Best Mystery Shop Companies to Join

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Interested in getting paid to mystery shop, but not sure which companies you can trust? Here are five of the best mystery shopping companies to sign up for.

BestMark

Best Mark is a highly-regarded mystery shopping company that performs over 10,000 mystery shops each month for Fortune and Global 500 companies. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and are a member of MSPA (the Mystery Shopping Providers Association).

In 2017, they were awarded the MSPA Americas Shoppers' Choice Award.

They have shops available in a wide range of industries, including retail shops, restaurants, hotels, casinos and financial institutions.

To qualify, you must be 19 or older and have reliable transportation and Internet access.

Go here to see if they have shops available in your area.

Market Force

Get paid to shop movie theatres, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and more. Market Force does a whopping 100,000+ mystery shops each month. They have an A+ rating with the BBB, and were awarded a MSPA Americas Shoppers' Choice Award in both 2016 and 2017. They were also named one of the 2017 Global Top 50 Research Organizations.

You must be 18 or older to apply. Individuals with misdemeanors or felonies are not eligible for shops.

A Closer Look

With clients like, Hard Rock Cafe, Amazon, Krispy Kreme, Chuck E Cheese's and Planet Fitness, this is definitely a fun company to shop for, and reputable, too.

They were named a MSPA "Elite Company" in 2018, and have an A+ rating with the BBB. They've also been in business since 1994. In addition to the typical restaurant and retail shops, this company performs shops for companies in the home and professional services industry, as well as the entertainment industry, so you could get paid to have your carpets cleaned or to take your family on an outing.

To become a mystery shopper for this company, you must be 18 or older, fill out an application and receive a passing score on the qualifying test.

Sinclair Customer Metrics 

Sinclair has been doing mystery shops since 1987, and has an A+ BBB rating. In addition to the typical mystery shops, this company also does video shops (using hidden cameras), telephone shops and shops of competitor locations, so if you're looking to broaden your mystery shopping skills, this may be the company for you.

To get started, you must fill out an application, sign an independent contractor agreement, complete the new shopper challenge and take the new shopper survey. Once you get all of that taken care of, you'll be eligible for jobs.

Amusement Advantage

Want to get paid to visit amusement parks, aquariums, bowling alleys, water parks and zoos? Then, this is the mystery company you want to sign up for. Amusement Advantage only works for the attractions industry, so you'll be getting paid to do things like, ride roller coasters and water slides. Just know that when you do shops of this nature, the majority of your "pay" will be reimbursement for your admission. Still, it's hard to argue with a free ticket to a theme park.

This mystery shopping company is a member of MSPA, and has an A+ rating with the BBB. To shop for them, you must complete an application, which takes approximately 30 minutes to fill out.

How to Find More Reputable Mystery Shopping Companies

If you want to earn more than the occasional $10-20 bucks from mystery shopping, it helps to sign up for a lot of mystery shopping companies. But it's not always easy to know which companies are legitimate and worth your time.

To weed out the good from the bad, always check out a company's Better Business Bureau rating, and look to see if they're a member of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association. While there are legitimate companies that are not MSPA members, choosing a company from their member list is just a good way to know you're not going to get scammed.

And on that note ... steer clear of any company that requires you to pay them for certifications or to gain access to their database. That's a sure sign of a scam. Ditto for any job that pays via cashier's check, wire transfer or money order.

If you still has questions about the legitimacy of a company, check to see if they're on Volition's list of approved mystery shopping companies. Their recommendations are based on reader reviews.