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DID YOU GET RIPPED OFF AGAIN?

 

Research and development are a part of my daily mail order business life.

It is extremely beneficial to you and your business to be well informed of

what is going on around you. If you are a mail order business and you don't

have at least 7 or more mail order tabloids in your mail box each week _ you

need to get on more Big Mail lists. You could even have a 1-inch ad typeset

that simply said: "Big Mails Wanted. All Offers Considered. Mail to: (your

name and address)" Advertise this ad in mail order publications and be

flooded with mail from other dealers. Read, study, read, study and study

some more. Build your mail order education free.

 

As you begin reading and studying these publications, you will read about

people that rip-off others. Rip-off schemes will be exposed through many of

our fine, mail order writers. You will be shown just how these rip-offs make

their money and how you can be on the lookout for others who come along

offering the same rip-off service.

 

You also will learn valuable lessons and hear advice from other people who

have been ripped-off. You will learn that something that sounds too good to

be true, usually is. Now don't get me wrong. One time a well-known, honest

mail order dealer ran an ad where he offered people FREE advertising to 1,000

if they simply returned the ad they were reading. If I didn't know this

dealer personally, I would normally shy away from the ad. I would probably

think this was "too good to be true" and there was likely a catch to it.

Since I didn't want to waste my time, I might pass up this ad. However, the

ad was TRUE to it's word and worth the effort to respond. However, this is

only one isolated incident.

 

A good rule of thumb for protecting yourself, your business and your money

is to write a personal letter of inquiry before ordering the product or

service. If you get a chain letter that claims to bring you $50,000 in 30

days, write to some of the people on the chain letter. Ask them if they've

made their $50,000 yet! See how many people respond!

 

How about that full-page ad in Small Business Opportunities that promises

you the secret to making $100 with 2 sheets of paper? It has to be legitimate,

right? I mean, it's in a national publication and it shows their

picture and the actual bank deposits! Can it be true? NO! The person in the

picture may not be that person at all. How will you ever know? Are you going

to drive to their house to check them out? How do you know these are really

true bank deposits? Anyone can alter forms to make figures appear to be more

than they are. The only reason this person advertised in this national publication

was because they had the money to place the ad. Somewhere in Small

Business Opportunities it will state they are not responsible for any claims

made by the advertisers. Just because the ad appears in this publication

does not mean the publisher endorses this business!

 

Spend the time to analyze the mail order products and services you are

considering purchasing. Want to locate a good mail order printer? Send them

a small order OR write them a letter. Enclose a self-addressed-stamped-

envelope (SASE) for their reply and simply ask them to send you one (1) page

they have printed so you can determine their quality. If they don't respond

when you have taken the time to enclose an SASE, they won't provide good

customer service.

 

I've read horror stories of people who tell about their rip-off experiences.

Some people even admit to having been ripped-off several times. One lady

claimed to be ripped-off by the same company 5 different times! Sorry, but

that was HER fault! While there are many legitimate reasons why someone gets

ripped-off, the majority of them can be avoided by using common business

sense.

 

During the last several months, a lot of dealers have complained about the

new kind of rip-off artist. This person runs an advertisement in a

publication offering a certain item. They ask the customer to send $1 or

stamps for more information. When the customer responds, what they receive

has absolutely nothing to do with the product depicted in the original ad.

If you get angry and write a letter back to them of your complaint, normally

the advertiser will not respond. This costs you time and postage! It's a

lose-lose situation for both parties. Rather than the advertiser taking the

time to build a business relationship with an interested customer, he or she

turns them away. If the advertiser had taken the time to respond to the mail

they would reap a lot more financially! It's insane, but some people actually

operate this way.

 

The best way of combating these types of rip-off artists is to expose them

through mail order. Write a letter to a publisher and tell them to warn

others of this company. Keep a list of people who rip you off (in one form

or another) with a detailed record of the date and reason for your complaint.

After you have accumulated a few of them, type them up neatly on a sheet of

paper and sell copies for $1 or include free in your mailings as a "free

gift." It's always best to try and re-coup some of your money while still

warning others of these rip-off artists.

 

It's up to you to combat these shady businesses. If everyone does their part,

mail order will become better and better. Although mail order is still

dominated by honest, sound and reliable dealers; there are still people

getting ripped-off financially on a daily basis. Please join us in stomping

out these bad eggs so we all can enjoy much better profits and increased

sales.

 

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