Never ever pay or give credit card info to strangers, people on the street or shopping companies that want to charge you to join.
A good MSC makes their money by facilitating your work. Bad ones, ...can go stick it up their nose. They take advantage of the overly humble and simple.
> Some of these companies listed are requiring money
> to join, don"t I mean do not pay to for joining
> any mystery job link companies. These companies
> are scammers.
I saw there was activity since my last visit and the posts were mostly yours. And when you just start bashing a perfectly legitimate company and obviously your only point in being here is to bad mouth them, you look less than legitimate yourself.
Those are strong words and out of line. Most of the people here have had a shop invalidated at one time or another and not been paid because we did not follow the guidelines per our contract. Some times there are issues which can be ambiguous, but the company is reasonable and will work with the shopper to salvage a shop if it is possible. I am not an "employee" of Bare, but I am a shopper who has completed shops for them over four years. Actually I made an error on a shop for them by asking for the wrong service. It was nobody's fault but my own. There were a specific number of times each service could be shopped every month. My scheduler actually checked to find out if there was some way she could use the shop and if they had not already met their quota for the month would have approved it and gotten me paid. Bare pays on time, pays the correct amount and is one of the more accessible companies I have ever worked with.
Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. It's not pie.
"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag." -Molly Ivins
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of your time and it really annoys the pig.
You seem to be one of the few that was't paid. Most find Bare Int'l a good solid company, and have never had your experience, so, I suggest you look
into your work, and find your answer as to why they haven't paid you for 5 jobs, yes, anyone can make a mistake on "1" report, but 5 doesn't give you
any credibility in my book. Give up your fight, and move on....to perhaps,
a different profession.
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Slamming Bare is an error. They are one of the most legitmate companies out there. Compare a Bare to a CORI and tellme then what is really happening. I have done over 200 shops for Bare with Jeff who is one of their project managers. I work for a lot of msc and this one is the absolute best. If you have a problem, they will talk to you instead of giving you a one finger salute. Stop slamming them as you are probably at fault here.
When I first started MSing in 2007, the first shop that I did for BARE was a bar integrity shop, and I kinda messed it up with regard to guidelines. After the scheduler explained my error, I understood that BARE couldn't use my report for their client due to my error. Hence, I chalked the entire experience as just that: an experience.
Reading some posts slamming the company as a scam is a bit much. I've since done more shops for BARE and a host of other companies following my error. And yes, I've been compensated by the company as well both via check and Paypal. They pay on a 75-90 day schedule, FYI.
Hi, I'm new here but have been a shopper for 10 years. One of the first companies I shopped for was Shop N Chek, now known as Market Force. They are great to work with and pay through direct deposit between the 12 - 14 of the month. I highly recommend signing up with them. You can self-assign on their website, which I really like.
Good luck all!
After reading most of the posts here, it appears some of the posters are confused about a couple of issues and I would like to add my two cents. A lot has changed in the 32 years that I have been MS.
1. You are held responsible for knowing your own working status with the IRS, unless you make them aware. I never like bringing a red flag upon myself, therefore extra caution with the MSC's, how they handle my information and account is vital to me.
2. 99% of MSC's consider you an IC, therefore you will need to proceed as such! This means working and processing everything in this vein.
3. If you cannot find information regarding the "Legal Status" and "Ability to Suit", do not work for the company until you satisfy these two!
4. There are plenty of persons out there with the info contained in #3 and if you are not computer research savvy, reach out to them for help, before taking your first job with them.
5. Lots of good information is being placed in these posts. Make it a daily part of your activities to spend time reading and absorbing.
Remember each day to "help someone, laugh and learn something new!"
Who would have guessed there was this many mystery shopping companies out there and they cover just about everything! I do belong to several different ones but I am a rural area of Georgia and do travel a lot to cover a variety of shops. It is wonderful to have extra income and know you are helping companies that you like to shop at at the same time.
NEVER, NEVER take anything that requires deposit checks or you having to pay ahead of time. I've mystery shopped for 5 years and have made thousands during that time. I ran into one shady company which I turned over to Wells Fargo's fraud unit (they wanted me to deposit a check then buy something).
The check they sent was from a real account but it was stollen from a Wells Fargo customer. I took it directly to the bank and notified the bank representatives along with the email address of the correspondent.
> I have found the Sassie Shops to be some of the
> better companies. CRI pays too little and expects
I stay away from CRI for that very reason!
> Elaine Wrote:
> > I have found the Sassie Shops to be some of the
> > better companies. CRI pays too little and
> > alot.
> I stay away from CRI for that very reason!
..exxxxxcept for fast food! The only reason I use them... Great great pay for 5 minute take out assignments.
> NEW: The Official MysteryShopForum.com Directory
> of Mystery Shopping Companies, available here:
> For reviews of companies, check out:
> The old index:
> Here's a giant list of almost 250 mystery shopping
> If you're serious about mystery shopping, apply to
> as many of these companies as you can!
> A Closer Look Inc. --
> [www.a-closer-look.com] --
> A Customer's Point of View, Inc. --
> [www.acpview.com] -- - Mystery shopping
> services for retail, restaurants, transit
> providers, housing, living and care facilities,
> entertainment facilities and health care
> providers. Online application.
