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I have said in previous reviews that I am a member of many survey sites, trying to make a little extra cash as I am sure we all want to do. After doing what seems like lots of surveys I haven't actually recieved payout from many as the payment threshold is usually too high. Acop which stands for American Consumer Opinion Poll is one which I have received money from, all be it only a small amount. It is easy to join, you give your details and then give a profile of yourself so that they can match to appropiate surveys, you then just wait to recieve an email asking you to make part in a survey. This is not dismilar to other sites, they all seem to operate like this. The surveys are relatively short and you get paid in American dollars, which is converted into local currency when they send you a cheque. In 6 months I think I have done 4 surveys, each with a reward of 4 dollars. The payout threshold is also 4 dollars,so everytime I did a survey I put a request in for payout and about 3 weeks later received a cheque for about £2.50 (dependant on exchange rate at the time). So although I have only received about £10 at least it is in my bank account and not in some survey account with an unobtainable payout threshold. I just wish they would send out more surveys as being a member of acop is never going to make anyone rich.
Acop stand for american consumer opinion. This site rewards its memers for taking part in online research. They reward there members for taking part in surveys. Earning by doing surveys is a great way to earn extra money. Most people on the internet no that there are ways to earn from the internet whether it be earning vouchers to a high street shop or money. These days there seems to be a new website popping up everyday saying ways to earn on the internet but by completing online surveys it has to be the easiest way to earn on the internet. The idea of online surveys is an old one and a really good one. To help businesses and services the acop collects information by giving out surveys to its members and then once completed the answers that are given are analysed with the other members answers and then given back to the business or service. Good thing is that your privacy is kept confidential by acop and is not shared with any other third party. It may sound that businesses or services don't really care what the consumer thinks but they really do and indeed companies spend millions of pounds every year to find out what us the consumer thinks. They do as they want to no what we think and to see if there is any way of improving there service or product. To sign up with the acop you have to do is sign up giving a few basic details. This was very easy and I was a member in seconds. You will need a email address which shouldn't be a problem as most people have one. You will need one as this is how they will communicate with you. When a survey is avaliable from acop, they send you an email saying what the survey is about and how long roughly it should take to finish. To start the survey there is a link on the email, click on this link and the survey should begin. Before each survey there is always a screener to see if you are eligible to take part in the survey. The screener consists of questions such as age and what country you live in. Nothing to hard. If you are the target audience the survey is looking for then the survey will begin if your not it will end and say that you are not eliglble to take part in the survey. You earn normally between £2 or sometimes even £25 for a survey. My problem with this site is that the surveys are very infrequent. Sometimes I don't even recieve one invitation a month, which is really bad. If I receive more surveys more often then this survey site would be a lot better. The surveys themselves are fun to do and reward well when they come. Surveys vary in how much they pay you but generally the longer they are the more you are rewarded for. Countries outside the Us and canda they send a cheque to you. To cash out you have to have at least 4 dollars in you account. This is a good thing with the site as it is a very low payout. Rating 6 out of 10 Quite a bad rating only becuase of the frequency the surveys come.
