Join The MysteryShopForum Community

We are a community of shoppers helping shoppers. Join to get full access to all the discussions.


53 Discussions

Kinesis / KSS / Kern

Hello. I am trying to download guidelines for my first assignment from KSS. When I go to the KSS shop log, I click on "guidelines" but am told I first need to register with Kinesis, which I've already done. When I go to Kinesis, I can log in but I... Continue Reading

KSS/Kerns Phone Number?

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

KSS Scheduling

I am wondering if anyone has a comment on KSS Scheduling practices. I have a good rating with a couple of MS Companies that they schedule for, and have recently experienced having my applications simply dropped or left sitting in my apps until the assignment has lapsed. I... Continue Reading

Kern/Presto pay discrepancy

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Is KSS International affiliated with Maritz?

I requested two exact shops from both KSS and Maritz. Now, I'm wondering if they are affiliated or could possibly be the same company. I've noticed that some of the MSC's have two and three names.... Continue Reading

Issue with shop scheduled by KSS

I am putting this out there to all of you shoppers to get an idea if what I did was right or wrong or how you would have handled this situation and what your expectations might be. I am not here to slam KSS or their scheduler - it's... Continue Reading

kss and jobslinger

I am repeatedly applying for projects on the kss board. Each time I do, I get a message that I must get icpro status and link with jobslinger. I have done this. When I log in to jobslinger, it clearly shows kss is linked. ... Continue Reading


Thank you for the accurate posting in our Jobs Forum. It is a pleasure to see a job posting that does not mislead. It is nice to see a posting for limited locations that does not contain, "In Your Area", or "Near You"! ...:D... Continue Reading

kss CHipotle

I registered with KSS. How do I get certified to do Chipotle shops?... Continue Reading

KSSJEFF - I am disappointed!

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

KSSRyan. What A Piece Of Work!

I submitted thru him for a job last week. He sent an email confirming acceptance. Later, he sent an email cancelling the shop. No explanation. So I sent him one back simply asking why. He did not care to respond. Hey Ryan. Is this the way Lori has taught you... Continue Reading

$20 check cashing KSS

Has anyone done the $20 check cashing through KSS? There's a couple in my town.... Continue Reading

KSS Phone Shop 6 Month Rotation

I applied for three phone shops. Was turned down due to 6 month rotation. I have not shopped any of the locations beforehand. Is there a limit to the number of phone shops one can do in a six month period?... Continue Reading

RE: Kern Scheduling

The other current thread on Kern Scheduling had gotten a bit off track. I would like to use this thread to discuss my current issues with their schedulers. Disclaimer: If you are having good experiences with Kern - Good For You! Enjoy!!! Due to past poor results, I decided not to bother... Continue Reading

The cheapskates at KSS (mini-rant)

I got a phone call from someone with KSS this morning. He asked if I would like to do the fun novelty shop I had previously done for them in Indiana, PA (100 miles each way) and explained that the shop pays $7 plus up to $5 reimbursement. I informed... Continue Reading

KSS International

In April I did my first shop for KSS International, though I have shopped for other companies before with success. I invested about half a day in preparing, driving to, doing the oil change shop, and filling out the report with all kinds of detail and now I get... Continue Reading

Headsup on Kern and Maritz

I want to tell you about a situation with a shop that Kern schedules for Maritz so if you have a similar problem you can arrive at a better outcome than I did. I had one of those shops for April 8 and I did the shop along with... Continue Reading

The outcome of my KSS rant

So you guys and gals might remember my rant Vs KSS a couple of weeks ago. I was rebuffed by one of their schedulers and I posted about it in this forum. It is in the best interest of justice and respect that since I opened the Pandora box, I update... Continue Reading

Rebuffed by KSS

So, I applied for 5 shops near me, saw that there was potential for a 2 or 3 day route for a bunch of other shops in a 75 mile radius, so I e-mailed the scheduler asking him to check the possibility of such a route. I also told him... Continue Reading

kss scheduling for maritz

oh the irony... Continue Reading

Benefit to signing up for Scheduling like KSS?

