Mystery Shopping Strategy: Change for 2019
It is mystery shop time again tomorrow. I have carried out so few mystery shops in 2018 through a lack of available jobs and other work commitments taking over that it feels like tomorrow will be my return to the arena of mystery shopping. I have looked at a change in mystery shopping strategy to counter this. This is the start of getting back into it and making sure that I hit my goals of how much money I want to make by mystery shopping this year. I won’t divulge too much information about that at this moment. But it is safe to say that I haven’t made it there yet!
There are two shops tomorrow and it does mark the start of a slightly different mystery shopping strategy I am taking with me this year. This will be the new mystery shopping strategy from now on. If you don’t have a strategy for your mystery shops then you might want to find one. If you are unsure where to start as a newbie then Market Force is an ideal place to begin. Check them out now!
Mystery Shopping Strategy
In the past I took the spend up to the available limit (and sometimes beyond). This is to maximise the products I was getting for the mystery shop time I was putting in. Most assignments have the payment in two elements –
- the reimbursement
- the fee
The reimbursement is the money paid back to you for what you have spent. The fee is the incentive for going there. I have usually used the money from both to make the purchase. This leaves me with no profit but a full spend on the products I would take home, for personal use or to give as gifts. A change in direction for my mystery shopping strategy.
This year will see me spend the reimbursement but ensure that I keep the fee as a profit. This leaves me to spend the fee on whatever I choose from wherever I want to buy. It is about what is important to you as a mystery shopper and this year I want spending money for my holiday!
I will post an update tomorrow on the two mystery shops I carry out. And you will see more shops and more blog entries in the upcoming weeks. This will see the difference in mystery shopping strategy in action!
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