Feb 12, 2009

Review and sign up opportunity: Pinecone Research

Update: I'm sorry, but it appears the link is no longer working and that they are no longer accepting new members. However, given your interest, I will definitely let you know when I get another email like this!

I first heard of Pinecone Research several years ago, in a very positive way – they paid $5 per survey and always paid in a timely, reliable fashion. I think it was the first time I'd heard about getting paid for doing surveys online, and I was intrigued, but Pinecone membership was restricted and they weren't accepting new members at the time.

Fast forward to a little over a year ago, and I managed to sign up for Pinecone after spotting an ad on Slickdeals. Now that I've been a member for a while, I thought it was time for a proper review.

The first thing to note is that they now pay only $3 per survey. If you're going to be sitting around watching TV anyway, you might as well get paid to answer a few questions at the same time. But, each survey does take 5 to 20 minutes, and when time is precious, $3 may not seem like much.

At the end of some surveys, you'll be asked if it would be okay for the company to send you a product to try out. You'd test it out, and then complete another survey (and receive another $3). In my experience, I've also gotten to keep the product, so I have no idea if there are ever instances when you have to send it back. Sometimes the company sends the product, sometimes not. I was hoping I'd get the last one I agreed to, but I haven't seen it yet and am actually kind of bummed about it.

I wish I could tell you what it was, but to become part of Pinecone, you have to agree to keep the products you learn about confidential. I take it very seriously because I wouldn't want to be the cause of a major product development leak. All I will say is that Pinecone seems to work with major, well-established companies, who are looking for input on products they are developing.

It's been my experience that Pinecone pays very reliably, by paper check or Paypal. I usually get a Paypal deposit within two days of completing a survey. However, I get surveys very infrequently, and I've wondered if it's because of my demographic.

If you are interested in Pinecone, you'll be happy to know that they're currently taking new members. I got an email giving me carte blanche to invite all of my friends – and we're all friends around here. Just keep in mind that only one person per household may register.

Go here if you're interested in signing up with Pinecone.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm...your link seems to take me straight to the index page & I can't seem to access the sign-up form :(

Helen said...

After about 5 product tests, I did have one I had to send back! I kept waiting for the follow-up survey which seemed to be taking a long time. But then all of a sudden a flat box arrived with tape and everything so I could send it back. It was kinda cool.

I agree. The pay is reliable and I enjoy it.

Carly said...

I also can't access any sign-up form!

CPA Mom said...

That link does not work. Perhaps they are no longer accepting new members.

Anonymous said...

If you find a new link so I can sign up, please let me know!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I cannot see a sign up form either..

stalkermom said...

I couldn't either....

Sonia said...

I love Pinecone, sometimes you do have to mail back the product you test, but they pay and send a box along with everything to send the item back. There great!