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 they will stop sending me offers if I ignore them, but it’s a little overwhelming.  What happens when I go on vacation?  What do I do?

-Ignorant about Ignoring

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Dear Ignoring~

Don’t worry about it.  Seriously.  Mystery Shopping companies play the numbers game when they send out emails and they don’t expect you to respond unless you’re interested in the job.  Actually, they prefer that you don’t respond unless you want the job!

Think of it from the schedulers point of view: If I’m sending out a job offer to 50 people and 48 respond back saying, “Thanks for thinking of me, but I can’t do it this time.” It gets really frustrating.  Not only does it clog up my email, but it dashes my hopes each time I open an email thinking someone can do an assignment, but in reality, can’t.

Not only that, a lot of the emails are automatically generated based on the assignments available on the company’s job board.  It’s just an automatic notification to let you know a job is available…you don’t have to respond unless you want it!

You will only be removed from a mystery shopping company’s database if you request it, or if you did such a horrible job they don’t want to work with you anymore.  We’ll assume that will never happen, so don’t worry.  When you get back from your vacations, just delete all the emails you got while you were away, and move forward with fresh shops!

Good luck, and happy shopping!


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