American Consumer Opinion (ACOP)
American Consumer Opinion (ACOP) is a online survey panel, owned and operated by Decision Analyst, Inc., a major international marketing research firm headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the United States. American Consumer Opinion is made up of consumers worldwide who have agreed to participate in the paid opinion survey panel.
Is American Consumer Opinion Legit or Scam?
First thing first I want to make it clear – American Consumer Opinion is LEGIT, not a scam or fraud. In fact, it is one of the top online paid survey panels. I have been a member of ACOP since 2007 and has been paid by them many times.
American Consumer Opinion Rewards
- American Consumer Opinion panel members earn points for taking online surveys. When you accumulate 1000 points, you will be able to redeem your points for $10 cash (Via Paypal) or donate them to a charity. One Point is equivalent to one penny. Therefore, for every 100 Points, the value is equal to one dollar. (100 points = $1).
- Whenever you complete a survey, you will receive 100 to 5,000 Points, depending on the length of survey. For screeners (very short surveys to determine if you qualify) you will receive 5 to 50 Points.
Who Can Join American Consumer Opinion?
- Minimum Age Required to Join: 14+ years old
- Open to Countries/Regions: Worldwide, ALL Countries
I generally receive about 3-4 surveys per month from American Consumer Panel. Typically I receive a “screener” (short questionnaire) survey first (screener” surveys are used to determine if you qualify for the longer paid surveys) and if I qualify for the survey, I will receive a long questionnaire which will offers more points. I really like their recent change that you will get points for answering the screeners.
For the surveys I qualify I usually earn $4 – $5 (now is 400 – 500 points) which is really good. I found myself more willing to answer their screeners now cause I still earn something even if I disqualify.
ACOP’s surveys are usually not long and interesting and I never had technical problems with them. I like their product testing surveys, and have had a couple of high paying/focus groups opportunities, but unfortunately did not qualify.
American Consumer Opinion is a legitimate company and they always pay members in a timely manner – I usually receive cash payment in the form of check within 3-4 weeks. Following is one of the payment checks (image, click to enlarge) I received from them. Now they also has Paypal payment option. Currently I am 900 points, 100 points short for cash out, I will update this review regarding their Paypal payment.
Conclusion: Do you recommend American Consumer Opinion?
Absolutely Yes. American Consumer Opinion is one of the highly reputable market research companies and I definitely recommend it!
There are scammers using American Consumer Opinion’s name to scam people. It’s the typical mystery shopper check scam. If you receive a check (usually a big amount from “American Consumer Opinion” asking you to deposit the check and wire part of the money back) – DO NOT CASH THE CHECK! – American Consumer Opinion has posted warning on their website like this:
A fraudulent Canadian company is using the American Consumer Opinion® name to mail counterfeit checks for thousands of dollars, instructing you to deposit the check and then wire part of the money back to them. The company falsely claims the money you wire will go towards your training to become a mystery shopper. This is a criminal and illegal scam. Do not attempt to cash or deposit the check. Do not wire any money to anyone. Membership in American Consumer Opinion® is always free.
If you have received a letter or email with similar information to the one described above, the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO) recommends the following:
- DO NOT attempt to cash or deposit the check (if the check has already been deposited, you should alert your bank immediately)
- DO NOT send any money to Western Union or Money Gram
- Contact your local post office, your state consumer protection agency (Visit www.naag.org for a list of state Attorneys General), and your local Western Union or Money Gram office
- Consider filing a complaint to the FTC via its website