Best Mark, Sinclair Customer Metrics, Market Force, Intelli-Shop and Experience Exchange are reputable secret shopping companies, states Penny Hoarder. Some of the companies mail shoppers a check and some pay by direct deposit.
Legitimate secret shopping jobs never ask shoppers to pay an application fee, deposit a check or wire money to the company in order to get the job, notes the Federal Trade Commission. Shoppers do often have to purchase a product or service out of pocket, however, as part of the mystery shopping assignments. Money spent on items during shopping assignments is later reimbursed by the company, or the shopper can later return the item, depending on details provided by the secret shopping company.