Join The MysteryShopForum Community

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

...

214 Discussions

Trend Source question

Hey all, Im curious how many shops you can shop per day for them. In this case its the same company same city but all different locations in one city. Here is an example in case the question is confusing..I will use Shopko since I dont think Shopko... Continue Reading

Trend Source (AKA The Source) BEWARE!

I recently did grocery store shops for this company and the company is refusing to pay me because they say the answers that I received from store employees are too similar among the different stores I visited. The shopper is given a choice of four different questions to choose... Continue Reading

Trend Source

I did an Onsite Inspection today; the first one in a few years. I was able to do the entire report from the app. I liked that! I have two more scheduled.... Continue Reading

Trendsource - I need technical help.

I use the mobile app a lot. I have never been able to get the Mobile Checkin to work, but have never really worried bout it. I just accepted a shop that says Mobile Checkin is mandatory. I've tried everything I know but it still does not work.... Continue Reading

TRENDSOURCE: New msc website please

What is the new web address for Trendsource or whatever it is now called please?? Thanks Much... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Does anybody work for Trend Source and did you receive your pay today?... Continue Reading

Have you had a Trend Source (The Source Agent) reject one of your jobs?

I just had one rejected because I took too long to finish the job. Itís a shame because it was one of my best grocery checkout jobs. I went way out of my way to tell them about an incident (positive) which occurred after checkout. Hereís what... Continue Reading

TrendSource PAD Requests

Is anybody successful getting a reasonable PAD request approved by TS for their business inspections? I've been doing them for a couple of months, when they are close to where I live or happen to go frequently, & they've contacted me several times to "help them out" on some that... Continue Reading

TrendSource Job Postings Schedule?

Does anyone know if TrendSource has a set time they post available assignments i.e. 9am, 12pm, 5pm or are available assignments randomly posted throughout the day?... Continue Reading

Trend Source is also a debt collection agency?

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Cutting Trend Source from my list of companies to work for.

I'm finding Trend Source to be one of the lowest paying MSC. I'm cutting them off of my list of shops. They e-mailed me and asked if I would do a local shop they needed done today. I asked for a bonus and they said "No". I did a Medicare... Continue Reading

Fewer Grocery Shops from Trend Source This Year?

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

The Source / TrendSource email notification issues

Prior to 2019, I received notifications of available shops multiple times a day via email. Since Jan 2019 I have not received any emails with the available shops. I have double checked my email address, double checked their address didnít get marked spam and have contacted them to let them... Continue Reading

trendsource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource/ MSI sign-up?

I am new to Mystery Shopping and am trying to sign up for Trendsource/ MSI mystery shopping but cannot find the correct place to sign up. I am worried about scams so I am being extra cautious. I am confused because there are so many names involved- Trendsource/ MSI/ The... Continue Reading

No texts from Trendsource?

I have been shopping with Trendsource a few times a week for the past six months. After doing ten or so shops I started consistently getting text messages from schedulers 2-3 times a week offering PAD for some of the less desirable locations, some I took and some I didnít... Continue Reading

Trendsource Healthcare Informal events

Are these shops worth $21? I have done these for other companies and the reports are simple and easy but the instructions for Trendsource read "45 minutes input time". Any help GREATLY appreciated TIA!!!... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Iím fairly new, started last May. Been working with the same 4 companies most paying decent and paying out quickly except one company . Anyways Iíve been a nurse for 25 years and I know how facilityís work, whatís accepted in having outside companies coming into their facility. I went for TrendSource... Continue Reading

Trend Source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource

How is it performing shop for Trendsource? Are they a decent company?... Continue Reading

Arturo at TrendSource

I just want to give a major shout-out to Arturo at TrendSource. When I was hospitalized and unable to access my computer, he patiently took my inspection answers over the phone--even when I had to call back a couple of times because people came to examine me! He remained cheerful... Continue Reading

Did Trendsource lose their restaurant client?

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

TrendSource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trend source shopper requirements?

I applied for Trend source yesterday...got an email stating to upload a headshot and do a background check. The check will come back clean, but was wondering if the shops they offer are worth it and can you give me a general idea what they mostly shop..ie groceries,banks, dealerships... Continue Reading

Trendsource: EIN vs SSN

Hi folks, I didn't see this addressed after performing a search, so I hope I didn't miss something. I'm nearing the $500 mark on non-reimbursable payments from Trendsource for this year, so I'm getting e-mails telling me I need to give them an EIN, *not* an SSN. From their website: "The Source... Continue Reading

Need help with Trendsource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource: very annoying sending individual emails for every location in my area

Ok, I am fixing this. Trendsource keeps sending out an individual email for each individual location for the same client. Instead of working on a reasonable fee they just SPAM us. To make it worse, they sent a new batch again just several hours later.... Continue Reading

Is there are any one who works at TrendSource?

Delete. Found one.... Continue Reading

Beware of Scheduler Dru at The Source (Trendsource)

I have completed jobs for Trendsource for over two years now. I have always followed through on every job I have taken. I shop a hard to fill location for them; many times at the last minute. I was assigned a project by a scheduler named Dru for Thursday. It... Continue Reading

TrendSource Login

Is anyone else having problems logging in to The Source? I can't get on with my computer or through the mobile app. It keeps timing out and says there's a server problem and I need to confirm acceptance of a project before it drops off my list.... Continue Reading

Trendsource exams

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Has any one done the revealed digital photo audit for trendsource?

