Is MarketForce legit? If you're new to the idea of mystery shopping and you've just discovered this company, that's what you might be wondering.
Fortunately, Marketforce is one mystery shopping company that is legit and that most people seem thoroughly satisfied with. I say “most” because I do know at least one person who wasn't as impressed as others seem to be and didn't get access to many local mystery shop opportunities.
Marketforce has been around since 1972, and the reason the majority of people do seem to like them so much is because they pay you for doing things you might do anyway, like going to McDonald's, your local bank, or buying something from a convenience/gas station down the road.
How much does Marketforce pay?
The amount you're paid varies depending on what you're doing. In most cases, you'll be asked to visit a place of business and purchase something costing at least a certain amount of money as well as fill out a survey on how clean the place was, how helpful the workers were, and things like that.
You're generally reimbursed for what you bought and paid a little extra for taking the time to do the mystery shop. It's definitely not going to amount to a fortune and probably won't pay all your bills, but it could be a source of extra money for you.
Related: The Mystery Shopper's Manual
How often does Marketforce pay?
You get paid once a month for the mystery shops you performed the previous month, and payment is made via check or direct deposit to your bank account. You have to fill out all forms correctly and follow the instructions to a T or you may not be paid for your completed mystery shops.
What are the requirements to apply?
You can sign up with Marketforce as long as you are at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma.
How much do people usually earn with Marketforce?
The amount earned is directly related to how many shops you do or are given access to. Some people earn a few hundred dollars per month, while others might get $50 or below. It all depends on how much you participate and how much is available for you to do in your area.
What do other people say about Marketforce?
Most people like participating in Marketforce, but I have read some negative reviews, too. In general, people seem to enjoy being compensated for going places where they might already be going. There have been a few complaints here and there on different job boards where people got upset because they didn't get paid for some of the mystery shops they completed, but then other people chimed in to say they've always been paid.
Even though I don't do Marketforce, I've read enough positives about the company and spoke with people whom I know personally that enjoy the mystery shopping through this company that I feel comfortable posting it here as a legitimate opportunity. For what it's worth, I'm going to sign up myself today and do some mystery shops as soon as I am able. I will report back here with my experience along with proof of payment once I have it.
Want to read the reviews for yourself? You can find a lot of user-submitted information on MarketForce at the Mystery Shop Forum.
How can you sign up for Marketforce?
If you're not comfortable submitting your personal information through their online application, you can also email ShopRecruit@marketforce.com to ask for the paperwork, which you can then print and fax back to them.
Looking for more information on mystery shopping?
If so, be sure to download The Mystery Shopper's Manual by Cathy Stucker. This e-book will teach how to avoid mystery shopping scams, get started without paying to shop, how to maximize your pay and reimbursements, and more.