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Read This if You Are Using Shadow Shopper, Premier Shoppers, or a Similar Site to Find Mystery Shops April 23, 2010

Posted by Ann Michaels & Associates in Uncategorized.
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In addition to the old-fashioned method of finding mystery shopping companies to sign up with, there are many sites that automate the process for you. Outside of Jobslinger, Shadow Shopper and Premier Shoppers seem to be the most commonly used sites.

The one benefit to using such sites is that they compile mystery shopping opportunities from multiple companies, and many times you receive email notifications when new posts are submitted. However, we’ve seen many shoppers who come from these sites that miss out on potential mystery shopping opportunities.

Why? When you receive a posting through one of these sites, you can reply via email to express interest, which is fine. However, many people don’t realize that once you’re interested in a shop, you need to take it one step further and register (or sign up) with the company that has the shops. This is a step that is often missed, so interested candidates never get past expressing interest in the work.

I’ve seen an increase in this happening, and wanted to make sure that those of you using these sites to find work take the time to go through all of the steps outlined in the shop posting, including registering with the company. In the last month our staff have seen several people email in response to a job posting, and once we give further instruction on where to register and apply, they are never heard from again.

Some that are very new to mystery shopping believe that once they’re registered with Shadow Shopper, for example, they are also registered with the mystery shopping companies. Shadow Shopper is only the vehicle to find the shops; once found, you need to go to the individual companies to register.

Being new in the industry is difficult; our hope is that this information will help ease the frustration and get new shoppers up and running quickly.

Until next time, happy shopping!


1. Amy Zoldak - April 23, 2010

Thanks for posting good information geared to Mystery Shoppers! I just posted this article to the Market Force Facebook fan page!

mysteryshoppinglearningcenter - April 23, 2010

Thank you Amy! I hope shoppers find it useful as well. Thanks for the feedback, and welcome to all Market Force fans!

2. Integrity Consultants - April 24, 2010

This is very true. I find this happens all too often with our shoppers, merchandisers, and event staffers. I get a lot of responses that express interest or ask for more information from our postings on various sites, including the Market Research Pros job board which sends job postings through the Simply Hired Job Board system. Instructions for applying for the assignment, including registration instructions, will always be included in our postings and are usually in those of other providers as well. It is always best to follow those instructions when provided prior to contacting the scheduler or account manager. Chances are they cannot give you any further information until you register and sign the Independent Contractor Agreement due to confidentiality provisions. Also, schedulers are looking for those who are diligent and follow instructions. Following the instructions in an assignment post demonstrates that. There’s nothing wrong with expressing further interest if you are especially eager to complete an assignment, but I suggest doing that after completing the registration requirements.

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