Newest Review: ... 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. ... more
£3 A survey - Worth Your Time
Member Name: kjmccabe
Advantages: Good Payment, Professional Service
Disadvantages: Would be nice to get a cash reward rather than vouchers
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.
Summary: Professional Survey Site that pays in Luncheon Vouchers