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Has any mystery shopper ever been audited by the IRS?

I am keeping good records, and I don't anticipate any problems, but I was curious if anyone has been audited by the IRS (only as mystery shoppers, not other professions). I did a quick search on IRS audits through the forum and did not see any other threads indicating... Continue Reading

Grocery Store Mystery shop and revealed audits

Did anyone else notice that the purchase reimbursement has dropped from $3 to $1? They are expecting an awful lot of work for $11. Your thoughts?... Continue Reading

AT&T Revealed Audit

I'm curious if anyone has conducted one of these audits, how much time they take, and what is involved? Thanks for any info.... Continue Reading

Sizing audit - Ladies - Lingerie - Panties

I saw a $5 bonus email to do a simple sizing audit at a discount store I shop at anyhow. As an older male shopper, I think I found the one job that I'm not comfortable with. I'll shop an adult store, but for me to spend enough time to... Continue Reading

Chevron gas station audits

I signed up for two of these at $14.50 each. After reviewing the manual and learning what is expected, these seem a bit daunting to me. I hope someone who is familiar with Chevron assessments can offer some advice. I was recently disappointed when I found out that I could... Continue Reading

Revealed audit - she will be fired for no up-sale!

Such an uncomfortable shop today. Sweet little clerk, all of 20 years old did not up-sale but was nice and when I did the reveal a little nervous but no big deal. Everything going peachy, the shop is hitting all of the marks and out comes the nervous... Continue Reading

GFK phone audits

I glanced at a few of these and the audit looked fairly simple and straight forward. Less than 20 questions, all simple answers. Then after I took them and started to enter them, they got longer and longer. Several answers opened up new questions... Continue Reading


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Instructional Materials for GFK Audits?

I'm sure I must be blind, and I feel really silly asking, but I can not find anything except the tests for these shops. Can someone please explain to me where I would find the test-prep materials?... Continue Reading

trendsource the 8 dollar audit

they are doing a 8 dollar audit no purchase is it worth it a lot have already been taken... Continue Reading


Spend $35 and drive 100 miles each way for drug screening. Drive 110 miles each way and work 10 hours for $95 and a cheesy "bonus". Two week turnaround sounds pretty good and there are four more "audits" during that two weeks, total of one E-mail daily, at... Continue Reading


I am steaming you, my fellow toilers, are going to catch it.... Continue Reading

Maritz Gas Station Audits

I'm doing my first route of Maritz gas station audits. A question for those of you who have done them- After you make your purchase inside, do you reveal yourself right away, or leave, go to your car and get your stuff and then come back to reveal and start... Continue Reading

Best Buy Audit

Has anyone done these? I am not sure if I should invest on a tablet and try these out. There are 3 of these in my city, one less than a mile from my home. Any advice?... Continue Reading

Extra Space Storage Revealed Audit

Has anyone conducted these audits? Are they straightforward and how long do they take? Any info would be helpful. Thanks.... Continue Reading

Parking Audit

Has anyone done A Closer Look's parking audit? OK or should I pass?... Continue Reading

Best Buy Audits

Can anyone give me some insight into these audits? I've never done them and wonder are they worth the time and effort? It seems like it takes a long time to do them... I just found some info on here that answered a few of my questions - never mind!!!... Continue Reading

Glossary of Mystery Shop/Audit/Merchandising/etc. Terms?

Hi there. I am new-ish in this business. I spend 8 - 10 hours each month looking up information about the types of work we can do. I am reasonably certain that I know less than 10% of available information. It might be helpful to have a glossary of terms and,... Continue Reading

Home Depot Audit

That was the easiest $28 I have ever made in my life. Time including shop and report time = 12 minutes. Boom.... Continue Reading

GFK MYSTERY SHOP AUDIT ASSIGNMENTS - Completed Shops earn $85.00/ea

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Beyond Hello Fast Food Audits

Insula Research previously conducted the fast food pricing audits. They were bought out by Mystery Researchers, who was quickly bought out by Beyond Hello. Sadly, Beyond Hello sent out an email with the new pricing audit shops, and they have dropped the commission to $8 each (down from $11 when Insula... Continue Reading

GFK Audits

Hey, has anybody done any of those all day audits that pay $85 to $95 and take 6-8 hrs? The ones where you have to pay $30 for a background and drug test, then do at least 2 audits in 3 months in order to get your money back? I was... Continue Reading

Exxon $5.00 audits

how bad are they only pay 5.00 no purchase... Continue Reading

Kmart Audit

I just signed up to do an audit at Kmart. I've never done one before.. Please someone tell me what I got myself into.... Continue Reading

First assignment : Price Audit

Hi everyone! So I'll have my first ever assignment next week. Its going to be price audit for electronics, about 80 items. Any tips on how I'll go about this job. Its unrevealed price audit by the way. And I'll be bringing my 1yo daughter along. That alone makes me... Continue Reading

Exxon audit discovery of the year!

I had several recent horrible experiences finding gas stations through Google maps so I started confirming that the site listed on the MSC page was actually correct by going to ExxonMobil's webpage. I found this quite accurate and has great info such as hours of operation so I can... Continue Reading

Sears/KMart audits

Did the company that had them last year lose the contract, or are they not doing any till after the full holiday rush is over? Those were good money.... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audits

Has anyone ever done the gas station audits that require a safety vest? There are a several in my area, but before I get my safety vest, I was wondering how involved they are to require a safety vest! What has been your experience with these? Thanks!... Continue Reading

disappointing a scheduler, also questions about an audit

Can somebody walk me through veeerrrryyyy slooowwly how to do one of those audits at a clothing store, like where you have a spreadsheet and have to record prices? also I'd like some opinions on something for Ross clothing store. Apparently i have to go look for mis sized... Continue Reading

Mrs. Field's audits

I keep seeing these listed. Has anyone done one? I don't have the experience they were asking for (I forget how they termed it) but they seem to be getting desperate. Plus I can make up for lack of operational skills with my cookie tasting skills!... Continue Reading

Long Audit

Would appreciate feedback from anyone who has done the 5-9 hour audit that requires a background check and drug test beforehand. Pays $50 - $100.... Continue Reading

NERVOUS! My first audit!

Hi guys! I am so freaking nervous! I just signed up for my first audit for a client at a major auto show! This will be my very first audit ever. From what the scheduler has told me so far, I will be checking out the display and stuff like that... Continue Reading

GNC Audit

I haven't done one of these and I'm scheduled to do one next week. The job was initially promoted as "up to one hour." However, the letter of authorization says I could be there from one to three hours! This audit looks really intense. It pays $18. I'm wondering if... Continue Reading

HR Block Audit - Can only do one

UPDATE 1/3/2014: After only being able to self-assign one of these shops before all were removed from my job board, today I was able to assign two more, for a total of three, before all of the remaining shops were removed from my job board. NOTE: This post refers to the... Continue Reading

Jackson Hewitt/H&R Block Photo Audit

There are a few Jackson Hewitt/H&R Block photo audits available in my area. The assignments are described as being quick and easy. They are currently listed for a $10 fee. I have a feeling the assignments are neither quick nor easy. Any feedback from others who may have performed either of... Continue Reading

First Secret Audit - Advice, Please

Good Afternoon all! So I have my first secret audit coming up, and it is for the Marine Corps Exchange. Has anyone done one of these before who would be willing to give me some advice? It is secret, but exceedingly lengthy... So I'm wondering if anyone has any... Continue Reading

Tax Audit Shops are out (Revealed)

I love doing these and they are officially out now. Yeah! :) Edited my title. Revealed audits.... Continue Reading

Cell Phone Shop Audits

I saw listing for revealed cell phone shop audits. Can someone fill me in a bit in what is required? Do I need to be certified on any way? Are they easy or hard? And any other important stuffs, I might need to know. :) Thanks!... Continue Reading

Which companies do audits or buy backs

Hi All, Are there companies that do audits or product buy backs (not sure if this is the right terminology)? I did mystery shopping and merchandising in England and I use to do stock and price audits and sometimes I would go check certain products and if they were in... Continue Reading

Expert Audit Stericycle

Hi , I am new to this and a little confused, received a check and directions as to how to get started, but need to know if this is the real deal, the web page looks real,any have experience with Stericycle?... Continue Reading

Grocery Pricing Audit

Anybody have any tips on this type of audit (the 100 items price audit) ? I just picked up two locally (big box stores so being observed will not be an issue) and I don't expect they will be difficult but it always pays to ask. I like to browse... Continue Reading

Companies that offer on site audits

Hello, Hope this question is allowed. Looking for referrals for companies that offer the business verification audits. I like them :-) :-)... Continue Reading

Sizing Audits

So... Sizing audits. I've not done one and have honestly only been shopping for a few weeks, but I continue to see them popping up in my area. I imagine, the first few audits I do will be exceedingly slow and seemingly not worth the fee, but with... Continue Reading

GFK Big Box Audit - I'm sorry, what!?

