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Mystery Shopping Frequently Asked Questions

Following are some of the top Frequently Asked Questions about mystery shopping jobs.

Question: What is the difference between a mystery shopper and a secret shopper?

Answer: Both terms are commonly used in the mystery shopping industry and both carry the same meaning. A mystery shopper, also known as a secret shopper, poses as a customer in order to evaluate a business's product or service.


Question: I live in a rural area and there aren't a lot of mystery shopping opportunities available to me. Is there any way that I can earn money at home as a secret shopper?

Answer: Yes. Today, everything is computerized and this includes many businesses. A number of companies look to mystery shoppers to help in evaluating an online business, which actually gives you more freedom as you work from home and often have time for additional jobs.


Question: Can I really make money by being a secret shopper? Why would anyone pay me to shop?

Answer: Yes, you can actually make decent money in your spare time as a mystery shopper. The truth is that companies are willing to pay for a professional, third-party evaluation that will offer some insight into how they can improve their business. Not only will companies pay you to shop, but you will often get to keep the products used in your evaluation at no cost. If you are instructed to purchase something during your mystery shopping assignment, you will likely be reimbursed and will still be permitted to keep the product(s).


Question: How much money can I make as a mystery shopper?

Answer: The answer to this question will vary greatly and is dependent upon a number of factors, including the type of job, the time spent during the evaluation, the company's policy on pay rates and how many jobs you accept within a specific amount of time. Some people use mystery shopping as a way to earn extra money in their spare time, while others have turned it into a career. These individuals are called professional shoppers and they are dedicated to evaluating as many businesses as possible, while maintaining a professional assessment and a thorough review.


Question: If I am a mystery shopper, who is my employer?

Answer: Mystery shoppers are independent contractors, which means they are self-employed. As such, they are responsible for reporting and paying income taxes on any income that they earn. As a mystery shopper, you may be entitled to certain tax deductions, which may include health insurance, office furniture and supplies, a computer, fax machine, internet costs, etc.


Question: How can I recognize a legitimate mystery shopping opportunity versus a scam?

Answer: Genuine mystery shopping programs will not promise you overnight riches and will never guarantee you a job. Mystery shoppers are hired as needed and anyone that promises you otherwise is questionable at best. A legitimate mystery shopping position will always be clear about payment rates and methods. If you have the opportunity, take the time to read independent reviews relating to mystery shopping companies. In reading another's experience or evaluation of a mystery shopping company, you may gain valuable insight and be better equipped to choose your next career move wisely.


Mystery shopper competition promises customers £100 to spend in Aldi - but retailer says it's NOT backed the offer

A mystery shopper competition is offering customers £100 gift card to spend at Aldi in exchange for a review. To be in with a chance of fulfilling the role, customers must submit their details on the review site Mystery Shopper, and complete a ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:03:00 GMT

Mystery shoppers are being sought for Aldi and they could get £100 to spend in store

If you shop at Aldi and like voicing your opinions this could be the opportunity for you. A national mystery shopper review site is on the lookout for people to shop at Aldi and possibly receive £100 to spend in store. UK Mystery Shopper run mystery ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:11:00 GMT

Spot mystery shopper scams with these red flags

It sounds like the perfect job. Get paid to shop with someone else's money. While the role of a "mystery shopper" may sound enticing, not all of those job offers are legitimate. Your Better Business Bureau recently heard of a local resident who ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:43:00 GMT

Aldi's looking for mystery shoppers and they're giving £100 to people who get chosen

Fancy getting a fortnight's worth of groceries for free Of course, you do. And here's your opportunity: Aldi is looking for a number of mystery shoppers to go and review its supermarkets. The budget store is offering a £100 gift card to anyone chosen ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:57:00 GMT

Reddit "solves' OnePlus clipboard information mystery, Chinese online shopping the [UPDATE]

So a lot of people got worried when it was reported that the OnePlus 3T was capturing clipboard data and sending it out to a Chinese server. From the onset, this seemed like a breach of privacy - and it is not the first time OnePlus has been in the ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The shopping scams fooling customers claiming to be Aldi, Argos and more

This one is a different type of shopping scam, as it is based on an advertisment on the website UK Mystery Shopper. It claims budget supermarket Aldi is looking for mystery shoppers to visit their local stores, and if selected they could get a free £100 ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:33:00 GMT

'Mystery shopper' promo code scam cost Air Canada thousands

A Cathay Dragon pilot who used a mystery shopper promo code to scam Air Canada out of thousands of dollars worth of discount first class flights has been ordered to repay the airline more than $36,000. Richmond Provincial Court Judge Patrick Chen also gave ...

Published:  Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:20:00 GMT

The Pros and Cons of Shopping for an Engagement Ring Together

But if you're comfortable with a little mystery and rather be swept off your feet with the ... If you are thinking about joining your partner for the ring shopping experience, here are some pros and cons to consider first. We're about to let you in ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:23:00 GMT

Look out for 'mystery shoppers' who monitor VAT...

They will be on the lookout for those who violate the prescribed 5% Value-Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services Mystery shoppers have been deployed by Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED) to report on erring business establishments that violate ...

Published:  Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:03:00 GMT

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