Scrutinize Mystery Shopper Ads

by Robert ~ April 13th, 2008. Filed under: mystery shops, Mystery-Shopper, Mystery-Shopping.

From The Desk Of B. Robert

Are there real jobs that pay you to shop and eat out at restaurants, rent movies, go bowling and buy clothes to mention just a few?

Advertisements for Mystery Shoppers

How many times have you read advertisements and sales pitches like the examples below?

01 GET PAID TO SHOP KEEP ALL THE ITEMS FOR FREE
02 GET PAID TO EAT OUT AT FINE AND ELEGANT RESTAURANTS
03 GET PAID TO TRAVEL TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR FREE
04 GET PAID TO TAKE LUXURY CRUISES
05 GET FREE PRODUCTS AND RECEIVE A PAYCHECK FOR YOUR TIME

 

Those are just some of what you probably have seen posted that saturate the Internet and Marketplace.

Are there real jobs that pay you to shop and eat out at restaurants, rent movies, go bowling and buy clothes to mention just a few?

Can you be paid $10 to $45 to go to the Mall and shop including eat at one of your favorite restaurants?

Maybe you would enjoy seeing a movie, or bringing the kids to the amusement park, or would you and your husband enjoy a spending some time at the golf course?

Can you make a full-time income from Mystery Shopping?

Is this too good to, really, be true?

 

ANSWERS AND COMMENTS –

The advertisements are true, but there are details involved with Mystery Shops that easily misinterpret any of the above example advertisements.

Of course, I believe ads of this type purport to mislead the person interested in becoming a Mystery Shopper.

It seems as though the general information provided at a cost of $25 may not be worth more than $4 or $5.

If, however, instead of general instructions it is an actual training course by a certified instructor, then the cost should be of value.

The important fact is that you should research what you intend to purchase if the cost is more than $7 to $10.

Review the information included in the book/ebook, course, guide or certification purchase along with its cost.

Compare the cost and reasonable knowledge offered from the product.

You can obtain a list of Mystery Shopping Companies on the Internet; or you can complete a search on Google, and you can learn what Mystery Shopper companies are hiring in your area.

Now, I speak directly to the reader, be cautious in regards to the key word ‘HIRING’. Mystery Shopping is self-contracting assigned positions and do not involve; except in very rare cases actual employment.

Another important factor is you must be prepared to invoice for your services and wait until you receive payment and reimbursements.

This most assuredly requires you to pay money out prior to your reimbursements and compensation.

It seems I never read about your money layout prior to earnings and reimbursements in the adverts.

Probably for the reason it is not good for a sales offering.

I can honestly say that I have been very familiar with Mystery Shopping since 1999.

I know you can earn money, you can receive reimbursements for purchases and free-gifts can accompany many of your assignments.

Nonetheless, you must pay for your lunches, dinners, movies, travels, cruises and expensive item tags prior to any reimbursements.

As an important heads up, travel packages, cruises and expensive item tag shops are not so easy to obtain.

Additionally, some reports are time consuming. The more money you can earn from a ‘Shop’, the more information you will have to provide to the hiring company. The more details you report, the more time it takes to complete your comments and answers.

Therefore, you could consider more $10 and $15 Mystery Shopping audits taking less time to do and less time to complete reports.

Unless, of course, you are able to sign up for some Focus and Survey Groups which pay a great deal more.

The standard pay for Focus and Survey Groups normally start at $50 and up to $125.

However, (believe me), these are assignments many shoppers go after and sign-up to complete.

So what type of information should you consider purchasing?

Firstly, you should never consider purchasing information, book, or manual to obtain Mystery Shopping Company Names only. This information is available for free, on many Internet sites . You can Google Mystery Shopping Companies” and obtain your list of names without cost.

