Sounds too good to be true? Then it probably is.

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Sounds too good to be true? Then it probably is.
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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 1:20pm

You may see them pop-up on here every now and then (we try to remove them as quickly as possible) so just as a precaution, this is a great read with some great tips.

To the stay-at-home mom in a family with bills piling up a question may arise for just an instant: “Could this offer be legit? Maybe some people haven’t had good luck with such offers, but I can work extra hard and maybe I can beat the odds and make it pay off.”

In that moment, the scammer has her hooked.

Shop-at-home scams continue to flourish, costing countless consumers countless amounts of money — consumers who can least afford that loss. The Better Business Bureau is once again sending up a giant warning flare — just in time for the Fourth of July! — about home “business opportunities.”

When the promise is for high pay for easy work from home, it is usually a scam. Their scheme preys upon stay-at-home parents, the unemployed, the disabled, students and senior citizens. These perpetrators are happy to accept anyone’s hard-earned money in exchange for some magic seeds which they promise will grow into a giant money tree right outside your kitchen window. Beware: What grows instead will send shoots branching right toward your bank account.

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Erin
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Sat, 07-13-2013 - 11:15pm

I myself have tried Avon, Mary Kay, Partylite, you name it i've tried. In the case of Mary Kay and Partylite, for the price your clients are paying for these products they can go to Target and buy better quality for cheaper. I have been blessed to have found two real work at home opportunties that have given me the luxury of staying at home. Now, this is not to say that I get to sit at home watching TV and doing house work to make time pass. I am pretty busy. Not only do I do work for 2 companies from home but I also have a start up company that I just started. Working for these two companies gives me the flexibility to work what ever hours I want, but you DO have to work. My days are long but they are made much more tolerable because I choose to make them long and I am in control of my income. Best part of all was that I didn't have to pay a dime to start with these 2 companies. All i needed was my computer and an internet connection. Best decision I have ever made. I refuse to go work at an office where I will be over worked and under paid and not appreciated. Check out my links below, I would love to get feedback from this community. 

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http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/eva33193

https://evaandcamilla.kitsylane.com/

2 real WAH companies that don't ask you for dime of your money. 

https://evaandcamilla.kitsylane.com/

http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/eva33193

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:55pm

I tried my hand at Avon years ago (about 12 now). I stunk at it. LOL I am not a salesperson. I'm not pushy even in the nicest way, so I would just hand off the catalogs and there you have it. You have to pay for the catalogs (at least you did back then). It's not cheap so if you're not going to sell, it's not worth it.

Erin
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Registered: 06-06-2001
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 5:39pm

I don't recall seeing a shop-at-home scam recently, but thanks for posting this! I have seen posts that are really ads for what appear to be multi-level marketing situations.

Personally, I probably wouldn't even succeed as an Avon or Mary Kay rep. I don't know how many of the women that try those positions really do very well selling cosmetics either.

Liz


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