Last updated 12/6/2014.
There are lots of survey panels out there. So many, in fact, that browsing through the massive list I created here could make your head spin when trying to decide which ones to join. But if you were going to tell me that you only wanted to register yourself with ONE of those panels, I would say to try signing up with Pinecone Research.
You may notice that I said “try” signing up with Pinecone. This is because unlike other survey panels, Pinecone is a good bit more selective in who they allow to sign up. They are only looking for people in specific demographics at specific times. It took me a good year or year and a half of trying to track down their elusive banners online in order to get registered. And once I did finally get in, I wasn’t sorry.
It’s a lot easier nowadays to find their banners than it used to be, but there is still no guarantee of getting accepted even if you do receive an invite link or find a banner. As I said above, I feel they are the best survey panel, and they have been for a long time. Below are five reasons I feel that way about Pinecone.
#1 – You Can Get $3 For Every Survey
Most other survey panels don’t guarantee you a set amount of money when you answer their surveys. The exact amount will vary depending on how long and complex the survey is, and quite frankly sometimes you’ll be lucky to get twenty cents to a buck for spending twenty minutes answering redundant questions. But with Pinecone you can get $3 for all of their surveys. Even though they do now pay in redeemable points, it is still possible to redeem your points for $3 in cash.
#2 – You Can Get Paid Fast
If you’ve used other survey panels, then you know that sometimes getting paid can be quite the process. You might have to wait until you have a certain amount to cash out your earnings, or you may have to wait 6-8 weeks for the company to finally get around to mailing you a check.
But not with Pinecone. They offer an option for either Paypal payment or mailed check, and you can bet that your earnings will be processed by the next business day after you’ve completed a survey for them. For the majority of people, their mailed checks arrive within a few business days, and Paypal within a few hours to a few days after you’re done with a survey.
#3 – They Send Out Paid Product Tests
There are lots of product testing sites out there, but most of them do not pay you for doing the testing. The product you test is supposed to be considered your only compensation. But not with Pinecone. Not only does Pinecone send out fairly regularly product testing invites, they also pay you for answering the follow-up survey following your test! And yes, you get to keep the product you tested, too.
#4 – No Disqualification From Surveys
I review a LOT of survey panels on my other site, Extra Cash & Rewards. When I get negative comments on survey panels over there, most of the time it’s someone complaining about “screening out” too frequently. This is something that happens with many survey panels. They will send survey invites to lots of people and allow them to answer several questions before telling them they don’t qualify to complete a survey — which means in many cases you might have spent valuable time for nothing. But Pinecone doesn’t do that. If they send you a survey invitation, they already know that you’re qualified to take and complete it.
#5 – Pinecone’s Feedback Speaks For Itself
Don’t take it just from me. Do a search online and see for yourself how many people sing the praises of Pinecone, and have done so for years now. In fact, Survey Police — a very popular website that allows people to rate and review survey panels — has Pinecone rated at four stars out of five thanks to over 350 user submitted ratings.
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Remember that Pinecone is selective, and submitting your information is not a guarantee you will get in. If you don’t get in this time around, try again at a later date. Good luck!
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