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A Day in the Life of Mystery Shopping

April 13th, 2017 at 04:53 pm

Some of you have noted interest in the past, so I thought I would share a day of mystery shopping. This isn't everyday, but I could do this type of day at least three times a week. The times include the shop and the report. This is my agenda for tomorrow:

1.) Breakfast at Sonic:

Pay: $10 (Originally $5, Bonus $5)

Reimbursement: Up to $7.80 (It's enough for a complete meal. I will probably take my son to school, and he can eat it beforehand. I am trying to avoid fast food.)

Report Easy, no narrative

Total time for this shop: 30 mins

Time for payment: 30 days

2.) Local Credit Union for a typical transaction:

Pay: $10 (This is low pay for a bank shop, but I need to go there anyhow.)

Report: Easy, one section of narrative

Total time for this shop (Assuming no long lines): 15 minutes

Time for payment: 6 weeks

3.) Ross (Clothing store)

Pay: $24 (Originally $14, Bonus $10)

No reimbursement (purchase and return-I will go to Fed Ex. which is near Ross and then return the item.)

Report: Easy, no narrative

Total time for this shop: 45 minutes

Time for payment: 30 days

4.) Fed Ex

Pay: $25 for a package pick up (No idea if there is actually anything of value in the package. The tracking says it weighs 1 lb.)

Report: Moderate, some narrative

Total time for this shop: 30 minutes

Time for payment: 2 weeks

5.) Hot Head Burritos

Pay: $0

Reimbursement: $15 (It will be enough to cover two burritos and two drinks.)

Report: Moderate, some narrative

Total time for this shop: 45 minutes

Time for payment: 5 weeks

I took this shop because it is my son's favorite place. I rarely do reimbursement only shops.

These shops are all local (5 mile radius).

I will make $69 cash and up to $22.80 in reimbursements. With the shops and driving, I am expecting 4 hours of work at most. I can't do the burrito shop until 5 PM, so I will go home and do the other reports and go back out for that shop.

8 Responses to “A Day in the Life of Mystery Shopping”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I signed up with one company, but have not done any shops yet. I'm overwhelmed about the requirements, one of which is timing several things that happen during the transactions. I may do one eventually. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kiki Says:

    I've been enjoying my shops but I only am doing grocery stores right now. I can shop for family and they can pay me back for the groceries. Saves them time and I earn some cash for things I wish to do around the house and for vacation next year. Then it will go to student loans and extra toward house.

  3. Wink Says:

    Very interesting to see how mystery shopping works and pays. Thanks!

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    what were the sign up sites again?

  5. Laura S. Says:

    @LivingAlmostLarge There are about 200 legitimate companies. A few popular ones who shop nationwide include: Market Force, BestMark, MSI (aka Trendsource) and A Closer Look. If you go to http://www.mspa-na.org/ it will give you a large list of legitimate companies.

  6. Kiki Says:

    I would also recommend Sinclair Customer Metrics. My checks are usually around $275 for 9-12 grocery shops a month.

  7. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    LAL, are all of those shops one company or various companies? I signed up with BestMark and did 2 car shops, but it seems all they have are car and electronic shops. Do certain companies have certain types of shops?

  8. Laura S. Says:

    Just about any place you can think of is shopped! Most have a variety. Some may have nothing in your area, but you never know when they may get a new client. @Kiki, that is interesting that in your area Sinclair has grocery stores. For me, I have only found pizza, pretzel shops (which are actually much higher pay at another company) and banks through them. My biggest recommendation is to befriend your schedulers. I get a lot of work that is never posted on the sites!

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