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Can Shoppers’ Critique be a Good Source of Work at Home Income?
I love shopping and am always looking for an excuse to hit the stores, so as soon as I heard that Shoppers’ Critique was looking for people who were interested in shopping and supplementing their income, I knew I had to sign up. Even if the site turned out to be scam, I figured that trying it out at least gave me an excuse to spend some time shopping.
How Shoppers’ Critique Works
The purpose of Shoppers’ Critique is to provide stores with an objective third part experience about the type of shopping experience they’re providing their customers. The store uses the information gathered by the independent contractors who work for Shoppers’ Critique and identify what aspects of their customer service or merchandise can be improved.
Getting Started as a Mystery Shopper
Enrolling myself in the program was surprisingly easy. I expected it to be really complicated. I was able to complete the registration process online and each step was easy to follow. The information the website required I provide included:
• State of residence
• Email address
• Telephone number
I was required to fill out a fairly detailed questionnaire about my shopping preferences which the company uses to help match me up with stores that have requested secret shoppers. After completing all of that I was asked to take my time and really read over the Independent Contractors agreement. Until I agreed with the terms of the contract, no shops would be assigned to me.
In addition to going to the store, secret shoppers have to fill out a very extensive report about the experience.
What I Discovered About Shoppers’ Critique
I do like the program and plan on continuing to be a part of it, but I have discovered that it takes a great deal of time before getting assigned shops. Not only are there a limited number of shops participating in the program, but individuals with a reputation for doing good work generally get the first crack when a new shop enters into the program. I hope that if I stay involved long enough and consistently turn in great reports that more shops will be assigned to me.
I don’t think this program would work for anyone who lives in a rural area, simply because I don’t think enough local shops would participate in the program to justify the expense of both fuel and time.
You shouldn’t plan on getting rich while working as a secret shopper. The amount you make depends on the shop, and most of those only pay about $5.00. Other shops do agree to pay, within limits, for merchandise you purchase.
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