The National Consumer Panel home scan is accepting applicants for a very limited time!  If you are accepted, you will receive a scanner which you will use to track the different groceries and items you purchase and bring into your home.

In exchange for doing this, you can earn some great prizes such as electronics, toys, gift cards and more. Not everyone gets accepted, so if you do, be sure to give it a try!  You can always return the scanner if you choose to no longer participate.  And it is totally free!

Go here to apply.

Let us know if you get accepted!

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88 thoughts on “Join Nielson to Earn Rewards!”

  1. Couponlicious says:

    i got accepted and now having second thoughts after reading all these comments lol xoxox

  2. Tex223 says:

    I got accepted the last go round but havent recieved the scanner yet. They just e-mailed me to make sure I was still interested. I am a SAHM with a 1 year old so I do have time for this project and hope my LO will join in to help. My hubby works for the govt so all our info isnt private… he gets investigated every 5 years ..we have nothing to hide.. so bring on the questions :)

  3. Tex223 says:

    I got accepted the last go round but havent recieved the scanner yet. They just e-mailed me to make sure I was still interested. I am a SAHM with a 1 year old so I do have time for this project and hope my LO will join in to help. My hubby works for the govt so all our info isnt private… he gets investigated every 5 years ..we have nothing to hide.. so bring on the questions :)

  4. Kim S. says:

    I don’t understand all the people saying it’s so time consuming. I went grocery shopping the other day, bought $125 worth of groceries, had $50 in coupons and sale savings, and spent about 15 minutes scanning while putting my groceries away. Maybe 5 minutes longer than if I just put the groceries away w/o scanning. And for small purchases, I scan as soon as I walk in the door, it takes a couple minutes. Sometimes if I have many items that are non-grocery, I do them while relaxing in front of the tv after the kids go to bed or my 3 year old helps me. I don’t typically put things away anyway until after the kids are in bed, so I don’t mind waiting to scan. Most stores I don’t even have to enter in prices, so those ones scan pretty quickly. And I don’t understand the poster who mentioned having to give all the personal info. If NCP knows my race and religious background, oh well, that doesn’t bother me. I gave the same info when I filled out the Census last year. Besides, if you read the fine print on other survey sites, they’re collecting the same info. I use Synovate and a couple other survey sites and they get the same info, install cookies on your computer, etc. so NCP is no different. And as for it taking years to collect points for prizes, it takes longer in the beginning, but the longer you belong, the more points you can collect at a time as they reward their long-term members with more points each time you scan. For the amount of time and effort, I think it’s worth it. Besides, I probably spend more time doing online surveys to get a $5 Amazon gift card than I do scanning for NCP.

  5. Lise says:

    Don’t do it! I found it an incredible waste of time and an insult to my intelligence!

  6. Cory says:

    I’ve been doing it for about 4 years. Got some nice prizes. Never been harassed, never even gotten a phone call from them. It does take a bit of getting used to & point accumulation is slow the first year, but now it usually takes me less than 20 minutes a week to do all scanning, transmitting & surveys and I have lots of points to spend.

  7. Llema1961 says:

    cannot get onto the site….bummer!

  8. Christina says:

    I received my scanner this past Friday. I live in the Springfield, Missouri area. Got the thing set up an have started using it. So far it seems pretty simple to use and honestly it did not take me a lot of time to scan the items that I have purchased. We will see as time goes on but I’m pretty excited about it.

  9. Christina says:

    I received my scanner this past Friday. I live in the Springfield, Missouri area. Got the thing set up an have started using it. So far it seems pretty simple to use and honestly it did not take me a lot of time to scan the items that I have purchased. We will see as time goes on but I’m pretty excited about it.

  10. Christina says:

    I received my scanner this past Friday. I live in the Springfield, Missouri area. Got the thing set up an have started using it. So far it seems pretty simple to use and honestly it did not take me a lot of time to scan the items that I have purchased. We will see as time goes on but I’m pretty excited about it.

