I came across this website, Jigsy, and was wondering if it was a legitimate Shadow Shopping company. Is it? Thanks!
For those who aren’t aware, “Shadow Shopping” is just another term for “Mystery Shopping” it also can be referred to “Guest Shoppers”. These are all blanket terms for my favorite way to make extra money by anonymously evaluating customer service. Check out the Mystery Shopping FAQ, (or even the Mystery Shopper Training Program) you may find that it’s a great way for you to earn extra money as well!
Let’s go ahead and dissect this website. First of all, “shadowsshopping” is a subdomain of “Jigsy.com”. (You can learn more about subdomains and why they’re important to decipher real jobs from scams in The Work at Home Training Program). If you take out the subdomain and just go to jigsy.com you’ll see that the company itself (Jigsy) is a website builder. I’m guessing they’re a lot like Wix, in that they provide a service for people to build free websites, but they’re all hosted on the Jigsy platform. Only people who are too cheap to get their own domain and hosting would go this route. No professional business in their right mind would let all of their traffic go to a subdomain on a free platform. (If you do this, you’re hurting your business. Stop.)
Knowing that this is a subdomain, I have to give credit to the person who created it because “Jigsy” is a pretty fun name for a site that promotes earning extra income. Usually we call random jobs, “Gigs” (ie: “I booked a gig this weekend!”) so, “jig” is a fair play on words. Enough to confuse someone 🙂
Reading through the website, you’ll see it lacks any substance whatsoever. It has unsubstantiated claims of being the “premier mystery shopping company” and even has a fancy (R) around its name. (Which, BTW, you can’t put the (R) without paying for a registered trademark, but they don’t seem to care about that.) On their “application” you’ll see that they claim shoppers will make $300 per assignment. Nope. That’s simply not true. Mystery Shopping assignments usually pay $5-$50, with some video shops getting into the $100-$200 range. But they’re VIDEO shops, you’ll need specialized equipment and training.
For shits and giggles, I filled out the form. It’s been about 3 weeks and I haven’t heard back. No job offers, no follow up, no nothing. So, either these folks are completely clueless, or they’re just harvesting emails to sell to spammers.
If you really want to get started in Mystery Shopping, check out The Mystery Shopper Training Program. It will give you all the tools you need to get started so you will never have to ask, “Is this job for real, or a scam?” again!
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