business man doing a survey on his computer

If you are looking for a side hustle, paid online surveys are one of the easiest ways to go. They don’t take up much of your time, they are quite easy and even fun. At least in theory. In practice, it’s often very tricky to determine whether they are legitimate or scam. And even when they are legitimate, it still doesn’t mean you will get what you’re in for – that is, cash. In this review, I will cover a survey site eGlobal Panel. Read on to discover if it’s legit and worth your time.

For starters, eGlobal Panel is operated by Maru/Matchbox, a UK-based market research company with three decades of experience. That fact, as well as a bunch of awards they boast of on their website, should vouch for their legitimacy.

How Does eGlobal Panel Work?

The first noteworthy fact about this survey panel is that everybody is welcome to join, as soon as they are at least 16 years old. You just need to hit “Sign Up” button and fill in your basic info. Then, you will get a short registration survey. Apart from the usual questions about your gender, birthdate, marital and employment status, you will also have to answer which magazines you read, which purchases you have made online in the past six months. Also, whether you plan for or participate in various DIY (do-it-yourself) projects.

This registration survey doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete. As soon as you submit all the information, you’re all set. Don’t expect any kind of confirmation email. You will only get an email inviting you to do a survey, as soon as one is available for you.

eglobal panel registration page preview

Now, when it comes to incentives, they aren’t very upfront about the payments. In the FAQ section on their website, they shortly inform the users that there are incentives – “e.g. vouchers for shopping online, or cash prizes.” That doesn’t exactly tell me what I want to know. Do I get such an incentive as a rule, whenever I successfully complete a survey? Or is it only a chance to get an incentive? No info on that account. Which is, I think, a deliberate move on their part.

Earning Potential

I still haven’t received any invitations to their surveys, but here’s what their website says. They will invite me “from time to time” to take surveys. And those surveys wouldn’t last longer than couple of minutes each. They work by invitation only, which should mean that I wouldn’t get disqualified too easily or too often.

However, there might be an explanation as to why I haven’t got any surveys yet. They admit that they only send surveys to 80% of the panelists. Plus, they target the users by their location. Which would probably mean that the UK users stand most chance to get invited regularly.

There is one more thing that struck my attention. In the down left-hand corner, there is a box called “Previous Winners.” Winners of some kind of sweepstakes, I take it. They have enlisted the names of survey winners, without mentioning what exactly those people won. Even less encouraging is the fact that the last piece of news in this section dates back to 2012. Are they outdated or just negligent? In both cases, it doesn’t sound promising.

The scarce user reviews that I managed to find don’t promise much either. In theory, this panel should reward their users with prepaid debit or credit cards, cash via check, e-vouchers, and sweepstakes entries. A couple of panelists report that the number of surveys gets lower the closer they are to cashing out. It’s as if the panel wants you to give up eventually. Another user claimed that it’s just sweepstakes, but confirmed that the surveys are indeed very short and interesting.

eglobal panel homepage preview

Advantages

  • They accept users from all across the world. However, their focus is on the UK users, which means you will get quite a small number of surveys (if any) if you’re living elsewhere.
  • The surveys are short and interesting. With as little as two minutes per survey, you won’t be spending much of your time on this panel.
  • There is a possibility of cash rewards. I like the “cash” part of this sentence, but I dislike the “possibility” part. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t find any online evidence that the time worked is the time paid.

Disadvantages

  • You can get the maximum of one survey per week. And that’s if you live in the UK. As for other users, it appears that surveys are very scarce. They actually admit that they only send surveys to 80% of their panelists, based on their geographical location. My guess is that the percentage is even lower, and the right location is (quite exclusively) the UK. That beats the assumption that everybody is welcome, it seems to me.
  • It seems they mostly rely on sweepstakes. At least that’s what some users claim. How likely are you to get an actual reward? Their website offers no information on that matter.
  • The system seems outdated. If the last time someone won a prize was in 2012, it doesn’t exactly open a world of possibilities. If that was the last time they updated their site, they aren’t really committed to their users.

Final Verdict – Is It Worth Your While?

Even though they seem to be a legitimate survey panel, I wouldn’t recommend you to join unless you are a lucky UK resident. And even then, it doesn’t seem to be the most rewarding option. But it won’t take up much of your time, so feel free to make a choice yourself.

When it comes to those of you who live outside of UK, I have to say it’s best to pass this opportunity. Primarily because it doesn’t really seem like an opportunity. Even though their surveys are short, chances are you won’t be receiving many invitations. And even if you get them occasionally, there is no proof that they will be worth your while. There are many other trustworthy survey panels that never (or almost never) fail to pay.