Scan your purchases, earn rewards
Become a member of National Consumer Panel, and you will be sent a free barcode scanner. Use the scanner to scan your grocery store purchases, and earn rewards for your participation. NCP also has a program available where you can use an iPhone or Android app to scan your purchases using your smartphone.
Rewards for participating
Points are accumulated by scanning purchases and taking the occasional online survey. These points can then be redeemed for a wide variety of merchandise made available through a gift catalog. These include Visa reward cards, Amazon e-vouchers, iTunes gift cards, Kindle Fire cards, electronics, and more. Longer participants in the program will receive more points for their participation.
Automatic sweepstakes entries
Regular participation in the program means automatic entries into regular sweepstakes that are held weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Quarterly cash draws are held for $20,000. Other prizes awarded include cash, gift cards, and electronics.
The longer you're a member, the more you'll earn
The longer you are an active participant of NCP, the more points you will get credited to your account each time you participate. The program has been around for over a decade, so it's not uncommon for participants to be members for this long!
Special member perks
Being a member also entitles you to the NCPRewards+ program where you can get special discounts at AT&T as well as through other major retailers.
I have been a National Consumer Panel panelist for about two years. Before I signed up, I read the information available about the program. I understood beforehand that it would take me about 5 or 6 years to get enough points to get the free items I wanted. I am well on my way with over 67,000 points in two years. And all it took me was about 20minutes a week in which time I scanned my purchases and answered surveys. My goal is to get an item that would normally cost me almost $300. I'M GETTING IT FOR FREE! My point is, as with any other program, read about it first. If you don't mind waiting a few years to get a really nice prize for minimal effort, this is a fine program
NCP is one of those sites where you have to scan your purchases with a hand-held scanner they send you and then you have to transmit your scanner's data to the company every week. It is a lot of work if you buy a lot or buy from many different stores every week. The points are fair and they do increase with your time with the program. Their gift catalog has a wide variety and does change every year or 2, with new items added occasionally. They also give you surveys to complete which give you additional points.
Won a $500 VISA Gift Card from them in one of their sweepstakes - earned entries by scanning and submitting every week for the quarter so I upped my rating to 4 stars.
I haven't been scanning items for very long but so far I like it a lot! I don't have high expectations since I know this is not an actual job and I won't be receiving THOUSANDS of dollars for scanning items and taking a couple surveys. I love that eventually I will be able to redeem my points and be able to get something when before I wouldn't get anything...just a nice little perk in life I guess. Wanted to rate this 5 stars and offset the low ratings from people that thought they should be CEO of their own going to the grocery store and scanning it in weekly company with an actual income when it's not even meant to make people rich.
In every contact, I have never had issues with the quality or promptness of the customer service. However, I discovered that the work required far outweighs the potential rewards no matter how "simple" the surveys are claimed to be. I remained a member for about a year to build up credits for a better reward level, but once I finally achieved a decent level, I discovered the reward options are VERY limited compared to other survey/shopping-opinion sites, and the countless "short" surveys required for every shopping event done within my family was taking a significant portion of my time. In summary, my experience was lesson that good customer service can be provided by a survey firm, but pay close attention to time required vs. rewards offered. All companies need to make a profit somehow, but my time is too valuable to just give away for pennies on the $$$.
I signed up for this program and didn't get around to using it, so I sent it back. I kept emailing them asking if they had received the equipment. Months later they just now called me and did not believe I had mailed it via fedex. The guy said we have to have the tracking number or you will have to pay for the equipment. Finally found it (thank god I kept it). Both people I talked to on the phone were rude. Why would I want to keep their useless crap anyway?? We'll see if they get in touch again.
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