Mystery Shopper Jobs

Mystery Shopping can be a fun way to earn some extra money while not having to go out of your way. The idea behind Mystery Shopping is pretty simple. Retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses want to know how they’re employees are performing when management isn’t looking over their shoulders.

They send in mystery shoppers to assess how their store handles customer inquiries, sales techniques, or whatever else the owners think may need improvement. As a mystery shopper you are given a specific assignment for what to buy, what questions to ask, and instructions on how to complete a detailed report.

When you are asked to purchase things in most cases you will be reimbursed after you submit your report. The pay varies based on the job, which is why a lot of people sign up with several mystery shopping services at the same time.

There is one very important thing that you need to be aware of if you’re going to seriously pursue mystery shopping. Many scam artists have started masquerading as legitimate mystery shopping companies.

So here are some tips for staying safe with mystery shopping…

    1. Never pay money to become a mystery shopper, or for that matter any kind of certification programs.


    1. Keep a list of all the real companies that you’ve registered with and know what their email addresses look like. Scammers will send out emails pretending to be real companies, but these are easy to spot since they use free or foreign email addresses.


  1. Most importantly if you get an email asking you to cash a check or do a Western Union “mystery shop” immediately discard it. Real mystery shopping companies will never ask you to do anything involving sending money, cashing huge checks, or anything financially sensitive.

With that being said if you are careful about what you’re doing and only stick to the real companies provided in this list or other trusted online sources then you should have no problems with mystery shopping.

Below you will find a list of Legitimate Mystery Shopping Job Companies (Updated 2018):

Mystery Shopping Jobs (A-B)


Mystery Shopping Jobs (C-L)

>> Keep Reading: Mystery Shopper Jobs Part 2.

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  • I am applying to Ardent Services, and they require your Social Insurance number (Canadian version of Social Security number) before you can submit the application online. I tried not providing it, but they don't allow that option. Is it safe to provide this information? Has anyone had any negative experiences related to their SIN or SSN?
  • I did not recognize any of the companies listed. Do retail anchor stores like Belk's, Macy's, etc. have mystery shoppers?
    • The stores/businesses that want employee evaluations do not hire you directly. They use a company on the above list, which in turn hires you.

      You need to sign up with as many companies as possible, just make sure they do not specialize in an industry you do not like. The mystery shop companies post available jobs and you can apply for these jobs.

      I was a Mystery Shopper for 7 years and shopped for about half of the companies listed above. After 7 years I ended up in a wheelchair. Not conducive to blending in!!! That is the only reason I stopped, I really loved doing these jobs and made pretty good money. It takes a couple of years, as a rule, before you will be assigned to higher paying jobs.

      One of my favorite companies on the list was EPMS. You shop only apartments (maybe they do new housing construction now as well). One thing, for this company you need to be able to write well and be extremely observant.

      If you decide to be a Mystery Shopper, have fun with it, I did.
  • Seems like there could be a lot of fraud you would have to decide thru , but they did a good job of trying to make you aware of tnis
  • Listen Everyone.

    This is a hobby. Its a couple free pizzas a month and occasionally a $150 focus group that you drive to Pittsburgh (my area) for. But can I live off this alone? NOOOOO not unless i have another Real Job which I do. Its fun and a hobby but dont hope to feed your family! I am making extra fun Money and I enjoy telling my opinions so I will be checking out many of these. Also check in your local big city for a actual market research company. I did and made $150 to talk for 2 hrs about mashed potatoes! We got gift cards but it was gas money for the month!
    • Hi you have any advice on where I would go to find a Market Research company in our biggger city near by? I would so do this for a little extra.
  • I would like to know do you get w-2s from all these companies that you shopped for? and if so do you pay social security and federal income tax on your earnings, it seems like it would be quite a hassle to deal with 15 or more w-2s, on top of your regular job

    thanks for any info william W.
  • I've done Confero pretty good, kind of slow paying, but I just do the Ingles shop. Been with them since past Christmas and helps pay water bill some shopping money. Would recommend.
  • I'm intrigued.
  • Hello, I haven't actually tried mystery shopping, but would love to give it a try. I think I'm not in the right place to look for work. This appears to b for people already shopping. Help please.
  • I wondered if anyone knew of any company's out of Canada?
  • Just found this site and found the info helpful. I am just starting the process of mystery shopping. Would like some more recent posts of good companies to work for. I live in seattle
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