I was wondering if there was a benefit to signing up for scheduling companies like KSS. I am currently with this particular company, but all the shops listed I was already signed up for the individual companies. I have always just registered for the shops through the individual companies and... Continue Reading

I ask again KSS, please

I am sending this out to KSS. I understand that they are a platform that has clients msc's. They usually do not have the msc the shop is being performed on the enrollment page. It normally gives some brief synopsis of what the shop is and to please enroll if... Continue Reading

Could I ask a favor, KSS, please

I understand that I am new at shopping full time and have expanded my msc from 5 to 42 however I do not know every company out there. Since I do not know every company out there, I do not know how each company pays. Also since I am traveling,... Continue Reading

Kern and Their Incompetent Employees (Rant)

It has been a while since I have ranted, so here goes... You send an urgent email about a project at a drug store. Purchase the product, try the product, do a questionnaire and get paid $10 plus reimbursement within a week. The shops must be completed December 12th. So, I... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling

Has anyone had issues with this scheduling company promising a certain amount, but the job pays less when the check comes? I completed one last month in a time crunch. They were right on the ball when it came to getting it scheduled, but have consistently ignored e-mails about the... Continue Reading

KSS International

Has anyone dealt with Kern Scheduling? They schedule for other companies, but people in my area of Tampa Bay never get notified of anything and the shops are never scheduled. Very frustrating, and of course, no one is ever available by phone.... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling

Anyone had problems with Kern not paying correctly? I did a quick shop, with bonus, and never got the bonus. It's be 3 months now and they won't even respond except to tell me that I have to contact Kineses for payment, not them. Sounds a bit... Continue Reading


This is not my first complaint, however, it will be my last. I am doing work in a mall in my town today, and they had a job with a cell provider, so I apply...last day to do it today. I check and it is still pending, I applied... Continue Reading

KSS International

Yesterday I applied for a bank job on their job board. This morning I checked and the application is gone but the job is still on the board. I applied again. Again the application was removed but the job is still on the board. Normally I would apply on the... Continue Reading

KSS Cell Phone Shops

KSS had posted on their Facebook page about some cell phone shops that were going to be posted in March. Then they said they were pushed out until April 1st. I still haven't seen anything. Has anyone else seen them? I actually need a cell phone to use while my... Continue Reading

Is Kerns a waste of time?

My streak continues with this company. Don't think I've had a single shop from them in the 3+ years I've been a shopper. Today was a typical example, An e-mail from Kerns saying "please help" phone shops due on Saturday. They were representing a msc that I had never heard... Continue Reading

KSS International

I applied for a shop through KSS and I was informed that my account has been deactivated. There was a note saying to contact the following: I've sent several emails since last night and no one has gotten back to me. I don't know what I did... Continue Reading

Has anyone done the college admissions shops for KSS Int'l?

How much of the paperwork are you required to complete at the appointment -- any, or can you just say you'll take it home? What is the duration of a typical appointment? How much financial information is asked and/or required -- and any credit checks done? Are... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling emails threats to shoppers

I just had a flurry of emails with a scheduler at Kern Scheduling. He sent me an email on the day of a shop I was doing, threatening to issue a flake citation if I did not complete the assignment I had requested. At first, I did not think about... Continue Reading

KSS wanting refund? Anyone else get this?

Dear Shopper, On Monday, July 30th, you received a payment for (sic) shops. The message said that the payment was for shops completed in June, 2012. This was a mistake. The shop you were paid for had been completed in May 2012 and had already been paid at the end... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling, are you kidding?

