Category Archives: Mystery Shopping

How far would you drive for a Mystery Shop?

Hi Bethany, I’ve read your book on mystery shopping, very informative. I was wondering what was the maximum number of miles you would drive for a retail shop? -Driving Daisy   Hi Daisy! Well, as with all things mystery shopping: … Continue reading

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Is it a real mystery shopping company or a scam?

Hi Queen! I’ve just started with Mystery Shopping, and I still can’t seem to tell a real company from a scam artist.  I called on an ad in the newspaper, and they wanted me to pay them $75 to be … Continue reading

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Will a company still contact me if I ignore their emails?

Dear Buzzy, I have signed up with a lot of the mystery shopping companies you recommend, and I’m getting a lot of job offers (yea!) but I simply don’t have time to answer all of the emails.  I’m concerned that … Continue reading

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Is Shadow Shopper a scam?

Hey Queenie! I found a company called Shadow Shopper and they said that they could get me started in mystery shopping, but they charge a fee.  I remember that you said that you should never pay to shop, so I … Continue reading

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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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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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Should I let a bad company go?

Buzz, I have a dilemma.  I really don’t like one mystery shopping company I have been working for.  They’re realllllllly picky about the assignments, they send them back to me all the time for re-writes, they don’t pay that great, … Continue reading

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Organizing mystery shopping assignments

Dear Buzzy, I am now signed on with 15 companies, and I’m feeling SO overwhelmed with keeping everything together. How on earth do you manage? -Dazed Diana Don’t worry Diana, you too can become a type-A, organized shopping machine. I … Continue reading

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