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February 04, 2009

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FMF,

No offense, but as a regular reader to your blog, I want to say that your hatred toward Macy's is misguided. The clear theme that arises from your link above is that you hate Macy's because their products are overpriced. Well, I can't argue with you about that, but I think there must be more going on.

There are SO MANY stores in this country where products are exorbitantly overpriced. Neiman Marcus is known as "Needless Markup" for a reason. Buy something at Tiffany's and YOU KNOW you are paying a 1300% mark up for the "blue box." Products at Macy's are comparably priced to other nationwide retail chains. Macy's products are significantly UNDER priced compared to Bloomingdale's, Dillard's, Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc.

So again, why Macy's? It's like railing against Ford Motor Company, because they are so overpriced compared to Kia, but completely ignoring BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche, Acura, and Lexus.

Probably hates Macy's because they are the lower rung of the high end market and therefore gets more gift cards to them. I'm sure he would comment on the other stores if he had the reason.

Secret Shopping isn't as easy as some make it out to be.

Dave --

Thomas hit the nail on the head. I'd probably hate those other stores as well, but I never shop in any of them. My gift card to Macy's has forced me to shop there.

Good idea (talking about the money-making tip, not the Macy's shot), but do you know how much time it takes to perform these mystery shopping trips? I know it must vary, but do you know the average length of time for the $8-$10 versus the $13-$18 versus the $30?

I do Mystery Shopping and make between 30-50 dollars a month. It's not by any means my primary stream of income, but it is legitimate, I get a few extra meals a month, and I enjoy feeling like a spy!

Um people.... a lot of what Macy's sells you can get in other places for a lot less.

Several items that a local Macy's sells I can easily get any several local stores for anyway from $1 less to half the price of Macy's.

Macy's while good store, is a overpriced.


There are unfortunately a lot of 'fake' mystery shopper things out there, so it still is a good idea to verify it.

I love mystery shopping, and found that the harder the assignment, usually the more it pays. I've done shops that pay over $100, and others that pay nothing, such as find dining shops. The ones that paid nothing, covered an expensive meal for me and my guest.

I would love to be a mystery shopper.There's nothing better than shopping! Are you hiring.

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