Nielsen Homescan Openings Available: Get cash and prizes for shopping!

Nielsen National Consumer Panel is currently accepting new applicants! These opportunities only come along once in awhile and they typically fill their openings very quickly!

Here’s how it works:

They send you a hand-held scanner in the mail and the you use it to scan the bar codes on the items you purchase. Once a week, you submit your purchase information to them.

You earn points for submitting your information which can then be exchanged for prizes including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, and more! Plus, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes to earn CASH!  You will also receive surveys by e-mail.

There are no minimum requirements for weekly purchases and sign-up is free! Sign up here to see if you qualify while spaces are still available! You’ll have to complete a short questionnaire (it took me less than 5 minutes) and they will e-mail you if you qualify! I have also heard that even if you’re not accepted into the scanner program, they will sometimes send you surveys and other opportunities along with cash reimbursement!

I just got my scanner in the mail a few days ago. Here’s what it looks like:

I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but once I do, I’ll definitely give you more details! Let me know if you get accepted! If anyone has any person experiences about Nielsen, I’d love to hear those, too!

Apparently, once you’re “in” they also send you freebies!  I got this re-usable shopping bag from them in the mail yesterday.  It folds up and snaps shut, too.  Awesome!

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  1. Samantha Cantrill says:

    Funny. These places never accept people from my area. I live in an area where people have and spend a ton of money. They’d get a lot of feedback if they let people from around here participate.

    • I agree, I remember doing this years ago when I lived in Tampa, but since I moved to TN.. no luck.. 🙁

  2. they didnt want me either id like to know why i didnt qualify most of the people here probably dont know who neilsens is

  3. I signed up. Lets see what happens. How long did it take for you to be notified?

    • It took about 2 weeks before I heard anything back, but some people have heard right away, so I guess it just depends on your area.

  4. I printed off a coupon on for $3 off woman’s pants. There was pants on clearance for $4.98 and so I only paid $1.98. There was also a $2 off kids pants and I found a pair in clearance for $3.25 and only paid $1.24. Awesome deal thought I would share!

  5. I have tried previously to sign up for this and I never got past the address information without them saying they are not looking in my area~ But I just got all the way through the questionaire so maybe they are now! Guess my advice would be to keep trying every couple of months for those who keep getting that message as well!

    • Good luck Sandra! If you got past everything, there’s a good chance you’ll get in. It was about a month after I completed that survey that I heard from them. I thought for sure I was rejected until I got their e-mail!

  6. They aren’t accepting people in my area…too bad!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I live in Orange County, Ca and I received my scanner last week. 🙂

  8. Let’s see….the site tells me that my address is incorrect then that they aren’t accepting anyone in my community. SOOOO frustrating!

  9. My scanner came last week! Mine doesn’t look like your though. It is all black with 3 bright primary color buttons. The other keys are black. Maybe they are different depending on the type of connection one has. Anywho…I am from Eastern NC.

  10. I live in Nebraska and signed up about 2 1/2 months ago and I was accepted. Got my scanner in the mail a few weeks later. It looks a bit different from your scanner but basically the same thing im sure. Its pretty easy to use and doesnt take much time. They do have a catalog of prizes but some of the nicer ones will take a few yrs of scans to earn all the points neccessary to get them but im not complaining.

  11. Gabrielle says:

    Went through and filled everything out. Let’s see if I get accepted! 😛

  12. I try every time they are accepting applications and get the same thing “not accepting in your area”. 🙁 I am located in Central Florida.

  13. Nicole Whitten says:

    I received my scanner a week ago, it took about 3 weeks for the entire process. I am in Pensacola, FL and love my scanner.

  14. I got my scanner earlier today..I got accepted right away but the scanner took almost a month to receive..I haven’t set it all up yet but I am going to tomorrow. Super Excited! I’m in Northern MN

  15. Went through and filled alot of stuff out, and said they would be contacting me via email, so hoping I get in! FIngers crossed!

  16. I’m pretty sure I got accepted for it. I signed up and have had them send me a shopping survey to do, so if we were actually accepted, I believe it will be here within the next couple weeks. i will let you know what happens.

  17. I just filled out the app. hopefully I get accepted! We shall see…. I wonder how long the process takes. It looks VERY cool!

  18. I have belong to Neilsen Panel for about 7 years now. I love it. I have been able to get quite a few free items with the points I have rack up.

  19. I’ve been in the program for several years now. I originally signed up and got accepted, but had to wait several long months until I got my scanner. I think it was because they were waiting for a spot to open in my area (Philadelphia, PA). I love it. Haven’t cashed in my points for anything yet. Never gotten any cash from them.

  20. And my scanner looks exactly like your picture.

  21. I applied 2 weeks ago and they said not in my area then few days later received call and asked if I was still interested and of course I was. So Thursday I got a knock on door and there was fed x guy with my scanner. I sent two shopping trips already and 150 points. They also gave me 1000 for joining. Mine is also black too. Very easy to use. Sooo excited to rack up those points.


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