also their system sometimes will play two songs at once. You have to just stop and log off.
      How can we all get our money back??? We should compile a list and file complaint with them. at least let everyone know they steal from people and lie.

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  36. It is a complete scam, i wrote lots of good honest reviews for all the artists, then withdrew my $10 and got an email from their customer support team the next day saying it had been brought to their attention that my reviews were not good quality so they decided not to pay me and suspend my account. If i knew who to speak to with regards to getting that website shut down i would do it now to help save people wasting their time in future.

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  37. Just got locked out for supposedly having a proxy server. Would be nice if I have one. If they don't reactivate me will report them to watchdog or something and spread to the site promoting them as legit to be wary of them. The sad thing is I'm a huge music fan and thought this was an excellent idea. I got up to 4.88 in just 2 days, that's how much I was enjoying it. Really disappointed now. Is music X-Ray any good?

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  38. I am so very sorry to hear about so many terrible experiences with our website. If those who were taken out of a lot of hard work and money will send us an email please put "Rep#78669" in the subject bar and in your email request to speak with Rep Jerry I would be more than happy to work things out for you, Please also clearly state your issue in the email using as much detail as possible.

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    1. lol let me get this straight? I wrote this in 2011 and if you actually read the whole thing you'd see that I contacted you guys and was pretty much told (in a slightly nicer way) to go screw myself. And now, all these years later you're telling these people (who ALSO contacted you, if you actually bothered to read the comments) that you will help them if they contact you AGAIN? I mean that one guy in the comments contacted you guys SEVEN TIMES and that still wasn't enough? Seriously? No, I think this is just a pathetic (and a little too late) attempt to fix the very horrible reputation you've gained for yourselves in the last few years. I mean are we really supposed to believe that all these people that were scammed were just accidentally screwed over somehow? Over the last 2 years?!! No, this was done to us deliberately. You people knew exactly what you were doing.

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    2. Just started an account with this company. Now after reading this I am not sure if I should continue. I am afraid I will not get paid, and it has taken alot of time just to get 5 dollars, and I am looking forward to this 10 dollars to help with my gas expenses when I have to go to court for a traffic ticket next week. I will be really annoyed if , after hours of reviewing these songs, these people decide to tell me my reviews are not good enough and hold on to my measley 10 dollars.

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    3. I really hope you do get paid but there is a pretty good chance you won't. But if you get a chance come back and let us know what happens. Good luck with both slice the pie and your ticket court.

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    4. EXACTLY.. I I'm goingo to email them. I will let you know. I would like my money back

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  39. I Just tried to sign up with them and it said they would send me a confirmation email. I checked and I never received the email, not in my inbox or spam filter. I have tried to have the confirmation email recent several times but still have not received anything.

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  40. I had 5.60 dollars when these people randomly decided to block my account because according to them " i violated terms and conditions". What a waste of time

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  41. I tried out SliceThePie. What a nightmare. I am a real guy that has done CD mastering for some major artists, and know alot about hit music. And so far, this site has been a nightmare. I was having fun, when suddenly, the site began continuously rejecting my reviews. No matter what I wrote, it rejected me, even giving a song a very positive review, and making constructive statements on how to improve the song.

    I got to a dollar, and it kept giving me a song about smoking pot, which I rated several different ways, and no matter how i rated it, it was rejected. Eventually, it told me there was an error, and I needed to log out and log back in. I did that, and got a different song, which it kept rejecting on.

    From that point on, it started to act like Simon, remember the round milton bradley game with the four colored light buttons and the beep tones? Each review got progressively harder to submit, and I finally stopped at a dollar.

    Who gives this company money? I gave a song a 10, and it told me that my rating did not match what I wrote. I said, you have a top ten hit song here and went through the different aspects of the song. I got random messages after that, and then it errored out and told me to log out and log in. When I did, I lost that song.

    I contacted them, but I am ready to just close my account.

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  42. Slicethepie is a joke they have been trying to not pay people I have had several friends with the same complaint we all signed up around the same time and when it came time to pay they didn't. They did email me however saying "Angie, Sep 14, 09:31:
    Hi there,

    We hope you're enjoying reviewing. We've noticed your reviews can be quite difficult to read at times. This is mainly due to your use of long sentences with use of commas and no full stops, for example:

    "I believe that her vocals fit the mood of this song perfectly, just the right amount of vocal processing on her voice, I think the right amount is very important especially in electronic music, I think this beat sounded very futuristic and hip, the sounds that were used to make the melody were very unique and tasteful, everything worked well together, I like the fact that the drums in this song were on the quitter side I think that made the beat stand out more in my opinion, but her vocals were definitely the highlight of this song for me, her vocals are A class, this track is easily 10/10."

    Please note that your reviews go straight to artists and so we'd encourage you to write lengthy, detailed and constructive reviews that comment on a number of aspects of the track. For example: beat, melody, instruments, vocals, production, commercial potential etc. We'd also ask that you comment on what you thought the artist did well and could improve on next time.

    Remember, the better your review, the more you'll be paid :)

    If you have any questions please let us know.

    Thanks!

    Angie

    Customer Support" however when it came time for me to get paid the new email read "Angie, Oct 16, 09:20:
    Hi there,

    It has been brought to our attention that some of your reviews contain comments that are not helpful to the artists. For example:

    "Garbage beat, garbage artist, garbage melody, stupid lyrics, no flow,"

    This is against the Terms and Conditions and not in the spirit of Slicethepie. It's really important all of the reviews you submit are constructive and are of a high quality, as they are sent directly to the artists. If you don't like a track it's fine to say so however we ask that you say this in a constructive way.

    Furthermore we've contacted you on multiple occasions concerning your sentences being hard to read due to long sentences with a lack of full stops, for example:

    "Not my favorite track out their but I think it was ok, I found the lyrics to be my only excitement I this track, the lyrics were definitely grade A music, I also liked her as a performer, I believe that she has a special linguistic style and I found her music a bit refreshing, again this isn't necessarily my favorite jam, however I felt that it was a good balance between lyrics and instrumentals."

    Please try to add some full stops and make your reviews a bit easier to read.

    We will allow you to continue reviewing at this point but please take our comments on board. We will be monitoring your reviews and if we do not notice an improvement we may be forced to close your account and we may be unable to pay you.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks,

    Angie

    Customer Support" this website is a joke I hope nobody seriously thinks slicethepie is a legitimate avenue, and anyone saying otherwise is probably the same people trying to get you to use their referral code to sign up so they can get a commission from you.

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  43. Alice, Nov 3, 10:08:
    Hi there,

    It's been brought to our attention that you have been using a bot to submit reviews on Slicethepie. This is in breach of the Terms & Conditions and as such your account has been permanently suspended.

    Thanks,

    Alice
    Customer Support


    Then I got banned this morning, they are so full of it, it's not even funny

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  44. This company Sucks they wait until it's time to pay and then come up with some stupid as to why the lock your account that's bullcrap it's a scam stay away people

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  45. I am shocked, As I have started using this thinking its okay, Im waiting until I get $10 if they do not pay out I'll get my friends to tweak the site (Erase it) I have cousing which friends know people who go to anonymous.

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  46. Slice the pie is so good to be true...this is illusion. You spend your time and they maliciously will say you got $0.x for that review and at the very end when you ask for the payment...they email you (slap on your face)..sorry..you were not good enough......Bye,bye slice!

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