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Get paid to shop, dine out, and go the movies! Sounds great, does it not? Like a dream come true, you can do what you love doing, only get paid for it...

My wife tried this one. She found the site via all the spam that habitually bombards our inbox, and decided to give it a shot. She signed up, and paid a small fee to have access to the premium jobs. They have a perfectly good free membership, but you won't get the really coveted jobs, so becoming a member is highly encouraged. The fee was only 4.95--what the heck.

She spent days agonizing over her profile. She took their training course and was dubbed a "Certified Shopper", she even printed out this very nice certificate to prove her new expertise.

Now she was ready to go shopping. She sifted through pages and pages of jobs. The first thing she noticed was that the pay was not very much for any one given job. The average ranged anywhere from 5.00 to 7.00. There were some as high as 40.00, but these seemed to be located in the next state. Some exclusive surveys were offered that paid anywhere between 150.00 to 300.00. But these were by invitation only, and she never seemed to meet their qualifications.

Still undaunted however, she pressed on, thinking " Let's go eat pizza, and get paid 7.00...or go to a local pub or restaurant and enjoy a free meal!"... but when she read the job description, she discovered that she would have to pay for the meal herself, and if the report was satisfactory she would be reimbursed.

A satisfactory report consisted of a 500-700 word essay, using the Queens English, perfectly formatted, and in every other way had to be flawless.

"Okay...Okay"...she thought, she could do that, no problem. So, she clicked on the job, filled out all the criteria, and hit the button to apply. She was immediately routed to another Secret Shopper site, where it seemed she could not apply for the job until she was fully registered on their site...mm...

The whole thing turned out to be a big run-a-round, kind of like a dog chasing it's tail.

There are real Secret Shoppers, I know, because when I used to wait tables, the whole restaurant would be on high alert for days expecting their visit. But I think they are hired by the company, or already work for the company in question.

Maybe there are some people who are or become successful through this method, I mean...there has to be a real person behind that smiling face holing up the paycheck who is prominently displayed on the homepage...isn't there?

One other outrageous thing needs to be mentioned here. One of the jobs required that you go to an electronics store, and using your own credit card, purchase something that costs at least 1,000. Of course, you can return it, but not before a specified time.

I ask you...who among us enjoys returning merchandise even on a good day? However, if you are successful, you get the whopping sum of 5.00. Really? I'm going to walk into a Best Buy store buy a digital TV, wait a couple of days, return it, and feel like 5.00 is worth it?

Kenny


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If it sounds too good to be true.... thanks for the great information!

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  about 1 decade ago

You're Welcome:)

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  about 1 decade ago
BestMark  

I would have to agree that some of the shops just might not be worth it to people. Especially based on the convenience factor. I would be fine with most of the restaurant secret shops but not so sure about the Best Buy one you described in the last 2 paragraphs. A secret shopper shouldn't lose money doing a shop unless they are falling for a secret shopper scam.

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  about 1 decade ago

Exactly...why should I spend 1,000 to make 5.00? More to the point, if I had 1,000 in my account, I would not be searching for extra income :)

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  about 1 decade ago

Yeah!!! I made It! Woo-hoo...!

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  about 1 decade ago
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