ED Magedson – Founder
BARE International3251 Old Lee Highway, Suite #203 Fairfax, Virginia United States of America
Mystery shopping intrigued me so I signed up for a few companies. One of them was BARE International. I accepted and did a few assignments, mainly involving casual dining and banking evaluation. I did the same for other companies. I wanted to compare the experiences between the few I was signed up with. Other companies paid me on time as stated during the sign up times. But for 4 assignments done for BARE International, I waited two months before first check could be mailed to me. When I emailed BARE International twice to inquire about the 3 assignments I did, they told me that the check has been mailed. So I waited another and then called the manager. The manager responded with an email saying since the check is lost I have two options:
1) Wait 30 days before a stop payment can be submitted to the bank. During this period if the check is received, it will still be cashable. After 30 days, a stop payment can be submitted, $30 is the fee that will be deducted from the total of my check.
2) Wait for 6 months. A new check will be sent to me after this date and no stop payment fee will apply.
This is clearly a rip off as we as evaluaters are asked to have the report turned in on time, usually within 24 hours of doing the evaluation. But on their side, the company can take as many days as they wish to pay or reimburse back. And if the check is lost they deduct the payment if you request it within 30 days or you have to wait 6 months to get paid.
So, as an experienced mystery shopper, I would say stay away from BARE International and work with other mystery shopping companies who pay on time. Some of the companies that paid on time are: (((competitors' names redacted))) to name a few.sorry, allowing you to give a competitors name would instigate others to just file against their competition, to only come back later to suggest their company, ..plus, if you post a competitors name more than likely they will show up on search engines as a Rip-off! - - your comments on this policy are welcome. CLICK here to see why Rip-off Report, as a matter of policy, deleted either a phone number, link or e-mail address from this Report. In this case we removed an alleged competitors name
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/12/2010 02:23 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/BARE-International/Fairfax-Virginia-22030/BARE-International-Mystery-Shopping-Company-Adds-Mystery-to-Payment-Terms-Fairfax-Virgin-650110. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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