It is touted as an "easy grocery shop!". Yeah right. Gotta ask two questions, check bathroom, check 5 full food sections of food for periodicity, rotten food/ stock levels, how neatly each section is arranged etc and get name of each item they are out of in each section, note messy sections, remember employee names, convoluted way to count number of people in line and more and more. They can not be serious about checking all items in the milk, bread, produce and milk sections and all sorts of minutiae. NEVER AGAIN! What they want is an FULL BLOWN AUDIT on the cheap..........for a whoppin' $4 fee and $5 reimbursement. It is going to take you waaayyy more time than the minimum of 20 minutes that is required. Uggggh. Be warned.
Unless you love these shops -- then more power to you.
Sounds like the one I tried out in Salt Lake City. I tried 3 different times, never got it right, never got paid for any of the shops. And boy, did I try! First time, customer service wasn't open, and i was required to complete a transaction at customer service. Couldn't reach the scheduler, guidelines didn't address what to do if it was closed. So I asked someone for the hours for customer service, and put the response in my report. Rejected. Second attempt, I could not find a single one of the items I was required to buy -- the store was in the process of changing store brands, and the "old" brand, that I was required to buy, was no longer available. I bought the "new" brand. Nope. Not allowed. And customer service was closed AGAIN.
The third try, customer service was open Yippee! Pretty comprehensive customer service desk. Unfortunately, I didn't need or want a bus ticket; I didn't take any dry cleaning with me; they didn't have newspapers or stamps. So I spent a dollar and bought a money order.
Report kicked back, with the question "Why did you buy a money order?" Well, because that was the only thing I COULD buy; I listed all the options of what you could get at the customer service desk. They kicked the report back to me yet again, with more questions.
I really, really wanted to do this shop. It was literally one block out of the way for me, reimbursement was a generous $19, with $25 fee. The 3 required purchases were things I considered staples, and would buy anyway. I wanted to do this shop every week, if they'd let me.
The third time they kicked the report back, I gave up. I politely told them I was sorry, but I wasn't willing to put any more time in on the report, and they should just get another shopper for that store.
Each of my three separate tries, I took the guidelines in with me, and went over them in the restroom so I was sure I didn't miss anything. I was in the store more than an hour for each attempt. I spent hours on the reports.
I never tried it again. I consider myself a competent shopper, but this mess literally left me in tears.
I feel your pain!!!
Shoptastic wrote: "I have see posted several times that "old people" like to do shops for free or low fees, because it gives them something to do. Otherwise, it is said, they get lonely and don't have much human interaction.
When discussing why fees are so low and why people still do these shops, this reason is often mentioned in previous older threads.
I wonder if this is one where a senior, who is just looking for something to do, is taking them?"
I'm 73. Is that "old"? I don't think a $25 fee and $19 reimbursement is "free or low fees". And I sure as hell don't do this for a social life.
I think the Aldi fee is low,, but the shop is not difficult. Asking two questions-eh. Looking for moldy fruit- I'm doing that anyway (I might be buying produce for personal use). Checking stock and dates- easy for me as I used to stock shelves when I was in college. I look at it as a discount. But in my area, there are a ton more Publix shops than Aldi. Same MSC.
One shopper's pita is another shopper's fry bread. Or not. Bad puns aside, I wonder about us. Do some of us define hard work, or much work, differently than others do? Do some people experience activity, including work, in unique ways?