15~20 photos at a restraunt. For $10 plus the $30 I requested for travel pay. Has anyone done these?... Continue Reading

trend source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource Medicare insurance shop question

I have done two of these shops so far, and have two more to complete. Each is for a different broker. When I arrived at the second shop on Tuesday there were three people in the room. Two of them were from the brokerage. The third was a... Continue Reading

Trendsource Inspections

My husband thinks this work deals with "shady people." Those are his words, not mine. Is this work dangerous? Would you recommend it or not, and why?... Continue Reading

Not confirming being the backup Trend Source

I was the backup for an assignment where I was available for the original days but now they've offered the job to me and I'm no longer available until after the 26th. Trend Source sent me an email to confirm the shop but do I need to do something to... Continue Reading

how are the trendsource pricing audits?

anyone done these? 50-75 items, and the pay is only $6-$9. fee is horrible, am I wrong? how much could I get away with asking for in PAD?... Continue Reading

What kinds of comments to write for Trendsource grocery store "general attentiveness" question

I never know what Trendsource wants for the answer regarding general attentiveness of associates. Do they want a subjective comment or something more objective (i.e., approximately half of all associates made a verbal acknowledgement)?... Continue Reading

Trend Source and Their Insulting Grocery Shop Offers

I frequently get requests from Trend Source asking me to shop a certain super market for a whopping $5 payment plus $9 reimbursement. They call it a $14 payment grocery and always try to convince me that the reimbursement should be considered part of the payment and that it... Continue Reading

Liz Lara from Trend Source...RESOLVED!

I have been signed up with Trend Source for a while now but have never completed any shops for them, just nothing in my area that stood out as great pay/worthwhile for me. I got a call on Monday the 19th from someone named Liz asking me to go take... Continue Reading

Question about Trend Source Scheduling

Hey guys - Just started doing shops for them. Grocery ones. I'm relatively new to The Source. I know it's a love/hate thing with forum members here. Some think they are one of the best and others hate their shops. :D I'm not sure how I... Continue Reading

Acclimating to TrendSource

So... I am just getting going with Trendsource... I've logged into their site and they literally have hundreds of shops in my immediate area. Of course, most are advertised with payment that would amount to something less than minimum wage - and that's both before I account for travel time... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Has any one worked for Trendsource and what did you think?... Continue Reading

Background check for TrendSource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Biggest bonus (PAD) you've been granted from Trendsource?

I see ridiculously small suggested PAD amounts in Trendsource's emails for shops they are having trouble filling. It's generally a measly $3 or so more they say is pre-authorized. Do they ever throw out real money?... Continue Reading

Requirements for TrendSource's "Premiere Network" member?

Anyone here know what the criteria is that one must meet to be deemed eligible to be a Premiere Network member for TrendSource? The TrendSource website states, "Upon completing certain pre-defined criteria to enter the Premier Network, you will be prompted to take the PN Quiz." I'm wondering... Continue Reading

Is the Trendsource grocery store client able to identify me as the shopper?

So... I shopped the grocery store where I generally do my everyday shopping. Unfortunately, I had a terrible experience and reported it objectively. I used my store card when I shopped. You know.. the one that is scanned to receive the store's discount prices. Moreover, I... Continue Reading

Trouble logging into Sentry and TrendSource today

Is it me? I'm not able to log into either Sentry or TrendSource today. With regard to Sentry, when I hit the "login" button, nothing happens. And when trying to log in to TrendSource, it says it's an invalid username or password. Uh? I then... Continue Reading

For TrendSource (The Source) shops, is a backup shopper THE backup shopper?

If a TrendSource shop has already been assigned and another person requests to be the backup, if the backup offer is accepted by TrendSource, is that person then THE backup? In other words, does TrendSource accept backup offers from several different people and then will select one from this... Continue Reading

Trendsource

I am doing my first grocery tomorrow. I have read their instructions yet do not find the four focus departments I have to evaluate. Can anyone give any guidance here. I actually sent a message to them yesterday for guidance and have not had a response. Thank you.... Continue Reading

Anyone else get a Trendsource phone call today

I received one that sounded urgent regarding how I was doing their grocery shops. I've been doing these for years without any major issue so I have no clue what the issue is. Supposedly it has to do with a quality control list they received. I've tried... Continue Reading

Trend Source, ? On rotation violation

Anyone know how to tell when someone can be eligible to be 'in-rotation' for shops on TS? I keep having an office supply shop come up, but Everytime I request the shop I get instantly notified that it would be a rotation violation. I've looked around but can't tell it... Continue Reading

Dimitri at Trendsource

Hi, do you know if Dimitri still works at Trendsource or work with the grocery programs? I was banned by him for doing shop and wondering if I can re-apply with other associate. I think the reason of banning me was not clear.... Continue Reading

Trendsource Onsite Inspections

I get a lot of emails for these. Can someone explain what these shops entail, how to get qualified, and if they are worth it.... Continue Reading

Trendsource-is there a secret to getting jobs?

I've been a shopper for 19 years, taking on a lot more shops here recently...and I've yet to get any assigned from Trendsource? Is there a secret?... Continue Reading

Trendsource Direct Deposit

They show they made payments for steakhouse shops on the 3rd and everything else on the 5th. They always post to my bank account just after midnight but neither has. Trying to figure out if it is my bank or them. Anyone else get their deposit? I wouldnt... Continue Reading

HEADS UP! Trendsource TIME FRAME CHANGE for one of their clients!

Hey all, For any of you that do the shops down South (may be other areas as well...not sure) that involve buying AT LEAST 3 items, spending $9.00 minimum and interacting in several depts including 2 in the store aisles, the TIME FRAME has changed from 9AM-9pm Sun... Continue Reading

Any Other Firefox users with problems with TRENDSOURCE (The Source) website???

