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American Mystery Shopping: Become a Mystery Shopper

As a mystery shopper, your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurants and services in your area. This is your chance to get paid to shop & dine out. You can make money, have fun and help improve customer service. The importance of customer service has turned mystery shopping into a $1.6 billion a year industry.

What is a Mystery Shopper?

A mystery shopper (also called a secret shopper) is someone who gets paid to visit a store or restaurant and secretly evaluate things like customer service, store cleanliness and product quality. After the visit, the secret shopper fills out a brief questionnaire (shopper report) describing their shopping experience and gets paid for their time and opinions. The business owner then uses the information the mystery shopper has given them to make any necessary improvements in their store or service.

Get Paid to Shop

Mystery shopper jobs pay well and quite often, the secret shopper is treated to free merchandise and free meals as part of the job. A secret shopping career can be very exciting, and for those who love to shop and dine out - it's the perfect job that offers fun assignments and flexible schedules.

History of Mystery Shopping

Mystery shoppers were first employed in the 1940s as a mechanism to measure employee integrity. Tools used for secret shopping assessments are generally simple questionnaires. Most secret shopper companies administer through the Internet, allowing potential mystery shoppers to register for participation and find mystery shopping jobs online.

The most common venues for a mystery shop are retail stores, movie theatres, restaurants, fast food chains, banks, gas stations, car dealerships, health clubs, and more. Virtually any context where there is a customer/business interaction is open to mystery shopping.

Retail evaluations in popular chain stores like Macy's account for roughly 35% of all mystery shopping revenue.

Methods of a Secret Shopper

Secret shoppers are often given assignments to simply test the service skills of the employees. Some of the common things secret shoppers will be looking for include:

- how long it takes before the secret shopper is greeted
- how was the secret shopper treated during their visit at the location
- cleanliness of location and employees
- quality and taste of meal served
- selection of products/food and prices
- speed and efficiency of service

After the visit, the secret shopper will then submit their opinions about their shopping experience. That information is then reviewed and analyzed by the business to find areas in their service that need improvement.

Approximately 32% of all mystery shopping assignments are for dining establishments. Famous for its delicious food,
friendly service, great atmosphere and cleanliness, the Cheesecake Factory is always a favorite with mystery shoppers.

Finding Real Mystery Shopper Jobs

Whether you are looking to become a mystery shopper or secret shopper for the first time, or looking for mystery shopping companies to work for, Mystery Shopping Providers can help.

We can connect you with 184 mystery shopping companies that hire new shoppers for assignments every day. Mystery Shopping Providers also offers online training for new mystery shoppers, personal consultation and an online newsletter for our new shoppers. No experience is required to take part in mystery shops. And because hundreds of new mystery shopper jobs are available every day, our members are guaranteed work.

Become a Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shoppers America is in business for one reason: to connect you with mystery shopper jobs. You are our first priority and we are committed to your success. If you want to be a mystery shopper, you need the service of the best available of all mystery shopping companies. MSP is the industry leader.

In business since 2002, MSP is reputable and well established. We are the largest mystery shopping service of our kind and we’re the best at what we do. Our experienced staff knows the mystery shopping industry inside-out.

Join us today & Get Paid to Shop!

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Mystery Shoppers are Always in Demand

Boston, MA
Boston has everything a paid shopper could ask for from first-class designer name retailers to internationally famous franchises to local shops and boutiques. Every neighborhood in town...
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Chicago, IL
Chicago is a mystery shopper’s dream come true with world-class department stores, every kind of boutique from upscale to funky, fabulous discount shopping and specialty...
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Dallas, TX
To start with, the shopping centers in the Dallas area are simply spectacular. One-stop mystery shopping couldn’t be any more fun or convenient with exceptional locations like North...
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Denver, CO
Mystery shoppers in Denver can have an absolute field day in spectacular shopping malls like Park Meadows Mall, Cherry Creek Shopping Center and 16th Street Mall that all afford...
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Indianapolis, IN
In addition to the well trodden malls and centers, Indianapolis is home to a great number of fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment districts and neighborhoods.
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Los Angeles, CA
Mystery shopping is booming in the Los Angeles area and the mystery shopper industry in L.A. is as large as the city itself. Simply put, Los Angeles is a mystery...
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Louisville, KY
The multitude of prominent and expansive shopping centers like Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Center, Jefferson Mall, Paddock Shops, Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Factory...
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Miami, FL
Local mystery shoppers aren’t limited to working inside the malls. Greater Miami teems with spectacular outdoor shopping centers like the gorgeous Bayside Marketplace which hosts over...
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New York City - NYC
In the city that never sleeps, mystery shopping is an industry that never sleeps. New York City boasts more mystery shopper jobs than anywhere else in the world.
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Oklahoma City, OK
There’s more opportunity for mystery shoppers in OKC than simply hitting a shopping mall. Fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment districts and neighborhoods like Brick...
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Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix area is an absolute goldmine for mystery shoppers. A large portion of paid shopping assignments will occur in either the massive indoor, climate controlled malls or the...
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Seattle, WA
With so many wonderful shopping and dining districts like the fabulous University Village offering countless great retailers and restaurants, Seattle area mystery shoppers aren’t...
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Mystery Shopping News

Why mystery shopping is still critical in the age of big data
There are a variety of ways restaurant operators can get a pulse on unit-level performance, but few provide the same unique, objective perspective of mystery shoppers. Read full article

Mystery Shopping for the Food Service Industry
A well-developed mystery shopping program remains one of the most effective and affordable methods of gathering operational data about a business. It doesn’t matter if you own one restaurant... Read full article

Mystery Shoppers Name Arbys the Best Quick-Serve Dining Experience
A recent mystery shopper campaign conducted by Service Intelligence, a Charlotte, NC-based data-collection company, revealed that Arby's was named one of the top quick-serve restaurants in the U.S. to provide an overall excellent guest experience and menu offering. Read full article

Using mystery shopping to increase profit in the hospitality industry
A customer’s point of view and perceived levels of service are critical to increasing profit in the Hospitality industry. How can your team ensure customer expectations are being met all while achieving brand standards? Read full article

Airline retail sector looks to mystery shoppers for evaluations
Airports have recently been looking into new approaches that will make them retail shopping destinations instead of just waiting rooms for stalled travelers. Read full article

Mystery Shopping in Movie Theaters
With so many of us downloading movies online and watching DVDs in our home
theater rooms or on big screens at home - movie theaters have to work even
harder to keep bringing in customers.
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