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Pinecone Research: One of my Top Survey Sites…

(Updated May 2017)

My days of joining handfuls of survey sites are long gone. Pinecone Research
is one of the sites I joined some years ago and is one of the few I’ve remained with.

It’s one of the best survey sites around in my opinion and experience.

The surveys I receive are far from frequent (some folks get more. Depends on demographics). However, I’ve never had a survey from them that I haven’t qualified for.

Surveys usually last 10-15 mins and I usually get paid two to four days afterwards via PayPal.

How to join?

Well it’s a bit tricky as you can’t join directly through their site. For that, Pinecone tends to recruit via invitation-only or via banner ads placed on other sites. The banners are also placed randomly, so there really isn’t one site that can be pinpointed. However, you might have some luck if you try one of the following:

i) do a Google search for “Pinecone Research banner”.

ii) check the MoneySavingExpert forum (the Up Your Income section). On there, forum members sometimes post links to Pinecone banner ads they come across.

iii) this is one of the demographics Pinecone is currently looking for. If you live in the U.S. and:

    – you are male (18 upwards)

    – or between 18 and 24 years old (male/female/any ethnicity)

    – or Hispanic (male/female/18 upwards)

You can apply here.

How much does Pinecone Research pay?

For UK members, £3 per survey. US members, $3 per survey.

And how does it pay?

For UK members, it’s via PayPal or giftcard. For US members, it’s via PayPal, cheque or giftcard. I prefer PayPal payments as it gives me more flexibility in terms of what to spend it on, so that’s how I request payment.

How long does it take to receive payment?

The great thing about Pinecone is that unlike several survey sites, you don’t have to reach a minimum payout figure to receive payment. Once you complete a survey, the payment is processed the next business day. PayPal payments take 3-5 days to reach your PayPal account. I don’t know how long cheques or giftcards take as I’ve never requested one. However, if all payments are processed the next working day, then I suppose it’d take around the same time as a giftcard.

How frequently are surveys sent out?

I think it really depends on each individual’s income/status/background and what a particular survey is looking for. I’m female, single, in my 40s, with no children. I used to get one or two surveys every month. They’ve gotten less frequent over the past year or so. Sometimes I don’t get something for a few months, and sometimes I get two in one month. You might get more, you might get less.

Other stuff…

 – Only ONE MEMBER PER HOUSEHOLD can join Pinecone Research.

 – At times, you’ll be asked to complete a short survey. Usually doesn’t take more than 5 mins to complete. They send it to find out more information about you in order to establish what surveys to send to you in the future.

– Sometimes, Pinecone sends out products for testing (with your permission, of course). I never thought I’d be privy to that, but it’s happened twice and was enjoyable.

– After testing the product, you also get paid for completing a followup survey for it.

Couple of tips for ya…

– When you first join, Pinecone will send you a survey. It’s important you complete that first survey.

– Though Pinecone’s surveys are about different products, the format of their surveys tend to be the same. Once you get used to the rhythm of that, it makes taking them much easier.

In conclusion, my lord…

I don’t really enjoy doing surveys and admire those who do. Pinecone Research, however, is one of the few survey sites within my tolerance level. The surveys don’t take that long, the pay isn’t bad, and I don’t have to wait ages to reach payout before I see my money. Win-win situation all round, methinks! Plus, getting the odd product through the post makes me feel a bit special 🙂

GlobalTestMarket: Review…

(May 2017 – please bear in mind that this review was written in 2008. Some things, I suspect, have changed with GlobalTestMarket, so please do your own research before deciding to join. One thing I do know is that they now pay via PayPal and the minimum payout is now lower.)

(it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so here goes… and a one, a two, a one, two, three, four…)

In a nutshell, is a program that pays you to complete online surveys.

As far as I know, the program is open to most countries including: UKUS, Australia and Singapore.


Now I don’t have the foggiest clue when I joined it, but it feels like quite a while (like before Brad and Angelina were a sopple – no misspelling – ‘sopple’ means ‘soppy couple’. I’ve been going through an ‘invent a ridiculous word’ phase recently. Another word invented by yours truly: tinyminutinisationism. The art of tiny.)


For every survey you attempt to complete, you get a certain number of ‘marketpoints’. I say ‘a certain’ because they really can vary. Sometimes, I get invited to a survey that can earn me b/w 5-35 points. Sometimes, it’s b/w 5-50 (and even higher, but never lower than 5. 5 is the absolute minimum). (UPDATE – JAN ’10: Marketpoints seem to have decreased to 30-35 points max per survey.)


5 cents.


If you try to complete a survey and you don’t qualify, you’ll get rewarded 5 marketpoints (worth 25 cents) each time, (UPDATE – JAN ’10: This no longer exists; instead, if you don’t qualify, you get a free entry to a prize draw.)


It depends on where you live. It also depends on the ‘profile surveys’ you complete (i.e., telling GlobalTestMarket more about yourself so that they can better determine your eligibility for certain surveys.)

