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 could not agree more with Jennifer who just posted on 7/1/15. I too am a 10 year veteran of NCP. There was always the enjoyment of scanning my products to let the vendors know what we're buying as well as the surveys that we took to give the vendors more insight. However after being let down several times when I reached the right amount of points for a gift, it would be GONE. This past year was the breaking point. A new catalog was suppose to come out the first of the year. It was put off month after month. There was anticipation that there were going to be bigger and better gifts. Finally after several months, the new gift catalog was posted. It was by far the worse ever. There were just over 100 items. It was 50% brand name items and 50% off brand items. I still have my 2005 gift catalog (paperback) and it has close to 200 items all from well-known brands. Don't anyone dare call me petty because these vendors are getting a load of information from what we supply and I'm sure paying NCP very well to collect this data. Our time is worth more than what came out in the last catalog. One more item; In all my years on the panel I was never able to collect 8000 points over a 3 month period doing all the surveys along with the weekly drug survey as well as doing the scanning every week.
I have been with NCP for 10 years now and it is time I left. In all of that time what I was able to get from the gift catalog was definitely not worth it. If they had kept a decent hand scanner for those of us who do not need nor use a smart phone it would have been better. BUT, they changed their scanner and it has crashed my computer three times now, I have called this in and I get calls back from furniture stores, and all types of different places in another state that are the people they have to help you with this. The calls never show up as NCP or anything close. That seems shady to me now as it use to come up with their name. I have not been able to get anything resolved properly and have to explain what is going on every time they call back to a different person than before and they have no notes and no idea, just ask me to go through the same hoops that the other three did previously. I have heard that the smartphone users have it pretty easy now, but I am not going to spend $50 or more a month just to be able to scan items for them with nothing to look forward to. I have never won any of the sweepstakes in the 10 years either. Others are winning and it is randomly picked, so it doesn't matter how hard you work for them scanning, the chances of winning are very very slim. And the gifts in the catalog that they have now are junk. I had to use up my 200,000 points on a selection of items that I had hoped would make gifts, and they did arrive fast, but not gift worthy. They other couple of items I have chosen over all of these years have all broken also. I never did get what I wanted, by the time I had the points to get the item I really wanted, they didn't offer it anymore. If you have nothing better to do and have a smart phone, you might like this, but I am once again without my laptop and lucky that I had a chrome book to get online with thanks to their scanner that you have to send through your computer instead of the phone now. I would not recommend this to anyone anymore, and I did use to enjoy it a couple of years back. When customer service was there and they had items you wanted to try for.
I have been a member of this panel for a few years and I love the benefits and prizes you can earn. I especially like the discount I get off for my AT&T cell phone bill and the products that you're able to get as rewards.
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.
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