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Company Name-Overview & Ranking     

  • Company Name: i-Spy
  • Website URL:
  • Years In Business: since 2002
  • Product Effectiveness: mystery shopping- dinning
  • Support: great
  • Price: reimbursed for meal
  • My overall Ranking: 7 out of 10

So what is mystery shopping all about? I’m sure you have always wanted to know just like I have. So let’s get right into this. We will be talking about first what this is.


What Is It

Mystery shopping is someone who is an ordinary customer but at the same time you are giving important business information about a places’ service. In other words, you are going to write an evaluation about their cleanliness, and quality that will help improve the business.

When you are approved for mystery shopping then you will be sent complete guild lines for each place where you will be going.

Mystery shoppers can make a difference in their local communities by helping stores, restaurants, and banks become better places for consumers like you and me to visit.
The Independent Mystery Shoppers’ Coalition reports there are 1.5 million mystery shoppers in the United States.

Now that we know what it is we will find out why it was created.



Why Was It Created       

As mentioned earlier mystery shoppers help to create a great future, because their evaluations will help bring about changes in the areas of customer service, the products that are offered, and also in cleanliness.

There was a survey done by the American Express company that said many people were willing to pay more when they knew they would receive good customer.

Next we will discuss the pro and cons to being a mystery shopper.


Pro And Cons         


  • great way to earn extra money while in school
  • great for detail orientated people
  • wide variety of food place
  • payments arrive quickly
  • chance to eat at places I haven’t eaten at before (fine dining)
  • opportunity to bring a guest along when you review is great
  • very eye-opening to new experiences


  • summary of restaurant experience can take a few hours
  • reports need to be very detailed
  • reports must be turned in immediately
  • not really a con, but take constructive criticism and build upon it

Next we will talk about how you can join this program and what it will take.

How To Join      

So how do you become a mystery shopper? Well that is a very good question that I will answer in this section of the article.
To become a mystery shopper first find a company in your local area. To do this you will need to search on Google for the MSPA or mystery shoppers providers association. This site will help weed out the scam sites. It is a free site and is offered free of charge.

Follow the rules to avoid a scam. Never accept a check or any kind or money BEFORE you have even done the work. This is a sure sign that the job is a scam.

I have gotten an email in my inbox stating I would receive “xxx” dollars BEFORE to deposit in my account, then all I had to do was rate my experience at eating at “xxxx” place. If you ever receive this I recommend all you do is hit the DELETE button because this it a scam.

Another scam, is when you have to pay a hiring fee to join or be registered. Some companies will tell you that to get higher paying jobs you will need to be certified. This is simply not true!

OK, if this is not the case then how do you create or become a mystery shopper.
Well, you will need to register with the company that you have chosen from the approved list. (Make sure they don’t ask for a fee)

Once you are registered then the company will ask you a few simple questions such as name, address, phone number and email. They will ask you how far you want to travel, the languages you speak, your previous work experience with mystery shopping (if any), then the typical birth date, nationality and education status.

Now you just sit back and wait for companies to approve you. Once you are approved then you will choose with jobs you would like to complete.

Now that you have been approved, let’s talk about places that you can work.


Places You Can Earn

You can earn money at many places. For example, a mystery shopper can do many things that range from simply asking questions and purchasing a product. Then all you have to do is give a detailed report in return. This report will help the company greatly to grow in their business practices.

The business that you can work with are retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, fast food chains, banks, gas stations, car dealerships, apartments, health clubs and health care facilities.

Now that we talked about the places that you can earn money, let’s talk about the price to join and how much you can make.


As mentioned before it should be free to join a legit mystery shopping program. You will either get free meals and or free stuff.

When you contract by a reputable or legit company you will be payed once you write your detailed report according to the guild lines that have been laid out for you. Your pay rate will be somewhere between $5 to $20 a job but you will know this BEFORE you start. Like I stated before you will either be buying a meal or selling a product.

A person can make up to $28.00 per hour doing this, it’s open to U.S. and U.K. residents age 18 and older



Here is a summary of what we have talked about in this article listed below


What Is It

  • Pose as ordinary customer
  • 1.5 million in U.S

Why Was It Created

  • For the future
  • People willing to pay more for good service

Pros and Cons

  • Earn extra money
  • Wide variety of food

How To Join

  • Avoid scams
  • Get registered with MSPA

Places You Can Earn

  • Filling out detailed reports
  • Help business grow


  • Varies
  • U.S. and U.K.



If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help out.


Elaine Smith




  1. Elaine,

    I loved the content that you are talking about here! I have never heard iSpy and glad that you were able to define all of that. What made you want to write a review about this company? What kind of experience have you had as well? I would love to see a logo

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thank you for reading my article and leaving these comments. I personally have never had any experience with i-Spy because this company is located in Penn. I have received many offers from mystery shoppers here in Fort Worth and that is what I was reviewing, just mystery shopping in general. That is why I chose to write about them.

      Thank you again for your comments.


  2. Your article was awesome! It made me open another tab to look up mystery shopping to earn extra money.

    I wrote about avoiding work from home scams that had a similar point about not paying a fee to sign up for a job.
    But I NEVER heard of a job offering you a check first before you even start working (if it sounds too good to be true…..)

    • Hi Shannon,

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting.

      You may have misread a statement because in the article it does state that if a job offers you a check or any kind of payment BEFORE work is done it is probably a scam. With mystery shopping you will complete the job, write a detailed report, and then wait for your payment.

      Your comment made me question exactly how I worded that sentence because I knew you didn’t get prepaid. I even looked it up to make sure I had worded it correctly. So thank you for clarifying that point.

      Thank you again for commenting.


  3. This is very interesting. I didn’t know that you could become a mysety shopper this way. I assumed it was people who got paid within a company to do it. Sounds like a great way to get some new experiences within your community though and to make a little side income. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Leah,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

      Yes, this is an excellent way to earn some extra spending money and at the same time help out your community. I’m all for helping my fellow friends out any way I can.

      Again thanks for sharing and commenting!


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