I didn't make an insane offer, only $35. But I was going to be in the area anyway.
May I ask, what company shops Barnes & Noble?
Okay, insane to me is $100, LOL. Believe it or not, several years ago (before they had make an offer) if they were desperate a scheduler would pay that much and I heard of a few others who got more ($125). They tightened the purse strings awhile back. Lately they have been more generous at times with the Make an Offer. I did a Sear Audit a few weeks ago for $80 and this week I am doing four shops all ranging from $24-$35 from the Make an Offer option...none of which are more than 15 miles away. I picked up a couple of small shops at base rate for May (all within 5 miles of my house) just to appease them.
I get shot down a lot, too, LOL. Now once you have done a particular shop at a particular location, it's hard to get them to go much higher unless it's deadlining and they are desperate.
Mine is upstairs and downstairs. I set my timer for 15 minutes, 6 minutes for the cafe unless the are busy and 10 minutes for the rest of it. You don't have to talk story with everyone, just get the info and whether or not the various areas interacted with you. The report takes a little bit longer than the usual from this company, about the same as the 5 Guys so save some time for that. Go early so the lines aren't crazy. They have bookmarks at the register that are fairly inexpensive. And you can take a pic of the receipt and turn around and return whatever you buy, except the coffee of course.