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The first rule about Pinecone Research; Don't talk about Pinecone Research.
Member Name: coventry123
Advantages: high pay outs for minimal effort
Disadvantages: by invite only
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.
Summary: Probably the best paid survey site on the internet!