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From the publisher about The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping
by PamInCA:
“Mystery shopping has been around for a very long time, yet it still mystifies most. This book is written to help take the mystery out of this job and get you started right away. This is a step-by-step guide to starting, performing and reporting your mystery shops. You will find a legitimate company list, companies that will not charge you to work for them. Websites, types of shops the companies perform and company expectations. You will find where to look for support as well as where to talk with other shoppers. This book is an essential guide for you to start mystery shopping and making money right away.”

About the Author: PamInCa, was recently elected President of the Independent Mystery Shopper’s Coalition. Early October, she attended the first annual Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference in Vegas with over 130 shoppers and 100 companies in attendance. As president of the Coalition she is already planning for next year’s mystery shoppers conference to be held Aug 15-18, 2010 in Vegas.

My Review: I recommend this book for any mystery shopper and anyone interesting in mystery shopping. The book includes a huge list of legitimate companies and is a great resource. Read my full review here.

Purchase: You can purchase ‘The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping’ from Amazon for $19.95 hereor download the e-book pdf file immediately for $14.95 here.

Giveaway: Thanks to the author, PamInCa, I have two copies of ‘The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping’ to give away. You can earn up to seven entries to win. Leave a separate comment for each entry.

First Entry
1. Leave a comment telling me why you want to win a copy of this book. Please leave an email or way to contact you if you win.

Bonus Entries
2. Follow paminca1 on twitter and leave a comment here with your twitter name. Feel free to direct message her with any mystery shopping questions (not required).

3. Become a fan of Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference on Facebook and leave a comment.

4. Subscribe to or follow my blog and leave me another comment.

5. Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment. Include @momsavesmoney in the tweet.

6. Blog about the giveaway and leave another comment with the link to the post.

7. Email three or more friends about the giveaway, cc the email to me at Nicole@momsavesmoney.net and leave another comment here.

This contest will end on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm, central time. I will use random.org to select two lucky winners and contact the winners. (If winner does not respond in 48 hours, I will pick another.) U.S. entries only. Good luck and thanks for entering!

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  • Amazon Coupons October 20, 2009, 6:55 am

    it seems to be great information provided to the visitors.

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  • suburban prep October 20, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I would love this book because due to a health issue getting a regular job is not really that easy. I have looked into doing this but have yet to find out how.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  • Dina October 20, 2009, 8:21 pm

    I am interested in reading this book because I’ve always thought that mystery shopping is hard work but also fun. It would be interesting to hear the opinions of an insider!

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  • ABCFrugality.com October 20, 2009, 10:20 pm

    I would love to find out how to Mystery Shop. It would be fun to do to earn some extra money, in addition to blogging.

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  • Amanda October 20, 2009, 10:33 pm

    I am interested in mystery shopping, but I have been hesitant to try it because I’m not sure what opportunities are legit.

    corley@wildblue.net

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  • Amanda October 20, 2009, 10:34 pm

    I subscribe via e-mail.

    corley@wildblue.net

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  • Amanda October 20, 2009, 10:35 pm Reply
  • Amanda October 20, 2009, 10:36 pm

    I follow paminca1 on Twitter as frugalmomto4.

    corley@wildblue.net

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  • Sunnymay October 20, 2009, 10:54 pm

    I’ve always wondered what’s this thing about Mystery Shopping. Please include me in your drawing for the book. I follow you and on your email list.

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  • Bev October 20, 2009, 11:14 pm

    I actually tried Mystery Shopping once but didn’t get any direction as to go about it plus they wanted photographs as well. I’d love to try again-sounds like PamIn CA’s book would help : D

    I’m a follower as well Nicole.

    BevE
    merryweatherbookblog (at) gmail.com

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  • Clarissa October 20, 2009, 11:18 pm

    I’ve been really interested in mystery shopping for a while!

    clarissa at digitaldeacons dot com

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  • Clarissa October 20, 2009, 11:19 pm

    following her on twitter! joyandjoyness

    clarissa at digitaldeacons dot com

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  • Clarissa October 20, 2009, 11:19 pm

    their fb fan!

    clarissa at digitaldeacons dot com

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  • Clarissa October 20, 2009, 11:19 pm

    subscriber

    clarissa at digitaldeacons dot com

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  • samantha October 21, 2009, 6:51 pm

    I would love to find a legitimate way to make some extra money, and this would be helpful.
    sammykjo@yahoo.com

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  • monica October 21, 2009, 8:06 pm

    I could use a little extra money!
    -monica
    monicabozsik at yahoo dot com

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  • monica October 21, 2009, 8:07 pm

    I’m a subscriber.
    -monica
    monicabozsik at yahoo dot com

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  • Lauren October 22, 2009, 3:16 am

