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!

18 comments:

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.

http://www.mysteryshop.org/

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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