What is Pinecone Research?
Pinecone Research is pretty much the most coveted survey panel in existence. It seems everyone wants to be a member, but becoming a member is a bit of a challenge because Pinecone doesn’t accept applicants all the time. Sometimes existing panelists can send referral invitations to people they know to join, but they get just a limited number of these. Pinecone has been around since 1999 and even though the panel has gone through some significant changes since then, they remain one of the most sought after survey companies to join up with.
How much does Pinecone pay per survey?
Pinecone pays $3 per survey taken. This amount used to be $5 per survey, but in the past few years they’ve lowered their rate. Not every survey offered pays in cash — some just offer sweepstakes entries. Pinecone also sends out invitations for product testing fairly regularly. The product tests may or may not come with cash incentives.
Update 4/4/13 – Pinecone has made the decision to switch to paying in points. However, the points are redeemable for cash. The amount per survey is technically the same.
How and when does Pinecone pay?
Pinecone will pay you with either a check or Paypal – your choice. Checks are processed and mailed usually within one day after you take a survey. You are also normally paid by the next day after you complete a survey if you use the Paypal option.
How does signing up for Pinecone work?
Signing up is actually the trickiest part of the whole process! You need to get lucky and catch them when they’re taking applicants, which isn’t all the time. One way is to find one of their banners and join through it, or you can get a referral invitation from an existing panelist. The location of the banners changes regularly, so finding one isn’t exactly a sure thing. I can sometimes share the banner if I know they are recruiting.
Does Pinecone accept applicants from countries outside the U.S.?
Yes! You can sign up for Pinecone if you live in the UK, Canada, or Germany (Deutschland).
How often do survey invitations come in from Pinecone?
This number varies a lot. Some people get survey invitations a few times per week, and other people only get a few per month. You can probably count on at least one survey invitation per month, usually more.
Is Pinecone worth bothering with?
Quite obviously, Pinecone is not going to pay your bills — this is just an extra money gig at best. But if you’re like me, you never mind a few dollars or even a little change coming into your Paypal account here and there from different sources. And as I’ve always stated in the past, you can earn a decent little weekly income from participating in enough extra money gigs even if none of them alone are enough to amount to what an actual job would pay. The surveys are easy and generally do not take more than 15 minutes to complete. I say bother with it if taking paid surveys is something you enjoy or think you would enjoy. When it comes to the top paid surveys online, Pinecone is probably number one. Even though $3 per survey is not a lot of money, many other survey companies offer less than this for surveys that take much longer.
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