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.
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
They include sites that seem to be their competitors because they earn referral fees when you buy memberships. A couple mentioned in scam forums even try to dupe you into buying the same list at other membership sites they own under different names. Naturally, these sites also have an incentive to exaggerate how much you'll earn from online paid surveys.
By taking part in online surveys with Valued Opinions US, you can tell brands exactly what you think about their products and services. You can even get the opportunity to test new products and packaging, as well as reviewing advertising campaigns. Every time you take one of our paid surveys you're driving real change to help companies know what they need to do to improve - and earning credit for gift cards .
Toluna – Been a member for maybe 7 years. They probably send 5-10 emails every day! I usually pick and choose 1-2 only because of decent rewards. For them, 3000 points is $1 so you have to be smart about they surveys. Getting 1,500 points for 20 mins seems ok until you realize it’s only 67 cents! Payout is $20 checks that come 1-2 weeks after you request them. It also takes weeks to get credited for a survey.
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.
It’s a very well-known scam. You cash the check, then they ask you to either wire some of that money back to them as some sort of fee or buy something for them and send the item to them. So, you deposit the check, then wire some cash to them thinking that the check you just deposited will cover that. A few days later, after you already send them the money, the check will bounce and the money you send to them will come out of your own account.