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Wednesday, July 17
Boca Raton and the Perks of Mystery Shopping
With the glamour comes a dose of reality: most lucrative shopping takes place in less desirable areas. Sunday night I drive to rural southern Georgia. I am spending next week rotating my tires throughout the State of Georgia. I will visit 10 dealerships.
For aspiring mystery shoppers, let me say: there are opportunities that pay real money for your work. One of the most common complaints I hear from my fellow shoppers is that the industry doesn't pay enough to make it worthwhile. With these dealership shops, my mileage and hotel stays are being reimbursed in addition to bonuses on the regular shop fees. I don't have to kill myself, either: each day I do 2-3 dealership shops, no more. I am free to find other work or none at all as long as those jobs get done.
The other perks I enjoy are pretty standard. I keep the loyalty points for my hotel stays. I also keep the rewards on my credit cards, including the 5% cash back rebate for gas via a couple of my credit cards this quarter.