You see, I signed up for fun, but what I realized it that they are running a something for almost nothing business. There shops @ Walgreens should pay $25 to $30. If you are in a store having to visit 3 to 4 sections and then make a $1 purchase and then come home and write a report for an hour and read their fine prints for 15 to 30 minutes and then go into a store for 25 to 30 minutes where is the value in paying $15 that taxes are not even taken out yet. Typically one is making less than minimum wage or like a $1 and that is not right. That is not right at all, and for food shops they should pay for them to be done not just reimburse that is not money. You are just paying us back what we paid. Market Force has paid me up to $30 for shopping @ McDonalds and they reimburse for what they ask me to purchase and it is all done in under an hour or an hour. Now that is Value. Eat Free and get some money to pay a bill with. The negative is they pay once a month but hey when you know you are getting your money + reimbursement it makes all the difference. BEST Mark pay some extra money for the work you are asking and you would have more satisfied campers..... AND I, READ and FOLLOW the rules and have never had an issue with you correcting my work. I am just saying slavery wages should not exists here in AMERICA.!
I am new to Best Mark Shopping and was a little skeptical at first but decided to give it a try to see if I could make some extra cash. I signed up to have an oil change in my area and did everything as stated in the instructions. It takes a "lot" to fill out all the forms to sign up and take the survey. Where I ran into trouble was their uploading of the reciept document was not working. I'm familiar with this feature and have done it numerous times on my computer but it wasn't working. So I tried to call their customer service number and couldn't reach anyone due to "high call volume" so I left a message for someone to call me. Of course no one did. So I then send an email and didn't get a response until 10: 20 a.m. "AFTER" the 10:00 a.m. deadline saying attach the reciept to the email they'd sent and they'd process my survery and reciept.
So I'm thinking great, things should be going smoothly along until I get this email saying they're going to deduct me $2.00 for not sending the reciept on time and would continue to deduct me until it was sent. I truly was upset and responded twice as to how they could penalize me for their system upload not working. I've yet to get a call back after several request to have a customer service agent to call me. I'm not sure if this is a scam or what I'm going to wait and see if I get anything from these people.
I just started working for them and so far so good. They seem to be nice and honest. I am a business owner myself, I happen to be a book publisher and what I have learned in my 10 years of business, folks will complain even if you completed your job on time and properly that is the customers that is. What I am seeing here with the 1 and 2 star reviews are people who didn't follow the instructions and got docked. It tells you to fill out the survey properly or you could be docked. If you do not confirm a shop before 10 CT the shop will be canceled. There are rules that must be followed and if you don't follow them then this job isn't for you. Don't smear a company because you didn't get the job done properly, on time and to there instructions. If you are at the end of your survey and hit submit, it tells you the amount of questions that must be answered and if you missed any it will tell you. Also double check your reports before submitting. I am confident I will be paid for my completed shops.
If, like me, you are good at reading the fine print and are not looking to earn a living but more for a way to not lose/use money you won't get back passing the time, Bestmark has been the best of the mystery shopping services I have worked for. They pay in about a month or less, not all shops require you to purchase something, and you get to sit in new cars and see what will be out on the used lot in 6-10 years (about when I'll be buying a car). HOWEVER, as at least one other reviewer has pointed out, there is about an hour invested in reviewing the paperwork, about two in doing the report, and about an hour on-site collecting data. Four hours for ~$20 is definitely below min wage. That said, I've done mystery shops for less for other companies that only pay via paypal. Bestmark pays via check! And I am still waiting for a check from Amusement Advantage that I am starting to feel has taken advantage of me to the tune of $35 back in early August..... Bestmark pays according to the terms they've set. Just read the fine print before you accept a shop!
BESTMARK IS A SCAM. They have me in debt to this day.
Horrible Experience, they are nice until the shop is completed. NO Pay!
This organization is very rude and hateful, especially the owner. The QA Editors and Schedulers are really nice; however, I've noticed that their surveys are repitious, and they can't even follow thier own instructions. They cancelled me on a web inquiry and refused to pay me (I wasn't the only one) because the instructions clearly said to make the inquiry 24 hours prior to the shop, and then submit it the next day while monitoring it. I said this on the report, and out of nowhere it was cancelled. I went to the BBB and reported them because they were going to probably deduct pay from my previous shop due to making some errors. Excuse me if I'm not perfect! Then I knew I would have been short $4 on top if it all. I complained to the BBB, and I hope to see the $17 and the $4 soon, otherwise they are committing fraud and breaking the law. They claimed I couldn't read the instructions and threatened to turn me in to the MSPA over it. This business is very unprofessional. Please do not work for them.
