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by - July 25, 2011 - 14 Comments

Did you know that you can get paid to buy video games from stores like Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart? This one is pretty fun, but you’ll need a teenager in order to take advantage…

Here’s how it works: Electronic retailers are required to ask teenagers for their ID before selling R-rated movies and M-rated video games. In order to ensure that cashiers are enforcing this rule, retailers often hire undercover teenagers to pose as real customers. The undercover teenagers report back to management about whether they were ID’ed and are paid for each location that they audit. It’s a pretty easy way to make extra money and there are a surprising number of jobs available.

How to Find Audit Jobs

Electronic retailers rarely hire directly for video game auditors, but instead use professional auditing companies who recruit teenagers and assign the jobs. If you are interested in giving this a try or if you’re a parent eager to put your teenager to work, there are a couple of companies below that are hiring.

There is a short application that needs to be filled out and you are usually paid around $10 for each location that you audit. Keep in mind that it is the teenager that does the audit, but it is under the supervision of the parent. It is for that reason that the parent should be the one who fills out the application.


Second-To-None.com – This is a pretty large mystery shopping company and they often have a number of age verification shops for kids between 13-17 years old. Depending on what state you live in, not only do they hire for video game audits, but teenagers can sometimes get jobs auditing movie theaters by trying to get into an R-rated movie. Here is a link to the application.

BestMark.com – This company requires that you be between 15-17 years old to complete an age verification audit. Their website reports that they are operating in all 50 states. Here is a link to the application.

Good Luck Penny Hoarders!

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  • http://prairieecothrifter.com Miss T @ Prairie EcoThrifter

    Very interesting. Once again I am not sure if I have access to this in Canada. I will have to check. Such a cool job for a teen though since they are addicted to gaming these days anyways.

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    I’m always amazed at the different types of ways people can make money :)

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  • http://www.totallymoney.com/blogs/ Henry @ TotallyMoney

    Do you get to keep the games though?

    There must be lots of other mystery shopping jobs for people that can’t pass as a teenager.

    • The Penny Hoarder

      Hi Henry,

      It depends on the company. Some of the companies will reimburse you and let you keep the game, while others ask that you return the game. Yeah – there are tons of mystery shopping/audit jobs available. If you search for mystery shopping on our site, you should find a bunch of articles on the subject.

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    Mystery shopping at its best. this sounds like fun especially for the teenagers who will be working as one.

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    Penny Hoarder, where do you find all of these great money making ideas? So creative – I love it!

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com Robert @ The College Investor

    I wish I had known this when I was 17. It would have been a cool way to earn some money!

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    I like how are you thinking…and I must confess I’m totally addicted to your articles!

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    Hilarious! Good job for summer students!

  • Guest

    You’ve got great insights about Mystery Shopping, keep up the good work!

  • Jake

    If these companies are looking for 13-17 year olds why am i required to be 18 to fill out the application?

  • Joanna Kristmann

    The ages you gave us in the article are wrong… You have to be at least 18 for one of the sites and at least 21 for the other..

    • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com Kyle Taylor

      Hi Joanna-

      Like I mentioned in the article – a parent needs to fill out the application. They will also have to be present during the shop….

      Hope that helps!


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