The NCP panel experience so far.
Nielsen has been in business for over 94 years and does more than just survey about television. In fact, Nielsen helps monitor consumer habits in 100 locations worldwide!
One popular program Nielsen has is its National Consumer Panel Home Scan. National Consumer Panel, or NCP, is a program in which anyone can earn rewards by simply scanning their purchases each week.
Here’s how it works.
National Consumer Panel Review: How it Works
Each week you scan all of the barcodes from the purchases you’ve made. If you have a smartphone you simply download the NCP app or request a handheld scanner otherwise. The data is then uploaded to NCP. They’ll occasionally ask you to answer questions or participate in surveys for additional rewards.
It typically takes around one hour per week to scan and submit to NCP.
Points are awarded when you submit your purchases and participate in surveys. There are a wide variety of rewards ranging from gift cards to electronics.
You can also be entered into sweepstakes and receive discounts from major retailers for being a NCP panelist. (Right now you can get discounts at AT&T, for example.) Money saving tip.
it has been 3 months since I have started to use the older scanner app the one with the vga cable that has a wire that hooks up to my scanner and that wire hook admit that it took a bit to figure out and I had to call customer service but they were very helpful although annoying and automatic but after a while of waiting I was able to get a real person on the other end and she was very helpful. The email system however needs some improvements. There was never a response to my email questions and I have a dozen emails saying the same automatic message they say to all of their users along with some emails that threaten to take away the scanner if I didn't transmit my purchase mind you I can can go a few weeks with out buying any products then once or twice a month we stock up. It really matters on where we fall in to the time of the month and where our budget is. When I got the scanner it was towards the end of the month when we are running out of almost everything. It's summer time and we go though a ton more then we do during the school year.
Over all I have yet to get anything in terms of rewards or cashing out that's a online earning term for gift cards or rewards I have earned points from them for my efforts that I am banking up except I am at 5000 plus points now it takes about 9,000 points before I can cash out for anything decent. Like a 10 dollar Amazon gift card. It is a ton of scanning just like the older hand held scanners we used to use as cashiers. It took a min to learn how to transmit on what I assume is the older scanner because I have one that's white and blue.
There is no real clear instructions I had to find a youtuber with the same scanner (I did a google search using swag-bucks and scored 5 swag bucks which are points for another online earning site. ) I have seen many others use the black scanner that looks more high tech and I have seen others like the ones a few of my friends have that is just the mobile app which I almost switched to after a dozen you have to return the equipment emails but after calling customer service things are all sorted out and working just fine now. I look forward to earning more points to cash out for a prize to cash out it's 9000 points. I'm getting there. I think another 3 months and I can cash out for a low end prize or keep saving.
I notice one of the perk is I'm much more mindful when I buy items like do I really want to scann that so I'll put it back and not buy anything sometimes. I have started to notice a trend and I have managed to save up by keeping track of what I buy after writing down each item for my own records because I wanted to know how much I spent on our family on grocery and house hold items most of the items we use are from dollar tree, Aldi, Meijers, or costco. I have been able to create a price list of all of the items we buy and when I go shopping I can say okay the cheapest place I found milk was at Aldi so that's where we buy our milk now. That's just one example of how the scanner has helped.
On the website there are surveys where I can bank up more points or enter contest and giveaways and if you follow me you know how much I enjoy entering contest and giveaways and earning gift cards that help our family while I watch tv or waiting at the doctors office.
Over all I think it would be better for someone who spends a ton more money on products and services then we do. I have to admit there are a few gas trips I have to log in for when my husband goes to and from work I need to record and his lunches but he takes lunches from home most of the time. It has been fun trying the scanner out learning how to use it.
Now I just need to keep a sticky note on my desk top to scan all of our purchase not just our grocery shopping trips.
here is a photo of what we bought the receipts and every item on that receipt I had to Scan. It took about 30 minutes of scanning sorting before I could put the grocery away. Adam gets a kick out of it and finding things for me to Scan. While Bella likes to help me Scan items and is looking forward to helping me earn and pick out a reward for my time and efforts.
here is an example of two weeks worth of grocery's for our home. The other photo is where we keep the scanner and what my work space currently looks like. I admit I have to make it nicer in appearance but it is functional for blogging, writing and photography.