From Karlyn

Shopping data and rewards with NCP

Posted on | December 22, 2010 | 13 Comments

I recently joined NCP and transmitted my first successful “practice” shopping trip. Yay! This is a photo of my NCP scanner. It just sits next to PC (and monkey).

If you are not familiar with this program, NCP stands for National Consumer Panel and is a service provided by a joint venture between the Nielsen company and SymphonyIRI Group where members – like me – scan the barcodes on all their purchases with a special barcode reader and submit the info through the home computer once per week. The information is calculated by NCP and in return for scanning services, points are awarded which can then be redeemed for prizes (the fun part).

Membership in the program is available through online registration at the NCP website. Acceptance into the program is based on household demographics and the current needs of the company. I joined months back and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when I was asked by email to participate in a survey to see if I was still interested in the program. Then, just a few days ago, notification that the scanner was shipped and on it’s way.

This program is completely voluntary. I have no problem sharing my shopping data and the online rewards gift catalog (where points get redeemed) looks pretty impressive, so I’m looking forward to making this work to it’s full potential.

If this free opportunity is something you think you might be interested in too, you can get more information about it here.

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13 Responses to “Shopping data and rewards with NCP”

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    December 22nd, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

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  2. Stephan
    February 7th, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    How are the points determined? e.g:how many dollar entries for how many points. How many points for what kind of prizes? Is it worth the time and effort?

  3. Karlyn
    February 7th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Stephan, you receive points for sending in a shopping transmission each week. You can also earn extra points for participating in their occasional member opinion surveys, polls, etc.. The gift rewards catalog is really nice and features a huge amount of products from electronics to household, toys, charities and more. Since it only takes me a few minutes to do after I shop, I do think it’s worthwhile – yes.

  4. Danielle
    May 17th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Just got my scanner in the mail and have yet to open the box. Since you haven’t posted any recent information about your scanning history – I am curious – is this worth it or should I send it back to them now?

  5. Karlyn
    May 18th, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Danielle, I can only offer my opinion. I am still happily scanning. It doesn’t take long, so I don’t think it’s a big deal. I have nearly 12,000 points now. I can purchase something in the gift rewards catalog with my points already (something small), but I’m letting them build up so that I have more options for larger gifts. Also, by being an active member/scanner, I’m automatically entered to win one of NCP’s weekly or monthly cash bonuses. I can see how some people may get tired of doing this after a while if weeks and months go by and they have gotten no rewards. It requires some patience letting those points grow. Anyway, I’m sticking with it. Thanks for asking. Good luck to you and welcome to the NCP family! :)

  6. Shelby
    June 13th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Karlyn, I just recieved my scanner in the mail and scanned my first purchase today. You are correct – it was very easy and took no time.
    Have you been able to upload your purchases more than just once a week? I was hoping to rack up some more points faster (points for each transmission) but wanted to know if you are only allowed transmission points once a week? Please let me know if you have any tricks for earning points faster.

  7. Karlyn
    June 13th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Shelby, good news – congratulations! I scan about twice a week and when I view my history, I can see that it’s keeping track of all my scans but only gives me points for the 1 per week. So, unfortunately, you will not get “extra” points for your other scans, but keep scanning because NCP hopes that you are recording everything you purchase. Remember that you will also get points for participating in the surveys too. :)

  8. Karlyn
    May 21st, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    So, it’s been 18 months since I started with this program, and I’ve finally decided to give it a rest and cancel my membership. I was able to use most of the points I’ve accumulated (34000 of my 37000) for a couple of small items in the “gift catalog”. I never won any of the sweeps or contests they had over the length of my membership unfortunately, and I eventually decided that I no longer wanted to invest any of my precious time into this program.
    I gave it a go, but in the end, it was not for me.
    Good luck to you.

  9. pamm
    October 19th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    Karlyn…thank you for your honesty in the NCP program. I have been offered a scanner, but not sure if it’ll be worth it. I appreciate your posting. Thanks!

  10. Jen
    February 24th, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    I got a kit like this awhile back…I forget the exact numbers I calculated, but the points-to-a-decent-prize-ratio were dismal. I think there was a maximum of points you could get credit for per week (going on memory, so I could be wrong), and I estimated that it would take two years of weekly scanning to get an iPad. Back in the box it went, lol.

    It’s such a great idea, but the incentives need to be better. I don’t mind earning points to use for sweeps entries (like Swagbucks), because it’s not a big time investment. But, if I’m going to go through the trouble of scanning my groceries (and using a catalog to scan fruits and veggies), *plus* be expected to take surveys to get more points, then the points should be worth more.

    I understand I’m preaching to the choir, and I really admire your patience and persistence. We can help other people by showing that it’s not really worth the time and trouble.

  11. Karlyn
    March 29th, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    Jen, I agree. Thank you for your honest opinion and comment as well.

  12. Tina Cooper
    April 23rd, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    So, are you still scanning or not? I just received a scanner. No catalog to look at first

  13. Karlyn
    April 23rd, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    Hi Tina,
    As I stated in my May 21st, 2012 post reply, I used what points I accumulated and stopped scanning. You have to view the catalog online (from what I remember). They did not offer a paper catalog at the time I was scanning. Online, I was able to view what my points accrued could redeem. I hope that helps and sincerely wish you the best! :)

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