" For example, in this post above, I do think that MSCs should let shoppers know that they can ask for and negotiate shops (plus bonuses). It would put everyone on an even playing field."
I don't WANT an even playing field! I think the best should be duly compensated; by "best", I mean those of us who have paid their dues and proven their reliability and integrity. But I've been quite open about suggesting how "newbies" can ask for and get bonuses. If you've been doing a job for 10 years, do you think the college drop out who started last week is worth as much as you are? I don't think so! If I am willing to get those bonused shops by working 17 hour days, should the shopper who isn't willing to drive more than 30 miles get the same $100 I get for a shop 90 miles from my house? I don't think so.
That being said -- disagreeing with you, but I hope in a non-inflammatory, non-hurtful way -- I do hope you reconsider and don't leave the forum.
A forum doesn't teach/learn/communicate if it's left with only the members who agree with one another.
Oh, what a dreadfully boring place this old Earth would be if no one ever disagreed with one another!!!!!
Please, do stay!
Thanks for the peaceful and thoughtful response, ceasesmith.
I wanted to clarify what I meant earlier when I said "even playing field." It was in context to something different from what you're describing here above. In the PJ's thread, I asked if it was okay to ever call a scheduler to ask if we could get a bonus for a shop that did not have one advertised to everyone as such. So, for example, you might see schedulers email you with shop offers saying such and such a shop has a $10 bonus. Let's call that $10 bonus shop PJ1.
Well, suppose I knew that I would be driving toward the mall, where a shop was located that did not have an advertised bonus. We'll call that location PJ2. I asked if it was okay to personally call a scheduler up and ask if I could do PJ2 for a bonus. I thought of doing that, but I also wondered if it was too aggressive. And I also asked if that gave me an unfair advantage over other shoppers, who might be willing to shop PJ2 for a bonus too, but were unaware that you could ask for one like that. I didn't want to do anything unfair and/or too aggressive.
So when I was talking about unfair playing fields, I was thinking of situations like this and wondering if it did create an unfair playing field. I actually wasn't aware that shoppers could even ask for bonuses until approximately two months ago (although, I've only been shopping for six months total now). I only found out from reading this forum. So that made me wonder why mystery shopping companies don't inform shoppers of these informal practices in training and such.
I have no problem with schedulers offering perks or "hidden" and "better" shops to preferred shoppers who have a proven track record with them! I think that's logical and beneficial to everyone. Shoppers SHOULD be distinguished by their performance, as we are in every other work environment. There're incentives and rewards in place that promote good performance and that's correct to do. I never had a problem with that sort of thing.
Thanks for the kind words. I agree that differences of opinion should be acceptable. As the saying goes, "We can disagree without being disagreeable." I think Barack Obama has used that a few times.
I will consider hanging around, but mostly I think it would be healthier if I at least left for a while. My physical therapy is almost over now and I am looking into preparing for school again and working a part-time non-mystery shopping job on the side as well. Although, ms-ing was great for me during this period, as I was recovering, it doesn't have a stable schedule that might be better for me. If a local grocery store offers like a fixed weekend job schedule of 9 -10 hours every Friday and Saturday or something like that, then I might try to do something like that and cut back on ms-ing, while I'm back in school. One down side to ms-ing is that sometimes you're not sure if you'll get a shop or not and sometimes you pick one up that is great that you didn't expect. That unpredictability might be bad for me next Fall.
So even though I'm less angry now , I might not be around anyways due to other things like school and possibly a different part-time job. I might still drop in every now and then if I decide to stay, but we'll have to see. I kind of wanted to "take a break" anyways, because of the summer coming up and lots of life changes. But thanks for your thoughts and kindness.
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