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LEGIT Pinecone Research: Make Above-Average Money Taking Surveys - Scam or Legit

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I’m pretty familiar with most of the popular survey sites out there. While I’m familiar with the sites themselves, I don’t always know who owns, or is backing, those companies. I’m pretty sure the legit sites have pretty good backing. If that were the case, Pinecone Research would be one of the elite survey sites on the internet. According to several sources, Pinecone Research is owned by The Nielsen Company, one of the largest media and information monitoring companies in the world.

Does that pedigree translate to a good experience for users? I spent a good deal of time using the site, so here’s the low-down on Pinecone Research.

Introducing Pinecone Research

I really like the name Pinecone Research. It’s cute, and memorable. I mean, you can only have so many names with the word “survey” before things get repetitive.

The company was founded in 1998, before the survey site industry became what it is today. So they’ve got both tenure and pedigree.

It makes sense that a company like Nielsen would also run a survey site. The company thrives on data, and a survey site a great way to acquire it.

How do You Earn on Pinecone Research?

After registering on the site, invites to take surveys will be sent to your email address. Once you receive an invite, you can take a survey. Each completed survey will award you with points. You can then trade these points for cash or various products available through the site.

Surveys are assigned to you based on your profile. If you’re a computer geek, the site will assign surveys on computers and various gadgets. If you’re a beauty expert, you can expect to receive surveys that cover topics such as cosmetics and self-care.

Sometimes, you’ll even be sent actual products to test! Since I’m a web developer, I haven’t really received any products that are relevant to my profile (probably too expensive), but I know a beauty blogger who gets lots of advance cosmetics to try out.

Take note, since surveys are geared towards a specific demographic, there will be times when there won’t be any surveys that are suited to your profile. It’s pretty standard for most survey sites.

What Will my Earning Potential be Like on Pinecone Research

The amount of points you’ll make per survey varies. While the site doesn’t really explain why a certain survey pays a particular amount, I think it’s based on the length of the survey, and the company that commissioned Pinecone Research to conduct it.

100 points are equivalent to one cent. Each survey you complete (when you do get one) will be equivalent to around $3 to $5.

The amount you’ll be making will depend on a variety of factors, mainly the number of surveys you’ve qualified to take, and the number of surveys you actually get to complete.

Payment Options

You can redeem your points as cash (which is sent via PayPal) or gift cards. Gift cards can be used in the site’s own shop. I usually prefer being able to use my gift cards elsewhere, but at least there’s PayPal, right?

How to Join Pinecone Research

Now here’s the first point against the site: it’s invite-only. There are two ways to get these invites:

1. If you know an existing member/panelist and they send you an invite, or

2. If you get lucky and find a banner ad with a referral link.

A word of warning: I’ve come across fake ads that take you to phishing sites. No, phishing sites aren’t places where you get to go fishing. Phishing sites “fish” for your information by imitating an existing site and asking you to put your login details. If you do click an ad for Pinecone Research (or any site, really) make sure it’s the real site.

Also, you need to be 18 and above to join. Despite have to know a member or get lucky finding a referral ad, membership is free. I almost never join sites that require you to pay to become a member. Why should I? The site is already making money from the companies sponsoring these ads. Scam survey sites are there to get your money, and once they have it they disappear, almost by magic. Er, sorry for that short rant.

Pinecone Research: What’s Good?

The site has a lot going for it. Here’s a list of the stuff I liked about Pinecone Research. These are only my opinions. I hope other members of the community can contribute their own list.

1. You don’t get disqualified from taking surveys mid-way

This is by far the greatest thing about doing surveys on Pinecone Research. When the site assigns you a survey, you are not going to suddenly get disqualified in the middle of taking it. This is a total godsend. I wanna erect monuments in honor of the developers in Pinecone Research who figured out how to assign surveys without cutting you off mid-way.

For those not familiar with survey sites, let me explain. An alarming number of them (not gonna name names right now) have this bad habit of cutting you out of a survey while you’re taking it. You could be down to your last question in a long survey when the site suddenly goes “Psych!” then boots you out. The reason for this is that you weren’t qualified to take the survey. Which begs the question: why did the site assign the survey to you in the first place? You just wasted your time!

But that’s another rant for another day. For now, let’s appreciate the fact that you can actually complete surveys on Pinecone Research.

2. Payout per survey is higher than usual

It’s tough to find survey sites that pay $3 to $5 outright for surveys. But Pinecone Research is one of those rare sites that does. Maybe they should change their name to Unicorn Research.

3. The surveys are fun

This is probably just luck, but most of the surveys I took were pretty fun. I’ll credit that to the site’s algorithm; it seems to know how to hook you up with surveys that really fit your interests and demographic.

Pinecone Research: What’s Not Good?

In the interest of a balanced review, here are these things I didn’t like about the site.

