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Secret Shopping Question

submitted on February 7, 2014 by lootango in "Member's Lounge"
My husband and I were watching the news last night and saw a segment presented on a new the way to "spy shop", so to speak and earn extra bucks, while helping retailers and some well-known brands. I'm not sure if this is really a new concept, but thought it'd be interesting to get some input from some amazing shoppers I know who also like to earn spare cash (look in the mirror now) and get your take on it.

One example of these companies is called Gigwalk who help provide name brands with information on their in-store presentation across the country to "Uncover common compliance issues like out-of-stocks, low inventory, missing shelf tags, and more. Gigwalk helps reclaim lost sales through detection, programmatic analysis, and fix notices that result in measurable ROI."
1. Have you ever participated in an "app-based" secret shopping program?
2. Would you recommend it, or try it if you've never done it before?
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  • 190422
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    Posted by lootango on February 7, 2014
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    One guy claimed (featured in the newscast) to have made $12K in 8 months as his side hobby. Not bad. Eeek
  • 190432
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    Posted by djhciskoski on February 7, 2014
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    Sounds like fun!
  • 190441
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    Posted by roxytang on February 7, 2014
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    I'll bet the Gigwalk site gets a bunch of traffic after this report.
  • 190444
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    Posted by bkchavez on February 7, 2014
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    I have never used an "app-based" program. However, I have been a secret shopper for several years, mostly with Service Intelligence. The pay depends on the job and amount of work -- on average about $15 per job. The best part is getting reimbursed for your purchase, too. No, you can't go crazy. They usually give you a limit or specific purchase requirement. I've definitely had my fair share of free meals, desserts and snacks in the last several years. Be warned though, each job requires lots of paperwork, detailed information and, sometimes, even pictures.
    • lootango
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      Posted by lootango on February 8, 2014
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      Thanks for the insight... these ones seem like a lot of pictures would be involved but you can do it while on your normal routine (at the grocery store, clothes shopping, etc). I'm thinking about doing it and will let you all know how it goes if I go through with it. Smile

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