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Thursday, February 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.

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8 Comments:

  • At 2/12/09, 2:24 PM, OpenID legalbrunette said…

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

     
  • At 2/12/09, 2:28 PM, Blogger 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.

     
  • At 2/12/09, 2:49 PM, Blogger Carly said…

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

     
  • At 2/12/09, 3:45 PM, Blogger CPA Mom said…

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

     
  • At 2/12/09, 5:41 PM, Anonymous Michelle said…

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

     
  • At 2/13/09, 5:32 AM, Anonymous Denis Coruzzi said…

    I cannot see a sign up form either..
    Thanks

     
  • At 2/13/09, 9:34 AM, Blogger stalkermom said…

    I couldn't either....

     
  • At 2/13/09, 8:08 PM, Blogger 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!

     

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