> A Step Above Service Evaluations --
> [www.serviceevaluations.com] --
> A Step Above Service Evaluations, Inc. --
> [www.serviceevaluations.com] -- -
> Florida-based service evaluations to varied
> A Top Shop -- [www.atopshop.com] --
> A&A Merchandising Ltd. --
> [www.aamerch.com] --
> Acorn Management Associates --
> [www.acorn-ma.co.uk] -- - Mystery shopping
> provider. Specializes in automotive after sales
> care. Also offers design, development and
> manufacture of specialist tools.
> Acra Inc. -- Out of business -- A Lot of
> California shops
> ACRA, Inc. -- Out of business --- Retail,
> restaurant, service, sales and entertainment
> complex mystery shopping. Online application.
> Advanced Phone Ups -- [phoneups.com]
> -- - Telephone training and mystery shopping of
> all types of vehicle dealerships.
> All-Star Customer Service, Inc. --
> [www.mysteryshoppingexperts.com] -- -
> Offering traditional, audio, and video mystery
> shopping, and market research. Also training
> training programs.
> Amusement Advantage --
> [www.amusementadvantage.com] --
> Amusement Advantage, LLC --
> [www.amusementadvantage.com] -- -
> Amusement park mystery shopping. Online
> Ann Michaels & Associates Ltd. --
> [www.ishopforyou.com] --
> Anonymous Insights --
> [www.a-insights.com] --
> Anonymous Insights, Inc. --
> [www.a-insights.com] -- - Marketing
> research firm that specializes in customer
> satisfaction programs. Online application.
> Anonymous Shoppers & Assessments of Pittsburgh
> -- [www.asapittsburgh.com] --
> Anonymous Shoppers and Assessments of Pittsburgh
> (ASAP) -- [www.asapittsburgh.com] -- -
> Shopper evaluations of restaurant, fast food,
> retail, health care, insurance, banking, grocery,
> automobile and sales and service. Online
> Apartment Shoppe --
> [www.apartmentmysteryshopper.com] --
> AQ Services International --
> [www.aq-services.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping, quality research, and consultancy
> services. Company profile, locations and
> Ardent Services --
> [www.ardentservices.com] --
> Ardent Services, Inc. --
> [www.ardentservices.com] -- - Mystery
> shopper services catering to retail, restaurant,
> hotel, airline and car rental industries. Online
> Ascent Research Associates, LLC --
> [www.ascentresearch.com] -- - Offers
> mystery shopping and consulting services for
> restaurant, property management, retail and a
> variety of other industries in the United States
> and Canada. Web-based reporting. Online
> Associate Consumer Evaluations --
> [www.acemysteryshopping.com] --
> Associate Consumer Evaluations Mystery Shopping
> -- [www.acemysteryshopping.com] -- -
> Offering customer service evaluations, exit
> interviews, and employee training with web access.
> Resource for shoppers and online application.
> Assure Quality Systems --
> [www.aqsshopper.com] --
> At Random Communications --
> [www.arllc.com] -- - Telephone based
> shopper evaluations of service quality and
> efficiency. Customer follow-up and competitive
> analysis services also available.
> At Your Service Marketing --
> [www.aysm.com] --
> Ath Power -- [www.athpower.com] -- -
> Mystery shopper services catering to retail and
> financial services. Sales staff and management
> training and market research. Online application.
> Bare Associates International --
> [www.baiservices.com] -- - Mystery guest
> retail, hotel and restaurant reports since 1987.
> Video training and guest intercept programs also
> available. Online application.
> Barry Leeds and Associates --
> [www.barryleedsassoc.com] -- - Offers a
> range of mystery shopping services with a core
> focus on the financial services industry and
> service-oriented retail companies. Core competence
> is helping companies prevent discriminatory and
> unfair sales practices.
> Berring HIne Consulting --
> [www.berring.co.uk] -- - Telephone-based
> mystery shopper programmes as part of a wider
> evaluation of public sector services.
> Best Mark -- [www.bestmark.com] --
> Beyond Hello -- [www.beyondhello.com]
> Beyond Marketing Group --
> [www.beyondmarketinggroup.com] --
> BMA Mystery Shopping Services --
> [www.mystery-shopping.com] --
> Business Evaluation Services --
> [www.mysteryshopperservices.com] -- -
> Business and retail on-site, telephone and
> customer feedback secret shopper services.
> Business Insights Group --
> [www.businessinsights.com] --
> Byers Choice Inc --
> [www.byerschoiceinc.com] --
> Campus Consulting --
> [www.shopaudits.com] --
> Capstone Research --
> [www.capstoneresearch.com] --
> Captain D's Seafood --
> [www.captainds.com] --
> C-Chex -- [www.c-chex.com] -- -
> Partners with retailers to ensure cashiers comply
> with age-restricted sales policies while providing
> an objective view of operations.
> Certified Reports Inc. --
> [www.certifiedreports.com] --
> Certified Reports, Inc. --
> [www.certifiedreports.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping and market research surveys for
> financial, restaurant, retail and service
> industries. Also offer proof-of-performance
> theatre audits. Online application.
