I was intrigued when I first came across the American Consumers Panels so like you I was wondering what the scam was or is it possibly legit? So I decided to look more into it with a review.
My review will be broken down into the following areas:
- What is American Consumers Panel
- How American Consumers Panel works the nuts and bolts
- Is ACP a scam or legit?
- A Time Tested Method That Will Bring In The Cash
What is the American Consumer Panels?
According to their site the American Consumer Panels business model is to operate as a consulting firm specializing in product testing and product development work.
By utilizing in home usage testing (IHUT) they are said to provide actual product use feedback to aid in product development.
I was totally on board with this thinking, since I have, in the past taken part in many paid focus groups in my area for mostly new food items. These groups sometimes consisted of 6-8 people which paid higher amount. But most times they were a large group 30-50 that were tasked with tasting different variations of a food product and answering questions about each sample.
To take 30 minutes to taste some food and give your opinion you were paid $25. Easy work! Not gonna get rich doing this but hey free food and spending money…what’s not to like?
The Consumer Panels Opportunity
So the opportunity pitch is that you apply for an “in home usage tester” where you will be sent products to try out and provide feedback about. Most times but not always you will be able to keep the product that you are testing out.
The hours are 15- 20 hours per week and the pay averages between $25 and $45 per hour. The position has very simple requirements in order to be considered for the position:
So far sounds good right? Well, then I did a bit of digging around. First I saw a whole bunch of negative reviews on Glassdoor.com about a sort of bait and switch operation.
It looks like a bunch of people were directed to sign up at at least 2 different survey sites as a first step. After they did this they were then bombarded with a whole mess of spam emails.
I though ok so maybe these were just people that had a bad experience with this company. So I looked at their FAQ section.
According to the frequently asked questions section they state that they use Consumer Research companies (the survey sites) to gather your consumer profile data. They also go on to say that your potential employer is American Consumer Panels and not the Consumer Research companies.
Also they say that ” testing projects arise less frequently than market research surveys”. This was a HUGE red flag for me. I have signed up for survey sites many many years ago and was spammed endlessly until my computer was infected with a virus which I never was able to clear off my computer.
They go on to say that if you are interested in becoming a product tester it is recommended that you create profiles with several consumer research companies (survey sites). All of this information mind you is found in their FAQ section of the site.
Needless to say I did not apply to be a product tester. One last thing I did find was the following disclosure:
This makes me believe that this site is driving traffic to these sites for a commission or kickback of some sort. Just sayin’.
Scam or legit
I can’t say for sure if the American Consumers Panels is a Scam or not since I did not follow through and apply to be a product tester. The risk for me was just too great.
Personally I think that a legit company would have its’ own method of vetting people that they want to work with. If they are really gathering your consumer profile by utilizing these survey sites why couldn’t they gather this information from you directly? This method just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Conclusion/Recommendation Regarding The American Consumers Panel In Home Tester Position
Too many red flags to ignore or justify. I would stay away from this site or you can take your chances of getting inundated with spammy emails and maybe even a nice virus for your computer.
To be fair to them I also saw some good reviews on the Glassdoor.com site however they seemed a bit contrived or a bit too good if you know what I mean. I don’t know if they are fake or not but either way the numerous bad reviews far outweighed the good.
Hopefully this quick review saved you from the frustration of signing up for a program that you thought was one thing but turned out to be another