The National Consumer Panel — formerly known as the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel — is currently accepting applicants in many locations.
If you are accepted as a panel member, you will be sent a small hand-held scanner and will scan all the bar codes of everything you purchase. Once a week, you’ll transmit this information to the National Consumer Panel and you’ll earn points which can be redeemed for a variety of items from the Gift Catalog.
The National Consumer Panel is a “mini-USA” that represents all types of Americans. Manufacturers and retailers will look at the information you send to them to decide what products to make and sell to consumers all across the country.
While I have personally not been a part of this panel, I have known many who have. Some really enjoy it, others don’t. You can read a variety of different experiences and thoughts from those who have participated here.
If you are accepted into the program and decide it’s not for you, they’ll pay the postage for you to send the scanner back. So if you’re game to try out something, it may be worth a shot.