> Check Mark, Inc. --
> [www.checkmarkinc.com] -- - Mystery
> shopper services to banking, restaurant, retail
> and entertainment sectors. Online application.
> Check Up Marketing --
> [www.checkupmarketing.com] --
> Checkout (UK) Ltd --
> [www.checkoutuk.co.uk] -- - A customized
> mystery shopper program using specialized secret
> shoppers with a video recorded analysis.
> CKA Group Inc. -- [www.ckagroup.com]
> Commercial Services System --
> [www.commercialservicesystems.com] --
> Confero, Inc. -- [www.conferoinc.com]
> -- - Nationwide mystery shopping and customer
> satisfaction measurement services for automotive,
> banking, restaurant and real estate. Online
> Consumer Impressions --
> [www.consumerimpressions.com] --
> Consumer Research Group (CRG) --
> [crg2000.com] -- - Mystery shopper
> consultant services to the retail industry.
> Consumer Research International --
> [mysteryshops.com] -- Lowe's, K-Mart,
> Pizza Hut, CiCi's pizza, Papa John's, Dominoes,
> East of Chicago, Stride Rite, and many others.
> Count On Us -- [www.ucountonus.com]
> -- - Mystery shopper services to restaurants,
> bars, hotels, banks, retail and service
> industries. Licensed investigators. Online
> Coyle Hospitality Group --
> [www.qualityaudit.com] --
> Creative Image Associates --
> [www.creativeimage.net] -- - A consulting
> and training company specializing in assisting
> financial institutions to achieve a successful
> sales and service culture. Training, evaluation,
> and incentive programs designed to maximize
> employee performance.
> Customer 1st -- [www.consumer-1st.com]
> Customer 1st -- [www.customer-1st.com]
> -- - Full service mystery shopping company
> providing on-line reporting for customer service
> Customer Perspectives --
> [www.customerperspectives.com] --
> Customer Point of View --
> t-mystery-shopping/ -- - A mystery shopping
> service catering exclusively to the restaurant and
> hotel foodservice industries since 1985.
> Customer Service Experts Inc. --
> [www.customerserviceexperts.com] --
> Customer Service Perceptions --
> [csperceptions.com] -- - Website,
> telephone and on-site mystery shopping services.
> Online application. Employee surveys and
> competitor price check services also available.
> CV Marketing Research Inc. --
> [www.cv-market.com] -- - Full-service
> mystery shopping and market research company
> serving Canada and the US. Custom designed
> customer service and satisfaction surveys, and
> secret shopping programs designed to help
> businesses improve their critical customer
> satisfaction levels
> CyberShoppers NOP --
> [www.cybershoppers.nopworld.com] --
> Data Quest Ltd. --
> [www.dataquestonline.com] --
> Data Quest, Ltd. --
> [www.dataquestonline.com] -- - Monitoring
> customer service performance and employee honesty
> in a broad range of industries (Hotels,
> Retaurants/Bars, Retail).
> Datatron -- [www.usd-datatron.com]
> David Sparks & Associates --
> [www.sparksresearch.com] --
> Douglas Stafford International --
> [www.douglasstafford.com] -- - Video,
> telephone, and physical mystery shopping.
> Automotive industry specialists. Streaming video
> and audio results online.
> DSG Associates -- [www.dsgai.com] --
> Does Cingular shops
> DSG Associates, Inc. --
> [www.dsgstars.com] -- - Mystery shopping
> services to the retail food service industry.
> Online application.
> Dynamic Advantage --
> [www.dynamic-advantage.com] -- - Provides
> mystery shopping and customer satisfaction
> measurement services. News archive, and monthly
> eMysteryShopper --
> -- - Independent review of website usability and
> efficiency from a customer's point of view. Online
> Evaluation Systems for Personnel --
> [www.espshop.com] -- - Provides mystery
> shopping and sales training services.
> Eyes R Us Inc. --
> [www.eyesrusinc.com] --
> Feedback Plus, Inc. --
> [www.feedbackplusinc.com] -- - Customized
> mystery shopping programs.
> Focus on Service --
> [www.focusonservice.com] --
> Franchise Compliance Inc --
> [www.franchisecompliance.com] --
> Frontline Shoppers Inc. --
> [www.frontlineshoppers.com] -- - Offering
> mystery shopping and merchandising compliance
> evaluations. Also consumer research and training
> Full Scope Mystery Shopping --
> [www.fullscopemysteryshopping.com] --
> G3 Mystery Shopping --
> [www.sparagowski.com] --
> Game Film Consultants --
> [www.gamefilmconsultants.com] -- - Video
> mystery shopping.
> Gapbuster -- [www.gapbuster.com] --
> Does Mcdonalds, Radio Shack. Low pay, but not A
> bad place to start.
