Have you ever mystery shopped?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
March 11, 2009 10:37am CST
I took a job for a mystery shopper recently and it was fun! I had to order food from a particular restaurant and then answer a short survey. I had a blast and a free meal. Has anyone ever mystery shopped? What did you have to do? Will you do it again? I'd love to hear your experiences...
5 responses
• United States
12 Mar 09
No I haven' t I would like to when I was working in retail we had to make sure we gave every customer great service. We would get reports back from the mystery shoppers on how well I store did. Are their any programs for mystery shopping that you dont have to sign up with a fee?
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Sure - the one that I'm a member of is a no fee company. If you add me as a friend I'll send you a message with the link so you can sign up too... Happy shopping!
• United States
12 Mar 09
thanks so much i just added you as a friend
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11 May 09
i have done a couple of bank mystery shops where i had to say how they treated their customers-i would like to do more but not sure of companys.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
13 May 09
Hi glittergirls and welcome to mylot! I only know of one company but it doesn't really pay - it just gives gift cards to the restaurant that you rated. That was fine with me - it's a free meal! Thanks for the response.
@mira91 (987)
• Singapore
10 Apr 09
I haven't mystery shopped before but i have been EVALUATED by a mystery shopper...And it was horrible..I think it's just the strict guidelines that the mystery shoppers in my country have to abide by but still...They don't even give a chance to newbies and simply rate us poor. I had JUST started working as a saleperson and when i was the unlucky one to get evaluated and i got a 60+% and it wasn't enough to pass. To pass, you have to get above 90%. Crazy or what?
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
13 May 09
Hi mira...That is kind of neat that you got evaluated by a mystery shopper. After all it's nice to see that the work that I did in completing the forms was not just an exercise on my part. I did not give anyone a bad rating. I don't believe that's constructive anyway. Even criticism should be somewhat positive because if it's not, then it's just plain mean. And I do think that it's crazy to have such a high standard for passing - you're right! Thanks for the response.
• Canada
2 Apr 09
i've done some mystery shopping. You might think its fun but i guess it depends on the opportunities you get. I signed up for about 50 MS programs. 5 of them gave me regular opportunities. most of the opportunities paid less then $20.00/shop. plus i had to memorize the senarios (alot of prep work), plus i had to pay for my own gas for most of the shops, plus i had to spend about 1-2 hours filling in the details, you have to use your own ink and paper to print of shopping instruction/directions.... I like the fact that i can choose the shops and when i wanted to go. I liked restaurant shops the most (most only reimburse for what you spend provided that you follow the instructions to the "T"). but after i popped a tire on my way home from a shop, i had to hang up my shopping bag. that popped tire ate everything i earned for the entire month and i was without a car to get to my regular job. I would recommend mystery shopping but it takes alot of organiztion, prepwork, out of pocket expenses... its only worth it if you are shopping places that you already go for the savings.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
13 May 09
Hi queen and welcome to mylot...You are ambitious! The only ones I've done so far are the restaurant ones and you're right - it's just eating and filling out some forms. What I especially liked was that the forms were online so I just had to type and hit the submit button and I was done! So sorry about your tire but I can understand how that would make you hang up the bag. Thanks for the response!
• Chennai, India
11 Mar 09
I've done it once. It was really nice. It was a 'buy any furniture' offer. Exactly at that time I was thinking of buying a study table for my son. Thank God, I got this offer. I immediately went to my nearby furniture mart and bought a study table. Within a time of two weeks, I got back my full money with an additional incentive of about $2.50. If given a chance, I'll love to do it again. I'm now thinking of buying a new double cot. The existing cot has gone wear. (If possible, I want to exchange the existing one for the new one off the record, so that I get some extra money)
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
11 Mar 09
That is such a great story! I'm so glad you got something you really needed! We just got a free dinner. Thanks for the response.