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.
After you submit the registration form, enter the verification code sent by Pinecone via text or call, then Pinecone will send an email asking you to complete the registration survey. Once you complete the survey, you will receive a Welcome email that confirms you are accepted into the Pinecone Research panel!
- 1 Is Pinecone Research Legit or Scam?
- 2 Pinecone Research Rewards
- 3 How to Join Pinecone Research?
- 4 Pinecone Research Review (Updated November 2021)
- 5 Pinecone Research Surveys – Tips & Notes
- 6 Pinecone Research FAQs & Updates
- 7 Final Thoughts & Get Started
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 direct electronic bank transfers or prepaid Mastercard
.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
- Charity donations
Please note that Pinecone has transitioned away from Paypal and now offers direct electronic bank transfers. In addition, they also offer virtual Mastercards and Amazon gift cards.
How to Join 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.
Here is how to sign up for Pinecone Research in 2021 (detailed instruction)
To join Pinecone Research, please follow these easy steps:
Step #1: Click one of sign up links below, fill out and submit the registration form.
Step #2: Enter the verification code sent by Pinecone via text message or call. Pinecone texted me the code on my smart phone.
Step #3. Answer the registration survey. Shortly after you enter the verification code, you will received an email subject “Pinecone Research Registration” that asks you complete a registration survey.
Step #4: Wait for the welcome email. I received welcome email the next day – subject of the email was “welcome to the Pinecone Research Panel”. This welcome email provides your UserID, briefly explains your membership perks, as well as the link to your first survey!
The “Welcome” email confirms that you are accepted into Pinecone Research panel – you have become a member of Pinecone Research!
Above was my sign up process with Pinecone at the end of last year (December 2020). Your experience might be different due to demographic reasons. The verification process via mobile phone is new, convenient and fast! I was immediately accepted into the panel after being verified.
Pinecone Research Review (Updated November 2021)
Pinecone Research is one of the best market research survey companies out there. They have a great reputation of being a reliable paying survey company, and have consistent survey opportunities for panel members.
Pinecone Surveys (how many surveys, product testing surveys etc.)
I generally receive 2-4 surveys from Pinecone every month, and I qualify about 90% of them.
In the past, members are rewarded a sweepstakes entry (no points) for each “household” survey. Household surveys are “screener” surveys used by Pinecone Research to determine potential paying surveys for panel members. And members are guaranteed to qualify for a paying surveys if they receive the survey invite.
Now Pinecone combines the “screener” questions into the paying surveys which means after the first few questions you might get screened out (disqualified) of the surveys. But if you qualify and complete the survey you will earn 300 points.
Pinecone survey’s screening process is very fast, usually only a few questions questions later (for me sometimes just two questions is enough), you will know if you are screened out or not.
Pinecone surveys often are related to grocery/food/household products. I have always looked forward to taking their surveys because I enjoy taking surveys about new products. Their surveys generally take me about 10-15 minutes to finish, and sometimes you might get selected to do product tests. I have done quite some product testing surveys for them – you take the follow up survey about the product you tried and get paid for it!
Besides product testing surveys, sometimes Pinecone have surveys for kids or teens in the household to answer. Both of my kids have answered their surveys and they both loved it!
Survey Crediting and Payment
Currently Pinecone Research are paying panel members $3 (300 points) for each survey completed. After you successfully completed a survey, you will get an email the next business day subject “Pinecone Research: Credit Notification”. In the email, they will tell you the project/survey number you completed and credited for.
Pinecone Research offers members various popular gift cards and cash rewards. You can get paid cash by direct electronic bank transfers or Prepaid master card.
They used to offer PayPal payment which is really fast – pretty much the next business day. Before they offer PayPal option, checks arrived very quickly as well (I once received a check even before invited for the survey!).
I have not redeemed any cash rewards recently, since I shop at amazon a lot so I just cashed out amazon gift cards now. The redeem process has always been really smooth – I usually receive the payment the next day and sometimes the same day!
So after I cash out amazon gift card, I would receive an order confirmation email like this:
Then later that day or next day, I received the email contains the amazon gift card code!
I don’t have any recent experience regarding member support, because I haven’t encountered any issues since last joined Pinecone. In the past I have contacted Pinecone Research for support a couple of times – one time I received prompt response, the other time the reply really took a lot longer to arrive.
Pinecone Research Surveys – Tips & Notes
#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: If you will be out of town for vacations etc and won’t be able to take surveys, you can also let Pinecone know by updating your profile under “Availability” section.
#3: Sometimes 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.
#4. Make sure to answer all survey invites – Pinecone monitors member participation and they might remove or lock those members who are unable to maintain acceptable participation levels.
#5. Be aware and avoid scams – there are scammers using Pinecone’s name and logo to scam people. They are #1: typically mystery shopping fraud check scam (don’t cash the check), #2: E-mail phishing scam (don’t click the link in the fake survey emails) #3: Fake Facebook page that may ask for your login information. Pinecone claims that it does not have a Facebook presence, and will not ask you for your login credentials.
Pinecone Research FAQs & Updates
In this last section, I will try my best to answer your questions about Pinecone Research that have not been addressed in this review, as well as recent Pinecone news or updates. 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 make my first redemption?
If you have joined the Pinecone panel in the last 30 days, your first redemption must be via bank transfer to verify your rewards account. After your first bank transfer redemption or 30 days of being an active Pinecone member (whichever occurs first) you will have the ability to redeem your points for any reward option in the reward catalog.
Does Pinecone Kick Out existing members?
Yes, Pinecone sometimes remove members from their database for no reason. I have heard many members complain about this. Personally my account had been deleted once but I re-joined Pinecone a couple of years later.
Does Pinecone Research have mobile apps?
I couldn’t find a Pinecone mobile app, neither Android nor iOS. However, Pinecone website is mobile friendly, so I assume that you can take Pinecone surveys from your mobile devices.
Final Thoughts & Get Started
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 one of 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, and make sure to fill out your profile survey to be accepted!
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