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How are testers selected!

(62 Posts)
florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:01:18

I think there are quite a few of us who were surprised that we weren't chosen for the F & F uniform test and the Pampers who needed 1000 testers. They wanted 100 testers and there didn't seem to be that many applied from the postings.
Could you explain how it works please, maybe they didn't use the 100 or 1000 in the end! Thanks, from one of several confused MNtrs x

ChilliJo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:14:55

I say on my phone the other day and ended up in this section of my MN app for the first time.

I went on to the F&F thread, clicked on the link, entered my details in the survey and today found out I'd 'won'.

Beginners luck? I'll be trying again, that's for sure.

ChilliJo Tue 09-Jul-13 18:15:24

*sat on my phone.....

cocolepew Tue 09-Jul-13 18:16:14

I apply but don't post underneath that I have.

MimsyBorogroves Tue 09-Jul-13 18:31:29

I apply but rarely post that I have. I've been lucky enough to be picked for a few things.

I imagine that they have an ideal target audience for each product and look toward people in that group, if that makes sense.

DorisIsWaiting Tue 09-Jul-13 19:19:04

I often apply but don't post.

florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 19:24:14

I've been lucky too and have done quite a few things over the last few months. Just wondered about the F & F and Pampers as they seem to need so many. I sort of expected everyone to get through. Does anyone know how many MNers there are?

florencebabyjo Tue 09-Jul-13 19:26:00

Should try sitting on my phone more often!

TallyGrenshall Tue 09-Jul-13 19:30:22

I applied for the uniform one but didn't post on the thread that I had. I was lucky enough to get picked for that one but I have applied for several others that I haven't been picked for.

<shrug> Thems the breaks

SparkyTGD Tue 09-Jul-13 22:45:40

I also apply but don't always post that I have.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 09-Jul-13 22:52:11

Yes, I'm interested too.

Do the companies specify a demographic breakdown, eg %ages in different age/income brackets, or do they want a random sample?

Would it even be possible to block people who have been members only since the announcement of the test applications? Felt very unhappy about the suggestion that eg money saving websites are clued in.

shaztwins1 Tue 09-Jul-13 22:55:50

i also apply and dont post, have been chosen for lots of small things (food samples etc) though i dont apply for everything only the things i can really use/or would use,the uniform is the 1st biggie ive managed to get & was soooo envy of the dyson & coffee machine but such is life i guess its just luck of the draw fingers crossed

HairyPotter Tue 09-Jul-13 22:59:41

I apply and don't always post either.

Geeklover Tue 09-Jul-13 23:13:00

I apply and don't always post.
I got the pampers one (which still haven't arrived) I think I fitted a demographic for that one having a reluctant pull up pant refusing potty trainer.
I've had a few things actually. And a couple of fairly big ones

Rishi79 Wed 10-Jul-13 00:17:48

never get chosen regardless of applications and posting. sad , F&F atleast got convinced as it was only 100 but very surprised about pampers as I haven't got any e-mail either. Is there a place in each thread where all the chosen people names are displayed so we all can have a look and reconfirm it or it is something again on Data protection?

florencebabyjo Wed 10-Jul-13 07:30:41

This is really interesting. Can someone from MNHQ join the thread and let us know please!

Breezy1985 Wed 10-Jul-13 07:57:47

I'm interested too, have applied for a few things and never been chosen sad I really don't think it's fair when people who just sign up to apply get chosen either.

glenthebattleostrich Wed 10-Jul-13 07:59:09

I never get picked either sad

Perhaps link to this thread in site stuff? MNHQ check there more than the other sections

SparkyTGD Wed 10-Jul-13 09:44:55

Aren't there thousands or even millions of Mumsnetters though?

HorryIsUpduffed Wed 10-Jul-13 09:54:52

Define MNer though. In my head a MNer is someone who reads and/or posts fairly frequently/regularly - using more of the site than just the product tests. <scientific>

I don't think that the mere registration of an email address makes a MNer.

FairyJen Wed 10-Jul-13 09:59:18

I was chosen for the nappy one - first time, re the tesco one, I am disappointed there is no point in lying as it would have been a huge help to us with our finances. I am just unhappy at the thought of someone joining to cash in so to speak.

I joined mn for the advice and support. I don't post everyday or anything but do use the site. I agree just signin up with the sole purpose of ebterin the comps is not really that fair

Tee2072 Wed 10-Jul-13 10:03:52

If you want HQ to reply, report the thread.

CaptainSweatPants Wed 10-Jul-13 10:08:22

But there are 1000s of lurkers

Or people who use the site for other reasons than the talk site

Just cos people post all day doesn't mean they're entitled to win stuff more than people who check the site for advice & see a competition on the home page

FairyJen Wed 10-Jul-13 10:11:54

I agree with that captin however it was suggested on the other thread that some people sign up after seeing links on money saver etc with the sole intention of trying to get freebies rather than have any interest in the site if this is true I find that quite unfair.

I have no issue with lurkers etc winning. Does that make sense??

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 10-Jul-13 10:17:01

I think what sticks in the craw is that someone who uses mn to search for advice, read articles etc is a different breed to what we would define as a Mumsnetter. So when Tesco/Pampers etc then publish their results and say 95% of Mumsnetters think we're great, it doesn't feel like these people are Mumsnetters. If they didn't put that tag on it then it wouldn't matter

That's my theory anyway smile

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