Mystery Shopping

United Kingdom
March 25, 2012 7:17am CST
I did a bit of mystery shopping a while ago with one company. I think I had two jobs and then the company seemed to disappear. I have recently signed up to some others (starting with one recommended to me by my sister who has also just signed up with them). I have a couple of questions about this. Firstly, if anyone else does this with more than one company, which are/have been the best? I mean in terms of the number of jobs available as well as the pay available. One of the sites with which I have registered asked whether I required to work part time or full time. I was just wondering if such a job could be done full time? I mean, obviously it CAN be done full time if there are sufficient assignments available but does anyone do it full time and is it worth it?
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@owlwings (38072)
• Cambridge, England
25 Mar 12
'Mystery shopping' (in other words, reviewing retail outlets anonymously for money) can certainly be a full-time occupation. All reputable companies which do this will insist on a 'probationary period'. It is absolutely essential to be totally reliable, timely and very explicit in your reviews. The people who do this sort of work full time are expected to work far more than a normal 9-5 job and to very strict constraints. They are professionals and are very much more than the 'average shopper' (though, of course, they must be seen as exactly that by the shops that they are assigned to review). In other words, they are consummate actors with very special skills in observing, reporting and evaluating on specific criteria. They will usually have quite a lot of experience both as shoppers and as staff - and possibly in retail management as well - and will understand completely the constraints and implications of their assignment and be able to give accurate and meaningful reports from the customer's point of view. Such people are the 'elite' in the 'anonymous assessment' world. You get there by hard graft, concrete evidence of ability and by delivering your reports on time, every time. It's NOT easy but, on the other hand, it is NOT out of reach of anyone who has a good command of English, can deliver on time and consistently and accurately report exactly what the customer (usually the retail outlet) needs to know. If you get onto the full-time staff of a good company, you will be paid exceedingly well and you can consider yourself a professional.
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@owlwings (38072)
• Cambridge, England
25 Mar 12
From what little I know of you, by the way, "Pumpkinjam" (and we have, at least, seen what each other has wrote quite a lot for six or seven years), I think that you should certainly answer 'yes' if a company you are applying to asks if you want to be full time. I am pretty certain that you are capable of it ... if you want to commit yourself that much.
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• United Kingdom
25 Mar 12
Thanks Mr. O. I know I'm fantastic and can do anything. :) I was just wondering how the whole thing would work as a full time job because the nature of the job is that it depends on the work available. And, of course, there is always the issue of whether the pay for such things would be worth the amount of time necessary to invest in it. Thank you for reading the question properly. ;)
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
25 Mar 12
You have to be really careful with things like that. There are jobs out there but not all of them are legit. I would stick with one company that you know is legit and go from there. Maybe you can get some good mystery shops from them but would have to travel a little farther. Around here they are few and far between.
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• United Kingdom
25 Mar 12
Thanks. I am always careful when it comes to looking for any job, especially those which seem too good to be true! I think as long as they don't ask for a fee or too many personal details then I have nothing to lose. I have joined a few mystery shopping websites but there are very few jobs available in my area. That's why I was looking at joining a few. What would be really helpful, though, would be to know if there is one really good company where there is regular work available.
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@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
25 Mar 12
Mystery shopping can be fun and mysterious at the same time, isn't it? Well, I guess it's fun to do but those kind of job is not available in our country, I think. I bet you can easily have money on doing that. But if a fulltime job can still be the best option on earning money, I'd choose the fulltime job. If I can search for part time jobs which has fast and big earnings, why not choose it, right? Well, it still depends on you on what kind of job is it you are applying and gaining to do.
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• United Kingdom
25 Mar 12
Thanks for your response. I'm not talking about jobs in general or what to look for. I'm asking specifically about Mystery Shopping and about whether that particular job would work as a full time job.
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@cruride (66)
• United States
25 Mar 12
I would love to do this..how do you get invovled?
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• United Kingdom
25 Mar 12
If you do an Internet search for "mystery shopper" and put your country as well, that should give you some options. Just be careful to choose responsible companies. If they ask for any sign-up fee then they are (probably) not genuine.
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@wittynet (4136)
• Philippines
26 Mar 12
What a surprise! I checked your profile, and I was really amazed. You reminded me of my profile colors. I had the same profile color background with you. I always love the combination of blue and pink. I removed it few weeks ago because I was planning to add more color, but until now I don't have time yet. I was also interested to apply for a mystery shopper, but same with one of the comments here, I don't know if there are legit companies in our country. You're lucky that you have a lot in your country. I'll make a thorough research about this mystery shopper. Well, owlwings as always gave you a very comprehensive response. You can get a lot of information from his post.
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• United Kingdom
26 Mar 12
Thanks for your response. I don't tend to look at my own profile page so I have forgotten what it looks like! You are right about owlwings. We can rely on him for some very good responses. :-)
@wittynet (4136)
• Philippines
26 Mar 12
I don't know why I checked your profile. I'm not usually doing it. Yes. I always admire him, that's why I want to make his rank 10.
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@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
25 Mar 12
I see several people here talking about mystery shopping but I don't see anyone mentioning sites to sign up an do this. I get e-mails about mystery shopping but these are all scams. I would be interested in a real opportunity.
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• United Kingdom
25 Mar 12
There are a lot of genuine mystery shopping companies. I'd say that if you have unsolicited mail from any company, it is probably a scam! It is better to search for yourself and check companies out before applying to them. MSPA is, I think, like a sort of governing body of mystery shopping companies worldwide. I don't think they have to be a member but if you look out for the MSPA logo, that's a good sign.
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