Arguably, the most important part of mystery shopping is the final step: getting paid. Some companies take months to pay their shoppers. Some have reputations for occasionally paying the wrong amount, or requiring extra work from shoppers to get paid.
Standing in sharp contrast, is Ipsos, who recently announced they will be paying mystery shoppers every single week.
Shoppers are reporting that this promise is turning into a reality.
Opanel, a Mystery Shop Forum Member, writes:
Isn’t it “interesting” that this company can move apparently seamlessly into a weekly payment schedule, whereas other companies have issues with a payment schedule of much longer duration?
Many mystery shopping companies don’t pay shoppers until the company is paid by the client. Sometimes, when the company doesn’t get paid by the client, the shopper doesn’t get paid. This move by Ipsos addresses that issue head on: Shoppers aren’t taking the risk of not getting paid if the MSC doesn’t get paid.
The downside to all of this, if there is one, is that this move is likely to encourage more people to actively mystery shop for Ipsos, which could result in lower pay from them. Time will tell how true that is.
If you’re looking for fast pay, from an established mystery shopping company, then sign up to be a shopper for Ipsos.