Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research Review

Pinecone Research (UK site / US site) is one of many sites out there that pay people to take surveys. Of course, there are a heck of a lot of dubious sites out there, but from my experience of using Pinecone Research (and getting paid), it’s a genuine site. It is undoubtedly one of the best paid survey sites out there.

I joined Pinecone in January ’09 and, since then, have done a handful of product surveys. All in all, most of their surveys tend to take 15-20 minutes to complete, sometimes less.

Only ONE MEMBER PER HOUSEHOLD can sign up for PineCone Research.

How much does Pinecone Research pay?

For UK members, it’s £3 per survey; used to be £4. I got in on the £3 boat.

For US members, it’s $3 a survey. Visit this pinecone research sign up link to join Pinecone research.

And how does Pinecone Research pay?

For UK members, it’s via PayPal or posted-out voucher. For US members, it’s via PayPal or cheque. I prefer PayPal payments as it gives me more flexibility in terms of what to spend it on, so that’s how I get paid.

How long does it take to receive payment?

The great thing about Pinecone is that unlike several survey sites, you don’t have to reach a minimum payout figure to receive payment. You don’t even have to request payment; once you complete a survey, the payment is processed the next business day. PayPal payments take 3-5 days to reach your PayPal account.

I’ve been known to receive payments sooner than 3 days at times. Vouchers (from my experience) take about a week. I don’t know how long cheques take as I’ve never received one and I can’t seem to find anything about it on their site. However, if all payments are processed the next working day, then I suppose it’d take around the same time as a voucher.

How much I’ve made so far…

I’ve completed 18 surveys to date, making me about $86.

How frequently surveys are sent out?

Well it really depends on each individual’s profile (income/ status/ background, etc, and what a particular survey is looking for). You might get more, you might get less. Sometimes, I get 2-3 surveys in a month; other times, I get nothing.

Product testing – get paid to test products.

At times, Pinecone sends out products for testing. I’ve only tested one (not allowed to disclose what it is), but it was quite enjoyable to do. I received and completed a pre-survey first, then I received the product in the post. After testing it, I completed a follow-up survey. (I got paid for both surveys.)

Profile surveys…

Occasionally, you’ll be sent a profile survey (called ‘Household Questions’). This is unpaid, but usually doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. They send it out to find out more information about you in order to establish what surveys to send out to you in the future.

How to join Pinecone?

Well it’s a bit tricky as you can’t join directly through their site. For that, Pinecone tends to recruit through banner ads placed on other sites. The banners are also placed randomly, so there really isn’t one site that can be pinpointed. However, you might have some luck if you try one of the following:

– do a search on Google for “Pinecone Research banner”

– check the MoneySavingExpert forum (the Up Your Income section); on there, forum members usually post links to Pinecone banner ads they come across.


Tip 1 – When you first join, Pinecone will send you a survey. It’s important that you complete that first survey. PineCone stresses this point in their FAQ section:

“The completion of the first survey assignment is key to active membership on our panel. Those who do not complete the survey are not asked to take part in subsequent surveys.”

Tip 2 – Although Pinecone’s surveys are about different products, the format of their surveys tend to be the same. Once you get used to the rhythm of that, it makes taking them much easier.

Pinecone Research: fast becoming my top survey earner…

…and my favourite. When I get a survey, it doesn’t take that long, the pay isn’t too bad, and I don’t have to wait ages to reach payout before I see my money. Win-win situation all round, methinks. Plus, getting the odd product through the post makes me feel like some kind of VIP 😉