I haven't had this issue yet, but would you allow yourself to be treated this way in your real life? if not, why are you going to allow an msc to treat you this way? I wouldn't suggest deactivating yourself but maybe don't shop them for the next couple of months, maybe they will come around.
As your post states, you have had the best interests of the MSC in your shopping. In addition, the company has their best interests in assigning jobs, Unfortunately, when both parties are geared toward satisfying one, there is not anyone remaining to be there for whom remains. The business model of some MSCs, includes the exploitation of shoppers willing to place others before themselves and/or desiring to please. Let this be a lesson and profit from the error of not working in a manner that was advantageous for Ark
The above advice was not meant to cast criticism upon any shopping company; this is business and we are self-employed contractors. It is our responsibility to act in a fashion that benefits ourselves, just as it is an MSCs to extract as much work for as little fee as possible,
Yes. When new shoppers come into my area, schedulers always drop me no matter what I have done for them, as long as the new shoppers will do it for less. The schedulers are just doing their job and I don't take it personally. I don't know if the pay difference applies in your case, but it also may be the client wants different perspectives or wants them all done ASAP. I doubt it's your reporting, because you obviously are a good writer.
I, too, am frustrated with this problem. I applied for a job last week and was told another shopper was assigned. That was fine. Today, I noticed the very same job came back open, this time with a bonus, so I applied again. Again, at the end of the day, I got the email saying another shopper was given the job. It's very frustrating. I have not been able to get a shop in over 6 weeks in my area. I have signed up with over 25 companies. I get 10s on every report that I do. I have not missed a shop or turned one in late. I just suddenly cannot get assigned a shop. I really loved doing this, but I l feel like the universe is telling me it is time to move on.
The fact is, if there are new shoppers in your area, many will flake, or decide the time required isn't worth the pittance, or, even worse, screw up shops and not get paid at all, so will quit. (Sorry for the run on sentence. I need wine!)
I don't know if anyone has access to any quantifiers to this (what % of shoppers don't make it past the first couple months), but I'd be interested in the statistics. I think it would reflect a high % of failure rates for newbies.
Or perhaps even just seasonal, people looking for side gigs to make money for shopping for the holidays.
JM2CW, but I would quit "applying" for jobs off the board, and reach out directly to the scheduler if there's a shop you're interested in. I'd make it clear I can't sit and wait days for an answer, because I'm working on routes, and have to know so that I can build my route.
And if the scheduler can't (or won't) schedule the shop like NOW, I'd just say, I'm sorry, I can't wait for an answer. I have to find other shops for this route, so I'm gonna pass on this one, this time. But keep me in mind if you need something done -- I'll always try to work it into a route.
I know you've got some experience under your belt, but if you're not signed up with lots and lots of companies, now might be a good time to spend a few minutes every day adding another company or two to the list of companies you're signed up with.
You'll probably end up with more work than you can handle, with your stellar record!
And please, please, please, do NOT burn your bridges by deactivating yourself.
Could it be that you folks are simply out of rotation?
Edited to say: Nevermind. Somebody mentioned rotation.
That's what I was thinking as well.
Welcome to being treated like a commodity....MSC's are almost all bad actors when it comes to us shoppers. The schedulers who freelance are one more step removed from you and often show little concern for fair practices. Some schedulers are great....some are bad ....most are in the middle.