Mystery Shoppers

If you've ever worked in retail, you've probably heard about mystery shoppers. These are the normal looking people who come into a store and file a report on what they observe/experience.

The threat of getting a fabled 'mystery shopper' has kept many a lazy teenager vigilant. But who are these people? Where do they come from?

Well, apparently becoming a mystery shopper is quite straightforward. I just saw an ad from one 'mystey shopping' firm on a local employment website. It offers $12 per gig, plus (wait for it) they pay for everything you buy! One of my girlfriends has already e-mailed them, written her online quiz, and is now waiting for her first assignment.

All she has to do is fill out a short questionnaire after each store/restaurant visit, and she gets credit. I honestly don't see a downside to this. I figure if I'm going to go clothes shopping, or out for lunch, then I might as well get paid for it.

Do any of you know of friends or family members who have done this? Let me know in the comments section!


Das Auto! said...
January 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

i used to see ads all the time for "mystery shopper" jobs.. and i thought they were a scam until i got "mystery shopped" when i was managing a cell phone store.

this would be a good part time job, and that's cool that they pay for all your stuff in addition to regular compensation

Vapor said...
January 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Wow, I might have to look into this.

Rorschach Redemption said...
January 16, 2011 at 4:41 PM

It really depends on the company. Some require special skills, surprise surprise! $12 dollars is pretty good, if on the average. As long as you don't PAY THEM for some fee, you are in the green. It's a big business.

Reputable. If you take it up, good luck.

A Beer for the Shower said...
January 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I've done this before, and it's a lot of fun. Gives you a great (false) sense of power.

Cool blog, btw. Following.

HSP said...
January 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

That's very interesting to know it's the real deal. It all sounds so dodgy, lol.

ImmaFrog said...
January 16, 2011 at 11:08 PM

I've always liked to try this jobs out, but i'm too lazy even for this.

StockGuy said...
January 17, 2011 at 12:34 AM

I'll have to check this out.

HiFi said...
January 17, 2011 at 3:26 AM

A manager used to try and scare us with threats of the mystery shopper, but we didn't really sweat it since he only paid us minimum wage. If we were paid $20/hr then it would have been a totally different story :P

mrecan said...
January 17, 2011 at 7:12 AM

that job sounds awesome

Jondel said...
January 17, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Sounds like a dream job for some people. Get paid to walk around a store.

Marduk said...
January 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I could do that. Seeing as how I'll be to busy to hold a normal job this might be right for me!

Major.Mack said...
January 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I usually just wear a mask and bring a gun when i want to be a mystery shopper....very lucrative!

Monster Madness said...
January 17, 2011 at 1:55 PM

This sounds great. I wonder if it's possible to try this in my country. :)

SuciƓ Sanchez said...
January 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Interesting that the google ads are locked onto this. What proportion are scams I wonder?

Les said...
January 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Crafty bastards, those mystery shoppers.

MRanthrope said...
January 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

mystery shoppers are the devil

Telia Tuli said...
January 18, 2011 at 3:25 AM

i guess i'd rather be a mystery shopper than slaving away at a grill at some restaurant.
Although, the guy slaving at the grill probably gets paid more.

do they send you on a bunch of assignments in 1 trip or?

Erroneous Maximus said...
January 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

This doesn't sound half bad, if legitimate. Good luck!

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