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LisaOV
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MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2009 :  09:38:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Patty in NY

Okay, now you have brought me to tears. At first I thought I was reading a script from that commerical where they call a number and have to give info on a co-worker to see what level of laughing they can do.(can't for the life of me remember the name of it) Ahhhhhh, those semi-senior moments.

I know what you mean though. I had one, wait in line (no line to write about), ask an open ended question (I always get the people that don't like to talk), leave. Narrative - 4 to 6 paragraphs. Duhhhhhhh. Must have complete description or no pay - Height (taller than me, but that's not saying much, everyone is taller than me)Hair color/Length (It's freezing out, he has a wool cap on and it is nighttime. I can't tell if his hair is black or his wool cap is black. He could be bald for all I know. Should I pay some kid to run past and pull his cap off.

Sometimes it is very hard to get the information they are looking for when the shop itself is so short.

Fortunately I have a great time doing these shops, so what's an extra paragraph or three, or four - it's all in a days work.
Patty, I too love my work, but sometimes...........well, after 20 years of doing anything I suppose we all get a little jaded.
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Patty in NY
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Rockaway, NY
USA
23 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2009 :  8:16:18 PM  Visit Patty in NY's Homepage  Send Patty in NY an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I enjoy the counting jobs. It is usually great money and the time flys (as long as it is a busy shop). I haven't seen any around here for the DD count. Probably not looking in the right company.
My local DD probably thinks I sit outside their place anyway. I just walk in the door and my ice coffee is waiting for me when I get to the counter. Actually there are two DD's that know what I want before I get to the counter. lol

Patty
Office Manager by day and a Mystery by night (and weekends).
MSPA Silver Certified
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CaudellDe
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Springville, IN
USA
97 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  03:26:39 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Okay. First of all let me say that I have had nothing but positive experiences from this company and wish that there were more than just the FF reveal in my area. Who knows, maybe there are and I'm just not allowed to see them. Anyway, I took the one where the order taker has to say the right thing and then the entire working staff gets gift cards that are worth almost twice as much as the shopper pay. I decided to break it down and here goes:

Printed instructions and guidelines printed out-6 pages
Time spent waiting on Fed Ex delivery of prizes since it had to be signed for-1/2 day
Time spent writing down numbers from all ten prizes and rereading instructions-1 hour
Time spent driving to shop and back in temperature of -7 degrees, wind chill -22, 45 minutes.
Time spent at actual shop performing shop and waiting on manager signatures etc. 1/2 hour
Time spent filling out shop report-1/2 hour
Time spent packaging unused prizes to send back with correct numbers, postage etc.-1/2 hour
Time spent looking for Fed Ex box, which I discovered was a least 35 miles away-1/2 hour
Time spent calling Fed Ex to have shipment picked up-15 minutes

I think the thing that really gets me about this entire shop is the fact that since it was successful, the employees who just happened to be working at the time and had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the success of the shop were already making their employee wages, and received a $10.00 gift card on top of that. I, on the other hand, received $6.00 for the time and work listed above. Just doesn't seem quite right


Time spent sweating out whether my unused prizes reach their destination so far-3 days.

Deborah
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Beth in TheWineCountry
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CA
USA
161 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  07:19:01 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
CaudelleDe, I appreciate all of the time you put into your last post. I won't be taking any of the FF reward jobs as a result!

Beth

Gold Certified shopper happily evaluating
the North SF bay area
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  07:32:03 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Last time I did that shop--or one similar--was about 3 years ago and likely with a different company. I did many reveal shops for them at about 5 different businesses, each for $20-25. This certainly shows how pay is decreasing.

Jnanne
Silver certified
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Heather Burnette2
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Spring Hope, NC
USA
340 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  08:11:29 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
yep! I took one and that's about how it went. The only exception is that it was 10 degrees when I went to the restaurant.
I got an email from them saying my payment would be proccessed ONCE they received the left over gift cards.

What difference does it make if they get them back or not?? they have to be activated by the manager. ?? supposedly. but I saw no instructions to the manager about this.

Burnette
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Joyce in Maine
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Maine
USA
123 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  11:49:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Deborah,

I agree with you 100% - I will never do one of these shops again. Of course - I have messed up the last shop. I signed up for 3 shops in a town 15 miles away from me - assuming I would do all the shops the same day. For some reason - they sent one of the cards out in a different package -- did the first shops and missed the Fedex guy for two days on the last package - the package showed up Friday -- I had 12 shops to do on Saturday - did the fast food last --realized last night I went to the wrong location -- and I handed out 7 gift cards -- I have sent a note to the scheduler-- ....


Also I don't know if you noticed -- we are only getting reimbursed for $6 and my food was $6.75

Joyce

Joyce
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CaudellDe
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Springville, IN
USA
97 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  12:07:50 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Joyce,
In my area here in the good old Midwest the $6.00 reimbursement covered it. However,one time when I performed another FF shop with a different client for this company they reimbursed me for the full amount,even though it was more than they said they would. So we can only hope right? Which leads me to my question posed earlier, does this company have anything besides FF shops and if so, how many more of these 10 foot pole FF shops do I have to do to be able to get them? Or, is there something else I don't know? Thanks for any info you could provide.