> Grantham Orilio & Associates --
> [www.goashoppers.com] --
> Graymark Security Group --
> [www.graymarksecurity.com] --
> Greet America Inc. --
> [www.greetamerica.com] --
> Greet America Mystery Shopping --
> [www.ga-mysteryshopper.com] -- - Conducts
> many types of evaluations and surveys across North
> Guest Check -- [www.theguestcheck.com]
> -- - Offers mystery shopping investigative
> services exclusively to hotels, restaurants, and
> Hidden Concepts Inc. --
> [www.hiddenconcepts.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping and secret evaluating in person, online,
> by telephone or via competitive shopping. Case
> studies, tips and publications. Company profile
> and contacts.
> Hilli Dunlap Enterprises --
> [www.dunlapenterprises.com] -- - Services
> offered, contact details, and application to be a
> Hindsight -- [www.hndsight.com] -- -
> Business evaluations by mystery shoppers, customer
> service information collectors, local and US
> national. Comparison graphs for managers.
> Howard Services Service Sleuths --
> [www.howardservices.com] --
> ICC - Decision Services --
> [www.iccds.com] -- - Mystery shopping and
> merchandising solutions. Services retail and
> restaurant industry. Programs customized to meet
> the objectives and budget of customers.
> ICU Associates Inc. --
> [www.icuassociates.com] -- - Provides
> services in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico to fast
> food chains, restaurants, airports, and convenient
> stores. Also provides private investigations in
> the US. Shopper application available.
> Image Checkers --
> [www.imagecheckers.com] -- - Providers of
> mystery shopping services.
> Imaginus Training & Development Inc. --
> [www.imaginusinc.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping, web shopping, training, motivational
> seminars, and focus groups.
> imyst -- [www.imyst.com] --
> Imyst, Inc. -- [www.imyst.com] -- -
> Provides customized mystery shopping services for
> automotive dealerships, retail locations,
> restaurants, hotels and apartments, telephone
> programs, and customer service evaluation.
> Infinity Assurance Group --
> [www.infinityag.com] --
> Infotel -- [www.infotelinc.com] -- -
> Serving retailers, restaurant/quick-serve,
> manufacturing and service industries with
> custom-designed mystery shopping programs.
> Inland Retail Services --
> [inlandretailservices.com] -- -
> Specialists in mystery shopping and merchandising
> services. Includes services and contacts.
> Instant Reply --
> [www.mysteryshopservices.com] --
> IntelliShop -- [www.intelli-shop.com]
> -- - Wide range of mystery shopping services,
> on-site, telephone and web-based to the retail
> industry. Online application.
> ITS (Incognito) --
> [www.itsincognito.com] -- - Offers
> assessment of customer service, call handling and
> sales skills through the implementation of mystery
> customer programs. Specialising in the hospitality
> J. E. Lowery Professional Services Corporation
> myhomepage/index.html -- - Customized mystery
> shopping services.
> J.M. Ridgeway Co. --
> [www.jmridgway.com] -- - A market research
> and mystery shopping company providing national
> Jancyn Evaluation Shops --
> [www.jancyn.com] -- - Secret shopping
> services used by the retail, restaurant and rental
> housing industry.
> JC & Associates --
> [www.jcandassociates.com] --
> JKS Mystery Shopping Ltd --
> [www.jksmysteryshopping.co.uk] -- - Offers
> mystery shopping for retail, leisure and tourism
> sectors. List of services, profile and contacts.
> Ken Rich Retail Group --
> [www.ken-rich.com] --
> Kinesis CEM, Redefining the Customer Experience
> -- [www.kinesis-cem.com] -- - Web-based
> reporting that targets all levels of an
> enterprise. Mystery shopping, focus groups,
> web-site pop up surveys, telephone interviews and
> customer feedback.
> LeBlanc & Associates --
> [www.mleblanc.com] --
> Locksley Group Ltd. --
> [www.locksleygroupltd.com] --
> MacPherson Mystery Shopping and Research --
> -- - A British company specializing in worldwide
> mystery shopping and market research.
> Maritz Research --
> [www.virtuoso.maritzresearch.com] --
> Market Viewpoint --
> [www.marketviewpoint.com] --
> Marketing Systems Unlimited Corp. --
> [members.aol.com] -- - Details
> about the company, services offered and how to
> become a shopper.
> Mars Research --
> [www.marsresearch.com] -- - Offers a wide
> variety of quantitative research studies,
> including mystery shopping and customer surveys.
> Mass Connections --
> [massconnections.com] --
> Melinda Brody and Company --
> [www.melindabrody.com] --
> Mercantile Systems and Surveys --
> [www.mercsurveys.com] --
> Merchandise Concepts --
> [www.merchandiseconcepts.com] --
> Michelson & Associates --
> [www.michelson.com] --
> Michelson & Associates, Inc. --
> [www.michelson.com] -- - Description of
> the company and services offered. Apply online to
> be a shopper.
> Mosaic InfoForce --
> [www.mosaic-infoforce.com] --
> Mystery Guest Inc --
> [www.mysteryguestinc.com] --
> Mystery Shop Inc. --
> [www.mysteryshopinc.com] -- - Print,
> telephone, and video mystery shop services.
> Mystery Shopper Metropark --
> [www.metropark.com] --
> Mystery Shopper, USA --
> [www.bmiltd.com] -- - Sign up to be a
> shopper or inquire about using this business's
> Mystery Shoppers --
> [www.mystery-shoppers.com] --
> Mystery Shoppers --
> [www.mystery-shoppers.com] -- - Evaluates
> customer service and quality control. News for
> potential clients and shoppers, contact
> information, and details about the business.