    I have always been interested in mystery shopping but there are so many scams out there I wasn’t sure who to trust and I don’t know anyone that could introduce me to mystery shopping through the fact that they do it.

    westernrider1098 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  • Lauren October 22, 2009, 3:17 am

    I subscribe

    westernrider1098 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  • Brenda October 26, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I would love to win this book!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  • Brenda October 26, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I follow through google reader

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  • Brenda October 26, 2009, 9:11 pm

    I subscribe!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  • Brenda October 26, 2009, 9:12 pm

    I’m follow Paminca1 on twitter

    My twitter name is

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  • Brenda October 26, 2009, 9:14 pm

    I became a facebook fan of Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  • demmi October 28, 2009, 2:25 pm

    I would love to win the book to learn all I can about mystery shopping
    con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • demmi October 28, 2009, 2:26 pm

    I am a email subscriber
    con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • Some Lucky Dog October 28, 2009, 8:57 pm

    I’d like to win because I’m interested in being a mystery shopper.

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  • Some Lucky Dog October 28, 2009, 8:59 pm

    following @paminca1 on twitter (someluckydog)

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  • Some Lucky Dog October 28, 2009, 8:59 pm

    e-mail subscriber

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  • Some Lucky Dog October 28, 2009, 9:02 pm

    follow you on twitter(someluckydog) and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/someluckydog/status/5240361356

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  • lisaray October 28, 2009, 9:57 pm

    I have done quite a bit of mytsery shopping in the past, but not hearly as much lately. I need to find more opprotunities (preferably ones that don’t require eating, as I am trying hard to lose the weight I gained while doing too many restaurant assignments.) This might spur me on.

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  • Nancy October 29, 2009, 8:20 pm

    I’d like to find out more about Mystery Shopping in general and legit opportunites for participation.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  • Nancy October 29, 2009, 8:20 pm

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  • chromiumman October 29, 2009, 11:12 pm

    i’d love to win this so i can find a legitimate job doing it

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  • Rosie October 30, 2009, 12:28 pm

    THis would be a great help to know which site is legitimate and how to really make money.
    Thanks for the give-a-way.

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  • Pat October 30, 2009, 1:56 pm

    This would be a wonderful, interesting way to save money.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  • Deb October 30, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of being a mystery shopper…this book would be helpful!

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  • Deb October 30, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I’m subscribed to your blog

    debs.contests (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Deb October 30, 2009, 3:29 pm

    I’m following the mystery shoppers (kind of a funny thought) on Facebook.

    debs.contests (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Nickolay October 30, 2009, 7:02 pm

    I have always had a ton of questions about mystery shopping. It has always sounded fun

    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  • Mike October 31, 2009, 6:12 am

    I would really like to learn how to Mystery Shop. It would be fun and a way to earn extra money.

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  • pamcallahan October 31, 2009, 12:27 pm

    I see adds for this all the time but they always want a ridiculous amount of money just to get more information. This is something I would really enjoy doing!

    pamela.callahan@sbcglobal.net

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  • pamcallahan October 31, 2009, 12:28 pm

    I subscribed via email

    pamela.callahan@sbcglobal.net

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  • doodlegirl November 1, 2009, 8:40 pm

    we used to have mystery shoppers who reported on us when I worked at a large retailer.

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  • Haggatha November 2, 2009, 12:40 am

    I would love to read this book. I have been interested in mystery shopping for quite a while, but every place wants me to pay up front first, and I won’t do that. this would really show me how to do it, and do it right.

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  • Anonymous November 2, 2009, 12:30 pm

    I’ve always been intrigued by the Mystery Shopper ads I see but am always suspicious. I’m hoping this book will shed some light for me.

    wearehappy@comcast.net

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  • Anonymous November 2, 2009, 12:32 pm

    I became a FB fan of IMSC.

    wearehappy@comcast.net

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  • Anonymous November 2, 2009, 12:33 pm

    I became an email subscriber.

    wearehappy@comcast.net

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  • Minnie Mama November 2, 2009, 3:39 pm

    I would LOVE to win this book because money is very tight right now so I could use all the help I can get to learn additional ways to earn extra money. I work FT outside of the home, but that just doesn’t seem to be making ends meet. Thank you! 🙂

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  • tutugirl November 3, 2009, 2:54 am

    I’ve always thought it would be interesting to try being a mystery shopper. I like being a stay-at-home mom but would like to make a extra few dollars.

    tutucuteforme(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  • erma November 3, 2009, 2:04 pm

    This sounds so interesting.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  • Jenny November 3, 2009, 3:29 pm

    I’d love to win this because it sounds like a good way to avoid some of the scams that beset mystery shopping.

