Market Force - make an offer always declined!

Hi! I was wondering if anyone else has this issue with this MSC. Every time I make an offer it is always declined. I always make reasonable offers (a few dollars more then the shopped pay.) Then, I sometimes see the shop still available the next day with the pay for more then what I offered, and unfortunately, I am unable to complete it due to my schedule. I do between 10-15 shops for this company a month and never cancel, rarely reschedule and have had all shops accepted.

Does anyone else have this issue? Is there some sort of formula to make an offer? (I.e - percentage or dollar amount?) Or does this company just not “like” my work? I find it confusing and frustrating since I am a good, reliable shopper and they have upcoming deadlines and don’t consider reasonable offers from me.

Thanks!

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Sometimes they accept my offer, sometimes they don't even when I offer the fee that I last did it for. It appears that the longer a job sits or the closer to a deadline, the higher the fee goes. So, you might bid $2 more than what is poted and have it rejected. Let's pretend that the "acceptable" fee goes up by $1.00 per day. You were turned down, but 3 days later, the algorithm offers the same shop at $1 more than you bid. The Source also accepts bids (called PAD), but they keep the offers alive. If their algorithm is eventually willing to accept your PAD (it might be a week or more if no one underbids you), you are assigned to it.
@Dinzy wrote:

Hi! I was wondering if anyone else has this issue with this MSC. Every time I make an offer it is always declined. I always make reasonable offers (a few dollars more then the shopped pay.) Then, I sometimes see the shop still available the next day with the pay for more then what I offered, and unfortunately, I am unable to complete it due to my schedule. I do between 10-15 shops for this company a month and never cancel, rarely reschedule and have had all shops accepted.

Does anyone else have this issue? Is there some sort of formula to make an offer? (I.e - percentage or dollar amount?) Or does this company just not “like” my work? I find it confusing and frustrating since I am a good, reliable shopper and they have upcoming deadlines and don’t consider reasonable offers from me.

Thanks!

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
When it's on "make an offer" is the time to call your schedulers. They'll tell you if the caps are off for that shop. If the caps are off, your offer is much more likely to be accepted. Also, there's a good chance the scheduler can schedule it for you while you're still on the phone.

Win-win.
I have never had one accepted. I even submitted one for $0.50 more to just see. Not accepted. If I really want an assignment in the future I will take ceasesmith's recommendation and call.
I had my first ever accepted a few days ago. It was for the fee I've done the location for in the past but have never been accepted using make an offer. ceasesmith, I've never had a scheduler's number for this MSC unless you count the 800 number to the overseas call center. Having two way contact with a scheduler at this MSC would make shopping for them much easier.
There was a dry spell for awhile. I put in an offer of $10 over what they had posted and was accepted. Shocking.
I have a list of numbers someplace but I don't know what I did with them. If I find them I should call and say Hey I can do XXX shop for XXX amt.

There have been times I have been driving and they would call and I would miss it. I follow the rules of the road and I don't talk and drive (Like most people) and I don't have that all that special equipment either that people have. May be some day I can catch them while I AM PARKED
Isaiah, I used to do the same thing. My phone gives me the phone number that called my phone; when I AM parked, I just call back. Having a smart phone makes that possible.

wwin, you can also e-mail the help desk "please have a scheduler call me about XXXX shop in XXXX city". They'll forward the e-mail.
I find it is mostly hit or miss with the make an offer I think it is running 60/40 on acceptance for me.
with the grocery store client i am 2 for 2. with the burger client maybe 50%. With the grocery client i have asked 50% more (no biggie, it's a low fee) on top of the fee plus reimburse of course.With the burger client I am a little more aggressive on the ask, which would explain the lower accept rate
My offers in the early part of the month are mostly declined, though sometimes they surprise me and accept. My offers towards the end of the month are almost always accepted. They get desperate at the end of the month and will pay you what you want. At least in my area. I do a lot more shops the last 2 weeks of the month than the first two. Every 3 or 4 months my offer goes up by $5 and once it is accepted I make that my new usual fee. I won't do a shop below that fee. I do less work and make more money. I know eventually the fee will not be accepted and made my usual fee, but I'll keep going up by $5 until then.
I don't remember the time that I sent in but I MAO on an shop on the 10th. I think it was around 5:00 PM. As of 5:00 PM on the 11th I have not heard back from them. I could have either done the shop either today the 11th or tomorrow the 12th

I know if they accept the offer I'll get an e-mail if not I won't get one. I will be i that part of town where the shop is around 2:00 PM

I will have access to my e-mail but I won't be near my computer till later tomorrow night.. Every time I accept a MF shop I do it from my computer.