> Mystery Shoppers Ltd. --
> [www.mystery-shoppers.co.uk] -- - Mystery
> shopping and customer service training and
> consultancy services. UK.
> Mystery Surfing --
> [www.mystery-surfing.com] -- - Independent
> website usability evaluation service.
> Mysteryshopomatic.com --
> [www.mysteryshopomatic.com] -- - Online
> tools for mystery shopping providers:
> web-accessible form and report editors, ftp
> transfer, automatic scoring of submitted forms,
> and report downloading in ZIP and CSV format.
> Monthly fee for access to these tools.
> Mysteryshopper.com.au Pty Limited --
> [www.mysteryshopper.com.au] -- - Focuses
> on Australian shops but also New Zealand, United
> Kingdom and the United States of America.
> Mystique Shopper --
> [www.mystiqueshopper.com] --
> Mystique Shopper LLC --
> [www.mystiqueshopper.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping services to varied industries. Web-based
> National Shopping Service --
> [www.nationalshoppingservice.com] -- -
> Mystery shopping in America and Europe.
> National Shopping Service Network, LLC --
> [www.mysteryshopper.net] -- - Offers a
> variety of mystery shopping services.
> Nationwide Services Group Inc --
> [www.nationwidesg.com] --
> Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants --
> [www.nwlpc.com] --
> Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants --
> [www.nwlpc.com] -- - Restaurant, apartment
> and retail mystery shops. On line shopper
> Pacific Research Group --
> [www.pacificresearchgroup.com] -- -
> Services include mystery shops, site inspections,
> and phone surveys.
> PatronEdge -- [www.patronedge.com]
> Performance In People Ltd --
> [www.performanceinpeople.co.uk] -- -
> UK-based telephone and video mystery shopping
> Person To Person Quality --
> [persontopersonquality.com] -- - Provides
> transaction experience studies, mystery shopping,
> customer surveys, competitive intelligence
> services, and special consulting services. Apply
> online to be a shopper.
> Petro Truck Stops --
> [www.petrotruckstops.com] --
> Pinkerton Field Research Services --
> [www.pktnshop.com] -- - Customer service
> mystery shopping, marketing data collection and
> compliance audit programs. Apply online to be a
> Power Information Gathering Services --
> [www.pigservices.co.uk] -- - UK business
> specializing in phone and personal visits, and
> mail and email inquiries to customer service
> Premier Service --
> [www.premierservice.ca] -- - A
> Montreal-based firm in business for over 11 years,
> provides mystery shopping and consulting services
> across Canada, the US and Puerto Rico.
> Presence Quality Mystery Shopping --
> [www.presence.fr] -- - Specialists of
> network assessments.
> Promotion Network Inc. --
> [www.promotionnetworkinc.com] --
> PROS Professional Review & Operational Shoppes
> Inc. -- [www.proreview.com] --
> PulseBack -- [www.pulseback.com] --
> Quality Assessments Mystery Shoppers, LLC --
> [www.qams.com] -- - Details how to become
> a customer and receive feedback on quality
> service, how to stimulate word-of-mouth, and
> suggestive selling.
> Quality Assurance Consulting --
> [www.qacinc.com] --
> Quality Consultants, Inc --
> [www.qualconsultant.com] -- - Conducts
> mystery shopping and quality reports for
> restaurants and lodging facilities.
> Quality Eye Mystery Shopping --
> [www.qualityeye.com] -- - A UK-based
> company providing telephone audits, mystery
> shopping, website evaluations, and competitor
> comparisons for the retail and public sector.
> Quality Insurance Inspection Specialists --
> [www.qsispecialists.com] --
> QualityWorks Associates --
> [www.qualityworks.com] --
> QualityWorks Associates --
> [www.qualityworks.com] -- - A market
> research organization that conducts surveys and
> mystery shopping.
> Quest for Best --
> [www.questforbest.com] --
> Reality Check Mystery Shopper --
> [www.rcmysteryshopper.com] --
> Reality Quality Assurance --
> [www.rqa-inc.com] --
> Restaurant Cops LLC --
> [www.restaurant-cops.com] --
> Restaurant Evaluators, Inc. --
> [www.restaurantevaluators.com] -- -
> Customer feedback and evaluation services. Company
> profile, news and contacts.
> Retail Biz Consulting --
> [www.retailbiz.com] --
> Retail Maxim --
> [www.retail-maxim.co.uk] -- - UK-based
> mystery shopping services including competitor
> visits and internet and telephone shopping.
> Retail Rapport Ltd. --
> [www.mysteryshopagency.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping agency. List of services, details about
> applying, and contact information.
> RetailTrack -- [www.retailtrack.com]
> -- - Retail, service, hospitality and call center
> mystery shopping.
> Richey International --
> [www.richeyint.com] -- - Quality management
> programs to enhance performance, measure product
> quality, and maintain brand stature.
