Category Archives: Mystery Shopping

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

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Cheap tools for Mystery Shopping

Hey Queen B, Do you have any recommendations for things that can help out with shopping? Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed with all the little things and I want to be better organized. Thanks! -Cluttered Cathy In general, some tools … Continue reading

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Memory tricks for Mystery Shopping

Queen, I quite possibly have the worst memory ever. How on earth can I do mystery shopping? -Um…what was my name again? Mystery Shopping does require a fair amount of memory…but, no one is perfect, and there are always tricks … Continue reading

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Mystery Shopping on vacation

Hi Queen Buzzy, Our family is taking a vacation this summer, going to the East-Coast to check out all the historical sites and all…you mentioned in class that you can shop while you travel.  How does that work? -Winnebag-a-go-go Shopping … Continue reading

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Make money with other types of market research

Hi Queen Buzzy, I’ve been Mystery Shopping for a few months now, and I love it!  You are right that it isn’t consistent though…and now that the Holidays are approaching, I was thinking about doing something else part-time just to … Continue reading

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What are Reward and Revealing Shops?

Hi Queen, Yesterday, I got an offer for a Reward shop.  What is this? -Rewarding Rebecca Hi Rebecca, Reward shops can also be called Revealing shops.  They are when you are required to give up your identity as a Mystery … Continue reading

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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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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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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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I’m ready to get started in Mystery Shopping!

Below is a dramatization of emails I receive on nearly a daily basis: Dear Buzzy, I took your Mystery Shopping class a few years (days/weeks/etc) ago, and I feel that NOW I’m ready to get started…can you help me out?” … Continue reading

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