E-mail subject line reads: "$15 Photo Shop. NO REPORT; NO KIDDING Ottuma, IA‏" ....only ..... this is Texas..... did they send to everybody in the whole USA? Maybe some of us would like to fly there to do the shop?... Continue Reading

Bilingual Spanish Speaker Needed for Easy Bank Shop in Kernersville, NC

It's very easy. If you are fluent in Spanish this will be a breeze. Shopper pay is $20 No out of pocket expenses. Usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Contact Registration is always free Continue Reading


Does anyone know how to contact a scheduler? I have applied for several gas jobs a while ago and they are still on the job board. I have a rating of 10 and cannot figure out why I am not awarded these jobs. I have not done... Continue Reading

Strange email form a Kern Scheduler

Did anyone get this, if so can you please tell me what in the ham and cheese is dude talking about. I think I get it but want other feeback. Unfortunately, after an 8 year partnership with **** ******* at ****, she has chosen to take her business... Continue Reading

KSS International:

They have had these same two resturaunt(casual nearly fast food) shops up/available for 2 months. The pay is strict flat fee with no reimbursement that isn't largest enough to make it worth it for me. I keep getting emails(the kind sent out to every registered shopper in the area) practically... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling? ---Service Sleuth

I have been emailing this company constantly for months. They are the company that organizes the shops for another company Service Sleuths. I was to do a movie theater shop( I have done like 8 others for them). I emailed a week before and then 2 more times before the... Continue Reading

Service Intelligience and Kern

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Fair Housing shop Kernersville NC

Action Research is conducting fair housing shops for the month of October. They have special requirements from our client. If they are not met, the client will not pay for the shop. 1. We must have two shoppers to shop each apartment complex. One must be a white Caucasian and the... Continue Reading


hmmm, with a requirement like this, they must be scraping the bottom of the barrel: "You must meet the following qualifications to apply for this shop: * Your Shopper Rating must be at least 1"... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling

I have a bit of heartburn with this group. They took over the scheduling of a client I have been doing for a certain MSC. OK. I applied for 4 shops. Did not hear anything for 2 weeks until I received an email that a shop was due that day. I complained... Continue Reading

Operations Analysis ( Scheduled through KSS)- BEWARE- Payment Issues

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading


Does anyone know or are working with this company, and do you have to be certified before you can get on their job board??? I have put in all my imformation but I cannot get into the shoppers page, and cannot find a phone # to call to get any... Continue Reading

Anyone Know Kern Scheduling?

I've done 15 jobs for them and now they are telling me they are giving me jobs only as a last resort because of 2 jobs I didn't do. But I did still 15 out of 17 and I gave good support for canceling! The attitude seems a little like certified... Continue Reading

KSS International

I had done two shops last week and had been in the process of doing another shop and have another one due tomorrow and they all disappeared of of my assigned job board. I only lost $20 in gas costs for the shops, but I am wondering what happened.... Continue Reading

BH and KSS

has anyone noticed a decided difference in BH since Kern has taken over their scheduling?... Continue Reading

Curious about Kern Scheduling

Can someone please help me understand the deal with Kern Scheduling? I accepted several assignments days in advance which naturally prevents me from accepting other shops in that time slot. These assignments would then stay in "Pending" right up to the due date then an email is sent out saying the... Continue Reading


$12 to $18 PAY EASY BANK SHOPS NEAR YOU? This topic of yours is not true and misleading. You only show locations in CT and NY. Request you edit your topic to reflect this...... Continue Reading

Kern Scheduling

I recently came across the Kern Scheduling "Mystery Shopping" official website and signed up with them. I'm glad to see that they have been sending me several e-mails a day regarding different shops available in my area, however offered by various companies. Therefore, I assume Kern is just... Continue Reading

Most Recent mentions of Kern Scheduling

In Touch, KSS, Service Check, A closer Look, BARE, Alta 360, Ventix, Merc System, ath Power, jmridgway, and Market Force are the ones that I shop most often. (Source). August 26, 2015

