I received a voice message from "LW Research" telling me that they are not selling anything but just do research for the auto industry and that, as a Prius owner, I have been invited to participate in a user discussion during the week of October 20 in Alexandria, VA. I would be paid $220 to attend the discussion. So, I thought it sounded interesting and called back. She basically told me the same thing again, and said that the meetings would be at 8pm on October 20 or 21, and they would let me know. If I was interested, I would be be asked some screening questions. Again, I said okay. She then proceeded to ask me a whole slew of questions, ranging from my age, education, and income level, to why I bought the car, and whether I am involved in any environmental activities, etc., etc. At one point, I asked how much longer it was going to take, and she said it's almost over -- which is was. But I had been on the phone for 30 or 40 minutes by that time. When it was over, she told me that they are going to call me back and let me know whether they would be able to fit me in to one of the discussions. She then went on to say that each group will consist of 10 or 12 people, and that the discussion isn't limited to the Prius, but will include other types of cars! By this time, I was beginning to catch on. "Wait a minute," I said..."If I don't get to go to one of the discussions, I don't get the $220 or whatever it is..." and she said right. And I say, "You've already gotten what you want from me...you've taken a full survey masqueraded as a "screening", and now you're telling me that the "group discussion" is just for 10 or 12 people?? If somebody calls me back and tells me I "didn't get in" I'm going to be really angry! Oh well...it's not a big deal. I didn't give them any critical information...just answered standard survey type questions... but I'm really pissed that that I allowed myself to let them talk me into doing something (i.e., spend time answering a survey) that I might not have been willing to do if they had asked me straight out whether I'm willing to take a survey. Edit: I was wondering whether anybody else has received a similar call and what came of it? I'm also wondering what to say if they call me back. If they say I "got in", I'm not sure whether to accept. On the one hand, I'm kind of curious; on the other, it sounds like a waste of time, since it's not even just for Prius owners. If they tell me there was no room to accommodate me, which is what I'm expecting, I'm going to be pretty annoyed. I must be one of hundreds whom they invited, but the two meetings are only for 10-12 people? To me that's deceptive.