  11. Candi says:

    Is it just me, or is that whole concept just creepy? I mean, I take surveys on toluna and mysurvey, but having a scanner in my home for this place to track my every minute purchase? A little weird.

  12. The Q Pon Queen says:

    Just got accepted and waiting for my scanner!

  13. Nanashelper says:

    i live in wilmington nc they do not have it in my area …..figures!!!

    • Angela says:

      Oh noes we were thinking of trying to relocate to Wilmington!

      So what’s the coupon situation like down there? Do grocery stores double or accept internet coupons easily? Yes, this is in fact a factor in my decision on whether to try to relocate there! ;-p

  14. Jamie D Herron says:

    My scanner will be here tomorrow. I was a bit worried about having to enter my coupons but I think it will be good to have the info. Can you load the info onto your computer for yourself? I would love to use it for a spreadsheet.

  15. Kim S says:

    I’ve been doing this for a few years and I don’t understand the people who get harassed. I have never been harassed by them. I have had a few times where things got busy and I didn’t scan for a few weeks, so I got an email and a card in the mail, but as soon as I started scanning again, there were no issues. I also misplaced mine for a couple months and called to let them know, however they closed my account and asked for me to ship the scanner back or they’d go to a collection agency (understandable since the scanner is not cheap). I found it, called them to let them know I had misplaced it so they reopened my account with all my previous points still there. No problems at all and they were super friendly. I also had issues with my initial scanner in which I had to transmit over the phone. They sent me a replacement scanner for transmitting over the computer, which works much better. I also don’t scan every single purchase, but I try to do most of them and don’t find it takes that much more time. And I have 2 little kids and work full time. I haven’t cashed any points yet for any of the gifts as I haven’t seen anything I particularly want, but they do have some decent prizes. My in-laws have been doing this for 10+ years and have enjoyed it and have gotten some pretty nice prizes with it. I think for a little bit of time, it’s worth it to me, but that is my opinion. And for people who are unable to scan for various reasons, you can log onto the computer and say you are unable to scan for X number of weeks and shouldn’t have any issues with “harassing” calls. I don’t blame the company for bothering people who aren’t using the scanners and they want to be able to collect data and if people never use it, then they equipment they lend out it being wasted.

  16. Kim S says:

    I’ve been doing this for a few years and I don’t understand the people who get harassed. I have never been harassed by them. I have had a few times where things got busy and I didn’t scan for a few weeks, so I got an email and a card in the mail, but as soon as I started scanning again, there were no issues. I also misplaced mine for a couple months and called to let them know, however they closed my account and asked for me to ship the scanner back or they’d go to a collection agency (understandable since the scanner is not cheap). I found it, called them to let them know I had misplaced it so they reopened my account with all my previous points still there. No problems at all and they were super friendly. I also had issues with my initial scanner in which I had to transmit over the phone. They sent me a replacement scanner for transmitting over the computer, which works much better. I also don’t scan every single purchase, but I try to do most of them and don’t find it takes that much more time. And I have 2 little kids and work full time. I haven’t cashed any points yet for any of the gifts as I haven’t seen anything I particularly want, but they do have some decent prizes. My in-laws have been doing this for 10+ years and have enjoyed it and have gotten some pretty nice prizes with it. I think for a little bit of time, it’s worth it to me, but that is my opinion. And for people who are unable to scan for various reasons, you can log onto the computer and say you are unable to scan for X number of weeks and shouldn’t have any issues with “harassing” calls. I don’t blame the company for bothering people who aren’t using the scanners and they want to be able to collect data and if people never use it, then they equipment they lend out it being wasted.

  17. Lyndi says:

    I did this about a year ago. I never even transmitted once because it was WAY too time consuming and involved! I’m sorry, but my household of 8 and scanning EVERY single thing that comes through that door in hopes of some cheap lousy reward way down the line? Not worth my time at all. I sent it back and have devoted all that extra time into couponing and now I can easily buy anything I saw in the rewards catalog with the money saved! Good luck! Maybe it’s worth it if it’s just a household of 1 person with A LOT of time on their hands?

