Saturday, June 28, 2008

Beware of E-Mails Bearing Gifts

One thing that I would like to make note of.

I've already told you that I tried Amway/Quixtar and Herbalife and didn't have success because I felt bad about walking up to people I don't know and trying to sell them products I don't believe in. There is something inherently shady in that approach.

Lately I've been seeing television commercials for Amway/Quixtar on television. When I became involved with them many years ago they considered one of their big selling points to be that everything was word-of-mouth and they didn't need to spend money on ad campaigns and the money they saved went into the pockets of their productive members.

You can find a lot of information on Amway/Quixtar online. You saw the same information when I was involved. The Diamonds would blow it off, saying that you can find negative information about anyone online if you looked for it. No one ever discussed the fact that ALL OF THE INFO they found about Amway/Quixtar was negative.

I've recently become aware of some blogs and websites that openly and honestly discuss the concerns I had when I was there but that there was no one to discuss it with.

So, to get to my point...

I continue to receive e-mails promising similar 'systems' with very small membership payments but still requiring you to recruit. They are those e-mails we have all seen - extravagant promises of incredible wealth but no further info unless you enter your name and e-mail address.

I can't help it, but I think the business model is valid, in the right hands. Unfortunately the "Hands" that keep delivering these new 'systems' to me are only after the initial commission they get when someone signs up, and they have no further interest in building one of these businesses, or helping their downline to build such businesses. All these guys build are downlines full of bitter and disillusioned individuals.

So if you receive an e-mail from "Nate Bianco" or "Ryan Burgard"... Well, you've been warned. My heartfelt recommendation would be to get off their lists immediately. Their return e-mail addresses are bogus, at least to the extent that neither of them have bothered to answer any questions nor even acknowledge receipt of my message. To make it worse, the "Support Group" for the system that I signed up for actually got snippy with me because my questions should be directed to my "upline sponsor" - Ryan Burgard - who appears to be nothing but a scammer, with no phone number and all e-mails coming through an autoresponder. He does appear to be making money, though.

Here is a link to a short informational movie on MyWorldPlus. In my opinion, it does appear to be a decent system. Even if I don't make a lot of money through the system itself, there are opportunities to save money every day on normal products and services that I can buy locally, in my town. It's not like Amway/Quixtar who sells me a $75.00 bottle of vitamins (which I don't receive until the following week) and tells me how much money I'm saving because if I bought the vitamins through an Amway/Quixtar RESELLER I would pay $30 - $50 more. MyWorldPlus is more like a discount shopping membership, where for a small initial payment and monthly fees of $19.95 you can get cash-back on gift cards and other online purchases for hundreds of local merchants when bought through MyWorldPlus. You can also find immediate gratification by printing out "Savings Certificates" (essentially coupons) for locally available goods and services.

There are all kinds of these "Business Opportunities" available online. The hook is that they all have small initial payments, monthly fees, they offer systems where your upline works to place people in your downline and the system does 95% of the work, but you will still need to bring in new people to really take advantage of the earning potential.