Is Mystery Shopping Worth It? looks like a lot of work; small reward
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:26 AM
Posted 09 September 2005 - 07:24 PM
That was really not much once i added in the cost of my time, gas, faxing costs ect. I did every macy's, bloomingdales, burdines, target, checkers, mcdonald's and a few boutiques in my area to earn it. I had to drive all over 3 counties to earn it up to 45 min from my home in both directions.
You are not guaranteed shops every month, so only depend on it for spare money. It can take up to 30 days to get your money. Often if you write a bad review, they will send you out to redo it within 24 hours, to see if you get better service then.
You need to watch what you take, some you actually lose money on. Especially the rain forest cafe shops. The ads you see about keeping all this great stuff, is a lie. Other than food, if they ask you to purchase something a return is also included.
I gave it up, cause it was not enough money. It was fun though.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 01:06 AM
Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:52 AM
Posted 29 September 2005 - 09:09 AM
I also did starbucks.... They were the worst. I took a loss due to them expecting you to purchase certain items. They sent me a scale and 2 thermometers. I had to take the coffee temp in C and F. Then I had to measure the foam to make sure ti was the right amount and thickness. You can't been seen doing this so you need to drive away from the store to get all this info in the car. Sometimes it was messy in the car. You needed the temp asap to make sure it was accurrate. THEN you had to pack up all their equipment and ship it back to them. Requiring a 2nd trip to the post office.
These 2 were not worth it. The one that was the easiest was checkers and mcd's.
These were fast drive thru shops. Worth the money. They paid 5.00 for the food and 5.00 for the shop. BUT.... They usually had a set time for you to have to shop these. They give yu the 2-3 hour timespan they must be completed.
Good shops that pay VERY well are the real estate shops. They pay about 30-40 per shop. You need to tour apartments and eveluate the sales person.
Hope this helps!!! :)
Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:30 AM
Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:39 PM
Regarding mystery shopping. I did mystery shopping for about 6 months about 6 years ago now. So things may have changed, but from the comments I've been hearing, it doesn't seem so.
First off, with mystery shopping you have to spend your own money, 95% of the time. I did work with a company that actually gave a GC for the meal, and then also paid $20! This was a great company to work with, until they insisted on a purchase from the bar! But this is not the norm, and I couldn't afford to wait 6-8 weeks to get reimbursed.
Second thing I've noticed with MS companies, they don't forgive easily. If you're set up to do a MS and then an emergency comes up and you call them, they get upset with you and may not request your services again. So you have to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the shop. With kids, this isn't an easy thing to do!
And lastly, for the time you put into it, the gas, and then the reports that are due "in a timely manner" usually you have 12 hours, but sometimes only 2-3. And these reports aren't short. I did one for McDonalds, and it was 25 PAGES LONG!!!! I had to get food inside and drive thru, take notice of names, temps of all items, how long they took, the decor, etc. All while making sure my kids stayed near me and were'nt fighting!!!!
To say the least it was waaaayyyy to much work for me, and not good enough pay for all the hassle. So I now do surveys at my home, on my own time, and don't have to pay a penny!!!! :D
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:48 PM
It does sound like too much hassle in this case... Sounds like that one is a little too demanding!
Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:24 PM
I definitely wouldn't mind turning this into a full time job!
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:11 PM
A lot of the ads for it say things like "keep what you buy and make $5000 a month".
First: Yes, in most cases you keep what you buy. Problem with that is that the MS company does not pay for your purchases a lot of the time. If you are going to make any money, buy the cheapest thing that you can, i.e. a pack of gum. Sometimes they stipulate the ammount of money that you have to spend or the product that has to be purchased. I try to steer away from these because the businesses know what the MSers are buying and it gives me away.
Second: Some companies will refuse to pay you if you are identified as a mystery shopper. Keep that in mind. If you have a distinctive appearance, such as myself, it makes it difficult to repeat a shop, even after 3 months. How many times a day do you see an amazon woman with butt length blonde hair? I tend to be remembered, keep that in mind.
Third: If your report is not submitted in time, you will not be paid the full ammount if at all. They are not joking. I submitted one 7 minutes late and I was not paid, so keep that in mind.
Fourth: If your report is missing ANY information, they will usually dock your pay for this as well. Your shopper score will go down and you will not be able to apply for as many shops.
I hope I have been of some help :) If I can help you out more, let me know.