Kicked out of store for price checking!?

Today I signed up for my second price checking shop. The first one went smoothly, the employees never even approached me, I assume they knew what I was doing and just let me work.
Today though! I started working and completing a few checks, some employees asked if I needed help, and I just said no. Then a manager approached me and asked if I needed help, but then asked if I was doing price checks. I said yes, because according to the guidelines you are allowed to say you are checking prices for the app. Then she said I was not allowed to do that and I had to leave!
Has this happened to anyone else? What is the reason they don't like it? Like I said it was only my second price check shop, so I don't have much experience doing it yet.

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They don't like it because you're typically gathering information for a competitor. I do a lot of these and I've learned to be quick about it. You can take pictures of items and then enter the price later or make multiple trips. I try not to do too many of these unless it's a store that I generally shop at anyway and buy what I need while I'm checking.

Otherwise,yeah, you're going to get caught and you're probably going to be asked to leave.
Thanks for the tip! That makes sense, take a pic and input the price later.
I'm so worried about missing one that I have been lingering way too long in the aisles. I'll try to be quicker next time.
I also try to preview the lists and figure out where things are prior to going into the store. It makes it a little bit easier especially if it's a store I'm amiliar with. Also take a shopping cart with you and add a few things as you go so it looks like you're shopping and you're less obvious.

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There was a battery thing I did that was completely enclosed by cash registers and checkout lanes on all sides lol and they were empty and I had to take a million photos. They looked at me a lot but what can a person say!? Can’t be like I’m working here!
I will only ever do price checks if it's in a big multipurpose retailer like Walmart or a supermarket chain that has really big floor space like say, Stop & Shop here on Long Island. You can lose yourself in the crowd, so to speak.

But so many MSCs offer these in little cubbyhole convenience stores with the promise that "It only should take 20 minutes!" huh? Try spending 20 minutes taking photos in a 7-Eleven on Long Island. Your chances of not being confronted are basically 0%.

Another case of Mayberry-based MSC's not understanding that all markets aren't the same.

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KokoBWare opins--Another case of Mayberry-based MSC's not understanding that all markets aren't the same.

Bob comments--I think they understand, but their business model is to attempt to suck in a newbie. 14 years ago, I had a small retail store, no more than 500 square feet, in a mall. A male entered with a hand scanner and began his mission, which I quickly ended. It was not in any manner to my advantage to permit him to remain.
I would rather do the merch gigs in those stores. Merches are the best. You are permitted to be there and never check the restroom, or purchase anything, or run the risk of getting kicked out of a location.

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The MSCs rarely say upfront you do not have the store's permission. Many take them unaware they may be confronted by employees. Not worth the hassle for me. I sometimes suspect store employees themselves take many of these gigs and do them on the sly.
I really, really enjoy if I can merchandise in a location that also has a price check offered. I sign in on the Vendor log, no one questions my right to be there, and I can take all the photos I need! Double-dipping at its best, LOL!

@Shop-et-al wrote:

I would rather do the merch gigs in those stores. Merches are the best. You are permitted to be there and never check the restroom, or purchase anything, or run the risk of getting kicked out of a location.
I did my one and only attempt at a price check at a QuickTrip in suburban tulsa. Either because it wasn't clear, or I just didn't read carefully, I honestly didn't know I wasn't supposed to be there. The store was not busy, and the two clerks stared at me for the first 5 minutes I was scanning items. One of the associates asked me if I needed any help finding anything. I told him that I was the guy doing the price checks for such and such mystery shopping company. He said he didn't know anything about it, and he texted his boss. His boss texted back that they didn't know anything about it and they asked me to leave. I would have never even done it had I known I wasn't even authorized to be there. I will never ever do those ever again. I've done a lot of competitor mystery shopping, but in those scenarios I am actually playing the part of a normal perspective customer or guest. These uninvited price checks are just blatant, easy-to-spot espionage and I won't participate in it.



@KokoBWare wrote:

I will only ever do price checks if it's in a big multipurpose retailer like Walmart or a supermarket chain that has really big floor space like say, Stop & Shop here on Long Island. You can lose yourself in the crowd, so to speak.

But so many MSCs offer these in little cubbyhole convenience stores with the promise that "It only should take 20 minutes!" huh? Try spending 20 minutes taking photos in a 7-Eleven on Long Island. Your chances of not being confronted are basically 0%.

Another case of Mayberry-based MSC's not understanding that all markets aren't the same.
I got lucky when I did the few price checks at a convenience shop chain for gas stations. In one when there was no one at the store, and the cashier came over to see if I needed help, I told him what I was doing. He not only held the cooler's door for me to take photos, he even assisted me in finding the right beverage the questionnaire was asking for. Some employees are just nicer or meaner than others, so do not take it personally.
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