Has anyone been a mystery shopper before? Can you please tell me how it works?
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14-12-2012 15:24 #1
14-12-2012 15:28 #2
I did it before I went back to part time work.
The jobs would be listed once a month. I would apply for the ones I felt I could do and then they would be assigned. I had a certain number iof days to get to the stores and complete the objectives. Sometimes I would have to make a small purchase and was reimbursed.
I gave it up as it ended up being hardly worth my time financially. By the time you drive to the location, sometimes pay for parking, do the job, go home and do the online report, it only worked our to $10 an hour.
Not worth it. Better off doing an evening shift at a supermarket and making $22 an hour.
14-12-2012 15:31 #3
Yeah I've done it but its really only $20 here and there and some free food occasionally.
14-12-2012 15:46 #4
I'd earn about $1000 a year doing one or two jobs a week. Most jobs paid a pittance - like $12 and you had to drive to shops, do the job, write up the report, submit it online. There were occasional freebies like a free video hire, or free food but most of the free food was fast food and not what I woud normally buy. I would also often do a clothes shop, fall in love with the outfit and buy it, which ate into the profits lol. On the upside, there were some interesting jobs, and the best freebie was a case of wine! I always felt awful if the store being shopped didn't do very well though.
I had some jobs allocated to me according to my postcode. The more jobs you had done reliably, the more you got allocated. Then they would also list jobs to be 'self selected'. You would get instructions with all the details you needed, and the questionnaire they wanted filled out. You had to remember to ask everything so you could answer all the questions, but not appear obvious. There was usually a one week period in which to shop, and then 48 hrs to upload the results. And you couldn't shop the same place twice within a set time period.
Think that's about it,
14-12-2012 15:56 #5
I'm a mystery shopper. I don't do it for the money. I did a supermarket job on the weekend. I got $24 for it. It was around the corner from home, took me about 8 mins to do the shop, I bought groceries that I needed anyway, then I wrote the report in about 20 mins when I got home.
I like it 'cause I don't need the money, but I wanted to do something, and I hate terrible customer service. So if the service is bad, I say so.
One thing to keep in mind is, the company I do it for insist you do it alone. When I first applied, I thought I'd be able to take the kids, but I can't. So I have to be mindful to accept only jobs that can be done during the times that my dh is home to mind the kids. Hth
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