Truths and Free Dinners.
By Melissa Cid
I have mystery shopped for over 5 years,
worked for many companies, and thoroughly
enjoy the adventure! I have shopped
restaurants, amusement parks, retail
stores, grocery stores, movie theaters
and hair salons. There are an abundance
of businesses that need to be mystery
I only shop places I go to anyways or
want to go to. I only choose to shop
businesses nearby, or near an area I will
be by anyways. I dont mystery shop
to make money, but to keep money in my
pocket while enjoying a nice dinner out.
I like that I am able to help a business
improve by sharing the likes and dislikes
of my experience, and in return I get
reimbursed for my purchases/meals and
sometimes make a little extra money as
Just a few weeks ago my family and I
shopped an amusement park and were
reimbursed for everything including
tickets, food, and gift shop purchases.
This is why I love mystery shopping!
What is mystery shopping?
A mystery shopper is a person who visits
a business for the purpose of observing
and measuring customer service, product
quality and the environment of the
establishment. As a shopper, you can pick
and choose which assignments to take.
Some shops reimburse you, some pay you a
fee, and others reimburse you AND pay you
for your time.
Myth: Mystery shopping is a SCAM!
Truth: While it is true that there are a
lot of scammers out there, there are
twice as many legitimate companies
looking for people to mystery shop for
them. To make sure a company is legit
always check with the MSPA (Mystery
Shopping Providers Association).
Myth: Mystery shopping is easy,
anyone can do it.
Truth: Actually, it takes a special type
of person, someone with a good eye for
detail and a good memory. You have to be
able to write a detailed report so good
English and spelling is a must. Many
companies have a hiring process that
includes testing grammar, knowledge and
comprehension skills. Youll also
need a phone, camera or scanner to send
in your receipt for reimbursement.
Myth: Im going to make A
LOT of money mystery shopping.
Truth: Mystery shopping can help
supplement your income, but dont
quit your day job. However, if you are
looking to get dinners, movies, and a
haircut reimbursed youll be
pleasantly surprised at what mystery
shopping can offer you.
- Factor in your gas cost for mystery
shop jobs. Companies do not reimburse
- Be aware that you will have be put up
money upfront for many shops and it can
take 2-4 weeks to be reimbursed/paid.
- Be extremely cautious about the shop
details. If you do not complete jobs
exactly to company specifications, you
will not be paid or reimbursed.
- Create a separate email just for
- Not all mystery shops are worth your
time. Read the shop details carefully and
see what is reimbursed and is asked of
your time before committing to a shop. I
refuse to do any shop that is not going
to reimburse me 100%.
How to get started:
Find legitimate mystery shopping
companies through MSPA. The more
companies you sign-up with the more
assignments you will have to choose from.
Once you sign up with a company you will
need to check your emails regularly for
new shop opportunities.
Interested in a secret shopper
ShoppersCanada.com can get you
started today.We specialize in connecting
new shoppers with mystery shopping jobs
throughout Canada. Through our extensive
network of over 100 mystery shopping
companies, youll have plenty of
great shopping jobs to choose from every
To become a secret shopper, visit our
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shopping jobs are available and how much
you can make. No previous experience is
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