Hi all, Today, when I log into Trendsource through Firefox, every area works EXCEPT when I click on the "PROJECTS" tab and then click on EITHER "Projects Assigned" OR "Request Projects"....then screwy things happen. On the click to "Projects Assigned" I get a box in the middle saying... Continue Reading

I can not believe Trendsource/The Source

They called 5 minutes before the allotted time of the assignment to cancel it. I was in the conference room 15 minutes before the start time with my phone switched off per the guidelines. I sat intently through 1 1/2 hours of a very tedious lecture. They've already canceled the... Continue Reading

The Source ( Trendsource) and time it takes for assignment approval?

Any idea how long it usually takes for The Source to approve an assignment once you apply for it? I applied for one earlier today with the intention to complete it tomorrow but it's still listed as under review.... Continue Reading

Trendsource/MSI paying three times this month?

Did Trendsource/MSI put out something about paying three times this month? I received payment on the 3rd of the month and again today on the 7th for a few shops completed in between and over the weekend. I actually received payment today for shops I performed yesterday. I checked over... Continue Reading

Is Trend Source safe and reliable?

Hi! Is trend source a good company to start with? Is it safe to upload my ID and my address? Does any one have any experience with being a field agent? Thank you!... Continue Reading

Trend source

If you do a shop regarding insurance options for senior citizens be aware that in Texas you may want to be careful that the shop is actually informal if held at a hotel, or civic center . Informal was described as a kiosk. I had an experience where I... Continue Reading

Trendsource on-site business inspections

Don't bother doing these. Trendsource will initially guarantee a high pay rate, but you will hardly ever be paid. The company will come up with some reason not to pay you. This happened to me several times. I would do my inspection, turn in my report on time, and within... Continue Reading

Kudo's to Trendsource (The Source)

I must say bravo to everyone at the Source. I just had to cancel my shop for today. Garage door broke, won't close, having valuable things in there, couldn't leave it open, guy coming out to fix...quickly email Source, and immediately get an email saying, no problem Irene,... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Is anyone else having errors trying to upload documents to Trend Source website?... Continue Reading

Has anyone done the fast food surveys for Trendsource?

They seem to be paying well, and I wondered if they were worth the $. I don't mind asking people's opinions when they're getting something out of it.... Continue Reading

Anybody work as a Trendsource Field Agent for ONSITE INSPECTIONS?

Before I go through the hassle of this and allow them to do the required "background check), I'd like to hear about your experiences with this. Thanks in advance!... Continue Reading

Kudos to Donald at Trendsource!

Donald is a great scheduler. If he needs someone fast he will shoot me an email to see if I am available. If I sign up for something and it isn't approved, he'll get things approved in no time. Thanks Donald for all your hard work!... Continue Reading

The Source = TrendSource

Has anyone logged into the MSC and checked out the new site? In the past, one of the things I really, really liked under the TrendSource site was the Payment history. I cannot locate that information on the new site. They have the project history but that... Continue Reading

Trendsource [client name deleted] Shops and other cheap MSCs (Stop Accepting Low Pay Grocery Shops People)

Why do people take $9.00 + $5.00 contractor fees= $14.00 grocery shops when its not even worth the gas to get there. Trendsource sucks and needs to boycotted because you are working for free people. Thes scheduler's pay depends on the shops they fill! When you guys take low... Continue Reading

Trendsource direct deposit ?? Please help experienced shoppers...

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

TREND SOURCE

Why are they slow at approving my shops? I have done 8 and now they won't approve them.... Continue Reading

Trendsource request vent -- Resolved! :)

I've done several grocery shops for Trensource but I won't do them at base rate. There are a couple of shops in an area 1-1.5 hours from my house that I will do with a PAD. They've approved my PAD several times because they have a hard time filling it.... Continue Reading

MSI background check fail (Trendsource)

OK, my time to renew. Paid my $6, expected my clearance (as in prior years). A few hours after submitting, got the expected e-mail -- OK, now I'm a Certified On-Site Inspector! Yippee -- I can take that $50 job! Ooops, wait a sec -- here's a 2nd... Continue Reading

Trendsource, Two clients same inspection address??

I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience with any Trendsource inspections? I cannot access the form until I get in touch with the business again. The different clients seem to want similar photos. I think, I understand why there are two different clients, I can't really name... Continue Reading

Anybody here having a lot of trouble with TrendSource saves....?

I just heard something slightly unsettling. Has anybody here uploaded and saved anything onto TrendSource recently, only to have it not save, but revert to the condition in which it was right before the last save? In other words, you might have hit save, and then actually lost a paragraph... Continue Reading

TREND SOURCE

Tiffany, you are the best love hearing from you and all the best to you!... Continue Reading

Trendsource is awesome!!!!!!!

in work for several companies and all are great but Trendsource is far and above my go to and standby for dependable and flexible scheduling !!!kudos to all schedulers for Trendsource... Continue Reading

missing TrendSource payment

Did any one else not get paid by TrendSource today. This has never happened before.... Continue Reading

Trendsource Scope D-E-F

Which software program are you using for floorplan sketches? MS Paint only does lines and I can't find where to insert dimensions. Google SketchUp is also recommended, but it isn't free. I'm looking for free and easy. Any suggestions??... Continue Reading

How do I "unrequest" a job from Trendsource?

I requested a job with PAD last week. Hadn't heard anything from them. Today, it's snowing very hard and the assignment is due in a few hours. No WAY would I want to drive out to the location for the small amount I requested in PAD (maybe... Continue Reading

Trendsource Grocery store shops

Happy Holidays everyone! Does anyone know if the grocery stores just released by Trendsource need to be finished by 9:00 PM or just started by that time? They are not available for me to call and my shops start tomorrow. Any help or info is GREATLY APPRECIATED!... Continue Reading

Trendsource - Please Don't Insult My Intelligence!

