One night several weeks ago Hubby Tony and I were in the family room, where he was watching a Cardinals game on TV and I was giving the game half of my attention and surfing the Web. At one point I came across an article about secret shopping. I have no idea why (maybe because I like the challenge of trying new things?), but I followed the links in the article and eventually signed up to be a shopper.
I recently completed my first assignment, evaluating a store a couple of miles from my house. The secret shopping company gave me a scenario to follow. I had to go into a specific department of the store and ask an associate to recommend a product based on information I provided. Next I had to ask if the store carried a particular brand (which I knew in advance they didn't) and see what they said. Before I left, they asked me to make a purchase and evaluate the checkout procedure. When I was done I came home and filled out a report about my experience.
Somewhere down the line I'll get paid a small amount and be reimbursed for my purchase. I certainly wouldn't get rich doing secret shopping, but it was a lot of fun.
Five years ago today: In A Pickle