American Consumer Opinion is one of the survey sites that I joined mid last year while trying out various survey sites. The site is free to join and is open to all members i.e international members too. Once you register, you receive a confirmation email which is to verify your email address. You then complete your profile on the site as this is used to match you to future surveys. Then you just have to wait for emails to arrive but unfortunately with ACOP, these are rather few and in my region and with my profile, very few! Each email you get notifies you of the survey length and how much you will be paid for it. Previously payments would be mailed to you via cheque when you completed the survey but in December the site sent out an email saying payments would now be added to the user's account, then one can cash out when they decide to.. You can log onto your account on the site and 'Request Cashout' from the option provided. Payment is made via cheque in your local currency (minimum £2 in ££s) and this is sent to your postal address. Since joining mid last year, I have been paid just £2 for completing one survey. A couple other surveys I have not qualified for and have since received no surveys. I wouldn't recommend this one, maybe US members get more surveys since it's American but not UK or international members... ©marina321 Dooyoo March 2009; Ciao.co.uk March 2009
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I've been a member of this site for about 4 or 5 months now, I get an email from them every 2 or 3 weeks saying there's a survey live. When you click on the link in the email you get taken to the survey page, where you enter your name and email address in order to start the screening questions. ACOP isn't bothered who in your family take their surveys, and they'll normally tell you that the female in your household should take a survey, or the main computer user or what ever. The screening questions take about 1 - 2 mins to complete, and if you qualify you take the survey straight away. I have only ever failed to qualify for a survey once or twice, and if you fail, you are entered into a draw for some consolation $'s. I've done about 8 surveys now, most of which are concerned with my views on potential advertizing campaigns for products like HP Printer Photo Paper to Herbal Essences Shampoo. The surveys are usually multiple choice. You examine the potential advertising campaign, then answer questions while it is fresh in your head. Some surveys involve typing answers in. But in general, there's just a lot of tick boxes and radio buttons to blast through. I'd say the survey's normally take me 5mins to complete now. So far I've recieved 6 x $10 gift cheques, and it seems now like every couple of weeks I get a cheque through the post. These are American Express Gift cheques, and as such are used identically to American Express Travellers Cheques. They can be used anywhere that will take travellers cheques or cashed in at an AMEX strore (If you are very lucky enough to have a store near you!) I've checked with the foreign exchange till at my local barclays bank, and they'd be happy to exchange them too. ACOP is now experimenting with alternate payment systems too, PayPal being one of them. I think maybe, as the site begins to trust your opinions you get more invitations, and possibl y bigger surveys awarding $40 or more. But I've yet to see that. This site is the only one I've seen that lives up to it's promises to pay out money. GoZing surveys got me $4 in about 1 year. Various other sites have made me pennies. But Mrs Anne Parks of ACOP seems to send me 10 bucks every couple of weeks now, for me spending 5 mins of my time answering enjoyable questions. As soon as I have $100, I'm gonna cash my cheques in, and have a damn good night out in town, free of charge. Thank you Anne Parks!!! ------------------ Added 2/10/03 I wrote this review in late august. 2 months have passed since then and I haven't recieved a single survey invitation from APOC.com since then. Money earned from this site has totally dried up.
The American Consumer Opinions Panel (ACOP from now onwards!) is actually the very first survey site I found around 2/3 years ago although my membership completely lapsed when I changed ISP and lost my old email addresses. A year ago I re-found them, signed up again under a different username and promptly ended up with $60 in American Express gift cheques on my doormat within 2 months. How or why I ended up with these is anyone's guess because there was nothing to say why in the envelopes(one for each $10 gift cheque) and nothing on the site, but who cares right? lol I wasn't going to argue. Since then I've received more surveys from the site and more $10 gift cheques as a result. Kinda cool seeing how little you actually have to do to receive them so I thought I'd share the site with you... Firstly, forget the name because the site does NOT just cater for an American audience although as it is based there I would assume their focus is more on that region. They are however, open to participants worldwide and I for one can vouch that they do actually send out surveys to international members(I swear