> Rickie Kruh Research and Marketing Group --
> [www.rkrmg.com] --
> Ritter & Associates --
> [www.ritterandassociates.com] --
> Rocky Mountain Merchandising --
> [www.rockymm.com] --
> Satisfaction Services, inc. --
> [satisfactionservicesinc.com] -- -
> Providing customized quality and service
> evaluation programs (a concept of mystery
> shopping) to restaurant, hospitality, retail, and
> service companies. Online service available.
> Schryver Enterprises. LLC --
> [www.schryverenterprises.com] -- -
> Develops and customizes training courses in
> customer satisfaction, and provides mystery
> shopping services.
> Second To None, Inc. --
> [www.second-to-none.com] -- #NAME?
> Secret ShopNET --
> [www.secretshopnet.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping services. Apply online.
> Secret Shopping Company --
> [www.secretshoppercompany.com] --
> Secret Shopping Services --
> [www.secretshoppingservices.com] --
> Secret Shopping Services --
> [secretshoppingservices.com] -- -
> Specializes in retail, restaurant, malls,
> jewelers, coffee houses, integrity issues and
> customer service audits. Company profile and
> Secret Sleuths -- [servicesleuths.com]
> -- - Services offered, staff, contact details, and
> shopper application.
> Sensor Quality Management Inc. --
> [www.sqm.ca] -- - Mystery shopping
> services with either local residents or shoppers
> who have experience in a particular industry.
> Information for clients; application form for
> prospective shoppers.
> Service Advantage International --
> [www.servad.com] --
> Service Alliance --
> [www.serviceallianceinc.com] --
> Service Alliance, Inc. --
> [www.serviceallianceinc.com] -- - Provides
> mystery shopping services to a variety of
> industries throughout the United States.
> Service Check --
> [www.servicecheck.com] --
> Service Check --
> [www.servicecheck.com] -- - Customer
> service audits performed throughout North
> Service Evaluation --
> [www.serviceevaluation.com] --
> Service Evaluation --
> [www.serviceevaluation.com] -- - Provides a
> comprehensive solution for keeping on top of the
> front line.
> Service Evaluation Concepts --
> [www.serviceevaluation.com] --
> Service Excellence Group --
> [www.serviceexcellencegroup.com] -- -
> Provides customer service development through
> mystery shops, customer service/management/sales
> training, personalized consultation, and a
> quarterly training publication. Find contact
> information, list of services, and details for
> potential shoppers and
> Service Impressions --
> [www.serviceimpressions.com] --
> Service Intelligence, Inc. --
> [www.serviceintelligence.com] -- -
> Provides actionable, real-time Internet-based
> mystery shopping and performance assessment across
> all of North America.
> Service Performance Group --
> [www.spgweb.com] --
> Service Performance Group --
> [www.spgweb.com] -- - Mystery shopper
> program designed to objectively measure employee
> customer service skills, sales skills, product
> knowledge and other related criteria.
> Service Research Corporation --
> [www.serviceresearch.com] --
> Service Sleuths by Howard Roberts --
> [www.howardservices.com] --
> ServiceProbe --
> [www.pwgroup.com] --
> ServiceSense -- [www.servicesense.com]
> -- - Service evaluation programs and customer care
> consulting for restaurants, retail stores, service
> businesses and call centers.
> ServiceTRAC, Inc. --
> [www.servicetrac.com] -- - National and
> international mystery shopping and full service
> market research firm providing market analysis,
> measurements and solution services.
> SG Marketing Group --
> [www.sgmarketing.com] -- - Company
> description, services offered, and online shopper
> Shadow Shopper Agency --
> [www.theshadowagency.com] -- - Video
> mystery shopping company. Shoppers wear microvideo
> equipment to record interactions. Services, press
> releases and news, dealers, and contact
> Shop'n Chek -- [www.shopnchek.com.au]
> -- - Offers mystery shopping and market research
> services for customer satisfaction measurement in
> Australia and New Zealand. profile and contacts.
> Shop'n Chek International --
> [www.shopnchek.com] -- - Mystery shopping
> and market research services for customer
> satisfaction measurement.
> Shopper Anonymous --
> [www.shopperanonymous.com] -- - Australian
> mystery shopping organization.
> Shoppers Inc. --
> [www.shopperjobs.com] --
> Shoppers Critique International --
> [www.shopperscritique.com] -- - Provides
> independent customer service evaluations by using
> guest mystery shoppers to evaluate employee
> performance. Details about services and industries
> served, mystery shopping details, FAQs and contact
> Shoppers' View --
> [www.shoppersview.com] -- - Provides
> mystery shopping on site and by telephone to the
> retail industry. Online application.
> Shoppers, Inc. --
> [www.shoppercomments.com] -- - Mystery
> shopper services to bank, restaurant and retail
> industries. Employee incentive plans and surveys.
> Online application and shopper resource.
> Sights on Service --
> [www.secretshopper.com] --
> Sinclair Service Assessments --
> [www.ssanet.com] -- - Company provides
> mystery shopping services throughout the U.S. and
> abroad. Site includes a sign-up area for
> Sipe and Associates --
> [www.sipeandassociates.com] -- - Provides
> customer service evaluations, mystery or secret
> shopping services.