However, if you are interested in learning more about the types of Mystery Shops, Certifications, details regarding reports and the overall Secret Shopping Industry then you should look for the following comments and information in the advertised offer:

a. How to apply to Mystery Shopper companies
b. How to learn what you can expect to earn for the types of Mystery Shops
c. How to consider and understand when you will receive payment from Client
d. How to know when you see a Mystery Shopper Scamming Company
e. How to write quality reports
f. How to look for the important information the client wants to know

 

You should not pay for the following specifically:

a. Shopping Databases for Mystery Shopping Companies
b. Your State and City shops available (as there are shopping forums you can sign up to receive your local area assignments).
c. Or, you can review the Mystery Shopper Company boards
Digest List for available assignments

 

Some Comments on Requirements;

Mystery Shopping is a specialized field and requires dependable, reliable and trustworthy shoppers.

Additionally, you must enjoy writing; as this is the home based portion of your business.

You should record and write your experiences and observances in detail to provide the information necessary.

You should like shopping and completing reports if you hope to become a first-rate Mystery Shopper.

All too often, Mystery Shopping Company schedulers have cancellations by unreliable shoppers. This leaves very little time to re-schedule the ‘Shop’.

Rescheduling, rearranging and reorganizing shops, no doubt, becomes additional work and exasperating when it occurs repeatedly by the same person.

Once a scheduler recognizes habitual cancellations and postponements the Shopper is no longer offered assignments or allowed to access the boards to sign up for future jobs at their site.

It is most important when you sign up to complete a ‘Shop’, you carry out your responsibility.

Occasionally, one expects an emergency; however, more than once or twice is poor quality workmanship in the Mystery Shopping field.

 

To Be Continued…

 

 

 

Hello Shoppers,

Palm Scheduling Services, on behalf of Service Savvy is scheduling

upscale Fitness shops for April. The person completing an assignment

would need to play the role of someone in the market for a fitness

center. There is no purchase for this assignment and also do not have to

exercise. Dates available to shop are: April 14th, 15th,16th or 17th.

Please do not apply for same location you have completed a fitness shop

for us in the past 12 months.

Payment for completed shop: $20

Requirements for all shoppers:

* Must be reliable

* Must be able to confirm a specific date when scheduling

* Must be detail oriented and articulate

* Must be able to complete the survey in a professional manner

* You must write well and neatly

* Must have Internet access and email

* Must be between 21- 55 years of age

We are looking for shoppers that can give a 100% commitment. If you are

not sure that you can complete the assignment, please do not request it.

LOCATIONS:

CARY, NC 27518

When applying for this assignment please include:

First and last name:

Mailing address, including city and zip:

Day Phone Number:

Evening Phone Number:

Your Email Address:

Date available to shop:

Location you are requesting:

Are you a member or past member of a fitness center? Which one?

Please respond toPalm Scheduling Services if you are interested in completing an
assignment by putting “Upscale Fitness shops for April $20” on the
subject heading of your email.

Thank you,

Palm Scheduling Services

Click Here

scheduling for Service Savvy

Hello shoppers

Palm Scheduling Services is scheduling easy employee targeted storage shops in Indiana to be completed by April 20th, 2008.

These SUPER EASY shops pay $15.00 each plus a $5 bonus via PayPal only.

Please register for PayPal at Click Here if you have not already done so.

No purchase is required, but you must obtain a business card.

The report is submitted via Excel within 24 hrs. of completion.

What could be easier!

REGISTER AT:

Click Here

Call me at: (972)-276-0472 CST PSS Shopper Database registration:

Click Here

SHOPPERTUNITIES JOB BOARD-UPDATED DAILY:

Click Here

PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING

FULL NAME:

ALL PHONE #S:

EMAIL ADDRESS:

PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS:

DESIRED CITY/STATE:

EXACT DATE YOU WILL CONDUCT THE SHOP:

DO YOU HAVE EXCEL:

CAN YOU SEND ATTACHMENTS IN EXCEL: THEN, THIS IS MANDATORY:

PLACE IN SUBJECT LINE – STORAGE SHOP AND THE DESIRED CITY/CITIES/STATE/DATE

If we do not schedule you this month, we keep your application on file and place you on the rotation for the following round.

WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU!

