MSI Services is another great reputable mystery shopping company. It’s widely recommended by other mystery shoppers so I thought I would check it out.
Since 2012, I have completed several mystery shops for MSI Services and they are the most promptly paying mystery shop company I have dealt with. They offer shops in a wide range of retail services, food shops, product placement verification, etc. MSI is a division of TrendSource.
MSI is a leader in the mystery shopping industry and has more than 20 years of experience in providing services to many of the top FORTUNE 500 companies. Some services and programs that MSI offers include Grocery Mystery Shops, Restaurant Mystery Shops, Pricing & Merchandising Audits, Professional On-Site Inspections, and Healthcare Mystery Shops.
Their website offers a list of all shops available in your area and you can request a shop from the site. The site does not immediately self-assign the shop and you have to wait until it is approved for you, but it’s usually approved quickly. If you want a shop which is already assigned to someone else you can sign up as a backup as well. You have to take a short quiz to sign up for a shop you want to make sure that you understand the instructions and they offer all the instructions on their website so you can refer to them later as needed. Their shop reports are submitted on their website and are are easy to complete and usually pretty short. Shop payments are usually pretty low ($3-$5) but can sometimes be up to $10, plus reimbursement. But as with most companies, if the shop isn’t completed quickly they will offer a bonus to raise the shop payment amount.
There are usually only a few shops available at a time on the site so this is not a company which you will constantly be doing work for, but they are a great company to be signed up with to snag some available shops to add to your schedule.
The primary types of mystery shops which I have completed for MSI are restaurants, though I have also done some retail shops at grocery stores, office supply stores, and drugstores.
MSI Services pays twice a month on the 5th and 20th of each month, so if you have a pending payment by the time the pay date rolls around, they will send it to you via PayPal. Many mystery shop companies pay only once a month and sometimes they will only pay for those shops that you complete in the previous month, leaving you with a two month delay till you get paid. So their quick payment is much appreciated. I would definitely recommend signing up with this company.