Anyone seen this yet?? The shop is scheduled for 11-28 (today) and the question is asked, "Can you complete the background check and drug screen by this date?" Excuse me? 4 to 9 hours!? Seriously? "-We are expecting the background check/drug test to be available for you on Monday October 13th." "-We... Continue Reading

Just finished my first gas station audit. NEVER AGAIN

This has been the longest day ever. At $14.50, I freel like I made about $2 an hour. I was onsite for 2 hours and took over 100 pictures. The place was in horrible shape! And, they had a breaker go out so lots of lights were out. At home,... Continue Reading

Who Schedules GNC Audits in MA?

I am looking to pick up some GNC shops. What company schedules them? Also Market Force Used to schedule Movie Theatre audits and Standee setups - thry no longer do them - who picked them up?... Continue Reading

Best Buy Audits

I'm doing my first one tomorrow and I'm a little wary after finally getting to read the instructions. If anyone is doing one today or has done them in the past, I'd love to to get some details on how it went for you.... Continue Reading

Arby's revealed audits

Has anyone done these prize type audits where you order a Beef and Cheddar at the drive-thru, and then go inside to change your order? I realize it's a prize shop and I don't have a problem with the reveal part of the shop, but I don't know what "changing the... Continue Reading

MobiAudit Questions

Hello all, I have used MobiAudit in the past (probably 3 years ago), but haven't since then. I am going to try using it for some gas station audits I have coming up, through Ritter Associates. I will be using it on an iPad Air. I have a... Continue Reading

Jancyn Sizing Audits

Has anyone done one of these for the clothing store? It seems VERY time consuming for the pay... Is it as bad as it seems?... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audit Companies

I have been shopping since May and found out I really love doing gas station audits! I am signed up with Market Force, Martiz and Ritter. Are there any other companies that do audits?... Continue Reading

Impossible Starbucks Audit

I agreed to do a Starbucks audit where I had to photograph the menu (discreetly) and write down the prices for drinks, pastries and sandwiches. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. The spotlights are angled in such a way that when you take a picture, it comes out white. Also, the pastry... Continue Reading

Intel Audits

Has anyone done these audits before? You do not provide the authorization letter unless an employee asks if you need help more than once. You are to count the amount of computers, tablets, etc, with Intel in the store. You also have to take photos as well.... Continue Reading

CORP RISK SOLUTIONS: Only does open audits??

Does Corporate Risk Solutions only perform open audits and no mystery shops??? Everything on their job board at this time is only open audits.. Thanks Much... Continue Reading

Petroleum Tester Audit w/ Photos

Has anyone done this? Any details or advice would be appreciated.... Continue Reading

Maritz Travel Bonus for Gas Station Audits

I passed the screening test after proving that I could email a 640x480 jpg. I was told that they audit the yellow station, the green/teal station, and the red, white and blue station. I was surprised that the shop fee is just $11. A reimbursed 2-gallon fuel purchase and a... Continue Reading

Police Department audit?

This is a new one.....Just saw an assignment to audit a police department.... Continue Reading

School Audits

Has anyone done the MF school audit? It appears to be the food service company.... Continue Reading

Best Buy Audit and ATT Revealed Audits Question

The Best Buy audit pays $95, and the ATT revealed audits are at $20. Are these audits any more time-consuming than gas station audits or Verizon store audits?... Continue Reading

Evening gas station audit

Hello everyone. I have a question on the red, white and blue evening gas shops. Do I need to wait until it's completely dark before starting or can I start when the station lights come on at dusk? I didn't think the guidelines or test question were very... Continue Reading

"Audit Your Local School" - Any Information?

Does anyone know anything about the audits currently being bonused at $18 on one of the big MSC jobboards? Do they take less than 1 hour to perform? How is the report?... Continue Reading

Verizon Photo Audit?

Has anyone done this? Total PITA or should I go for it. How long did it take? It's $28 in my town right now, like a mile down the street from me.... Continue Reading

Pet Food Audits

Anyone else doing these right now or have done them in the past?... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audit Instructions

I'm going to be doing my first gas station shop/audit. For other stores, I've printed out the instructions but this one has a 'manual' that's about 40 pages long! And the recommend you print it in color! I know I'll need the details, but is there a way to... Continue Reading

Anyone done Audits for GFK?

GFK sent an email about an audit. Nothing is said in the email on how much they are paying, but they did say the audits would take all day?!?... Continue Reading

Kmart Audit

I have my first Kmart price audit tomorrow...anyone have any tips they can send my way? Really hoping it isn't as complicated as these forms appear to be. I know it will take a lot longer the first time.... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audits by MSC - Compare and Contrast

I've now done quite a few of the Market Force gas station audits. By doing the same shop so many times, and filling out the report so often, I find that I can perform the shop and audit in 30 minutes. I've found that some locations that are not in... Continue Reading

Being audited

So I received a lovely e-mail requesting that I re-submit an authorization letter for an audit I did four months ago. I was too excited to start MSing last year and skipped the part where the MSC says I need to keep documents for 12 months. Just my luck that... Continue Reading

PDMA audits

I have been doing PDMA audits for over twelve years for what is now Global Compliance/IntouchInsights. I enjoy them but the number of assignments has decreased over the years due to industry changes and downsizing. I would like to find other companies to work for that do these audits. I... Continue Reading

Whole Foods Grocery Audit?

Has anyone does this? Is it a total PITA? Approx how long did it take you? Thanks, friends! =)... Continue Reading

200-500 item Audit - Undercover? Anyone do these?

Received a message for a shop that pay .xx/item, total pay around $50/$150 per audit. You MUST use Excel spreadsheet, not Google, and recommends you have a friend with you who's entering the information or if alone, use a recorder and take pictures. COVERTLY. What store is not going to... Continue Reading

Airport Comparison Audit

Can someone tell me what it is. I work PT at an airport so I have access. I saw a shop for some comparison audits but do not know what is involved. TIA... Continue Reading

Sizing Audits

Has anyone done the sizing audits at popular cut-rate department stores? The guidelines state that you must audit 625 items in five categories in about 45 minutes to an hour for $16. Is that practical and possible? How long does it take to debrief the shop when completed? $16 doesn't sound... Continue Reading

RSG Menu Audits

I did multiples of these this past weekend. The instructions said that there was a $1 expense reimbursement for the required purchase (POV). All of my shops are in the received status with $0 expenses and just the $14 payment. I submitted a receipt with each one as required. The shop... Continue Reading

Sav-a-Lot Grocery Audit

Has anyone done one of these? MSC called, added a $10 bonus for this mystery shop/audit. Yep - 2 for 1. So, now it pays $20 for what is a quick shop then audit. I just pulled up the instructions and 35 page! guidelines/questionnaire. I have to laugh at... Continue Reading

Gas Audit Question - Help please

I performed a gas audit. Regular fuel was for sale at each pump. There was an ethanol sticker that said the gas was oxygenated. I reported that only gas was for sale at the location. Then when I went to report, the reporting software said that E-10 was reported as... Continue Reading

What Kind of Camera do you use for photo audits?

The reason that I ask is because I read some posts about menu audits and I tried one, but the results that I got from my cheap camera are very disappointing to me. My camera is a little Fujifilm AX655 16MP Digital Camera that I bought at Walmart for $69... Continue Reading

Gigwalk Chocolate Audits

Heads up, Gigwalk has loads of new $10 chocolate audits up. I just signed up for 10 in my town alone, and another 18 to do on a mini-route to the next city this weekend. These take 3 minutes tops. GREAT fillers for your route.... Continue Reading

Restaurant Menu Audits

For those who don't know what I'm talking about.. You go into a fast food chain, cafe, etc and take photos of the menu. You are not to tell the employees what you are doing. I have done them but I am curious about your experiences. To me, anything under $15... Continue Reading

Menu Audit Fee Question

I received an email last night with the following: "These shops may occur in circuits - some of them are very near each other, and you can do two or three at a time! If you must take an individual shop, the pay will be $15; if your circuit has... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audits Question

The highest-paying jobs on my job board are paying $25 with a $2 purchase reimbursement. Are these jobs too difficult for someone new, like me? I've done 3 fast food shops and that's all. Thank you for answering because it is very important to me that I have some kind... Continue Reading

What type detail is required in the In Touch Audits?

