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 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....
I've been on this panel for 9 years. You have to remember the more surveys you take the more points you earn. In 5 years I was able to get a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer. Something I have always wanted but didn't want to pay over $250 for it. I simply scan as I take my merchandise out of the bag. If no shopping is done that week I send in that nothing was bought so it isn't counted as a missed scan. I have almost 200,000 points since I purchased the mixer and can't wait to see the new catalog that is out!
I have been a member of the panel since it was still just a part of Nielsen. I enjoy it very much, and it only takes a few minutes a week to scan and do surveys. Someone left a review saying it took them on average 5 hours a week to scan and do surveys, and I have no idea how it would take them that long unless they have a slow computer or perhaps they read the surveys more slowly than I do.
Have been doing the weekly scanning for about 1 month. The first time it took forever because I was disorganized. From then on, it was a breeze. Does take time, so do the frozen food first. It is also educational, because you get to compare prices among stores. They stick in my head on future shopping trips.
As far as rewards go, I have my prize picked out, sort of a goal. Have spoken to them twice on the phone and they were business-like both times. Don't give up too quick.
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