Join Pinecone Research via our exclusive Pinecone Research Sign Up Banner or Sign Up Links Below! Please make sure only ONE household member to sign up with Pinecone Research, since multiple registrations of the same house hold will VOID all registrations.
Important: After you submit the sign up form, you will receive an email contains a link to your “profile” survey, you must complete the profile survey in order to be accepted into the panel. You will receive a “Welcome” email shortly after (usually one day later) you fill out the “profile” survey.
- 1 Is Pinecone Research Legit or Scam?
- 2 Pinecone Research Rewards
- 3 Who Can Join Pinecone Research?
- 4 My Review of Pinecone Research
- 5 How to Join/Sign up with Pinecone Research?
- 6 Other Notes & Tips
- 7 Pinecone Research Scam Warning Notice
- 8 Pinecone Research FAQs
- 9 Pinecone Research News & Updates (updated 5/5/2017)
- 10 Final Thoughts
Is Pinecone Research Legit or Scam?
Pinecone Research is absolutely legitimate. In fact, it is one of the most reputable market research panels. I have been a member with them for almost 10 years and I have always been paid.
Pinecone Research Rewards
Currently members earn points for completing online surveys. Each survey usually worth 300 points, and you can redeem points for:
- Cash – can be paid by check or Paypal. Minimum cash out 300 points ($3)
- Gift cards – including amazon gift cards and popular store gift cards such as walmart, target gift cards. This is new reward option!
- Various merchandises/prizes or charity donations
Who Can Join Pinecone Research?
- Minimage Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to join
- Open to Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Germany (they have separate panel for each country)
- Please make sure only one member per household sign up with Pinecone.
My Review of Pinecone Research
Pinecone Research is one of the best market research paid survey companies out there. They have a great reputation of being a reliable paying paid survey company, and have consistent survey opportunities for panel members. Most members including me usually receive 2-3 surveys from Pinecone every month, Pinecone used to pays $3 for each survey. Pinecone Research surveys usually are easy and short (most surveys took me 5 – 10 minutes to finish). I also have done quite some product testings for them.
Right now Pinecone Research are paying panel members $3 (300 points) for each paying survey and a sweepstakes entry for each “household” survey (household surveys are “screener” surveys used by Pinecone Research to determine potential paying surveys for panel members.) Pinecone Research ofter members two options to accept the payment – check or Paypal. I choose Paypal and usually receive Paypal payment the next business day (before Pinecone offers Paypal they even sent me check payment BEFORE I took a survey once!).
Following are screen shots of the Paypal/check payments I received from Pinecone Research:
How to Join/Sign up with Pinecone Research?
Pinecone Research doesn’t accept members at their website, instead they recruit new members through advertising or member referrals. You need to find a Pinecone sign up banner or link in order to join Pinecone Research Survey Panel.
Usually you can find sign up links or banners right here at this page.
To join Pinecone Research, just click following sign up links which take you to the sign up form. Fill out the form and submit.
After you submit the sign up form, you should receive an email from Pinecone Research. The Email contains a link to your “profile survey”.
Important – You must complete the profile survey in order to be accepted into the panel. You will receive a “Welcome” email shortly after (usually one day later) you fill out the “profile” survey.
The “Welcome” email confirms that you are accepted into Pinecone Research panel.
Tip: To have a better chance of getting accepted into the Pinecone panel, have the male head of the household to sign up and fill out the registration form. 🙂
Please Note: If Pinecone Research Banner or sign up link is not available, please subscribe my Newsletter and I will send out email alert to my Newsletter subscribers when Pinecone registration is open again.
Pinecone Research US panel sign up form looks like this:
Please note again:): sometimes you will see a Pinecone Sign Up Banner/link states they are looking for a specific kind/group of people, (such as male or certain age or ethnic group) – I suggest you sign up anyway, because they might just accept you into the panel even you are not within the their “target” group.
I have noticed that some website are giving so called “tricks” or “tips” on Pinecone. I just want to point out I would NOT recommend anyone to listen to those “tricks”. For example, when you see the sign up banner says they are looking for 18 – 24 year old or Hispanics, don’t say you are Hispanic or you are 19 when you are not. It is not right to lie to get into the Pinecone panel (or any other market research survey panels), and you might get caught later on and get kicked out. If your demographic fits what Pinecone is looking for very likely you will be accepted and given survey opportunities. If for some reason you have trouble get accepted by Pinecone, pleae don’t get discouraged, it’s really not a big deal – because there are so many other good or even better survey sites you can join!
Other Notes & Tips
#1: First, I want to remind everyone is it is AGAINST Pinecone’s policy/Term of use to talk about your survey and product testing experience with Pinecone publicly. When you sign up with Pinecone, you agree to keep everything confidential. And this is actually what you should do for ALL paid survey/market research companies.
#2: I have read somewhere on the net (couldn’t remember where it was lol) that somebody saying you have to use IE brower to take Pinecone Research surveys – this is simply not true. I have been taking Pinecone surveys with Firefox or Chrome for a long time and never had a problem.
