Shopping: Its Real, But Be Careful
By Beth Jett
Its not a get-rich-quick idea, but
Mystery Shopping can be fun nonetheless.
And the money you can save and
make doing mystery shopping can
add up quick.
One local couple, who didnt want to
be identifiedfor obvious
reasonssaid theyve been doing
this for a few years and in 2013
theyve probably earned an extra
And theyve seen all kinds of
interesting places as theyve
Again, its fun, but you do have to
be careful who you agree to work for.
In his world of customer service,
consumers are on the prowl for good deals
and good treatment.
Mystery Shopping is a fun way maybe
to make some money or even get some
coupons, discounts that type of
thing, said Belinda McCormick of
the Better Business Bureau of North
She is very familiar with mystery
shopping and says it fills a need by
business owners and managers to check up
on how their staffers are representing
their companies and interacting with
Legitimate companies walk a person
through test questions to determine if
the person has observation and
communication skills necessary to
complete an assignment, called a shop.
Once accepted, Mystery Shoppers have
access to lists of opportunities that pay
anywhere from two dollars to $100 per
Financial experts say mystery shopping
has all kinds of benefits, including
providing new experiences for shoppers,
helping to fulfill a shopping addiction
void for those trying to save money by
Also, its a way to get a
stay-at-home person out of the house and
can supplement parts of a budget.
For example, Mystery Shoppers can save on
food costs by only eating out when on
assignment or save around holiday time by
taking on additional shops in order to
purchase gifts for others.
But, as McCormick warns consumers, not
all mystery shopping companies are
The legitimate mystery shopping is
not a get-rich-quick type of thing,
She says beware of disreputable companies
that advertise on craigslist or similar
websites. Any such company that asks a
would-be shopper to pay anything or share
payment with them isnt to be
Most of these are scams
trying to steal your money.
If its a legitimate company, you
wont get your money up front.
Mystery Shoppers pay after you have
done the survey for them. Its not
advanced pay, said McCormick.
There are quite a few mystery shopper
pages on Facebook, so again, be careful.
You might refer to Mystery Shopping
Providers for guidance on how mystery
shopping should be done and the names of
If you have any questions about a
specific company, contact the Better
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