Advantages Efficient company, instructions well explained, easy to use scanner & website
Disadvantages Don't expect rewards to come in thick & fast
Shop&ScanSince returning to studying full-time from home I’ve become almost obsessed by little ways I can save money or make a little money. I had read about schemes where you scan things you buy and get rewarded points, but it always sounded too complicated or too much like hard work for peanuts in return. Thanks to some useful comments about different sites, I decided to give one a go and opted for TNS’s Shop&Scan.
… Deciding to join …When I was deciding which panel to sign up to, I knew I wanted one that was trustworthy and one that had been tried & tested, and at least rated as being kocher. I’d whittled it town to two; TNS or Nielsen. It seemed like Nielsen was a bit more long-winded with more work for less rewards, plus, I’d done a test product survey for TNS in the past and found them to be very efficient, so I signed up with TNS. You should join this panel if you agree with the ‘every little helps’ motto, because you wont be getting rewards in thick and fast. However, the site does offer the chance of winning £100 every week, so you may just get lucky! ;)
… Registering …This panel isn’t one you can just register for by signing up on the website, you need to be invited. Whilst this is a little frustrating when you genuinely want to sign up and commit yourself to doing it, I can see that this is to stop too many people trying it out a bit willy-nilly. Therefore, you can sign up to another site (volunteer4panels), who will email you when there’s a space on the Shop&Scan panel.
After just a couple of weeks of being signed up with volunteer4panels, I received an invitation to Shop&Scan and I was delighted. Well, almost. I was a little sceptical at how it would work and whether it would be worth it, but when I’d visited their website it put my mind at ease. Obviously, you should never pay any site to provide your help, it should be the other way around. This site is therefore free to join, and you can leave at any time. You’re not watched or hounded, and there’s not too many rules to follow, it’s more common sense. You’re given materials, including a scanner, and they quite rightly want you to look after them. If you leave, you can send them back. Again, at no point will anything be costing you.… What you get …
The registration process was quick and straightforward, and within a few days I received my welcome registration pack in the post. This came in a shiny silver envelope, and I got a letter, along with a wire-bound book, my scanning device and a USB cable. Overall, I was very impressed by the quickness of the sign-up process and the materials sent out. It was professional and efficient, so I was looking forward to getting started.… The Concept …
The idea of the scheme is that you scan every item bought and scan/email your receipts. Okay, so that sounds fairly straightforward, and yet it also sounds very time consuming if you buy a lot of stuff! Firstly, you can do this each time you bring your shopping home from the supermarket and put it away in cupboards as you go, so you can integrate the scanning into your routine.
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