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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

The Set Up 

A dream job that many people visualize is strolling through stores and enjoying the displays, while earning a paycheck. Known as Mystery Shopping, these ads glamorize the idea of shopping for merchandise then filing reports on your experiences to earn $10 or even $20 per hour. 

The Scam 

Most ads for Mystery Shoppers are actually scams that hit you up for $29.95, or $19.95 or $49.95. For this fee, or "application charge," you will be supplied with a list of places and companies that may hire Mystery Shoppers. Usually, this list is simply a collection of department store addresses and contact information. Another scams requires that you actually buy merchandise from a particular web site. The employer promises to refund your purchases. However, the employer will always find a reason not to issue a refund. 

Another version of the scam claims to need Mystery Shopper (or Product Reviewers) to provide opinions on a website, retail store, restaurant, etc. While there are some real earnings opportunities in this area, the scammers will not only require you to purchase a product, dinner or other item, but they will not offer to reimburse you. The earnings that you get from providing the review or opinion of the service will hardly cover your expense. 

Cold Hard Truth 

Real Mystery Shopping is nowhere near as glamorous as it appears. Ordinarily, it is done by the Buyers or the Merchandise Managers, who have many years of experience, and who are very familiar with suppliers, prices, products, special promotions, and the like. Generally, this does not involve actually buying the merchandise. Other legitimate mystery shopping opportunities might need many shoppers for a one time or short time project. Remember, there should be no fee to apply or join, and if you are required to purchase merchandise or items in order to complete the shop, you should always be reimbursed for your expenses. For this reason, Mystery Shopping can never be a full time, permanent job. Earnings will be very limited and unreliable.

For these reasons, along with the fact that most mystery shopping opportunities require you to work from a store or restaurant means that it is not "really" a work at home and, therefore, not fit for inclusion in SOHOjobs. 

 

 


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