A BIG Mystery Shopping Company just released gas station shops (new to them) and I was wondering..
It says you must buy 2 gallons of gas...Can you buy more than 2 gallons? (I understand they only reimburse up to 2 gallons).. It says you must also purchase an item inside the store and take 2 incognito pictures of the over-all gas pumps and another picture.
So, lets say it's $3 bucks a gallon and you must buy 2 gallons, so they reimburse $6 bucks and then a small purchase inside the store. Any good or bad to these shops?
I see a whole slew of them on the board but hesitant, not a fan of mystery gas shops..but if they are easy and there are a few near me...your input is appreciated..
(I have only done audits and revealed audits/part MS and part Merchandising products for the gas stations...
If these are the same ones I am seeing -----
Yes, you can buy more gas, it just must be at least 2 gallons.
However, the reimbursement is a flat $5 maximum. You don't necessarily get reimbursed for the whole 2 gallons.
Part of the reimbursement is for the inside purchase, part for the gas -- and it's a max of $5 total.
Maybe if the price of gas really keeps going down, then your 2 gallons might be totally reimbursed
I did three of them this year, so they are not new with the MSC.
I filled up my vehicle with gas. I needed gas anyway. I went inside and bought a coffee. The reimbursement was $5.00 for the purchase of gas and coffee. I did a quick look around and took my required pictures.
They are very easy. Mind you, I do the reveal audits for them too, so I know the stations well around here.
They're at $9 now, but when I did them, they went up to $15 I believe. They sure are a lot LESS work than the reveal audits.
I'm going to wait until next month and see how high the fee gets. I am in no rush. There is not a lot of competition here fortunately.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/17/2014 02:47PM by Canuck.
I like these shops but they do not pay much. The 2 gallons is always over $5.00 but I need gas anyway. If the report was not so easy I might pass on these because of the reimbursement but the report is easy so I do jump on them when I see them posted - but only the ones that are close to my home.
I view these shops with mixed emotions. I generally do them only as a route. I'll arrive at the first station with the fuel light flashing. By the time I get to the last station, I'm struggling to get the last gallon of gas into the car. Once I had to explain to the MSC why I had only purchased 1 3/4 gallons of gas. I got paid, eventually, but they couldn't comprehend the distances involved and that my vehicle gets 32+ mpg on the highway.
Have PV-500 & willing to travel.
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I've done this shop quite a few times. It;s a five-dollar reimbursement, total. If gas is $3/gallon you still have to buy at least two plus something inside, for a total of $5 reimbursed. With a decent bonus, and they usually get that around here, I look at it as a mid-route gas and coffee. With bonuses, I have filled my tank, got juice for the kids, ran everyone through the bathroom, and still came out ahead.
They flew off the job board in S. Cali. Gas is down to 2.65 so you almost get the reimbursement. I always purchase the cheapest thing that I can find also and then asking for the receipt - I figure they know that I am the mystery shopper.
I do four or five of those shops in one day. It adds up and if you already have more than half a tank, you won't have anywhere to put it! I have bought more at times, but not that often because I do so many of them every week. I always get coffee for the $2 portion.
I would recommend following the advice that was given to you 8 months ago when you posted the same question, or that was given to you 12 months ago when you posted the same question twice.
It was good advice then, and would hold true now.