I was appalled when I received an email for the latest shop from Trendsource. The shop requires you to spend 20-25 minutes in the store and 10-15 minutes for input. Now, count traveling time of at least 20 minutes, ink and paper used to print out Guidelines and... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Why does Trend-source have such crappy rates for jobs that are moderately time consuming. I don't know why anyone would work for these Jack-wagons.... Continue Reading

Cancelling a request with Trendsource

Does anyone know how to cancel a request with Trendsource? I applied for one of their shops but my dates of availability have changed (thanks puking kid). I can't figure out how to cancel my app with them.... Continue Reading

Unrevealed Auto Center Audit with photos from Trendsource

I keep getting urgent pleas to do one of these in my area. They want this done at a place that mostly sells tires. Iíve only been inside the one near me once. I canít begin to imagine trying to take covert photos in this place. I was wondering if anybody... Continue Reading

Trendsource Mobile check-in

Trendsource has a shop for a drink machine vendor in a factory. It says mobile check in, does that mean you need a smart phone? I have a cheap cell phone, for now. The shop is in a place with gates, the public is not admitted, but this is a... Continue Reading

MSI Trend Source shops

I applied for several Medicare shops with MSI during the past week. One of the shops is for tomorrow morning and it is still being reviewed for approval... along with the rest of them. It is really tough to try to schedule shops with other companies when you don't know... Continue Reading

How to get certified with TrendSource?

I'm new at mystery shopping, with over two dozen shops done. I frequently see jobs on TrendSource that I would like to do, but they require an "easy certification". I'm confused about how to get these jobs. I've registered with MSI, which seems to be their scheduling... Continue Reading

Scope D inspection (Trendsource)

Has anybody done one of these? I've done plenty of Scope A but apparently D includes an interior inspection. They're pretty high paying so they must take 3 or 4 days to do, considering Trendsource's normally cheap pay.... Continue Reading

Why is Trend Source so cheap?

I've been shopping for TS for a few months. When I started, I was excited because I really hate grocery shopping and I thought..."at least now I can get paid". I've gotten a couple calls from schedulers desperate to get a shop done and offering a whopping... Continue Reading

Trendsource- EIN ?

So I just signed with Trendsource & they are asking for an EIN. Can I give my Social Security # instead? I don't want to get an EIN. I'm in California.... Continue Reading

Customer intercepts for Trendsource

There are a bunch of new ones, for a FF client. Anyone done these before? They claim they pay 16 an hour to apparently stand beside the drive through and give out surveys. It sounds like the job from hell to me. Standing out in the weather breathing car fumes... Continue Reading

Trend Source [client name deleted] Shops

I have just lost my cool on a recent commitment with Trend Source to do a [client name deleted] Shop. After I commit for the shop and the day of the shop I discover I am required to submit a 15 pages of the most confusing, detailed, contradictory... Continue Reading

MSI Trend Source Business Evaluation shops

Has anyone completed the Business site evaluations for MSI/Trend Source? I have not taken the certification test and other requirements yet and wanted to see what the forum says first. Comments?... Continue Reading

Trendsource/MSI removing someone from a shop for correctly reporting results!!

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource Covert inspections

The ones where you're supposed to take a bunch of pictures of a location without telling anyone you're there and there's an "emergency" contact in case the police are called. $15 seems a bit chintzy for these. Are they worth it???... Continue Reading

How to request distance pay from Trendsource?

There are two jobs on Trendsource that are out of the way for me, but I would perform them given sufficient incentive. How do I request distance pay from them?... Continue Reading

Trendsource's EIN Requirement

I wanted to add Trendsource to the list of companies for which I shop. I went on their site to register and see that they require their shoppers to get an EIN. I don't meet any criteria for which the IRS would require that I obtain... Continue Reading

TrendSource Audits

So I really want to get into doing these so I have been looking at a tablet as that seems to be what this MSC wants their pictures taken on. I've see the words "three-eights" pictures. I'm stumped as to what that means. Anyone else with a tablet? Are they... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Trend source doesn't seem to give the exact ball amount in the mystery shops. They seem to give a range of payment and only a zip code unlike other companies that give the exact amount and address of the shop that is under consideration. On top of that one has... Continue Reading

Trendsource Scope D Shops - Yay or Nay?

I've been seeing Trendsource post these Scope D shops in my area - usually on-site inspections in my area get picked up within minutes of being posted but these Scope D inspections can sit there for days. The estimated length is between 45 minutes and 2 hours. You... Continue Reading

Trendsource website

Is anyone else having trouble logging in to the MSI Agent website? I'm trying to figure out if it's just me or if the site is really down. I am not on my home computer, so not sure which is the issue. I have tried opening multiple browsers, but get... Continue Reading

TrendSource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource Project Pay Ranges

I recently signed up with Trendsource and have been looking at the job listings. There are a lot of Grocery Shops in my area, and the pay range is $10-$15 . I am a little perplexed by this pay range thing. How do I request $15 and not $10 for... Continue Reading

Trendsource

I am fairly new to mystery shopping and would like your honest opinions about trendsource... 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

Trendsource

First let me say, I feel Trendsource is a good company. Their payments are consistent and the shops are good. That being said, has anyone experienced a problem with their customer service? Overall they are great, but a couple of them are very demeaning. I spoke up about it... Continue Reading

MSI Services - EIN vs. SSN

Does anyone know why MSI wants an EIN instead of a SSN for their shoppers? Do other companies require EIN's? This is the first time I've encountered this.... Continue Reading

Trendsource conflicting instructions

A question for shoppers who have completed a Trendsource project that has been around for at least 3 years, usually on the weekends, in the big box stores. Project specifications PDF lists one scenario and "My Project" printout lists another. I emailed support an hour ago, however; it is after... Continue Reading

Trendsource Cancelling shops

Anyone had a shop from Trendsource cancelled because they had someone else preform it before your scheduled date? A scheduler called and I committed to a shop 30 minutes away for a small bonus that was to be due the following day. Late that same night, I recieved... Continue Reading

Trendsource Payments

Does anybody know if they hold payment for 30 days or more. I did a shop on October 27 and still see no payment from them. I won't touch anymore shops from them until I see if they actually pay.... Continue Reading

Trendsource business inspection

Has anybody done one of these? I get offers for them a lot and they do seem intriguing. According to the instructions, I need to set up an appointment and go to a business. Instructions seem very vague. Am I doing a... Continue Reading

Trendsource emails are out of control!!

