Several years ago I was searching for how to make money online and found out about this website Pinecone Research. They are a company that pay users to take surveys on all sorts of topics but the surveys are almost always based on a consumer product or brand. I filled in an application form to join and was accepted and have been a member for many years now. As a member of several other survey sites I can say that of all of them Pincone pays me the most money per survey taken and therefore I'm rather fond of the group! However, the opportunities to take surveys with Pinecone are much less regular than with other companies.
When I first joined up Pinecone was quite exclusive and only allowed new members by referrals. Now I believe they are more amenable to recruit any new members. I often get emails from the group asking me to forward an invitation to join the group to my family and friends, for example.
Of all the survey sites I'm a member of I find Pinecone the easiest to deal with. They email me when a survey is available to take. Members are provided with two login details - a member number and a password and these must be entered before each survey is taken. Helpfully they provide your details when they email an invite so there is never any scrapping around trying to remember or locate the login details.
I find their surveys very well presented and enjoyable to complete. They are quite often formatted in the same way so that I am already familiar with the layout and type of question and am not confused by it. Many surveys have a fun aspect to them which makes the task even more enjoyable. Questions are phrased in easy to understand, plain language and often there is the choice of clicking an answer rather than writing your own answer in a box.
I should point out that this isn't the type of survey site like Toluna or My Survey where you are screened out. Generally you receive an invite to a short speculative survey to see if you are suitable for upcoming surveys. If you are then you receive another invite to a longer survey a few days later.
There are many different types of survey you can be asked to complete and I have frequently been invited to try products at home and then complete a couple of surveys about the experience. These home trials are my favourite experience as you can get to try many different products such as cleaning products and food. A lot of the time I'm asked about my opinions of an up and coming product launch or a product concept.
Pinecone are very serious with protecting the information that members are exposed to during a survey. The group therefore ask you to agree not to talk about the details of the survey prior to every survey. You also receive a periodic email asking you to login to a page and read the rules of confidentiality and sign a digital form agreeing to them.
Pinecone used to reward participants with payment only but they now have a variety of redemption options including vouchers and Paypal payments. I get 300 points a survey which is equivilent to a £3 payment although I understand that other members receive different amounts. I'm more than happy with this amount though as I think it's a good reward for taking a survey and doing something I find enjoyable. I've never had a single issue with non payment from them.
I would highly recommend Pinecone Research to anyone who likes giving their opinion as I think they are a trustworthy quality who provide quality research for their clients. The surveys provided to members are geared to help us complete them with ease and with the utmost enjoyment. Payment is guaranteed and quick. I would say however that if you are the type of person that likes to rush through a survey and give as little input as possible for as much financial reward as possible then this site isn't for you. I'm happy to spend time providing detailed answers and thoughts and think that I am rewarded well for this.
This review is also on Ciao!
Pinecone research is one of the better survey sites, that pay you to complete their surveys. They carry out online research on behalf of various companies and organisations.
More information can be found on the website www.pineconeresearch.co.uk.
I joined Pinecone around 2 years ago now. Unlike the majority of survey sites, Pinecone is very difficult to register with. They do not have a registration page on their website, and there are two main methods of registration. The first is referral. Every now and again Pinecone will email its current members offering them the opportunity to invite friends to join. The other way of registering is by clicking through an advertising banner on another website. These banners are pretty rare, as Pinecone do not recruit very often.
When you finally get round to registering, it is a pretty simple process. You are asked all the personal questions you expect, such as name, address etc, along with other questions such as how many people are living in your house and occupation. After that you are already do go.
Pinecone are quite strict with their members. If you miss a few surveys, they will suspect membership. If you are not the main shopper in your household, they will not allow you to join. If you are going on holiday for a couple of weeks it is worth letting them know so they can put a note on your account.
You receive survey invites direct to your emails. Sometimes invites are fairly regularly, perhaps one or two a week, and other times they are very infrequent, there is no fixed pattern.
Surveys are about all different topics, from beauty products, to food. I found they generally involve evaluating a new product, or advertisement, but this was not always the case.
