It’s hard to believe that it’s mid-November already and Thanksgiving is next week! This year really flew by, do you feel that way too? Before the holiday shopping season really gets into full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to share some NCP holiday scanning tips. In the past, our panel members have found these tips to be helpful, we hope you will too!

Shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

During the holiday season, there seems to be a variety of deals available all the time, not only on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But, of course, you’re sure to find some good deals on those two highly-anticipated shopping days. Although the shopping might be hectic, be sure to scan all of the purchases you, and other household members, make on those days. It’s important.

Remember to report all of your household’s purchases (including gifts you buy) to NCP by every Saturday to earn your weekly reward points and sweepstakes entries. (NOTE: only scan gifts you buy for others, not gifts you receive.)

Reporting Your Online Purchases

What you buy online is just as important as what you buy in a store. Pay special attention when it comes to reporting your online shopping with these tips.

Select the correct store name

If the retailer has both a website and physical store, make sure to select the “.com” store name from the store list if you shopped on their website. If the store is not listed, select the generic “online shopping” option.

Picking up your online order at the store?

If you ordered online and pick up your purchases at the store, you should still report it as a “.com” store purchase.

When the shipments arrive

Online purchases frequently come in one or multiple shipments. Scan the items when the packages arrive. If you have to enter prices, refer to your receipt or confirmation email. Since many shipments now do not include a packing receipt, consider saving and/or printing out the order confirmations for your orders so you can easily refer back to them when your orders arrive.

Barcode issues?

If an item arrives with the UPC barcode covered by another label, try to carefully peel the label off so you can scan or type in the barcode number. If an item doesn’t have a barcode or the barcode won’t scan, check the Non-Barcoded Items list in the NCPMobile app (or the Barcode Reference Booklet if you use NCP’s handheld scanner), to see if there is a category that matches what you bought such as Apparel, DVDs, Video Games, and so on. This way, if you find a match, you can report the purchase.

An extra reminder

Don’t forget to scan all of your holiday-related food and entertaining (decorations, tableware, etc.) purchases, in addition to your regular shopping.

Thank you for all your efforts in ensuring the accuracy of your shopping trips, especially at this busy time of year! We appreciate it!

Best regards,

Thanksgiving Dinner

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