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American Consumer Opinion

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Type of Business: Paid Surveys
Skill Level Needed: none
Income Potential: $10+ per month
Recommended: No

American Consumer Opinion – Business Review

American Consumer Opinion, found at, is a survey panel created by Decision Analyst in 1986 as a mail survey panel which went online in 1996. Decision Analyst has an A+ rating with the better Business Bureau, which is a positive sign.

It is free to join American Consumer Opinion, and despite the name they are open to members from all over the world. The compensation system is point-based, with 100 points equaling $1.  You must have 1,000 points ($10) to “cash out”.  You can be paid by check or a deposit into your Paypal account, or you can choose to donate your earnings to a charity.

One aspect of American Consumer Opinion that is different from some paid survey companies is they do not actually post surveys on their site, rather company vice-president Ann Parks will email you a link to the web address of the survey.

For all surveys you qualify for and complete, you will receive 100-5,000 points.  If you receive a “screener” (a shorter survey consisting of 20 questions or less), you will receive 10-50 points.  It is advised to complete the screeners as well, as those typically update your profile so you can get more full survey opportunities. 

Also, for everyone you refer who becomes a panelist with American Consumer Opinion you get an entry into a monthly drawing for 5,000 points.  (Frankly, that compensation appears to be on the low end as far as referrals go.)

It appears most people who signed up and became panel members with American Consumer Opinion are pleased with the amount of money they get paid per survey.  If there is an issue with this company, it is often that they simply do not get many survey opportunities, or they don’t qualify for many. 

This is a common complaint in the industry, and to American Consumer Opinion’s credit they do say in their FAQ section you could expect so receive several survey invitations a year.  Depending on your individual demographic, you could of course get many more.

Another program American Consumer Opinion has is an affiliate marketing program.  In this program you put their banner on your own website, and for everybody that clicks on the banner and signs up with American Consumer Opinion you get 50 cents.

In just over 15 years of being online, American Consumer Opinion has grown to having over 8 million panelists from around the world, and it is a legitimate company.  Nobody can make a living doing online surveys only.

However, if you are looking for a way to make a very small amount of money with a survey company, or looking to sign up with additional survey companies to make more money, American Consumer Opinion appears to be just as valuable as most reputable survey companies. Otherwise, we don’t recommend it.

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I have been with American Consumer Opinion for years. It is true as far as not having many survey opportunities, or not qualify for many of the surveys. I am thinking of cancelling them soon, not sure yet.

I’ve been a member for many years. Over the last year ACOP has become slower and slower in paying out timely when you cash out. Last quarter I had to file a Better Business complaint to obtain a $45 payment. They were once a good company but there was some sort of administrative change and they’ve gone steadily downhill. After all these years with them I am seriously considering calling it quits. It’s not worth the hassle of trying to get paid.

I signed up for this. I stopped the process when they asked me for the names and DOBs of my children. Since them I’ve received almost daily survey requests. I’ve us subscribed ateast 20 times but the emails don’t stop. I wouldn’t recommend anyone sign up.

I had to file a BBB complaint with them. It took forever to receive my payment. They used to pay out quick….I don’t know what happened. Hopefully, they will return to the way they used to be but for right now I cannot recommend them.

Cannot – Will not Recommend them!! They were pretty good initially but they have progressively gotten worse. Super long payout time and unresponsive customer service.

They deleted my account which had an $100 balance just before Christmas when I had planned to cash out. I’d had that account for years. Since they failed to respond to my three requests to restore the account, I’m going to report them to Fort Worth BBB and the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) as well.


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