I have had several product trials from Pinecone, which I find very enjoyable. Normally you will complete a product evaluation survey, and members are then asked at the end if they are interested in trialling the product. The product is then sent in to post with instructions of what you should do. A few days later you will receive another survey to your email inbox and have to answer questions about your experiences. I love doing these, as you often get a sneaky peak of a product before it goes on sale to the general public. It is also always good to get something for free.
Surveys take around 15 to 20 minutes, which for the size of the payment is pretty good. They can at times become quite repetitive, with similar questions asked over and over again, but I have found this to be the case with many surveys so Pinecone are not alone with this.
Occasionally members receive an email with the subject 'Household Questions'. These surveys are unpaid, and are basically a screen for future surveys. They are much shorter than the proper surveys, normally taking no more than 5 minutes to complete. These often lead to a paid survey, so it is very worthwhile doing them.
When I joined Pinecone, the payment was £4 for each survey, however I understand this has now decreased to £3 per survey for new members.
For the first few months payment was made via Luncheon vouchers. These were sent in the post, and usually arrived within a week of completing surveys. The list of places the vouchers can be used is huge, my favourite place to spend my vouchers was Nandos, but the list is endless. I would recommend checking with the store or restaurant before ordering, as I did have trouble using my vouchers at one particular fast food chain (Starts with an 'M' and ends with a 'nalds') despite their name been clearly listed on the vouchers.
Last year Pinecone started to pay via Paypal, which was much better as it meant you were not restricted as to where you can spend your reward. I found payment was made the next working day after completing a survey, which is very fast in comparison to some of the websites.
Until recently I have had very few reasons to contact Pinecone since joining. I have always been paid swiftly after completing a survey, and never had any technical issues with surveys.
If you have any problems, you are told to contact 'Karen Scott', who is also the sender of surveys.
A few months ago I did not receive payment for a survey I had completed. I waited a couple of days, and then sent a very polite email to Karen asking if she could look into this, as payment was usually very fast. I also sent a screen shot of my Paypal account, which showed no money had been sent.
I received quite an abrupt reply, basically accusing me of lying, and saying the money had been sent. I replied again politely explaining the money had not been sent. I did receive payment, but I found the manner of the emails quite rude.
Since then I have had no need to contact Pinecone until last week.
I noticed I had not received a survey in over 6 weeks, which was very ususual. Even during quiet spells I would always receive at least one survey a month.
I sent an email asking if there was something wrong with my account as I thought it was a little strange I had not had any surveys. This is the reply I received:
"Periodically we have found it necessary to refresh the composition of our research panel in order to stay current with changes in the general population and to provide clients with the broadest possible spectrum of consumer opinions. In doing so, on occasion we have had to discontinue the membership of some of our panelists.
Your household was on the list for deactivation and subsequently removed from the panel."
I was quite shocked by this. I always completed surveys immediately after receiving them, and put effort into my survey responses. What I found even more disappointing was that I was not contacted by Pinecone until I contacted them myself to ask what had happened. I feel this is not a good way of treating loyal members. I replied explaining my disappointment, but unsurprisingly, received no response.
I enjoyed my time as a member of Pinecone. They reward members well for survey participation. However I feel their customer service is awful, and really letting the website down.
Pinecone research is a very exclusive survey website designed to discover market trends and find out the needs of consumers for future products. The website is by invite only so I was very lucky to receive an invite some 6 months ago, I'm not 100% sure but I think my invite came as I was a member of other survey sites such as Valued Opinions and Consumer Pulse.
Upon receiving an invitation you are invited to participate in a few introductory questions which are very basic and include questions regarding your household etc in order to form your unique profile. This profile is how they pick the surveys that suit the individual, for example if the survey is asking about children's products they will need to survey households with children. These profiles can be updated upon changes to your household, if no changes occur then updates may still be needed but you are notified by email. If you recieve an email it is advisable to complete the questions, although no incentive is given you will reap the rewards in more survey invites becoming available to you.
Surveys are sent via email and are on various topics, to name a few: telecommunications, pets, supermarkets and cosmetics etc, the variety of survey topics mean that they are always interesting and the fact that you are not screened out if a massive bonus as you know that you time isn't being wasted. As a newbie the incentives for the first few surveys are Luncheon vouchers to the value of £3 which can be spent in a wide range of places from McDonalds to Asda cafes so they come in handy when out to lunch.