I have received over 20 emails a day for the last three weeks from this company for audits. I haven't shopped for them in over a year and have gotten extremely tired of deleting all the junk. I finally went in and changed my email address. Enough is enough,... Continue Reading

MSI Services - shop fees

When looking at jobs for MSI Services, it shows a pay range, such as $4 - $10. Is there a way to determine what the actual shop fee is for particular job before applying for it? I may be willing to do it for $10, but probably not... Continue Reading

Payments Missing/Late (Intellishop, Trendsource, Compass)

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

trendsource pay.....

wow it is pathetic.......I used to shop a lot for them.....wish the old days were here again!... Continue Reading

TrendSource Healthcare Phone Shops

I signed on to do some of these and just received my assigned calls. When I log into the project there is a message as follows: "Date Posted Message 9/12/2013 PROJECT MATERIALS New project materials will be available shortly." I have submitted a question to TS regarding these materials. Has anyone ever done... Continue Reading

Trend source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trendsource payment issues

Has anyone had payment issues with them? I hate to post this here but I already messaged Trendsource. Just curious. I really like working for them but I now have two unpaid shops with bonus! :(... Continue Reading

Trendsource Reporting

I'm trying to report a few shops and everything will go through except every question that has to have a written answer (name, item, etc). Anyone else have this problem? Also, anyone have a phone number for them? I have a pay issue and I email and they request... Continue Reading

Trendsource reimbursement and taxes

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Trendsource lumps your reimbursements with shopper fees at the end of the tax year. Is that correct? If so, how do you handle it on your taxes? Thanks!... Continue Reading

TrendSource Not answering emails or phone calls

I have had a great relationship with TrendSource until Monday now all of a sudden they won't answer my emails or phone calls. I can't self assign and when I request a shop I never near back. Anyone else having problems with them?... Continue Reading

contact for trendsource msi

Does anyone have a phone number for a scheduler at TrendSource or an personal email?... Continue Reading

Trendsource and the grocery shops

I used to LOVE the grocery shops at Trendsource and was truly disappointed when the grocery chain dropped them a few years ago. They only paid $14 total, but I shopped the stores and didn't find the shops too difficult at all. Out of fondness, I picked them up when... Continue Reading

Shop Approval by Trendsource

Does anyone know how long it takes for Trendsource to approve a shop request? I requested a shop early this morning and have yet to be approved. The due date is tomorrow, July 10.... Continue Reading

Trendsource Interview on Mystery Shopper Magazine

We just published an interview on Mystery Shopper Magazine with Jim Caltrider, the CEO of Trendsource. Check it out: http://www.mysteryshoppermagazine.com/mystery-shopping-companies/1214/... Continue Reading

Trendsource Grocery Shops

I just completed one of the new grocery shops, well at least new for me. The pay and reimbursement is the same as it used to be but the report is different and there are up to 9 interactions counting the cashier and bagger. Plus you need to... Continue Reading

Does Trendsource/MSI Services approve projects over the weekend?

I requested a project just now, and it's due today between certain hours. Their offices are closed, so I can't call them about this. Do they check email for cases like this one? Thanks!... Continue Reading

Trendsource photos

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

TrendSource Door Knob Pics

Yesterday TS came out with the type of picture they want to reflect a locking door knob for their on site reports. While I understand they want the side of the door knob where the key is inserted. I think other people must have problems with this picture like... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Hi all, Monday night the 17th and I sat down to put a couple of reports on. I should have known something was up when it wouldn't let me input a date but I kept on typing....and now it won't submit or save or anything...ACKKKKKKK I have tried a couple of... Continue Reading

Need some assistance please -- with Trendsource site

I have shopped for years, but am doing my first TrendSource shop today. Their site (shopper part) is down and of course the offices are closed. I have an office product shop today and need the guidelines. I looked at them a bit the other day when I was awarded... Continue Reading

Trendsource EIN?

It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me that Trendsource seems to REQUIRE an EIN in order to shop for them. Am I missing something?? I'm one guy, not an employer or employee. Why would I want an EIN??... Continue Reading

Pizza shop from Trendsource

Are the pizza shops no longer shopped by Trendsource. They are not my favorite pizza but they make a great lunch when in a hurry. I have not seen them on their shop site.... Continue Reading

Trendsource had no food shops listed

Trendsource had no food shops listed in my area. Not just no fast food but no pictures ones either. I wonder if they are just redoing guidelines for the new year or if they lost them. I hope they didn't lose them as a client as they... Continue Reading

Trendsource Braved Black Friday...Employees sniff out customer service...

Trendsource sent out 3 employees to mystery shop on Black Friday! "We braved the cold and the crowds to bring you some insights into whatís going on in your favorite stores on Black Friday!" Did you guys get this letter? They had 3 pretty good experiences on Black Friday!... Continue Reading

Trendsource payday on the 20th November?

