Today, I have a Pinecone Research review for you. If you're into finding different ways to get cash for surveys, then you should definitely try to get signed up for Pinecone Research. This is one of the best, if not the best, paid survey panels out there.
The main reason people like them is that they pay in cash very quickly, offer product testing sometimes, and there is no screening out of their surveys in most cases.
Pinecone has been around for a very long time. I've personally been a member and gotten multiple checks from them. They've always been one of my favorite survey panels to use.
Pinecone Research is open to residents of the United States and occasionally other countries as well.
How much does Pinecone Research pay?
They pay in points you can exchange for $3 per survey.
I think some surveys only offer you sweepstakes entries, but you can elect not to take those. They let you know what the reward will be for each survey you attempt.
Your payment is made with either Paypal or check, and it gets sent to you within one business day after the survey you took is completed, so no waiting forever on your money.
Note that your very first survey is paid for via check, mailed to your home address. This is primarily so they can verify your address and identity. Subsequent payments can be made via other methods if you'd prefer.
If you like gift cards, they now have an option to redeem for those as well.
If you have Paypal, I would highly recommend that option because the wait time is much less than it would be with a check. Since making the jump to points, Pinecone now has other options for redemption, too.
What are the surveys about?
Mostly the surveys you take are about products. Sometimes you'll get invited to do product tests on things that haven't hit stores just yet. These are really fun!
Pinecone will often give you your $3 in addition to the product, which you may or may not be able to keep after you test it.
How long do the surveys take?
Survey length varies. I would be surprised if you ever had to spend more than 30 minutes on one survey though.
Is it easy to get in with Pinecone Research?
Signing up isn't that easy. They do not always need applicants.
Don't be surprised if you fill out your details only to discover that they aren't seeking anyone in your demographic at this time. If that happens, you can always try to sign up again later.
Can you refer friends to Pinecone Research?
Once you are a panel member, Pinecone may give you some invitations to send out to people you know.
This is another way you can possibly get signed up yourself — hit up your friends for invitations if you know they are members.
Another idea is to ask around on various forums for invitations.
I do not think there is any incentive given for referring your friends if you are the one doing the referring.
How can you get started now?
If you want to go ahead and try to join, go here to sign up. If they do not accept you at this time, try again at a later date and don't lose hope.
Post originally published on August 8, 2011. Updated and republished on April 10, 2020.