Sarah Foley

Six Reputable Mystery Shopping Companies To Check Out

Mystery shopping is a fun and easy way to make extra money. However, with so many mystery shopping companies out there, you’ll want to make sure that the ones you work with are trustworthy. There are so many mystery shopping companies out there, and in many cases, it can come down to which ones offer jobs in your area. These are a few of the most reputable companies on the market to consider trying.

MarketForce: This company has been around for decades and has built a strong reputation among mystery shoppers. Shoppers enjoy their jobs because they are often focused on places you would go anyway, like gas stations, fast food restaurants, and banks.

Pinnacle: This company focuses entirely on mystery shopping for financial institutions, like banks and credit unions. They have a reputation for paying well and on-time, with a reliably good selection of jobs. If you live in a dense area with plenty of banks nearby, this is a trustworthy company to work with.

IntelliShop: If you’re always looking for new and exciting shopping opportunities, IntelliShop is a great company to work with. They work with companies in over 50 different industries, which means there are always unique shopping experiences to try. The pay for IntelliShop isn’t as high as some of the other shops on this list, but they do have an extremely high volume of jobs to choose from.

A Closer Look: ACL is known for their fun shopping assignments. In addition to traditional retail shopping, they also offer assignments for restaurants and motels with full reimbursement, so it’s a great option if you like to treat yourself. They are also very reliable and are known for paying on time.

Sinclair: This is a consistently reliable mystery shopping company with jobs in a variety of different industries. Their jobs are very standard – expect retail stores as well as chain restaurants and banks. While their pay period is long, they are reliable with payment.

The Source: They stand out because they pay much more frequently than other mystery shopping companies, with payouts twice per month. They have a wide range of shops available, many of which are very easy to complete.

These are some of the most popular and reputable mystery shopping companies out there. Between them, they offer a diverse range of shopping opportunities, and you can get paid to visit places you would have already gone. To increase your chances of making money via mystery shopping, you should sign up for several different companies and check job boards frequently.

Your Comments:

  1. Mary Elizabeth Blaney says:

    My comments of comparing the types of
    Mystery shops. That is so nice to compare
    Market Force Been around decades gas food restaurants Pinnacle is trustworthy uses banks and credit unions lots of banks like I have, so thought a good one. A Closer Look. works with restaurants and motels Fun retail reimbursement treat yourself! Sinclair reliable job variety chain restaurants chain retail and restaurants pay long apart but reliable Intellishop 50 industries volume of jobs, but not pay as well Source pay frequently 2x month and there shops are very easy to complete

  2. Sharon says:

    I am looking for any information about ; INTERLINK’
    If anyone knows something please clue me in

    • Kathy Raper says:

      I received an email from interlink. I am to go to Walmart and evaluate the service there.This smells bad;has scam written all over it.For one thing the money is too good.Total scam.

  3. David Hoppe says:

    The Source or whatever their name is this week is exceptional in Low balling their shoppers.I had shops assigned to me only to be told I was now a back up,because someone offered a lower shop price.
    They we’re the bottom of the barrel of MSCs in my opinion for other reasons also
    I have severed all connections with them, with no regrets

  4. Troy says:

    Sinclair was excessively overcrowding me with banks in the area. They asked me to do the same bank 3x in a month using different last names. After the first one I said no to the other two. I have severed my connections with Sinclair since then. They mainly focus on banks and financial institutions.

  5. Bella says:

    Intouch Insight is a really good company to work with! They offer a variety of opportunities from gas stations, c-stores, fitness centres, retail and age compliance. They have been increasing their volume too over the last year. The best part is that they pay every 2 weeks!

  6. Celeste says:

    I’ve been shopping for 3 months now. My impression with most of these shops is that they are shady.
    They lower the pay rates, and give you challenges so that they don’t have to pay you. (none on this list)
    The very last shop I did for a MSC, had me to do the shop and then cancel on me so that I did not get the opportunity to turn in the report. Most don’t value you.
    They want reliable people…but they don’t want to pay for them. I’m moving onto other business now.

    • Paula Atterberry says:

      I agree with Celeste that some companies don’t want to pay, after a mystery shopper has put in her time and effort. However, all companies are not like this! I am signed up with over 40 companies and this is only happened to me about four times. In my situation, one company was very vague and contradictory in their instructions and this send up a red flag for me but I accepted the assignment anyway because I’m a person of my word! Then after I filled out the report and submitted it one of the staff members had the nerve to tell me that I didn’t follow the instructions thoroughly so that I was not going to be paid for that particular assignment. I wasn’t happy to say the least but but all I did was complain to them and deactivate deactivate my account so that I would never be cheated again this way. I do like mystery shopping because I find it interesting and convenient around my other obligations duties but most of all because it’s supplements my income!

    • Paula Atterberry says:

      I agree with Celeste that some companies don’t want to pay, after a mystery shopper has put in her time and effort. However, all companies are not like this! I am signed up with over 40 companies and this is only happened to me about four times. In my situation, one company was very vague and contradictory in their instructions and this send a red flag for me but I accepted the assignment anyway because I’m a person of my word! Then after I filled out the report and submitted it one of the staff members had the nerve to tell me that I didn’t follow the instructions thoroughly so that I was not going to be paid for that particular assignment. I wasn’t happy to say the least , but but all I did was complain to them and deactivated my account so that I would never be cheated again this way. I do like mystery shopping because I find it interesting and convenient around my other obligations duties but most of all because it’s supplements my income!

  7. Lbjazz says:

    Try Customer Service Experts. They have alot of airport shops, plus a variety of other shops. The company is managed well and they have real people that you can talk to about your shops.

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