American Consumer Opinion (ACOP)

by Mei Lynn last updated on February 26, 2014 32 comments

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Loading ... Loading ... ACOPAmerican 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.

Join American Consumer Opinion – (World Wide,  Minimum 14 years old )

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

My Review

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.

American Consumer Opinion Panel 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!

Join American Consumer Opinion (WorldWide)

Scam Warning

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

32 Comments

  1. mlynn says:

    I might just got into the 4-day “food diary” project/survey, will be recording meals for four days, $8 plus a sweepstakes!:)

  2. mlynn says:

    I just cashed out again, this time I request be paid via Paypal. I will update when I receive the payment. They say it might take one to three weeks after they approve the payment request.

    • mlynn says:

      I received the Paypal payment on April 23. So that’s about two weeks. Not bad at all!

  3. mlynn.admin says:

    I am getting more surveys from American Consumer Opinion panel lately.

  4. Golgotha says:

    Update – I receive 1-2 surveys a month and qualify for 1 every other month. Not as good as it was in 2011 for me, but I’m not doing them as much as I was in 2011. I haven’t had any problems with them.

  5. mlynn.admin says:

    Received this email on March 7, 2012…

    We have released the new American Consumer Opinion® website! In addition to the new look and feel of the site, we have made some changes based on research among our Members.

    There will no longer be drawings for a chance to win cash prizes when you complete a screening survey. Now you will be paid Points for every screener or survey you complete. Points will range from 10 to 50 Points for screeners or screening surveys, and 100 Points to 5,000 Points or more for longer surveys. Any time you complete any type of survey with American Consumer Opinion®, you will get paid!

    To explain more about Points-one Point equals a penny. A hundred Points equals a dollar. You can redeem Points for cash (PayPal or check mailed to you), or you can donate your Points to a worthy charity.

    You can cash out when your Member Account equals at least 1,000 Points (ten U.S. dollars), the same as always, as long as you follow the rules in our Terms and Conditions.

    Because of these changes, we have recently updated the Terms and Conditions for the American Consumer Opinion® panel. Please click here if you wish to review them.

    With this change, you will accumulate Points in your Member Account rapidly. Thanks for being a member of American Consumer Opinion®.

    Sincerely,
    Anne Parks

  6. EDWIN PEREZ says:

    deseo saber como puedo formar parte de esta organizacion, soy de ecuador, latinoamerica

  7. kdfamily says:

    I’ve been with them for almost a year and as the name suggests their surveys are geared to Americans, not Canadians. I’ve received 2 screeners in the time I’ve been a member and didn’t qualify for either one. There are better sites out there. :sad:

  8. Golgotha says:

    Update – I receive 1-3 surveys a month and qualify for about 1 every other month. The same as it was in 2010. I have no problems with them.

  9. Stevo says:

    I feel you all have been brainwashed. I have been doing these “surveys” for a few years now, and am sick of them. IN NO WAY DOES IT REFLECT TRUE CONSUMER OPINION! The questionaires are leading are only designed to help these corporation find better ways to target the end user. There is never an avenue in these surveys to state that many of these, like online poker, are a waste of time, and how some products are pure junk food and should never be eaten. (my “opinion”, but they don’t want to know that). All the answers are pre-selected for you with no space for comment. Again, it is just a method to help large corporations with profile marketing.

  10. Golgotha says:

    Update – I receive 1-3 surveys a month and qualify for 1 every other month. I have received the payment within 3-4 weeks. I haven’t had any problems with them.

  11. JeffB says:

    I signed up with about 10 survey sites, and this is one of the better ones. Just wish they sent more surveys. I completed an easy 4-day survey on snack foods recently for $8. It’s the only survey I’ve had so far but looking forward to filling out more in the future.

  12. Lee says:

    I’ve been with them a year and just started receiving regular surveys in the past few months. Before that, I might get one every few months. I would log in once a month or so just to let them know I was still available. The surveys pay well and they also send little home projects.

  13. Terez says:

    I joined many, many months ago and have never received a survey!

  14. Golgotha says:

    We just completed another 4 day diary.

  15. Golgotha says:

    We just recieved in the mail to do a 4 day diary. The incentive is $8. Kind of low for a 4 day diary.

  16. ritu says:

    friends, i am from india and i joined acop almost a year before but got just one screener yet, neither knows that i qualified that one nor knows that where to find more surveys..

    seeking help!! :sad:

  17. willwong111 says:

    I’ve joined American Consumer Panel for about 2 months now and I have yet receive any rewards. They don’t often have surveys for you, and they often send out screeners before you are actually taking a cash survey. I think that’s a good thing because you won’t be wasting your time completely a short screener. Overall, I think this is a great site and is nice to join in case that you do qualify. I recommend joining, but don’t hope to receive payments soon.

  18. Golgotha says:

    Cashed out again.
    This site is in my top 10 best. :-)

  19. J.B. Peterson says:

    :D :D Please sign up J.B. Peterson for ACOP activity. Will add you to my favorites list.[quote name=Diane]:-) Yes, I’ve been with them for nearly a year now and they have interesting surveys, great product testing and decent paid surveys. Definitely worthwhile.[/quote]

  20. Diane says:

    :-) Yes, I’ve been with them for nearly a year now and they have interesting surveys, great product testing and decent paid surveys. Definitely worthwhile.

  21. Mei says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You can click the link above, and I will get credit for referral. Thanks! :-)

  22. medicswife2002 says:

    Hi, I’m going to join this one but see they’ll give credit to someone if I get referred. So, please, someone PM me a ref link and I’ll wait till I get it to sign up then. Thanks!

  23. Erica Gayle Tacras says:

    ACOP doesn’t have a separate user portal like other market research sites but they definitely send your check to you. Arrival checks may take up to a month or two but you’ll definitely receive them. Great so far!

  24. Charee says:

    ACOP sent me an email about two weeks ago, that they are now allowing you to build up your rewards and then cash out. This is good, because I will make less trips to the bank!

  25. Mei says:

    I remember did one of those food diary also… :D

  26. Mei says:

    That was great Brain, Congrats! :D

  27. Golgotha says:

    I just finished a 2 part survey. It was for $25. :-)

  28. Mei says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks you for your thoughtfulness! :-) I appreciate it very much!

  29. Michelle says:

    I found your websight online and I was regestering for a survey company and it asked if you were refered. I would like to enter your referal info so you could get credit. May I please get your info so you can get the credit? :D

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