I read thru the guidelines for one of their projects and it seemed like it required a lot of detail. I can usually tell from the guidelines the level of detail required, that and the fee reimbursement, whether or not it is a lot of narrative. I don't... Continue Reading

Looking for Chevron Image Auditors in GA

I am looking for Chevron Image auditors in GA who did evaluations (audits--not mystery shops) in the following cities in the first period of 2014: Kennesaw Powder Springs Cartersville Please contact me via PM... Continue Reading

Circle K Audits

Has anyone done any of the Circle K Audits and if so how are they? How long do they take to do onsite and for the report?... Continue Reading

Ritter Associates food audit

Has anyone done the food audits at the convenience store? How are they? Any pics required?... Continue Reading

Premier Service Pricing Audit, High Pay, R U experienced with them

I recently registered with Premier Service. They are asking me to do a Pricing Audit. It has high pay. ($175 plus $75 completion) Are any of you veteran MS'ers experienced with them? Are they reliable to pay? Have you taken one of these assignments? I assume it will be complicated... Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Rep Sample Audits

I've never done one of these audits and have agreed to do one. I could use use any and all pointers from those of you have, please, please and please. (I have seen the emails from the company, complaining about all of the agents' errors and insisting everyone slow down... Continue Reading

Business Verification Audits

Has anyone done one of these before? I'm doing one tomorrow but the MSC is closed today and I need to clarify something. If anyone is willing to assist me with my question I will send you a Private Message.... Continue Reading

Sears & K-Mart Pricing Audits

For those of you who have done one of these, do they really take about three hours to complete, or is this an inflated estimate to account for the worst case scenario? Is $40 a fair price, or are they a real PITA? Thanks in advance for any... Continue Reading

ExxonMobil Refused Audit

Never mind. I figured it out. It's my first refused gas station audit. That's a milestone. Everyone's going to have one. (I had a refused pizza parlor audit. Now, that's something that everyone's not going to have!)... Continue Reading

Movie Theater Audits, etc.

Can anyone elaborate on those? I have read the description for each type and I am not getting it. However, any personal experiences that you can share would be great. TIA... Continue Reading

Repo Lot Audit

Has anyone done a repo lot audit? I am doing one next week. I am to use an app to take pictures. I haven't done the training yet, but got kinda concerned when I went to make the appointment and the lot is only open one hour... Continue Reading

Firestone Audits

I've been doing these for probably a couple of years. I think it takes me entirely too long to do one of these reports. How long is it taking you to get the pictures ready and input the report? I'm looking at about an hour. I'd... Continue Reading

Revealed Gas Station Audits--In-Touch (Service Intelligence)

Has anyone done the audits for this company. I just signed up with them and wondering what the reports are like and how long they take. It says there are no photos required.... Continue Reading

Compiance Audit MSCs?

I recently saw a posting on sassie or volition for a company seeking adults with 17 year old kids to do tobacco compliance audits. They paid the adult and the kid for these. Without naming the place being shopped, can someone remind me of the company so I can sign... Continue Reading

Electronic Audits

Am considering completing these. But they seem tedious and I have never done one before. If you have completed these what did you think about them?... Continue Reading

Retail Grocery Audit - C Store

So I came across a job for a National/Regional C-store audit for Bare that pays pretty well which entails counting product that is "faced" on the front row. How long does this typically take? Is it for one particular product? Several products? Is there more to... Continue Reading


I was contacted today by a state tax board saying that they are questioning mystery shoppers of this MSC as part of an audit as to weather they are properly classifying mystery shoppers as IC or should be classified as employees. I have an interview... Continue Reading

A question about the Exxon-Mobil audits

I don't want to say anything to hint at the MSC involved. But, I remember that at some time, when I was signing up for these mystery & revealed audits, I read that they did not want me to do more than a certain number per day. But, I haven't... Continue Reading

Maritz Gas Station Audit - Looking for some advice

I'm looking for some advice from the more seasoned gas station audit-takers out there. I'm only on my second one for Maritz and I've wound myself up in confusion! A lot of the toppers that I see on each fuel dispenser have generic signs showing the name of the gas... Continue Reading

bread audits

Does anyone know the name of the company that does bread audits?... Continue Reading

GFK cell phone audits....

When did they start having a 180 day rotation? There are two in my area that they can't seem to fill and are bonused. I tried to self-assign but I just did one 3 months ago. I emailed GFK and offered to do both of them, and... Continue Reading

Service Sleuth's policy on refused audits?

Does anyone know what Service Sleuth does if you go to do an audit, and the manager refuses to let you?... Continue Reading

My first grocery audit

I took on my first grocery audit...SO not worth $10! It took about an hour in the store and an hour to do the report and upload/attach images. One employee asked if he could help me. I explained I was doing the audit. His sarcastic response was "So... Continue Reading

Are gas station revealed audits worth it?

One co I work with has a zillion, but the pay is like $9.. and, the job can be about 1 hr.. doesn't sound good to me..... What do you all think???????????... Continue Reading

Price Audits.. 12000 items on an exel spreadsheet, get prices from given grocery store without getting caught.

How would one go about this? 12 000 items, recording the prices without getting caught? (Instructions explicitly say not to get caught.) The assignment is worth $450, and there are two of them, each about two hours from my home. Would it be worth spending a night in that city... Continue Reading

NJ Gas Station Audit?

Forgive me for the stupid question in advance. I saw a gas audit and I live in NJ. I understand how they work in pump your own states, but has anyone done these in Jersey? People typically don't get out of their cars here unless it is... Continue Reading

Photo Audits Question

I'm not a complete newbie, but haven't done non-traditional shops. There are a couple photo audits that are on a road that I drive on three times a week. Seems fairly easy, take pictures of the drive through menu boards then enter pricing and upload the photos. ... Continue Reading

$75 Burger King Truck Audits

Has anyone done these? I can't figure out whether or not they're worth it.... Continue Reading

Wal-Mart As Seen on TV Audit

I was approched to do a route of As Seen On TV Audits. I am able negotiate a price for these audits, I was just wondering if anyone could give me some insight as to the scope of these. I notice that they are expected to take about 2 hours.... Continue Reading

Sizing Audit - 625 items!

I just got an email for a sizing audit that should take 45 minutes. They said it is checking 625 items. This sounds insanely high to me. Is that normal for retail audits?... Continue Reading

Undercover Pricing Audits

Hi - I am doing some of these for TrendSource and enjoying them. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other companies that have these? I've signed up with about 30 companies but haven't found any other ones yet. I'm in the New England area.... Continue Reading

Signal Auditing Earnings?

Signal Auditing posted on the job board and said you can make six-figure earnings. Has anyone worked for them? I have never heard of that high of an income through MS/Auditing.... Continue Reading

Maritz gas station mystery shops with reveal and regular audits

Hi. Need some advice on Maritz gas station mystery shops with reveal and the regular audit shops. Can someone tell me are these fairly simply and do they require measuring like the others I've seen posted? I see a bunch of them by my house but I'm afraid to sign up... Continue Reading

Medicare Audits

I did a search but only one post comes up (odd). I am trying to find out if you normally have to give personal information at these things. I am looking at doing some of the 1 on 1 audits and I know they are supposed to call for a... Continue Reading

Silly question on the Shell POP audits

I've done a bunch of these a while ago and in between that I've done the regular Shell shops and I have more POP audits to do tomorrow but just can't remember the required photos! I didn't find it in the guidelines and I called [i][/i] and... Continue Reading

Insula Menuboard Price Audits

Is anyone else doing these? I cannot get the silly form to submit. It doesn't like my 1.99 Strawberry Lemonade and it doesn't like it blank either. *********************************************************************************************** Insula support is a class act! They responded and fixed the problem within 2 hours. The scheduler even tried to duplicate my issues... Continue Reading


I live in Maryland and looking for audit shops. Does anyone know of any besides GCS audits?... Continue Reading

My first Exxon Audit

I have to do my firts Exxon Audit, any tips please??? Thanks in advance!... Continue Reading

ACE - menu audit

Has anyone done a menu audit for ACE? A quick view of the guidelines asked for photos of the paper menu; however, the actual shop I would have selected only has take out menus with no prices. That shop would require photos of menu boards, cases and displays... Continue Reading

REO Audit Shops

Has anyone worked a REO (Real Estate Owned) audit shop?... Continue Reading

Marathon Gas Audits

I can't remember the last time I did one of these. The new MSC is offering them at $7 per location. At first I thought the fee was an error. Last night, after three hours trying to figure out the certification test (and before I was informed... Continue Reading

Experiences with Signal Auditing Inc

Does anyone have any experience or know anything about about SAI, or Signal Auditing Inc? I see a posting by them on the job board section of the forum, but didn't come up with much when trying to do research on them online. Neither a forum search, nor a google... Continue Reading

My first Exxon shop audit refusal with the new MSC.

I knew it would happen again. Just didn't know it would be this soon. Of course, a lot of station attendants/managers are a little leery of us coming in late at night now that they want photos of the working lights. So there I was, LOA in hand, little middle... Continue Reading

Shell audits photos ?