> SNEAK PEAKms -- [spbon.com] -- -
> Offers a variety of customized mystery shopper and
> caller services.
> Sonya's Mystery Shoppers --
> .html -- - Has some current jobs, a polling area
> where shoppers can rate shopping companies, and a
> private list of companies looking for shoppers
> (list is available for a fee).
> Sparagowski & Associates --
> [www.sparagowski.com] --
> Speedmark Information Services --
> [www.speedmarkweb.com] --
> Speedmark Information Services --
> [www.speedmarkweb.com] -- - Marketing
> services company that specializes in providing
> customized data collection for Consumer Products
> Manufacturers and multi-unit retailers. Services
> offered, and mystery shopper application.
> Spies in Disguise --
> [www.spiesindisguise.com] --
> Support Financial Resources, Inc. --
> [www.serviceexperiences.com] -- -
> Customer-driven mystery shopping and consultative
> services specializing in the financial services
> Sutter Marketing --
> [suttermarketing.com] -- - Mystery
> shopping and compliance audits powered by Palm
> technology with digital photo documentation.
> Website accessable data. Find details about the
> business, services offered, and contact
> SystemChec by Orillio & Associates --
> [www.systemchec.com] --
> Tenox Appraisal Systems --
> [www.weshop4u.com] -- - Customer
> satisfaction measurement specialists.
> Tern Consultancy --
> [www.ternconsultancy.co.uk] -- - Works
> with retailers to improve and track customer
> service primarily by developing corporate
> standards and providing mystery shopping.
> TES/Rapid Chek -- [www.rapidchek.com]
> Texas Shoppers Network --
> [www.texasshoppersnetwork.com] --
> The Field Force --
> [www.thefieldforce.com] --
> The Hotel Shopping Network --
> [www.hotelmysteryshopper.com] -- -
> Provider of hotel mystery shopping and sales
> training services to the hospitality industry.
> The Insight Group International --
> [www.theinsightgroupintl.com] -- -
> Provides food and beverage service evaluations and
> full property evaluations for hotels.
> The Kirandt Group, LLC --
> [www.kirandt.com] -- - Offers mystery
> shopping and competitive intelligence services
> exclusively the casino gaming industry.
> The Performance Edge, Inc --
> [www.pedge.com] -- - Mystery Shopping
> services. Customer Service Feedback. Online
> The Secret Shopper Company --
> [www.secretshoppercompany.com] -- - Offers
> a full range of secret shopping services, with
> reports tailored to motivate rather than
> criticize. Online training required for all
> The Service Quality Department --
> [www.service-quality.com] --
> The Soloman Group --
> [www.thesolomongroup.com] --
> TNS Intersearch --
> [www.intersearch.tnsofres.com] --
> Trend Source -- [www.trendsource.com]
> U.S. Mystery Shoppers, Inc. --
> [usmysteryshoppers.com] -- - Offers
> services to retail and service industries in the
> United States. Online application.
> Verification Roberte Inc. --
> [www.roberteverifications.com] -- -
> Providing mystery shopping, customer service
> evaluation, surveys and analysis. Specializing in
> retail and food industries. Covers Canada and
> Video Eyes -- [www.videoeyes.net] --
> Video Stars Real Time Video Training --
> [www.videoeyes.net] - Hidden camera video
> captures real-time employee interactions to
> improve customer service, sales, and other target
> Webbtech Data -- [webbtech.com] -
> Quality assurance company specializing in mystery
> and comparison shopping.
> Westcoast Mystery Shopping --
> [westcoastmysteryshopping.com] -
> Specializes in serving smaller retail chains
> throughout North America.
Thanx Jacob. Would you have a sorted list for Canadian MS companies?
> This probably isn't the place for this comment,
> but I read where people 'decline' jobs they are
> offered. This is a 'no no' for shoppers. Just do
> not accept, if you decline, it goes against you.
A newbie's learning-curve question here.
Q: What's the difference between declining a job and not accepting a job?
> As far as social security: Dont give our your
> number unless you have checked with the bbb. I
> always put 99999999 and I tell the companies when
> I get to the 599.99 mark I will provide. But if
> you sign up with a bunch of them you won't need to
> submit your ss#.(Un less you plan to stick with
> one company-as soon as you see yourself at 500.00
> stop doing shops with them until the following
> year.) You never have to claim the money unless
> you make over 599.99
> Also pay pal has a system that they will cut you
> a check,if you dont feel comfortable with giving
> your info. They charge you a dollar and it comes
> out of your pay you have with the company. So
> before signing up you can ask if the company uses
> check or paypal and check with BBB or Chambers of
> Commerce for the company legal status.
> Hopes this helps. OH by the way find out if you
> dont submit the info fast enough or accurate how
> much will they deduct. BEstmark took 5.00 from my
> 10.00 shop. NOt worth it. They should understand
> computers break down . One last thing always put
> something in each box.
I know this is an old post, but it is VERY wrong! The IRS requires that ALL income be reported, even if you did not receive a 1099.
