Category Archives: Mystery Shopping

What is mystery shopping?

This is the beginning of a series specifically geared to those interested in Mystery Shopping. Here, I answer the basic question: What is Mystery Shopping?  Think about all the extra money you could make by being a mystery shopper, starting … Continue reading

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Mystery Shopping company profile: Integrity Consultants

Every now and again, I like to highlight Mystery Shopping companies that are doing it right. Here, I speak with Kelly Truelove, owner of Integrity Consultants. Integrity Consultants provides mystery shopping, video shopping, merchandising, market research and other competitive intelligence … Continue reading

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Do I need to buy something?

Hi Buzzy, I’m really interested in this mystery shopping thing, but I was wondering if I had to buy stuff when I shopped.  Isn’t that I just would get money back for the money I spent? And what if I … Continue reading

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Why do they want my email password?

Dear Buzz, I signed on with a few mystery shopping companies, but they all ask me for my email and password. That seems a bit invasive. Why do they want to log into my email account?  Do they need to? … Continue reading

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SIX apartment shops in one day

I don’t usually toot my own horn, (well, that loudly anyway) but I kicked ass the other day. I prefer having specific shop days…I don’t like doing one shop on Monday, two on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, etc.  I much … Continue reading

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Is it a real job or a scam: Mystery Shopping

Dear Buzzy, I got this email the other day, and I was wondering…is it a real job or a scam?  I know you like Mystery Shopping, and I just wanted to get your professional opinion~ Thanks! -Mystery Mike One of  … Continue reading

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Should you give out your social security number?

Buzzy, It seems like every Mystery Shopping company that I sign up for wants my social security number. I don’t feel comfortable giving it out. What should I do? -No Soc-Sally Oh Sally, I know that Mystery Shopping does sound … Continue reading

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Do I need an EIN for mystery shopping?

Dear Buzzy, I was signing up with some mystery shopping companies that you recommended, and one of them stated that you had to have an EIN to shop for them.  Here is what is in their IC agreement: “Shoppers are … Continue reading

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What is a financial mystery shop?

Hey Buzz, I know you said that Mystery Shopping companies don’t deal with certified checks, but I had an assignment recently where I had to cash a check at a payday loan place.  So, I’m confused.  What are good and … Continue reading

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Why can’t I get a gift certificate for mystery shopping?

Buzzy, I’m supposed to do a really high-end restaurant shop this week, but the mystery shopping company won’t get me a gift certificate.  I’m supposed to take 10 people!  This is going to cost me around $300, and even though … Continue reading

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