I have just assign for the Shell audit, just to try that. The guidelines looks horrible. Are these audits very time consuming? According to guidelines the auditor have to take 17 photos and up to 31 additional photos of each non-compliant. That looks like a very intensive photographic session. Could... Continue Reading

Ross sizing audit

Has anyone ever done one of these? It may be my first job for a msc I just signed up with. The pay is $16, but I can't tell what the time commitment is.... Continue Reading

AT&T Audits

Does anybody have any idea why the AT&T audits have a 6-month interval? It's a revealed audit. What difference does it make if I do it every month or every 6 months? Also, Do they ever loosen up that rule when they get down to the wire?... Continue Reading

H&R Block audits in a store like walmart

A couple shops came up for a announced audit for H&R Block in a Walmart are they hard or time consuming... Continue Reading

Marketforce Audits

I keep seeing these audits come up for department stores through MF. They pay $25-$35 but also say that you'll be there 3+ hours. Has anyone done these? Do they really take that long? Worth it?... Continue Reading

What should I do when I forgot something on audit (Marketforce)

As I was filling out the paperwork tonight, I realized that I had forgotten to get the brand name/model of a cute little device with a cute little name. It's a Marketforce audit. So, I'm trying to decide what the best thing to do is. In the space provided, I wrote: "Did... Continue Reading

Steri/CoRI/Expert Audit - My new favorite pet peeve!

So we are getting into January, the DIY shops are pretty much over for this cycle, the really big gas client is gone, and the only two other clients they have in my area are stuck at $4.00 and $4.50 per shop respectively. A few of them are getting picked... Continue Reading

Electronic Pricing Audits

Hello, Every so often I will get an email from a MSC to visit an electronics store and do a pricing audit. It pays between $15-$120 depending on how many items are required to be audited. Problem is, the audit is unrevealed. It says you can bring someone to help, but... Continue Reading

Revealed Audits

I am about to do a route of audits. Does anyone have any tips, tricks, etc? Thanks... Continue Reading

Has anyone ever actually been told they couldn't complete an Exxon shop/audit?

This was a first for me. I happened to be in the middle of nowhere today, and decided to at least get my gas paid for by picking up one of the last two Exxon shops in my area. I showed up, filled my tank (hey, I needed gas anyways),... Continue Reading

Pizza Oven Audits

There is one along one of my regular routes. Pay is $35. Is it worth it? What the heck do you do in the place for an hour?... Continue Reading

The $8 Grocery Shop vs. Out of Stock Audit...

$8 Grocery Shop: I saw this one... you have to shop so many departments, ask a question in each department and make a lot of observations, including name tags or lack there of...ect...ect...This particular MSC has never had these until now.... I did not apply to any of them and... Continue Reading

Accepted a shop with reveal and audit, now I'm sorry :(

Hello and good morning! This is my first post here, though I've been reading for several days. I'm a stay at home mom looking to increase our income a bit, and have started to sign up with mystery shop companies. Within hours of signing up I got... Continue Reading

FF menu photo audits

When I saw that I just thought that this would be a piece of cake. You just take a picture of DT menu board and fill out the form. So I have signed up for a few FF which are on the way to my work anyway. But most of... Continue Reading

Ever think a MSC is auditing you?

In the last couple of weeks I've been getting a lot of Market Force Inquiry emails. I've gotten them before, almost always when a FF shop had timing issues. But these are just weird emails. They say the client is questioning info in the report. For a FF shop where we... Continue Reading

Reality Based Group Price Audits

Greetings shopper friends, I received an email from Reality Based Group to conduct a pricing audit. Apparently, they email you a list of items, and you go to the store and fill in the prices, and send them to them. Has anyone ever done these? I searched the Forum, and saw... Continue Reading

School Audits

I was at MF earlier and saw school audits. This is the first time I've seen them in my area. The fee is $15. I have no clue as to what is expected. I read photos required. It is something to do with food? Does anyone know what this is... Continue Reading

Easy Stop and Shop Audits - $7 a store

Hey guys - I just did a few audits in my area in Stamford, CT using the Rewardable app (I think they only have a iPhone version). They just released a number of simple $7 audits at Stop & Shops throughout CT checking on the produce section. They... Continue Reading

Rant/question about audits

So can you guys tell me what the proper procedure is, if there is such a thing, or how you handle it, if you are doing an audit and you are done with your physical work but have to ask a bunch of questions and the customers just won't quit... Continue Reading

Sears/Kmart announced audits

Can anyone fill me in on this process? This looks like a daunting task and very time consuming for the pay. Is it really how this looks?... Continue Reading

Ross Sizing Audit

Has anyone done a Ross sizing audit? It says you'll count and size 625 items over 5 categories. That sounds like it would take quite awhile and might not be worth it for $16. Your experienced feedback is much appreciated!... Continue Reading

Cori audit at sunset

Has anyone down the sign audit that must be done around sunset. If so, what was your experience with the shop?... Continue Reading

Taco Bell audits

Dang it, I got the pictures of them all wrong. The way I read the guideline I understood you have to take the picture of the oreder area from the front of the store. Intead it is always from the side, not from the entrance in the front. Most of my... Continue Reading

ATT new audits

I just received the new audits list form my state. I assume they had problems in completing the jobs, because now they give the audits away only in route. So if I want to do again the one that is in my town I have also to do other three... Continue Reading

How about these Market Force Department Store Revealed Audits?

Two different stores owned by the same company. You know the places. Some audits require photos and some donít. Iím considering doing them since the fee here is at a little over $30.00 each now. I just wanted to get your thoughts on how much time they actually take. One claims... Continue Reading

$50 for a cell phone audit?

Would you do the cell phone audit for the really big MSC for that rate? I have read the horror stories about on here about some of them but that fee would be a nice little chunk for Christmas gifts:) Thanks for any opinions.... Continue Reading

Companies that do photo audits/surveys??

Hi All, I've discovered that I rather enjoy doing little surveys and audits that involve a bit of photography. I'm already familiar with and work for the larger companies but thought some of you might know the names of the smaller companies in the revealed survey/audit market? I'm going... Continue Reading

Can someone explain "menu audits" to me

I've noticed a couple of companies offer what they call "menu audits." From what I can tell (without actually being able to see the guidelines) is that you photograph a menu at a restaurant. It does not appear they reimburse for a meal. So the meal is... Continue Reading

Terrible Customer Service during an Audit...What would you do?

An MSC called me last week to do a FF audit that required photos to supplement the report. I took them as discretely, though I do think an employee saw me and reported it to the Manager on duty. I bought a soda and sat down as a paying customer... Continue Reading

audit shops

who are all the companies that do audit style shops with a camera.... Continue Reading

convenience store audit

Does anyone know anything about the convenience store audit by Ritter? How involved is it? It only pays $10 but there are several sitting on the board. I guess I am concerned about the counting cigarette packs, not sure how many brands you have to count.... Continue Reading

CORI Shop - no shop details or Auditor Checklist

I am scheduled to complete a shop for CORI tomorrow. I just went to review the shop details and there were none. I called the phone number but no one was there. I left a message. Anyone else ever experienced this with CORI?... Continue Reading

Chevron Gas Station Audits

How long can these take? Realistically... What is the difficulty level in reporting? Worth $20.00? Any insight or tips is appreciated...... Continue Reading

Vitamin store audit

Has anyone done one for Marketforce? In the guidelines it says may take up to one hour, but we all know how off those times can be! There are also pictures required. I've never had a problem with any of their shops but I was looking for some input before... Continue Reading

Prometric Testing Center shop/audit supposedly $150?

I got a call from a scheduler who said he saw my info on ShadowShopper. This is a test center at a state university (I have no idea what the test is), and it is supposedly paying $150 and only requires my presence for 60 minutes, although the report is... Continue Reading

Are audits always this hard to complete???

So, I did a few gas station/convenience audits a few weeks ago. Almost on every assignment, the managers were following me around, peering over my shoulder. I had one who wouldn't stop talking to me and insisted on standing beside me while I did the audit. I haven't had anyone... Continue Reading

Market Force, etc., Retail reveal audits

Market Force has a reveal audit at {oops, ICA violation, let's just say major discount department store}. Have any of you done these or know any information about these types of audits? I attempted a pricing audit at a Walgreen's once. Awful experience! Really difficult as I could... Continue Reading

Printer Ink at Office Supply Shop Audit?

Anyone done these? (I know that's a silly - question on this forum:) Anyway, how are they? This involves pictures and is revealed. N Haven't accepted yet b/c not sure 1-if I want to deal with pictures if it's overly complicated. 2- the whole revealed part makes me anxious b/c this... Continue Reading

Gas station shops/audits and credit cards

So for most, if not all, gas station shops/audits that require a gas purchase, it's credit/debit/gift card only. One of the MSCs specifically says to use different cards if shopping more than one location within 24 hours, if possible, because the card will likely only be usable for 2-3 purchases... Continue Reading

Do you do gas audits on weekends?

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Revealed cell phone audits

Has anyone done a *revealed* cell phone audit? I have a chance to sign up for at least two of these at $18 each, but the description of the shop doesn't tell too much about exactly what I have to do. I've never done a reveal shop of... Continue Reading

Cell Phone Company Photo Audit- Worth It?