I'd like to add Erik Martin at Kern. (Source). August 26, 2015

Park GA 30349 Loganville GA 30052 Newnan GA 30265 Riverdale GA 30274 Antioch IL 60002 Bloomington IL 61701 Bourbonnais IL 60914 Champaign IL 61821 Danville IL 61834 Decatur IL 62526 Dixon IL 61021 Freeport IL 61032 Galesburg IL 61402 Godfrey IL 62035 Gurnee IL 60031 Harrisburg IL 62946 Harvard IL 60033 Highland IL 62249 Jacksonville IL 62650 Joliet IL 60436 Kankakee IL 60901 Kewanee IL 61443 Lockport IL 60441 Macomb IL 61455 Marion IL 62959 Mattoon IL 61938 Montgomery IL 60538 Morton IL 61550 Mount Vernon IL 62864 Murphysboro IL 62966 New Lenox IL 60451 Normal IL 61761 OFallon IL 62269 Pekin IL 61554 Peoria IL 61615 Peru IL 61354 Pontiac IL 61764 Rantoul IL 61866 Robinson IL 62454 Rockford IL 61114 Romeoville IL 60446 Silvis IL 61282 Springfield IL 62702 Springfield IL 62703 Sterling IL 61081 Urbana IL 61802 Washington IL 61571 Wood River IL 62095 Anderson IN 46013 Auburn IN 46706 Aurora IN 47001 Avon IN 46123 Bedford IN 47421 Bloomington IN 47403 Bluffton IN 46714 Camby IN 46113 Columbus IN 47201 Corydon IN 47112 Elkhart IN 46514 Evansville IN 47712 Evansville IN 47715 Fort Wayne IN 46804 Fort Wayne IN 46818 Fort Wayne IN 46825 Frankfort IN 46041 Goshen IN 46526 Huntington IN 46750 Jasper IN 47546 La Porte IN 46350 Lafayette IN 47909 Merrillville IN 46410 Michigan City IN 46360 Mishawaka IN 46545 Muncie IN 47302 New Castle IN 47362 Newburgh IN 47630 Plymouth IN 46563 Portage IN 46368 Princeton IN 47670 Seymour IN 47274 Shelbyville IN 46176 South Bend IN 46614 Tell City IN 47586 Terre Haute IN 47802 Terre Haute IN 47803 Valparaiso IN 46383 Vincennes IN 47591 Wabash IN 46992 Washington IN 47501 Alexandria KY 41001 Berea KY 40403 Bowling Green KY 42104 Central City KY 42330 Columbia KY 42728 Corbin KY 40701 Danville KY 40422 Elizabethtown KY 42701 Frankfort KY 40601 La Grange KY 40031 Lebanon KY 40033 Louisville KY 40216 Louisville KY 40229 Louisville KY 40291 Madisonville KY 42431 Morehead KY 40351 Murray KY 42071 Owensboro KY 42303 Paducah KY 42003 Russellville KY 42276 Winchester KY 40391 Alexandria LA 71301 Amite LA 70422 Baker LA 70714 Bastrop LA 71220 Broussard LA 70518 Chalmette LA 70043 Covington LA 70433 Eunice LA 70535 Houma LA 70363 Jennings LA 70546 Kenner LA 70065 La Place LA 70068 Lake Charles LA 70601 Monroe LA 71201 New Orleans LA 70130 Ruston LA 71270 Shreveport LA 71129 Slidell LA 70461 Arbutus MD 21227 California MD 20619 Frederick MD 21704 Fruitland MD 21804 Landover Hills MD 20784 Pocomoke City MD 21851 Salisbury MD 21801 Amory MS 38821 Biloxi MS 39531 Booneville MS 38829 Brookhaven MS 39601 Clarksdale MS 38614 Clinton MS 39056 Columbus MS 39701 Corinth MS 38834 DIberville MS 39540 Greenville MS 38701 Grenada MS 38901 Gulfport MS 39503 Hazlehurst MS 39083 Indianola MS 38751 McComb MS 39648 Meridian MS 39307 Ocean Springs MS 39564 