Surveys, on average, appear twice every month and can last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour and your PayPal account will be credited with £3 following each survey. Compared to many other survey sites this is a massive advantage. The money is always sent to my PayPal account within 72 hours and I get an email notifying me of this, I have never had any trouble with not being paid for a survey but on the emails the administrators always inform you to contact them if money has not been transferred. £3 for each survey is a very reasonable amount and is one of the highest paid survey sites on the internet.
Furthermore, Pinecone sometimes ask you to trial a new product, this is a great way of trying new products for free and shaping this product for the future to tailor to your needs. The trialing of products is more fun than surveys but the rewards are great regardless of the task in hand.
Overall, if you are lucky enough to get an invite then the extra income is always welcome even if it is to buy small luxuries or accumulate it for christmas gifts.
I was invited to Pinecone research panel by a friend. Pinecone is a rather exclusive survey panel that recruits only every so often, so in order to become a member, you will have to wait for when they recruit and be invited by someone part of the panel.
Once you have joined and filled out the initial profile questions you will be sent surveys when they are available, many of which also includes a product test if you are inclined to help them with it. Surveys are not sent out too frequently. I sometimes get two a week, sometimes none... but on average I get about one every two to three weeks I would say.
Surveys themselves last up to half an hour, with basic questions where you enter details or select boxes. Pictures and sometimes videos will also be shown to you. Answering these surveys are extremely easy and I have had no problems with them so far. If you happen to suspend the survey halfway, if your computer freezes, or if you're unfortunate enough to get a blue screen of death (I get these way too often nowadays), you can always resume the survey where you left off by logging into your account.
Once you have finished the survey, you will be rewarded within a couple of days leading up to a week. Payment comes in the form of Luncheon vouchers (£3) for new users; the reward can be switched to a payment of £3 through paypal, and you can even designate another email address for payment to be sent to!
If you do decide to take part in a product trial that becomes available to you, the reward will be paid after you receive the product, tested it and filled in the follow up survey. Since I joined at the beginning of the year, I have made £60.
I would highly recommend Pinecone to everyone who is interested in completing surveys for rewards. Not only do they pay very generously, but you are also offered to take part in product trials which are far more exciting than normal surveys, plus you can test new products before they hit the shelves! Although surveys aren't very frequent, Pinecone Research Panel is not only fun but extremely rewarding, so what are you waiting for?
Pinecone research is a great survey site that I found out about through DooYoo. They pay (in my experience) £3 a survey, which is sent to your address in the form of luncheon vouchers. There is also the option for established members to be invited to be paid by Paypal, but I have been a member for at least a month or two now and haven't been offered that yet.
Signing up is made difficult by the fact that you need to find a referral link or banner. However, whilst I found that I receive surveys on a regular basis, a couple of people I've referred haven't even heard back after a couple of weeks or so. So I don't know if they're now snowed under with requests or I happen to fit the target markets better.
I receive one or two surveys a week, and these have been product-based. As I've agreed to a confidentiality clause I can't say more than that unfortunately. However, they estimate that the surveys take around 20 minutes. They are fairly straightforward and I've never had a problem understanding the questions or had any technical difficulties. It's also more interesting to be part of actual marketing research studies rather than stupid polls (I'm looking at you, onepoll).
Once you've got a sign up link you have to answer a lot of questions about yourself. Some personal info - such as your address and DOB - is required, so this company isn't for the paranoid. Once that's done, you'll receive another email at some point welcoming you, and then you just wait for the surveys to come in.
The surveys, as I've mentioned, do pay very favourably at £3 a time (maybe more for certain studies or older members, I don't know). I expected there to be a payout threshold as is standard with these things, so I was really surprised to receive my vouchers so quickly through the post. In fact, I assumed it was just a welcome letter they were so fast! I'd never heard of luncheon vouchers before but they can be used in a range of decent supermarkets and food places, including Sainsbury's and Subway and they stack as well so you can use more than one at once.
