Product Name: Elite Mystery Shopper
What is it?
A site that charges users a fee simply to access a list of companies that claim to be hiring mystery shoppers.
Elite Mystery Shopper is a challenging to navigate site filled with scammy offers and misleading claims. The site doesn’t even actually offer jobs in the field and is just a waste of money.
Before You Buy
Simply – don’t bother. If you are really keen on getting involved in mystery shopping, there are other ways of finding out companies that hire. Trusting a site that is as manipulative as Elite Mystery Shopper is not a good idea.
What I Liked
I can’t think of a single thing that I liked.
What I Didn’t Like
Just about everyone wants to make a little extra money and mystery shopping honestly sounds like a really good idea. If you could actually earn decent money by shopping, it would be a fantastic opportunity.
However, most of the companies in this field are nothing more than scamsters.
One sign that this particular company isn’t as good as it seems is that some of the links don’t all work. For example, during the sign up process, I got this option:
I was immediately taken to a new page, but when I clicked to access the offer I got a 404 error.
Another indication is the offers they have during the sign up process. The offers are optional, but their quality is a pretty good indication of how reliable the site is. For example, the one below is clearly trying to manipulate people, which is a poor reflection on the Elite Mystery Shopper site.
Sometimes it wasn’t even clear when what was presented was an offer and what was part of the sign up process itself. This made the sign up process frustrating and made it pretty clear that the company’s first priority isn't its users.
There was also a large number of different offers including some that made it very difficult to find the skip button. The entire process was time-consuming and frustrating, which isn’t a good start.
The video embedded on the sidebar is another form of manipulation. Yes, it is a clip talking about mystery shopping – but it is talking about the concept as a whole, not the Elite Mystery Shopper site.
In fact, despite the way the site is design, it isn’t actually offering employment as a mystery shopper at all. Instead, the site is basically charging for a list of the mystery shopping businesses out there.
There isn’t even a guarantee that you will actually get work.
Mystery Shopping for Income
For some people, mystery shopping is a good way to earn money, but for most people it isn’t. To start off with, there are many more people wanting to be mystery shoppers than there are companies hiring, so getting into that type of position can be actually pretty difficult.
Additionally, being a mystery shopper involves a lot of running around and time, for relatively little reward. Compensation is often less than minimum wage, such as $5 for a shop or simply compensation for buying a service. The process can also take hours, as you have to get to and from the store, actually do the task and then fill out an evaluation.
As a mystery shopper, you also end up spending money out of pocket and get reimbursed later. This means you have to watch out for companies looking for ways not to pay you, such as having the wrong date on your receipt or filling out a form incorrectly.
If you are really interested in mystery shopping, I would suggest steering clear of sites like Elite Mystery Shopper and looking for legitimate sites and companies.
At the end of the day though, mystery shopping is not an effective way of making money and most people who do it do so because they enjoy it or because it works in well with their normal shopping.