LOCATIONS: 11575 Fox Road Indianapolis IN 46236

(Mon, Wed-Sat) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 11575 Fox Road Indianapolis IN 46236

(Tues & Thurs) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 3750 Bauer Drive West Indianapolis IN 46280

(Wed-Sat) Mon – Sat: 8-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 3750 Bauer Drive West Indianapolis IN 46280

(Mon) Mon – Sat: 8-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 4049 Killdeer Drive Indianapolis IN 46237 (Wed-Sat) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 4049 Killdeer Drive Indianapolis IN 46237

(Mon & Tues) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 8051 Windham Lake Drive Indianapolis IN 46214 (Tues, Thurs, Sat) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 3730 Cindy Lane Indianapolis IN 46239

(Wed-Sat) Mon – Sat: 8-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 1121 N. Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne IN 46805

(Wed-Sat) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 1121 N. Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne IN 46805

(Mon & Tues) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 707 E. McKinley Avenue Mishawaka IN 46545

(Mon-Thur Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15) 707 E. McKinley Avenue Mishawaka IN 46545 (Sat.) Mon-Fri: 9-6; Sat: 9-5

(mgrs take lunch from 1-2:15)

Hi Shoppers

KSS International, Inc, on behalf of Ath Power, is scheduling simple Great Customer Service Bank shops!

Shopper pay is $10.75

You do not need to have an account at the bank.

If you do we have phone shops that would be better for you. Please let me know.

*For this shop you will be inquiring about bank products (scenarios are provided in the guidelines).

*The shops must be submitted with in 12 hours of completion.

* The shop form is straight forward.

* You can complete the shop any day the bank is open up to 30 minutes before closing.

 

apply at www.athpoweronline.com

For more shops try www.sassieshop.com/2kern

LOCATIONS:

Seaford, DE. 19973

Laurel DE 19956

Oceanview DE 19970

Lancaster PA, 17602 17603

Bloomsburg Pa 17815

Mt Carmel PA 17851

St. college PA 16803

Hamburg PA 19526

Dever PA 17517

Danville PA 17821

Shamoken Pa 17872

Reinholds PA 17569

Hamburg PA 19526

Middleburg PA 17842

Hummels Warf PA 17831

Mt Pleasant Mills PA 17812

Beaver springs PA 17812

Miffinburg PA 17844

Oxford NJ 07863

Hope NJ 07844

Hacketstown NJ 07840

Whiting NJ 08759

Mickleton NJ 08056

Alloway NJ 08001

Piles grove NJ 08098

Carneys point NJ 08069

Rockville MD 20850

Bowie MD 20716

Thomas Jefferson MD 21702

Hagerestown MD. 21740 21742

Smithsburg MD 21783

Frederick MD 21702

Thank you, I look forward to working with you!

A. Martin

KSS International for ATH Power

Market Viewpoint has APARTMENT mystery shops available in the

following locations:

Woburn, MA 01801

Millis, MA 02054

Lowell, MA 01852

Payment for completed shops is $25.

Timeframe: Now through April 17th

Report is done online and is due the same day you do the shop.

Do not apply directly through the shopper website you are on. Only

follow directions below:

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS:

IF INTERESTED, SEND AN EMAIL TO

Janet@marketviewpoint.com
WITH THE LOCATION(S) YOU ARE APPLYING FOR

IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

I need the following information even if you
are a registered shopper with us:

NAME:

Address:

Phone #:

Paypal Email address:

We prefer shoppers who have PAYPAL. If you don’t have Paypal, please

let me know. Please follow these directions carefully to be
considered for a shop.

The commission is $20 + $5 bonus = $25 to submit no later than April 20th

No appointment is made. We want you to do a drop in visit.

You can shop any leasing consultant. You do not need to reach the same consultant for the phone evaluation as the onsite.

Paperwork is very easy, mostly yes/no questions. Explain “no” answers but a narrative is not required.

We need just three or four lines giving your total impression of the visit and also of the phone call that is made AFTER the visit.

This call is the phone evaluation. You may not have shopped the location within the past 12 months.

Only serious shoppers need reply and only if you are sure you can do the shop(s) and complete by the due date.

