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trigger happy with my clicker
Member Name: sharonmanc
Date: 18/06/11, updated on 18/06/11 (105 review reads)
Advantages: Rewards, great customer service, easier than surveys
Disadvantages: Not having a browser that is compatible with their website
I have just been introduced to the joy that is shop and scan. Can you tell I like it.
I have been doing surveys for a while now and had only heard of shop and scan, that was until last week when i got a survey that was a sign up for this site. Basically shop and scan is a website run by a research company called TNS. They are a worldwide organisation and the biggest provider of online market information in the world. This made me feel more secure in investing my, time and effort with them, especially as you know that the information you provide is helping the company find out about shopping trends . Each week the information they have received is reported to manufacturers and retailers, so they can use this information to decide which products to sell. I scan everything, even my yellow labelled reduced items.
That's right I get to scan my shopping, with a little clicker that they send through the post, which basically is a mini bar code reader. Once your shopping is scanned you log onto their website, and attach your clicker to the computer via the USB, and through the application which you download to your computer on set up, you transmit the information to them. It sounds more complicated than it really is, the scanning part is the most time consuming, but I tend to scan each item as I pack it away so only takes an extra 5 -10 minutes depending on how big my shop is.
The clicker comes with an information booklet, inside are bar codes, one for each member of the family, so when that member buys something you scan their bar code, then the next page which is the bar code of the shop (most high street shops are there) , then the price range you spent, then scan your shopping. You have to do this for each shop. Once this has been done you can then either transmit it, by logging into their website, connect the clicker via the USB, or simply wait until the end of the week and transmit all that you have scanned then. Personally I like to get it out of the way so I do not forget, as that way I will qualify for my rewards. However you need to make sure you transmit your codes before each Sunday at midnight to qualify for your points.
Now this is the best part FREEBIES!! I love getting something for nothing, for your time and effort rewards are given. Each week you transmit the information via their website you are given 1100 points, when you get to 10000 points you can convert these into entertainment and leisure vouchers for places such as London Eye, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, or for high street stores such as Debenhams, Argos and Amazon. You also have the option to donate your points to charity.
Also for each week if you upload an image of your receipts you get a bonus 500 points, this can be done very easily by scanning your receipt, and if you don,t have a scanner you can just take a picture and upload it onto their site, I did this with my Blackberry and it only took a few minutes.
Also with your first transmit of information you get a bonus 10000 points. I was credited these points within hours and had converted them into a £10 Amazon evoucher. It really was quick, and I have heard from others that for paper vouchers they are usually with you in a matter of weeks, but I a yet to find this out for myself.
Shop and scan is by invitation only, I was lucky to get the survey with instantly signed me up, if you are not so lucky you can register by going to the official TNS register site (http://www.volunteer4panels.com/) where you can apply to go on all their research panels. It can take up to a week for TNS to email you and to tell you if you have been accepted or not. If you have been accepted then you will get emailed a unique invitation number with instructions and a link to click on to take you to the shop and scan site to register. It really is easy and sounds more complicated than it really is.
Another thing to note is that you can only register usingWindows: 98, 98SE, ME, XP, Vista, Windows 7, it also states on their website
" We recommend using a PC at home (not at work) which has:
Internet access (dial-up or broadband)
Internet Explorer as a browser.....
A spare USB port for the clicker cable"
This is where I found out how fabulous their customer service is as I had problems with internet explorer, they have a free phone number which is always a plus, and I was not left waiting long to speak to someone. They must have realised that Internet explorer has been a problem for alot of their panellists, so they emailed me with instructions with "add-on's" for Google chrome and also Mozilla Firefox, these add ons basically make your browser compatible with their system which uses Internet explorer and it was all pretty painless, especially as I am not very good with technology, and with another phone call they talked me through what I needed to do, and I was up and running and transmitting my first codes within minutes of having my software issues sorted.
This is a great way to earn some extra treats, especially if you transmit your information and upload a receipt you can potentially earn 1600 points a week, that means every 7 weeks you will get a £10 reward, it is less time consuming than surveys which can often take longer to pay out, and also more fun, in fact yesterday I put my feet up and my 8 year old scanned all the shopping don't know how long this will last until the novelty wares off with him, but I think I will enjoy it while it lasts.
Summary: A quick and easy way to earn some extra treats