I know the last time I MAO on an shop around 5 PM i knew something the next day around 8 AM.

My question is what happens if they give me the shop after 2 PM? Can I cancel with out penalty? Today or tomorrow is the only two days I can do this.

Can I e-mail help desk saying that I will be in that part of town tomorrow afternoon and please let me know.


Thanks

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/2020 11:55PM by Isaiah4031a.
If the caps are not yet lifted, you won't get the shop.

Every single time I've had a MAO accepted, I would get the acceptance e-mail practically before I could get to my e-mail!

Except once.

Isaiah, if you deal directly with schedulers, you don't have to wait. They can assign while you're on the phone.
@MrsChaney wrote:

My offers in the early part of the month are mostly declined, though sometimes they surprise me and accept. My offers towards the end of the month are almost always accepted. They get desperate at the end of the month and will pay you what you want. At least in my area. I do a lot more shops the last 2 weeks of the month than the first two. Every 3 or 4 months my offer goes up by $5 and once it is accepted I make that my new usual fee. I won't do a shop below that fee. I do less work and make more money. I know eventually the fee will not be accepted and made my usual fee, but I'll keep going up by $5 until then.
It works only if you are the only one they can call. I have bee trying to go up on a shop $5 and I keep hitting a brick wall. They call I tell them the price They say the can't go higher than what I did the shop for the last time. This has been going on for two months now.

I have also found that IF it is a hard shop for them to fill they will call even if you have made and offer and they turned it down, but If you have done the shop before and match you price to the last time fee they will award the shop.
My experience is that you will get approved if you ask for the same amount you previously got the same location. One time I applied for a higher amount and was rejected, only to find that they had increased it to that price the following day.

I don't know what I did to the schedulers who call, but I haven't heard from them in several months.
They could say this is Susan from MF. I have an shop at XXX will you like to do? Please call me at XXXX.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

If you don't answer the phone often enough, they quit calling.
I only didn't answer the phone once. Always talked to them before that.
I don't answer the phone enough, LOL. But that's okay, since I have their phone number saved on my phone. If I see something I want, I call them.
It took a long time for me to get the schedulers to leave a message. I explained to them that I could not always get to my phone; I also don't answer it if I'm driving. I promised I would call back ASAP if they would leave a voice mail. After a few months of telling them that regularly, they started leaving "Hi, this XXX with MF. Can you do XXX shop in XXXX, SD?"

Sure made life easier.

Their point,of course, was that when it went to voice mail, they just hung up and called the next shopper on the list. Time pressure, deadlines, all of that. So both sides have valid points, schedulers and shoppers.
On a related topic (and since the thread I created to ask about it seems to have been deleted), is anyone getting "Premium Fee emails" that they mention on the main shopper page? It claims that they have a link included to accept the offer. I have not received any, I just get the offers from Samantha (for a low-ball fee, less than I have received previously) that requires you to email them back.

At least when the schedulers called they knew to offer me what I had gotten previously to avoid wasting time.
@MrsChaney wrote:

My offers in the early part of the month are mostly declined, though sometimes they surprise me and accept. My offers towards the end of the month are almost always accepted. They get desperate at the end of the month and will pay you what you want.
Depends on the shop, I guess. The in-restaurant burger shops are weekly so typically on Monday they get desperate. The delivery shops are monthly and they increased those to $20 on the 17th last month and I did not see them go up after that, nor did they go to "make an offer".

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/2020 05:19PM by MisterBill.
I get premium fee emails all the time and delete them. The premium fee emails I get usually add $2 to the regular fee. The Samantha emails, although they are not high offers, are typically higher than the "premium fee" emails. I have actually accepted a couple Samantha offers.
@roflwofl wrote:

I get premium fee emails all the time and delete them. The premium fee emails I get usually add $2 to the regular fee. The Samantha emails, although they are not high offers, are typically higher than the "premium fee" emails. I have actually accepted a couple Samantha offers.
Thanks. Are the premium fee emails for the burger chain or something else? I only get emails for them. Sounds like I'm not missing anything, anyway.
Last week I offered $11 (posted at $7) and it was declined. Today it was posted at $12!
After a drought, I used this new strategy and had success 3 of the last 4 times. Instead of offering $25 for a $6 shop, I offered $24.95. Instead of $14 for a $7.80 shop, $13.95. I don't know why, but the odd number seems to get results.

proudly shopping in the D.
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