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ShopperDee
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USA
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Posted - 08/23/2008 :  7:37:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TinaMarie

I did Jenny Craig. It was fun, lots to remember and lots of narratives. Also, they called me back a few times wanting me to sign up.



You have confirmed why it's on my 10-foot pole list! Lots to remember, lots of narratives, and future solicitations.

Dee
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2008 :  8:49:26 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ShopperDee

I would not shop Jenny Craig. Has anyone done them? Isn't it way too much work?



I did a Jenny Craig right after my son was born. I told them he was a year old, instead of only a month old. Before I got pregnant I was 98 lbs, but I gained 54 lbs with him, so I figured I should make some money off all the extra weight!!

Happy to say that now I'm back down to 103 lbs (without Jenny Criag), but a bit sad that I can't do these shops anymore. I actually enjoyed it.

I haven't seen these shops for a while, so I wonder if they are even doing them.
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ShopperDee
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USA
416 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2008 :  12:57:55 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I got accepted to do this shop quite a while ago, but when I saw what it entailed for $18, I bowed out. It looked like it was a $25-30 shop. I have backed out of only two or three shops in over three years, but this looked like way too much work for the pay.

Dee
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RissiLynn
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USA
17 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2008 :  7:49:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I wont be doing restaurant shops anymore. They just arent worth it to me.
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ShopperDee
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USA
416 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2008 :  8:00:28 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
RissiLynn,

For me, it really depends on the restaurant. I've done some I like with such a high reimbursement that I can take one or two people, and we can get appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts!

I tried the fondue place once and was glad. I had never been there. Now I know I would never spend my own $ there! The prices were high, the portions small, and we had to cook our own food. Also had to order something from the bar, which I did not want to do, but it was a requirement.

Dee
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RissiLynn
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USA
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Posted - 08/24/2008 :  8:08:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ShopperDee

RissiLynn,

For me, it really depends on the restaurant. I've done some I like with such a high reimbursement that I can take one or two people, and we can get appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts!

I tried the fondue place once and was glad. I had never been there. Now I know I would never spend my own $ there! The prices were high, the portions small, and we had to cook our own food. Also had to order something from the bar, which I did not want to do, but it was a requirement.




Hi. The reason I said it wasnt worth it was because I did one yesterday. They offered a $10 bonus which after the tips and food ordered only came up to $6. The report was very long. It didnt save and I had to do it all over again. Plus I really need to stay away from that type of food. Any fast food makes my skin break out. So for myself, it wasnt worth it but for someone else, I might say go for it.

Now the bank shops. I love doing those. I just wish I could find more of them.
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TinaMarie
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USA
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Posted - 08/24/2008 :  8:38:31 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I love FF (easy report) and fine dining ($150 dinner? YES!!!). My 10' pole are casual dining, where I always go over the reimbursement and the reports rival fine dining; they are just my biggest headaches.

~*~TinaMarie~*~
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2008 :  5:18:05 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I don't do the dining ones as much either. Not because of the money, but because I can't find anyone to go with me. My husband hates eating out and since he's a really good cook he'd rather just make it himself. As someone whose best dish is a hard boiled egg, I'd eat out every day if possible.
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MsJudi
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New Jersey
USA
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Posted - 08/25/2008 :  5:48:25 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I did Jenny Craig a few years ago and NO I would not do another. Too much time involved and not enough money.

Judi
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2008 :  5:52:53 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
How much time was it? I'm just curious because mine was about 30 minutes and I had one follow up call. And if I recall it paid $30.00. The narratives weren't bad either. Maybe I did it with another company or they didn't do something right because I've had retail shops that lasted longer.
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2008 :  5:55:50 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
PS I always think its funny how some of us have certain types of shops that we love and others would hate or the other way around. RissiLynn, I do a lot of bank shops too, but I don't really enjoy them that much. I think its neat that you do.
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MsJudi
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New Jersey
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  04:53:31 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
The Jenny Craig fee was not $30. If I remember correctly, it was less than $20 & involved a lot of interviewing & forms. I just did not feel comfortable with it since I don't believe in their philosophy for weight loss; ie. buying the food etc. Just not my cup of tea. It was informative to go through the process to see how they sell their "stuff", but I can't say I enjoyed it. I never received any follow up, which I believe they were supposed to do!!!

It certainly wasn't the worst shop I've done, but I wouldn't choose another.

My favorites change like the wind. Depends on what I'm currently into & what's available. I'm starting to do some hotels & am excited about that. I'm on vacation in South Carolina, so I'm doing some retail shops at the outlets. The nice thing about this job is you never will get bored with the variety of choices. When I tire of a particular type of shop, I try something I've never done before. Then, later on I pick up the old stand bys to keep the $$ coming in. I haven't done a cell phone shop or ff in a few months. Overdosed on cells for a while. I do a lot of banks too, but pretty much for the $$. I don't particularly enjoy them. I've spent a lot of time at Newark Airport this summer. Now, that I enjoy!! A lot of people watching involved. Boy, do you see some strange sights.

