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Jonathan B.
Star Contributor

Smyrna, Tennessee
USA
469 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  8:11:12 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
They showed back up for me today, so I guess they were just updating something.

Jonathan B.
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TinaMarie
Star Contributor

USA
1811 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  9:45:25 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
They showed up this evening.

~*~TinaMarie~*~
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ChrisThomas
Valued Contributor

USA
119 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2012 :  5:17:59 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am scratching my head trying to figure out why a FF shop that is 2 miles from my home shows on the job board when running my zip with a 60 mile radius, but does not show on the same zip with 59 miles radius. MF has some strange ways of doing business don't they?

They really think they are smart but this makes them look really inept at business logic in general. I know this post will not change anything, just find it funny how silly they look on so many fronts. My 12 year old could figure out a better business plan.

They do not look at or respond to these posts anyway.
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BigMikeyP
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Chicago, IL
USA
336 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2012 :  7:08:14 PM  Visit BigMikeyP's Homepage  Send BigMikeyP an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ChrisThomas

I am scratching my head trying to figure out why a FF shop that is 2 miles from my home shows on the job board when running my zip with a 60 mile radius, but does not show on the same zip with 59 miles radius. MF has some strange ways of doing business don't they?




That always frustrates me that on certain zip codes I'll get a ton of shops yet on others I get hardly any...whats even crazier is when I try and do a sort (by type of shop or dates) is that I'll get less shops come up after the sort....

They really need to fix that search engine...

Silver-certified Mystery Shopper covering the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas.
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Dar-L
Star Contributor

USA
1031 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2012 :  7:23:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My son, a successful web developer and IT specialist, just cackled when I asked him about this occurrence. He suggested that it was intentional, to force those performing the search to look beyond the specific range they are looking for, in order to even see their home town jobs. MSC's have jobs to place in remote locations also, and if each shopper just searched their home territory, the remote jobs would be viewed less and harder to place.

Another company forces me to search 100 miles to see my home town jobs.
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TinaMarie
Star Contributor

USA
1811 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2012 :  8:37:39 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This zip code search is annoying for those of us who live in larger cities with 35 different zipcodes within 20 miles of my house.

~*~TinaMarie~*~
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MaryJay
Member

USA
45 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2012 :  7:31:58 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I use three zips, each within 20 miles of me, with a search radius of 149+ miles. Results are different, and head scratching. Talk about leg work!

MF, different schedulers, recently called me numerous times. They want to finish, so they can enjoy Easter. They are offering more-than-fair bonuses that are greater than what I would ask or expect.


Mary Jay
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ChrisThomas
Valued Contributor

USA
119 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2012 :  11:47:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Does anyone ever win these Amazon Cards Market Force is always talking about when they need a online survey completed?
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MsJudi
Star Contributor

New Jersey
USA
582 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2012 :  3:39:53 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes, I did get one one time...never used it though...not yet at least.

Judi
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PamInCa
Star Contributor

CA
USA
6556 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2012 :  11:06:31 PM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes, I have received them too.

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

FL
USA
1083 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  12:05:47 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Me, too...got it once.

>^..^< ::¤Connie¤::¤Gold Certified¤:: >^..^<
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AnnaZ
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Burlington, MA
USA
230 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  05:10:30 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I won the amazon cards 3 times, each for $5.
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CorrieS
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Briarwood, NY
USA
932 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  07:04:04 AM  Send CorrieS an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I've gotten the Amazon cards a few times. What I like is that you can just download/dump them right into your amazon account and they are waiting for you when you need them.

Corrie S.
MSPA Silver Certified
shopping NYC & Nassau County... and willing to travel...
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SandiA
Star Contributor

USA
495 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  09:06:15 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SandiA

Speaking of bonuses, what are the chances that I'll get the one I was offered when I agreed to a merchandising assignment? The scheduler did not send me a confirmation e-mail. How should I proceed with this?



UPDATE: I was able to get in touch with the scheduler who offered the bonus and she actually apologized for forgetting to send me an e-mail stating the bonus amount! She sent it promptly, I did the job, and now I'm just waiting to be paid!

