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Safeway Mystery Shoppers
Nichtoliver
Posts:161
Does anybody know how to get involved with them? I tried their website and couldn't find anything and I called their corporate office and nobody seemed to know anything.
January 29, 2011 06:26PM
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SteveSoCal
Posts:2,020
They recruit only when they need more people. There are links to the program on here and on V, but no mention of the store, since it's a division of Safeway that runs the program.

You become an employee of Safeway if you work for them, so though it's mystery shopping, it works a bit differently. It's a fixed group of employees that do all of the shops.

That said, they are very nice people to work for.
January 29, 2011 06:51PM
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jmstead08
Posts:59
Anyone know what they pay - it looks like it is hourly. Do they reimburse for groceries as well? The training looks intense.
February 03, 2011 01:45AM
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SteveSoCal
Posts:2,020
The pay is hourly and it varies by experience and location. It's above minimum wage and you get paid for your travel and reporting time as well, making it better pay than most MS jobs. As you get better at the job, you realize there is little benefit to working faster, since you are paid hourly. You will spend a lot of time walking around grocery stores, pretending to shop.

Reimbursement for groceries is also very limited, meaning there's no specific reimbursement offered, but often they will require you to purchase items that test the abilities of the checkers, and those would be reimbursed. For obvious reasons, that means many small batches of fruits & veggies. You will spend more on groceries than you earn on the job.

Also remember that as an employee, you have little say in when/where you shop. You offer your time frame of availability and are assigned random stores within that time frame. You may often be shopping at a store far from home, but those are the better shops anyway, since you get travel pay.

In general, if you are a homemaker and like this grocery store, this is a much better shopping opportunity than FF shops. It will add a few thousand a year to the family budget and your fridge will be filled with all sorts of interesting vegetables, rather than burgers with a bite taken out of them. If you do not like to cook or do not have another income source in your household, this job would not be a good fit.

Also keep in mind that this is reported income, and you will get a W-2 for your earnings at the end of the year. If adding $3k a year to your household income will put you in a higher tax bracket, it may end up costing you $5k in taxes to work for them. I learned that the hard way,..
February 03, 2011 10:52AM
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Karen IL
Posts:745
SteveSoCal Wrote:
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> Reimbursement for groceries is also very limited,
> meaning there's no specific reimbursement offered,
> but often they will require you to purchase items
> that test the abilities of the checkers, and those
> would be reimbursed. For obvious reasons, that
> means many small batches of fruits & veggies. You
> will spend more on groceries than you earn on the
> job.
>
>

Gosh..this really sounds interesting to me!
February 03, 2011 11:06AM
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amberelliott
Posts:7
Safeway has been asking for shoppers to tell others that are interested from late last year till now (3/2012)
March 29, 2012 04:08AM
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