A friend of mine was extolling the virtues of mystery shopping to me, so one afternoon while I was bored I did a search for mystery shopping companies. I came across Shadowshopper.com and decided to sign up for their free bronze account.
When you are signing up, it is explained to you that one of the reasons to upgrade to a better account is so that you can get email alerts for mystery shopping assignments. I figured I didn't want email alerts, I'd just check the job boards manually when I felt like it.
What they don't tell you is that you will get emails anyway, but instead of being an informative alert, it will have the bulk of the email snipped off with a message saying that if you upgrade your account you can see the whole thing. As an added insult, the job boards that I thought I'd peruse at my leisure also have snipped listings. Apparently, the bronze members only have access to listings that are past a certain age, and typically that assignment is expired by then.
Not to be deterred, I took advantage of an offer to upgrade my account for one month instead of paying for a whole year. I went ahead and paid $9.99 for the Gold package figuring I'd just get the max access and see if it's worth it.
Turn out, no, it's not worth it. Once you have access to the listings, you find out that just about every company that posts a job wants you to go register at their site, as well. Shadowshopper.com is definately not the central hub of activity that it claims to be. Basically, if you already know the names of mystery shopping companies, you can just save the money that you'd pay to shadowshopper.com and register directly.
To rub salt in your wound, I registered with another site, and it is some third-party scheduler that asked me to register with another site.
This is just all too much work for what I thought was going to be some free pizza every now and then. Save your money and time.