Does mystery shopping really work?

Even if they say the money is really for certification, training, or a guaranteed job, don't do it. No real work, including mystery shopping, involves paying to get the job. You'll find that certification is worthless and that there's probably no work. Guess what? Mystery Shopping requires you to purchase (in most cases).

Since they don't send you cash in advance, it's your responsibility to be able to cover your purchases for the store. It also takes 30-90 days to receive the refund. If you can't spend this money, this may not be your job. A mystery shopper is a paid consumer who is hired to shop in stores and collect data.

Think of mystery shoppers as undercover customers sent to observe, interact, and report on other customers and store employees. A mystery shopper is a person hired by a retailer or market research firm to shop in one or more locations and report on the overall customer experience. If you can work on your mystery shopping to revolve around your current habits, it's much more profitable. I shop at the stores and restaurants that I normally buy, or those that are within a thirty-mile radius of my home.

I've finished some mystery stores and, although I don't think I'm going to quit my job to become a mystery shopper, it has allowed me to run some stores and get paid a little here and there. The visit alone will last more than an hour in most cases and then there is phone training to qualify for the store. You'll also need to participate in the Sinclair New Buyer Challenge, which is a questionnaire that confirms that you've read and understood the terms. You may be hired to make a mystery purchase from the customer's location or one of your competitors to provide intelligence.

Founded in 1986, BestMark is one of the largest and oldest mystery shopping companies in the world, with more than 600,000 mystery shoppers, intercept interviewers and compliance auditors. This is consistent with shopping scams that have victimized a lot of good people trying to make a few extra dollars doing this job. Service Evaluation Concepts offers elite mystery shopping for brands such as Aveda, Cartier, Macy's, Kroger and Lego. Audits, marketing, and other tasks (including cleaning headstones) often appear on mystery shopping job boards from time to time.

In the past, some full-time mystery shoppers reported earning between £30,000 and £40,000 per year, but this is after spending many years on the job and earning a reputation in the industry. Try to attend business seminars that are free at most community colleges and learn how to be classified as an independent contractor and that way your mystery purchasing decisions will be clearer. I think it's an excellent beginner's guide for Mystery Shoppers and it comes with an updated list of some 400 MS companies. Some of the data that mystery shoppers collect and report (usually when completing a survey) includes normal observations such as occasional observers, but mystery shoppers can also be withheld to ask specific questions or be difficult customers.

After investigating dozens of mystery buyer jobs, a closer look at some of the companies showed that many hires were disappointed with their jobs or not being paid as agreed.