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This post was updated on 7/11/2012.
Pinecone Research is my favorite survey company, because they pay $3 for each product survey completed. It’s not a lot of money for 5 to 20 minutes of my time, but it’s a great diversion, can be done while multitasking, and there’s always the chance that I’ll end up getting a free product to test.
As with all reputable survey companies, you have to agree to a rather strict confidentiality clause when you sign up with Pinecone, and restate your agreement with each survey. Pinecone seems to work primarily with major, well-established companies, who are looking for input on products they are developing, so you’ll get a sneak peek at quite a few products that eventually make it to the market.
It’s been my experience that Pinecone pays very reliably, by paper check, Paypal, or prepaid debit card. There is no minimum cash out threshold, so you’ll receive payment after each survey – you don’t even have to ask.
I used to get very few surveys, but lately I’ve been getting more. I don’t know if that’s because my demographic has become more desirable, or because the manufacturers are giving them more business. It’s great, though – I’ve already done a dozen surveys this year, and the experience of taking them has been so unremarkable that I would have said I’d done half that number. (I mean “unremarkable” in a good way, because I’d probably only remember taking a survey if it was a bad experience.)
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