Paperwork must be submitted within 24 hours of completion of each shop. I do assign on a first requested basis.

You may shop any day and hours the leasing office is open with the exception of Sunday. You must call to verify they are open before going onsite visit.

Please reply with ALL of the following information.

Name

Complete Address (street, city and zip code):

Phone number:

Email address:

Do you have Excel? If not do you have Works?

Do you have Word?

Do you have access to a fax to fax back to a toll free number or scan and email?

Which location(s) are you applying for?

When do you plan to do the shop(s)?

Following are the locations:

Chase Heritage Circle

Sterling VA 20164

M-F 9-6/Sat. 10-5/Closed Sun

Carol

Action Research Group

carolaction@gmail.com

1-866-704-6704 toll free

Shopper needed for Game shop in Laurel, MS 39440 – No required questions! Fast, Easy shop!

April 15th – 19th Ann Michaels has Electronic/Gaming store shops! You

will be required to assess the interior of the store, interact with at

least one employee and make a purchase, of your choice. Your essay

should detail the interaction with the employee including any product

recommendations, promotions or discounts discussed. You will also look

for signage in the store and include your opinion of the content.

Laurel, MS 39440

Apply on our Sassie job board

(http://www.sassieshop.com/ or email me, but please, make sure you are registered with us before emailing me.

If you’re an Ann Michaels shopper but have not had any assignments,

please double check your profile to be sure you have agreed to our ICA

and PayPal payments. I can not assign any shops to you if these items

are not completed in your application.

NEW SHOPPERS WELCOME! If you are not registered with us, please

register. Once registered, please email me back and I can assign this

shop to you. Go to:

https://www.sassieshop./signup note two items on the form:

1) We send payments on the 16th of the following month after a shop is

completed via PayPal. You must have a PayPal account with an email

address that is the same as the email address you use with your Ann

Michaels account. Please be sure that you accept PayPal and note this on

the form where asked. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can sign

up for one at www.PayPal.com.

2) We have an Independent Contractor Agreement (ICA) that must be read

and accepted before you can shop with us. On the sign up form, read the

ICA and change the “0” to a “1” in the box about the ICA acceptance.

Once you are registered, you will have access to the job board and you

may also receive email notifications for shops near you. If you have

any questions, please e-mail the Account Manager, Janet Burchfield

Janet Burchfield

Account Manager

Ann Michaels & Associates

Fax 630-839-0780

Hi Shoppers,We still have a few of these terrific and easy shops for you.

Everyone is telling us how much they enjoy getting paid to get

their oil changed.

Some shoppers are taking in friend’s and family’s
car for them. It’s a win win they say.

So go ahead and sign up for as many as you have access to cars

for, but please no more than that.

Check Website, many other locations may still be available.***

COMMENTS: We could really use your help with these shops.

We will pay you for your oil change (a 32.99 value) plus pay you an

additional $6.00 for your opinion.

Please only apply for as many shops as you have access to cars for.

You may use friends and familys cars or trucks (please be sure to get

their okay).

If you have any friends or family that might like a free
oil change and get paid an extra $6.00 for giving us their opinion,
please have them sign up or let us know.

If you have a coupon you think is better than the one we provide, you

may use that.

No restrictions on this shop.

Business Type/Name: $31 Auto Service Shop

Due Date : 04-20-08

Shop can not be performed BEFORE 03-19-08

Available Shops:

* AZ: LAKE HAVASU->

Click Here

* CA: ARCADIA, BAKERSFIELD, CANOGA PARK, CANYON COUNTRY, CULVER CITY,

GLENDALE, HOLLYWOOD, LA BREA, LADERA HEIGHTS, LONG BEACH, LOS

ANGELES, Los Angeles, MANHATTAN BEACH, MELROSE, NORTHRIDGE, PALMDALE,

Pasadena, REDONDO BEACH, RESEDA, SANTA MONICA, San Marino, TARZANA,

TEMPLE CITY, TORRANCE, UPLAND, WEST COVINA, WEST LOS ANGELES,

WHITTIER, WOODLAND HILLS->

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