I would do them too if they were weekend shops. Since they are competitor shops, I would imagine it would be a reversal from the main client and a reimbursement for the others.
It's not worth it for the points of the main client, 5000 points is only worth like $40 - unless you can tack on some bonus offers
Now some of the competitor clients, well - thats a horse of a different color. :-)
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Personally, and I feel as if I am a somewhat decent shopper, I would not want to lay out $500 for any MSC. It's a nice bundle of cash and I really don't care for that level of risk. I'm quite happy to do reimbursement shops say for a $40 meal or a $25 shirt or a recent $20 gift card at a mall but $70 or so is my (usual) limit. I'm not going to go over that but I will admit I did once for ACL for just over $200 for a hotel shop - this was an exception as I felt comfortable doing this for them and for them I might do it again. I know if there is any issue they will be responsive and help me with the shop. But generally, anything over $70 is out of my comfort zone.
I can think of one shop I almost did for an MSC of a casino in Tucson and I'm glad I bailed out of it as there were so many interactions and so many names you had to get and I just did not want to take the risk of someone not wearing a name tag and not giving out their name - I know when I have held highly soul sucking customer service jobs in the past and a customer demanded my name for some issue I had no control over, I have given out a name that no one at the workplace held since I didn't trust management to have my back. I just didn't want to take the risk that someone might pull the same on me, fearing for their job in some way, and then not get reimbursed if the client realized there was no employee with that name that could have interacted with me. Maybe I'm a bit paranoid (?) but this shop had more interactions than I was comfortable with and it just seemed too risky for me. This is the one and only time I have emailed the MSC and just said I was not comfortable with this shop, please take me off of it. And they did.
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The competitive hotel shops are not worth it, because the meal reimbursement at their client hotel would not cover the meal. Another msc is shopping that hotel's restaurant in my town and the reimbursement is $250, whereas intelli is only offering $50, just enough to cover one drink and appetizer. The competitive hotels, you are paying for your own dinner.
Their casino hotels I would stay away from because they are between $700-$1500/night in my town.
Funny, I would do a hotel shop for them and I'm not overly inclined to take any hotel shops.
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> The competitive hotel shops are not worth it,
> because the meal reimbursement at their client
> hotel would not cover the meal. Another msc is
> shopping that hotel's restaurant in my town and
> the reimbursement is $250, whereas intelli is only
> offering $50, just enough to cover one drink and
> appetizer. The competitive hotels, you are paying
> for your own dinner.
> Their casino hotels I would stay away from because
> they are between $700-$1500/night in my town.
I agree. I shopped one of the competitor hotels both the hotel as a shop and the restaurant separately for another company. The entrees start at $38 for a "small" portion. With the criteria that we had to order average selections, no lobster or higher priced, etc, the bill was at $370 dinner for two. Breakfast reimbursement is just enough for coffee, definitely does not cover the average room order breakfast there which runs $50 and up for one person. The other competitor hotel has at least three Boteros at the lobby and $50 dinner just does not cut it. Even the convenience store shop inside ups the usual reimbursement and the $30 valet is reimbursed.
Unfortunately I did a hotel shop and my report, that took 9 hours, has been kicked back 3 times. I'm so disappointed because I spent over 500 and I'm scared I won't get it back. And it's my babies first real Christmas. Bad choice. Every little thing they kick it back, it's like they want me to lie! Asking questions that are not in the shop guidelines.