Anyone paid for that one? I have one project for them that should've been paid but hasn't. They are usually lightening fast!... Continue Reading

Does anyone else dislike Trendsource?

I've done a few grocery shops for them and they ask too much and the reports are complicated. The instructions for the pizza shops are also complicated. Is it just me?... Continue Reading

Windows 8.0 to 8.1 Upgrade and Trendsource

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Trend Source can't process cancellations?

I saw a listing for an "XXXX Drive Thru" located a few miles from me. (The pay wasn't great, but I drive past that restaurant 2-3 times a week anyway). Once I "confirmed acceptance" I was allowed to view the full details of the job. I see that this job is... Continue Reading

Trendsource -- Should I Make the Leap?

I am not registered with TS but know they have LOTS of shops in my area. I know I need to get an ein to register with them. I have read and re-read about the EIN brouhaha here, searched the web & my state's DOR sites, etc. and am tired... Continue Reading

Trendsource HEINOUS Grocery Shops

What in the WORLD was I thinking? There are some new TS grocery shops and I took 11 this weekend!!! I was thinking, "reimbursed groceries=Christmas $$." OMG, did anyone else take any of these? Just curious. (These are new to my area, but they may have been around a while.) Count... Continue Reading

TrendSource problems?

Has anyone else had problems requesting shops the last couple days? I can't get the site to come up on my computer using several different browsers or with the mobile application. Also no emails regarding new shops.... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Does anyone else have issues with this company? First off, they send tons of email for shops (mostly inspections) that are in the middle of nowhere, yet don't seem interested in paying PAD to cover the gas costs. I apply frequently to their emails that almost beg someone to do... Continue Reading

Question about Trendsource grocery store shop

I saw an assignment for a grocery store shop offered by Trendsource in which you purchase at least 3 items, one of which has to be placed under the cart. The limited guidelines did not state what to do if you are not asked about the item. Do... Continue Reading

Trendsource Question

I accepted an assignment which just requires pictures. The problem is, the location is INSIDE a facility that requires you to pay $60 to get into. They gave me no letter to give them, and for the fee, it makes no sense to go in paid. I emailed them when... Continue Reading

TrendSource Changing Schedulers?

It seems like every time I build up a rapport with the scheduler for my favorite Trendsource client, the scheduler changes with no notice or explanation. Anyone else? Is this normal - for them or in general? Does this bother anyone else?... Continue Reading

TrendSource - Certificate Error

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

So do we HAVE to have an EIN for Trendsource?

Is it a requirement or simply encouraged? I used to do their grocery stores years ago until they started requiring the EIN. I thought I had read somewhere on the forum that it's not required. I signed up for a shop for this Thursday. If I... Continue Reading

EIN & W9-Trendsource

Hello. I've been a mystery shopper for 10+ years, but here in the last 2 years or so, I've only done but a few shops. I've just recently started to get back into it again. I was so shocked that when I went to the site for Trendsource, that they... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Hello, I know this has come up before, but curious for current input. Has anyone completed the paid background check for MSI? Once you have that, is it difficult to get jobs or do they tend to have a lot consistently making it worth while?... Continue Reading

trend source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

TrendSource and Background Check Fee

I was reviewing this company and to apply for a certified on-site inspector job, you need a background check and you must watch their 'professionalism' videos. The background check fee is about 8.00. Is this legit? I have not seen other companies charge this, and if they do, won't... Continue Reading

Trendsource lack of advance info=not for me

Yesterday I received an email from Trendsource about what they called a "revealed audit" but the info provided was pretty sketchy. From the info provided I knew the was pay $7 and I knew I was take a picture or multiple pictures of a certain display (name of display was... Continue Reading

Hi..new here...Trendsource pay question

Hi! Long time listener, first time caller. I've only been doing MSing for a little over a month and had one teeny question (so far)... Trendsource sent me an email saying I would be paid for my pizza shops as of yesterday, but apparently I wasn't signed up for... Continue Reading

Trendsource *!#*@#

Wow! I've posted here for quite a while & I hope most of you know that I'm not usually a negative person. A scheduler at Trendsource has shown herself to be completely incompetent and, dare I say it, ignorant. I would prefer to remain vague because I'd rather keep... Continue Reading

MSI Trendsource called today

So, I got a call today from Trendsource. The caller explains that they don't have my DD info so that's why I haven't been paid for my shops in March. I explained that I had trouble getting paid because I signed up during the EIN transition and decided to not get... Continue Reading

Trendsource Paid in 24 hours...

I submitted my final report to Trendsource yesterday, the 18th. The money was in my account today:) I love Trendsource!... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Has anyone worked for this company??? They want $7.50 for a background check, and insist that you have a EIN. Has anyone worked for them and are they on the up & up???? I haven't run into this before.... Continue Reading

Trendsource dinged my pay :(

I did a shop for Trendsource that required oodles of very specific photos (you know the pizza ones) and I just realized they docked me $1 because they said it was submitted late. I did the pizza delivery shop at around 7 in the evening, started on the form... Continue Reading

Trendsource PN

Has anyone noticed a real difference in the jobs they get based on being "admitted" to their Premier Network?... Continue Reading

MSI Trendsource - picky 12am requirement

Trendsource has a strict 12 hours or midnight of same day whichever is EALIER requirement for shop report submissions. If you submit your shops late, you get penalized with deductions on your shop fees. I have no problem with penalty system since its clearly listed on the guidelines. Nor... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Does anyone notice how much narrative Trendsource makes you fill out for a $10 job? At least Bestmark pays just as much and their narratives are a lot less. I've done 3 jobs for Trendsource (audit, retail, etc) and all three have left me unpleasantly surprised at the... Continue Reading