They email you when you qualify for a survey and then it's just a case of filling in your username and pw - which is handily supplied in every email - and getting started. I've never been screened out of the survey; as long as you say you use the product or products in that area it seems to be fine.
The site also has a member area where you can change your account details etc. This is fairly nondescript and just does the job of holding your details so you can change them as and when required. I've only logged into this once, but it's well laid out and simple to navigate.
Overall, Pinecone Research is a great survey site that pays efficiently, codes its surveys well, has reasonably interesting topics and the only downside to me is that the form of payment is so limited. Not really going to knock anything off for that though as it gives me more of a discount on my weekly shop than Sainsbury's does!
My interest in joining Pinecone research came after looking through the forums on the 'Money Saving Expert' website. I am a member of several other survey sites and while I have been some cash from them in the past, there is normally a long wait to build up enough points or pounds to 'cash out' and the rewards to not always reflect the time put in to complete the surveys. From what I read, this seemed to be opposite of Pinecone who apparently offered £3 per survey (which generally takes around 20 minutes) as opposed to other sites whose rate works out at about 70p.
Much of what I read about Pinecone implied that it was the 'Holy Grail' of survey sites and was therefore very difficult to get an invitation to join the panel. I logged onto the Pinecone site and searched high and low for a 'join us' option but unfortunately with no luck. I then went back to 'google' and searched 'Pinecone Survey Invitation' and was lucky enough to be presented with a link on one of the Money Saving Expert forums which got me in to a referral link.
The joining process is much longer than that of other survey sites. I had to complete my personal details on a web based form and was informed that my application would be considered. I heard nothing for about a week until I received and email from Pinecone telling me that I had been short listed and given a link to an online questionnaire that asked questions about my personal living situation, employment details, shopping habits and travel habits etc. This took about 30 minutes to complete and I have since learned that they do it to avoid you getting screened out of surveys at a later date - one of the most frustrating aspects of other survey sites.
Ten days after completing this form - I received an email telling me that my application had been accepted and I was now a member of the Pinecone panel. I was issued with a unique user name and password and told that my first survey 'should' arrive within 4 weeks.
True to their word, my first survey invitation was in my inbox within two weeks. Before starting the survey I was informed that I was not allowed to discuss the contents of it with anyone else as it was highly confidential market research - I will say however, that the survey itself was simple and straight forward to complete and didn't ask many of the annoying and hard to answer questions that are common to other survey sites.... 'If this bottle of shampoo was a person, would you be its friend'....
The survey took around twenty minutes to complete and I had problems at all with the process.
One thing I will say about Pinecone, is that up until and even after completing m first survey, I had not been told how much money I would be paid for each completed survey - I presumed that my paypal account would be credited with some cash once the survey was completed, but instead, after about a week of finishing the research, I was sent £3 of 'Luncheon Vouchers' through the post. While I am not complaining per se, as Luncheon Vouchers can be spent in a number of popular restaurants and supermarkets, I am trying to save as much cash as possible to go back to University, therefore I would have preferred to have been given a BACS or Paypal option, nevertheless £3 for one survey is very competitive so I'm not complaining - I will use them to take some money off my Tescos bill and transfer the saving to my savings account.
I have had no problem with Pinecone to date, although they tend to send only one or two surveys a month, I probably make the same amount of money from them as I do from each of the other sites for a lot less effort. There is a general feeling of professionalism from this company and I would recommend that anyone who can get in and is looking to make a bit of extra cash gives it a try. As I mentioned before, a cash payout option would have been nice, but I guess, you cant win them all.
I have only been a member of Pinecone for about one month. In that time I have received four e-mail invitations to complete an online survey and have been not been screened out of any of them. For those of you who do online surveys you will appreciate how nice it is not to be screened out, especially when you have already spent 5 minutes answering questions. I assume the reason for this is that Pinecone pre-screen surveys before sending them out, ensuring that only eligible people are sent the survey. This could well be the reason why the invitations are fewer and far between than most other survey sites.
