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If you tried being a "mystery shopper," what was your personal experience? Scamm

  1. Perspycacious profile image82
    Perspycaciousposted 5 years ago

    If you tried being a "mystery shopper," what was your personal experience? Scammed, made money, good

    My personal experience, recounted on a Hub on this subject, was that of an enticing scam.  I know others have had a good experience.  This "opportunity" is now well enough known on Hub Pages that we can benefit from each other's experience.  What can you add to the discussion?


  2. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    I worked as a mystery shopper for a couple of years, for one company. It was a good way of earning a little extra money, and it was interesting to learn some trade secrets. ( No, I'm not telling!)

    I did various assignments, visiting large, established stores. For one chain, I had seven eye tests over about three weeks, sending the spectacles back for inspection each time. Other stores sold baby products, car accessories, and , erm, adult products.

    If you find the right firm to work for, it can be handy extra money, but I'm highly suspicious of most adverts. It doesn't seem realistic to do several  visits in a day, or make lots of cash. Interesting experience.

  3. Annsalo profile image84
    Annsaloposted 5 years ago

    I do mystery shopping now for many companies. None of which are scams. I get what equals out to free food, clothes, and gas. mysteryshop.org is in my opinion the only reliable source for mystery shop companies.

  4. freecampingaussie profile image63
    freecampingaussieposted 5 years ago

    I had to travel a fair way to do mystery shopping but it was interesting lol and earned a bit but it is not great pay . Did a lot of petrol stations etc !

  5. catgypsy profile image78
    catgypsyposted 5 years ago

    I tried it years ago and became burned out very quickly. There is more work involved (with all the things they want you to send back in the report) than you think and all I really got was free meals and a tiny bit of extra cash. I wouldn't trust many of them now though, because they seem to be at the top of most scam lists.

  6. MizBejabbers profile image90
    MizBejabbersposted 5 years ago

    I enjoyed it and felt like it was a positive experience. It was for a legitimate company that sent me to a good medium-budget restaurant.

  7. Li Galo profile image78
    Li Galoposted 5 years ago

    It's actually WORK!  I've done it and the pay is so-so - not great, not terrible.  But don't expect to make a living at it.  It's just for fun-money, nothing more.

  8. plussizepixie profile image66
    plussizepixieposted 4 years ago

    I work as a mystery shopper in the UK. As long as you research the companies first and ensure they are members of the Mystery Shopper Providers Association you won't get scammed. Never ever pay money up front or cash cheques - any firm that asks you to do that is a scam.

    My best mystery shop recently was an over night stay with my partner in a hotel with all meals and drinks paid for.

  9. clairewait profile image90
    clairewaitposted 4 years ago

    A reputable company I'm working with now has openings all the time and in my experience: https://ace.shopmetrics.com/document.asp?alias=ace. I find them to be fair. The jobs are interesting, and often somewhere I need to be anyway, which is a bonus. Great gig for a stay at home mom with a little extra time on my hands.