mystery shopping as a career

@savak03 (6688)
United States
January 29, 2009 4:11pm CST
I have been a mystery shopper for over three years and find it a very satisfying career. The money is not all that great but if you need a great deal of flexibility in your schedule it should work very well for you. What a mystery shopper does is shop at an assigned location and make note of certain things having to do with customer service and then report your observations to your schedulers. To be successful at this you need to be an organized person and have a good eye for detail. Does anyone else in mylot work as a mystery shopper? Would you like to be?
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• United States
29 Jan 09
I would love to be a mystery shopper, but everything I looked at in reference to it was either a scam, you had to pay for it, or it just didn't work...not worth it. If you actually found one that really works I would be thrilled to know more!
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• United States
31 Jan 09
Dido!!
• United States
1 Feb 09
Yeah, as soon as I see that a site wants to charge me ot become a mystery shopper I X right out lol. So as soon as you do get your blog up I would love to take a look at it! Thanks!
• United States
30 Jan 09
I tried this but the site I used you had to read like 20 pages and take a test it was crazy hard!It was for each store So I never did it!
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@savak03 (6688)
• United States
1 Feb 09
They are not all that bad. In fact most of them are much easier. I am working up some more information for those who are considering it and will come back to this discussion to let everyone know where to find it.
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Is it necessary to live and work in a very large town for this to be a possibility?
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@savak03 (6688)
• United States
30 Jan 09
No I live in a small town and drive to locations in a 50 mile radius from my home. That is just my personal choice. You can actually do shops anywhere you can schedule them. You would have to choose for yourself if it would be worth it to go the extra distance.
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@Eskimo (2329)
20 May 09
I got accepted for this a couple of years ago, however due to work commitments for my full time job, I didn't follow it up as I thought it would take up to much of my time.
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
21 May 09
You can do it as much or as little as you want. You are never required to take a certain number of shops or any for that matter. You can pick and choose and leave the ones you don't like or don't have time for. It's very flexible. I work at it pretty steady as it's my only 'job'. I like working at my own pace and this puts me in control of my schedule and my paycheck.
• Philippines
19 May 09
Hi...can you please tell me how to be a mystery shopper and how to apply Pls. email me at ditch_devil2002@yahoo.com or pls just text me at +639278830342 Thank you very much. God bless.
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
20 May 09
You must not post personal info in discussions. I sent you a friend request. When you approve it I will try to help you.
@suzzy3 (8400)
31 Jan 09
I have often wondered about doing this. One thing that has always puzzled me how do you hang around in a shop without being noticed then watching whats going on ,don't you get spotted.What happens when you get recognised by a friend.I don't think I could carry it off.
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
1 Feb 09
You are not really in the store long enough to raise any suspicion. And you are usually making a small purchase as well. If you have a friend that works at the store you are assigned you are supposed to not accept it. I have done shops in stores where I was well known but they never knew I was a mystery shopper. I am going to start a blog to guide anyone that would like to try it or just like to know more about it. When I get it set up I am going to put a link in my profile and come back to this discussion to let everyone know that it is there.
• United States
30 Jan 09
I've thought about it because we travel so much I would be in a different place every three months and that would give me access to places and stores I might not ever see. I've been leaning towards it more and more, care to give me some more details?
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
1 Feb 09
There is a lot of information that I would like to share but doing it via a discussion would be too difficult. I am going to post a blog in the next couple of days, (that's something I've been wanting to do any way.) When I do I will let everyone know where to find it.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I have thought of doing it but every web site that I have checked tells me that I need to give them money and I am not going to do that.. I don't know these people and I don't give money away that freely.. I met a couple who did this at a local restaurant, I knew them at the time, that is why I was told about it, but I never got any information from them.. I would love to give my thoughts and opinions on different restaurants, it would save us a fortune because we eat out a lot.. Great discussion, have a great evening..
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Never never give anyone money for the right to work as a mystery shopper. It is not necessary. Several of my friends and others here have shown an interest. I am going to work up something that will help everyone learn how to get started and will let you know.