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. 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.
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've been a member for 3 months now and have about 8,000 points. Most 'desirable items' are over 20,000 points - Amazon gift cards, etc.
I see others mention scanning equipment - that must be for those without smart phones? - because I scan with my iPhone and probably spend 20-30 minutes a week as a member.
It's easy enough and credible, but the points do accrue slowly. It would be nice if they added more perks though, especially given the time it takes on a regular basis to scan purchases, etc.
i have just received my 1,000 anniversary points for 21 years on the panel. I have earned so many great prizes-the last being a small tv/dvd combo. One time I won $500 cash in a sweepstakes. it takes about 10 minutes a week to do it. The hand held devise was sometimes difficult to transmit, but now that I have the app on my ipad, it is a breeze. I have really enjoyed being on this panel all these years and my prizes are too numerous to mention.
I got a referral from a friend to join NCP. Worst mistake of my life! I didn't have time to set the equipment to up, it sat in its box for 4 months. After relentless phone calls, I finally returned the equipment using their packaging and return label... Then the nightmare began! They are saying I never returned the equipment and are threatening to garnish washed, jail time, collections, etc. Never again will I trust anything from Neilson!!!
I joined NCP in 2012, and for the first year it wasn't too bad. Unlike some of the other reviewers I never had any frozen goods thaw/melt while I was scanning because I always put them in the freezer before starting to scan. But the amount of time it took to scan was just too much considering the miniscule reward.
Then, last October my internet was out for two weeks and NCP started calling me multiple times a day because I wasn't submitting my purchases. After getting my internet back on I resumed scanning/submitting weekly. I got the monthly emails confirming that NCP had received my scanned data but I continued receiving the phone calls stating that I hadn't been scanning. I called NCP and they said it was a system error and they would look into it. The calls stopped, and I continued to get my participation report emails indicating that they were receiving my transmissions every week.
On 4/3/15 I logged into the NCP site to update my mailing address. On 4/7/15 I received an email from NCP demanding I return the scanner by 4/17/15 or they would turn it over to a collection agency.
I have only been with NCP for about 1 and a half months. So far i really like it. As for earning points, i think it will be slow at first and will pick up down the road.
Update: I've been with NCP for 8 months. The points add up quickly.They give points for all types of things to do. Scanning, Sweepstakes, Surveys, I've got Anniversary points, I was in a contest with other members and won 2nd place and received 650 points. So it is over all a decent company to do business for. Currently i am not interested in any lower points items in their catalog. So i am holding out for higher point amount rewards.
They did a special Study in the middle of December 2014 through January 2015. It was pretty easy . Just send all my receipts for those times i shopped through a email. I earned a $50.00 NCP gift card. With a list of different companies i could use it for. I received the giftcard rather quickly. My points to date are 40,650. i am building them towards a higher point value gift. I like it very much and will continue with them as long as their around or forever. I suggest trying to get on it. The survey's are many. You get to complete all of the ones they send. Your never opted out ever. I've never had to sit with a survey for longer then 20 - 30 minutes. They offer 150 points or 1 Sweepstakes entry and 50 points. They are a excellent company....
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