Pinecone are effectively an invitation-only survey site. I had never heard of them until a friend of mine told me about them and suggested I add my name to the list of interested parties (they only let you do this during selected times of year). After I had done so, I was contacted within a couple of weeks and invited to join. The induction process was really straightforward - simply completing some personal information about yourself online - and I was then sent an email to confirm my registration. You also have to confirm that you will not discuss the content of any surveys with anyone else, because they are products in-the-making.
Pinecone pay relatively handsomely for their surveys. So far I have earned £3 per survey and none of them took me longer than 20 minutes. The major downside of these surveys is that at no point beforehand are you informed of how long the survey will take or how much you will be paid for it. This is a massive flaw in my opinion - how do you know until you have completed it if it was even worth bothering with? From experience, I know that I will earn roughly £3 for 20 minutes of my time, which is why I always opt to complete the survey.
A few days after successfully completing a survey your reward will show up in your account. Pinecone then turn this reward into a voucher which should then arrive through the post within a few weeks. I received Luncheon vouchers however they may well send out other sorts of vouchers too. You get no say in what you receive. I understand that they will pay rewards in cash, but you cannot request this and must wait to be invited. I would infinitely prefer the cash or even the option of what voucher I am given.
One other drawback about the surveys is that there is no time indication as you are proceeding through the surveys. Some survey sites tell you what % of the survey you have completed at that point which can be really helpful, especially if you are in the midst of a survey which appears to be asking you the same questions over and over again and you are losing the will to live. Big thumbs down to Pinecone for not setting that kind of system up.
All in all though Pinecone is one of my preferred survey sites in times of reward for time spent. It is all a bit cloak and dagger though, to be honest, and I really do wonder why.
I first heard about Pinecone Research on Dooyoo and made a mental note to keep an eye out for the banners online. However- the internet is a very very large place so I had no idea if I would ever become a member- I didn't even know the first place to start looking for the sign up banners.I went on the Pinecone Site and checked out the FAQ section and I even sent them an email to say I would like to become a member. I had a reply but it was the same as the FAQ section- saying you have to find a banner online in order to request to be a member, then have your request approved.
I forgot about Pinecone for a while then totally by accident, I was clicking on random freebies on a free stuff website one day and one of the "Get Paid for Surveys" offers linked me to a Pinecone Research banner! So I completed my name, address, email details etc and waited.
Next, I received an email confirming I had been accepted as a member and all I had to do was wait to be emailed a survey. Shortly afterwards I had my first survey come through- these are emailed to you on an ad hoc basis so you have to check your emails for the invites. I would suggest making the pinecone emails as safe emails and not junk or you may miss the emails, When I was away for a few days and did not check my emails, I tried to do a survey and was told it had closed so as soon as you get an email it is a good idea to complete the survey immediately as I gather they are only open for a few days so it does make sense to jump on them as soon as you see Pinecone have emailed you.
Within 3 months of joining up,I had four surveys come through. I was screened out of one, one had closed, and I have successfully completed two surveys. The different thing about this survey site is as soon as you complete ONE survey, they immediately send you luncheon vouchers by post in return so you do not have to accumulate a balance then request a redemption.
For each of the two surveys I have successfully completed, I received £3 worth of Luncheon vouchers (redeemable in most supermarkets and a lot of high street stores) in the post within three days of completing the survey. I love this factor as as soon as I have received an email and completed the survey, I know there will be vouchers arriving a few days later.
I have read from other reviews of this site that Pinecone can send you a £50 survey to complete and the other surveys pay random amounts £3, £4 etc. I cannot verify any of this from my experience as I have only received two lots of £3 in vouchers so far.
The surveys are pretty standard as far as surveys go- they are consumer opinion type surveys. You are required to accept terms and conditions that if you are asked about a potential new product you do not discuss the details with anyone etc., The survey length for the surveys I have completed has been quite average- around 10-15 minutes per survey. This is better than Toluna surveys which can take an hour to complete.
I would definitely recommend this site to people. Unfortunately there is no way to recommend friends that I can see, nor is there a way to sign up without finding a "Sign up" page/banner online. I would recommend people check the free-stuff website on a regular basis as this is where I found my sign up banner for Pinecone.
