Consumer Reports is Looking for Mystery Shoppers, Apply Now

Consumer Reports is looking for mystery shoppers to add to their database of mystery shoppers.

Consumer Reports freelance mystery shoppers are hired on a project-by-project basis and are required to survey stores, buy products, and act as their eyes and ears to represent consumers in a variety of marketplace situations.

If you are detail-oriented, reliable, can meet deadlines, enjoy seeking out specific products with hard-to-read dates and codes, are email- and spreadsheet-savvy (Excel), you may just fit the bill!

Consumer Reports invites applicants to become apart of their program. Applicants should live within 20 miles or so of major department stores, discount/wholesale stores, supermarkets, drugstores and other large retailers.

They are seeking potential shoppers who reside in or have access to major cities in the following states:


As part of your application, please submit the following to

To be considered you will need to include everything so please read carefully.

  • In Subject Line of Email you must enter your city and state.
  • Name, address, city and state, plus nearest major city or cities
  • A list of the major retailers within 20 miles for the types of stores listed above
  • Etailers or shopping websites you are most familiar with
  • 3 examples of store branded/private label products in your area.
  • 3 product trends you’ve noticed or issues consumers face when shopping
  • A paragraph (up to 250 words) on why you think you would make a great mystery shopper for Consumer Reports!

They cannot guarantee regular employment. On average, Consumer Reports mystery shoppers work about 10 hours/month – sometimes less, sometimes more, but rarely over 30 hours/month. You will be paid a rate of $12/hour for your work and you will be required to follow guidelines and directives very carefully. Because of their rigorous testing program and their publishing cycle, schedules are vitally important. As part of your role, you will be required to demonstrate the highest ethical behavior, which includes never using the name of Consumer Reports to obtain special or preferential treatment.

Source: The Consumerist

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