Sinclair Customer Metrics, Inc

Has anyone ever shopped for Sinclair Customer Metrics, Inc? If you have I would like some feedback on them.

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I have done 8 shops for them. The average number of days that it took me to get paid is 53, but I did get paid. Their forms are simple. I never received any comments from the editors. The pay is not that high, however, for the amount of work it took I found it reasonable. The shops that I have done are pretzel shops located in malls, which paid $8.00 with a $5.00 reimbursement, and a jewelery shop that is also in malls that paid $12.00. I was able to combine them in one trip so it was worthwhile.
I have done several shops for them. They are a slow payer but the check arrives when they say. Pretty easy reports also.
I am doing a bank tomorrow. It shouldnt take that long, but I am glad they pay. The pay is $25 so for the time I am spending on the shop I think it is pretty decent
I shopped for them for awhile and they unfortunately are the only company to not pay me for work completed.
I have done several shops for them for a discount food service company. They want you to call ahead of time ask questions. Go to their store get a sale flyer. Check the products and see if they are in stock. Also you must purchase a selected item for a list for each shop. You also have to interact with employees and ask questions about he store and it's products.
I do that one as well, plbell627, and I really look forward to it. I find it a pretty neat shop and fascinating store.
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> I do that one as well, plbell627, and I really
> look forward to it. I find it a pretty neat shop
> and fascinating store.


I love that store. I always shopped there before as a customer so I was beyond excited to find it as a mystery shop.
Ditto. And it is hard to keep me out of their clearance corner! There are some real coups available there.
I've done a couple of shops for them. I've dove the food store as well and a bank. The reports are really simple.
I enjoy doing shops for this company. They have always paid in a timely manner and their questionnaires do not take the life out of me! Pretty straightforward and easy to do.
I do bank shops for them. Their shops are very easy and the reporting (no narratives) is just as easy. Good pay for the little amount of work required. Would be nice if they paid by direct deposit or PayPal. They are not fast paying (checks mailed the last week following shop completion) but the pay is always on time.
I had one incident with them but I did not quit smiling smiley. I conducted a shop that had a roving Relationship Banker. The business card I was given was her card for her usual location. Sinclair rejected the business card because the address on the business card did not match the address of the shop. I appealed the rejection but I haven't gotten paid for the shop and I completed it in February. Which reminds me.....I need to follow-up with them. I missed this wave of shops but hopefully I can catch a few shops on the next wave in June I believe.
They put the wrong address for the bank I went to. I emailed them before I went about it and I never heard anything from them. But I kept the email I sent them so it shows them that they had the wrong address
They definately are easy to get on the phone and I've always had the situation settled before the end of the call. I find the schedulers extraordinarly co-operative. They make you WANT to work with them.

And, yes.......I've been given incorrect address information but, once you let them know that, you can do your shop without any repercussions. (Hopefully, they fix the address for the next shopper).
Oh I like them very much. Easy reports, and I have never been questioned. Friendly e-mails as well.

Carol
I've had several follow up phone calls when shops did not go according to instructions for some reason beyond my control. They have all been straightened out adequately and I have always been paid.
I've done all the jewelry shops in my area and I know I will be recognized, so it will be months before I can do them again. I have also done a "pot" store, a "California" kitchen store and a "childrens pot" store- would happily do the first of those 2 again, but the childrens one is a "never again" in my book. I have only received one payment from them since February, and they owe me for 4 shops at this point.Their reports are okay- nothing bad, but nothing memorable.

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I found out they have a very simple form. I guess my report was ok because I havent heard anything from them
Is it true that sometimes mystery shoppers do not get paid by Sinclair?
A receptionist in San Antonio told me that when the report is not well
done the shoppers don't get paid. I also would like to know how much money
I can make in a month in San Antonio,Tx with Sinclair.As long as I make around
$400 to $500 a month,I will be OK. Your help is appreciated.
Is it true that sometimes mystery shoppers do not get paid by Sinclair?
A receptionist in San Antonio told me that when the report is not well
done the shoppers don't get paid. If someone can help me with that concern
and I also would like to know how much money I can make in a month in San
Antonio,Tx with Sinclair.As long as I make around $400 to $500 a month,I
will be OK. Your help is appreciated.
Yes, when shoppers do not follow instructions and do what they are supposed to do, a company (ANY company, not just specifically Sinclair) has the right and often the obligation to reject the shop. Instructions include when, where, what you are to do, how quickly you need to report your findings and submit any receipts or other materials. I have had minimal questions about reports done for Sinclair and they have always been paid.

That being said, Sinclair's shops tend to be in the $10-15 fee range. This means that for you to make $400-500 per month, you would need to do somewhere between 25 and 50 shops per month for them. I don't know about the San Antonio market, but I suspect it is not dissimilar from my market, where there are generally 10-15 jobs posted per month and snagged off the board very quickly by other shoppers unless they are the real 'dog' shops. I just deposited a check today for March work done for Sinclair and it was under $75 including reimbursements for 5 shops. Many of their jobs require a financial outlay to be reimbursed and with some of their shops the reimbursement is more than the fee while in others, there is little if anything that can be purchased for as little as the reimbursement amounts to.

It is for these reasons that most folks who undertake mystery shopping do not limit their sights to only one or two companies but are taking what is interesting and available from any of the 200+ mystery shopping companies out there that may currently have shops in their area. For me, that generally means working with 30-40 companies per year and roughly half of what I "make" is in the form of useful reimbursements that either enhance lifestyle or substitute for needing to use household budget to make needed purchases. So groceries, gas, oil changes, dinners out and such are frequent 'shops' for me.
If you go to the first post of the first thread of the Mystery Shopping Company Discussion section of the forum you will find a list of 200+ companies that are legitimate. If you read through the forum you will find that different shoppers have different opinions of different companies. My 5 best may not have anything in your area at all or may have different schedulers or clients that make them unappealing. This is, frankly, an area where you need to find your own way. It takes time. I can tell you that the companies most likely to have jobs in your area or any other include Bare, Market Force Blue Portal (and probably Purple Portal) and Maritz as these are the ones that most quickly come to mind as having nationwide clients that can be found everywhere.
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