Kind of like the first person that left a bad review here, my first shop with them was at a car dealership. I drove 140 miles round trip to get an oil change, spent two hours at the dealership, and paid to much for the service which I normally have done at quick lube places. I got my shop report in on time, then didn't get paid because they said my vehicle had to many miles on it to be eligible to be paid for it. What difference does the mileage make on a oil change anyway? Right? I guess they figure as a customer I was treated differently because I had to many miles on my vehicle. I disputed this fact with them to no avail. Simply put they weren't going to pay me for it. Before I was told this I had done five more shops after this one. So now I'm worried about getting paid for them also. Well while I was on the phone about not getting paid for the oil change shop they told me I did rather well on my other shops and reports and all was fine with them. They then wanted to give me some more shops to do. I told them don't bother if you can't pay me for all the work I've done I can't afford to pay $80.00 dollars for an oil change and drive 140 miles and not be paid for it. So take my name out of your system please. SO STAY AWAY FROM BESTMARK !!!!!!!!!!!!
First time shopper for bestmark-and last time shopper. I was looking to make a few extra bucks and drove to another city for an oil change that was suppsed to be reimbursed-plus a 20 dollar check received. When I submitted my survey, I got an email a few hours later saying my shop was cancelled due to the wrong vehicle used...but it called for a 2008 or later chevy...which was used. I emailed and called and emailed for clarification. However, no one picks up the line or emails you back. I think it may be a scam and will submit to the BBB. Total time lost=4 hours inc. survey which took 1 hour to complete. Do not fall for it.
If you have more time than money this is a great opportunity to shop and get paid for it, get free meals, get free oil changes and some cash for other things. It's very simple and if you follow the rules you won't have any of the problems people here have complained about. There isn't any thing dealing with western union or paying money to them. The only ask for your ssn because if you make more than a certain amount they have to turn your pay into the IRS and you'll have to pay taxes on it. But if you just do it every now and then for a little extra cash or a free meal (with a guest of course)
You won't get rich. But doing the shops are great. And if you want to earn more you can do audits.
I performed a mystery shop and did the online survey as well. I got an email a few days later saying that the shop was cancelled because I didn't do the survey. I went online to see if I could verify that I had done everything and they had removed all records that I had uploaded the receipts and did the survey. I called the office and they said they never received it and they only had records of me looking at instructions.
Needless to say that's the first and last shop with Worstmark I mean Bestmark.
Hi, i'm a little nervous about this check that i received in the mail. Is this a real check. They want me to western union some of the money, keep a certain amount & spend the rest at one of the retail outlets they provided. Is it a scam or is legit??
An individual would have to be desperate to do this work. They will give you 1 hour of pre-shop study material(all their specifications as to just what and how you must do everything, including a test) ... then 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete their detailed shop and driving time, then another hour to complete the actual paperwork submitted online with all the details of the 'shop' written up for them. In my case, it was $15.00 offered for what would have been 4 hours of work plus gas expense out of my pocket. I did not do the 1st shop requested because of this negative financial impact.
I wasn't sure if this company was legit and wasn't going all the way to MN to check. I didn't want to give out personal info online. Thanks for the reviews.
I mystery shopped for BESTMARK until they docked my pay for a late submission. Their policy is review deadlines are at 10 am, I submitted mine at 10:02 am. Two minutes? You are going to haggle about two minutes. The customer service personnel at Bestmark then berated me when I told them I thought this was bad for business and fostering an unpleasant working relationship. I will not be working for a company that squabbles over 2 minutes, I don't care what their policy is. My policy is work for people you respect, and I don't respect nickel and dimers, and neither should companies looking to hire them to mystery shop for them.
As a college student in California with it's declining economy, finding work can be rough. You'll try almost anything to make a few extra dollars here and there. One avenue is being a Secret Shopper or Mystery Shopper. This is basically where companies reimburse you to visit businesses and rate them on their service. Secret Shopping isn't what it used to be though.
Back in the day, businesses themselves would hire shoppers to see if their employees were slacking on the job. Nowadays, you can sign up with companies like BestMark who try to match shoppers with businesses all over your area to "shop."
After signing up with BestMark, you're able to choose how far you'd like to travel to "shop." The three different options available to me within a 50 mile radius was to try out an upscale restaurant in San Diego, purchase a video game at an all gaming store, or pretend to go car shopping. The reimbursement amounts was anywhere from $5 to $25.
Nothing that's going to make you rich but it is a few extra dollars. I'd say that if you have the time to throw away, why not get a little money out of it. But for someone who is looking for real income, this is definitely not the way to go.
I haven't tried any other Secret Shopper sites out yet so nothing to compare it to, but based on BestMark, Secret Shopping is not a way to to support yourself financially.