  18. Plee13 says:

    I have a scanner and do it. I don’t find it to be too much time at all. But I am a stay at home with a toddler and 37 weeks preggo. But, I rarely buy gas and I buy small amounts at a time. It takes me like 5-10min and I scan as soon as I get home. As far as accruing points, I agree that it seems like it will take years to get something good out of the catalog. I haven’t gotten any harrassing phone calls. You only have to transmit once a week. So far, it’s a good experience, I’ve been doing it for a few months now.

  19. Stephie says:

    I joined a couple of months ago, but am now sending the scanner back. It takes years to earn enough points to receive a reward that is worth the time one spends scanning. My time is more valuable to me than it is to them.

  20. hi i have been a member for almost a year its fun i love it! contact me if u want more info !

  21. hi i have been a member for almost a year its fun i love it! contact me if u want more info !

  22. Dphil75895 says:

    I have been scanning for many years about 10 I think, just something I do when unloading and I get my kids to help. Does take forever to get points, but it’s not a big hassle.

  23. Lysahmarie says:

    I was accepted! Just received my scanner this past weekend.

  24. Tanja says:

    Got mine today. Not sure if I like it. At first I was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to get started but now I scanned and had to put the price in for every single item. Scan it, put price in, how much i bought, special offers/coupons.. I guess if you have small purchases it’s not that bad but I had a loooong receipt and it took me forever to match the prices with my stuff. It was easy to use just very time consuming.

  25. Teresa says:

    I haven’t received any phone calls to include a welcome aboard! I have been tracking for 3 months and it made me realize how much I was going to the stores and how much I was actually spending. I helped us save!

  26. Shawna says:

    I tried this for a while. They called and emailed me constantly until I got the thing set up. I sent everything back because I just didn’t have time to scan everything. The last thing I want to do when I get home from the grocery store is scan everything before being able to put it away (especially refrigerated items). I honestly don’t think it’s worth it.

  27. Goodwillgrammy says:

    I can’t even get the website to open. Maybe it’s over, I don’t know???

  28. Simbaghari says:

    so what do you get? is it worth the time/effort??

  29. Wild_child21 says:

    I’ve been doing it for years. I scan when I can, sometimes I forget. As long and you send a transmision once a month your fine. I never got phone calls except in the beginning to make sure I liked it and had any quesitons. They have always been nice to me when I call customer service. I say sign up if you can.

  30. Wild_child21 says:

    I’ve been doing it for years. I scan when I can, sometimes I forget. As long and you send a transmision once a month your fine. I never got phone calls except in the beginning to make sure I liked it and had any quesitons. They have always been nice to me when I call customer service. I say sign up if you can.

  31. Stellerdobes says:

    Got my scanner yestarday in VA

  32. Stellerdobes says:

    Got my scanner yestarday in VA

  33. Michelle says:

    I’m in! :)

  34. Michelle says:

    I’m in! :)

  35. Michelle says:

    I’m in! :)

  36. Wendy8091 says:

    i didnt get in either! is it a hoax?

  37. Kewlatti2d says:

    Got mine and transmitted a few times then i injured my ankle and was unable to shop for quite a few weeks. After many harrassing phone calls and explaining to them the situation, i recieved a letter from them threating to turn me into a collection agency. I sent it back immediately. You have to do alot of scanning and surveys to get free items and expect the harrassing to begin if you are unfortunate to not be able to or forget to. NOT FOR ME!! with three small kids at home, definately not worth the hassel!

  38. Angels' Keep says:

    I was accepted a couple of months ago after seeing a post on here. Thanks! It’s interesting, and I like knowing that I can give a “voice” to consumers.

  39. MallorysMommy says:

    I just received my scanner today!!!

  40. feliza says:

    They’re out of scanners right now, so I’m on a waiting list for one. This was from the last signup.

  41. feliza says:

    They’re out of scanners right now, so I’m on a waiting list for one. This was from the last signup.