The surveys I had have arrived individually and no more than one survey every few weeks. I do not mind that the surveys are few and far between as I do not have to accumulate a balance before I can redeem it for cash or vouchers. I like how you are sent your vouchers immediately and I am keeping the vouchers to one side as my idea is to save them all up then spend them all in Asda or Tesco at Christmas.
Update for 2013-- unfortunately a few of my pinecone invitation emails went to my junk email folders as approximately 4 months after joining pinecone, I stopped receiving emails from them. I can only assume I did not complete one or two of the surveys and they must have taken me off their list. I am going to try to re-contact them to ask them if they can re-activate my participation so I will keep you posted!
Very recommended if you can find the banners to join up.
Pinecone research is like the holy grail of survey companies. Incredibly hard to get an invite, they are known for their high survey payments and have a good reputation in the murky world of market research.
Pinecone operate in several countries, most prolifically in America and the United Kingdom. They are very selective about their recruitment and only recruit when they need extra people. The most common way of joining to is to find a sign up link which is normally found as a web banner on a webpage. They can be very difficult to find, especially since to keep the recruitment steady, there is a ban on people advertising where the banner can be found. Less commonly, current pinecone research members are asked to refer anyone they know that may be interested.
Once you have found the sign up link, it doesn't automatically result in becoming a member. You need to provide your name, address and details of your household (only one registration per household is accepted so make sure everyone in your house knows this. Any additional registrations for one household can result in the entire household being banned). After this it's a waiting game until at some point you will be asked to complete more details and then you can start receiving surveys.
The surveys themselves don't come up very often but when they do, the rewards are generous. Rather than accruing points or rewards, you are paid in money. Either vouchers or direct paypal payments. You can select which payment option you prefer. The vouchers are luncheon vouchers, which I had never heard of before but can be redeemed against many leading restaurants and pubs. I got £6 worth before Xmas which was a nice little treat. Paypal payments are normally received within 24 hours of completing the survey.
The surveys themselves are like other company's surveys and range in their subject matter. Pinecone do expect anyone completing the survey to adhere to their confidentiality agreement (which goes for all survey companies) and they are known for taking action against anyone that breaches this on the internet. Unlike companies such as Toluna, I have never had any technical issues with any of their surveys but there is always a link available to send an email should you have any problems or if you have any questions in general.
So I finally joined the infamous Pinecone Research... over the past few months I've heard a lot about the company from both Dooyoo and MoneySavingExpert, but I'd also heard that it was very difficult to join. However one day, on a whim, I decided to start searching for a link to join the site and I found one relatively easily (thank you Google!).
I e-mailed my details and I was told I'd hear back. To be honest I was sceptical about this, however I did receive an e-mail from the company y and they asked me to complete an extensive survey documenting my living arrangements, spending habits, etc, etc. I then received an e-mail to explain that I was a fully-fledged member, the surveys started coming and I have to say - in my experience, this survey site eclipses all the others that you can join via the worldwide wed!
One average Pinecone invites me to participate in around two surveys per month. Pinecone e-mails you a unique ID and password (when you fit their demographic) and then you input those details into the survey and away you go. Each survey takes about twenty minutes (if you are on Lightspeed [another popular survey site] then I'd compare each Pinecone Research survey to an 80 point survey that you'd complete on Lightspeed - which will earn you roughly 70p). However Pinecone Research rewards new members with a whopping £3 per survey, so the rewards are much higher than those you'd receive from other survey sources.
Once you have completed a survey Pinecone Research posts your reward directly to your house and you will receive £3 in Luncheon Vouchers. These vouchers can be spent in a number of places, including: Asda, Waitrose, Tesco's, Nando's, Morrison's, Sainsbury's, Greggs, McDonalds and Iceland - so you will hardly find them difficult to redeem! I also believe that some people have been given the option of receiving payment via Paypal, however I haven't been offered this and to be honest I am happy enough with my vouchers!
The Pinecone Research website itself is very easy to navigate - it is quite a basic site but it is easy to find your way around it.