SandiA
Celebrating 14 Years in the Biz!
MSPA Gold Certified since 2003
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BCheatam
Star Contributor

IN
USA
290 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  10:58:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
TinaMaria, I don't understand. Wouldn't a 100 mile search of your own zip code give you all the shops in any and all of the different codes within than 100 miles ? Or are you able to work outside of the 100 mile?

Silver Certified Mystery Shopper & Auditor in Central and Southern Indiana.
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Sandi G
Star Contributor

Tallahassee, FL
USA
918 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2012 :  05:15:56 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BCheatam

TinaMaria, I don't understand. Wouldn't a 100 mile search of your own zip code give you all the shops in any and all of the different codes within than 100 miles ? Or are you able to work outside of the 100 mile?


It should, yes, but it does not. If you search 100 miles from your zip code, and 100 miles from a neighboring zip code, you almost always get different results. There is some crossover, but some differences. If I search my zip, I get fewer results WITHIN MY CITY than I do if I search the zip five miles to the east. If I search the zip two miles south of me, I get even fewer results. Thus, the eastern zip is what I use when searching since it seems to provide the most complete results. That means, of course, the daily bulletin email is only partially useful since it defaults from my actual zip.

--Sandi
traditional & video shopping FL and GA
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ValricoConnie
Star Contributor

FL
USA
1083 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2012 :  7:15:38 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Sandi is right. I love Market Force , but they could make life easier for me if they change the search thang.

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KatDunn
Apprentice

Moline, IL
USA
3 Posts

Posted - 04/07/2012 :  11:22:09 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I'm wondering why when I look up available shops I get a listing - like recently a bunch of grocery stores and fast food, but when my boyfriend who is also a shopper for Market Force does a search and he's in the same town as me, he gets a listing of gas stations but doesn't get the stores I got. Shouldn't we both get the same inclusive list of all the shops?

Kat Dunn
MSPA Silver Certified
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SandiA
Star Contributor

USA
495 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2012 :  09:46:32 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KatDunn

I'm wondering why when I look up available shops I get a listing - like recently a bunch of grocery stores and fast food, but when my boyfriend who is also a shopper for Market Force does a search and he's in the same town as me, he gets a listing of gas stations but doesn't get the stores I got. Shouldn't we both get the same inclusive list of all the shops?



Maybe the gas stations are demographic specific or preferred? Just a guess.

SandiA
Celebrating 14 Years in the Biz!
MSPA Gold Certified since 2003
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AmyK
Star Contributor

Marin County, CA
USA
426 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2012 :  01:19:00 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
After working for MF for the past 5 years, I am now seriously thinking of dropping them. I no longer receive phone calls from the regular schedulers who were all wonderful. I now receive scheduling calls from India. The script these folks are required to slop thru is offensive at best. Instead of getting to the point, they read from a script that is a waste of time and tedious. For example, here is a sample of the call:

I answer the phone by stating: This is Amy.
Caller: Hi, I would like to speak with Amy [garble my last name).
Me: This is Amy.
Caller: Hi, how are you today?
Me: [I know immediately this is a sales call or MF]
Me: Can you please identify yourself and tell me why you're calling?
Caller: this is so & so from MF. how are you today?
Me: can you please tell me why you are calling?
Caller: I have a mystery shop available, would you be interested.

It is unprofessional IMO to ask how I am a) if you truly don't care and b) as part of a business call to someone whom you've never spoken with previously. It's insincere and bad way to start a call. Secondly, GET TO THE POINT! Tell me who you are and why are you calling. I don't need to know the zip code of the shop from a phone call. Just tell me the name of the city and the business and how much you're paying. I shouldn't have to reconfirm my email since that is asked on EVERY shop I enter. THese calls take a minimum 15 minutes. Time is money. I don't have the time to go thru this each and every time someone calls me from MF. No other mystery shopping company does this. The scheduler calls, states the purpose of the call, gets the assignment confirmed or not and hangs up. It's done in less than 5 minutes. What's worse is that the accents are so bad one can't understand them. I like the bonuses, but this is ridiculously bad business practice.

I needed to vent. I feel better now.

Amy
Gold in SF Bay Area
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