They used to be cash-only, but in 2013 they switched over to a points system. Panelists can share their opinions in surveys and complete other various offers in exchange for points. 100 points is equal to $1, and most of their surveys pay up to $3. Survey topics are diverse and cover a variety of different topics. Pinecone Research is unique in that they emphasize consumption related surveys more than other panels.
Paid surveys easy to come by so don’t worry if you don’t qualify for some of the paid surveys you sign up for. In some cases you might qualify for a survey but after answering a few questions you are removed from the paid survey. This happens sometimes because the answers you have provided have determined that you do not fit into the target group that the paid survey is designed for. Not to worry though, because there are plenty of paid surveys out there that you are eligible for. It typically only takes a few seconds to determine if you are eligible for a paid survey or not so it won’t waste too much of your time.
I also have used Synovate Global Opinion Panels, which is now I-Say by Ipsos. They send you surveys pretty frequently and the points you accumulate can turn into actual money! You can receive an actual check from them, or choose to redeem for a gift card. I haven’t cashed out with them since they changed into the new system, just because I’ve really stopped taking the surveys because I’m lazy 🙂 Here’s the link: http://i-say.com/Rewards/RewardsProgram/tabid/203/language/en-US/Default.aspx
Instagc is by far my favorite site. There are tons of surveys, email sign ups, free sample offers, videos, etc. Once you earned enough (usually about $5) you can redeem for gift cards INSTANTLY. They also have pay pal and direct deposit. As a stay at home mom with a tight income, Instagc has been a godsend. It’s free to join, of course. Here is my referral link: https://www.instagc.com/1232478
“I participated in an in-home product trial study. A coffee machine company sent me one of the coffee makers along with about 200 coffee pods. I received $7 for completing 3 short surveys. Plus, after the study, the company said I could keep the coffee maker. So, I got like 4 mos of coffee for everyone in my household, a free coffee maker and $7!” - David W.
IOCS is a not-for-profit research organization that conducts studies and experiments on shopping-related behavior – things like how we, as consumers, evaluate products, how we make the buying decisions, etc. Although the focus is mostly on shopping related behavior, some of their experiments and studies include broader areas of marketing, psychology, and economics.