Does ACL just mostly have no pay shops?

I've been looking at their shops and I haven't seen anything available that actually had a fee associated with it. I had to go to a major city up north to actually find one. Is this their standard? I don't really work for did but I did take one upcoming shop from them just to see what their reports were like.

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Many of their shops are reimbursed only. But, bear in mind that after you do a certain amount of shops, and do them on time and correctly, they have an internal grading status that will allow you to see better paying shops, some of which might still be reimbursement only. However, there are some shops with a fee that pay well but you won't be able to see them as a new shopper. For example, in my area they have some senior living facility shops that pay a $75 shopper fee. And they have high-end restaurant and concert shops in a larger nearby city that I can see. They offer some decent hotel shops that are pretty easy from what I understand, though I don't do them because I prefer to do a little extra work and earn a fee (ACL's hotels are reimbursement only). Route shoppers often use them as a stopping point, which I am sure is awesome since they don't have to pay out of pocket for a hotel on a long route. I am doing a high-end cosmetics shop for them next week that reimburses $15 and pays $20. I will probably spend both the reimbursement amount and my fee, maybe more, because I like their cosmetics and would buy them on my own dime anyway.
Like JAS, I get invitations for shops with fees such as senior living, storage facilites, etc.

I do their no fee hotel shops. I rack up so many hoel points becasue I have the reweds credit cards for 3 chains. I use those rewards to really "splurge" for hotels for my vacations. In Seattle, for instance, I will have a room overlooking Puget sound and next door to Pike Place Market. Do not scoff at waiting for reimbursement (instead of having the cc charges reversed). Paying the credit card, if it is the rewards card, is worth rewards $$$$. And, the value of free nights bought with that non-taxable .

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Hey thanks for the reply! That's good to know. I might have to weigh the benefits since I don't live in a particularly big city but I'll give them a go for a little bit
The senior living ones that involve a phone call are absolutely NOT worth it. It's an extensive call with follow-up. And that particular scheduler is not the nicest person they employ.

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Actually, the scheduler who does all of my 3 state area is exceptionally nice and efficient and helpful. I just did an onsite senior living community, with a recorded pre-visit call. Reasonable fee for effort, IMHO.

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There are different schedulers for different regions.

@iShop123 wrote:

The senior living ones that involve a phone call are absolutely NOT worth it. It's an extensive call with follow-up. And that particular scheduler is not the nicest person they employ.
I didn't think the senior living shop was difficult at all. About the same amount of effort as a targeted apartment shop (less work, really) and nearly twice the pay.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

There are different schedulers for different regions.
Wish I had yours, then, JAS. Glad it was worth it for you. For me, the initial phone call was lengthy and then there were several follow-ups -- one months later "just checking to see if circumstances had changed." After my last EPMS disaster, I don't do targeted any more at any price :-). $/hr have not been worth it for me for apartments at all.

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Yeah, I haven't done an Ellis shop in several years. And the follow up for the SL place was late and brief. But, if you don't like your scheduler, DO hold your breath, because they tend to change like the seasons.
It really depends on your region too. In my area, there are grocery stores, mattress stores, and even some lower-end restaurants that pay a fee.

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They have all kinds of shops that pay, often plus reimbursement. Off the top of my head, I've done grocery stores, gas station and convenience stores, make up stores, jewelry stores and furniture stores that paid a fee.

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I just did a pet food store that paid a flat fee. It was an amazingly easy shop to do too although I doubt I can go back soon unless I know the salesperson I spoke with is on a day off. And how would I know that?
Yes; however, I've been stacking AMEX offers as tax-free savings that is basically income, so I take that into considering when pickup up their shops. Plus, many of their fine-dining shops are simple enough, on top of allowing me to easily churn any new credit cards that returns me ~18-22% return in tax-free income equivalents.

For example, many of their large restaurants offer $10 off $50 or $15 off $50, etc. via AMEX Offers on top of additional percentages back.

Either that, or I'm building up to a ~$500-600 reward for $3,000 spent (plus ~$60 in cash back), which is a ~18-22% return (or can be seen as 18-22% cash back)

Also, another relevant example is for an upcoming shop I have for them... I really, really like how they are OK with the use of gift cards with the majority of their shops. I get ~$200 of free gift cards a year from 2 of my no fee credit cards. I used $80 of that to obtain $100 worth of gift cards for the upcoming dinner shop I have, which also has a $100 reimbursement limit. So not only it's a way to convert $80 in gift cards to a cash reimbursement, I also pocket $20 out of that wedge. smiling smiley

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The ACL shops I've done are reimbursement only. It's been awhile, but I remember the shops not being too difficult and the reimbursement modest.
I see shops that offer fee plus any relevant reimbursement. Sometimes, there are bonuses. I cannot get to those assignments for awhile, but it's good to know that they exist and I might have enough time in a few months.

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I cringe when I see their Promo shops in my area, because I definitely don't want them snapping up some of my other companies' clients. I live in an expensive city, and so their reimbursements for restaurants seem really stingy to me. For example, there's a burger joint in a touristy area with a bar requirement, two drinks, an app, and two entrees with only a $50 reimbursement. To have a meal that I would enjoy, I'd go way over the $50, and I'd be hard pressed to keep any meal at $50. The bar alone would take at least $10.

And I do take other companies' dining assignments that are reimbursement only, because those are actually like coupons. They don't have extensive requirements like ACL. I stay in their database, but I haven't shopped with them for awhile.
@Tarantado wrote:


or example, many of their large restaurants offer $10 off $50 or $15 off $50, etc. via AMEX Offers on top of additional percentages back.

I keep looking at those great offers from AMEX but so far none of the ones they offer me are shopped by any of the companies I shop for including A-C-L. There are several lucrative offers from AmEx for hotels for those of you who are hotel shoppers. ($50 back if you spend $300 etc)
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