Hi All- New to here and Mystery Shopping. So glad I found this site as it has provided a LOT of useful information already. I have 4 shops under my belt now. So far, so good- I think. I guess we'll see when pay time comes :) Anyway, my question, I am... Continue Reading

How long does a gas station audit take?

Thanks. CR... Continue Reading

Question About Gas Station Audits

Hi all- I was just curious. Without naming clients or MSPs, what is the average pay for a revealed gas station audit that requires pictures?... Continue Reading

Jancyn - sizing audits ?

Is anyone doing these right now? Can they really mean you will check 625 items for $16 ???... Continue Reading

Kmart Audits

I see Kmart audits listed. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these. Currently, they are $25 and state they may take up to 3 hours. I won't do them unless they are bonused, but am wondering if the estimated 3 hours is actually 4 or 5 hours. Seems like... Continue Reading

GFK - audits

I was wondering if anyone knew about the new revealed audits GFK has out? I really do not like it when they will not let you see the "simplistic and quick" forms before scheduling the assignments! Did not know if they were horrible or as this was revealed the forms can... Continue Reading

Revealed Grocery Audit

Has anyone done some of these? I'm sure someone has and I just wanted to know your thoughts. I was called and asked to do one plus offered a bonus. It looks like there is a lot to look for. A few pictures are required especially non-compliant issues. Any ideas... Continue Reading

How do you'all feel about audits?

Just curious, how do you'all feel about audits for these mystery shopping companies? One of the MSC's I work for had an audit of a Family Dollar store, and you even get to choose the one you want to audit, for $18. I applied but then deleted after... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audit - Debranding

Good morning folks! :) I have a simple question for you experienced shoppers. I'm doing 2 audits in a few days. Debranding. Now, I want to know what do you do when people/cars are in the way of your picture taking? Do I have to wait until they move? I'm sure some people... Continue Reading

Marketforce Audit Shop

I got a call last week for a shop with Marketforce to do a gas station install of a jerky display. They mailed me a box UPS and gave me address and phone number. I went to the shop on there deadline and the gas station didnt exist... Continue Reading

Photo audits for Reality Based Group...anyone done these?

Hello everyone I have received several emails for photo audits at stores very close to my house. It basically states that you can make $1.00 per completed item (approximately two pictures per item). When I first read this it sounded like more trouble than it is worth, especially since it is... Continue Reading

Home Depot Audit?

Audit of 40 bays, 5 audits different days, 4-5 hours. Yeah or Nay?... Continue Reading

Working as a scheduled auditor

Does anyone know of mystery shop companies that send you out as an auditor where you are there to count inventory, etc? I do know that Market Force offers a few shops like this from time to time. Thanks for your help.... Continue Reading

Shopping and flat cart audit???

The Pat Henry company recently sent me an e-mail needing these done in Walmart and Sam's club. They took several hours and were to be done late at night or early in the morning. They paid well $75-125 for several hours work but there was absolutely no explanation of what... Continue Reading

OnSource (Photo and Video Audits)

Anyone ever heard of OnSource? They say that you can use a 5mp or better SmartPhone for the audits and that they pay $25 or more. I am surprised that I can't find any posts about them. http://www.onsourceonline.com/join... Continue Reading

Audit Not Being Chosen?

Hey y'all! I have seen this same audit on the board for quite a while. It's bonus just got upped quite a bit and it even says make an offer. Is everyone avoiding it for a reason?... Continue Reading

Buying a Digital Camera for Photo Audits

I have a OLD digital camera (which I used to use for eBay), but its resolution is far worse than the 5mp camera on my phone. I'm thinking of getting a new digital camera for photo audits but don't want to spend too much. I don't think I need a... Continue Reading

Electronics Store audits

I've been away from ms'ing for a while. What ever happened to the Electronics Store two-day audits? I did the last batch of them when they were contracted with the orange ms company, but I never could find what company took them over. Looking through other job... Continue Reading

Clothing store audit question

So there is an available audit that will pay $16 to audit 625 articles of clothing. So is it painfully time consuming or really easy to be in and out in 1 hour? The instructions say to count mis-labeled clothing per sets of 125 in each department. Would that be... Continue Reading

Menu Board Audits

One MSC constantly advertises Menu Board Audits where shoppers are to DISCRETELY take photos of all menu boards and prices and food display cases. If you've done these, how on earth do you pull it off? I can't wrap my head around how I might go into a store and do this.... Continue Reading

Need help on Gas Station audits.

Hello all, I have signed up for some gas station audits that I usually avoid but they had attractive bonus pay so I decided it was time to get over my fear. The 36 page instruction has me a little freaked out. Are they that difficult? It... Continue Reading


I am interested in finding audits. I mean by that where you go into a store and spend time checking prices, or stock, etc. Not to typical mystery shop evaluation. What companies offer these?... Continue Reading

MF Merchandising and Audit

Received this today: Dear Market Force Independent Contractor: SPAR Group, Inc. has acquired the assets of Market Force-Merchandising and Audit Division. SPAR Group, Inc. is a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ with operations in 10 countries covering 50% of the worldís population including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China,... Continue Reading

Bestmark Audits - Any updates

I know there was a lot of discussion when Bestmark started offering Audits several months ago. As the program was new, the opinions were mostly negative about the time and payment offering. Now that a little time has gone by, how do those who have done them feel about them... Continue Reading

Chevron Image Audits

I have my first Chevron image audits this week and am reading over my book. Can anyone tell me whether the pump island photo should have only one pump, or if it supposed to include every pump on the island? Say the islands each have thee pumps, for example. Do... Continue Reading

Maritz Getting Tough On Auditors...

I received a general message today stating that apparently some auditors are not doing a thorough job and are missing or deliberately overlooking obvious infractions. I have been working for Maritz for the past five years and I estimate that I have probably done around 4000 audits and/or mystery shops for... Continue Reading

"Easy" phone shop audits - will I be sorry?

Have signed up for quite a few phone shop audits with piks. These jobs are not exactly flying off the board. Am I going to regret this? Already amazed at the amount of paperwork for a $10 shop. Why do I have that sinking feeling in... Continue Reading

Mall Audit

Hello - I just got an email for a mall audit. It is for this Saturday, between the hours of 10am - 4pm. The pay is $60, with a $15 reimbursement for a tally counter. I am supposed to tally the number of female shoppers, over the age of 14,... Continue Reading

Question on gas station audits

I'm doing a couple for MF this coming week in a route with some other shops. For the convenience store purchase part, it just says "purchase". And with cash. Anyways, is there any restriction on *what* is purchased? Most of you talk about getting a soft drink or... Continue Reading

Price Audit Drive thru

So the scheduler calls and offers. I decline. $9 no thanks since purchase required and you have to wait out the drive thru to get the pictures. To begin with $9 is CHEAP for 4 pictures (non cell phone) plus report and plus food. But then scheduler says "Oh... Continue Reading

Did my first bank audit.....

Did my first bank audit yesterday.....and I can see why there are people here who like them. This one was for Bank of America and it was actually very easy. I was a little on edge as on the shop form you HAD to have the name of... Continue Reading

Verizon photo audit confusion

Ok, so I logged in tonight and saw a Verizon photo audit offered that I've done multiple times before. My confusion is that in one spot it says 'call ahead to make an appointment' , like was done in the past, but in another spot it says 'call anonymously, don't... Continue Reading

What jobs can be assigned with a score of 2.7 as an auditor?

I signed up a while back and I would like to start mysteryshopping again but when I did this a while ago I for got to complete some jobs and I got a score of 2.7. I search for jobs and when I choose them to go into my cart... Continue Reading

HR Block audit?

Anyone do one? I see a local one with decent price...but not snatched up, so I'm wondering if it's awful.... Continue Reading

Anyone do the 40 Bays audit at their local Lumber Co?

Will it really take 5 hours to do? What have I done to myself!!?!!?!? Waaaaaah!... Continue Reading

CORI Auditor Rating

My auditor rating with Cori dropped significantly when I had issues with their website. I emailed asking if they would raise my auditory rating back up and they did! FYI for anyone else who has had this issue, ask and you shall receive. Paula... Continue Reading

Food Menu Audits?

Has anyone done any of these jobs? If so, do you have any hints as to how to get the pictures without being caught?... Continue Reading

Question About Vitamin Store Audit

One of the big MSCs has these types of assignments posted regularly, but I have been hesitant to take one on yet. I am unable to access detailed requirements, and only know that the audit could take up to 3 hours and that photos are involved.The brief description said that... Continue Reading

Sodexo audit question

I received this afternoon an invitation to qualify to do Sodexo health care audits. There's a test, and then they assign shops if I pass. My question for the board is have anyone done these, and what do they entail? Thanks.... Continue Reading

Gas Audits/ BP and Shell

Can anyone please explain to me how to do these shops/audits? I will be doing them this week for the first time and really want to make sure I get them done right.... Continue Reading

Speedway Gas Audits?

