Get Paid to Shop — Seriously. This Company is Looking for Mystery Shoppers

Mystery shopper
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If you read The Penny Hoarder regularly, you’ve probably heard of mystery shopping.

If you haven’t, here’s a synopsis, courtesy of our founder and CEO, Kyle Taylor, who used to be an avid mystery shopper: “It’s a job where a company pays you to pose like a regular customer and then provide feedback to the company on things like how clean the store was or how well the employees interacted with you.”

Taylor began mystery shopping when was 16 and has completed more than 5,000 assignments. :scream:

Personally, I’ve never tried it, though my editor, Justin Cupler, has — and shared his fails.

But recently, we heard about a company looking for luxury brand mystery shoppers.

My inner Nordstrom fan-girl voice is squealing!

We Won’t Keep This Mystery Shopping Opportunity a Mystery

This opportunity is brought to you by Albatross, which describes itself as “a customer experience agency servicing premium and luxury brands.”

It works with more than 200 brands in more than 70 countries. Right now, it’s seeking store performance evaluators (aka mystery shoppers) in the U.S. and Canada.

Albatross’ marketing and communications manager, Rosalle Macaspac, said the company needs luxury shoppers in 42 cities. Because you won’t be able to find this information elsewhere online, here they are in alphabetical order, by state and ZIP code — because I had to.

In the U.S.

  • Cabazon, California 92230
  • Camarillo, California 93010
  • Gilroy, California 95020
  • San Diego, California 92108
  • San Francisco, California 94103
  • Aventura, Florida 33180
  • Boca Raton, Florida 33431
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
  • St. Augustine, Florida 32080
  • Sunrise, Florida 33323
  • Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
  • Oakbrook, Illinois 60523
  • Rosemont, Illinois 60018
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
  • Iowa City, Iowa 52240
  • Novi, Michigan 48377
  • Taylor, Michigan 48180
  • Troy, Michigan 48084 and 48007
  • Utica, Michigan 48315
  • Chesterfield, Missouri 63005
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey 8401
  • Colts Neck, New Jersey 07722
  • Marlton, New Jersey 19087
  • Niagara Falls, New York 14303
  • Victor, New York 14564
  • Watertown, New York 13601
  • Beachwood, Ohio 44122
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103
  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015
  • Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
  • King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
  • Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
  • Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
  • San Marcos, Texas 78666
  • Texarkana, Texas 75503
  • Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
  • South Charleston, West Virginia 25309
  • Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin 53158

In Canada

  • Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 1R8
  • Rocky View, Alberta T4A 0G3
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 5M3

Are you in one of these cities? Keep reading for more details!

Here’s What You’ll Do — and How Much You Can Make

First things first: If you live in one of these areas, you’ll need to register to shop. You can do so here.

Once you complete the registration, you’ll receive an automated email that lists opportunities in your area. You can apply for them online or by responding to the email, which is then forwarded to the appropriate party.

Said appropriate party will then get in touch with you to schedule “the mission.”

Macaspac offered a couple of examples of missions:

  • Schedule a 20-minute consultation at a British fashion house, where you’ll pretend to shop for a trench coat. You’ll need to assess the skills of the brand ambassador while there.
  • Pair up with a partner to shop around for an engagement ring. You’ll schedule a consultation, assess how well the brand ambassador “romances” the brand and whether the salesperson has successfully sold you on the item.

You can choose to accept or decline a mission once you receive the details. And some missions require you to buy items — though not many. If that’s the case, Albatross reimburses you for an agreed-upon amount.

Macaspac estimates shoppers can complete one to five shops a month, depending on their location.

You’ll get paid biweekly via PayPal. A shopper can earn $50-$100 per shopping trip.

If you want to check this opportunity out, read through the details, and apply through this link.

Your Turn: Have you mystery shopped? Tell us about your experience!

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves shopping.