I'm 24, male, college-educated, live in southern California, and bought my car new and paid it off a year ahead of schedule. As such, my phone rings off the hook every year during auto show season--which is starting a month early now that the L.A. Auto Show is in December--as market research firms try to get a hold of me so they can put me in focus groups. They pay $50-100/hour, and most of them are within a 15-mile drive of where I live. Anyone else been in on these? I did a couple in spring '05--including a session in which members of Mazda's design team came to my apartment and oohed/aahed my FBB--and one earlier this year. I'm doing at least one this coming week. Oh, and before anyone else says it: "Ooh! Gum 'n' Nuts--together at last."