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  • Alanna Aislynn November 3, 2009, 4:36 pm

    I would like to win this book because I have been interested in mystery shopping and have looked into it but never really found the information I was looking for, this book seems very informative and legit, would love to learn more.

    rrussell89408@yahoo.com

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  • dreamcleavers November 3, 2009, 5:25 pm

    i want to win because i always wanted to be a mystery shopper
    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  • dreamcleavers November 3, 2009, 5:25 pm

    i follow paminca 1 on twitter
    dreamcleavers
    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  • dreamcleavers November 3, 2009, 5:26 pm

    im a fan of independant mystery shoppers conference on facebook
    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  • dreamcleavers November 3, 2009, 5:26 pm

    i follow on google connect
    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  • Angela G November 3, 2009, 5:34 pm

    I would love to win because I have dabbled in mystery shopping and I really enjoy it and would love to more!
    ag1414@hotmail.com

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  • Angela G November 3, 2009, 5:35 pm

    I follow your blog.

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  • Angela G November 3, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I’m an IMSC facebook fan. angela.gaffke

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  • Angela G November 3, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I follow Pam on twitter. ag1414

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  • Anonymous November 3, 2009, 10:36 pm

    For my neighbor Trudy!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  • KimR November 4, 2009, 12:20 am

    I’d love to get the book so I can make some extra $$ so we can pay off our debt and put away money for our kids’ college educations –a 3 year old girl and a 6 month old boy.

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  • Audreysmama November 4, 2009, 2:05 am

    I’d love to win this so I can earn some money whilst staying at home with my little one!

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  • ~*~lilshuga2001~*~ November 4, 2009, 4:08 am

    I am one! And would love some pointers!!

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  • Miranda November 4, 2009, 4:48 am

    I would love this book

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  • Pamela S November 4, 2009, 7:06 am

    I’ve been interested in mystery shopping for quite a while! I do mystery dining for one company and have enjoyed it and would love to know how to expand. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  • Pamela S November 4, 2009, 7:07 am

    Follower on GFC. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  • susan1215 November 4, 2009, 4:19 pm

    I’d love to learn about mystery shopping

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  • Sahm Lee November 4, 2009, 5:18 pm

    I would really like to get into mystery shopping as a way to make a little extra cash. Thanks for the contest!
    airalynn(@)gmaildotcom

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  • Hotsnotty2 November 4, 2009, 5:44 pm

    I would love to read about this, I’ve always wanted to be a mystery shopper, thanks!

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  • karen November 4, 2009, 5:46 pm

    They teach a class here, but it always seems to conflict with my schedule.

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  • skicat November 4, 2009, 6:04 pm

    The book would be a great read!

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  • Alma November 4, 2009, 6:58 pm

    I have always wanted to know what a mystery shopper is and does. It sounds intriguing.

    Allegro966(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • FDP 4 Life November 4, 2009, 7:52 pm

    i would love to find out how to be a mystery shopper

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  • FDP 4 Life November 4, 2009, 7:53 pm

    following paminca1 on twitter @mrstls

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  • FDP 4 Life November 4, 2009, 7:54 pm

    IMSC facebook fan
    tony l smoaks

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  • FDP 4 Life November 4, 2009, 7:54 pm

    follower

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  • FDP 4 Life November 4, 2009, 7:57 pm Reply
  • Reeva November 5, 2009, 12:04 am

    i’d love to find out how to break into legit mystery shopping

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  • ... November 5, 2009, 2:22 am

    I would like to win this book because I’ve tried mystery shopping in the past and didn’t have much luck…so I could use all the tips I could get!!

    wowknk@gmail.com

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  • ... November 5, 2009, 2:23 am

    I follow paminca1 on Twitter @kristinnw.

    wowknk@gmail.com

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  • ... November 5, 2009, 2:26 am

    I follow your blog.

    wowknk@gmail.com

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  • Heather November 5, 2009, 3:04 am

    I would love this, just to see if there is a section on how to get management to consider hiring a mystery shopping company. With the economy as it is, consumers are pretty tight with their money. If they are treated badly, they won’t return. Managers have an obligation to their business to figure out the problem! *getting off soapbox*

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  • Heather November 5, 2009, 3:05 am

    I follow pam on twitter – choochoo428

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  • Heather November 5, 2009, 3:05 am

    I follow your blog.

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  • Gianna November 5, 2009, 3:09 am

    Sounds like an interesting read 🙂

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  • lilyk November 5, 2009, 3:30 am

    I want to win a copy of this book because it sounds very interesting!

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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  • lilyk November 5, 2009, 3:31 am

    I became a fan of Independent Mystery Shoppers Conference on Facebook.

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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  • lilyk November 5, 2009, 3:32 am

    I subscribed to your blog.

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  • Donna November 5, 2009, 4:02 am

    I would love to learn more about Mystery Shopping.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  • Donna November 5, 2009, 4:02 am Reply

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