Reading the posts on forums and social media mystery shopping groups, we see a lot of shoppers complaining about the headline or subject lines ‘super easy shop’ or ‘fun shop’.
Several people have written to share how they feel deceived, that the shops are anything but simple and they feel underpaid and undervalued.
Super easy and fun, are, of course, subjective definitions of anything.
I may think zip lining is super easy and fun, and you may believe it is a paralyzing activity that one would be crazy to spend money to do.
Or Sally may believe that cooking up a breakfast of bacon, eggs and home fries is super easy, and Kathy thinks popping a bagel into the toaster is tough to do!
See… super easy and fun are the perception of the participant.
Schedulers and account managers know that your in box is on overload. However, we do have to fill shops and we need to attract your attention.
And, we can only define shops from our perception.
A parking garage shop where you need to pull in, park, walk around the garage to check out the facility, and then leave and pay sounds a lot easier to us than early childhood education shop where you need to make a call, an appointment, take a tour and wait for follow up.
Going to a hotel or taking a cruise as a mystery shop assignment can be super fun, but it is anything but easy. Most shops like these are pages long!
So… we hear you – and we will try not to define the shops with phrases that may not meet your perception.
On the other hand, we ask that if a shop doesn’t fit your situation, instead of complaining on boards, why not share it with a friend who may enjoy doing something like this?
After all, sharing an email is easy to do, isn’t it?
Which types of shops (no company names, please) have you found to be super easy or super fun?