How do large companies like Target, Walmart, GameStop and Best Buy ensure that their employees are following procedures and providing the best customer service possible? One way is by utilizing mystery shoppers, people who are hired to shop like normal consumers and report their experiences back to the company. Although a teen under 18 cannot technically be a mystery shopper, there are other ways to be involved in the process. And once you turn 18 it can be a great way to earn fun evenings out for free and put a little extra cash in your pocket.
Mystery Shopping at Target
There a many different departments you can do mystery shopping like clothing, furniture, home appliances, toys, cosmetics, housewares, gardening, toiletries and much more. For the first time around my sister and I decided to mystery shop in the electronics department. The plan was for me to attempt and purchase an adult-rated video game. Since I am a minor, it is against the law for me to buy an adult-rated video game without parent consent or a legal guardian. My job was to buy an adult video game and my sister was to observe everything happening in the process. I attempted to buy Battlefield 1 and the very first thing they did at the register was ask for an ID and my age. Therefore, Target followed all the rules and procedures that are important.
On average you can typically make anything ranging for $5 to $25 on one mystery shopping job. Most companies would like you to make a purchase during the time you spend shopping there to get the full experience, but, the company reimburses you for any money spent on purchases for the job. This is a good thing to keep in mind while mystery shopping for various companies since you may be spending a bit of your own money upfront. Your income depends on how many jobs you do per week or month.
Where to Go to Get Started
If you are looking to get started with mystery shopping visiting Mystery Shoppers America is a great way to begin. This website makes it easier to start off the correct way while giving you some insight and background information. As a new mystery shopper, places like grocery stores, fast food places, restaurants and gaming/ technology stores are a good place to start. There a multiple mystery shopping companies that are great and free to join.These companies include Best Mark, Sinclair Customer and Metrics Market Force. There are tons of ways you can begin mystery shopping but these are some of the most affordable ways.
Is Becoming a Mystery Shopper Really Worth It?
Mystery shopping can be time consuming but it can be a very beneficial way for teens to make money. It can be difficult to work a part-time job while in school, trying to maintain good grades, especially if you are a student who is involved in sports, clubs or extracurricular activities. Therefore, working as a mystery shopper ever once in awhile can be a good way to earn money. This is why mystery shopping for teens can be beneficial and helpful in many ways.
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