Reimbursement Only Shops

@AZwolfman wrote:

I work for cash. Reimbursement only shops are for part-timers who do not mystery shop to pay their bills and who have extra time on their hands. Cash pays my bills. The electric company will not accept a junk food burger as payment for my electric bill. If there is a shop, an oil change or grocery store for example, that has products or services I need, I will do them only if I get paid a wage. Otherwise, they would no be worth the time.

Why not do both? The $100 fee shops I use to pay bills, while the $100 reimbursement only dinner covered enough meal for 2 for 2-3 meals I didn't have to spend my money for, but rather my time and gas expenses to travel there. In exchange, no meal prep, money saved from ingredients, etc.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 28 year old male and willing to travel! Badged for Denver International Airport.

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Texas Roadhouse comes to mind as an easy report and the reimbursement for dinner at the bar saves me from cooking.

Kim
@kimmiemae wrote:

Texas Roadhouse comes to mind as an easy report and the reimbursement for dinner at the bar saves me from cooking.

Texas Roadhouse is one of the few major chains I respect and try to not take their shops for granted. The place is really good, especially for the price.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 28 year old male and willing to travel! Badged for Denver International Airport.
@AZwolfman wrote:

I work for cash. Reimbursement only shops are for part-timers who do not mystery shop to pay their bills and who have extra time on their hands. Cash pays my bills. The electric company will not accept a junk food burger as payment for my electric bill. If there is a shop, an oil change or grocery store for example, that has products or services I need, I will do them only if I get paid a wage. Otherwise, they would no be worth the time.

This is simply not true. I am a full time professional mystery shopper and I often do reimbursement only shops for things I want or need. Mostly things I want. For instance I have done 2 mystery shops recently that had $100 reimbursement with no fee. This was for a product that I would absolutely never spend $100 on but I was very interested in the product. The shops took about 30 minutes each including visit and report. Not only did I get a product I would never consider spending that amount of money on but I also learned some interesting things. This shop shows up quarterly and I love the product so I will absolutely be doing more of them in the future.

Talking tough is easy when it's other people's evil and you're judging what they do and don't believe.
@bgriffin wrote:

This is simply not true. I am a full time professional mystery shopper and I often do reimbursement only shops for things I want or need. Mostly things I want. For instance I have done 2 mystery shops recently that had $100 reimbursement with no fee. This was for a product that I would absolutely never spend $100 on but I was very interested in the product. The shops took about 30 minutes each including visit and report. Not only did I get a product I would never consider spending that amount of money on but I also learned some interesting things. This shop shows up quarterly and I love the product so I will absolutely be doing more of them in the future.

If you want to go into this detail, let's add on situations where you can obtain additional products beyond just the reimbursement... When combo'd with other projects (sometimes it's not needed), you can benefit in ways like:

1. Coupon offers. A good example is AMEX Offers such as when I received $20 for my $100 just for using my AMEX at a specific company.

2. Manufactured spending to meet bonus requirements for credit cards. Yesterday, I signed up for 3 credit cards, where I'll need to somehow spend $4,500 spanning across the 3 cards in 3 months. The reward for my situation? a $500 bonus total plus cash back and other perks. If there are simple and high reimbursement shops out there, whether reimbursement only or not, I'll take it. The food, trying out new or similar things, etc. is just a way to up my lifestyle a little.

3. Rewards programs such as hotels. Self-explanatory.

4. Gift cards that could be purchased at a lower rate. For example, purchasing Chili's $25 gift cards for $20, of a 25% discount. The shops are reimbursement only, but the shops are easy enough that I could be blacked out drunk to complete the shop and turn in the shop within 15-20 minutes.

5. Reimbursements for parking, tolls, lodging, etc. Self-explanatory. And you can double dip if you have other shops that'll reimburse your parking as well.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 28 year old male and willing to travel! Badged for Denver International Airport.
lol...I'd like to see the pics you take for the shop being blacked out drunk.

@Tarantado wrote:


4. Gift cards that could be purchased at a lower rate. For example, purchasing Chili's $25 gift cards for $20, of a 25% discount. The shops are reimbursement only, but the shops are easy enough that I could be blacked out drunk to complete the shop and turn in the shop within 15-20 minutes.

Kim
There is also another takeaway from "reimbursement only" shops, say the Disney or Lego shop. I have a friend who's funds are tight. She mystery shops in addition to her job. She would never purchase something from either store for her child, because she can not afford it. She does have time in between fee only shops where she will typically pick up a reimbursement on meal or something from Lego (which her child loves!). Last year for Christmas, Lego gifts were the only gifts her child received from her. The child did receive a few other nice gifts, but chose only to play with the Legos. This as they say was "Priceless".

I'd go on a diet, but that would be an insult to the fine people who make Cheesecake!
I certainly wouldn't exclude reimbursement shops, they are money in your pocket for things like food, oil changes,
hair salons and more, we all have to eat, have a drink, and enjoy, why not get reimbursed.....take advantage of all MS'ing has to offer.

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Will Rogers
I do Lego shops for myself!

Talking tough is easy when it's other people's evil and you're judging what they do and don't believe.
Since the reimbursement for Lego dropped significantly without a corresponding fee increase, there are often less expensive ways to buy the sets. However, if I have other shops in the same mall, adding it on is okay. When you get a product you can use, reimbursement *can* be worth it. A meal is different. Unless the report is simple, there needs to be a fee attached.

Cruises, nice hotels with simple reports, 10-minute gas shops, and high value reimbursements are worth it. For most of the rest, show me the money.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/15/2018 10:44PM by iShop123.
I agree with most everyone else. If it's something I can use, like an oil change, sure, but when it's a restaurant that is good but not great and I feel like I've either cheated myself by not getting the max reimbursement or overeat trying to make the max reimbursement, I'll pass.
@Tarantado wrote:

@AZwolfman wrote:

I work for cash. Reimbursement only shops are for part-timers who do not mystery shop to pay their bills and who have extra time on their hands. Cash pays my bills. The electric company will not accept a junk food burger as payment for my electric bill. If there is a shop, an oil change or grocery store for example, that has products or services I need, I will do them only if I get paid a wage. Otherwise, they would no be worth the time.

Why not do both? The $100 fee shops I use to pay bills, while the $100 reimbursement only dinner covered enough meal for 2 for 2-3 meals I didn't have to spend my money for, but rather my time and gas expenses to travel there. In exchange, no meal prep, money saved from ingredients, etc.

...because while I am writing a lengthy fine dining restaurant report for free, I could be out doing shops that pay me real money since there are, on any given day, many more paying shops than I could ever have time to do.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/19/2018 06:55AM by AZwolfman.
I do them when I can use the stuff! Right now I am signed up for 6 Newbury Comics shops. Some will be Christmas presents, and a couple will be things for a care package for my kids at camp. I typically do the cash ones, but will do the reimbursement ones if it is a gift or item I need to get anyway. Then it's not money out of my pocket!
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