Yes, that does make more sense.
I think maybe learning to search effectively would be a tactic for you to master.
For example, say I'm headed to Jackson Hole, WY. First I check Presto; are there any shops there with MSCs I'm not already familiar with, and do they look interesting? THEN I'll check my job boards for my favorite companies -- companies I KNOW have gas stations, hotels, post office, or bank shops. All of a sudden, I have 7 shops lined up for Jackson Hole, with a total of about $400 for a day's work. I have spent 15 minutes.
I know within 300 miles of me who has shops. I do not know who has shops in Jackson Hole, WY.
I do not know if you are urban or rural. But I could not function without a list of which companies offer shops I do/like/want/need.
I want to go to Jackson Hole. I know who does hotels, so I check that particular company to see if they have anything. I know who has gas stations, c-stores, post offices, retail, and banks -- so I'll check those websites.
I don't SURF. I search with specificity.
LOL. They are taking the shops because they are getting the e-mails.
I am NOT talking about the phone app.
If you evaluate each individual shop on its own even many high paying shops don't make sense. You need to learn how to evaluate groups of shops.
How does that increase the shop pay?
So I prefer to lose money when I have the time and learn how to get it done properly. Because when bonuses are going around, the number of offers can actually be overwhelming. Anything that I can do to prepare in advance will result in higher earnings.
But a $5 shop that takes 5 minutes (including report time) can be worth it. Lately one MSC is evaluating gas station kiosks that belong to a regional grocer store in my area. I prepay $5 in gas to see if they ask for my loyalty card, thank me, and invite me to return. No names, no descriptions, all yes and no answers, no narrative, report on phone. Pays $5 and reimburses $5.
I wouldn't even do a $5.00 shop even if its on my way to a high paying shop, not worth the time it takes to do it.