TrendSource EIN

Help! I did one job for TrendSource and thought my social security was the EIN. Apparently not. I am scheduled for two jobs this week, but there is no way I am applying for this number. Am I out of luck?... Continue Reading

Shady request from Trendsource

First off, I send my resume to an ad for a front desk job and received and email back from Trendsource about secret shopping. I thought that was a little weird but then reasoned that maybe they were looking for someone with a certain skill set and used that ad... Continue Reading

Trendsource Customer Intercept shops

Just saying none of these are being picked up here, for a good reason. You have to have $200 cash in your pocket to give out to people who do the survey, then print out surveys, etc. But also, I would like to do some of their audits... Continue Reading

Trendsource Customer Intercept shops

They advertise this as $20/hr/ You need to do a meat/seafood customer intercept, meaning you ask people to fill out a survey and pay them $2. You have to have $200 cash on you to do this. 3-6 hr shifts and you must turn in 75 customer surveys. ... Continue Reading

MSI Services Inc

I did a search and didn't see them, so I apologize if this is a duplicate post. Anyone have any feedback on these guys? I applied for a shop on 5/25 and it hasn't been approved or declined yet. Just wondering if this is another Helion type deal where you never... Continue Reading

TrendSource Payment May 5

I did my last two shops for TS/MSI at the end of April. I was assured by Trendsouce that I would be paid on May 5th. I did not file an EIN with them. I haven't been paid as of today! Their website says that if the 5th falls on a... Continue Reading

Trendsource responds: here is why an EIN is necessary and will be with all msc's soon

As I suspected, it has to do with the gov't and coming state and federal regulations and them going the length to make sure they can't classify IC's and employees. Here is what they say(The part of Congress trying repeal section 530 of a law in effect since 1978 is... Continue Reading

Trendsource ein enforcement

Ok the EIN deadline has now come and gone. still get the same job offers. Anyone hear anything.... Continue Reading

Trendsource April shops paid May 5

I am most likely not going to get an EIN for Trendsource. If I complete a pizza shop the last week of April (to be paid May 5th) will I need a EIN since the payment is in May or will I be fine since the shop was performed in... Continue Reading

trendsource rejection

How do you know if shop was rejected by this company? Do they send you an e-mail?... Continue Reading

Trend Source reschedule

I need to reschedule all of my shops for this weekend (4), due to a family member that passed away. Are they generally good about these type of situations? It was a lot of money for me :-/ I hate thinking about money and shops right now, but I need to... Continue Reading

TrendSource

THey don't answer e-mails--they don't pay they say I have not sent in documentation to work in the US--I am a naturalized citizen-----don't bother with them.... Continue Reading

TRENDSOURCE: Let's stick together and boycott their shop bids!!!

Let's say no and not accept any shops requiring bidding. This escpecially applies to their WHOLEsome green logo supermarket chain, who's shops generally get snapped up quickly. Shoppers need to send out a hard message that we won't bid against each other for shops... Happy Weekend to all.... Continue Reading

EIN for Trendsource

Is Trendsource now requiring an EIN? When I logged in just now I had a message at the top saying they still need an EIN from me. This is the first I've heard it mentioned by them and can't find anything on the site about it being required.... Continue Reading

Trendsource Pizza Sho

Hi Everyone: I have a pizza shop with Trendsoure. Whats the secrete to success with this one.. thanks :)... Continue Reading

Trendsource website problems

Anyone else having trouble getting onto their site? I need to make a couple of calls to make appointments for some inspections I picked up last night. I'm afraid the system will kick them out of my assignments if I'm not able to make a phone call attempt.... Continue Reading

Trend Source Reports

I noticed I won't meet the 12 am deadline for my reporting. Are they very picky about that? I forgot how extra long and detailed these 3 reports I have to do are :(... Continue Reading

trendsource chicken audits

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

Trendsource

Did a shop for them on 11/5, paid on 11/7. Gotta love it.... Continue Reading

Trend Source fee for a shop.

I finally found a shop in my area I have wanted to do. Has to do with an insurance-type program for which Federal compliance is very important. I saw the pay ($30 or $35) and thought, why not. Then I looked at the detail. 90 minutes at the... Continue Reading

I 'fired' Trendsource

I know Trendsource is a favorite of many, but I just deactivated them. When I signed up I gave them everything they wanted. Then give us your SSN, then give us the copy of your DL#, then you can't accept before you read this crap, after you read... Continue Reading

"OOPs we have encountered a problem" on Trendsource

Is anyone else getting that error message when they enter a report? I've been trying since last night to enter the same report and keep getting that message.... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Anyone do any of the audit shops for Trendsource? They seem to want you to make several phone calls during the course of the audit and take pictures too.... Continue Reading

Trendsource

I read some of the posts and agree that they are pushing too far. I have been involved in Mystery Shopping for over twenty years and resent their suddenly changing their rules.... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Is this a reputable company? I hadn't applied to them, but just got an email saying they were interested in using me for grocery store shops in my area. I am new to the game, so I'm just wondering what you all can tell me about this company.... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Is this the right website for them: http://www.trendsource.com/ They said they would only contact me if they have a need for a fieldworker in my area. The email I got said that they would contact me on an as needed basis. I know people have said they perform background checks at Trendsource. Filling out... Continue Reading

TrendSource finally forced the issue of the background check

Not doing it. BV/On Sites were a nice gravy train while they lasted, but there is not a credit reporting/background check company on Earth that I trust, least of all Experian. No mystery shopping company needs that level of detail about me, sorry-much less my $8.... Continue Reading

PREFERED SHOPPER STATUS: Who else has it aside from Trendsource??

