Let me share with you my Shop & Scan review – a super easy way to earn vouchers absolutely for free! This is my favourite way to earn Amazon vouchers almost effortlessly.
I have been scanning my grocery shopping for three years now taking part in market research called ‘Shop and Scan’ lead by KANTAR. When using Shop & Scan I am able to get about 60GBP back in vouchers from various retailers available through the Shop & Scan Reward page.
What is Shop & Scan?
‘Shop and Scan’ is a marketing research company measuring the purchasing habits of households in the UK. Scanned shopping gives Kantar market information to share with the manufacturers and retailers. They can then understand how popular are the products they produce and sell. That’s how we know that everyone in the UK is obsessing about supplements or turmeric at the moment or that the German supermarkets LIDL and ALDI have more customers than ever before…
How do you join Shop & Scan?
You can join this program for free by an invitation. I got my participation code sent by Kantar by post. But there is a chance you may get onto it when registering at : https://www.volunteer4panels.com/ however there is no guarantee your application will be accepted, as they try to keep the poll of their Shop & Scan surveyors balanced across the UK hence you may be accepted later if at all.
Is everyone eligible to join Shop & Scan?
Sadly if you work in marketing or advertising or belong to a rival Nielsen research programme you won’t be able to join, well you may try to apply but your application will be rejected based on not adhering to the basic criteria of participation.
There are also a few other restrictions worth double checking ahead of joining Shop and Scan, these are:
- You should not register using someone else’s Invitation Number.
- You should enter the Invitation Number exactly as shown (no spaces at either end).
- You should not register using a work PC.
- You cannot register using an Apple Mac.
- You cannot register using Windows 95 or Windows 2000.
How do you start your scanning journey?
When you finally become a member of the Shop & Scan consumer panel you get a small device to scan your shopping, it is called – The Clicker. This is a barcode scanner that you will use when unpacking your shopping:-)
Your Shop & Scan starter pack will explain what and how to do and in which order but it is as simple as shown below:
Once you scanned all your shopping all you need to do is log in to your account and transmit the bar codes. You need to connect your Clicker to your PC or laptop and upload your till receipt image(s). The cut off day is Sunday by midnight. Although usually they extend it by Monday.
Why to start Shop and Scan?
As thanks for participation, Shop & Scan enrols each member in their Reward Points Programme as soon as you register with them. They do credit each shopping data submission when giving you:
- 1100 points for uploading the barcodes
- and 500 for the scan of the receipt(s)
They also offer regular credit points in exchange for your participation in the ShopandScan surveys. They are actually a nice way to boost the points. Whenever you log in to your Reward Account the points balance will be displayed there alongside the information how much you need for a particular brand voucher.
How can you spend the shop and Scan Reward?
The points can be also donated towards a charity of your choice ( Cancer Research, NSPCC Donation or UNICEF) or exchanged for online or offline high street gift vouchers. I usually go for Amazon vouchers but you can also get vouchers to: Agos, Google Play, H&M, Halfords, Miss Selfridge, Virgin, New Look, Nike, Not On The High Street, Spotify, Zalando, and a many more.
Occasionally you get access to competitions and prize draws as well as other member benefits. For example you get asked to take some short surveys for some additional points or to share your weekly food diary. I have been invited to some food diary surveys recently and earned 20,000 points in less than a few minutes , so this is yet another way to boost your points balance and get the vouchers quicker.
How much can you earn towards your free vouchers?
Ultimately every week you can get up to 1600 points, which translates into 76,800 points in a year (1,600*48 weeks as you may as well pause the programme when you are on holidays or ill/not shopping). As you are able to turn 10,000 points into a £10 voucher it means you can earn up to £76 per year or even a bit more if you do the surveys or food diary sharing.
With that it looks like Shop and Scan allows you to get around £60-£80 per year which is still worth going ahead as the effort is minimal and return is nice so all in all it is rather acceptable.
The information you share with Kantar is confidential and they never release any of it without your permission. I have never received any emails or services from third parties as a result of my KANTAR research membership, so there are no risks when doing ‘Shop and Scan’ submissions.
If however you aren’t still convinced here are some more reviews of ‘Shop and Scan’: https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.shopandscan.com
Other good but slower way to earn Amazon vouchers is mentioned here.