  42. sorry not accepting applications in my area! bummer! abotu 2 months ago I had a cell phone survey in my swagbucks trsuted surveys and I qualifed to become part of their mobile panel. I had to install an app on my phone and I earn reward points every week!

  43. sorry not accepting applications in my area! bummer! abotu 2 months ago I had a cell phone survey in my swagbucks trsuted surveys and I qualifed to become part of their mobile panel. I had to install an app on my phone and I earn reward points every week!

  44. Jo says:

    I was accepted and just received the scanner. Along with it was a four page ‘privacy notice’ pamphlet. I’m uncomfortable with the amount of information they may collect and also what third parties may collect. It says “the NCP will presume they have our household’s permission to collect and use personal information unless you contact us to advise us otherwise”. Has anyone ever called and said ‘no’? Were you still able to participate? It also says ” once your household has joined our panel we will obtain additional information . . . such as race, religion, political views, and/or more detailed financial information including net asset value’. Uh, I don’t think so Tim. And this ” we use cookies and may allow some of the companies with which we have a commercial relationship to use cookies for specific, limited purposes (like registration pages, payment verification). Then it says “we have no access to or control over the tracking technology of companies with which we have a commercial relationship”. Hmmmm.

    After reading how time consuming it is and how much access they seem to have I’m not so sure I want to participate. They included a return FedEx label and it seems easy enough to simply return it.

    • Karmah60 says:

      Political views? Religion? Really? Sheesh. I’d be afraid it’s some kind of information gathering device that results in my name being on a government watch list somewhere. Why else would they need to know a thing like that?

    • Beth says:

      That’s exactly why I returned the scanner the day I got it last year. They wanted just too much information and when I figured out how long it would take me to get just minimal rewards, it wasn’t worth it. Before the age of computers there used to be a survey “bait” letter that would come in the mail saying you would get all kinds of grocery coupons for filling out the form, but some of the questions had nothing to do with grocery buying habits and instead seemed like an IRS nosy quiz with questions about your income, possessions, and donations to charities.

    • Beth says:

      That’s exactly why I returned the scanner the day I got it last year. They wanted just too much information and when I figured out how long it would take me to get just minimal rewards, it wasn’t worth it. Before the age of computers there used to be a survey “bait” letter that would come in the mail saying you would get all kinds of grocery coupons for filling out the form, but some of the questions had nothing to do with grocery buying habits and instead seemed like an IRS nosy quiz with questions about your income, possessions, and donations to charities.

  45. Andrea says:

    i did not get accepted for my area but it sounds like i might not want too…thanks for the heads up everyone.

  46. Andrea says:

    i did not get accepted for my area but it sounds like i might not want too…thanks for the heads up everyone.

  47. Andrea says:

    i did not get accepted for my area but it sounds like i might not want too…thanks for the heads up everyone.

  48. Shannon says:

    I returned it after a couple weeks. I did not have the time to scan every item, how many of each item, answer questions about each item, and put in all my coupon, sales, deals info. It was so time consuming and not worth it to me.

  49. Mo says:

    Not accepting in St. Louis :(

  50. Haileeeelaine says:

    I got accepted and got my scanner about a week ago.. So far its been pretty time consuming and Im kind of scared for when I go back to school next month but we will see.

  51. Karidancar says:

    Not accepting in Southern Illinois. =(

  52. Karidancar says:

    Not accepting in Southern Illinois. =(

  53. Not accepting applicants in my area at this time. :(

  54. Not accepting applicants in my area at this time. :(

  55. Qponcrzy says:

    I was accepted, but there are no scanenrs available right now.

  56. Qponcrzy says:

    I was accepted, but there are no scanenrs available right now.

  57. Bookerpoo22 says:

    So sad, they’re not accepting apps in my area. Darn you omaha!

  58. Bookerpoo22 says:

    So sad, they’re not accepting apps in my area. Darn you omaha!