I’m in the UK. I used to delete a lot of the surveys they used to send me ‘cos, to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered. I also had a job in the offline world that paid well. When I started taking the program a bit more seriously and actually attempted most of the surveys I received, they seemed to send more. I also noticed that when I surpassed the halfway mark, I’d start getting about 2-3 surveys a day, almost as if they were willing me to reach payout.


Once you’ve accumulated 1000 points. You can then exchange it for a cheque worth $50. The cheque will be sent in your local currency. However, if you live in the following countries: Lithuania, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine …it’ll be sent in US dollars.


– it might have a high payout threshold, but it does mean you get a bigger chunk once you reach it

– the surveys are far from boring. I’ve been sent a couple of films and videos to survey which have been cool.


– it can take a while to reach payout.

– it can take anywhere b/w 4-6 weeks for the cheque to arrive if you live in the US, and 6-8 weeks if you’re outside the US.

– it would be great if they could pay via Paypal.


– do make sure your name in their ‘Account Details’ section is the same as you’d like it to appear on your cheque.

– as tedious as it may seem, try and complete all profile surveys as it might increase the number of surveys you get. I found that it didn’t make a difference for me as I’d only ever completed 3 and I still reached payout. However, there’s no harm in completing all of them.

VERDICT’IONARY (here she goes again with the word playing. Arrest her, officer. This instant. Handcuff her. Spank her. Feed her ice cream. Til she begs for a chocolatexorcism.)

I’ve read mixed revireviewreviewews about GlobalTestMarket. Some complained they hardly ever received surveys (or qualified for them), while others said the company had given excuse after excuse when they’d reached payout (and subsequently didn’t pay up).

I’ve reached payout, so we’ll see.


If you do join, do come back and let me know how it’s going for you.

Big Mama has left the building…

Miss Eb.



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  • You-Cubez: a month on…

    (p.s.: it might help if you read Part 1 and 2 first before reading this part)

    You-Cubez is not a moneymaker by a long shot (that’s not its primary focus). But it will get you traffic if that’s what you’re looking for. After Google, I’ve been getting most of my traffic from You-Cubez.

    A couple of tips that might prove useful to you:

    – Even with a broadband connection, You-Cubez can run really really really slow at times. The good news is that they’re upgrading their servers very soon, so hopefully that should speed things up a bit.

    – when you’re doing paid clicks, you have to click on the ‘Click Me Now’ button quite quickly or else a ‘Too Late’ response will appear and you don’t get any credit. (update: that doesn’t happen anymore – take your time)

    – I’ve found upgrading to premium membership is worth it as I get double what I’d normally get (for e.g., rather than getting £1 in cube funds for every referral that becomes a member, I get £2). I upgraded to Premium just to test it out. I haven’t spent a penny buying it, but have sourced it via paid clicks and completing offers. I’ll probably do it again next month if I have enough cube funds.

    – On the subject of completing offers, I’ve had a couple of times where I’ve assumed I’ve done everything required only to be told that I haven’t. The first time it happened, I went back and forth with You-Cubez via email and they decided to approve it as a goodwill gesture (which was nice of them to do). However, it’s happened a few more times and I’m sure on those occasions, I’ve done everything to the letter. I’ve chosen not to chase it up as more times than not, my offers have been approved. I also can’t be bothered, either – don’t think it’s worth it. But it’s something for you to watch out for if you choose to complete offers. Keep a record of all the emails you receive when you complete an offer just to back yourself up should it become a problem in the future (and should you decide to chase it up with You-Cubez).

    – Though my cube is worth £96 and I can sell it for that amount if I choose, the chances are I won’t get it for that. I went through the list of cubes people have sold in the past and the most someone’s sold theirs for is £49. That was last year. This year, the most has been around £30. There is no direct correlation between how much a cube is worth and how much it’s been sold for. The one that was sold for £49 was worth £109 and the one sold for £30 was worth £1976.00. So I guess it might depend on demand and luck.



    I plan on sticking with You-Cubez for a bit longer, particularly because it’s getting me traffic. Also, once I figured out how it worked, I found I didn’t need to spend as much time on it. I’m on it for 10/15 minutes most days and that’s it, so it’s no significant dent in my day.


    Have a fantastic weekend, y’all …sugar it brown.


    You Cubez – part 2…

    (If you haven’t already, read Part 1 first)

    I’ve gotta admit – You Cubez is taking quite a bit of getting my head around – there’s a lot to it – but the more I use it, the more (I think) I understand it.

    I’ve tried to write this review as clearly as I can – I hope it clarifies rather than confuses.


    You Cubez is a way of advertising your website (via a purchased cube). It’s also a way to earn money along the way. (If you’d like to read about the program from an advertising angle, read this post. I’ll be concentrating on the money-earning aspect).

    Now, there are 3 things to bear in mind when using You Cubez:

    – Cube Funds
    – Account Funds (under the title ‘Account Balance’)
    – Real Cash (under the title ‘Your Earnings’)

    which are distinct from each other.


    Cube Funds isn’t real cash. It’s what You Cubez rewards you with for completing certain tasks. The tasks that reward you with Cube Funds include: getting referrals, logging in, your referrals logging in, clicking other people’s cubes, etc.

