Has anyone been doing this project? I was wondering how you are sending your material to Mintel. The scheduler for this project does not seem to want to pay more than $5 for postage but the cheapest I've gotten away with is $9 for postage.
LGRM - So you're saying I should keep the front and back plus any communication ads and discard the rest? Then only mail the front, back and communication ads? That would be a whole lot cheaper.
It appears there is more than one mailing project, with different standards. I only have experience with the daily mail survey.
I received a call from a booker on this project, was immediately sceptical, and refused the project. Mintel claims to have a contract with the Canadian government to evaluate food products sent to a lab through the mail. Since when was it legal to send food items in the mail? I have worked in restaurants and grocery stores; they have their own internal investigations and evaluations experts for food and the staff is trained to check on a regular basis.
There are government programs in place to evaluate food through inspections. I have never heard of the federal or any regional/state/provincial government making use of mystery shoppers for these types of investigations. A mystery shopper company is unlikely to have any affiliation with a lab. I was also suspicious of the caller who was hesitant and nervous, did not offer a full name, and did not state her position in the company.
She also told me that I would spend $200 a month and would be reimbursed. The company should cover the full cost of shipping but I do not send food or other questionable items in the mail. I suggest avoiding this company along with Durham Solutions. There are plenty of legitimate companies to work for.
On the Mintel website, after you log in, there is a message about scams. It says initial contact from Mintel will always be online or via email.
"Remember - Never accept an assignment from Mintel that has been mailed through the post - initial communication will always occur online or through email. Also, any communication from us will always direct you back to our Chicago or London offices, not to a P.O. Box."