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March 30, 2009


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I was registered with 4-5 Mystery Shopping companies. Payments were typically in the $10-$20 range and most shops took about 20 minutes to complete. I've finally decided to quit mystery shopping as in the end, I feel I'm too busy to deal with the hassle.

I think a prerequisite to being a mystery shopper is that you've actually worked in retail at some point. Working the retail gig in high school, I can't believe the things we got slammed for by the mystery shopper. One time, we had a mystery shopper come in just as we were about to close. I was assisting a customer regarding a computer accessory. The mystery shopper waited no more than 30 seconds (I swear), made some grumbling noises and stormed out even though I acknowledged that I would help shortly.

Our store got a '0' for the month. Ugh...

Stupidly Yours,


Your "the Bargain Babe's interview with a real-life mystery shopper" link is not working.

I wish I could apply more of the wisdom I read on FMF in my local context...

I don't think it's worth the time and effort.

I love mystery shopping! Sometimes, it's not just about the extra money, but also improving my quality of life for free. For example, I haven't paid for an oil change in almost three years, but I get oil changes regularly as mystery shop assignments. There are also times that I get to watch a movie or go out to eat for free.

What I'd really like to see is a good list of all of the *worthy* mystery shop agencies out there. I often see lists, but they contain lots of places that cost to join—BAD DEAL.

It takes at least 1-2 hours to receive the assignment, read the instructions and fill out and submit the review. While you're completing the assignment, your conversation with your significant other tends to be about nothing enjoyable -- timing of service, quality, atmosphere, etc.

All of this hassle for at most a $15-$20 discount?

It's definitely not worth the hassle, especially after you get burned once or twice for not doing things exactly according to the instructions.

Rather than becoming a jack of all trades, why not choose to do one thing really well -- and get paid really well to do it?! I'm all for hobbies, but not for spreading myself too thin . . .

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