Before we start, yes, I'm aware...ICA...don't name MSC and client...blahblahblah.... Does anyone know if Speedway gas stations have a typical "gas station photo audit" type shop, or any type of shop for that matter? In my area, they're the only major gas/convenience store chain that I've never seen shopped, and there's... Continue Reading

cellphone company audit shops

Has anyone done cellphone audit shops revealed where you must take pictures with your cellphone? Are they difficult or involved?... Continue Reading

bestmark merchandising audits

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BestMark Merchandising Auditing?

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Gas Audit or Mystery Shop?

I've only been shopping for about 3 weeks now. Some gas station audits and mystery shops have come up but for the same company. For obvious reasons, I can't be both the auditor and shopper, so I have to choose which to do. For those who have done these, any... Continue Reading


I've done a handfull of mystery shops, but now I see a lot of postings for auditing assignments. I'm not quite sure what all this entails and don't want to commit to something that isn't worth my time. Pay aside, what should I expect to have to do... Continue Reading

Pet food audits.

I just got an email about pet food audits, paying $10 but there is no way to read the description of what needs done. Anybody familiar with these? I applied but if it's a horrific job I need to cancel my request.... Continue Reading

Has anyone done the Photo Audits for Sears/K-Mart?

How time-consuming are these? The screening questions indicate it may take up to three hours, and if it really does, the pay is not worth it (IMO), especially when you have to add getting the photos onto your computer from your camera card, editing them, doing the report, &... Continue Reading

Audit for office supply

So are audits worth it? The app says it takes 20-30 min including input. What is your experience with these? Are there ones to avoid?... Continue Reading

Gas Station audits

Now that the kids are going back to school I'm thinking about trying to do some. Can you all give me some tips and input on the difficulty of doing this type of shop and if it is worth it? The pay is higher for this kind of shop and... Continue Reading

Marketforce Photo Audit

You cannot have worked in a department store - and it's $25 and can take up to 3 hours. Anyone done this? Thoughts? Does it really take 3 hours?... Continue Reading

Market Force Audits - anyone do them ?

Anybody do the MF Tire audits for $10 ? Wondering how many photos involved and extent of questionairre ? Have done a different audit for them which turned out to be a nightmare, They really ought to be like other companies that allow you to see the survey right up front BEFORE you... Continue Reading

Audits for BestMark

I am a Gold shopper - working at mystery shopping for about ten years. I thought I'd try BestMark's audit shop for something different. My advice. Forget it folks. The pay does not even approach minimum wage. For the two days I was there I worked hard - no breaks... Continue Reading

American Car Care Center Audits

Has anyone performed these ACCC evaluations? I was wondering if they were fairly easy since the business is expecting the shopper and if it indeed takes about an hour to complete? Is it worth the $21? There are 2 in my area. I am debating whether or not to take... Continue Reading

Has anyone done the 100 pr of shoes audit for Beyond Hello

I just saw it posted and it seems like it would take forever . . .has anyone done it?... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audits Conoco vs Shell

Everyone be careful not to mention the MSC since I alreayd brought up the clients. I've done the Shell mystery shop/audit, and I must say I'm not a huge fan. I'm fine with the audit part, but I live in a state where you can't pump your own gas. I... Continue Reading

Ice Cream audits

Did anyone notice that 1) The ice cream cost more than the reimbursement and 2) the MSC didn't add enough postage to send the thermometer back? The assignment paid peanuts as it is, but then to have to pay OOP even $1, annoys me. Won't take those again unless the fee... Continue Reading

verizon photo audits

i have never done one of these but am considering it. for anyone who has done one before, how difficult are they? are lots of photos required and are they pretty time intensive? any input would be appreciated.... Continue Reading

Audits vs. Mystery Shops

I have just started performing audits in the past month or so. Is it my imagination or do they seem to pay more money? And they seem to be easier to perform than most of my mystery shops. What are your thoughts?... Continue Reading

Price Audits

I know this has been touched on briefly but I have a specific question. I got an offer for the clothing audits and it was 125 per size for over 600 individual items. I don't see how the money that was offered is worth the time especially since... Continue Reading

Sizing Audits

Has anyone done the sizing audits? I know some of these audits can be PITAs so I was wondering if these are worth the effort. Thanks.... Continue Reading

CRI Auditing

Has anyone had a recent problem with CRI's auditing staff? I have done a little over 100 shops and for some reason over the past two months they have gotten very picky.... Continue Reading

Paint store audits

Has anyone completed the "NO PHOTOS REQUIRED" revealed paint store audits? They are bonused already and I'm afraid they might be a PITA. How long did they take in store? I noticed you have to print in color...how many pages were there? Any feedback would be appreciated. TIA... Continue Reading

Ice Cream Audits

Has anyone done the ice cream audits that I have seen offered recently on one of my favorite MSC's? It is basically a check at a nationwide supermarket chain for the display of two brands of specialty ice cream in pints. You have to get a photo of the display... Continue Reading

Starting your own sassie/MSC for internal audits?

Hello, I have a very good friend who is looking to expand his retail chain into a few MD/DC/VA areas as a franchise. I told him that mystery shopping companies probably charge $100 per location per visit for the works and that I could help as a favor. Could... Continue Reading

What is a size audit and how is report ?

This would be donei in a dept store. How do you do it and how bad is the "survey" ?... Continue Reading

Sizing Audit of 625 items for $16??

Before joining this forum two months ago I would do practically every assignment, at least once, to get the experience and to build a relationship with the MSC. I also try not to judge assignments before I've performed them because sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised at how simple an assignment... Continue Reading

Is $8.00 reasonable for an Auditing Asgnmt

I was called by a particular scheduler for a company and asked to do a covert audit of 50-60 products in a local drug store. I have done these before and it took me 2 hours and I vowed I would never do it again. So this... Continue Reading

Is there a company that just does audits?

I mean the overt ones. I really like handling those and would like to do them exclusively. I pick up a few here and there with two companies but would like more. Any ideas?... Continue Reading

Anyone do vitamin store audit for Market Force? What to expect?

I've seen Market Force offer an audit assignment for a popular vitamin store for $15. I'm a little leary of signing up for it. The description states that the questionnaire is shorter. Has anyone done these before? Should I stay clear?... Continue Reading

K-Mart audit...

Anybody have experience with these? HOw long do they generally take? Thanks!... Continue Reading

Best Buy compliance audits

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Price Audits? Am I wrong to avoid these?

The ones I'm talking about are 50-60 items, pays about $8. The last one I did about a month ago, had me in two departments the whole time and took about 40 min. I kept having employees come by asking if I needed help or otherwise eye-balling me. I was... Continue Reading

H&R Block Audit

I am about to accept a reveal audit shop. The MSC is well known. The instructions say I will reveal myself and take some photos. Doesn't say how many or of what. I live close by and the pay is fair for a few photos. Has anyone done any... Continue Reading

Auditing Auditors

Does anyone know if there are auditors than check behind merchandisers and auditors?... Continue Reading

Gas Station Audit Question

Are these shops allowed to be done at night with night time photos?... Continue Reading

BARE Sodexo Auditors

I believe BARE has already done recruiting and training in some parts of the country for Sodexo audits in hospitals and health care systems. They have just begun the recruitment and certification process in my area, and I'm wondering if any of you already have any experience with this... Continue Reading

Unfreakin' Believable CORI "Auditor Test" (Big Grumpy Vent)

Look... This is a big vent. I'm so freakin' ticked off - I could screech. So, cover your eyes (and ears)!! I have the answers for one of their "tests" - but it is not accepting, no matter what I do. I am taking the answers DIRECTLY FROM SCREENSHOTS... Continue Reading

MobiAudit App

Has anyone used this? I downloaded it for a shop I've applied for and the reviews are TERRIBLE for it.... Continue Reading

Thinking About Doing CRI Audits, Should I Do It?

I've just signed up for CRI, and there's a lot of shops in my area, I would just like for some people to chime in and tell me their experiences working for CRI. Are their shops easy/hard to deal with? How fast is their payment after shops are completed? How long does... Continue Reading

Extensive Gas Station Audits

Soooooo, the price is looking kind of right at the moment for me to complete one of those extensive gas station audits, but I have NEVER done audits before. They are currently at about 40 bucks (give or take) and they'll probably go higher by Monday since there's quite a... Continue Reading

Anyone do a covert pricing audit?

I was curios to know if anyone has done any of those covert pricing audits before? I see them from time-to-time, usually for my local Walmart, however I donít think I want to do a 25 to 50 item covert pricing audit, since so many of the times, you canít... Continue Reading

trendsource chicken audits

worth it? or no... says 25 questions but "only 20-30 min"... Continue Reading

C R I Auditor testing.

