Join Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel to earn points redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toys, gift cards, and more. Nielsen is the same company that provides Nielsen TV ratings, so it is a very reputable organization.
Nielsen Home Scan periodically selects applicants in certain zip codes, but you can register now and get on a waiting list to be notified once your zip code is eligible. At that point, you’ll have the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to participate.
How It Works
It’s free to join Nielsen’s consumer panel and you’ll earn points when you scan the products you bring into your home. Nielsen collects this information (what you bought and how much you paid), then aggregates it with information from panelists nationwide to provide market analysis, research and trend data to companies.
Know that it is work and does take time to enter what you buy (you’ll also need to enter information about your coupons), but if you are looking to get new household items and not have to pay for them yourself, it may be worth it to you. I also think it’s valuable to teach your kids about how market research is conducted and how data is gathered. You can cancel at any time if you decide the program isn’t for you.
For the chance to win a $500 gift card:
- Sign up to become an NCP member.
- Scan your household purchase information with the handheld scanner they provide.
- Send the purchase information to NCP.
For every week of the month NCP receives your purchase information, you’ll earn one entry in the monthly sweepstakes for 1 of 25 $500 American Express Rewards Card (up to 4 entries each month). Plus, an additional 40 panel members win a $500 American Express Rewards Card each quarter just by sending purchase information every week of a month.
There is also a Grand Prix Sweepstakes each quarter where you can win $20,000 (one winner each quarter). You can earn one entry per week by submitting your purchase information.
Your turn: If you’ve had experience with the Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel, what tips do you have for new users?