Panel Payday Review: Up to $75 per Survey! - Scam?


Jun 14, 2018
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There are so many online rewards sites and paid survey sites nowadays that it’s hard to choose which one to take on. Many times, settling for what you want to try boils down to how much money the site actually promises. It’s no wonder sites like PanelPayday uses the words “Earn $25-$75 per survey” on its homepage, the same way the wicked witch in Hansel and Gretel used sweets and pastries to build her house in the middle of a forest (so kids will know what she’s all about).

Who doesn’t want to earn that much money for completing surveys, right?

The thing is, I’ve always been wary of outright promises like that, maybe because I’ve been doing surveys for some time now and no way have I ever completed a survey that cost that least not yet. So erring on the side of caution, I decided to look up a couple of reviews first before signing up. I will tell you all about what I’ve read, but for the sake of fairness, I decided to write this Panel PayDay review by juxtaposing what the website promises with actual feedback from people who have tried it out themselves.

First things first - what is it?

The first thing I explored on Panel Payday was that very telling page called “Earnings Disclaimer”, with my mind fixed on feedback I’ve read from past users. It had several paragraphs worth of disclaimers to the tune of “we’re not guaranteeing that you will actually get paid here, much less make the kind of money we promised on our home page.”

So - if it doesn’t promise any sort of payment or earning (at least of the tangible kind we prefer), it’s surely not an online rewards site?

Next, I visited the site’s Terms and Conditions page. There are several lines in it that stood out to me:

“provides users with access to a rich collection of resources”

“these communications are considered part of PanelPayDay membership and you will not be able to opt out of receiving them” (referring to the site’s newsletters and other means of “communication”)

And to be honest those two phrases struck me as ominous. First, there’s a promise of resources, meaning an entire network of partner businesses can access your information, and secondly, it seems like there’s no way to shake off unwanted communication even if you don’t feel like receiving them anymore.

Is registration free?

Yes it’s free, BUT.

I found it very suspicious that they have a page dedicated to Unsubscribe, which gave me the inkling that you’re likely to get spammed when you sign up.

When I clicked on All Surveys, I was taken to a hodgepodge list of affiliate partners looking for members (complete with their own join buttons), which makes me think this is more of an “agent” site earning by way of your contact information. After that, it seems like anything goes, judging from complaints ranging from not getting paid at all for completed surveys, to getting non-stop phone calls and emails from different companies, all the way to getting fraudulent charges on their credit card (NOT something I would recommend you to share by the way, on here or on any other GPT site).

How do I start earning extra income from Panel Payday?

The site also mentions a $25 sign up bonus which sounds very attractive indeed. However, this amount won’t come directly from Panel Payday. Instead, you can maybe expect it from a third party survey site they’re affiliated with. So basically, nope, there’s no guarantee of a signup bonus.

If you want to give their list of surveys a try, you have to be ready for a slew of offers thrown at you first. You will go through plenty of pages of these so that Panel Payday can make a commission for any that you click Accept to. And then finally you can get to the surveys, which, as I mentioned above, aren’t hand-picked or screened for authenticity or quality. On that note, you can expect some legit surveys mixed with scammy ones, and it’s going to be up to you to find out which is which.

The verdict?

There are obviously too many negative reviews outweighing the positive ones for Panel Payday so far. But is it a scam site? I would say no, given that they did give a lot of disclaimers and actually spell out the circumstances of signing up with them (as illustrated by hand-picked phrases below):

“There is no guarantee that you will earn money using this website.”

“We do not provide any guarantees that you will ‘get rich quick’.”

“No express or implied guarantees of income are made by”

The bottom line is, it’s more of an affiliate marketing site (though they don’t outrightly say that) that entices users with survey sites they can refer you to (and thus earning from each referral as a middleman). As I said, there’s nothing explicitly wrong with that, really.

But at the end of the day, I think honesty and truth in advertising are bedrocks of a good business, and this site lacks both. It just serves to illustrate how, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t good nor true.

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Your turn!

Would you consider signing up for affiliate marketing sites like Panel Payday for surveys, or do you think it’s a waste of time and effort? Tell me your thoughts and feedback if you have any.


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May 26, 2018
In my own opinion, there are virtually no survey that pays that much. Many surveys say that though it is untrue.
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Fred W

Jun 14, 2018
So right off the bat in this follow-up Panel Payday review, I would just like to say:

NO. Just, no. If you’re serious about earning some extra income and not wasting your time, stay very far away from this site. I signed up as a sort of sacrificial lamb (okay fine, I was also not going to take Nick’s word for it that this site isn’t to be trusted), so that you won’t have to waste your time here. But to further illustrate my experience, I’m gonna break it down like so.

What is it, really?

It’s definitely not an independent survey site - you know, the kind that plays middleman between survey-takers and business partners? What it is is, as Nick has already mentioned, a kind of “agent” site that just recommends you to other survey sites already in existence. I tried answering some surveys being offered but I got broken link after broken link, which led me to believe that even the third-party stuff being offered up here aren’t the best quality (heck, I would’ve settled for mediocre quality if it paid reasonably!).

So yep, there is a referral system here that actually works, but not the one where you get a percentage from your referred friends’ earnings. Instead, Panel Payday makes money OFF YOU for referring you to other sites. It isn’t illegal but it’s sneaky, and I don’t like sneaky.

What I actually earned

Not money, nope. Not even a sweet supply of gift cards or prizes, or even that damnable $25 sign up bonus promised on the home page. What I actually earned were spammy emails and offers - lots and lots of them! Once I signed up, I was assaulted by offers I neglected to unclick “Subscribe” to, and instantly regretted it. And that, in turn, made me waste a lot of time blocking, marking as spam, and even trying to go back to the site to Unsubscribe whenever I can!

My verdict

Since only my precious time and effort were taken here and not my money (insert thick sarcasm here) I wouldn’t venture to say that Panel Payday is a scam - yet. It definitely gives you spam though, if you aren’t too careful! I guess my bottom line is, it’s a complete waste of time for me.
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Sep 28, 2018
Long story short : I wouldn't recommend them either. I wouldn't necessarily call them a scam but they are def not legit. If that makes sense

I tried them and my experience with them wasn't good. I pretty much encountered the same problems that were mentioned in the tread and just stopped using them after a few days.

When you research them online you find plenty of complaints about people not being able to do surveys etc. For me those are massive red flags that just want me to stay as far away as possible. Time is valuable and there is nothing more frustrating than going through a site and finding broken links one after another. Not just the links are broken but I also heard that when you complete a survey you don't even get credited.

When I do a survey and spend time I expect to get paid as simple as that. I know that we can get occasionally disqualified during a survey and thats alright but when nothing works and doesn't credit for my hard work then thats frustrating. Maybe they can fix things in the future but at the moment I wouldn't try panelpayday again.