Just came across UserTesting.com — a company that conducts remote usability testing for only $19 per user study. For that you get a 15 minute video of the tester using your web site and a short written report.
Compared with the cost of running traditional usability studies, that’s a good deal.
If they can find users with the right demographic characteristics, this could be a great service.
Side note: The last question on the FAQ page made me chuckle:
You didn’t answer my question. How come?
Probably because this FAQ was written by a PR person. Please ask us your question using our contact us form.
Oh, and if you like spouting your opinions about web sites, you can always apply to be a tester and get paid (a little) for the privilege.