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So what is NCP Homescan? Well, NCP is a company that measures consumer attitudes and behaviors—for example, NCP might have their analysts crunch the numbers to find out just how many boxes of cookies a mother of two from California buys in a week (answer: too many!) and then will relay this information to manufacturers and retailers to help them make decisions on what products to develop or improve.

NCP is accepting new applicants for panel members, but you need to hurry—space on the panel is limited. Accepted panel members will receive their very own hand-held scanner. Every time a panel member (or a person in the panel member's household) goes shopping, they will scan the bar code on their purchases. It's fun (yes, my idea of a good time has come to include zapping things!) and best of all, NCP will reward you for your time. The more you scan, the more points you earn—points that can be redeemed for name brand products such as jewelry, household items, toys, and electronics. The more you scan, the more entries you will receive for NCP's fabulous sweepstakes for items such as a $20,000 cash prize, a dream vacation valued at $25,000, and a new car or truck!

Here's how you can apply to become an NCP panel member:

  • Click Here.
  • In the designated boxes, enter your name, email address, phone number, address and date of birth. Then click on the green "submit" button. It really couldn't be any easier.
  • Wait to hear whether or not NCP has accepted you onto their panel. If you have applied before and were rejected, try again! It took me two tries to get accepted onto the panel.

NCP Homescan is not for everyone. We have heard from some of you that it takes too much time and you were unhappy with it. On the flip side, we have also heard how much some of our readers enjoy it.

“I have been a member with NCP since August last year. After 5 months (December 2011), I was a $500 ‘Super Scanner Winner.’ I do enjoy this program. I myself, have never had any problems or complaints with it. Keep trying!”
“I got my scanner early Feb. and am having a lot of fun scanning my purchases. Cannot wait to get some rewards!”