Misleading Marketing Alert: SFI- Naughty Naughty
By Shelley Lockwood
OK so keep in mind here, this was my very first online "biz op" experience. At this point I had no idea what MLM was, for all I knew it was the name of a Company or something.
I wish I could remember how I even stumbled onto this but, I just can't. If I'd known at the time that one day I'd be writing about it, I would have made a note to myself.
Suffice to say, at the time I was getting bombarded by crappy opportunities. I'd probably unwittingly left my e-mail address somewhere along the way. Had no idea what that could lead to at the time either.
The line that originally suckered me in was...."Earning $100,000 year is just as easy as earning $15,000."
Anyway, I signed up as an affiliate after reading the all too convincing "The Top 10 Reasons for Joining the SFI Network".
Let's get to the Misleading Marketing Method.....I had just signed up. Had no idea what I was doing yet. Then to my surprise (even though I hadn't done anything but sign up) I started getting e-mail after e-mail from SFI.
Each e-mail was a notification that someone had signed up...each e-mail reminded me that I'd miss out on my commissions if I didn't become whatever SFI gobbledygook qualified.
I'm talking 10, 20, 30 e-mails a day. I remember thinking, I'd hit the jackpot, all this potential commission and all I had to do was become some kind of something or other qualified before the end of the month.
So I set about trying to figure out what the heck this was. It was nearing the end of the month and I didn't want to miss out on all this commission. I couldn't even begin to fathom how much commission was being generated...there were so many e-mails coming in.
Eventually I found that one way I could qualify for all this commission was to make a purchase myself. I tried to find something I needed...I was desperate...seemed to be a lot at stake.
So I bought a domain name, for the low low price of US$49! I made it, just before the deadline. Phew!
I waited anxiously for my commission. Then one day it was there, an envelope in my mailbox from SFI.....the anticipation.....I tore it open.
I couldn't believe it! I was shocked! All those notifications, and I had made an entire $19.99.
So thumbs down and a shake of the head to SFI- sending all those e-mail notifications is really just a bunch of hype. Could it be they are hoping for unsuspecting affiliates under the pressure of a deadline to purchase something...thinking there's a lot of commission at stake?
There's another sneaky thing they do that really irks me...but that's for another day.