1. Invite-only

Why are they trying to keep people out? Do they assume that friends-of-friends make for a better user base? Wouldn’t a survey site make more money with more members? I don’t get it. Having to jump through hoops just to get an invite made me less excited about the site.

2. Behold, the disappearing PayPal button!

This is one of the weirdest things about the site… there were times when the PayPal button would just flat-out disappear! My guess is this was their way of forcing me to use my points to buy form their shop. Bad move, guys. You don’t take away my options.

3. Only available to US and Canada residents

As if making the site invite-only, here’s another factor blocking out potential members. It’s 2018, and a large online business needs to get with the times and go international.

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

Pinecone Research is legit… but just barely. I think removing the PayPal button is a borderline scammy thing to do. But you still get your points, and you still get to exchange it for goods.

The site may technically be legit, but I think there are better options out there.

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Your Turn

This review is based on my own experiences using Pinecone Research. Now it’s your turn to share? Have you tried the site? Have you encountered the disappearing PayPal button as well?

Let’s hear your stories!

 
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Sprite1950

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There is a UK site for Pinecone but it's really hard to get into. I have tried and tried but my demographics are never right. However I did manage to fill out an application form on an Instagc offer so I'm hoping I will hear back from them. I will never give up trying on this one.
 

ninjamonkeykiller

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I received an invitation once and so I applied to Pinecone Research once, however once I applied they said that they didn't need anyone in my demographics from my area so I couldn't join.
 

msmoneybags

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There is a UK site for Pinecone but it's really hard to get into. I have tried and tried but my demographics are never right. However I did manage to fill out an application form on an Instagc offer so I'm hoping I will hear back from them. I will never give up trying on this one.
Did you get credit from Instagc for doing the offer? I would say if you did than you were accepted by PR, if you did get credit and havent heard from PR I would send PR a note. I dont know if they have the same customer service for all their different countries, but for me Im in the US and the lady that answers their emails is very nice and quite fast to respond... Good Luck!
 

jipsyjo30

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I’m pretty familiar with most of the popular survey sites out there. While I’m familiar with the sites themselves, I don’t always know who owns, or is backing, those companies. I’m pretty sure the legit sites have pretty good backing. If that were the case, Pinecone Research would be one of the elite survey sites on the internet. According to several sources, Pinecone Research is owned by The Nielsen Company, one of the largest media and information monitoring companies in the world.

Does that pedigree translate to a good experience for users? I spent a good deal of time using the site, so here’s the low-down on Pinecone Research.

Introducing Pinecone Research

I really like the name Pinecone Research. It’s cute, and memorable. I mean, you can only have so many names with the word “survey” before things get repetitive.

The company was founded in 1998, before the survey site industry became what it is today. So they’ve got both tenure and pedigree.

It makes sense that a company like Nielsen would also run a survey site. The company thrives on data, and a survey site a great way to acquire it.

How do You Earn on Pinecone Research?

After registering on the site, invites to take surveys will be sent to your email address. Once you receive an invite, you can take a survey. Each completed survey will award you with points. You can then trade these points for cash or various products available through the site.

Surveys are assigned to you based on your profile. If you’re a computer geek, the site will assign surveys on computers and various gadgets. If you’re a beauty expert, you can expect to receive surveys that cover topics such as cosmetics and self-care.

Sometimes, you’ll even be sent actual products to test! Since I’m a web developer, I haven’t really received any products that are relevant to my profile (probably too expensive), but I know a beauty blogger who gets lots of advance cosmetics to try out.

Take note, since surveys are geared towards a specific demographic, there will be times when there won’t be any surveys that are suited to your profile. It’s pretty standard for most survey sites.

What Will my Earning Potential be Like on Pinecone Research

The amount of points you’ll make per survey varies. While the site doesn’t really explain why a certain survey pays a particular amount, I think it’s based on the length of the survey, and the company that commissioned Pinecone Research to conduct it.

100 points are equivalent to one cent. Each survey you complete (when you do get one) will be equivalent to around $3 to $5.

The amount you’ll be making will depend on a variety of factors, mainly the number of surveys you’ve qualified to take, and the number of surveys you actually get to complete.

Payment Options

You can redeem your points as cash (which is sent via PayPal) or gift cards. Gift cards can be used in the site’s own shop. I usually prefer being able to use my gift cards elsewhere, but at least there’s PayPal, right?

How to Join Pinecone Research

Now here’s the first point against the site: it’s invite-only. There are two ways to get these invites:

1. If you know an existing member/panelist and they send you an invite, or

2. If you get lucky and find a banner ad with a referral link.

A word of warning: I’ve come across fake ads that take you to phishing sites. No, phishing sites aren’t places where you get to go fishing. Phishing sites “fish” for your information by imitating an existing site and asking you to put your login details. If you do click an ad for Pinecone Research (or any site, really) make sure it’s the real site.

