I was enjoying doing mystery gas shops; but the company has now made them a 'mystery shop followed by a revealed audit.' I feel if I sign up for one of them; it will blow the possibility of ever doing a mystery shop at the store again. Plus, the pay seems low for what they now expect to be done.
Has anyone done these new type shops yet?
In my market, they offered a mix of the classic mystery shop and the new revealed audits. I did one one of the revealed audits, and it took me more than double time to complete and report than the classic mystery shops. I will only do one in the future if it is highly bonused.
This month I did a mystery shop and a double mystery/reveal. The latter wasn't at all worth the money. The questionnaire is very long. I will not be doing that kind again. I, too, got fewer assignments this month but I attribute that to Memorial Day. I think they took a breather. Usually, they are begging me to go to areas where they don't have nearby shoppers. I could only take so many and do my other work.
I also have noticed a perceptible drop off in the number of shops on my board. I'm wondering now if this MSC is trying to throttle the number of shops a shopper can do, and also if, by making the reports take longer to complete, they are also trying to restrain the number of shops that someone can complete in a day.
These are similar to the audits they had been doing last year, only with a bigger reimbursement. They do take longer than the mystery shops and pay should be higher. When they came on the boards here, I waited until the bonus increased. I know that they seem like they will take a long time, but once you get used to them, they will probably take 20-30 minutes in store.