Deborah
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Joyce in Maine
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Maine
USA
123 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  1:17:22 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Deborah - I have been mystery shopping for almost a year. I did one other shop for this company. It was going to a jewelry store - and there was a reward with it --bu they did not pass - and I had to send the reward back. I think that one paid $17 or $18 - and required quite a bit of dialogue - but it was a decent shop.

Joyce

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Corlana M
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North Country, NY
USA
18 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  2:42:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I've had pretty good luck with this company in the past so I took one of the reveal shops and am waiting for the package to arrive. I could have taken several in this area, but decided to wait to see how it all goes. This is the lowest paying shop I have ever done for this company. All the others were bonused, and I was called by a scheduler. I do not have any certification. However, when I first started shopping, I lived in a very rural area where shoppers were (and still are) few and far between.

Corky in North Country NY
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SJeanine
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IL
USA
62 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2009 :  4:55:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have been working for BRG for about 8 mths and the casino shops take about 2 hrs to do, plus 2 hrs to do the reports and the guidelines are very strict with rules constantly changing. Beware, after all your work if you do not adhere to the strict rules (which change from week to week practically) regarding the shop and report, you will not get paid! I finally quit after I drove an hour to a casino and another hour back in below zero weather and then I was not paid for the six hours basically I spent that day on gas and my time there, back, report and shop! Beware of this company.

Jeanine

SJeanine
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Rita Collins
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Michiana, MI
USA
518 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2009 :  7:23:17 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SJeanine

I have been working for BRG for about 8 mths and the casino shops take about 2 hrs to do, plus 2 hrs to do the reports and the guidelines are very strict with rules constantly changing. Beware, after all your work if you do not adhere to the strict rules (which change from week to week practically) regarding the shop and report, you will not get paid! I finally quit after I drove an hour to a casino and another hour back in below zero weather and then I was not paid for the six hours basically I spent that day on gas and my time there, back, report and shop! Beware of this company.

Jeanine

Beware of what? If you did not follow the strict rules, you will not get paid. If you follow the strict rules, you will get paid. That's practically the same for most other MS companies.

Rita Collins
Shopping Michiana
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Jeff
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Fort Worth, Texas
USA
26 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2009 :  10:31:00 PM  Visit Jeff's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Any shop offered by Freeman. I am still waiting on payment and reimbursement for work done in August. Some shoppers have been waiting longer than that.

Jeff
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Vita
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Los Angeles, CA
USA
47 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  07:44:07 AM  Send Vita an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I agree with you on the burger place. Never again. It was near my house but still took me a half hour just to complete the shop no including getting the package and reading the instructions. Nearly two hours of work for 6 dollars and a greasy burger not worth it.

Vita
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PamInCa
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CA
USA
6556 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  09:29:15 AM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SJeanine

I have been working for BRG for about 8 mths and the casino shops take about 2 hrs to do, plus 2 hrs to do the reports and the guidelines are very strict with rules constantly changing. Beware, after all your work if you do not adhere to the strict rules (which change from week to week practically) regarding the shop and report, you will not get paid! I finally quit after I drove an hour to a casino and another hour back in below zero weather and then I was not paid for the six hours basically I spent that day on gas and my time there, back, report and shop! Beware of this company.
Jeanine



Who is BRG?

PamInCa
Author of: "The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping"
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LisaOV
Star Contributor

MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  10:32:51 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Is that Business Research Group? I believe, but am not sure that it is owned by Wayne Mobley - am I right anyone? If so Wayne is a wonderful guy, very nice to work for. But I'm not sure its the same company or not.
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Irene_L.A.
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Valencia, California
USA
922 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  3:15:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
IKEA....show me the way to go home!!!!

Irene Eichel
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PamInCa
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CA
USA
6556 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  6:19:42 PM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
No, it is not. Can you imagine how many other jobs you could have completed? Even if you did the 4.00 ones at least you would have been making something.

PamInCa
Author of: "The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping"
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LoriB23
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Louisiana
USA
110 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  6:26:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I did a Casino shop once and was not paid for it either. It wasn't with BRG though. I would not touch the OTB either. I did one of those and was not paid for it. I was told on both jobs "Now that you know what it is about, you can apply for another one and get paid for it." As if the first one was a training at my expense.

Lori
MSPA Gold Certified
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Kim Michelle
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MA
USA
24 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2009 :  07:58:55 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I don't mind the furniture store shop (I just did another one for them yesterday) nearly as much as the grocery competitive pricing shops. They both take about two hours in the store. With the furniture store I enjoy walking around the store looking at interesting merchandise and interacting with people. I pay about $5 for a delicious meal. The report for the furniture is tedious I will admit but when I am done it is over all that is left to do is wait for $55 to arrive in my paypal account. With the grocery shop I am doing a very mundane task. This report is also quite tedious. Then I must endure the seemingly endless emails: "are you sure that was the price of the 2oz size." And for my efforts I get $7 shopper pay and $7 in groceries. I like the MSing company that does them and do other work for them, but I have told them I won't do the grocery pricing shops unless they raise their pay substantially.

Kim Michelle
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