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Is A Waste of Time?

Updated on April 2, 2016

My General Experience

While my then husband and I attended community college, we spent some time doing alcohol and tobacco audits as secret shoppers. Basically, we would go into a store and try to buy liquor or tobacco products without an ID and report back to the company. These paid around $5-$10 a store, but we had to use our own car, etc. It was easy, but we lived in a small town and finding available jobs to make it worth it was difficult. We made some easy spending money and the turnaround time was really good.

Why Online Secret Shopping?

Recently, I was perusing the internet, looking for a way to earn extra income online and stumbled on What’s great about online mystery shopping is that I don’t have to leave my house and the assignments are very quick and easy to do. There are some restrictions, however. You must complete your entire assignment sheet within 4 days of first opening it and you must complete the “shops” Monday through Friday during business hours (8am-9pm your time).

Application Process

The website is cluttered and looks like a scam. I filled out the more information section to the right. Within a few hours I received a confirmation email.

Screenshot of the application email response.
Screenshot of the application email response.

There was a link to a pdf that explained the process and responsibilities. I quickly skimmed it and filled out the confirmation page. It didn’t take long to get another email with three other training packets, which were easy to understand. I completed the confirmation pages and sent them in. Within an hour, they sent me my first assignment sheet.

The assignment sheets are excel (you can also open them in Open Office). The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The assignment sheet I received had a total of 20 “shops”. Between the base pay and the extra pay for answering phone calls, the total sheet is worth $49.00. I started on 03/28/2016. I did my first two shops in between playing phone games and managed to get them in before 9:00pm. The next day, I casually completed more shops. I completed 8 more shops within an hour. The assignments are generally to go to a company website, fill out the contact information, and take a screen shot of the confirmation/thank you pages. I used a word document to keep everything nice and neat. If the company calls you, you are to ask for more information via email and you get a $1 bonus. Keep note of the date, time, and person you talked to and write a brief review of your experience. Here is a screen shot of one of my shops that called me:

Organizing your shops  and proving their completion.
Organizing your shops and proving their completion.

Keep your phone handy, most of these places will call you within a few minutes.

When I finished all of the shops, I turned in my work by emailing the word document to the three or four emails it told me to. And then I waited.

The Pay

In total, it probably took me 4 hours to complete everything. That equates to roughly $10/hr, which really isn’t bad, but it isn’t the $18 the website quotes. The company supposedly pays you through PayPal.

Is It A Scam?

I checked the BBB website and you can see that BBB believes they are no longer in business, nor are they registered with the BBB. (You can find a great article on secret shopping HERE.) There was one complaint in 2013 from a person that completed the tasks and never got paid and never got in touch with support.

I then did a google search for “is a scam?” and found some results. ScamAdviser gave the website a 100% trusted score, believing that it is safe to use. This does not mean you will actually get paid, it just means they won’t steal your identity or bankrupt you. TrustPilot also had one review, but it was very positive. It did not say anything about payment.

I’ve been waiting roughly a week and no pay. When I email asking about it, they say they will get back to me and never do. So far, seems like I wasted my time.

Please comment below if you’ve had any experience (good or bad) with this company and/or with any other work from home opportunities.

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      Jaimie Nunn 13 months ago

      Hi there, did you ever get paid for this? It says on the site you get paid on the 3rd day of the following month. Came across this on Craigslist today and was wondering if it was legitimate. Thanks!