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National Consumer Panel (NCP)

by TerriAnn

I’m now a part of the National Consumer Panel (formerly known as Nielsen Homescan). That means I get this fun scanner (that’s about the size of a t.v. remote) to record all the purchases I make each week. It’s much smaller than I had anticipated.

I had input my shopping trip from yesterday and it was actually very interesting. It was a bit of a bother recording a trip to Costco, though, because the bar codes are unique to Costco and I had to manually input the price of each item. You also need to add if you used any coupons or if the item was discounted due to a store special.

By recording all the purchases you and your family make, you are able to do 2 things. First of all, you can give valuable input on the kinds of items that you use so companies can serve you better. Secondly, you are able to accrue points which you can later redeem for free items. If you would like to take part in the panel, you can sign up here.

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xenia July 18, 2010 - 1:59 pm

You’ll have to let me know if you like being a part of the panel! I waited forever to join and then when the scanner finally arrived… well, both my husband and I just looked at it and wondered who was going to find the time to use it.

Needless to say, it sat in the box for about two weeks before I finally just returned it to them. I felt bad but I knew that there were people who would do a much better job than we would! I hope you have fun and rack up those points for some fun prizes!

tamvg July 18, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Haha, we’ll see. Maybe you opened the spot for me to join 🙂

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