some others say they are open internationally when in fact they have no international clients) and do cough up with the cash once you have earned it as well. It's a somewhat odd means of payment but there ya go, money is money even if it does come in a strange gift cheque with a dollar amount on the face! Just in case any of you are completely naive about all things paid survey based the principle this site and others work along is this: they send you emails inviting you to answer an online survey(you tick boxes and occasionally write something very brief in reply to questions), you do so and they send you cash in one form or another when they have verified you actually bothered doing it properly. Simple really, as I said, money for old rope and £6 for 10-15 minutes opinionating isn't to be sniffed at is it? How Do I G et Involved? Just toddle along to the site, click the ?Join? link and fill out a bunch of probing demographic details. This is the boring bit. You may feel a little uncomfortable over some of the questions asked(I never have) but you can rest assured that all of this remains totally private and is never passed on to either clients of the company or other third party companies. ACOP uses the details you have supplied to target surveys as those who fit their client's demographic requirements but that's as far as it goes, your details are safe. You'll also not find yourself bombarded with spam etc. they only want your details for the reasons mentioned and it's not in their interests to screw over their clients! You'll also need to(and this is important!) provide a VALID email address when you sign up and it has to be one you check regularly or you'll not get the invites. What now? You sit back on your rapidly growing butt(well mine is) and wait. OK, you don't wait, you just carry on about you normal business and in a few days or a few months a survey invitation with arrive in your inbox. This is why you need a valid email address, without it, you'll not be able to take part! All survey companies send out *time sensitive surveys* as well so if you don't check regularly you'll find the date for completion has expired. That's why it needs to be an addy you check regularly. Basically, you snooze, you lose! So don't snooze, but don't sit there expecting surveys to come flooding in either because they won't. One a month is good going from ACOP. If you expect any more then you'll be disappointed. So what are the surveys like? Well, they can be on all kinds of subjects and come in all kinds of formats. I tend to find ACOP sends out traditional surveys of the tickbox format as opposed so some of the other sites which often send out movie trailers for evaluation etc. Generally a survey here will take you 10-15 minutes although there are longer ones and you'll be paid more if it's a very long one. All mine have been $10 surveys which can't be sniffed at for 15 mins of answering questions. ACOP's surveys are nicely laid out and 'painless' and very professional. I've never had a problem completing one of their surveys due to technical errors etc. How do I get paid? As I said, you get paid in American Express gift cheques which I assume you just cash in at an American Express office or foreign exchange thingumy over here seeing as they are in dollars. Personally I visit the US a lot and they go with me and get paid straight over the counter but most of you will be taking a trip out to change them into British squids. You get paid on completion of surveys you qualify for(some are unpaid screeners to see if you fit a more detailed demographic for a later paying survey) and there are also prize draws on site for various cash mounts each month...which is where I assume my stray $60 came from! Payment is $4-$25 apparently dependent upon the length of the survey but mine have always been $10 each. Maybe it's different if you're in the US. The GCs take a while to arrive but arrive they *do* arrive so no complaints there. ...and the catch is? There isn't one. Well maybe that you get gift cheques and need to cash them in at a bureau de change or something but otherwise, no catch, no complaints. Verdict Again, no giving up the day job by signing up with ACOP, no getting rich quick but a few extra pennies in your pocket for doing very little at all. Hey where else can you earn the equivalent of $40-$60 an hour(do the maths) from sitting on your butt in front of a monitor with half an eye on Eastenders(or whatever your televisual poison may be)? I like this site, a few more regular surveys would be nice but they do pay well so i t's easy to let them off for being a little slow to send the cash(it is coming from Texas after all) and for not being hugey prolific with the amount of surveys they do send. If you sign up for the site and expect to be flooded by cash earning surveys you'll be disappointed, it doesn't work like that, but you will get some(5 or 6 a year I qualify for - I get more short screeners though so you may be luckier) and you will get paid. Can't say fairer than that. That address again? http://www.acop.com Want more like this? Visit: http://www.geocities.com/lazycatsurveys for many more international paid surveys.
