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Mystery Shopping bait and switch

Queen B: What does “bait and switch” mean in mystery shopping?  I can’t quite figure it out. -baiting betty Hi Betty! “Bait and Switch” is a practice with some not-so-nice Mystery Shopping companies.  It’s a rare occurrence, thankfully, but can … Continue reading

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Approach the media right with these quick pitch tips

Business owners should constantly be on the look out for new opportunities to get press for their business. Unfortunately, even the most seasoned public relations manager falls flat when trying to submit a pitch to get publicity. Here are some … Continue reading

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Can I bring the kids on a mystery shop?

This week on Mystery Shopping Monday, we’re going to explore the idea of bringing kids and other people on shops with you…inspired by the inquiry below. Hi Buzzy, I was recently assigned a movie theatre shop, and 2 restaurants.  I’m … Continue reading

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Manage your money with these seven quick tips

If you don’t mind your money, other people will be happy to take it from you. It’s as simple as that. People can and will take advantage of you, over-charge you, steal from you or otherwise find ways to have … Continue reading

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My Mom Makes Me Proud

My parents are of the mindset that people should rely on their jobs and companies to take care of them. My father was a newspaper editor for 30 years, (retired a few years ago) and my mother recently retired from … Continue reading

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Mystery Shopping writing tips

Dear Queen Buzzy, I hated English class in high school, and don’t think I can write that well. How on earth can I improve my writing so I can get more assignments? -Hemmingway I’m Not Don’t worry…Mystery Shopping companies are … Continue reading

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Would you recognize this scam on CNBC.com?

**Note: Since writing this article, the scammers have changed the landing page to make it look like MSNBC. If you visit the site it may have changed again. Darn those sneaky scammers!** Last week, I received an email from someone … Continue reading

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Should I get a separate email address?

Hey Buzz, (love your name, btw!) I just started MS-ing…got your training program…love it! And I was wondering if I really need a separate email address to do mystery shopping with.  I already have so many, it just seems like … Continue reading

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Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

I’m not sure when Reverend Billy came into my life…but I love the work he and his congregation does. Granted, I’ve never been hip. I’m not really into consumerism, don’t own a lot of fancy stuff, clothes or vehicles. (My … Continue reading

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Mystery Shopping compliance issues

Hello Queen Buzzy! What are “Compliance Issues?” I’ve heard the term, but I can’t figure out what they are! -Compliance Crazy Carrie Hi Carrie, Compliance Issue shops are those that deal making sure businesses are compliant with the law or … Continue reading

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