Overall I'd say that that Pinecone Research is well worth joining - obviously it won't make you a millionaire, but we could all do with earning a few extra pennies and I've found that Pinecone helps to reduce the shopping bill. Five out of five stars!
wow. I have been hearing about the mythical pinecone research survey for a long time before I finally got a way in
I came across an invite on a poll/ survey site. I think it was via Topcashback.co.uk, free sign up for prizes or survey. I do spend a silly amount of time trying to earn tuppence here and there, the site visits can merge into one at times.
The registration process was simple. No IQ test or emotional soundness assessment. They really do just like to keep the numbers down, I know why now.
After registering I became a bit obsessive about checking my email inbox. This company had been built up so much in my mind that when I finally got my survey invite, about a week and half after registering, I was almost excited.
The survey itself was very quick. I worried momentarily that I had maybe been screened out. This is the constant pothole on paid survey street. But I hadn't been. It was just a short survey.
I've returned to checking my email frequently for another pinecone survey none as yet.
Still early days though. Overall my experience with them has been short and sweet. But today I woke up to a book of vouchers for £3.00. Its been nearly a week since I filled out a tiny survey. This is the first actual payment I've seen since starting paid surveys again in earnest.
Very impressed with pinecone research. The long and daunting search for the invite was worth it for that moment of Wow! when I saw the envelope this morning.
If you get an invite GRAB IT. Even if you don't usually do surveys. If you're On a cashback site with free to sign up surveys and prizes? Sign up for all of them. It was offered to me along with the usual win a year as the president and then win chocolate for every day till you die type offers. The Silly offers you scroll down quickly. to get it over with. That is where they have been hiding the banners. In amongst the tedious overlooked and almost invisible banners. Thats where its hiding... Well Worth it.
the elite, the best of the best, the cream of the crop,
pinecone is a online (survey) market research company where the evreyday normal public give there opinions on the goods of today, (ranging from anything to everything) .
pinecone is a very secretive organisation and joining is easier said than done , the only way you can join is by invite or by viewing one of there advert banners on other web sites. but when you do join you will be glad you did so, as they pay a minimum of £3 a survey (around 20 mins) where as other sites could only pay 20p .
There is no payout threshold and every survey you complete is paid there and then straight into your paypal account and your money builds up very quickly compared to other survey sites.
my tips when signing up is that its best if you are the head of an household eg: do the food shopping pay the bills etc, as the amount of surveys you recieve all depends on your profile (what you put about yourself)
SO MY OVERALL SUMMARY IS:
pineconeresearh.co.uk is the best paying online survey site i know of (and im a member of 11 more survey sites) giving this site 9/10 you dont get as many surveys as you would like but hen you do they pay more than any other, what you make in 1 year on other sites you make in 3 month with this. its very hard to join and you have to be a member of a survey site to even get to see the banner advert, so goodluck .
and one thing you never do with pinecone is talk about them.
(its a secret)
this review is also on ciao under the same username.
Pinecone Research is a very secretive market research organisation and you have to agree to all sorts of confidentiality things when joining, so this will be more of an overview review than an in depth disection.
You have to be quite lucky to join as they don't often take new members and you have to just find the banner a few times a year and click it. They also only really want people from specific demographics I have found.
My boyfriend is a member of the site too and he seems to get more surveys. I think this is because his demographic isn't really the norm for doing surveys online.
You get paid £3 in luncheon vouchers which are redeemable almost everywhere you can buy food such as tesco, morrisons, wetherspoons, boots, starbucks etc.. Sometimes they get a funny look but normally they are accepted fine. You can also be paid via paypal and I get £4 because I joined up earlier before the payouts changed.
The best bits about this site are that you never get screened out, the customer service is amazing, they have always responded to any queries quickly and politely and been helpful, the rewards are very fair and in general, the surveys are really interesting and easy to complete. They generally don't take too long and can be quite interesting and use some cool user inputting methods.
The surveys are sent via email and they arent sent very often but literally when I get one I'm like "yey a pinecone!" because I know I will be able to spend about the next 20 minutes answering little questions and will get vouchers to treat myself a week or so later. They also yeah do send the vouchers/paypal (my bf opted for this) very quickly.
Overall, if you find a banner it is well worth joining but don't forget to follow the rules and don't leak the survey info.
Survey sites can be very hit or miss and the reward worth can vary from site to site too. I can safely say Pinecone Research is the Ferrari of Survey Sites.
