March 31, 2009

In The News: Mystery Shopping More Lucrative Than Selling Plasma

Las Vegas Action News ran a story yesterday about the extraordinary lengths some people will go to in this tight economic climate to make some extra money.

There are folks selling their plasma and others selling their hair. And then there are those who are trying to save money by spending it.

The story quotes a representative from the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, who says that you can make anywhere from $5 to over $100 per assignment. And did you know that in Nevada, you must have a license to mystery shop? Yup, you need a private investigator’s license, plus you have to write up detailed reports of all your trips. (Although, I assume a legit employer would require the written reports in any case.) Of course, warnings abound about being aware of potential mystery shopping scams, like the one I told you about last week.

If you want to earn some pocket money, check out JobMonkey’s industry-specific mystery shopping job board, where you can search for current jobs in this industry as well as market research positions.

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