We spent many hours researching and writing this American Consumer Panels review. It is our hope that this American Consumer Panels review will help you determine if this company is a scam or legit opportunity.
What Is American Consumer Panels?
American Consumer Panels provides product testing and product development for consumer products.
They work with a variety of companies to gather feedback on their products. They do this through In-Home Usage Testing by using their product testers recruited from their website.
What Companies Use American Consumer Panels?
According to the American Consumer Panels website, they do product testing for a wide range of companies such as:
and a host of other companies as well.
How Does American Consumer Panels Work?
For companies looking to have market research performed the process looks like this:
- New Product Ideation
- Concept Evaluation And Validation
- Product Definition
- Experience Definition
- Product Positioning and Marketing
- Launch of Product
- Product Evaluation
In-Home Product Testers
American Consumer Panels hires in house product testers to provide feedback on products. Anyone can apply to become a product tester.
How To Become A Product Tester
You can apply to be a product tester from the American Consumer Panels website. There is no cost to apply.
The application process starts with a detailed consumer profile. You will go through a series of consumer research questionnaires. This will help build your profile to determine which products you may be able to test.
Once you create your profile, consumer research companies will build your detailed profile.
You may not hear back from American Consumer Panels right away. If you do not hear back within 3 weeks, it may mean your profile has not matched any projects.
Not all applicants will be hired. If you do not hear back after 3 weeks, it could mean you were to accepted into the program.
What Happens After You Qualify?
Once you qualify to become a product tester, companies will send you products to test at home.
You will need to complete surveys and questionnaires to provide feedback on products.
These will go back to the company as market research. This helps them understand what things they need to do before they go to market.
Once the product testing has ended, you will get paid.
Main Duties As A Product Tester
You will need to sign and send back non-disclosure agreements. You must do this before products the company send the products.
When you receive the product(s), you must take care of the products and use them carefully.
Follow the daily schedule that’s included with each product. This may include tasks such as:
- reading instructions
- online feedback
- using the product for a certain period of time
- write reviews
- taking pictures of products
You will need to document your in-home usage. This may include audio recordings, videos, journals, and photos.
Attend Skype meetings or conference calls. This happens 2 to 3 times per week and you get paid by the hour for this as well.
You may need to use “MFour’s Mobile In-Home Use Test Technology” for some projects.
You can do most product testing will at home. Occasionally, you may need to visit the client for training. You will also get paid for this by the hour.
There may be times when you must chat in a private chat room. The market research group will run the group.
You will be required to write reviews and possibly do a video review using the product.
How Much Money Can You Make As A Product Tester?
According to the website, product testers will make from $25 to $45 per hour. This depends on the project.
They also guarantee that you will work 15 to 20 hours per week. This is a part time position.
You will get paid after you complete each assignment.
Payment will be by check or direct deposit.
What Others Are Saying In Their American Consumer Panels Review
To help us write this American Consumer Panels review, we scoured the internet. We were looking to see what other product testers had to say about this company.
The only place we could find product testers posting an American Consumer Panels review was on Glassdoor.com.
At the time of this writing, Glassdoor.com had 64 people who posted an American Consumer Panels review.
The overall rating was a 3.6 out of 5 stars at the time of this writing.
Scam And Spam
Several product testers that posted an American Consumer Panels review called it a scam. Their main complaint was they did not get projects as promised. Instead, they received surveys from companies asking for surveys with rewards. American Consumer Panels gave the info to these companies.
Other product testers said that all the company wants is your info so they can then spam you.
So the consensus by those that left an American Consumer Panels review is that it is a “scam” and they “spam” you.
Our Experience With American Consumer Panels
To put this American Consumer Panels review to the test, we applied to become a product tester on February 21, 2018, and again on November 13, 2018.
After we completed the short questionnaire, we came to a page where we had to join two survey sites.
The page said “Join MySurvey Consumer Panel” and “Join Vindale Research Consumer Panel”.
We are still not sure why we had to join these two survey sites.
According to the ACP website, the purpose of signing up for these survey sites is to establish our consumer profile.
So we joined both survey sites and received emails from both sites to activate our accounts.
We then received invitations for surveys but nothing from American Consumer Panels.
Our Verdict On American Consumer Panels
This opportunity sounds like a great way to make some extra money from home.
Who wouldn’t want to make $25 to $45 per hour testing products?
Is American Consumer Panels A Scam Or Is It Legit?
While we would like to see this is a great opportunity, from what we have seen so far we have to reserve judgement.
The vast majority of complaints are the same. Most say this company does nothing more than get your info and spam you.
Their website does say they’re a verified member of FTC Guardian. This means they should follow the Federal Trade Commission truth in advertising.
From what we have learned so far, we cannot give this company a green badge.
We may change our verdict once we gather more information.
If you want to take the chance, you can apply to become a product tester. There is nothing to lose.
You may get a few unwanted emails, but you may also find this company does allow you to make money.
Please comment below if you have experience with American Consumer Panels.
Our American Consumer Panels Review UPDATE:
So over the last few weeks, since we applied to become a product tester, all we have seen is spam emails from the two surveys sites they said we must join. The two sites are MySurvey Consumer Panel and Vindale Research Consumer Panel.
We are confident now that the purpose of signing up for these survey sites is to get American Consumer Panels an affiliate commission for referring us. Basically an affiliate commission.
There have even been emails from job sites that American Consumer Panels say it would be good if we join. These also seem to be sites that American Consumer Panels is an affiliate for.
So, while we cannot say this is a scam, from what we can tell their whole purpose is to get you to sign up for survey and other sites to help make affiliate commissions for American Consumer Panels. We may be wrong on this. There may be people that are making money. However, we could not find them. We ourselves never received anything from the company but spam emails.
At this time we say to BE CAUTIOUS OF THIS COMPANY. There is no risk to sign up as long as you’re ok with receiving many emails.
RECOMMEND WITH CAUTION
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