To put it simply, American Consumer Opinion (or ACOP for short) really works. It's not going to make you a millionaire, you won't be able to give up work, and you probably won't be able to buy a new car unless you do this for a very very very long time. However, it's an enjoyable way of earning a few bucks for something that I for one find quite enjoyable. If you like surveys, and don't mind putting a little effort in once in a while, read on to find out more. If you would rather spend your £100 joining a get-rich-quick program, you can always send it to me instead. I'm a very worthy cause, honest! I joined ACOP alongside many many other "make money on the Internet" programs over a year ago now, as things weren't so good on the bank balance front. Most programs I still have yet to earn even a dollar from, but I was somewhat surprised with what happened with ACOP. I received a screening survey for a survey they were conducting on electronics. Then a couple of days later came an offer in my inbox to join a survey that would be worth $10. So I did, it took about 15 minutes and to be honest thought they would probably send me a cheque it would cost me a fortune to cash, and completely forgot about it. Until a couple of weeks later I got a phone call at work from my partner at home to tell me a letter had arrived for me from Dallas. I thought it was junk mail, it wouldn't have been the first time I'd have received junk mail from abroad, so thought nothing of it. Imagine my surprise when getting home I opened the envelope, and yes you guessed it, it was from a nice lady called Anne Parks at ACOP thanking me for taking part in the survey and enclosing a $10 American Express Voucher. I really wasn't expecting it, and I think I was more excited that I actually had something nice arrive that wasn't a bill. Believe it or not, it wasn't so important that it was $10 but more that I had earned that money, it was a bit like winning a prize and I was all excited! ~ It all sounds so easy ~ Yes, it is, if you like surveys or marketing questionnaires. I know that not everyone does, but if you do, companies are prepared to pay for your thoughts and opinions. Some are more work than others, but they still don't take up too much of your time. In between surveys you may get invites to do short surveys to update your information on their site and screening questionnaires to find participants for upcoming surveys. ~ What kinds of surveys are there? ~ I've had mostly surveys on electronics, and one thing they offered was to come up with a product name for a new drink. They gave you a description and paid you $20 for your suggestions. Not strictly a survey, but we had a fun half hour coming up with names for that one! ~ You mention dollars, but I live in the UK! ~ There is no problem with international membership, although I wonder how many more survey invites I would get if I lived in the US... They pay using American Express Gift Vouchers, which you can use one of two ways (1) Take them to your local Amex or foreign exchange counter and change them into your local currency, or (2) If you're going on holiday to the US take them with you and you can use them to buy goods over the counter directly, thus avoiding changing them into cash at all. I'm saving mine for my next US vacation! ~ Can I make referrals? ~ Sadly you can make recommendations but you don't get any money for these, unlike some sites. Unless you own your own website and sign up as an affiliate. You then earn 30 cents for each new person that signs up, but they say they pay by US cheque in US dollars. I suspect they would pay by real cheque rather than Travellers' Cheque, which is why I never bothered to sign up. However, there's nothing to stop you recommending it to people you know so they can get some money too, eve n if you don't stand to gain financially! ~ What can I earn? ~ Well I've told you what I have earned. They say that all registered members participate in a monthly draw for $250, but I've never won anything from this. Answering their screening questionnaire should also enter you in a draw. Their site says that surveys can generate between $4 and $25, "depending upon the length of the questionnaire and the time it takes to complete it". With one exception, I've earned $10 a time for fairly short questionnaires. ~ How often do they pay out ~ They pay out after every survey you complete, not saving it up in an account like other companies. Obviously it takes some time for mail to reach the UK from Dallas but you can usually expect payment 2-3 weeks after you've done the survey, unless they tell you otherwise on the site or the survey itself. Since their gift vouchers thus far have arrived in $10 denominations, I suspect in the UK we're limited to those surveys that would pay you $10 or $20, rather than the £4 or $25 ones, since they would be difficult to pay in gift vouchers but I could be wrong, it's just a thought... Payment for prize draws are sent within 4 weeks, which could mean you getting something pretty much out of the blue here in the UK. For privacy they do not publish winners names on the site, but equally it doesn't say whether or not you are informed by email first. Would be interested to hear from anyone who has won something how this works, or if you just get some money in the post! ~ Who can join? ~ They say that anyone can join. They welcome participants from all over the world, and we know for a fact the UK is OK. In fact, their website (www.acop.com) is available in 8 different languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish etc. However, they do say that membership of the scheme is limited to one per household and they will refuse membership from extra appli cations, I'm not entirely sure how accurate that is though, but you're probably safest not to chance everyone joining up in the same house! ~Other things ~ They have one of the most helpful FAQs I've seen, explaining clearly how it works, who can join etc, and will generally get back to you on any email queries pretty promptly. They also offer a number of 'fun surveys' on their site which you don't get any recompense for, they're just, erm, fun! So to recap, if you like: a) Filling out surveys b) Earning a bit extra money And don't mind: a) Having to pop to the travel counter to change some money up once in a while b) Having to stay at work until you win the Lottery c) Doing the occasional survey Then joining ACOP could be for you :o)
