Alas, ACL bonuses are almost non-existent now and the fee has been cut to $5 for the pizza place that takes me about an hour to report (lots of narrative.) I told the scheduler who nicely replied that there is nothing that can be done. Bonuses are rarely available - even on the "I am desperate, can you do it tonight" shops. As for 5G, that's good advice to wait for a bonus. I know some forum members are unaware of the bonuses. Perhaps it is an offer made to the more experienced (reliable) shoppers?@HonnyBrown wrote:
Why are people taking these shops at $6? Like with ACL, always ask for a bonus.
I know the burger bowl can be a flag that you are a shopper, but I always get that with a bunch of grilled veggies. Five fries is my limit. I see other customers eating the burger bowl. (It is the basic patty in a foil tray with any toppings you want. I go for double tomato, double lettuce, grilled mushrooms and grilled onions plus mustard. Sometimes I add green peppers and A1 sauce.) Just an idea for those who don't want the full meal.@HonnyBrown wrote:
Judi, I limit myself to one shop per month as a treat. This month, I did two. I took a nibble of the burger and ate a fry. l.
Good tip for lots of the fast-food shops. As others have commented, it isn't one-price-fits-all. It depends on the location.@SoCalDude wrote:
The one thing I always do is go to the 5G site and go to "Order Online" - this way I can see how much my order will cost for the location I am visiting. Now I know when I arrive what I will get and how much it will cost me
When I don't want carbs and meat, I order the veggie sandwich - no bun - in a bowl. It's about $2 less than a burger. I order grilled green peppers, onions, mushrooms, sometimes jalapenos. I order extra of each, for no additional charge. I also order tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles, which are placed in the bowl, alongside the grilled vegs.
Shopped a 5G earlier today. Heard the staff discussing the person in line ahead of me. They had him pegged as the mystery shopper "for sure". I definitely didn't let on and had a good laugh when I got back to my car. Report will discuss their speculation within earshot of another customer (me).
I wrote to the MSC to tell it that even the milkshake reimbursement doesn't cover the basic purchase. I explained that a little burger, little fries and regular drink puts me almost $2 over the reimbursement. I was advised to order a veggie sandwich or a hot dog. (No suggestion was made about the 50 cents I lose on the shake reimbursement.) Interesting that the burger client would accept a report on a veggie-only sandwich.@azncollege wrote:
5 Guys is so expensive in the SF Bay Area. The $12.75 reimbursement barely covers everything if I order the grilled cheese, small fries, regular drink. Anything else on the menu goes over the reimbursement. .
Good on you! Also, I never take one for this client unless it is a "bid" or they call. I never volunteer for this eval.@SoCalDude wrote:
I NEVER accept a shop for the regular $6 fee. I wait until they call me and "beg" me to do it. They always try and get me to do it for the same $6 fee. I won't got for less than $10 since I end up losing a few bucks getting a burger. If they want me to get a shake that is another $1 out of pocket. So I ain't going for less than $10 and probably $12