As a mystery shopper, you can occasionally get in on shops that involve going to the movies. This is great if that’s something you enjoy doing anyway. As is the case with most mystery shopping work, you’ll typically be compensated for the cost of the ticket(s) and also a little extra for doing your shopper evaluation.
What companies offer movie shops?
If this interests you, you’ll be happy to know there are several different mystery shopping companies that do occasionally have movie shops open. Warning: Please keep in mind that you should never pay to sign up with any mystery shopping company. True, there are plenty of legitimate mystery shopping companies out there, but just as many that are scams. You can tell the difference because the real ones will never ask you to pay a fee to sign up.
I did a little research this morning, and these are the companies that sometimes offer movie shops. Please keep in mind most of these will offer other kinds of shops as well:
… and I am sure there are many more. I’m hoping that maybe some of you seasoned mystery shoppers can give me a few more names of trusted companies to do this kind of work through.
What do movie shops involve?
There are different kinds of movie shops. Sometimes you might be standing outside, counting the number of people lined up to go in. Then you might also have to write down what movies are shown in the trailers before the movie actually starts. And just like other kinds of mystery shopping, you might be asked to evaluate the cleanliness of the theater, the quality of the food at the concession stand, etc.
Keep in mind …
If you choose to register yourself with any of these companies, getting movie shops will not be a guarantee. Finding them will depend a lot on your location. Also, you may have to compete with others who want to grab the same movie shops that you do.
I was able to find some good information about movie mystery shopping by browsing this section of the mystery shopping forum. I also trust Volition.com for useful mystery shopping info. Their forum is great to check when you are looking for either something general or specific information about a particular shopping company.
P.S. – Want to stay current on the mystery shopping tasks available with a variety of companies?
You can do so with Shadow Shopper. This is an online job board with mystery shopping assignments to help you find work. There are two levels of membership: Bronze and Gold. The Bronze is free, and the Gold offers more job alerts and your own personal assistant (chat agent) with a price of $4.95 per month. Payment is not required to sign up, however. Shadow Shopper lists over 113,000 mystery shopping jobs with pay varying but averaging around $12 to $15 a visit, and many reputable mystery shopping companies use them to post their jobs. The jobs posted are for shoppers in the US and Canada.