Shops Fees (JIcool smiley and Routes (Minimum Profit)

If you work for the MSC that does JIB you will notice the fees this week have taken a dive... normally today they are 13.00, but this week they are only 10.00. I assume it is either 1. The company is reducing the pay per shop or 2. Too many shoppers are taking them for lower fees, so they lower the overall fee.

For reference, the minimum meal cost across all locations in California specifically is 6.43 (based on the 890 shops I have done for the MSC for this client).

What is the minimum profit you will do shops you have to travel for? For me it is 10.00 - gas (so minimum is 15.00, which is really 16.50 with temp, or a 10.00 profit). I will consider 14.00 if the shops are lower, but 10.00 - No Way!

Keep in mind that each location takes an average to 26 min (actually 25:43 again based on 890 shops), including driving time to the next location (range: 18:39, lowest, infinity largest)

If the shop prices do not reach at least 14.00 (15.50) I will not even consider shops for this MSC without additional bonuses...

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They started posting them at $7 yesterday in the Seattle area and the minimum meal cost is $6.92 in Seattle.

I have not done precise calculations, but my average time to do the shop, once on site, is about 13 minutes, including the report. If the shop is being offered at $20 and I am already next to the parking lot, I'll consider taking it, but won't be excited. If it's below that, I'd have to be stuck with nothing to do and figure that earning a few bucks is better than nothing.

From what I can tell, there are quite a few JITB stores that don't get shopped very often, so, about once a month, their pay goes up to a proper number, where I'll put a route together.... Before the updated guidelines were instituted this year, my bar for doing them was lower.

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I also take into consideration how easy picture taking will be. I am in Southern CA and i pay between $5.75 and $6.02 for a Jumbo Jack meal.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/2020 06:07PM by pegleg2000.
For six months or so, I've been doing ff shops. My minimum is $25 plus reimbursement.

However, the one nearest to me is 45 miles away; I basically only do it if I'm going to or through that town on a route.

They said no more bonus money last month. They sat on the job board all month at base pay, $8 plus reimbursement.

I didn't do any of them last month.

They keep asking. I just keep telling them: "I don't do this as a favor. I do it to make money. If you are not paying enough for the shop to even cover my gas there and back, I'm not doing the shop."

When the shops didn't get done, and deadline arrived, they ended up paying me $65 to do each shop. I would happily have worked them into routes during the month at $25 each.

Does the phrase "penny wise, pound foolish" resonate with anyone here?
I get an email every week. This week, I was offered $16-$20 per location, none of which are more than 5 miles from my house. One is exactly 0.82 miles from my house. I drive past every single one of these stores in a given week numerous times. I think that they go on historical data of what they have had to pay to get them done. Kudos to everyone in my area for holding out, I guess?

I gave one combo to the maid. (In my defense, I also offered her a turkey and gouda on wheat. She chose the burger.) My husband gets 1-2 a week. The rest go into the trash.

Cheapest combo in my area is $6.67.

JetBlue Mastercard offers extra points for restaurants. So does American Express and my new US Bank Visa.
I give the rest of the burgers I do not eat to colleagues at my job with dogs... they make great dog treats...

(Not saying the burgers taste like dog food, but...)
@pegleg2000 wrote:

My daughter takes them to work. Her fellow employees love them.

Cold? The next day? Good God, where does she work?
@SoCalMama wrote:

@pegleg2000 wrote:

My daughter takes them to work. Her fellow employees love them.

Cold? The next day? Good God, where does she work?

I take the produce out. I get no mayo. Ziplock bag individually and freeze. She takes them to work cold and they reheat them since there is no produce or mayo.
@pegleg2000 wrote:

@SoCalMama wrote:

@pegleg2000 wrote:

My daughter takes them to work. Her fellow employees love them.

Cold? The next day? Good God, where does she work?

I take the produce out. I get no mayo. Ziplock bag individually and freeze. She takes them to work cold and they reheat them since there is no produce or mayo.
Original question still stands. Somewhere that they get minimum wage?
I really have to thank you for this reply. The past few weeks have been absolutely horrid topped with this cherry of a day. HOWEVER this one comment made me laugh so freaking hard, I forgot about it for a good few minutes. I'm seriously still laughing.

@SoCalMama wrote:

@pegleg2000 wrote:

My daughter takes them to work. Her fellow employees love them.

Cold? The next day? Good God, where does she work?

Shopping the South Jersey Shore
@SoCalMama wrote:

@pegleg2000 wrote:

@SoCalMama wrote:

@pegleg2000 wrote:

My daughter takes them to work. Her fellow employees love them.

Cold? The next day? Good God, where does she work?

I take the produce out. I get no mayo. Ziplock bag individually and freeze. She takes them to work cold and they reheat them since there is no produce or mayo.
Original question still stands. Somewhere that they get minimum wage?

No. A hospital. I have a feeling it is the young non professionals who eat them.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/2020 03:14AM by pegleg2000.
I think $17 is fair for the amount of work involved. Anything below that would not be worth it to me.
@my1958vw wrote:

If you work for the MSC that does JIB you will notice the fees this week have taken a dive... normally today they are 13.00, but this week they are only 10.00. I assume it is either 1. The company is reducing the pay per shop or 2. Too many shoppers are taking them for lower fees, so they lower the overall fee.

For reference, the minimum meal cost across all locations in California specifically is 6.43 (based on the 890 shops I have done for the MSC for this client).

What is the minimum profit you will do shops you have to travel for? For me it is 10.00 - gas (so minimum is 15.00, which is really 16.50 with temp, or a 10.00 profit). I will consider 14.00 if the shops are lower, but 10.00 - No Way!

Keep in mind that each location takes an average to 26 min (actually 25:43 again based on 890 shops), including driving time to the next location (range: 18:39, lowest, infinity largest)

If the shop prices do not reach at least 14.00 (15.50) I will not even consider shops for this MSC without additional bonuses...

They all dropped to base rate in my area this morning. They must have changed their system of how they are assigning them and the rates? They never got to $15 in my area this week. I think that they got as high as $12 on the board.
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