Holiday gifts to schedulers/editors?

So I am now getting in deep with the whole mystery shopping thing. Last year at this time I was still dipping my toes in the pool.

I was wondering has anyone ever sent any schedulers a little holiday thank you? Maybe it is the Midwesterner in me, but I was raised to leave a gift card or small box of candy (godiva...haha!) for your paper boy, mailman, hair stylist, teacher, etc...basically anyone who did great service for you during the year on a regular basis.

I am not sure if it is allowed or possible? I know some work from home offices and such, so sending via mail is hard, but there are these great e-gift cards that exist.

Anyone do this in the past or know if it is allowed? Don't want to be breaking any rules, but there are a few schedulers out there who have been a absolute delight this past year.

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While I've never personally done it. Your best action would be to contact the company they work for and simply ask, the company may have a problem with this due to favoritism and being impartial (could be seen as a bribe even if its not meant to be). So really it depends on the company.
I have thought about baking cookies for a company who gives me a LOT of MS work that is local to me. I thought about the whole bribe issue and about doing it anonymously. Dropping off baked good from a stranger may be a good reason not to eat them. I may drop off a box of candy saying thank you, but not telling them who I am so it won't look like a bribe.
I've never got anything, but I do send cards (JUST cards) to the schedulers/MSP employees I work with frequently!

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It is a common practice for vendors to send things to their clients during the holidays. To me the concept of a bribe is more nefarious and since when is there a rule or law stating mystery shopping companies and/or schedulers have to be impartial?

Personally, I work with too many companies and too many schedulers so gifts would be cost prohibitive. Instead I opt for personalized holiday greetings.

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I'd have to say that is a bit weird.
I actually know somebody who did that and got deactivated.
It was a female shopper. MSP owner was male. Wife of owner was upset.
What in the world did the shopper send? Unless it was something highly personal and inappropriate for two people in a business relationship, that wife was ridiculously jealous.

Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. It's not pie.
"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag." -Molly Ivins
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of your time and it really annoys the pig.
A pair of Ellen underwear would be too personal, I would guess.

I have never sent any gift to a scheduler or editor during the holidays or ever. If it happened that I receive an email from anyone during the holidays about a shop, I send a greeting. I don't follow the tradition of sending Christmas cards unless I was giving a gift.
I do send personalized electronic greeting cards to a few schedulers with whom I have developed strong relationships. It helps if you know enough about the person to avoid the wrong sort of greeting, IMHO.

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
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We get holiday cards every year from many of our shoppers and we hang them up on the walls in the office for decorations. My staff loves getting cards - it makes them feel very appreciated! We have had a couple of shoppers each year that will send a tin of cookies or a $5 Starbucks gift card or something similar to a particular scheduler that they have worked a lot with. We haven't seen it as bribery or anything like that, but it isn't expected or even anticipated.

Oddly enough mysteryshoppinggurl, the cards/gifts do seem to MOSTLY come from the Midwest!


Lorri Kern
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Vendors and contractors send me cards, calendars, notebooks, USB drives, food, etc. all the time. I never saw any issues with it and don't favor a vendor over the other simply based on their gifts. So I wouldn't see why this would be bad practice for is shoppers.

Good idea though!

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
I never would have thought about doing this, but my work is scattered across a large number of companies so it would either be cost-prohibitive to send something to all of them or would feel weird to try to pick my favorite.

I also have never made enough money mystery shopping to want to give any of it back.

I get cards from people to whom I am their client (former realtors, my insurance agents, sometimes a vet) but I've never paid much attention to who I got one from and who I didn't and I never reciprocated. But I don't send Christmas cards to anyone myself.

Interesting idea though. If I was on a first-name, speed-dial basis with any of them it might be a nice gesture. But there's only one or two I even know by name without having to look it up somewhere.
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