Category Archives: Mystery Shopping

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Money Mastery, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mystery shopping dilemma: What if an employee hits on you?

I love mystery shopping, but I swear, sometimes the weirdest things happen on assignments which leave me scratching my head and thinking, “Ok, how am I going to write this one up?” In one apartment shop, my cover story was … Continue reading

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What is a retail Mystery Shop?

Hey Buzz, What is a retail shop?  Do you have to buy something?  Do you have to spend your money, or will they give you some?  Are you supposed to keep the merchandise or send it to the company? -Retail … Continue reading

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t pay cash for a high-end return shop

I had an interesting experience the other day when doing a purchase and return mystery shop at a high-end shoe store. My job was to go in and purchase shoes around $200, and then return them the next day.  Because … Continue reading

Posted in All, Mystery Shopping | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment