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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.


5 Ways a Mystery Shopper Program Can Improve the Guest Experience

Most restaurant operators are familiar with the concept of a mystery shopper; people who visit a restaurant and fill out a report based on their experience. It's a concept that's been around nearly as long as the restaurant business itself. But while ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:43:00 GMT

Sydney Trains spends millions on mystery shoppers

The NSW Berejiklian government has signed a secretive two-year, multimillion-dollar contract for mystery shoppers to ride the Sydney Trains network, The New Daily can reveal. Accounting firm Ernst and Young was contracted at a figure understood to be $4 ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:12:00 GMT

Greythorn: A mystery "˜suburb' where the locals aren't even sure where they live

But no. Don't get excited. The real Greythorn is a little enclave in Balwyn North. Its name covers a park, a shopping centre, and a road. And a house here will cost you about $1.9 million. Ask a Greythornian if Greythorn is different to Balwyn North ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:28:00 GMT

FA - Mystery Shopper West Sussex - IJO - 22032018

Each week the mystery shopper seeks advice from independent advisers in the UK. The aim is to find out whether advisers are delivering the goods when it comes to the all-important initial telephone contact between client and adviser. It is only intended to ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:22:00 GMT

Thieves steal millions of PC Optimum points, go on shopping sprees

"I was shocked," she said, after discovering the bogus transactions plus an indication that a mystery cellphone had been linked to ... Loblaws merged its two rewards programs - PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum - to form PC Optimum on Feb. 1.

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:00:00 GMT

So... where's the tape The mystery surrounding the secretly recorded audio of Peter and Karl Stefanovic discussing Georgie Gardner deepens - as rumours swirl 'it has been ...

Entertainment journalist Peter Ford alleged on Monday that an Uber driver is shopping around audio of an explosive chat ... with the siblings engaging in a bit of 'b*tching' and 'moaning'. However, mystery stills surrounds the infamous recording as ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:12:00 GMT

Scam Watch: Walmart doesn't solicit mystery shoppers

OSWEGO (WSYR-TV) - An Oswego County woman says she got a strange offer to become a secret shopper for Walmart and Western union...and suspects it's a scam. The letter, sent in the mail, instructs her to cash a $17-hundred check to test workers' customer ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:16:00 GMT

South Bend native lives dream through mystery novel

She not only owns a bookstore, she has a murder mystery to solve. On the other hand ... assists in solving the murder - in between shopping and taking trips to the local casino to gamble, meet gentlemen and eat at the buffet. The setting of "The ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Mar 2018 03:36:00 GMT

Four years of mystery: Malaysia says U.S. company's search for MH370 will end in June

"The whole world, including the next of kin, have (new) hope to find the plane for closure," he told reporters at a remembrance event at a shopping mall near Kuala Lumpur. "For the aviation world, we want to know what exactly happened to the plane.

Published:  Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:02:00 GMT

Mystery explosions add unwanted weirdness to Austin, and the world

Police and emergency response teams said an "incendiary device" exploded, injuring a man in his 30s. Nearby stores, shopping centers and restaurants were evacuated. The cases are being investigated by local police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:22:00 GMT

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