Reimbursements

I am curious why so many are interested in shops with reimbursements --- if it's for something that you have to return? I have seen 400 JUUL shops get scooped up in minutes and it's a $225 reimbursement … I don't have that kind of money to put up front, so curious why a lot of people do them. I find it interesting

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Instructions I have read is you can either purchase if allowed (and this is preferred) and be refunded the expense OR you can decline the purchase and just have the cashier ring up your small purchase. I did some last month where I declined the purchase. These are easy and quick shops.
If the report is quick and easy, the fee might be worth it. Haven't tried them though.
The MSC for the JUUL shops pays in 2 weeks. If you have a credit card, the money doesn't come out of your checking account.

ETA: I have not needed to make any purchases.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2019 01:06AM by HonnyBrown.
I don't know how much the shops pay but if they're gas stations and you have a card that gives 5% cash back at gas stations that adds $10+ to your shop fee that's untaxable.

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I will sometimes do high $ expense shops just to run up my credit cards. I earn thousands of points every year to pay for flights and hotels.

I doubt this is a common enough motivation though.
I do reimbursement-only hotel shops at quite nice hotels. I earn TONS of rewards point that pay for vacations or even hotel stays that permit extended MS routes to be much more profitable. The reports for those that I do are simple. In many cases the food and beverage quality is very good to great, but the F&B portion of the report is much simpler than if it had been a dinner shop. If there is no dinner included, I just take an in-room picnic and some good wine. And, I get a break in my routine at a comfortable location. btw...I only do comfortable locations with high Trip Adviser ratings.

In September I have a cash integrity hotel shop at a 5 star hotel. This one also has a very nice fee. But, the attraction, for me, does not end there. The room and parking go on cc; all food is room service, paid with cc but then with a separate, small, cash test; plus a cash bar portion where I can get wine, instead of a mixed drink. The report sections almost totally ignore F&B service and timing; the client just wants to know where the cash goes, or does not. I have previously done solo lunch and breakfast shops (cash integrity) for similar hotels owned by the client (which earned me the status to do this shop, where cc rewards will be BIG) and can tell you that the food is wonderful. You do not need to be a super-duper lifestyle shopper to make reimbursement shops work.

Edited to add: do not ignore low or no fee shops if they get reimbursements for : oil changes, groceries, hair care, spa treatments, lunches that you would have purchased routinely, or anything else that you would normally pay for. Those provide tax-free dollars, instead of being bought with post-tax dollars. And, of course, rewards points, lol.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2019 11:52AM by walesmaven.
@1cent oh interesting --- that actually makes sense and doesn't sound like a bad idea

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2019 02:05PM by Nekebrown.
@walesmaven wow, thanks for the tips. I can only dream of getting those opportunities -- I have not seen any here for Canadian shops but will keep a lookout!!
Personally I do not consider shops where you have to return the item to be reimbursement shops. I do not do them. It is not because I might be out the money until the reimbursement for the item I never got to keep comes late, it is because to me they are two shops in one and rarely do they pay enough for me to return to the store and bring the thing back. These we mostly call purchase and return shops, not reimbursement shops. The shops Wales is talking about are true reimbursement shops where she gets to eat the food and sleep the sleepover and reap the perks. We are probably all salivating reading about those shops. Food shops with no timings!!! Wow.
Actually, I do have to report how long between the call to order room service and the arrival of the food; same single timing for dining room cash integrity shops. My bad for saying "no timing". But... still an easy report.

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
@1cent wrote:

I will sometimes do high $ expense shops just to run up my credit cards. I earn thousands of points every year to pay for flights and hotels.

I doubt this is a common enough motivation though.

A $200 expense charged up a credit card isn’t a whole lots of points though. I would do a shop with a decent fee and the $200 charge would be insignificant in the big scheme of things.

For one project, I charged $250,000 over an 18 month period.

I have enough airline points/miles that I haven’t had to pay for a flight for myself or my family for at least 10 years.

From one hotel chain, I could stay for an entire month; for another hotel chain, I could stay for about a week .
$200 isn't a lot on its own but it all adds up. Some people are just reaching to get signup bonuses on new cards. That's not nothing. Then again, the points game comes down to how you redeem as well.
@sandyf wrote:

I do not consider shops where you have to return the item to be reimbursement shops. . .to me they are two shops in one and rarely do they pay enough for me to return to the store and bring the thing back.

I feelings exactly.

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I do ONLY one purchase and return shop at a tech store, and only with a nice bonus. I will do it because I can make the return in 30 minutes and I can shop a favorite clothing store 1/2 block away and/or lunch at a favorite deli across the street. It gives me and excuse to be in the neighborhood, lol.

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
@SoCalMama wrote:

@1cent wrote:

I will sometimes do high $ expense shops just to run up my credit cards. I earn thousands of points every year to pay for flights and hotels.

I doubt this is a common enough motivation though.

A $200 expense charged up a credit card isn’t a whole lots of points though. I would do a shop with a decent fee and the $200 charge would be insignificant in the big scheme of things.

For one project, I charged $250,000 over an 18 month period.

I have enough airline points/miles that I haven’t had to pay for a flight for myself or my family for at least 10 years.

From one hotel chain, I could stay for an entire month; for another hotel chain, I could stay for about a week .

How much did they expect you to carry at any one time? Was this, lay out 20k and we will pay you back in two months?
@Niner wrote:

@SoCalMama wrote:

@1cent wrote:

I will sometimes do high $ expense shops just to run up my credit cards. I earn thousands of points every year to pay for flights and hotels.

I doubt this is a common enough motivation though.

A $200 expense charged up a credit card isn’t a whole lots of points though. I would do a shop with a decent fee and the $200 charge would be insignificant in the big scheme of things.

For one project, I charged $250,000 over an 18 month period.

I have enough airline points/miles that I haven’t had to pay for a flight for myself or my family for at least 10 years.

From one hotel chain, I could stay for an entire month; for another hotel chain, I could stay for about a week .

How much did they expect you to carry at any one time? Was this, lay out 20k and we will pay you back in two months?

Average charge was $25,000.

Once they paid me back (wire transfer) before I wrote the report.

Usually I waited about 3-10 days at most. Most I had on cards at once was about $85,000.
I can't imagine many shoppers having that kind of a credit limit. You must be a valuable asset to these people. Or, even having that kind of a limit, that's a big leap of faith fronting that much hoping you will get paid.
@Niner wrote:

I can't imagine many shoppers having that kind of a credit limit. You must be a valuable asset to these people. Or, even having that kind of a limit, that's a big leap of faith fronting that much hoping you will get paid.

I was the only shopper in Las Vegas with that kind of credit limit, actually. They had to fly me out there and pay for my hotel to do just one job on the Strip. I wasn't worried about getting paid. At least in NV, it's pretty hard to stiff your shoppers, as we are employees there. (All of the other jobs for the project were done outside of NV.)
@SoCalMama wrote:

@Niner wrote:

I can't imagine many shoppers having that kind of a credit limit. You must be a valuable asset to these people. Or, even having that kind of a limit, that's a big leap of faith fronting that much hoping you will get paid.

I was the only shopper in Las Vegas with that kind of credit limit, actually. They had to fly me out there and pay for my hotel to do just one job on the Strip. I wasn't worried about getting paid. At least in NV, it's pretty hard to stiff your shoppers, as we are employees there. (All of the other jobs for the project were done outside of NV.)

If they ever need someone else give them my name. lol If I was almost guaranteed the payment I probably would do it.....never in the summer though in that climate! That would not be worth the points to me.
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