It is annoying, but I've seen this whining so many times, it makes me want to scream. People are going to do what they want. If you don't think it pays enough, don't do it!! Some people do it because they just get free food. Others do it to supplement other income. It is not your place, or mine, to judge others.
I think it's partly the degree of wage decline (and/or work increase, reneel).
Recent examples include the $8.00 mattress & self-storage shops. Such fees make zero sense, as a round-trip drive, alone, would likely cost one the entire $8.00 - if not more. Any respectable business ought to know this. Yet, in the MS world and gig economy, this "respect" factor often seems non-existent when it comes to job offers.
My guess is that even if a person just happened to be at that project location (i.e., they were passing by anyways), the $8.00 would still result is less than minimum wage for the work completed. There is a need to study the guidelines and prep for the shop. Then, there is the shop time itself and later the write-up (which, if done well, can often require a good amount of time reflecting on, analyzing, and effectively communicating to the client what happened). Having completed a good number of projects of varying types over the past few years, I personally would feel confident in saying that no one is "profiting" from such a $8.00 shop. The time it takes makes the fee entirely non-sensical. Anyone doing such a shop at such a low fee is almost certainly losing money (and time in his or her life). If one wants to use the low fee shops to build up a work history for a MSC that could lead to better pay later on, then that seems one of the few reasonable reasons for why a person would take such a job.
Otherwise, I see mostly desperate individuals completing these shops at such low fees (possibly losing money on them too). And I see MSCs pricing them at such low wages to be disrespectful of another's time.
*sigh* I sometimes take 30 minutes just to study a shop's guidelines and ensure that I have internalized it enough to carry out all the actions and make the proper observations later on in real-time during the shop. Sometimes, it's one hour of prep. So, when I see $8.00...$6.00.....$5.00, etc. for shops that I almost am certain will require this sort of work, then I, too, get upset. The MSC is practically asking me to lose time and money for their gain.
I often hear from veterans, who have 10+ years experience, that shops have often:
a.) gotten "harder" - as in more work
b.) cheaper or flat in fees
Would that imply the shopper base has risen dramatically? Or, the MSC is getting cheaper (both?)...Or, the client is getting cheaper? Or, all three?
Have you veteran shoppers noticed it getting harder and harder to get your preferred shops compared to, say, five or six years ago?
Interesting, that sounds A LOT like the philosophy of a government of a western country I know.@rickgrossman wrote:
...they turn on their own soldiers, remove parts from tanks, and treat their own soldiers and allies worse than those they try to defeat.
I don’t do phone calls for $4!!
How in the world do you know the exact number of shops you have done? I've been shopping for about two years and have no idea how many shops I have done! My OSI count is over 200 and I didn't want to do my background for a while, then I do way more Krogers and gas stations than OSI's.@shopperbob wrote:
That is a sum I consider to be minuscule, considering I currently stand at 3.445 completions.
shoptastic states--Intellishop was bottom of my barrel for phone shops.
Bob comments--Trendsource hit the literal bottom a few years back with phone work paying 50 cents. I occasionally complete phone shops for Person To Person at $20.