    So, for instance:

    – you get £1’s worth of Cube Funds for every 50 unique people that visit through your referral link. (p.s.: they don’t have to join up)
    – you get £1 for each visitor that decides to join up through you
    – for every 30 logins you or your referrals make to You Cubez, you get £1 in Cube Funds (limited to 1 unique login a day per person)
    – for every 100 Cubez you click, you get £1 (limited to 20 unique cubez a day)

    …and the rewards go on…

    What I like about this is that you’re rewarded for just about everything you do on the program.


    – you can add your Cube Funds to any cubes you’ve already purchased or might purchase. So, for instance, if you buy a £1 cube, and you’ve accumulated £5’s worth of Cube Funds, your cube will be worth £6 and will be in front of someone else’s of less value, therefore making yours more noticeable on the grid of cubes (i.e., sites) displayed.


    That’s where the Account Funds come in. Let me explain…

    (p.s.: oh, and read no 3 below to find out the money-making potential of Cube Funds)

    2) ACCOUNT FUNDS (Account Balance)

    Whereas Cube Funds enable you to top up the value of your cube, Account Funds allow you to purchase cubes. You can build up your Account Funds by signing up for offers which reward you with Cube Funds AND Account Funds.

    I told myself I wasn’t gonna spend a penny on You Cubez. And I didn’t. By completing offers, I was able to buy my own cube without forking out my own money. Examples of offers you can complete include joining other sites like Pigsback, Toluna, Ipsos, Lightspeed, etc. There are about 20 offers on there – some are only applicable to US or UK residents, but about half can be completed by everyone.

    So, for example, for the first offer I completed, I received £12 in Cube Funds and £0.40 in my Account Funds. The more offers I did, the more Cube & Account Funds I got, until I had enough Account Funds to buy my own cube (£1) .

    3) REAL CASH…

    Real Cash comes in two ways:

    a) Via a commission cut of any new cubes your referrals buy (I haven’t gotten my head around this bit, yet).


    b) when you sell your cube (to another member). Remember all those Cube Funds you’ve been piling onto your cube? That’s the only time your Cube Funds potentially becomes real money. So if you have £20’s worth of Cube Funds on your cube, you can sell your cube for £20 or less.

    (Update: there’s now a 3rd way. If you have premium membership, you get real cash when you click on the cubes that have the tap icon over them. It’s not much, probably a penny or less per click, but it can build up.)


    I joined last Thursday and so far, I’ve made:

    Cube Funds: £58
    Account Funds: £2.58
    Real Cash: £0.15


    Cube funds: I used all my Cube Funds on my cube, so my cube’s now worth £59 (£58 + the £1 I bought it for). I could, therefore, potentially put it up for sale for £59. Whether I’d actually be able to sell it for that much is another.

    Account funds: I used £1 to buy a cube so I have £1.58 left. I’m doing more offers to build it up to £2 as I want to try their Premium membership for a month. You get twice the benefits on that. I wanna see how it works.

    Real Cash: Though I’ve only made £0.15, the minimum payout is lower (£2) on the Premium membership, compared to the £5 min payout for the Standard membership I’m currently on.

    MY 2 CENTS…

    I’m rather cynical at the best of times when I check a program out – waiting for them to prove they’re the fuckers I suspect they are (which they sometimes are) ’til proven otherwise.

    But I have to say You Cubez has kept my interest so far. I find it intriguing and even though I’m finding it a bit mind-boggling, I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to figure it out. I can’t say I’ll necessarily stick with the program in the medium/long term, but I’ll hang around for now.

    (read final part of review here)

    MissEb (she thinks. she farts. she scores.)

    You Cubez: Hmm, let’s see what ya made of…

    I joined a site today called You Cubez. I joined ‘cos this lil big missy here was kinda curious! I’ll be writing a full(er) review on it soon when I’ve gotten my head around how it works. So far, what I know about it is this:

    – There are several cubes per page. Quite colourful, actually!

    – Each cube represents someone’s website

    – You can buy your own cube for your own site (not compulsory though. I haven’t bought one.)

    – Joining up was super-duper easy

    – I’m assuming they’re British-based ‘cos everything’s in pounds. Being paid in pounds works better for me.

    – The program’s open to international users – however, some offers are only exclusive to UK or US residents.

    – They’ve already paid me £0.25 ($0.5) for joining up.

    – There are cubes with what looks like taps on them. If you click on those, you get paid (not too sure how much yet).

    – You also get paid for completing certain tasks. These vary but the one I did paid me £0.40 ($0.80) plus ‘£12 cube funds’. What the ‘cube funds’ mean, I’m not entirely sure. Will fill you in when I find out.

    – Minimum payout is £10 (£5 for premium members). (update: it’s now gone down to £6. £3 for premium members)

    – They pay via Paypal. (update: They’ve included AlertPay)


    SO FAR…

    I’ve spent about an hour on it and have £0.67 in my account balance and £12 ‘cube funds’. (I’ve since logged off as big momma has other work to do).

    We’ll see how it goes.

    (Read part 2 of the review)

    Laters, y’all. Hug ya shadow.

    I’m out…