Nelson Research Group $2000.00 in Groceries?

7:35:00 AM

This morning on the radio I heard a fabulous commercial.  Nelson research group (You know, the guys that do the TV Ratings and other research focus groups, right?  No.  That's just what they want you to believe...) are conducting a survey regarding consumer spending trends.  For your participation, they’ll send you $2000.00 worth of grocery certificates to spend and then report back to them what you spend on the money on.

The key word here is “Certificates”.

Because I make it my mission through to ferret out all the scams on the market, I called – this one sounded too good to be true.

In fact, it is.

The operator on the line was named Chris.  (He was in Maine..it was cold there…whatever).  He made me take a short survey – how much do you spend in groceries each month, do you use store brand or name brand, how many family members etc.  Once the survey was complete he told me – congratulations!  Apparently I qualified.  They just needed a $7.95 dollar shipping and processing fee.

Wait….what?

Here’s how it all breaks down.

1) You do get COUPONS each month – not certificates.  You get $10.00 worth of coupons, and are charged $2.00 each time they are shipped out.  (But you’ll more than make up for that in your grocery savings….uh huh….)

2) They try to sell you into two different savings plans, at 14.95 a month, one for Gas and one for entertainment and groceries.  (So we are already at $30.00 a month plus $2.00 each time you order coupons, let’s say you do that two times a month…$34.00)

3) Upon further research you find out that the “Nelson Research Group” Is not Nielson at all.  It’s a company capitalizing on their name. (and misspelling of it)

So, of course I turned down the offer, nicely let them know it was ridiculous, and went on my way.
This is at best a poorly advertised campaign, but in truth, it’s a scam designed to separate you from your money – not save you money in the long run.




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16 comments

  1. Yep, it's NELSON, not NIELSEN. NIELSEN is the legit company that does radio/tv ratings. NELSON is separate and if you ask, they will probably tell you they are separate and in no way affiliated, as that could probably land them in a LOT of hot water.

    This is, in my opinion, garbage. The fact is, after looking in to it, I STILL may have signed up, but the person on the phone was like the slimiest of slimey used car salesmen, but she was a woman. I even told her "Like I said, I want to do more research before I sign up, and you pushing is not making it any better." She said "I'm just doing my job sweetie, now blah blah blah - so what is your expiration date on that card?" That's when I sighed and hung up.

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  2. I am a reporter working on a story about this Nelson Research Group. I want to talk to anyone who has had interaction with them. Please email me directly at jeff.burnside@nbc.com

    thanks

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  3. Thanks for the info. Just heard the commercial and thought it was too good to be true.

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  4. Since you've been informed that your opening sentence is erroneous (Nelson/Nielson.) Don't you think that you should correct it. You're inadvertently maligning an otherwise good respectable company.

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  5. There are no Nelson TV people. It is called Nielsen.

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  6. The TV Research Company is called Nielson, not Nelson. (Which is precisely why Nelson used this name...)

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  7. crownliI have been on the telephone for one hour and thirty mimutes for customer service and no one has answered all I am getting is the horrible choice of music and a voice that keeps saying someone will be with me. I want to cancel this scam ASAP but am mot gettinmg anywhere.. It is Monday 11-1-10,9:38 am PDT. I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED ANY THING FOR MY MONEY

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  8. This is a scam. Don't fall for it. All they do is push you for credit/debit information.

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  9. I just called the toll free number and the price now is $19.95. It did seem like a really great deal and it was too good to be trus. they tried to get me to sign up for the $14.95 per month deal and that's when I call them out and said it was a scam and their operator started yelling at me on the phone.

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  10. I just called as well, as like everyone else, thought it was the Nielson people. (Tamara, sorry, but it really would help if you'd say right at the very top of your article that this are not the Nielson people and spell it right.) I got suspicious the second they mentioned the $19.95 shipping. I didn't even let them get any further than that because there's no way they should be charging for something that's supposed to be research. From that point the lady did nothing but interrupt me and acted like *I* was the idiot for not expecting shipping charges. Then she jumped straight to wanting my last name, which I refused to give, so she blabbered some more on how wonderful it was. She admitted it was not research, so the commercial is a flat-out lie to begin with. Giving a credit card number to some blind phone number off the radio is just a BAD IDEA. I'd think people would have learned better by now. (This is why they're still in business after this many months, folks.) I never got as far as being "offered" anything else because I knew a legit research company would never charge shipping for anything. But yes, it's definitely a scam and everything about it stinks, so don't even bother calling. Best you can do: report to the BBB (which I will do), and report it to the radio show or local station, whoever is running the ad.

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  11. The parent company is called. Products for life. They are located in Reno Nevada, are not registered with the BBB, but have 48 complaints against their company. Major scam and everything listed on this post happened to me.

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  12. Everything that has been said is right on. I heard the ad while listening to the Wall Street Journal radio show. They got me because I used to be a member of a coupon club that worked very well and was looking for another one. They tried to see me the $14.95 deal and when I said that's too much $179.00 a year to get $140.00 in rebates - hum don't think so. They offered it to me for $29.95 a year, then tried to sell me some life insurance. Guess I'm still looking for a good coupon club.

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  13. i just called this morning because my husband had heard the ad on the radio and thought, "who couldn't use $2000.00!" It smelled like a scam when the smarmy carsalesman started going on about the economy and how tough it is out there. Then when he quoted the $19.95 i'd have to pay to get coupons, he got a little snippy, when i said i shouldn't have to pay for coupons i could print for free from reputable websites! i pressed for what kind of coupons i'd get and he told me i'd have to go to a website to choose which ones i wanted. i asked for the website stating i wasn't going to give out info over the phone, and he said, "you can do whatever you want honey," then hung up. i looked it up on the internet, and came across this blog and a few other hits warning about this scam.

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  14. Thanks for the information! I was doing my own research on them after hearing your commercial. I did hear about the "certificates" and was suspicious. Your blog helped me confirm it.

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  15. Thanks for the blog! I went online to reseach this commerical I just heard on the radio and your blog was the first thing to pop up on Google. Glad I did not waste my time calling!!!

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  16. I too heard this AD and it was 6:30am in the morning when i called that was my #1 red flag. I was asked questions and was told I qualified, I told him all I wanted was info. The minute he said I need to pay $19.95 shipping I pretty much started to shut the conversation down, of course the rep would press a bit more but I nicely told him that no matter what he said at the end of this conversation I will not be paying for anything. He tried to convince me otherwise and even attempted to lower the shiping cost. My tip is, never give your credit card info to pay for anything that is considered a research, make sure you controll the conversation and always do your research before ANY purchase.

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