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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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Overall User Rating

518 user reviews
Rewards Offered
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Member Opportunities
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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!

"the best"
January 21, 2016 by Brenda from United States

I have been on this one for several years, and it pays fast.


"AWESOME!!!"
January 19, 2016 by Keith from United States

I am a member of several survey sights I will have to say pine cone is the best one I have came across so far. You earn 300 points per survey which comes to 3.00. It may be a few days before you get a survey but be patient when they do it seems like you get a lot. You will not get rich but if you save your points they can accumulate fairy quickly. I love this site


"Great!"
January 15, 2016 by Lance from United States

This would be a 5 star rating if there were more surveys. Usually I get about 3 per month which is worth $9. The surveys are pretty much all set up in the same format so you can get through them quickly. Another plus is that they added Amazon cards and instant payment, much better than searching through their gift catalog.

Also another plus is that many of their companies send me free samples. Score!


"Unquestionably the Best!!"
January 13, 2016 by Amy from United States

Pinecone Research is simply the best!! So professional, so consistent, so unique! I have NEVER been disqualified from a survey! Every survey pays the same $3.00. If you are chosen for a product to test at home, the follow up survey also pays $3.00. If there are higher paying surveys, I am not aware of them. At first I thought that $3.00 didn't sound like very much. Then I realized that I don't even stay with most other survey companies because of the rate of disqualification vs. time spent trying to qualify! Pinecone Research is the ONLY company that consistently sends surveys, and pays very promptly! They do also ask that you occasionally complete brief surveys that ask about products used in your household. They use these to help them know which surveys to send to you. These are not paid, but do enter you into sweepstakes. I always do them because I feel a loyalty to do so! They have a huge catalog of products to choose from when redeeming your points,but I always opt for cash via PayPal. Last year I earned $130, about $10 a month. Doesn't sound like much, but it adds up quickly and next thing you know you are cashing out for $50.00! For very little work, consistent surveys and pay, and no frustration over disqualification - I'll take it! And you should too, IF you can get in! They don't always take new participants. And if you do get in, don't ignore the surveys or they will remove you for not participating, to make room for someone who wants to! Oh, also, I don't believe there is a minimum either - which is another thing that is unique about Pinecone! I'm pretty sure you can cash out whenever you like! They really are stellar! Please let me know if there are other companies out there that can match Pinecone's work ethic and loyalty - because once you work for Pinecone, you simply do NOT want to go back to the frustration and disappointment of working for the others!!


"Love this site!"
January 12, 2016 by Lisa from United States

I think Pinecone is one of the best sites online. They have done an excellent job of screening so that I have been able to complete every single survey I've been offered. And I've been given the chance to do home tests 2 or 3 times and for products I am really interested in trying. You can take your pay in either cash/Paypal or they've got a good gift catalog and the prices are reasonable. Each survey you complete is worth $3 - more than a lot of sites pay.

There have been some emails that I've gotten for things such as "secret shopper" that CLAIM to be from Pinecone but these are NOT genuine Pinecone and are actually scams that use Pinecone's reputation - don't fall for these.


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