5 Reasons Why Pinecone Is the BEST Survey Panel!

Earn $3 per survey at PineconeLast 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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  1. gurlgamer09 says

    Pinecone is awesome! Thanks for posting about it. They paid me quick by check and now I can get PayPal payments when I decide to cash in my points. I like that I feel like I’m actually making a difference.

  2. Kathy says

    I’ve been with Pinecone for about 18 months now and love it! I average about $12 per month. I always complete the information surveys (which are short and unpaid) and then almost always get a paid survey to take. I’m just letting the $$ accumulate in my paypal account for Christmas.

    I think I found them via this site. Thanks for all your hard work!

  3. Frank Neeley says

    I use to be on pinecone research. I enjoyed it. Not just for the money more for being a voice and heard. It was fun get a product in the mail and check it out! And then be able to be honest with out prejudice on either side. I would like to sign back up, but don’t know how. A friend recommended me then. What do I do? Thanks. Frank Neeley

    • says

      There should be a link in this post that will take you to the registration page, Frank. They may or may not be looking for your demographic right now, but you can always give it a try at anytime.

  4. Jean H says

    Pine Cone was great for awhile but now you get points to cash in for merchandise instead of the $3 a survey.

    • says

      You can trade your points in for cash, too, and it’s still $3 a survey if you do that. I think they also have Amazon gift cards, so overall their points transition isn’t such a bad thing since the $3 a survey option is still there.

    • sether says

      My bad, the site is great but it isn’t for me since I am not a US resident. You should not have a market research background too because they ask you first using the form. It really isn’t for me.

  5. Kat says

    I’m really keen to get into the UK version of pinecone, if anyone has an invite I would be So thankful! :)

    • says

      Kat, check this link regularly: http://www.amylynn.org/home/pinecone It’s a very good website with all kinds of survey links, and she frequently posts when Pinecone is hiring — also Pinecone U.K. Right now she says they are open and she has the link where you can apply directly without an invitation, but when I click it at the moment it says the Pinecone site is down :( Keep trying it though. You should be able to apply this way without an invite.

  6. ebele says

    I’m with Pinecone (the UK one). Been with them for a few years or so. On average I get a survey a month from them, and though that doesn’t add up to a lot money-wise, it’s a fairly painless way to earn a few.

  7. Terese says

    Hi, Anna: I’ve never done the survey thing, but I know several work-at-home moms that have been successful with this company. I

  8. says

    It’s been a while since I’ve completed a survey for them. But, when I was active, I found them to be on time with payment…no problems whatsoever.

  9. says

    I have tried for a couple of years to get into Pinecone. I think it is now more of the challenge that makes me want to get in than the actual money. lol.

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