Ding ding ding,jackpot! This is exactly why I came back to MSF.com I have been doing shops all month with no car and hardly any money. I have about $400 in fees plus about $100-150 in reimbursements coming in next month. Can't wait. Plus taxes, I'll be shopping for a car and signing up for oil changes, brake checks, and gas station/ID compliance shops right away. I'm signed up to about 50 sites right now. Only 5-10 have anything I can do. Maybe 5 more once I get a car. I was going to start saving for the baby on the way, but I just might make this a full time job. I am after all averaging about $40-50 a day. $90 on a good day when I have someone to lend me their car.
It's lists like these that make mystery shopping as a profession possible.
... how often the "Official List of Mystery Shopping Companies" is Updated at the bottom of the page? (I ran into 404's, broken images on the sign up page, etc.)
Also - is the list that is on PAGE ONE of *this* thread still correct? Is it updated or outdated? (I ask because there were some that I checked from the Sassie shop list that were 404 errors now)
And.. this may cause some grumbling, but, is there any way that the 14 pages of comments can be removed and there can be JUST a list of companies? Maybe update the thread, close off comments?
If it needs to be done, and anyone wants to help collaborate on an updated list of companies with their website, I'll get together with any volunteers and we'll give it a shot. I just checked my spreadsheet and I'm signed up with 129 companies - I thought it was more! I've already gone through the list at the bottom of the forum pages.
Regarding the list of mystery shopping companies, are they all legit companies that you or someone has worked for? Sorry I'm new to this and would love to get started in the right direction. Thanks again for the forum, it is an amazing resource for someone like me.
> My husband told me that mystery shops should pay
> for car expenses. The ones that I have worked for
> do not. Which ones do? I have done assignments for
> DSG, Informars, Sassie, Maritz none have even
> considered use of my vehicle. I'm just paid a
> straight fee and thats it. Please please tell me
> the ones who do pay for car expenses. I think this
> would be fair. Just because I'm disabled doesnt
> mean I should be treated as less than a whole
> person, do you? Thank YOU
When you sign up for these companies, you sign up as an independent contractor. What this means is that you are in business for yourself and these companies pay you by job to do a job. What you get in return is
(1) mileage taken off taxes
(2) expenses such as ink, office supplies, etc are tax deductible,
(3) you do have to claim any pay as income,
(4) however, anything that you spend (reimbursements) are considered expenses.
(5) any equipment purchased specifically for mystery shopping can be deducted on equipment deductiobs.
So you take the whole of what is paid, subtract the expenses and many times you get a break of end of the year taxes because you are a business person.
I have a personal CPA, and not a 'tax' company to do my taxes. You will complete a long form, a Schedule C, and any equipment etc can be deducted on a declining usage form. You need someone who is very knowledgeable in the areas to complete your taxes where you do not get audited.
Hope this helps as the mystery companies do not pay for maintenance on your vehicle or any equipment.
I'd just like to add that there are hundreds of brake inspection and oil change shops. Atleast in my area alone, there are. Plus miscellaneous other auto shops if you have a newer vehicle by a certain maker. There are even occasional tire shops that pop up. I used to do EZ Lube? when I first started, 5 years ago,I love their service. The last time I saw them on a job board (which was in 2010) they changed things up. There was pay, not just reimbursement, but it was an undercover, recorded shop. I don't see enough shops like that to go out and buy special equipment.
> Idreamofdria Wrote:
> > My husband told me that mystery shops should
> > for car expenses. The ones that I have worked
> > do not. Which ones do? I have done assignments
> > DSG, Informars, Sassie, Maritz none have even
> > considered use of my vehicle. I'm just paid a
> > straight fee and thats it. Please please tell
> > the ones who do pay for car expenses. I think
> > would be fair. Just because I'm disabled doesnt
> > mean I should be treated as less than a whole
> > person, do you? Thank YOU
> When you sign up for these companies, you sign up
> as an independent contractor. What this means is
> that you are in business for yourself and these
> companies pay you by job to do a job. What you
> get in return is
> (1) mileage taken off taxes
> (2) expenses such as ink, office supplies, etc are
> tax deductible,
> (3) you do have to claim any pay as income,
> (4) however, anything that you spend
> (reimbursements) are considered expenses.
> (5) any equipment purchased specifically for
> mystery shopping can be deducted on equipment
> So you take the whole of what is paid, subtract
> the expenses and many times you get a break of end
> of the year taxes because you are a business
> I have a personal CPA, and not a 'tax' company to
> do my taxes. You will complete a long form, a
> Schedule C, and any equipment etc can be deducted
> on a declining usage form. You need someone who
> is very knowledgeable in the areas to complete
> your taxes where you do not get audited.
> Hope this helps as the mystery companies do not
> pay for maintenance on your vehicle or any
> Regarding the list of mystery shopping companies,
> are they all legit companies that you or someone
> has worked for? Sorry I'm new to this and would
> love to get started in the right direction.
> Thanks again for the forum, it is an amazing
> resource for someone like me.
I am not Jacob J...but there is a list of legit companies at the bottom of every page..."Official List of Mystery Shopping Companies" and a little research on here will tell you the dirty and good on most! Good luck.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/26/2012 12:50AM by SecretAgentMom.