Has anyone had as much difficulty as I have had in passing the CRI test? The test requires you to view a short video then take a multiple choice test of 12 questions. I am positive that I have passed this test. I have taken it several times changing the... Continue Reading

Dinosaur Announced Audits

Am I right in assuming that accepting an announced audit would render me ineligible for the regular monthly mystery shops? There are some nice bonuses floating around, but I don't want to risk losing a steady, monthly income.... Continue Reading

Truck temperature audits for FF places

Got an email about auditing the temps in delivery trucks to fast food restaurants. It does not give the pay, and I'm curious about the time involved once the truck arrives. Anyone have experience with these?... Continue Reading

Truck Audits

I received some info today on a truck audit. Has anyone done these? I really think I would be in over my head at this point.... Continue Reading

Clothing size audits... (Newby Question)

I have the opportunity to conduct some size audits, and I'm just curious as to how involved these are for the pay. In this case, the directions tell me I'll need to audit 5 categories of clothing, 125 items each cat., for total of 625 items... Normal fee is around... Continue Reading

CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVES: feedback please on their tire audit

I thought I read negative coments about doing tire store audits, and Customer Perspectives job posting on jobslinger says the shop is "picky" ( red flag)...feedback please on both the msc and the shop itself... Many Thanks and Happy Weekend to all.... Continue Reading

Electronic store audits

Does anyone have experience with the big box store revealed electronic audits? The 2 day/10-12 hour ones? I am looking for feedback on the type of tasks, difficulty level and reporting issues. These are the only jobs I am being offered by one MS company. TIA... Continue Reading

Difference Between Auditor & Mystery Shopper

I would like to if there is a mild distinction between completing a shop as an auditor and mystery shopper. Does the auditor does the same thing as a mystery shopper while on job? Does the auditor have to acknowledge the staff that he's an auditor while on job? If so,... Continue Reading

Grocery store item audits?

How difficult or time-consuming are these audits? I see several of them that are not far from my area but I don't want to pick them up if they are going to be a pain in the butt.... Continue Reading

TNS candy bar audits

For some reason a search for TNS on all dates yeilded no results. I feel certain there have been threads about them. Has anyone done the candy bar audits? If so, how long did they take. How was the report?... Continue Reading

Food Price Audit shops

Would it help new people to know my system for doing food audit shops? They aren't my favorite, and you have to be incredibly sneaky at times. I start out very early cause I do breakfast shops. I only do them in my city, not all around the whole town. I... Continue Reading

Market Force Purple Portal Audits??

The walmart balloon shops are only $6. Has anyone ever done them and are they lengthy? Including reports?... Continue Reading

Market Force Pricing Audits becoming extinct

Has anyone heard that Michigan will soon no longer have the pricing audits? That several states including Michigan will be stopping this practice.... Continue Reading

Market Force 100 items audit

Anyone ever do any of these audits? How are they? Are there a lot of problems?... Continue Reading

Marketforce Mastercare Audits

DO NOT TAKE THIS SHOP! It pays $14 and has 20 pages of detailed instructions and requires 23-40 digital camera photos. You are unable to view the instructions and guidelines until after you accept the shop(A practice that should be eliminated). I talked to someone who did... Continue Reading

gfk Audits

There were many things that needed to be corrected when GFK first started the audit program. Has anyone done any of their audits recently? Have they improved? Originally they were paying $150 now I see they are paying only $110.00.... Continue Reading

Jancyn Sizing Audit

Has anyone ever done a sizing audit for Jancyn at one of the discount retail stores? They have a few available in my area but they seemed very involved for $16. Anyone have any feedback? How long it takes and if it is worth it. Thanks... Continue Reading

What is an audit?

I just received my email from Market Force approving me and am looking through the jobs available. Many of them are doing an "audit". Please shed some light up this for me as to what this is. Sorry for the silly "newbie" question. :) Julieann... Continue Reading

Taco Bell REVEALED Audit

Has anyone ever done these. I have two to do this weekend for a company I have not yet worked for and they will not send me my info until 24hrs before? I like to read and prepare ahead of time so I am comfortable but this company works differently.... Continue Reading

Wireless Company - AUDIT - Worth it??

I've only been MS for a few months now on a very part time basis. Have yet to do a Wireless company - picture audit. I'm REALleery on these picture audit assignments now as I have done a few gas station audits and realized those were a JOKE!... Continue Reading

Boneless wing audit

Just curious if anybody else got an e-mail from Mintel yesterday about their boneless wing audit. They are wanting you to purchase an order of wings from a certain establishment and then ship them to Mintel and they are paying a decent fee for it plus full reimbursement. I went... Continue Reading

Tire Shop Audit

Hello: Have any of you ever done a revealed tire shop audit and if so, do you have any pointers? This is my first revealed shop and any info anyone wants to share would be greatly appreciated (as always!).... Continue Reading

Pet store price audit???

I just signed up for one, mostly because of the fee that is associated with it.I'm a little intimidated because of all the paperwork that seems to be included with the shop. Has anyone done these before.... Continue Reading


Did anyone ever do a pizza audit, or any other where you need to check oven temperature. I was wondering exactly how much work is involved.... Continue Reading

Insula Price Audits

Is anyone else doing the Insula price audits? They are supposed to be starting today, but my homepage does not show my list.... Continue Reading

FRESH MARKET: Is it shopped aside from price audits???

Is this grocery chain shopped??? I know they already do price audits similar to Trader Joe's, but wondered if it is mystery shopped or not please. FYI: Just noticed that both King's and Albertson's are shopped. Thanks Much.... Continue Reading

FRESH MARKET: Only shopped for price audits???

Is Fresh Market still only being shopped for competitor price audits??? Or is there a regular shop available for them please??? FYI: Just noticed that Albertson's is now shopped...... Continue Reading

Any mystery shopper ever been audited by the IRS?

This year when I was doing my taxes, my tax guy said that to report my MS shopping I needed to have all the documentation, including guidelines, paystubs, receipts and surveys just in case I ever got audited. I did over 150 shops last year and made 2000 dollars. The... Continue Reading

How do you do a audit I have never done one do you get instuckion?

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Did the firestone audit.....

and actually didn't mind it that much. I did two of them today and I thought they were kinda easy. Yeah, the uploading, renaming/linking the pics was a little annoying and time consuming, but I didn't think it was that bad. I also did an... Continue Reading

Shell Audits

Anyone do these. Now they want you to take a picture of yourself in front of the location. WTH?... Continue Reading

Airport Kiosk Audits/CC

Who is doing these jobs...I need help, any tips appreciated.... Continue Reading

Revealed Chiropracter Certification Audits

The MSP who was offering these in Arizona hasn't had any for about a year now. Does anyone know who has taken them over?... Continue Reading

Jewelry audit

Anyone doing the jewelry audit and called for the conference call instructions? I called last Tues. 3:00 like stated before being assigned the job. No one was on...I kept calling for 1/2 hour and no one called, so the conference call didn't happen. Did anyone get through.... Continue Reading


I'm currently in the midst of doing some revealed audits and am curious to know anyone's thoughts on this type of shop. Do you like them, and what do you think is fair pay? I'd previously done two price audits, both covert. One was okay, but the other was... Continue Reading

Need help with "In-Store Grocery Signage Audits"

I received an eMail offering me a "Shelf Signage Audit". I have never performed this type of assignment, however, the small amount of information that was in this email, looked appealing to me. So, I signed up for it. I just received the guidelines last night, and... Continue Reading

That's it, I am DONE with audits!

Well even with my negotiated bonus today, the audit was the one from "you know where." I do not drink and would never have accepted it had I known that 20% of the items on the list were wine and beer. This is a store that prides itself on its... Continue Reading

Did my first audit today

And I don't know if I will do another. It was a lot of trouble for the pay, getting the prices of 50 items (exact sizes) in a huge and unfamiliar grocery store and then only getting a total of $14 reimbursement. I was in the store about an hour... Continue Reading


I've searched but am only finding references to audit jobs, not what they're actually about. I have an opportunity to do a bank audit, but in order to get details I have to accept the job and I don't want to do that in case it's something I really have... Continue Reading

Adverse managerial reactions during BP audits

Has anyone else encountered BP managers getting really irate/upset/hysterical when asking them to sign the completed forms? Most I've dealt with just sign the form without really even looking at what is marked yes or no, say thank you, and get on with their day, but some have really been... Continue Reading

Chevron Audits!

Have just been released. Those who know these - Go for it!... Continue Reading

Shop fee inquiry(audit)

hey, I recently start picking up some photo pricing audits and just wonder what the normal/mean fee is. Those particular audits required supporting photos as well as short descriptive information. I've done a few pricing audits without photos in the past. They normally paid me $16 per audit without photos.... Continue Reading

ANY UPDATES: National Audits, Signal Auditing ????

