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Mystery Shoppers... ?


Does anyone know how to become a mystery shopper? Is there a company to apply to? I've seen a few companies ask for money to apply, but I don't think that is right!? I LOVE shopping and think I would be a great mystery shopper. (Not to mention, a lot of fun!) Any suggestions?
Apr 25, 2008 @ 01:01 pm

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Feisty Redhead


The general rule is if they ask for money it's a scam. Do you go to an employer and pay them so you can work? Of course not. Granted there are very rare exceptions to everything and there are a small handful of valid opportunities that require a SMALL investment to get you going, but better safe than sorry right?

Maybe you can just go to some stores where you already love to shop (or would love to but can't for whatever reason) and ask to speak to the owner/manager and ask them about it?
Apr 25, 2008 @ 02:01 pm

What is Mystery shopper?

I dont know what that is.
Apr 25, 2008 @ 02:50 pm
Ali de Bold

Mystery Shopper

is someone hired by a company to shop in their store and test the customer experience. The purpose is to see how the staff performing and where improvements are required. They should never ask you to pay. FR is right. They are supposed to pay you.

Check out this article on Monster.ca:

Good luck!
Apr 25, 2008 @ 04:05 pm


Thanks you! I have a bit more research to do :)

I'll let you know if I find anything interesting! :)
Apr 28, 2008 @ 07:29 pm

my experience

I've done some mystery shopping before. I didn't exactly apply through a company per se. While I was in university, the Career Centre had a posting up for mystery shoppings. I e-mailed them because I was interested - no resume, cover letter was needed. A month later, the person in charge started e-mailing me places to visit and answering questions relating to the services. I mostly did electronic stores (ie. Bell, Telus, etc) and was paid $10 per visit. I usually did places that were close to school or my house and was paid through paypal. Oh I was also offered mystering shopping at McDonalds, but they just pay for your meals (I didn't take them since I don't eat at McDonalds and I'd rather have actual $$)

I hope this helps!
Apr 30, 2008 @ 03:40 pm
Scents Of Peace

I teach a class on this . . .

You NEVER, NEVER, NEVER pay any company for leads or assignments - EVER ! The best assignments are generally service oriented (banks, apartments, etc.) as far as monetary payment. Product (clothes, etc) and dining assignments are generally reimbursed with a small fee on top of that - so choose wisely.

The one thing I teach my students is that you are being payed for your experience NOT your opinions. Your input will directly affect another person's job, so be kind and fair when being honest.

Most all companies use PayPal for payment and I usually find the best companies use SASSIE online software. It helps with continuity when filling out forms. Recently they started a better system for finding assignments at www.jobslinger.com

It can help offset expenses you would normally incur and occasionally you find an assignment for some place or service you would not fund on your own ;-)
May 03, 2008 @ 12:15 am


Thank you! I'll check out jobslinger.
May 08, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

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