Oxford MS 38655 Pascagoula MS 39581 Pontotoc MS 38863 Senatobia MS 38668 Starkville MS 39759 Tupelo MS 38804 Vicksburg MS 39180 Waveland MS 39576 Aberdeen NC 28315 Albemarle NC 28001 Apex NC 27502 Asheboro NC 27203 Belmont NC 28012 Burlington NC 27215 Burlington NC 27217 Chapel Hill NC 27517 Charlotte NC 28262 Charlotte NC 28270 Cherryville NC 28021 Clayton NC 27520 Concord NC 28027 Conover NC 28613 Eden NC 27288 Elizabeth City NC 27909 Elkin NC 28621 Erwin NC 28334 Fayetteville NC 28311 Forest City NC 28043 Garner NC 27529 Goldsboro NC 27530 Goldsboro NC 27534 Granite Falls NC 28630 Greensboro NC 27406 Greenville NC 27834 Havelock NC 28532 Henderson NC 27536 Hendersonville NC 28793 Hickory NC 28602 High Point NC 27263 High Point NC 27265 Hillsborough NC 27278 Holly Springs NC 27540 Indian Trail NC 28079 Jacksonville NC 28540 Kernersville NC 27284 Laurinburg NC 28352 Leland NC 28451 Lenoir NC 28645 Lexington NC 27292 Locust NC 28097 Louisburg NC 27549 Lumberton NC 28358 Mayodan NC 27027 Mocksville NC 27028 Morehead City NC 28557 Morrisville NC 27560 Mount Olive NC 28365 Nashville NC 27856 New Bern NC 28562 Pembroke NC 28372 Raleigh NC 27603 Raleigh NC 27616 Randleman NC 27317 Reidsville NC 27320 Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 Salisbury NC 28144 Sanford NC 27330 Shelby NC 28150 Siler City NC 27344 Smithfield NC 27577 Southport NC 28461 Statesville NC 28625 Tarboro NC 27886 Thomasville NC 27360 Wadesboro NC 28170 Wallace NC 28466 Waynesville NC 28786 Weaverville NC 28787 Whiteville NC 28472 Wilkesboro NC 28697 Williamston NC 27892 Winston-Salem NC 27127 Zebulon NC 27597 Albany NY 12205 Batavia NY 14020 Canandaigua NY 14424 Fredonia NY 14063 Fulton NY 13069 Glenmont NY 12077 Hamburg NY 14075 Herkimer NY 13350 Horseheads NY 14845 Niagara Falls NY 14304 Olean NY 14760 Rochester NY 14621 Rochester NY 14624 Rome NY 13440 Village of Newark NY 14513 Watertown NY 13601 Alliance OH 44601 Amelia OH 45102 Ashland OH 44805 Aurora OH 44202 Austintown OH 44515 Bellefontaine OH 43311 Bowling Green OH 43402 Bryan OH 43506 Cambridge OH 43725 Canton OH 44705 Celina OH 45822 Chillicothe OH 45601 Cincinnati OH 45239 Cincinnati OH 45241 Cincinnati OH 45251 Cleveland OH 44109 Cortland OH 44410 Coshocton OH 43812 Dayton OH 45414 Dayton OH 45458 Defiance OH 43512 Dublin OH 43016 East Liverpool OH 43920 Eaton OH 45320 Elyria OH 44035 Englewood OH 45315 Findlay OH 45840 Franklin OH 45005 Fremont OH 43420 Hamilton OH 45013 Heath OH 43056 Holland OH 43528 Huber Heights OH 45424 Kent OH 44240 Kenton OH 43326 Lima OH 45804 London OH 43140 Madison OH 44057 Mansfield OH 44903 Massillon OH 44646 Milford OH 45150 Moraine OH 45439 Mount Vernon OH 43050 Napoleon OH 43545 New Boston OH 45662 New Philadelphia OH 44663 Norwalk OH 44857 Oregon OH 43616 Perrysburg OH 43551 Port Clinton OH 43452 Ravenna OH 44266 Salem OH 44460 Sandusky OH 