  59. Sandra says:

    I got my scanner today, we’ll see!

  60. Angela says:

    I’ve been doing it for about 6-8 weeks now. No harassing phone calls yet! They expect you to transmit once a week; this transmission will happen automatically (assuming you keep the scanner on its dock), and I would assume that if you have at least a few scans in each week they’d probably leave you alone. Sometimes they bug me via a weekly message on the scanner about my significant other never scanning anything in, but that’s because he never freakin’ buys anything.

    If you know you’re not going to make any purchases in a week, there’s an option that you can choose to let them know that and they’ll leave you alone. They just want to hear from you once a week one way or another.

    One thing to note about this program is that it’s not for those who expect immediate gratification. The point accumulation is very slow so you’re not getting that Wii for awhile! But if you’re patient and you like the chance of winning a sweepstakes (they seem to have a lot of them that range from a $100 gift card to thousands of dollars), then it may be worth a try for you.

  61. Kelly Wilson says:

    I was denied based on them not accepting applicants in my area at this time.

  62. HMS516 says:

    I just got my equipment on Friday from the last sign up session they had, so still too early to tell.

  63. HMS516 says:

    I just got my equipment on Friday from the last sign up session they had, so still too early to tell.

  64. HMS516 says:

    I just got my equipment on Friday from the last sign up session they had, so still too early to tell.

  65. connie says:

    I applied last time they were taking applicants and I received an email a couple of days ago that my equipment had been sent out. Not sure when it will be here but looking forward to it.

  66. Christine says:

    Has anyone out there done this? I got accepted and now I am having second thoughts. I haven’t gotten my scanner yet, but I looked up reviews on this process and they were less than glowing. The reviews talked about harassing phone calls and threats of lawsuits if you were not using the scanner often enough. Just wondering if anyone has had positive experiences with it?

    • Katie Bray says:

      I never had ANY of those things happen to me. The only time they “harass” you is if you don’t scan for a few weeks (which, unfortunately I did a few times). And that’s just a phone call, and a post card if it continues for too long.

      I used the scanner for months, and I finally cashed in on an item that I later saw at Fred Meyer for $15, so I sent the scanner back. I was spending so much time scanning all of our groceries in and personally didn’t find it worth it. They were a fine company over all to work with, but the time spent outweighed the benefits for me.

    • Emmyb_282 says:

      I also found it really time consuming to scan ALL of my family purchases…I have decided to send it back, but I’m worried about how to do it KNOWING it will get there…

    • Emmyb_282 says:

      I also found it really time consuming to scan ALL of my family purchases…I have decided to send it back, but I’m worried about how to do it KNOWING it will get there…

    • Kewlatti2d says:

      i’ve done it but i’m also sending it back today… if you have the time and don’t mind doing it, great… BUT it is very time consuming and they harrass you if you don’t transmit often enough.. not worth it to me

    • Burgman88 says:

      They don’t harass you I have been doing it for a year now and not one harassing email or call I transmit every Sunday people who sign and are to lazy to do what they agree upon get emails asking why.

      • Kewlatti2d says:

        for your information, it wasn’t due to me being lazy, i sprained my ankle and couldn’t shop for about 6 weeks. I called and explained this to them and they still called constantly so i sent some transmissions that i hadn’t shopped but just to get them to stop calling and they still ended up sending me a notice to turn me into a collection agency. so before you make ingnorant statements about people being lazy, check yourself!

      • Autumn says:

        It’s not nice to call other people lazy when you don’t know them. Maybe you should brush up on your spelling skills (or are you too lazy?).

      • Autumn says:

        It’s not nice to call other people lazy when you don’t know them. Maybe you should brush up on your spelling skills (or are you too lazy?).

      • Emmyb_282 says:

        It’s certainly not due to my being “lazy”, it’s about having priorities…I work full time & have 2 kids and a husband whom with I’d like to spend time. I’ve waived the pros vs. cons of the machine and this is what workes best for me. With all due respect, please keep your judgments to yourself.