Also, you need to be 18 and above to join. Despite have to know a member or get lucky finding a referral ad, membership is free. I almost never join sites that require you to pay to become a member. Why should I? The site is already making money from the companies sponsoring these ads. Scam survey sites are there to get your money, and once they have it they disappear, almost by magic. Er, sorry for that short rant.

Pinecone Research: What’s Good?

The site has a lot going for it. Here’s a list of the stuff I liked about Pinecone Research. These are only my opinions. I hope other members of the community can contribute their own list.

1. You don’t get disqualified from taking surveys mid-way

This is by far the greatest thing about doing surveys on Pinecone Research. When the site assigns you a survey, you are not going to suddenly get disqualified in the middle of taking it. This is a total godsend. I wanna erect monuments in honor of the developers in Pinecone Research who figured out how to assign surveys without cutting you off mid-way.

For those not familiar with survey sites, let me explain. An alarming number of them (not gonna name names right now) have this bad habit of cutting you out of a survey while you’re taking it. You could be down to your last question in a long survey when the site suddenly goes “Psych!” then boots you out. The reason for this is that you weren’t qualified to take the survey. Which begs the question: why did the site assign the survey to you in the first place? You just wasted your time!

But that’s another rant for another day. For now, let’s appreciate the fact that you can actually complete surveys on Pinecone Research.

2. Payout per survey is higher than usual

It’s tough to find survey sites that pay $3 to $5 outright for surveys. But Pinecone Research is one of those rare sites that does. Maybe they should change their name to Unicorn Research.

3. The surveys are fun

This is probably just luck, but most of the surveys I took were pretty fun. I’ll credit that to the site’s algorithm; it seems to know how to hook you up with surveys that really fit your interests and demographic.

Pinecone Research: What’s Not Good?

In the interest of a balanced review, here are these things I didn’t like about the site.

1. Invite-only

Why are they trying to keep people out? Do they assume that friends-of-friends make for a better user base? Wouldn’t a survey site make more money with more members? I don’t get it. Having to jump through hoops just to get an invite made me less excited about the site.

2. Behold, the disappearing PayPal button!

This is one of the weirdest things about the site… there were times when the PayPal button would just flat-out disappear! My guess is this was their way of forcing me to use my points to buy form their shop. Bad move, guys. You don’t take away my options.

3. Only available to US and Canada residents

As if making the site invite-only, here’s another factor blocking out potential members. It’s 2018, and a large online business needs to get with the times and go international.

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

Pinecone Research is legit… but just barely. I think removing the PayPal button is a borderline scammy thing to do. But you still get your points, and you still get to exchange it for goods.

The site may technically be legit, but I think there are better options out there.

Pinecone Research Screenshots

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Your Turn

This review is based on my own experiences using Pinecone Research. Now it’s your turn to share? Have you tried the site? Have you encountered the disappearing PayPal button as well?

Let’s hear your stories!
I've never seen a PayPal button but the way I get around this is by entering "PayPal" into the search box for the rewards catalog. From there you'll see the $3, $5, $10, $15 cash options. Have you tried this?
 

Sprite1950

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Did you get credit from Instagc for doing the offer? I would say if you did than you were accepted by PR, if you did get credit and havent heard from PR I would send PR a note. I dont know if they have the same customer service for all their different countries, but for me Im in the US and the lady that answers their emails is very nice and quite fast to respond... Good Luck!
No I didn't. I had 100 points pending and then it just went back to 0 so I guess I wasn't accepted. How annoying.
 

ahmedo24

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This looks legitimate from most reviews but the removal of PayPal could either be as a result of the site techniCally reducing it members cos lots o: people with be discouraged if PayPal payment options is not available
 

ruthmongare

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I have come across this research site in forum coin but never bothered to get to know much about it.But before I check it out I would to know its availability and also get to see some payment proofs.
 

msmoneybags

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I have come across this research site in forum coin but never bothered to get to know much about it.But before I check it out I would to know its availability and also get to see some payment proofs.
I can show you proof of one of my payments, there is an email address on the proof that you could email and ask who can join. There is no referral links for this site, you just have to be luck enough to see them advertising that they are taking new members

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CaptainE

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I pretty much agree with all of your review. Especially the part about not screening you out half way, however there are far better alternatives which also pays you for screen outs and disqualifications, TheoremReach and TapResearch comes to mind, both which are assessable through GrabPoints.com which is where I use them, but enough about alternatives. Also, you hit it on the nail with Pinecone Research making it almost impossible to sign up as you have to rely on invite codes, hell when you type in Pinecone Research in google the following suggested search pops up " How to join Pinecone Research", so I guess it's not just us who is having trouble with them.

