Is Shadow Shopper legit? Do Shadow Shopper jobs really pay you? Find out by reading this Shadow Shopper review.
Shadow Shopper — What Is Mystery Shopping?
Shadow Shopper connects you with companies that need mystery shopping.
Mystery shopping is when a company pays you to visit a store or restaurant or purchase a product and then fill out a survey about your experiences. You get reimbursed for your purchase and make some extra money on the side, while the company finds out about customer experience and how they can make their company better. Sometimes you don’t even need to buy something to be a mystery shopper; you just need to interact with the customer service and fill out a survey about how they treated you.
What Shadow Shopper does is give you a list of mystery shopping jobs that various companies are offering in your area. You are not actually working for Shadow Shopper; Shadow Shopper just lists those companies and you have to sign up for them yourself.
I found plenty of jobs not far from me, even though I live in a suburban/rural area. Some examples of jobs were eating out at restaurants, calling a company and speaking to their customer service, buying stuff at a gas station, and then filling out a survey about it. Some jobs paid $5-10 while other paid $15-30.
To apply for a job, you can send the company a message, but you have to sign up on their own website first. Remember, each job is offered by a different company; Shadow Shopper just groups your local jobs together.
Although it sounds good, Shadow Shopper is not one of my recommended programs, for the reasons I explain below.
Shadow Shopper — Shady Tactics to Get Your Money
However, regardless of whether the jobs listed on Shadow Shopper are legit or not, you must be careful with Shadow Shopper itself. Why? Well, Shadow Shopper has an F rating with the BBB! Why is that? I will explain why.
Shadow Shopper also offers a premium membership. Premium members have access to certain jobs that are marked “premium only.” If you click on the upgrade button, you will notice that you can upgrade to premium for the “discounted price” of just $4.95 for 30 days, instead of the “usual” $29.95. What they don’t tell you is that if you don’t cancel your premium membership before your first 30 days is up, you will be charged $29.95 for the second month and every month thereafter! They bury this information deep in their terms and conditions, which they know nobody bothers to read. On their homepage, as you can see in the screenshot on the top of this page, they simply say that the monthly membership is $4.95.
So, people upgrade to premium for more jobs, thinking that it will cost them just a few dollars, and fail to realize that they will start getting charged almost $30 every month!
That’s why there are so many complaints at the BBB against Shadow Shopper. At the time I am writing this, there are 68 complaints, and only 17 have been marked as resolved. Most of the complaints center around this issue: People were not aware that they will be charged every month, and when they did get charged, they felt that it was unjustified.
Now, as I said, Shadow Shopper does mention this information, but it is buried and hidden deep in their terms and conditions. Hardly anyone reads that. I think this is a shady tactic.
So, Is Shadow Shopper Legit? Can It Really Be True?
I don’t know if the jobs listed at Shadow Shopper are legit or not. Since each job comes from a different mystery shopping company, you will have to research each company to see if they are legit before applying to them and trying out their jobs.
However, I do know this: Shadow Shopper is shady. It’s not moral or ethical at all to trick people the way they do. They should put the fact that they will charge you every month out there for everyone to see when they enter their credit card details.
For that reason, I don’t recommend Shadow Shopper. If it has one problem, it may have others as well. I’d say stay clear. What do you think? Just leave a comment!
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