Next week I'm back to school and the MSing will change to the school schedule again & less interesting shops. Off topic and rambling...sorry

Off to play golf this AM.

Happy shopping to all.

Judi
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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2008 :  06:03:35 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy, I too like airport shops. In fact I realized a long time ago that I like jobs that are inside somewhere really big - so I like malls, airports, hosptials. universities, etc. Anywhere where you can sit and watch people.

I think it comes from growing up in Florida and spending a lot time just sitting and watching the tourists. I use to sit at this pastry shop at Busch Gardens and sketch people. Or my friends and I would go to the beach and laugh at people who were swimming when it was only 65'F outside!!

I've noticed in MN that people that live here don't care about people watching. My husband has told me that he has no interest in others.

But back to Jenny Craig, yes I too don't agree with the buying the foods and all that, but other then after my kids were born I've never paid any attention to losing weight so I suppose I shouldn't have an opinion on it. I was just amazed that they told me at 5'2 and at 128 lbs they told me I needed to lose at least 17 lbs. That didn't seem right to me and I even asked my doctor about it, who said that 125 was about the perfect weight -so who knows where Jenny C gets their info.

In any case it was something different and I'll try almost any shop once.
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PamInCa
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CA
USA
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  07:30:59 AM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RissiLynn

I wont be doing restaurant shops anymore. They just arent worth it to me.



You have to find the right ones. I did a few awhile back that gave a free meal, a gift card for the next visit and had minimal questions about the gift card, not the service or food. Some are very simple, some are well...Forget about it in my opinion. I don't want to work hard for fast food, that is for sure.

PamInCa
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Catherine51
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Tucson, AZ
USA
36 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2008 :  3:21:41 PM  Send Catherine51 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
In the ten-foot pole club ... timeshare shops! I did one of those 5 years ago; it was a bonus shop and I got $85. It was almost worth it. The shop took 2 1/2 hours to do and an hour to write up. Then a couple months ago I saw that they were down to $50 (!) and supposedly there was a "front desk shop" where you were supposed to put down that your income was UNDER the required amount ... and the idea was that the front desk people were supposed to NOT let you go into the presentation ... well I ended up going in anyway and the presentation and sales pitch (the salespeople were practically in tears begging me ... they almost gave me the timeshare!) took almost 3 hours. Took me an hour to write up, and it took a month before I actually found out I was going to be paid $50 for that shop. Phew! But I would never do another one ... unless they offer $150, I might just think about it!

Cathy
Tucson, AZ
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Quinn
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Atlanta, GA
USA
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  3:32:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I guess the only upside, in your case, is you do get a free vacation.
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Catherine51
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Tucson, AZ
USA
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  3:35:25 PM  Send Catherine51 an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I gave away the vacation because I could not afford to get there (transportation not included). Also got a Disney weekend which I gave to a fellow shopper who has a young kid and who could not afford to go otherwise. (Wonder why I never thought of taking the vacations myself??)

Cathy
Tucson, AZ
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ValricoConnie
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FL
USA
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Posted - 08/27/2008 :  10:54:32 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Catherine51, I just came back from a timeshare shop and loved it. My ten foot pole shops would be cell shops.

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HelenBears
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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Posted - 08/28/2008 :  01:05:44 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Oh yes - I HATE cell phone shops - they pay so low and require a ton of observations! I only will do them if there is a bonus being paid.

I did a maternity shop quite a while ago, and had to pretend I was in the early stages of pregnancy, and I had to make a purchase. I actually stuffed my pants just a bit, to give myself a bit of a tummy. But I felt so awkward pretending to be pregnant (even though I do have a son, lol)... plus I felt that there were probably shoppers that might have needed this shop, that were really pregnant

Helen
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Rita Collins
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Michiana, MI
USA
518 Posts

Posted - 09/02/2008 :  12:54:12 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HelenBears

Oh yes - I HATE cell phone shops - they pay so low and require a ton of observations! I only will do them if there is a bonus being paid.

I did a maternity shop quite a while ago, and had to pretend I was in the early stages of pregnancy, and I had to make a purchase. I actually stuffed my pants just a bit, to give myself a bit of a tummy. But I felt so awkward pretending to be pregnant (even though I do have a son, lol)... plus I felt that there were probably shoppers that might have needed this shop, that were really pregnant

You don't have to go to that extreme to do a maternity shop. You can not "show" and still be 3 months (or less) pregnant.

Rita Collins
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