#3: A while ago Pinecone Research asked members to download a program/plug-in, again some website are warning everybody saying there are possible Trojan in the plug-in. Again it’s another false alarm, lol. I don’t want to get into the detail, since it really doesn’t matter – because I have never downloaded the plugin, but I continue to receive surveys from Pinecone Research.
#4: Sometime at end of a survey, Pinecone might ask you if you are interested in testing a certain product for a manufacture, if you answer yes, it doesn’t mean you will receive the product to test. I have been asked numerous times of the same question, but I have only got a few chances to test products for Pinecone Research.
Pinecone Research Scam Warning Notice
Pinecone Research publishes a “Important Security Notice:” on their website warning the public about scammers using Pinecone’s name scam people. Here is the part of the notice:
We have been made aware that third parties may be attempting to use the names and logos of Pinecone Research for different “scams.” One example of such a scam is a “mystery shopping” assignment. Essentially, the victim is provided a fake check and advised to cash it, and then use some of the proceeds to test a service (for example, testing a Western Union wire transfer). The victim is advised that he or she may retain the balance from the cashed check as payment, however, the check later bounces. Other examples include recruiting for “business evaluation surveys” or “hiring” employees.
Please be aware that Pinecone Research has no involvement in these fraudulent transactions. Participating in our surveys is always free of charge, and we never ask our panelists to cash a check for a large amount and then use the proceeds to “test” a service. Furthermore, all communications with us will always be with the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” — be wary of any email that asks you to respond to a different address, or asks you to respond by clicking on a link within the email. (Please be aware that email sending addresses can be faked, and so it’s possible for a fake email to appear to have come from this address.)
If you are targeted by any of these scams, please report any information regarding these activities to local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “econsumer.gov” reporting system (https://econsumer.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/).
Personally I have received those so-called “business evaluation surveys” – be careful of those, at first you might get tricked by the fake sender emails address if you don’t pay attention and clicked the link inside the emails.
Pinecone Research FAQs
In this last section, I will try my best to answer your questions about Pinecone Research that have not been addressed in this review. Some questions are from the comments, and some are from emails I received from my readers. Feel free to let me know if you have questions that are unanswered!
How Do I Request Cash Payment?
Many of you know Pinecone switched to a point reward system a while ago, and some members are having trouble finding the cash payment option. To request cash reward, either by check or Paypal, do the following:
Step one: Login into your Pinecone Research account;
Step two: In your account page, at the bottom, click the “Redeem My Points” button link, which takes you to reward catalog site/page.
Step three: at the reward catalog page, as shown below, click “Featured Award” link on the left, there you can see the “Cash Option” at the bottom. From there you reach the $3 (300 points) cash reward page.
Enter the Quantity based on your point balance. For example, if you have 900 points, you should enter “3” in the “Quantity” field. Then click “Add to Cart” button.
Update 12/2015: now they have $5, $10, and $15 cashout amount.
Can you take Pinecone surveys on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets?
So far it looks the anwer is NO – you can only take their surveys on desktop or laptop computers. Every survey invite email I received from Pinecone Research states following:
“We use every technology available to create interesting and engaging surveys for our panelists. This survey uses technology that may not be compatible with some smartphones and tablets. If you use these devices to complete your Pinecone surveys and experience any difficulty, please log in using a desktop or laptop.”
Pinecone Research News & Updates (updated 5/5/2017)
In this session, I will post any news and/or updates I receive from Pinecone Reseach.
5/5/2017: So far I have received two “new format” surveys, unfortunately I didn’t qualify! However, I am still getting the 1001 surveys which pay you always!
2/1/2017: Received an email from Pinecone title: “Big News – Changes to Your Survey Experience” Here is the email details:
Dear Mei,We’ve listened to your feedback and are updating PineCone’s survey experience to maximize your time!
From time to time we have asked you to answer questions about your household that help us best match you to a survey opportunity. Afterwards, based on your responses we sent you invitations for surveys. In the upcoming weeks we are eliminating the wait and introducing a way for you to answer some basic household questions to be immediately sent into a survey opportunity best matched for you! Throughout February and March you will start to experience this new process.
What does this mean for you? Get tailored surveys more quickly and enjoy all the rewards that come with sharing your opinion and being a PineCone Research member!
We value your membership and thank you for your continued participation!
So does it means there will be no “household questions surveys”? I will report on my new survey experience.
I really think anyone who are interested in online surveys and product testing should join Pinecone Research. Yes I make more money with a number of other paid survey sites, but Pinecone is still my favorite. They have interesting surveys and product testing opportunities, surveys generally are easy and short. Pinecone Research is fair and very reliable, and they are the fastest paying survey company! I highly recommend Pinecone Research!
To get started with Pinecone Research, please click following sign up links to join their panels, make sure to fill out your profile survey to be accepted!
Please note: there is NO GUARANTEE that you will be accepted into the Pinecone Research panel even if you sign up – the good news is there are MANY other GOOD paid survey panels. Please check out and sign up with other legitimate paid survey panels just like (or better than) Pinecone!