I recently wrote this post (Mad $ Tip #2) about how I’ve made some extra pocket money by being a mystery shopper. I had a number of responses asking for more details about the specific companies I work with since so many of the advertisements seem to be scams. So here are the details:
Companies I use to be a Mystery Shopper
- The first site I recommend is Mystery Shopping Providers Association. It is a international organization that lists legitimate Mystery Shopping Companies. I searched for the ones in the US and 136 companies were returned by the query. When I saw an ad to be a mystery shopper, I went to this list to make sure they were on it before I applied.
- Goodwin & Associates and have completed a couple of shops with them. I haven’t actually been reimbursed for our expenses yet though because they have a 90 day turn around time.
- Sassie Mystery Shopping Systems.
- Market Force.
- Quality Assessments Mystery Shopping. I haven’t shopped with them yet. Don’t seem to have a lot of open shops near me.
- Certified Field Associate (a division of Market Force).
Some things I’ve learned:
- I’ve decided that I really like the fast food shops. You will need a phone or stopwatch for these because they are very interested in food delivery time (to the second).
- I don’t like to do audits (price checking food items at grocery stores). It is very time consuming.
- I love getting reimbursed to go have dinner with my hubby. Plus we get the whole “secret shopper” adrenaline rush feeling like we’re playing at secret service agent or something.
- It is against MSPA guidelines to reveal which companies work with which clients (or how much they pay). I didn’t know that until this post actually – after I broke both of those rules! Jackie at http://itscrazycheap.blogspot.com pointed it out to me and I am so glad she did!
There are tons of other companies out there. What is your experience? Have you found a legitimate mystery shopping company that pays more money? Or has really fun opportunities?