Trendsource( msishopper.net) has a Preferred Shopper status enabling you to self schedule most ( but not all) shops in addition to other benefits. You can qualify after completing 5 shops, switching to direct deposit and passing a quiz. Do any other ms companies have such a program??? And is Trendsource's really that... Continue Reading

integrity consultants or trend source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

I totally *heart* TrendSource

You talk about reliable payment like clockwork. They pay on the 5th and 20th, the following Monday if date is on weekend. Shopped a big box on Sunday, 3/6 around 3 pm CT. They were issuing payments on Monday-checked my MS bank account and was shocked to see it paid.... Continue Reading

Trendsource background check...

I see we have to complete 3 sections to shop, and pay $7.83 to get a background check. Has anyone done this, I'm very hesitate, after working so long, to now require this tells me they have had problems with shoppers, and we now pay the price. I am... Continue Reading

Enquiring about Trendsource

Hi there Does any of you have experience, good or bad with Trendsource? I just got a ton of shop offers in my inbox from them and thought I d better check them out before I commit. Thanks for your input.... Continue Reading

Trendsource I'm not initially impressed

I signed up at at some point but hadn't heard anything from them. The other day I received an e-mail saying they had a sandwich shop in my area and went on to explain the details. The hours in which the shop must be done, what must be ordered and... Continue Reading

Trendsource....I miss them

I miss working for these guys. Extraordinary firm with superb people. I really miss them!!!... Continue Reading

Who is MSI Services Inc?

Anyone know who they are? I have obviously done MS for them, but I dont have them listed as MSI. I got a direct deposit from them, but cant figure out who they are.... Continue Reading

New Home page for Trendsource.

Anyone like the new page. There is a survey on the site, just wandering what everyone thinks.... Continue Reading

TRENDSOURCE FEEDBACK: Business Verification Shops??

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

Question about TrendSource

I have heard positive things about TrendSource but how do you get assignments. I have signed up as a Field Agent but I do not see a Job Board. Can someone please help me with this? Thanks, Lisa... Continue Reading

Trendsource becoming aggressive in flagging issues

Is it just me or is Trendsource becoming a lot more of a hassle to deal with in terms of what they flag as issues as of late? There are things I have put into my reports that I feel have been crystal clear, yet they seem to... Continue Reading

Trendsource aka MSI

I have been signed up with MSI for years and finally have gotten some very rewarding shops. I applied for direct deposit and am now on self assign status which is SO much better than before. It doesn't take more than a couple seconds to apply for DD. They have... Continue Reading

Trendsource

Has this happened to anyone. I been working with Trendsource for almost 2 years on their grocery store. They informed me that I was revealed as a mystery shopper at one of the locations. Due to this, they had to remove all mystery shops from me and... Continue Reading

I think Trendsource lost a client

they've had for years. It was actually my very first shop. They haven't put May's shops for this client on the board yet so I'm wondering if they lost them. Or the client is sort of having troubles so maybe they just gave up shopping.... Continue Reading

Trend Source

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

TrendSource website down?

Is anyone else having problems accessing their site? I haven't been on for a few days. Was there a scheduled maintainence announcement recently? I get a broken link error every time I try it.... Continue Reading

TrendSource

Is it my imagination or do these people have some of the nitpickiest QC editors in the world. I am reading their "Issues" that they sent me, and I have to go back and tell them things like: "The answer to this question is already in my narrative three different time, explianed... 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

Business Verifications for Trendsource

Has anyone done them? They sound so simple, but as usual Trendsource has 50 pages of information and 10 notations on receipts, etc. and I'm wondering if it's worth the $17.00. I am someone who won't touch a shop for less than $10, and even those I'm very... Continue Reading

Trend Source?

Can anyone tell me if all of the hoops Trend Source is making me jump through is worth it? I am taking quizzes, sending photo ID, and more. Thanks!... Continue Reading

Bad experience with Trend Source...beware

I got contacted by this firm to make Business evaluations and reveal myself at the end of the shop. This was ok. I took my car, had it checked and everything looked smooth. They had assigned a $35 for the shop. My problem was with the paperwork. They asked... Continue Reading

Most Recent mentions of TrendSource / MSI Mystery Shopping

I mention time and distance. These are relevant, verifiable, non-random, and stated in good faith. [quote=shopperbob] I rarely complete assignments for Trendsource, as their fees are always, without PAD, below my requirements. (Source). September 20, 2019

I mention time and distance. These are relevant, verifiable, non-random, and stated in good faith. [quote=shopperbob] I rarely complete assignments for Trendsource, as their fees are always, without PAD, below my requirements. (Source). September 20, 2019

I rarely complete assignments for Trendsource, as their fees are always, without PAD, below my requirements. (Source). September 20, 2019

years ago, a poster on Volition stated the fee amount was not important to her, as long as it was quick; I responded she would be a perfect fit for Trendsource. (Source). September 20, 2019

Bob's replyI was not involved with the hiring; it was Trendsource. (Source). September 18, 2019

Bob's replyI was not involved with the hiring; it was Trendsource. (Source). September 18, 2019

[quote=shopperbob] I completed six of this type shops in 2007 for Trendsource; the pay was $65 per job. (Source). September 17, 2019

I completed six of this type shops in 2007 for Trendsource; the pay was $65 per job. (Source). September 17, 2019

Once, Trendsource and I were a single dollar apart, with neither budging. (Source). September 17, 2019

Here is an example in case the question is confusing..I will use Shopko since I dont think Shopko is shopped by them. Hypothetical city Crevent So lets say Trend source has 15 shops for Shopko in Crevent, but each one is a different location (Different Address) but all are in the same city Am I allowed to shop all 15 stores if I want (Source). September 14, 2019