Most Expensive Google Answer
April 2, 2005 12:08 AM   Subscribe

What's the most ever paid for a Google Answer? The FAQ says up to $200, but surely that must have been surpassed by now - the page is stamped at 2003. The pricing page has the same numbers. Are there answers out there worth more than $200 to somebody?
posted by will to Technology (7 answers total)
The way I read it, $200 is the upper limit you can set on a question. If they'd increased it they would have updated the documentation.
posted by fvw at 1:21 AM on April 2, 2005

$200 is a hard-set upper bound. Submitting a number higher than 200 will give you an error message that says "Please enter a price between $2.00 and $200.00."
posted by Lush at 1:59 AM on April 2, 2005

Are there answers out there worth more than $200 to somebody?

I'll let you know for $250 ;]
posted by grahamux at 2:26 AM on April 2, 2005

If spending $200 on question makes me a million, then yeah it's worth the two bills.
posted by riffola at 3:01 AM on April 2, 2005

Google Answer is as good service as AskMetefilter to read daily, imo
posted by growabrain at 6:56 AM on April 2, 2005

You can also tip up to $100, though.
posted by abcde at 9:22 AM on April 2, 2005

The highest price you can pay is $200 plus a tip of up to $100. Of the $200 you pay, last time I checked, 75% goes to the researcher. Here's a list of all the questions I answered when I worked for them and what they paid. Since you have no idea who is going to answer your question with Google Answers, my feeling is that if you had real money to spend on asking a money-making question, you'd go someplace where you knew the people answering your question would have training and experience to get it right, like, say, the library or a freelance researcher in your subject area. Someone whose resume you could read ahead of time. A lot of the people who work for GA are really great at what they do, but it's a different sort of work than business market research, for example, that pays well but is also very exacting. You can't really work one on one with a GA "expert" except via the very-public GA site. People with real money prefer to usually have a bit more control over what they're getting for their money. I used to work there and I've done freelance work, just my $.02 comparing the two.
posted by jessamyn at 10:13 AM on April 2, 2005

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