Category Archives: Mystery Shopping

Oh, memories.

I had a lot of fun thinking back and trying to remember some of the sillier things I did while mystery shopping for this post for work. I don’t remember where the idea to do the post in the first place came from, but it made me remember why I don’t mystery shop anymore.

Also, if I wore text shirts, I’d get this one.

It's nice to be known for something.


Upstate New York will soon be home to the nation’s largest Wal-Mart store.

Workers are combining a standard-sized Wal-Mart store with space left vacant by a failed Sam’s Club warehouse outlet on the outskirts of Albany to create a 260,000-square-foot, two-story “supercenter” selling department store merchandise as well as groceries, liquor and automotive and other services.

I mystery shopped that Sam’s Club years ago, and there’s a reason why nobody went there. I had real issues with the of service. Of course nobody will sign up for a membership if you’re actively hostile to people when they apply for them. I would have walked out had I not been required to sign up for a membership and shop.

h/t: All over Albany. lol, cartscalator.

The great shop search

As my current job runs out, and my professional job search stretches on, I’ve been trying to find different, but viable, sources of income. I’ve been mystery shopping off and on for almost three years now, since I moved to Albany. I picked up a few new jobs for the coming week. It’s provided me with trips to towns and stores I wouldn’t normally visit, and dinners out when as a grad student I normally can’t afford that kind of thing. I really like the insight it gives me into customer service, and also into what stores I should visit on my own time.

It’s hard to keep track of which mystery shopping providers handle which stores, restaurants, and other places in need of shopping. It seems like the stores I visit regularly look for different mystery shopping solutions every time their contracts expire, and I search around to find out what the new company is. It makes life interesting

The Internet has really revolutionized mystery shopping for shoppers as well as clients. I could never make a full-time living from it, but it’s a fun hobby.

Fly, little package! Fly!

How did people ever keep themselves entertained before Fedex made package tracking available online?

I’m watching a mystery shop purchase that needs to be returned to the corporate mothership wing its way from Albany to Fort Worth, TX, and it’s rather amusing. Left Memphis about 12 hours ago; I’m really curious to see if it meets its target of 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

I washed and waxed my car today. except I didn’t get to finish buffing the wax off before I had to go to class. Oops. It would look better if my car weren’t DARK GREEN. The parts I did manage to buff are mirror-shiny, though, so there’s that!