Like shoptastic mentioned some of the msc have filled shops posted and give you a chance to be a back up shopper on them. And the msc that do not post the filled shops you can often tell your location is gone because you see other locations still listed as open on a shop you know is always done monthly at the location you like.
I do know of at least a few msc that I deal with that will fill some shops before they are posted and I have seen a few route posters on the forum who have said they sometimes get a route set up for them way in advance. It all depends on the company and the relationship you have with a scheduler. I have only once or twice requested a shop in advance myself but when I have it was because it was a shop I really liked to do once a year or so but it got scooped up too early for me every month.
I haven't done anything for any of those MSCs in the longest time.
There are no ethics about whether one can contact a scheduler and ask.
I am not sure what and why you are proposing "ethics". Is it ethical in the brick and mortar world of jobs to study up on a business before going to an interview or is it ethical to send a nice thank you note to the interviewer? Sometimes those that do these things have a better chance of getting the job. I would just consider them well prepared, smart about job interviewing and maybe take some clues from them for the future. You have to strike a balance in your aggressiveness or assertiveness and back off when you feel it is necessary. It is up to you.
(Btw, my "QUESTION" was not directed at you specifically, sandyf. Just was convenient to post it then, as it came to mind...but not intended to imply anything about you or even be directed towards you. It was a general question to the entire thread!)
No I did not think you were directing it at me. No apology necessary but thanks anyway. Just thought I would put in my 25 cents worth on the topic since you asked. As a late riser and living in California where late is even later for jobs that post at 4 am east coast time I do miss many a good job by not waking early each day! I have only asked, as I said, occasionally and not for routine jobs but for one which disappeared quickly and I really wanted that particular job. And also had a past history with the scheduler.
There's nothing sneaky, sketchy, or greedy about asking for a shop. The scheduler can always say, "no", or tell you what you have to do to be granted the shop. I want to see unavailable shops, so I know what to strive for and it also gives me a sense of other shoppers in the area. Not that I'm a shop warrior, or anything.
I just read your post where you said you'd turned off your e-mail notifications from MSCs.
Those shoppers who "scoop" the shops are receiving those e-mails and acting on them.
Much Ado About Nothing.
Nothing wrong. Those shoppers took the initiative to ask and likely have built a good relationship with the scheduler/MSC. Some schedulers send lists of shops to a smaller group of shoppers before the jobs get posted to the job board. CSE reserves their airport shop routes for me months in advance. Other schedulers automatically assign shops each month for the shopper. A scheduler at Ipsos automatically assigns the phone shops to a small group of shoppers.