Mystery Shopping, Get Paid in Shopping

By: Windsor Pennicott

Imagine if you were offered the opportunity to get paid to do something you love to do and always do for free. Shopping is fun for a lot of people and they wouldn't mine shopping everyday. For those who cannot afford to shop as often as they'd like usually window shop as an alternative.

If you are this kind of person, could you imagine what it would be like to be able to walk into a store that has all the items you want and then purchase them without worrying about the cost? This is definitely possible. And it has become so common that a term has been coined for it. It's called mystery shopping. And the shopper is called a professional shopper or mystery shopper. Why would someone pay you for shopping for them? Well, it's generally not a person, but a company that wants you to shop for them.

The purpose of this type of shopping is to give the company you are shopping for the information they need to make decisions about a variety of products and services they are interested in. An example would be The Target Stores trying to find out how certain products are selling, how nice was the sales personnel and whether or not the store was clean. These are some of the details that companies would ask you to gather as a mystery shopper.

Mystery shopping is great for those who love shopping. The best thing about it is that you get paid to do something you love to do anyway. It's like getting paid for a hobby.

So who are the people best suited for mystery shopping? Stay-at-home moms, students and anyone who wouldn't mine getting paid to go shopping and getting the stuff they bought. There are many categories of shopping available such as grocery stores, restaurants and supermarkets. Sometimes your task might be as simple as visiting a particular store to verify whether they stock certain merchandise at the time and place contracted. Other tasks include viewing the parking lot to see if there are shopping carts lying around or timing how long shoppers have to wait in line to be served.

If you want to get involved in mystery shopping, there are several places that will provide you with the information you need to get started. Most of these places are located online in easily accessible databases. The databases generally list the companies, the task to be completed and how much they are paying for your service.

If the initial income from mystery shopping is not sufficient you may also try your hand at paid online surveys. Unlike mystery shopping, paid surveys do not require you to leave your home ever and the pay is just as good if not better. From home on your computer you'd basically complete surveys and within weeks you'll receive a check from each company.

However, mystery shopping is paid fun for those who love to shop. But if you don't like shopping, you could take a friend along that love to shop and share a great moment together. In fact, you could give the merchandise you bought to her as an appreciation. Which ever way you look at mystery shopping it is definitely a great way to boost your income and have a good time.

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