Update: Nielsen Home Scan is once again accepting applicants into this program for select zip codes. The best part of this opportunity is that you can register now, which will get you on a waiting list if your zip code is eligible, and then you have the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to participate when they approach you with an opportunity to start scanning.
It’s been months since I first shared this Nielsen’s Home Scanner opportunity with you and since it is still available I thought it time to refresh you on it (plus I can see that many of you are finding and reading the original post buried deep in the archives, so I thought you’d find it helpful to have this at the forefront again). When I say Nielsen I do mean the same company that provides Nielsen TV ratings, so it is a very reputable organization.
It’s free to join Nielsen’s consumer panel and you’ll earn points that convert to rewards when you scan the products you bring into your house. They collect the information on what you buy and how much you paid, then aggregate it with thousands of others nationwide to provide market analysis, research and trend data to companies that make the products we love and the products we hate.
They are accepting new applicants (register here), although some zip codes are full (and I don’t know which are open and which are full). If you get a “You do not qualify” message it’s because they have enough applicants in your zip code; you can try again in a week or two and see if anything changes.
After you complete your registration, you’ll be added to a waiting list. In time they’ll contact you and coordinate to ship a scanner to your home and you can get started.
It is work to enter what you buy and you’ll need to enter info about your coupons, but if you are looking for earn household items and not buy them, it may be worth it to you. I also think it’s valuable to teach your kids about how market research is conducted and data gathered.
Your turn: What do you think of this program?
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