iSecretShop is a free app that anyone can download that pays you to be a mystery shopper. Its a pretty cool idea but is there a catch to this? Will iSecretShop scam you? Or is this the fun opportunity to make extra money that it seems to be?
There are a good number of complaints about this app so I decided to write this short review on it to clear a few things up. While there are legitimate complaints, many of them are understandable and often blown out of proportion. I’ll be going over how this app works, the complaints, and some other important things that you should know..
iSecretShop is a free secret shopper app that is available for download at both Google Play and the App Store. It is pretty cool how it all works. Basically what it does is connects businesses that are looking for consumer feedback with ordinary people that are willing to give that feedback.
The best part of it all is that you can get paid for using this app and completing outlined tasks as a secret shopper.
Overall I like what this app brings to the table but there are still some complaints that need to be taken note of.
How It All Works
1) Download the app
Obviously this is going to be the first step you have to take. I would say just hold off on this for a second though. Wait til you read this review to see if its actually something you are interested in using.
The next step is to register as an agent. Here you will just have to fill out some information such as your name, email, location, Paypal email, and a couple of other things.
3) Browse Offers
There are several different kinds of offers that you may get. The obvious offers are those where you actually go to a store/restaurant near you and “mystery shop”. However, these are usually less common than Web & Phone Shop offers.
Web & Phone Shop offers give you the ability to shop online and give feedback or do something like make a phone call and give feedback on that.
Each offer is unique and the requirements along with the objective will vary. You will be able to click on any offer to view all of these details.
4) Request Offer
You can’t just click on an offer and complete it. You will have to request to complete it before hand. You will see a button within the app where you do this.
5) Complete Offer
As I mentioned the requirements vary so you will just have to see what the offer says. There will be a checklist of what you have to do to complete the offer. This might include taking pictures in a store or restaurant, talking on the phone and gauging an employees knowledge, etc…
6) Get Paid
After completing the offer and all the tasks that go with it you will get paid. The amount that you will get paid is specified before you do the job. Usually it is around $5 per offer from what I can see.
The amount of time that it takes to get paid will vary depending on the company that is paying you. It could take a day or it could take a couple of weeks.
What I Like About This
The Pay Is Decent
Of course you can’t rely on income from this for a living by any means, but they do pay pretty well. Most offers that you complete shouldn’t take you very long at all and many of them pay $5. The ones where you actually have to go to a store often offer reimbursement as well for you taking the time and effort to get up and complete it.
Shows Many MSC’s
iSecretShopper isn’t a Mystery Shopping Company (MSC) itself, but rather a platform that will bring to you offers from many MSC’s out there. This gives you a good view of what all is available and can be very helpful. Many people like this.
Variety of Mystery Shop Jobs
I like how you can choose from a range of different jobs at iSecretShopper. There is a large variety and it is easy to browse through them because they categorize them in a easy to follow way.
Payment Can Take a While
A lot of people want paid fast so they complain about it taking a while to receive payment. This isn’t a big deal for me. As long as I get paid I’m ok with it but its something worth mentioning.
There are a fair number of complaints about not being able to reschedule “shopping trips”. This depends on what MSC you are dealing with. Some may be more lenient while others will not be so flexible.
Not Getting Paid
There are complaints I have come across about people not getting paid. I’m sure this happens at times and it is probably the “agent”‘s fault for not completing tasks or something, but there are some MSC’s you may not want to deal with.
Final Thoughts & What I Recommend
iSecretShopper isn’t going to scam you that is for sure. Its pretty much impossible for this app to actually scam you. All it really does is connects you with Mystery Shopping Companies, which are the ones that have the ability to scam you. But all in all I wouldn’t worry about getting scammed. The iSecretShopper platform seems to be pretty good overall.
If you were thinking about being a mystery shopping agent with this place then go for it. Just don’t expect to make a lot. This is best treated as a fun way to make a few extra bucks, definitely not for consistent income stream.
If you are looking for a way to make good money with your spare time then I suggest taking a look at how I make a living online. I work online for myself and its a pretty awesome job, mainly because of the freedom that comes with it. I wrote a post on what it is that I do, how it all works, and how others can get started doing the same. You can read it by clicking the link below…
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