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Making Money with Mystery Shopping

A mystery shopper is a secret shopper who rates things such as customer service or the quality of a product. The identity of a mystery shopper is typically not known to the establishment/employees being evaluated. Businesses can include retailers, restaurants, hotels, banks and more.

A secret shopper might go to a store and make a normal purchase. They evaluate things like the ease of finding an item, the quality of services rendered, and how long the checkout time takes. Another assignment might involve evaluating a restaurant: The décor, friendliness of the wait staff, and the quality of the meal.

By providing feedback, mystery shoppers help business assess and improve the quality and effectiveness of their products and services. The business makes positive changes and the mystery shopper is paid for their time and effort. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.


According to the BestMark site, “BestMark provides mystery shopper jobs in order to help us represent some of the world's finest corporations, including Fortune and Global 500 companies. Our clients are restaurants, retail stores, casinos, financial institutions, hotels, resorts and more.” BestMark seeks responsible people who are committed to getting the job done. If you’re interested in working for them, you can see more details here: How to become a mystery shopper for BestMark.

CallCenterQA hires mystery shoppers to help organizations improve the quality of their call centers. The mystery shopper is paid on a per call basis, which also includes filling out a brief feedback form. You can find more information and apply here: CallCenterQA Employment.

Mystery shopping positions are also posted on various work at home forums and other work at home sites. Beware of any opportunities that try and charge you an upfront fee or ask you to use your bank account to process transactions. Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are always free and will never ask you to send them money.

While CashCrate does not have a mystery shopping program, we do have members who mystery shop and supplement their incomes doing surveys. Both fit well together because both are very flexible. You make money when you want to.


  • June 01, 2016 5:31pm
    nice comments and its informative
  • June 01, 2016 3:47pm
    anyone ever done this?
  • May 26, 2016 12:55am
    I have been with bestmart for years. They only offer me the auto ones and I never do them as they are too far. So I have never done a mission for them to mystery shop
  • May 25, 2016 7:41am
    Bestmark is America and Canada only :((((((
    Such limited opportunities in Australia!
    Also the second link mentioned only accepts people who reside in the u.s and must be 18 :(
  • May 23, 2016 2:08pm
    is very useful
  • May 23, 2016 4:15am
    it is helpful for store owners
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  • May 20, 2016 10:15am
    Thank you for the update, I hope it is back up soon, and better than ever!
  • May 19, 2016 2:34pm
    thank you for the information. I was leary on mystery shopping because a lot of the ones I saw charged you. plus they only paid by paypal. my husband and I don't trust paypal.we prefer an old fashioned check. do you think cash crate will start a mystery shopping program? more would join in from here your a reputable place.

    From CashCrate: We have no plans to start our own Mystery Shopping program. Thanks for asking.
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  • May 19, 2016 9:17am
    Bring back Top Surveys!

    From CashCrate: The company which ran the surveys we listed in that section has been acquired by a larger company and that survey service has been shut down. Sometime soon we should start getting surveys from the company which bought them, and should have even more and better surveys available to us at that point.
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  • May 18, 2016 3:10am
    Good useful information