44870 Springfield OH 45503 St Clairsville OH 43950 Streetsboro OH 44241 Strongsville OH 44136 Tiffin OH 44883 Toledo OH 43614 Toledo OH 43615 Urbana OH 43078 Van Wert OH 45891 Wapakoneta OH 45895 Washington Court Hou OH 43160 Wauseon OH 43567 West Union OH 45693 Whitehall OH 43213 Wilmington OH 45177 Wooster OH 44691 Xenia OH 45385 Zanesville OH 43701 Beaver Falls PA 15010 Bechtelsville PA 19505 Butler PA 16001 Carlisle PA 17013 Chambersburg PA 17201 Coal Township PA 17866 Cranberry PA 16319 Cranberry Twp PA 16066 Delmont PA 15626 Duncansville PA 16635 East Stroudsburg PA 18301 Ebensburg PA 15931 Edinboro PA 16412 Hanover PA 17331 Harborcreek PA 16421 Hatfield PA 19440 Hazleton PA 18202 Honesdale PA 18431 Latrobe PA 15650 Lebanon PA 17046 Lewisburg PA 17837 Mechanicsburg PA 17050 Milford PA 18337 Mount Pocono PA 18344 Natrona Heights PA 15065 Parkesburg PA 19365 Pittston PA 18640 Saint Clair PA 17970 Shippensburg PA 17257 Tarentum PA 15084 Temple PA 19560 Uniontown PA 15401 Warminster PA 18974 Warren PA 16365 Waynesburg PA 15370 Willow Grove PA 19090 York PA 17402 York PA 17408 Aiken SC 29801 Anderson SC 29621 Anderson SC 29624 Beaufort SC 29906 Central Clemson SC 29630 Cheraw SC 29520 Conway SC 29526 Dillon SC 29536 Gaffney SC 29341 Greenville SC 29607 Greenwood SC 29649 Lancaster SC 29720 Laurens SC 29360 Moncks Corner SC 29461 Mullins SC 29574 North Charleston SC 29418 Rock Hill SC 29732 Seneca SC 29678 Simpsonville SC 29681 Spartanburg SC 29307 Tega Cay SC 29708 Union SC 29379 Walterboro SC 29488 York SC 29745 Addison TX 75001 Allen TX 75013 Alvin TX 77511 Amarillo TX 79103 Amarillo TX 79119 Angleton TX 77515 Athens TX 75751 Atlanta TX 75551 Austin TX 78704 Austin TX 78726 Austin TX 78729 Austin TX 78735 Austin TX 78748 Austin TX 78753 Bastrop TX 78602 Bay City TX 77414 Baytown TX 77521 Beaumont TX 77706 Beeville TX 78102 Big (Source). August 25, 2015

You must be 21 or older and take a guest with you who is over 21 (no children allowed). Please register at then respond with the date and location you can take. (Source). August 22, 2015

The hours are 10:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. These shops pay a flat fee of $20, PLUS $5 bonus if you respond to me directly by email and take a shop. KSSShelly@kernscheduling. (Source). August 21, 2015

. Hi Shoppers! KSS International, Inc. (Source). August 19, 2015

. Hi Shoppers! KSS International, Inc. (Source). August 19, 2015 or email KSSBarb@kernscheduling. (Source). August 19, 2015

It will affect the timings if you cannot pick up your items when they are ready. If you are interested in these shops please email KSSSonja@kernscheduling. (Source). August 19, 2015

I recommend signing up with a scheduling company first that gives you access to many different mystery shopping companies at once. Try Kern (http://sassieshop. (Source). August 19, 2015