Have you ever tried mystery shopping?

@megumiart (3777)
United States
July 12, 2008 2:42pm CST
I was a little interested in the idea, and I researched some sites. I don't really know much about mystery shoppings and which programs are legit or not, but I'm guessing the ones that charge a sign up fee are scams. And some asked shopper applicants to write a narrative about their last dining experience. I realize you'll only get paid when you get a shopping assignment, so there's no steady pay, or what not. Can anyone share their mystery shopping experience and/or advice? How much did you make on average?
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I have tried mystery shopping. If you have a flexible schedule then it can be consistent work. I have gotten things like free oil changes, and free food doing it. Shadowshoppers is a good site to start with. They are legit and I have gotten most of my work through them.
@snowy22315 (102047)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I never got any jobs with shadow shoppers and most people seem to think they are bad.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
12 Jul 08
Really? I have gotten in with a few companies through them. I guess everyone has a different experience.
@mykmari_08 (2464)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Foremost, I've got to admit that this isn't the first time I've heard of earning through this 'mystery shopper' scheme. And yes, I also became interested in it about a year ago. In fact, when I read about this unique job opportunity, I'd really wanted to participate in it; if not only for my 'skeptical' side which prevented me from doing so. Honestly, I haven't learned of any testimonials of persons being able to earn from this type of endeavor. And I was thinking that if it was a genuine thing, I assumed that locally, there will only be a few establishments or companies which are available to me personally, since we are not a state of America or even a place in Europe. If my memory still serves me right, Walmart is one of the stores included here, right? If it is, I guess it's quite unfortunate for me because there are only a few branches or centers of Walmart in our country. So, I had to just let the opportunity pass me by. But I'm not entirely closing my doors to it, when the time comes that this scheme will include more of the shops which are generally known and accessible to me, and no initial charges of course. Anyway, I do hope you succeed in this particular endeavor. Good luck and God bless.
@anirc750310 (3424)
• Romania
21 Aug 08
today is my first day as secret shopper and i got the qualify certificate for doing this kind of job. I will tell you later how was my experience. until then peace!
@RDugas (247)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Some of the mystery shopping sites have "jobs" that are making phone calls to certain places. When I did it it was mostly pizza delivery places. The one that I "worked" for was Market Force if anyone is interested in signing up or reading more about it. I can remember getting paid as much as $3 to simply make a 1-2 minute phone call.
• United States
13 Jul 08
ive done it before and so has my hubby but you dont make money at it usually.. usually you get like free things such as if the shop is to go bowling they will pay you like 8 bucks then pay for the game, shoes and food.. so its ok if you want to do something fun and not pay for it (or should i say get reinbursed ) but your not gonna make a ton of money off of it.. if you want some links i can send you some since i have quite a few i have done and there is no cost to sign up and been paid by them already
@amanda08 (647)
• United States
13 Jul 08
you know, I have never been a mystery shopper before, but I called about it once and they only wanted me to pay an upfront fee of 1.99 to get enrolled... I was unsure at the time about it tho, so I never did it.... ALthough I have worked at many resteraunts where mystery shoppers come in and rate a few different things concerning your store/business. I really am not sure about how much they get paid.. sorry... lol, but if it helps, I do know that they really exist! ;)
@_sketch_ (5705)
• United States
13 Jul 08
There was one site I signed up for, but the free ones werent worth the work; they only pay $5, so I never tried it. I cant find any that are free and pay well. I dont want to pay for it cuz they may be scams.
@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I haven't but I'm good at shopping. It sounds like something that would be right up my alley. I'll be interested to hear what other people say about it.
• United States
13 Jul 08
The amount you earn as a mystery shopper will depend on many factors, including where you live, how many shops you are willing to do, the types of shops you do and the quality of your work. Your first shops will probably not be high-paying or glamorous, but if you do a good job you will get more and better opportunities. Some shoppers make a few hundred dollars a month, but it is possible to make much more. For most shoppers, it is an occasional, spare time job. Never pay a fee to apply to any company. Legitimate mystery shopping companies will not charge you. There is a list of nearly 200 legitimate companies at http://www.MysteryShoppersManual.com/mystery-shopping-companies Although you do not need to apply to all of them, applying to several will help you to get more assignments faster. Good luck!Cathy Stucker Author of "The Mystery Shopper's Manual"
• United States
13 Jul 08
How much you will make as a mystery shopper depends on several factors, including where you live (How many opportunities are in your area?), how many shops you can do, the types of assignments you do, and the quality of your work. Your first assignments will not be the highest paying or most "glamorous" shops, but once you have some experience you will get better opportunities. Many shoppers make a couple of hundred dollars a month doing a few shops here and there, but it is possible to make more, often much more. Never pay a fee to apply. Legitimate mystery shopping companies do not charge. There is a list of nearly 200 legitimate companies that do not charge shoppers a fee at http://www.MysteryShoppersManual.com/mystery-shopping-companies
• United States
12 Jul 08
I can't tell you which are legit or not. But I worked at Jewel/Albertsons grocery store in the deli and they DID use secret shoppers. What they do is (I worked in the deli, but they did all depts.) They would order one or two things, then when they were done with all the depts. they filled out a form. We had certain greetings, serving manners, and closures we had to follow. A couple of days after their visit we would get a report, it stated the persons name that waited on them, How was their greeting, service, cleaniness of the dept. time it took to be waited on, was the person helpful, professional, did they say thank you, tell you about specials ect. Everything was rated on a 1-5 number scale. I've "heard" that they get to keep what they buy, get reimbursed for items purchased (don't know if there is a limit) and they possibly get paid for gas and paid for doing the service. I don't know if you could contact the stores and maybe they would tell you who they use and then you contact them or visit the BBB there has got to be a way to get in for free with some research and foot work.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I too am curious about it but have never tried it. I think it would be kind of neat. I don't know of anyone that has did it before either. Best of luck
• United States
12 Jul 08
i HAVE SEEN AND READ A LOT ABOUT IT BUT NEVER TIRED IT
@newb00b (13)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I get emails about mystery shoppers all the time I was a little curious about it as well. any info would be great.