Last summer I joined the National Consumer Panel (know previously as Nielsen Homescan) because I am a self-proclaimed "grocery nerd". I like answering surveys, clipping coupons, shopping the sales, etc. With NCP I like the opportunity to make a difference with companies and marketers by letting them know what I buy and why.
By joining the National Consumer Panel, you make a difference in the products you see on store shelves, pricing, coupons and more. The way it works is simple: Once approved, NCP will send you a handheld scanner to record your retail and online purchases. After shopping you simply scan the barcodes on the items and then submit your information once a week. Not everyone in every area will be eligible but they will let you know after you answer a few questions.
NCP has a great rewards catalog which includes brand name electronics, accessories, kitchen tools and more. Right now I am saving up the points I earn for a new DVD player. Our current DVD player is about to die and we are huge movie watchers. In a few months I should have enough points for it and that is having only been a part of the panel for about a year. They also have sent me some small items as a thank you such as a reusable shopping bag.
If you want to make your preferences know to retailers and manufacturers, I invite you to join me on the National Consumer Panel! I'd also be glad to answer any questions you have about the panel or about joining.
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