Honestly at the end of the day I do not think Pinecone is worth the effort, while they are legit and do pay there are just so much better alternatives out there, like the ones I mentioned above and a crowd pleaser like Prolific Academic.
 

msmoneybags

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Honestly at the end of the day I do not think Pinecone is worth the effort, while they are legit and do pay there are just so much better alternatives out there, like the ones I mentioned above and a crowd pleaser like Prolific Academic.
Im assuming you are not a member. Are you aware that Pinecone pays you $3.00 for each survey, yes EACH, now you tell me what site pays you $3.00 PER survey
 

CaptainE

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Im assuming you are not a member. Are you aware that Pinecone pays you $3.00 for each survey, yes EACH, now you tell me what site pays you $3.00 PER survey
Why would I not be a member? I don't think the payout of a survey has anything to do with the validity of their program. If I were to judge survey providers by payouts there are a lot out there with higher payouts. Take Your Surveys as an example with Grab Points they pay 94 cents per survey completion and their surveys are random, so some are 5 minutes while others are 10 or 15. In any case Your Surveys are superior to that of Pinecone Research in the sense that if I spent 1 hour at Your Surveys vs. Pinecone I would make more money hands down and this is exactly why I mentioned Theorem, TapResearch and Prolific as they are all superior in my mind, but each to their own. For me I chase the buck.
 

FloydMCD

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I discovered PineCone a couple months ago and they're 100% legit. The only problem is that it's not easy to get into ( right now I believe they closed their Pincecone research registration again ). I actually had a few friends ask me how to join pinecone research and I just told them that I got invited a while back. I just went to the website and noticed the registration is closed again. At least I couldn't see any sign up link. Unlike many other survey sites they seem to have so many members that they can actually decide when to let people in or not.

Long story short : If you have an account with them consider yourself lucky and do the surveys. there is no disqualification and every survey you do means money that you can either cash out or spend on merchandise. You will get paid and they are legit. If you don't have an account yet don't worry. Sign up for the other good Survey providers in the meantime and eventually you will end up on their radar and get an invite.

I def recommend to go to Pinecone research and if you can then sign up because this site is def worth it. Good luck :)
 
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Does anybody know how to get into PineCone ? I am just starting doing surveys on some other sites such as swagbucks but I heard so much about pinecone that I would just love to do my tasks there ( they also pay a lot more from what I heard) I went to pineconeresearch.com but there is no signup link. So how does it work? Do you need to register on some kind of waiting list ? Please let me know since I would really like to join them. I am in the USA and I don't mess around. If someone has an invite link or something then please share it with me.

I heard they pay $3 per survey which is so much better than swagbucks where you just get 1 usd or less. Besides Pinecone are there any other survey providers that pay this much per survey?

thanks a lot :)
 

msmoneybags

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Does anybody know how to get into PineCone ?:)
Hi Booba, they are very hard to get in, they only open their site for new members every month, every other month. And most times they are looking for certain people, this time might be 18-25 year old men, next time might be 50 year old women

And yes they do pay $3.00 per survey. I am a member and have cashed out several times from them, once was $90.00

Sometimes I have seen an offer on a GPT site to sign up for them. good luck!
 
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Hi Booba, they are very hard to get in, they only open their site for new members every month, every other month. And most times they are looking for certain people, this time might be 18-25 year old men, next time might be 50 year old women

And yes they do pay $3.00 per survey. I am a member and have cashed out several times from them, once was $90.00

Sometimes I have seen an offer on a GPT site to sign up for them. good luck!
Yeah I guess I will just have to wait then and sign up when I have the chance :) I found a few other good ones on this forum that I will try in the coming days. There are some good alternatives to pinecone.
 

FloydMCD

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Yeah I guess I will just have to wait then and sign up when I have the chance :) I found a few other good ones on this forum that I will try in the coming days. There are some good alternatives to pinecone.
Hi Booba. Yeah no need to beat yourself up about not getting into Pinecone Research. Check my review above. They're good but there are a lot of other great ones such as GrabPoints ( check my grabpoints review here https://earnthatbuck.com/threads/grabpoints-review-make-money-in-your-free-time-scam-or-legit.267/:) ). There are plenty of other great survey sites out there. And GrabPoints has plenty of $3 surveys as well ( if you're from the united states). All in all while Pinecone is among the best there is no need to just wait for them to open up before you start making money.

Good luck with your journey :) Filling out surveys is a great way to make some extra cash and I wish I would've discovered it earlier. I am on the level now where I can make a couple hundred dollars extra a month with very little work ( at least you don't have to go to an office and slave away for 8 hrs to get paid ). Btw as msmoneybags mentioned. You can sign up to some other GPT sites and once in a while they will have a invite link for Pinecone Research. I guess pinecone likes to advertise on those sites .
 
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