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Pinecone Research

85 Broad Street, New York, New York  10004 United States
Tel: 1-888-572-2676  Contact: scott@pineconeresearch.com
Operated by: Nielsen

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518 user reviews
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Redemption Info
Rewards typically delivered within a few business days, sometimes even immediately after completing a survey.

Pinecone Research General Information

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research
Pinecone Research is a trusted leader in the survey panel industry. They are owned and operated by a market research company known as Nielsen, whose operations are headquartered in New York. Pinecone Research is focused on improving the quality of tomorrow’s products through collecting international research.

Survey Types
Interesting online surveys are e-mailed to members, and are on a variety of different topics. Surveys usually take about 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete. Pinecone may also send its members very short questionnaires that take about 2 – 5 minutes to fill out, and although these questionnaires are not compensated, they are still important in making a difference.

How to Join Pinecone Research
Because Pinecone Research is an invitation-only survey panel, potential new members must be invited by other members to join, or must find a join link posted on a website. SurveyPolice is currently offering Pinecone Research signup links for Americans, Canadians, Germans, and people living in the UK. » Click here to join Pinecone Research.

Reward Types and Amounts
For each survey taken, Pinecone Research awards its members with a minimum of 300 points. This equates to $3.00 USD for every survey completed. Canadians typically earn $3.00 CAD per survey, while Britons earn £3 per survey completion. There are a variety of options that accumulated points can be used towards.

  • PayPal - A minimum $3.00 balance is required. PayPal payments are processed within 3-5 business days without any extra fees.
  • Check - You may request a check after taking one survey or if you have accumulated $3.00. S check will be sent to you by mail and will have a longer wait time than PayPal.
  • Amazon E-Cards - You can choose to receive an Amazon gift card with your collected points. The e-card will be sent directly to your email account.
  • Catalog and Gift Cards - Pinecone Research offers an extensive catalogue of gift cards and merchandise options. Some of the gift card options include Starbucks, iTunes, Walmart and many others.

Earn your First Check Automatically
Once you complete your first survey, which is always rewarded with a minimum of 300 points, Pinecone Research will automatically send you a check for $3.00 to the mailing address on your profile. There is a security measure to establish your profile and account. After your first check, you will have the option to choose the form in which you would like to receive your future rewards.

Product Testing Opportunities
Occasionally, Pinecone may mail out products for their members to test from home. In some cases, you may be allowed to keep the product once you have finished testing it!

Bi-Weekly and Quarterly Sweepstakes
Pinecone Research conducts two separate sweepstakes (a bi-weekly and quarterly draw), as a thank you to their loyal panelists who participate in survey taking. Bi-weekly sweepstakes are usually an impressive $500, but it gets even better with the quarterly sweepstakes, which award $4,500 to one lucky winner. IIf you are a winner, your name, last initial and state will be published on the Pinecone Research website.

Quick Customer Service
If you have a question on anything Pinecone Research-related, do not hesitate to send in an inquiry through the website. The response time is usually 1-3 business days, or even quicker depending on the workload of employees during the time of your question.

Eligibility: Pinecone Research is an invitation-only panel.

Please note that PInecone Research has been targeted by a cashier's check scam. If you receive a large, unexpected check seemingly from Pinecone, DO NOT attempt to cash it!

"Changing my review"
June 27, 2017 by Leisa from United States

They had a couple of days where I couldn't get them but they always make things right with your account. Highly recommend them!

UPDATE 6/8-I absolutely cringe when survey companies say they're "improving" things and Pinecone is no less cringe worthy with their latest "improvements". They claim to have gleaned the improvements from panelist comments but I don't see how . They seem to be using the same qualifying system as the other survey sites, practically no qualification opposed to the almost guaranteed qualification of previous months. They already didn't seen a LOT of invites and that has not changed. I just don't seem to qualify for the occasional ones they send now. I'm kind of crushed because they were my favorite before but oh well. UPUPDATE-lol. I am just flabbergasted that Pinecone has become like the others and I don't understand why. Data collection is overrun with survey companies, now, I guess.


"Changed acceptence format and now is terrible."
June 24, 2017 by Joe from Canada

This survey company used to be the best. Was quite easy to qualify for a survey, get the $3 and a chance to test a product. Now they send out qualification which almost everyone apparently fails. If you aren't the right age or don't live in the right province they just don't let you take the survey.


"Used to be great, now it is TERRIBLE!"
June 18, 2017 by Mary from United States

I had been with Pinecone once in the past and they were fantastic. Last year I was able to rejoin and was just as thrilled as I was last time I joined. Until about 2 months ago. A few things happened that have made me very unhappy about Pinecone. They said they "updated" the survey taking. All this has done is now made it impossible for me to "qualify" for a study. Before this new system was implemented I was taking 2 to 3 surveys per week and was getting items and products in the mail to test. Over the last month I have gotten to take one survey. One top of that, they are having issues with the new update and being able to use FireFox as a browser. I once clicked on the link to go do "household questions" (That's now a survey qualifier and not actually household questions.) and it says something is wrong. I copied the link and put it into Internet Explorer and it said I had already taken the survey. I'd love for it to be the old way and to be able to use FireFox as my browser. It seems they have now gone the way of all the other crappy places where you never actually get to take a survey.


"Used to Be Good - Not Anymore"
June 16, 2017 by Dan from United States

This used to be really consistent on paying surveys. I used to get at least 4 paid surveys a month minimum. Now since May 2017, I have not had 1 paid survey and have not qualified for any at all :-(

The survey program is also much much slower than before. I wish it would have never changed. It used to be good - Not anymore.


"Once a great site"
June 15, 2017 by paul from United States

Pinecone was once a great one.. now they have shifted gears and despite filling out multiple free 'pre screeners' you receive invites that say 'you MAY qualify for this survey invite'.
The reputation of a survey platform holds a lot of weight. Pinecone was great for nearly a decade. Don't be fooled however- those days are over, and they are now no different from the rest.. a waste of time. garbage


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