Pinecone research send around 2-4 surveys a month depending on your details/circumstances and will pay £4 for each 20-30 minute survey you take. This is the best rate of pay of any survey site i've seen. I believe newer member are only being paid £3 per survey. Still the best.
When I first joined up they only paid in luncheon vouchers but now you can be paid within days of you completing a survey in either paypal or company cheque. No making you wait 3 months to get a payment (are you listening Toluna?)
Where's the catch?
Well simply put, you have to be very lucky to be able to join. Their membership is closed and occassionally they will open up spots and place banners around the web recruiting new members. I believe this happens when they lose a few members through inactivity.
Pinecone are very strict on their terms and conditions. If you are found discussing particulars of a survey or posting a link to join they will get rid of you.
I would presume that because membership is quality controlled and confidentiality demanded the results Pinecone get are of a higher standard than the norm. Indeed I have been sent 2 or 3 new products not out in the shop to try and of course you get to keep them at the end of the trial.
The bane of survey takers is the long screen out, where you have taken a survey for a good 3 to 4 minutes and then it tells you that you don't meet the criteria
Pinecone research are the best survey site i've found with regards to this - they simply don't send you anything you aren't qualified for and will send what they call 'household questions' to make sure of your suitability for follow up surveys.
The surveys themselves are taken by logging into the Pinecone site and they take at most 30 minutes. Mostly new and quite high profile products are surveyed. I wouldn't say the survey questions are interesting and the survey style does tend to get repetitive but since you are only doing a few surveys a month this hardly matters.
All in all if you like doing surveys (and why wouldn't you being on Dooyoo) this is a great survey research company to be part of - a slow burner but with excellent rewards.
Just make sure you watch out for their banners, memberships are like gold dust!
Amongst the multitude of online research companies out there that promises so much but deliver very little there are the odd one or two who are actually worth being on the panel of. Pinecone research is one such company, incredibly difficult to join though as you cannot visit their website and sign up like you can the other companies, instead every so often Pinecone will place a banner somewhere on the internet asking for applications from people wanting to become panellists.
About 2 years ago I stumbled across a banner after its location was announced on MSE.com and applied to join, fortunately I met their criteria and have been a member ever since. Pinecone discourage members from revealing the location of the banners though now and subsequent tip-offs are now not allowed on MSE, in fact the whole set up reminds me rather of the film "Fight Club"; the first rule about Pinecone is that you don't talk about Pinecone.
I don't think I'm breaking too many rules by reviewing the site here, after all this is just an overview rather than anything too specific (Paranoid? Much? lol)
Shrouded in mystery and privacy taken extremely seriously members are sent details of surveys via email and exactly the same as the other companies you are asked to answer a series of questions about a product or give your opinion about a new range that a company is going to introduce to the market place. Sometimes you are asked to watch a mock-up of a television advert and comment on it and in very rare circumstances actually asked to evaluate a real life product at home before completing an online questionnaire giving your opinion.
By receiving an email you are guaranteed to be accepted to take the survey so you are never screened out, and I find that I receive at least 1 each month to participate in. You are paid for every survey you undertake and complete with either a booklet of luncheon vouchers being sent to your home address to the value of £4.00 (you can use them against the cost of shopping in supermarkets or in a variety of high street stores) or you can receive a direct payment into your PayPal account.
Receipt of the vouchers normally takes a few days and I have always received my reward for completing a survey, I have been lucky enough to evaluate a few items at home and as well as getting the product for free you still receive your compensation as well.
The surveys normally take around 20 minutes to complete and unlike some other sites they are not repetitive or boring, your opinion obviously does count to Pinecone and the companies they represent and they try and make the surveys interesting and pleasurable to complete.
I do rate them as a survey site, and if you get the opportunity to join then I would definitely recommend that you do so, it does appear to be a very 'cloak and dagger' set up but once you're in the rewards are very good for what is actually asked of you.
From me Pinecone research rates 4/5 Dooyoo stars, the surveys are good but not as frequent as other sites; the rewards however are excellent and despite all the secrecy it is still a great site to be a member of.
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