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Pinecone Research

85 Broad Street, New York, New York  10004 US
Tel: 800.864.1224   Contact:
Operated by: The Nielsen Company, LLC


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Typically, rewards are delivered within a few business days or sometimes even immediately after completing a survey. Your first 300 points will equate to $3, which will be sent to your home address.

Pinecone Research is a trusted leader in the survey panel industry. They are owned and operated by the market research company Nielsen, whose operations are headquartered in New York.

Pinecone Research focuses on improving the quality of tomorrow’s products through collecting research via paid surveys and product testing opportunities offered to consumers.

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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 they must find a join link posted on a website. SurveyPolice currently offers Pinecone Research signup links for Americans, Canadians, and people living in the UK: » Join Pinecone Research here.

If you'd like to learn more about how to sign up for Pinecone Research, including tips on joining and why there are membership restrictions in place to begin with, check out our article on how to find an invitation to join Pinecone Research, as it should help answer any questions you may have about the process.

Reward Types and Amounts

For each survey taken, Pinecone Research awards its members 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.

  • Bank Transfer - A new payout option recently introduced by Pinecone is cash payments made via bank transfer. When selecting this option, you will be asked to create a 'wallet' on a third party payment processor website. Once set up, you can request a cash payment deposited directly into your bank account. Payments are typically issued within 48 hours of request.
  • 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 catalog of gift cards and merchandise options. Some of the gift card options include Starbucks, iTunes, Walmart gift cards, as well as many others.
  • Prepaid Virtual Visas – If stated up front, some Visas are only available to US residents and residents of US territories and can only be used in the United States.

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. This 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.

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Survey Taking Experience

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.

Product Testing Opportunities

Occasionally, Pinecone may mail out products for their members to test from home. These may be physical products, or food items that may come delivered in a cooler. A follow-up survey is usually provided as part of the product test, which typically pays around $3. These opportunities are highly sought after, as you may receive free food (or a product that you might be able to keep), as well as a paid follow up survey!

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Community Features

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.

Mobile App

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If you prefer to take surveys on the go, you can download the Pinecone Research app on your iOS or Android mobile device. The app will allow you to view available surveys, take surveys, view and redeem your points, view your account history and more. Just remember to join the Pinecone Research panel itself before attempting to take surveys through the app!

Is Pinecone Research Legit?

Absolutely. This survey program is over a decade old and has paid out millions of dollars in rewards to its members. Pinecone offers quality paid surveys to its members and is known for offering fair rewards. Pinecone is not a scam and is a completely legitimate website.

Eligibility: Available in select countries, 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!

Pinecone Research Reviews (684)

5 Star Reviews (389) 56.9
4 Star Reviews (91) 13.3
3 Star Reviews (49) 7.2
2 Star Reviews (39) 5.7
1 Star Reviews (116) 17.0

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needs more surveys sent & PayPal returned to the payout system.

January 13, 2022 by Peggy from United States

They send out checks quickly but it would be nice if they had more surveys. Also, they now have done away with PayPal as a payment option and went to this bank transfer system that appears broken as I never got my 60.00 from them.

Used to be Good-Now eve worse.

January 1, 2022 by Roberta from United States

This site was worth your while a year ago. I am not sure what has happened but now the survey invites are far and few between. I used to get surveys weekly now I am lucky to get one a month. The also used to automatically send you your credit but that has changed also. Not worth the 3 bucks.

Update: The surveys they send are few maybe once a month. Now you are lucky if you get an invite once every 3 months. NOT WORTH IT.

My Review Of Pine Cone Research

December 31, 2021 by Kathy from United States

I used to take surveys for Pine Cone Research and had fun doing it. At one point in my life I became sick. I advised the staff that I wasn't feeling well and would be unable to take surveys for a little while. After informing them, they blocked my account and I was no longer able to receive surveys. A few years went by and I recently tried to sign up with them and was told they couldn't allow me to take surveys anymore. Why, just because I was sick? The staff there is very rude and uncaring. I wrote to them letting them know I was not pleased in the way they treated me. They never responded back to me. This makes me wonder if they are a legitimate company. No one deserves to be treated like this. My opinion of Pine Cone Research is very poor. I always followed their rules and was never disrespectful to them. They are very rude and uncaring towards the participants. I feel they look at the participants as just another number.

Don't get older

December 17, 2021 by Kara from United States

Not able to complete not 1 survey since September 15th, wow 3 months when I was getting them every week. I get just can't get pass putting in female, survey just sits on that page for 5 minutes then disqualifies me. Getting 3 surveys a week which is extremely high but it won't let me complete. Was told they are profile questions to see if I qualify but not past " female" how is it all of a sudden being a female doesn't qualify me. See a lot of same issues on bbb. Been a member for about 6 years now but I guess they want fresh

I Pine for the Glory Days

November 25, 2021 by Joe from United States

I was a longtime member of Pinecone in 2002-2006 and sporadically since then off and on....and I cherished it. I reaped the rewards. But yet another example of a Survey/Rewards site that's lost their way. They are SUPER exclusive these days and that excludes me...and you. Open up your membership like the good old days and reap the benefits of my Valued opinions and deep, thoughtful Insights.

Don't make us rely on Banner Ads and Online searches to find sign up links. I spoke to Miss Karen Scott personally by email in the early days of Pinecone Research on a semi-frequent basis. They were located in Kentucky and so was and currently am I. She replied just as frequently and was ever so helpful to me in the days of $5 mailed paper checks.

Those days are dead and gone.

Pine cone was my absolute favorite Survey Site in those days but currently in 2021 it just seems like my Household Composition and Race are the deciding factors in Exclusion. Or is it that I was a past member??

I guess I'll never know the answer to that question.