American Consumer Opinion is, as the name suggests, an American company that pays you to do surveys. The process is very simple. Just register and then sit back and wait for the e-mails from them. They are open to International registration and have a broad based membership. Registration -------------- Click on the registration link and then click on the link “Outside USA”. The registration process does take a bit of time as they ask numerous questions including the names of all other members in your household, gender etc etc. Once you have completed this you will receive e-mail with a URL. Click on the URL and you will then be prompted to enter your e-mail address to finalize the registration process. You are now a member and are ready to receive e-mails from them. Earning Potential --------------------- You will be sent emails periodically containing a screener (short questionnaire) or a survey to complete. Each e-mail will contain a URL and once clicked will take you to the screener or survey page. In the case of the screener this will be a very short survey asking a few questions. You do not earn anything directly by doing a screener. Instead your name is entered into a monthly drawing for cash awards. In the case of the survey you will be taken to another page and you will need to answer all the questions. The surveys make consist of many pages and can take anywhere between 5 minutes to 20 minutes to complete. On average it should not take more than 10 minutes. Make sure you complete the screeners because even though they don’t pay physical cash they will help you get more paying surveys, in the future. You are paid anything between US$4.00 to US$25.00 per survey. The actual payment will depend on the length of the survey. You will be notified, by e-mail, how much you have earned once you have completed each survey. On average you should expect to receive US$ 10.00 per survey. As an international member they have indicated that you could expect a minimum of one survey a month. Occasionally it could be two or three a month. If this is the case then the earning potential is quite good. All payments are sent out every four weeks, despite the amount you have earned. Your cheque will be sent in the form of American Express Gift. This is ideal because cashing these cheques does not involve very high bank charges. My overall impression is that this looks pretty good. We would have the watch the overall performance over a period of time and see if they will be able to maintain the minimum one survey per month. I personally think that this one is very worthwhile giving a go. After all the only time you waste is for the registration process. After that you just have to sit back and wait until you receive your first survey. There’s really nothing to lose. American Consumer Opinion is accessible at: www.acop.com
Some Dooyooers have already been paid by aCop and it sounds quite lucrative. One person said that they had received $10 (about £6) for filling out a drinks survey. This is an American Consumer Opinion site that claims to have a worlwide network of participants. Joining up is much like signing up for anything else. Just fill in the form making sure you enter your correct address details so that you can get paid. Membership is free and you will be automatically entered into monthly draws for $250 cash. Each time you fill out a survey form you will receive cash, gifts, free samples or chances to win cash prizes. There is a list of cash prize winners on the site. It seems that UK members really do get paid from this site, although I believe it takes at least 21 days as the site is US based. It's worth joining up and trying this out, I have!
I filled in a survey for this American opinion company to test whether opinions really pay. It was a survey on a popular liquor and to be honest I did not think I would get any money but a month later I received a gift voucher redeemable in the UK for $10. $10 is only about £6 but for under half an hours work it is well worth it. Acop seem very willing to answer queries regarding their service and were always reasonably quick in responding to submitted enquiries. I am very pleased with this service and will continue to participate in surveys by the company as long as they ask me.
American site, that pays cash($) and entry in prize draws for good prizes. You can also get free products, but as this is an American survey site, these will almost always not come your way. The main part of reimbursement for the time to do surveys here is prize entry, and the prizes are very good, with sometimes lost of them. not that I've won anything yet, but you live in hope... I guess compared to something like globaltestmarket this isn't as good for UK people, as it is a US site and mainly prizes rather than paying hard cash or credits which can be redeemed for products online. But if you are into this kind of thing, it's a useful addition to your portfolio.