I have taken two assignments with AboutFace. Obviously I cannot mention the client (not sure if I can mention the competitor, so I won't) which means this might be confusing. I am to shop both client and competitor, both are new home builders. Both supposedly have homes under construction and inventory homes.
For the competitor I am supposed to get several things, including a worksheet and a list of inventory homes. I am supposed to negotiate a home. And a whole bunch of other stuff.
I am confused! I did a shop like this for the client a year ago and it didn't sem so complicated.
Has anyone done these shops before? If so, I could really use some guidance. I am traveling a distance to do them and am getting a sick to my stomach feeling. I am not sure if I am overthinking this, or what.
If anyone knows the shops and can give me some guidance...PLEASE.
Jersey, I recommend doing first one, and then doing report before doing second.
I think your over thinking, they will be pretty much the same, although I have
never seen them for AF, I do them for another MSC. You'll be fine.
Thanks I appreciate your getting back to me on this Irene.
Much more helpful than SPAM about designer handbags. WTF?
> Jersey, I recommend doing first one, and then
> doing report before doing second.
> I think your over thinking, they will be pretty
> much the same, although I have
> never seen them for AF, I do them for another MSC.
> You'll be fine.
Angel No, they do these. Last year I did one....for the client. It seemed fairly easy. I had to take a tour and get a written quote, a business card, and a few brochures. I had to ask "why you guys and not NAME A COMPETITOR. Seemed very straight-forward. The hardest part was driving there. Good pay, so I was willing to go a distance.
This seems a lot more involved. At least the competitor part. I have to ask about incentives. I am confused because I am supposed to negotiate the price, get a written quote, but not a proposal, get incentives in writing. And brochures or pamphlets.
It just doesn't feel right.
Again, I am probably overthinking it. But at this moment I do not feel comfortable doing this shop.
The scheduler answered my first round of questions but not the second. Then I got a survey asking if they were doing a good job.
Eric. Seriously? You're supposed to spend $600 for the shop. NWIH, at least not for me. If I had $600 floating around in my checking account I wouldn't need to be mystery shopping! Just saying.
I take it noone has done these competitor shops. I emailed another scheduler, hoping to get some answers/clarification. It puzzles/concerns me that I am not getting the clarification I need. I guess they might not want to bother with me if I have questions. But, I do have questions. Lots of them. And I am not gonna do this shop if I am not clear on what I am supposed to do. The shop is on Thursday. If I don't get some responses by the end of business tomorrow, I am going to cancel.
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