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

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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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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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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

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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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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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