Has anybody done any movie trailers or related shops lately for National Audits??? Months back when telephoned, they said they schedule through Secret Shopper whom I don't have an account with. Signal Auditing--Anybody worked for them??? I signed up months back and never heard back. They pay you check bars and... Continue Reading

Audit Shops

I'm new to mystery shopping and I have just completed my first 3 shops with relative ease, but am confused about doing audits. I noticed that there are several audits lised for this month and all are close to my home. I am reluctant to sign up for them though... Continue Reading

What's With These Audit Shops?

Greetings, Can the PURPOSE of those under-cover Audit/Counting mystery Shops be explained to me please..? Several companies for years now have sent me out to Count/Match/Audit stores. Most say, "It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes". One admitted that, "Shop may take up to 3 hours". You have to go through hundreds of items, match... Continue Reading

Chevron audit

Does anyone did the Chevron audit shops?. What is involved?. How long take to do the shop and input the report? Pictures need to be taken? Isabel Enjoy Life... Continue Reading

Pricing Audits

I think I've decided that I officially hate them! Anyone have any tricks or tips to make them less painful? It's not always easy to get original price, sale price, name/size of product and UPC codes without being noticed when it's a small store! I thought the one I... Continue Reading

$130 Pricing and Compliance Audits!

GfK is looking for electronic retail PRICING/COMPLIANCE auditors for a nationwide audit program. This is a fantastic opportunity for auditors to become a part of an on-going program and have regular assignments! Key Elements of the Audit Program: - This is a pricing and compliance audit ē Audits take approximately 12 hours... Continue Reading

50-100 item covert audits

How in the world.....would you you complete a 100 item audit covertly?... Continue Reading


I notice that some mystery shops are audits. How long does an audit take and what is involved?... Continue Reading

$130 Feb. Pricing/Compliance Audits Avail. Many States

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Anyone do any recent audits for Mintel?

I've been shopping with Mintel since October and they have become one of my favorites to shop with. Last weekend I did 16 photo audits for them and they have yet to be approved. My last audits for them were approved in less than two days. I reported these almost... Continue Reading


I have been self-employed for over 40 years. I was audited exactly once, and not due to self-employment. (It was about the status of a stipend for graduate study. I won.) When my 1099 does not agree with my claimed income from that source, I just... Continue Reading

Undercover Price Audits in Supermarkets

Hello All, I have my first undercover competitive price audit in a supermarket today. I am a bit nervous as I've never done one. I am planning to get a shopping cart and look the part of a real shopper, and just leave the cart with groceries in the... Continue Reading

Insula Research - Price Audits

I did some work for Insula last week that was highly bonused & well worth it. The audits involved several different fast food restaurants and included required photos. All was well...until one of my reports came back saying that I attached the incorrect pictures to the report. ... Continue Reading

Zirh Audit

Anyone ever do a Zirh audit? Is is simple or what?... Continue Reading

Anyone here have a BP Oil Audit scheduled?

I have two scheduled and I can not get the pdf to load that has the current Invigorate POP. If anyone has one scheduled, is there anyway you could email me a picture of what the current POP looks like? Thanks so much... Continue Reading

Pet Food Audits

I think I've seen this topic discussed before, possibly on Volition or maybe it was here.. Anyway, I see ATH has pet food audits listed. They are basically asking for a list of items on sale, the reg. prices and sale prices. I've never done one of these types... Continue Reading

cell phone store audits

anyone done the big cell phone store audits for which you have to go through a training, have drug testing done and work 12 hours over two days. Is it worth it? Does it take the entire 12 hours or did you finish earlier.. or does it take more... Continue Reading

whats the worst mystery shop/audit/whatever you guys have had?

this should be good... whats the worst experience you guys have had from audits or shopping? mine was a suburban kmart that was just atrocious ... junk everywhere... all the employees out of uniform... to few lines... bet someone can beat that... *wink*... Continue Reading

Printer Audits for Trendsource

I accepted one of the printer audits, against my better judgment. I don't trust Trendsource very much. They remind me of Market Force in many ways, so I am a little leery of them. Has anyone ever done one? I took a look at the form... Continue Reading

Retail audits for Market Force

Anyone ever done any retail audits for them? How are they?... Continue Reading

Corporate Research Auditor rating system

Can someone please help me understand the basis of Corporate research auditor rating system When I registered I was started with a rating of 3. I did one shop and went to 4. After that I completed three shops but only got promoted to 4.3. I recently completed three more shops.... Continue Reading

What are audit shops?

What are audit shops? I Have so much to learn.... Continue Reading


I was just reading on the volition.com mystery shopping forum that there is supposedly a company out there that pays very well to mystery shop churches and they also pay quickly. Of course, no one on that site actually posts what company it is so that others can sign... Continue Reading

Audit shops for Sears and Kmart

Has anyone ever done storre audits for these stores. Looks like you have to compare prices.... Continue Reading

2 Day $130 Audit

Can any one give me more information about these audits? I know I have seen a thread on it but for the life of me....just can't find it now. Please contact me off the forum. User name is email..Thanks for the help on this MWB... Continue Reading

Fashion audit shops

Anyone ever did any fashion audit shops???? How are they?... Continue Reading

Electronic audit shops

Has anyone completed any of these shops? What exactly do you do?... Continue Reading


Has any mystery shopper ever been audited by the government during your years of mystery shopping?????... Continue Reading

Gfk Audits

Anyone ever do any GFk Audits before? What do you think of them?... Continue Reading

GFK Audits

Has anyone signed up for the GFK audits that are being done starting in Jan 2009, They pay like 150.00 for 2 days... Continue Reading

Shelf Tag Audits

Anyon ever did a shelf tag audit for a grocery store? What do you think of them?... Continue Reading

Fast Food Price Audits?

I'm referring to ones that want you to take a picture of the menu board at the drive-thru. Any hints on how to be discreet when the camera is on you, and how to get a good picture? Depending on the angle of the sun, mine seem to be washed... Continue Reading

Price Audits

Has anyone ever done price audits at Sears for a mystery shop company. It pays 30.00 and it takes about 2 hours... Continue Reading

Digital Audits at MFI

Has anyone done the Digital Audits at Market Force? They claim the report is 10 pages long, but I also know some of their reports have only one or two questions per page.... Continue Reading

Want advice on a digital camera for shops/audits.

I've been shopping for about six months. I want to accept some shops that require a digital camera, but I'm having a hard time deciding on which one and how much to spend. Any advice or suggestions are welcome. Thanks!... Continue Reading

Covert Menu Board Price Audits

Just wondering if anyone has done covert price audits for fast food menu boards. I would like to share my recent experiences. I find it very difficult to do these assignments while being covert. The menu board prices are hard to see and there isn't always an... Continue Reading

Gas station audits

Signed with 2 new companies tonight. One of them had gas station audits. Most of it was a cinch, but I don't want to go into a gas station restroom. They look like the rest of the gas station. And if I buy gas at an Exxon or Mobil, I'm... Continue Reading

What are audits / merchandising shops?

What's an audit shop? What may be included in merchandising? I've seen only one ad and it looked awful. Do they pay hourly? Would they tell you if they're looking for long-term part time help or short-term? I wouldn't want to unwittingly get stuck in a long-term job.... Continue Reading

Can anyone tell me what companies offer Merchandising/Auditing in CA.

Hello, I needed some suggestions and referrals to any companies that have merchandising jobs for beginners. I would love to start merchandising and doing auditing jobs.Please let me know of any companies besides Shop N Chek and Certified Market Research.Thank You... Continue Reading

Fast Food Menu Board Price Audits 20,000 Shops

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Digital Audit

Has anyone ever done a Digital Audit, looks like that they pay more but is it worth it... Continue Reading

Discussions of Audits

It was occupied for a long time and I waited and waited because I did not want to go to the main washrooms near the auditoriums, as it was early for the start of the show. (Source). March 29, 2015

That is not to say I have not had the shops say in a strip mall or such. I have had five at the same strip mall. Eating, Auditing, Phoning 2 x, bank and supplement shop. (Source). March 29, 2015

I've been doing display/store audits for a couple years now, but with a major life change in the last 5 months (my dh passed away and I'm not feeling up to finding a full time job at this point), (Source). March 28, 2015

myst4au, there may be videos and a 17 page guide line for the audits, but NOT for the mystery shops. (Source). March 27, 2015

I will say that you should have taken more than 1 photo. When I do gas station audits I almost always take at least 2 photos, 1 of the toilet and 1 of the sink area. (Source). March 27, 2015

GfK does more than one type of audit. (Source). March 27, 2015

I was accused of 'flaking' because I cancelled a couple of revealed audit shops after doing the first one that took me almost 2 hours. (Source). March 26, 2015

I'm grateful that they see me as a "go to" shopper even after such a short time. I'm grateful for gas stations that need to be audited. (Source). March 26, 2015

[quote=myst4au] The OP is not talking about the audit which has photos and can be done on a tablet. (Source). March 26, 2015

The OP is not talking about the audit which has photos and can be done on a tablet. (Source). March 26, 2015